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Nine seminarians take their next steps on the path to priesthood

TOOWOOMBA Bishop Robert McGuckin celebrated a Mass for nine seminarians who took their next steps towards priesthood at Holy Spirit Chapel, Banyo, on September 17. Bishop McGuckin instituted five men to the ministry of lector and four to the ministry of acolyte. Seminary formation director Fr Frank Jones said it was fantastic to see the seminarians taking their next steps ... Read More »

Vinnies bulletin pinpoints the false arguments supporting euthanasia

IN the lead-up to Queensland’s election next month members and volunteers of the St Vincent de Paul Society have been reminded of their organisation’s commitment to promote “the culture of life”, and take a stand against euthanasia. With the Queensland Government promising to push ahead with euthanasia legislation (Voluntary Assisted Dying), Vincentians are reminded in their latest spiritual development and ... Read More »

Mater nurse sends unused neonatal equipment to Timorese hospitals with high mortality rate

EAST Timor’s shocking lack of resources means many premature babies are dying shortly after birth, which has had heartbreaking consequences for the Timorese community. Mater’s Katherine Jackman discovered this for herself when she was invited to travel to Timor-Leste as part of the Timor Awakening program – an initiative from Brisbane based charity Veterans Care Association. East Timor was a ... Read More »

New icon to be a face of mercy for those coming to the tribunal with difficult situations

REGIONAL Tribunal judicial vicar Fr Adrian Sharp unveiled a freshly written icon of Our Lady Help of Christians to audible gasps at a blessing at Mercy House on September 14. “It was just stunning,” Regional Tribunal director in Brisbane archdiocese Paul Shogren said. “It’s a powerful and beautiful icon that Sr Josephine Marie has written.” Sr Josephine Marie, of the ... Read More »

ACU’s John Fahey, champion of Sydney Olympics bid, dies aged 75

“AND the winner is … Sydney.” Those words, declared in 1993 by Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch, spoke volumes about the public drive and commitment displayed by John Fahey, who died on September 12, aged 75, after a battle with leukaemia. Famously, Mr Fahey, then Premier of New South Wales jumped out of his seat and celebrated wildly with ... Read More »

La Nina weather alert a cause for concern for summer in Queensland

CATHOLIC relief agencies are gearing up for another summer of extreme hazards after the Bureau of Meteorology changed its outlook to a “La Nina Alert”. “We need to be better prepared at local levels for climate emergencies,” Catholic Social Services Australia chief executive officer Dr Ursula Stephens said. “This summer looks like one of cyclones and storms, so being prepared ... Read More »

Tolhursts celebrate golden wedding anniversary in unexpected way

TERRY and Rita Tolhurst toasted 50 years of marriage in a way they “had never anticipated” with 30 family members on the screen via Zoom on August 17. The couple said the day was “absolutely brilliant” even if they couldn’t meet up in person. Their anniversary day started with a specially live-streamed Monday Mass celebrated by Bracken Ridge parish priest ... Read More »

Bishops call for compassionate view in wave of politicking over COVID-19 quarantine restrictions

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called for compassion as the Queensland Government maintains tough COVID-19 quarantine rules that barred a Canberra-based nurse from attending her father’s funeral. “If proper precautions are taken in the interests of public health, compassion means that people should be allowed to attend funerals, to visit terminally ill family members before they die, to make mercy ... Read More »

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