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St Patrick’s centenary gives community crushed by drought something to smile about

THE Holy Spirit was with us, Our Lady of the Valley Gatton Laidley parishioner Jan Maltry said reflecting on the centenary of St Patrick’s Church, Laidley, on October 26.  Mrs Maltry sponsored her granddaughter Hannah, who was confirmed by Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge at St Mary’s Church, Gatton, on the Friday before the centenary. She watched on proudly as Hannah ... Read More »

Parishioners voice opposition to council plan threatening access to West End church

INNER-city bustle – what would St Francis have made of it? Hundreds of inner-city parishioners and local residents have voiced their opposition to a Brisbane City Council plan that threatens access to their beloved church and community hall. “I think this just shows the extent of community concern, ” St Francis of Assisi Church parishioner Peter Betros said. Mr Betros, ... Read More »

Thief ram raids new West End Vinnies shop, steals $30 in costume jewellery

RAMMING his car in reverse through the front doors of Vinnies’ West End store, a thief pilfered jewellery for two minutes before speeding back out of the store, narrowly avoiding a pedestrian in the escape. The stolen jewellery was worth $20-$30.  The store was looking at about $300 in stock losses from the snatch and grab job. Vinnies Queensland retail ... Read More »

Welcome to the fold of St Stephen’s guiding

IRAQI-born Saad Abdulahad Bashir, who worked as a statistician for many years, and Kemsley Kelly, a sugar-cane farmer from Childers who moved south to take care of grandchildren, share something in common. Both are two of the newest members of the St Stephen’s Cathedral guides and welcomers, alongside Gerard Poynting, Michael McKillop, Margaret Hogan, Don Keyes, Helen McGinty and David ... Read More »

Catholic convert’s wooden necklace from mum turns out to be Rosary beads

NAOMI Fong’s mum saw she had an interest in Christianity and bought her a beaded wooden necklace with a cross on it when she was 15 years old. At the time, living with her family in New Zealand, Naomi was a believer but unbaptised, wandering the online wilderness through “anti-Catholic” websites searching for “something more”. “My family’s not Catholic,” the ... Read More »

Amazonian rite and married priests pass vote in final Synod document

JESUS Christ is central, Peruvian professor and member of the Ashaninka people Delio Siticonatzi Camaiteri said at a press briefing at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon on October 24. Professor Camaiteri was responding to a question about an Amazonian rite of the Catholic Church proposed at the synod. “Do we (want to) have our own rites? Yes, we ... Read More »

More than a beautiful game, soccer brings communities together

NELSON Kimaru is a soccer guru. He played it where he was born in Tanzania, where he was schooled in Kenya and where he now lives in Brisbane. In Kenya, he was selected for the national soccer competition. When he came to Brisbane, he was looking for a way to play again. Nelson signed up for Kicking Goals Together – ... Read More »

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