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Brisbane groups offer Christmas support to marginalised

Homeless man sleeping

HELP is just a phone call away this Christmas with Brisbane archdiocesan groups, services and ministries working hard to ensure the marginalised, mentally ill or depressed are not forgotten. In a timely reminder, Youth Off The Streets founder Fr Chris Riley said Christmas was a lonely time of the year for some young people. “It can increase feelings of sadness ... Read More »

Mum’s Christmas wish is to walk again

Fiona Ward and her family

FIONA Ward misses the feeling of holding her three children by the hand and walking them through the school gate each morning. The devoted mother and wife to police officer Michael Ward has multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease that affects the central nervous system. For the past five years, the Bundaberg Catholic mum has fought the ugly monster without victory. ... Read More »

Students working for a much brighter Christmas for others

Christmas cheer from Catholic students

HUNDREDS of disadvantaged Brisbane families will have a brighter Christmas this year thanks to the generosity of Catholic school students. Carmel College, Thornlands, has donated more than 150 hampers to the Redlands St Vincent de Paul Society.  Assistant principal Peter Edwards said the hampers would be handed over to representatives of the Vinnies Redlands conference during a school assembly. “This ... Read More »

Christmas celebrating ‘God’s diversity’

By Paul Dobbyn FIVE years ago Rockhampton’s Linda Esguerra decided to spread cheer to the city’s forgotten people with a Christmas Day lunch. This simple gesture of solidarity started a tradition that has steadily grown from 15 people to embrace more than 200 guests. “These people represent diversity as God sees it,” Ms Esguerra, a member of Rockhampton’s diocesan council and ... Read More »

Spare the left-overs

By Byron and Francine Pirola IT’S that time of year again – the season of joy and gluttony. By the time Christmas Day is over, our refrigerator will be filled with yummy, delectable left-overs. Unfortunately, not all left-overs are so delicious. Too often in a marriage, instead of our best selves, we serve up the less than appetising left-overs. We ... Read More »

Welcoming the Prince of Peace

Bishop James Foley

By Bishop James Foley of Cairns DURING 2014 the Middle East has seen violence as vicious and as vengeful as ever before. In Jerusalem itself recently people were axed to death as they prayed in a synagogue. Throughout the year there have been reports and grisly online footage of actual beheadings. Why is this part of the world where Christ – ... Read More »

Count down to Christmas by counting your blessings, Pope says

Pope Francis greets children

NO saint was ever known for having a “funeral face”, Pope Francis said; the joy of knowing one is loved by God and saved by Christ must be seen at least in a sense of peace, if not a smile. Celebrating the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, on December 14, Pope Francis paid an evening visit to Rome’s St ... Read More »

Spend time in silence and service before Christmas, Pope suggests

Pope Francis

IN the heart of Rome’s high-end shopping district, sparkling with Christmas lights and shiny baubles in the windows of famous designers, Pope Francis prayed that people would spend time in silence and in service as they prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, Pope Francis prayed for Mary’s intercession so that, “in ... Read More »

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