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Farewell brings new pastoral direction

Sr Kari Hatherall with Fr Vince Hobbs

PARISHIONERS from Holland Park-Mt Gravatt Parish bid farewell to their pastoral director Ursuline Sister Kari Hatherell on September 15.Sr Hatherell worked in the parish for nine years, in a role established by Archbishop John Bathersby in 2005 when the then parish priest Fr John Nee retired.As the primary leader of the parish, Sr Hatherell worked with several priests to celebrate ... Read More »

Sacrifices honoured on remembrance day

Thin blue line

“EVERY day I pray not one police officer will be injured and not one more name will be added to the list.”Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart addressed these words to a sombre National Police Remembrance Day gathering, packing St Stephen’s Cathedral on Friday, September 27.The list to which he referred was of Queensland’s 140 “fine officers lost since the death ... Read More »

Murdered police officer’s family honour his memory

The family of Constable Albert Price

NATIONAL Police Remembrance Day bears painful significance for Aspley’s 85-year-old Trevor Price.Each year, the longtime St Dympna’s parishioner remembers in a special way his grandfather Constable Albert Price, a policeman who died on duty in 1905 after being stabbed twice while arresting an offender in Mackay.Mr Price, speaking after the remembrance day service in St Stephen’s Cathedral on September 27, ... Read More »

Mareeba community honours Marian feast

Mareeba community honours Marian feast

SCALABRINIAN Fathers provincial Fr Savino Bernardi was a special guest at Mareeba’s fifty-third feast of Our Lady of the Chain. On Sunday, September 8, Fr Bernardi concelebrated Mass in St Thomas’ Church with parish priest Augustinian Father Michael Belonio and Fathers Greg Moses from Atherton and Michael Bonner from Cairns. Students from St Thomas’s School participated in the Mass. Parishioner ... Read More »

Cardinal to visit

Cardinal to visit

US Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, the spiritual leader of a group of Catholic men and women supporting the work of the Church in the Holy Land, will visit Brisbane in November. The cardinal was appointed as Pro-Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in August 2011. Queensland EOHSJ lieutenancy secretary Edward Foley said Cardinal O’Brien would ... Read More »

Support for women to work and care for their children

Support for women to work and care for their children

MANY doors have opened the past several decades for women in education and employment, but little has been done to support women as mothers and wives, a US expert in family law said. Western Europe is advanced, “but is not joined by many, many countries in the degree of its policies that allow women to work and to take care ... Read More »

Pope says focus on morality can obscure Gospel message

Pope says focus on morality can obscure Gospel message

IN a lengthy and wide-ranging interview with one of his Jesuit confreres, Pope Francis spoke with characteristic frankness about the perils of overemphasising Catholic teaching on sexual and medical ethics – the reasons for his deliberate and consultative governing style, and his highest priority for the Church. The pope’s remarks appeared in an interview with Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, editor ... Read More »

New Tasmanian leader welcomed

ARCHBISHOP Julian Porteous has described his first week as pastor of Tasmania’s Catholics as a “whirlwind”. “We had a wonderful installation ceremony in St Mary’s Cathedral,” he said about the September 17 Mass. “I was delighted that my mother (Pam), who recently celebrated her 90th birthday, was able to come. “She was a bit hesitant about coming this far, but ... Read More »

St Brigid’s unites for sacramental day

St Brigid’s unites for sacramental day

FAMILY and the community came together at St Brigid’s Church, Nerang this month to make the annual sacramental program something special. Parish priest Fr Rafal Rucinski said the larger than normal group of 48 candidates included two sets of twins and four of current pastoral council chairman Michael Ware’s grandchildren. “We did it as a community, the craft group volunteered ... Read More »

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