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Pattie Lees describes the colour of forgiveness in new book

“NOT black enough to be black … not white enough to be white” was the bureaucratic labelling that Pattie Lees faced when she was taken from her mother as a child. She tells the story in her recently published autobiography A Matter of Colour: My Journey to Belonging, which she co-wrote with her son Adam Lees. Pattie, whose husband Terry ... Read More »

Brisbane deacon given rare honour for chaplain service

DEACON Peter Devenish-Meares has received a rare official honour for his chaplaincy work as an Officer in the Venerable Order of St John. Only three months ago, Deacon Devenish-Meares was appointed chairman of the board for St John Ambulance Queensland, after serving on the board since 2018. He is also Mission Australia’s chaplain for Queensland and the Northern Territory, has ... Read More »

Northside parish open for prayer 24/7

A BRISBANE parish is now open for prayer 24 hours a day, inviting people wherever they are to light a candle any time of the day or night. The Parish of St Joseph and St Anthony in Bracken Ridge launched its Light-A-Candle initiative at last weekend’s Masses. It’s an online prayer space where anyone can enter, virtually “light” a candle ... Read More »

Brisbane dad walks 24 hours straight to fundraise for Vinnies

DAVID Vidler laced up his shoes, put on his cap and trekked 24 hours straight to raise much-needed funds for his local St Vincent de Paul Society conference last weekend. Mr Vidler, an Ashgrove parishioner, walked more than 100km from 9.30am Saturday to 9.30am Sunday, raising $5121 for his local St Finbarr’s Vinnies conference. He crossed the finish line right ... Read More »

Hailstones batter Rosewood church but patron saint’s stained-glass panel remains untouched

HAILSTONES shattered dozens of windows on the western-face of heritage-listed St Brigid’s Church, Rosewood, as storm cells surged across south-east Queensland last weekend. Franciscan Father Stephen Bliss arrived at the church after the first storm struck on Saturday afternoon to find about 40 windows damaged. That’s when the second storm hit. He said the second storm shook and rattled the ... Read More »

Queensland’s slippery slope towards euthanasia

QUEENSLAND is on a precarious path to legalise euthanasia after Labor’s election win. Premier Annastacia Palaczszuk, returned to office after gaining a majority of seats at the October 31 poll, is promising to fast-track voluntary assisted dying legislation and allow MPs a conscience vote in state parliament next February. Making euthanasia a priority issue surprised many Queenslanders including church leaders ... Read More »

New McCrindle report finds Australians are spiritually hungry despite anti-Christian narrative

RELIGION and spirituality is becoming more important to Australians than ever before, according to a new report that could inspire Christian leaders to be more proactive in evangelisation and outreach. The new report by McCrindle Research reveals key trends that could help church leaders buck the dominant perception that Australia is an increasingly secular nation, including data that shows Australians ... Read More »

Meet the 101-year-old who couldn’t wait to return to Mass when churches reopened in Brisbane

TERRY Latchford sets the standard for Mass attendance in his parish. He’s 101 and was among the first to return to Sunday Mass when churches re-opened around Brisbane during the COVID pandemic lockdown. Fr Ladu Yanga, parish priest at St Rita’s, Victoria Point, is inspired by Terry’s commitment and said he was an inspiration to other parishioners. Seeing Terry walk ... Read More »

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