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Donna’s moving on with Passion

WE’VE barely had time to put the Christmas crib away and Donna Longland and her friends already have their minds on Easter. It’s the same every year. As soon as January arrives they start preparing for the Iona Passion Play, which has its home at Iona College, on Brisbane’s bayside. Donna, a Brisbane Catholic, has been doing that for 25 ... Read More »

Brisbane Oratory ordains first man in pre-Christmas milestone

DEACON Conor Power has become the first man ordained for the Brisbane Oratory since it was established in 2015. He said passing the historic milestone was a sign to the Oratory community and to the broader parish community that “we really are committed to our parish and to the people of Brisbane”. Deacon Power was ordained to the transitional diaconate ... 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 »

Parishes given option to seat at full capacity for Christmas Masses

Person sits inside an empty church

QUEENSLAND parishes will have the option to extend seating to 100 per cent capacity for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses if allocated seating is ticketed and monitored by marshals. This option has been made available for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses, ac- cording to recent advice from Queensland Health to the Brisbane archdiocese. The 100 per cent capacity ... Read More »

Tamil family who settled in Biloela have spent 1000 days in immigration detention

THE smiles and easy disposition of Nades, Priya, Kopika and Tharnicaa belie their broken-hearted predicament. The asylum-seeking Tamil family that settled in Biloela has now spent more than 1000 days in immigration detention, and face spending their third Christmas away from their adopted home in outback Queensland. “Where is our compassion, where Jesus is asking us to love our neighbours,” ... Read More »

Brisbane churches open for Christmas Masses but registration required

LIKE the Holy Family trekking all the way to Bethlehem to register for the census, all Brisbane Catholics must reach out to their local parish to register for Christmas Masses. Christmas Masses are among the most popular of the year and once COVID-safe capacities are reached, parish workers will have to turn people away and direct them to live- streamed ... Read More »

Faith leads Susan all the way from Leeds

SUSAN Angus-MacInnes, crying and clutching red poppies in the middle of a field in France, was discovering a piece of a family tree with roots in Ireland, England, Wales and Australia. At the time, Susan was a senior teacher at St Kieran’s Primary School at Brighton on Brisbane’s northside, and she was on holidays with her husband Mac. After her ... Read More »

Whether in Ireland or Brisbane, Fr Joe Flannery was all for God

BRISBANE received more than toys and candy canes for Christmas 1956; Irish-born Fr Joseph Francis Vianney Flannery arrived on Christmas Eve as a young priest in a foreign land and was sent straight to St Stephen’s Cathedral. He spent his first day in Brisbane’s summer heat in the confessional, and served at the cathedral all day until midnight Mass. This ... Read More »

Christmas with Jesus, the perfect man

A FEW weeks ago, as the 2019 school year came to an end, I witnessed the St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Mount Isa Year 1 class presenting a powerful performance of The Nativity.  Through the spoken word and the magic of music, the students had the audience enthralled – there was even a hip-hop spin-down floor sweep performed by the Star ... Read More »

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