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Helping children to pray

Centre for children

MOTHERS in Bundaberg have welcomed new faces into the community’s first catechesis centre for children. Known as The Atrium of the Good Shepherd, which uses principles from educator Maria Montessori, the mothers will work together to foster the spiritual and physical needs of children in the parish. We asked the new catechists at in Bundaberg why they thought it was ... Read More »

How I survived a brain aneurysm on Valentine’s Day

Clare Burns

AS a teenager commencing Valentine’s Day with a rather unglamorous seizure I quickly realised the day is not always about roses and perfect hair styles and that Saint Valentine is the patron saint of epilepsy. On February 14 I was hoping to gain the attention of a sporty geek who had shown interest in me; instead, I found myself in hospital ... Read More »

Stanthorpe community remembers young girl killed in farming accident

Sophie Gasparin

JOHN Gasparin has an old pair of work boots that are hard to part with.  His eldest daughter Sophie would use them to “slip outside to the animals”.  Genevieve, 9, said her elder sister’s morning routine included “feeding the guinea pigs, dogs and cats” on their property in Stanthorpe, on the Granite Belt in Toowoomba diocese. Tiffany, 5, remembered her ... Read More »

No back to school blues for the Yates’

Back to school

IT’S January – that time of year when the focus turns to all things school-related – new school shoes, clean uniforms and making lunches, perhaps even some nerves. For Year 2 student Nathaniel Yates from St Agnes Primary School in Mount Gravatt, the start of the school year is a bit more exciting with younger brother Joseph starting Prep. “Joseph ... Read More »

World famous ballerina knew she would turn 100

Elsie Seguss

BALLET superstar Elsie Seguss has always known she’d live to see her 100th birthday. When the candles came out on a decadent chocolate cake on Friday, January 22, she was barely surprised. “What I want to do, I usually do,” Miss Seguss said. “I don’t give in to things much.” As well as the desire to live as long as ... Read More »

International Eucharistic Congress: Widespread malnutrition and starvation “mass genocide”

Hungry children in Syria

POPE Francis’ representative to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress called the widespread malnutrition and starvation in the world a “mass genocide”. Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, was speaking last Sunday at the opening Mass of the event in Cebu, Philippines. “This calls for a commitment to a world of justice,” Cardinal Bo said.  “The Eucharist calls for a third world war, ... Read More »

Meet the 35 Catholics honoured on Australia Day

THIRTY-FIVE Catholic lay and religious and clergy have been honoured on Australia Day, including bioethics legend, the late Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini, who has been appointed an officer of the Order of Australia. The esteemed group of inspirational Catholics were among 604 Australians recognised for their contributions and service to fellow citizens in Australia and internationally. They join more than 40,000 women ... Read More »

Marist brothers to be ministers at the margins

Marist brothers

MARIST Brothers of Australia, Melanesia and the Pacific are heeding a call for their ministry to spread to people on the margins of society. It’s a response that will move Brothers into new areas of ministry outside their traditional school roles. Almost 50 Brothers from the Australian province, and Melanesian and Pacific districts attended a gathering at Marist College Ashgrove, ... Read More »

Share house from heaven

Dorothy Day House

LIVING below the poverty line is actively encouraged in Rebekah Dowling’s household. The 23-year-old university student is one of seven housemates, including two of her brothers, who have chosen to live “voluntary poverty” in a Christian community in Greenslopes. “I feel it’s the way Jesus wants us to live,” Miss Dowling said. The daughter of West End Catholic Worker Movement ... Read More »

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