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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 »

Devitt family waiting for news on dad who has missed 10 Christmas lunches in a row

FOR a long time now there’s been an empty place at the Devitt’s family Christmas table. It’s almost ten years since Michael Devitt disappeared in the Whitsundays region. Normally, Michael, a 48 year-old, father of three, a happy-go-lucky truck driver would make it back to Brisbane for Christmas get-together with his older brother Gary and the rest of the extended ... Read More »

Unborn baby boy in crisis pregnancy safe house could share Jesus’ birthday

BABY Jesus could share a birthday with a boy whose life was saved by a crisis pregnancy safe house in Brisbane. Pregnancy Crisis, a volunteer-run organisation that provides crisis accommodation for women with unplanned or unexpected pregnancies, is expecting the birth of a baby boy on Christmas Eve. The precious little life will bring the number of babies born under ... Read More »

Catholic professionals celebrate God with us

IT was a who’s who of Brisbane Catholic leadership with business professionals and ministry leaders celebrating the coming of Advent at the Assembly of Catholic Professionals Christmas party at Customs House on December 4. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge offered some brief remarks and wished everyone a happy and holy Christmas. “On behalf of so many people, as I look around ... Read More »

The Lights of Christmas set to illuminate St Stephen’s Cathedral again this year

HISTORIC St Stephen’s Cathedral will come alive again this Advent season, as the Lights of Christmas returns to Brisbane for its second year.  Tens of thousands gathered around the cathedral in 2018 to celebrate the joy of Christmas with the extraordinary sound and light show designed by AGB Events, the creators of The Lights of Christmas at St Mary’s Cathedral, ... Read More »

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