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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 »

God becomes one of us

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

A Christmas Message from Brisbane Archdiocese AT Christmas, the words of the angel have echoed down through the ages: “Glory to God in the highest heaven and peace on earth to those whom he loves”. They echo still in all their strangeness. If we think of God at all, we tend to think that the divine glory means that God ... Read More »

God is revealed in Jesus

Bishop Michael Putney

A Christmas Message from Townsville Diocese IN a fairly non-religious country like Australia, it is easier to say “I believe in God” than to say “I believe in Jesus Christ”. The first one can be interpreted in many ways by one’s listeners. They might have a vague idea of what the word “God” might mean. To say one believes in ... Read More »

Let the crib speak to us in silence

Bishop James Foley

A Christmas message from Cairns Diocese BY the time this is published before Christmas, our Church will have had considerable coverage of its failures in the care of vulnerable children at the Royal Commission. The greatest pain has been that of those who have survived such abuse yet carry the burden throughout their lives. For some these wounds are painfully ... Read More »

Called to reach out to the most needy

Bishop Robert McGuckin

A Christmas Message from Toowoomba Diocese CHRISTMAS as usual has crept up on me before I realised, but maybe you are one of those who finished all your shopping last month. It has been a busy year and as we look back we can be thankful for many blessings that we have received. At the same time we regret that ... Read More »

Where is Jesus Christ this Christmas?

Brian Moore

VINNIES VIEW By Brian Moore “I bring you good tidings of great joy … For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord … You will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12 WHAT has happened to the old-fashioned, spiritual Christmas? Could the ... Read More »

Eucharist is a free gift, and the best of all

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

ARCHBISHOP MARK COLERIDGE is asking Catholics to reach out to the isolated and lonely this Christmas. AT Christmas time we think about gift-giving, and not only think about it, we actually give gifts. We go and buy gifts, here, there and everywhere, which can be a bit of a chore, at least for people like me. But gift-giving is a ... Read More »

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