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Fr Thomas Ismoyo wants to Pay It Forward in holy orders for the love of God

PAY It Forward, a movie that made $9.6 million in the United States on its opening weekend in 2000, holds meaning for Fr Thomas Ismoyo that cannot be measured in dollars. It describes how he lives his life as a priest. Fr Thomas, an Indonesian priest living in Brisbane while he studies at the Queensland University of Technology, celebrates his ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholic Paul Kraus has written a book about finding God ‘in stillness and silence’

A BRISBANE Catholic who has found solace in Christian meditation while being prevented from attending Mass has published a book of poems on his practice. Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation Benedictine Father Laurence Freeman has written a commendation for the book Anointing the Soul – Poetry, Meditation and Healing. Paul Kraus, a parishioner at St Benedict’s, Mango ... Read More »

Livestream Mass celebrates 100 years of Stuartholme in St Madeleine Sophie’s care

SISTERS of the Sacred Heart tuned in from Indonesia and interstate to a livestream Mass celebrating the feast of St Madeleine Sophie Barat and the centenary of Stuartholme School, Toowong, on May 25. Toowong parish priest Fr Wrex Woolnough celebrated the Mass joined by students, both boarders at their homes and day-students in classrooms, staff and Sacred Heart sisters. Sacred ... Read More »

Married couple of 50 years spend lockdown hand-stenciling Sandgate church

CHURCHES in Brisbane have been closed to the public for the better part of three months, but not for Jean-Jacques and Genevieve Audibert. The Catholic couple from the Sandgate Brighton parish, who celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend, have spent the last month of the coronavirus lockdown inside Sacred Heart Church, Sandgate, hand painting a stencil of a grapevine ... Read More »

Pope advances sainthood causes of two women and 11 men, including a miracle by Blessed Charles de Foucauld

POPE Francis has advanced the sainthood causes of two women and 11 men, including a miracle attributed to Blessed Charles de Foucauld. In a meeting with Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, the Pope also authorised decrees recognizing miracles attributed to Blessed Cesar de Bus, founder of the Fathers of Christian Doctrine, and Blessed Maria ... Read More »

Spanish Flu ‘wiped out’ Cherbourg indigenous community, now COVID-19 reawakens bitter history

THERE are bitter memories passed down from early last century about how the Spanish flu pandemic wiped out hundreds of people living in Queensland’s Cherbourg indigenous community. “It just about wiped the whole community out. There were roughly only a dozen people who survived it,” 64-year-old Waka Waka elder Bevan Costello said. “That’s the history. At the moment we are ... Read More »

Plenary Council may be delayed but the thematic papers show the fruits of communal discernment

The Church’s Plenary Council 2020 assemblies may have been delayed due to COVID-19, but six writing and discernment groups have been busy, using their diverse expertise and backgrounds to write thematic papers. Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe says six papers – each tackling a national theme for discernment that emerged from the Council’s Listening and Dialogue phase – signify the latest ... Read More »

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