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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 »

Things learned at a nativity play

By David McGovern THERE is nothing inherently “newsworthy” in a school nativity play – unless, of course, you are the parent, grandparent or invited family friend of a child performing in said play; in that case, no headline, caption or news story is bold enough, detailed enough or long enough to highlight that child’s contribution. Recently, I had the privilege ... Read More »

Staying home unwraps precious blessings

mother and child cooking

Family Faith by Selina Venier THIS time last year I wrote about being away from the comforts of home on our summer adventure. I’d missed my own bed and even the humble washing machine. Our family “lived and breathed” each other in a mobile “house on wheels” travelling 5000km in 12 days. They were memorable, blessed times – an overseas ... Read More »

Christmas in the bush

Christmas sheet music and bell

If you thought your Christmas was busy, spare a thought for priests sharing the faith with Catholics in the western reaches of Queensland.  This is Roma parish priest Father Jamie Collins’ diary from the Christmas season. CHRISTMAS Masses in the communities around Roma, Mitchell, Wallumbilla and Surat begin the Friday before Christmas Day. Friday, December 20 2013 is the gathering ... Read More »

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