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Christmas blessings from Bishop Howell – Christ is the answer everyone needs

SOON after lockdown I spoke with a small group of Year 12 students. I asked them what they had learnt during their interrupted year 12 activities. Without hesitation they spoke of the things that they had taken for granted. COVID-19 has blessed us with the opportunity to consider the things that we easily lose sight of. Perhaps, for example, we ... Read More »

“People need to talk” – Church in Fiji focusing on long-term healing of Cyclone Yasa victims

FIRST responders tending to thousands of displaced Fijians in the aftermath of Cyclone Yasa are focusing their efforts on bringing long-term healing to victims of natural disaster trauma. Caritas Fiji executive director Agatha Ferei said the Catholic Church’s response to Cyclone Yasa’s devastation, which has left four people including a three-month old boy dead, included offering victims spaces “to just ... Read More »

The difference between hope and optimism was born on Christmas day

A SEMINARIAN I know recently sent me a message that ended with the words – “Don’t lose optimism!” Being a Dominican, the innate “sed contra” that dwells within me could not help but respond – “Optimism is the belief that things will keep getting better and better; it is not the same thing as the infused Christian virtue of hope”. ... Read More »

Aspleycare fills 100 hampers for struggling families in time for Christmas

ONE hundred hampers stocked with food, home and hygiene products and Christmas goodies were handed to 80 struggling families on Brisbane’s northside just in time for Christmas thanks to a long-running initiative by Aspleycare.  This year was Jo Galvin’s third year volunteering in packing and distributing the Christmas hampers and she said a hamper made a significant difference for a ... Read More »

St Stephen’s Cathedral Guides and Welcomers ushered in a year like no other

SAINT Stephen’s Cathedral Guides and Welcomers were the ones who ticked off contact tracing information, restocked hand-sanitisers, observed social distancing requirements and did it day in, day out for months at Brisbane’s most-visited church. For Reem Haddad, Mike Garrett and Genevieve Cavanagh – this was their first year on the job. Cathedral Guides and Welcomers chair Dr Barbara Reynolds-Hutchinson said ... Read More »

Gratitude is overflowing as Fr John Chalmers retires from Centacare

Fr John Chalmers

“GRATITUDE” was a word Centacare chief Peter Selwood used as he prepared to farewell the “much loved” Fr John Chalmers and “gratitude” is what fills Fr John as he heads into retirement. November 27 was Fr John’s last day as Mission an Formation director at Centacare Brisbane, and with 47 years of priesthood under his belt he pondered what it ... Read More »

Matilda Mary Powick, loved from head to little toe

Damian and Therese Powick with their daughter Matilda Mary Powick

CHRISTMAS presents come in all shapes and sizes but, for Therese and Damian Powick, their precious gift comes with an underdeveloped foot and missing fingers on her right hand. Matilda Mary Powick was born on November 24 with amniotic band syndrome, a rare condition that can cause deformities and sometimes amputate the limbs of a baby while it’s still in ... Read More »

Catholic farming family brings bush businesses to Brisbane

Volunteers and customers at the Buy from the Bush Queensland pop up store in Brisbane

TOOWOOMBA Catholic mum Kerri Brennan and her five children have been sleeping on a shop floor in the weeks leading up to Christmas but it has been for a cause close to their hearts. Mrs Brennan is the founder of Buy From The Bush Queensland, an online community that promotes and encourages people to buy from rural and regional Queensland ... Read More »

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