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Helping African children learn with kindy project

Helping African children learn with kindy project

FOUR Brisbane Catholic schoolteachers are calling for donations to give “joyous young children” three fully resourced kindergartens in a local village in Malawi, North East Africa. Corrie Shand, Louella Sparks, Dianne Riddle and Dianne McRoberts, staff of St James College,  Spring Hill, visited the Canossian Sisters in Malawi as part of an immersion trip over the summer school holidays. They ... Read More »

Building relationships

Building relationships

By Emilie Ng PARENTS and Friends Federation of Catholic Schools in Queensland is committed to shaping better parents, according to executive director Carmel Nash. To support parents improve their parenting skills, the federation is holding their Biennial Catholic School Parent Conference from April 25 -27. Almost 200 parents and other “significant people in Catholic education” from around the country attend ... Read More »

Fitting tribute to devoted pastor Fr James O’Brien

Fitting tribute to devoted pastor Fr James O’Brien

By Paul Dobbyn ELEVEN eulogies paid tribute to much-loved pastor emeritus Fr James Finbar O’Brien at his Vigil Mass at St Maximilian Kolbe Church, Kingston Marsden parish on Sunday, March 30. The Irish-born priest died aged 65 on March 24 in Allamanda Hospital, Gold Coast, after a long illness. Brisbane Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Oudeman concelebrated the vigil Mass with six priests ... Read More »

Leader columnist’s new project on confirmation

Leader columnist’s new project on confirmation

WITH the Feast of Pentecost around the corner The Catholic Leader columnist Selina Venier has released her latest children’s book, Invisible Fire, about the sacrament of Confirmation. Like Invisible Mud, the first book in a series of three, Invisible Fire traces a conversation between two friends as they share the experience of the Church and the sacraments. Ms Venier said ... Read More »

Carers renewed to serve

Carers renewed to serve

By Emilie Ng VOLUNTEERS of parish-based ministry Care and Concern received “nourishment, reflection and revitalisation” at a spirituality day on Saturday, March 1. Forty-five volunteers from Maroochydore, Nambour, Upper Mt Gravatt, Inala, Sunnybank, Camp Hill and Rochedale attended the reflection day at Manly. Care and Concern are parish-based volunteer services that offer hospitality catering, Communion at Home, visitation-social support, emergency ... Read More »

St Leo’s welcomes rector

St Leo’s welcomes rector

By Paul Dobbyn “WE are named for St Leo the Great, I look forward to leading us to living up to his challenge and to becoming again part of this great commitment. Gentlemen, May 5 can’t come soon enough.” St Leo’s incoming rector Steve Foley with these words concluded his speech at the university college’s first academic formal dinner for ... Read More »

Josephites moved to tears

Josephites moved to tears

By Paul Dobbyn INSPIRATIONAL singing of hymns with a Josephite connection by Nundah’s Mary MacKillop College students brought tears to the eyes of many among a large gathering of the order’s Sisters recently. Almost 50 Josephite Sisters gathered at the college on March 19 to mark the order’s 50 years of teaching in secondary schools in Queensland. The college’s assistant principal ... Read More »

Pastoral council fills a gap

Pastoral council fills a gap

By Emilie Ng AFTER eight years without a parish pastoral council Holy Family Parish, Runaway Bay, commissioned a team of nine new members earlier this month. Parish priest Fr John Khoai welcomed Marie Roberts, Gabrielle Lahood, Iain Harrison, Brian Torrey, Jackie Cameron, Rachelle Broughton, Ronnie Wilson, Ramon  Lopez and Nola Wooster as the new council. Fr Khoai said the council would ... Read More »

Popular Irish priest mourned

Popular Irish priest mourned

PASTOR emeritus Fr James Finbarr O’Brien, former parish priest of Kingston-Marsden, has been remembered as “a humble man and true gentleman”. The Irish-born priest (pictured) died aged 65 on March 24 in Allamanda Hospital, Gold Coast, after a long illness. Among those remembering the popular priest was Fr Dave Batey, of the adjoining Woodridge parish. “Jim was sick for at ... Read More »

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