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Faithful rejoice as church doors open again after months of lockdown, restrictions still in effect

CHURCHES across the country are re-opening, with restrictions on public worship starting to ease. Under an updated COVID-19 Safe Plan for Brisbane Archdiocese, parishes are welcoming a staged return to regularly scheduled Masses. Stage one allows only for up to 10 people in church and strict social distancing requirements of 1.5 metres between people. The liturgical season has changed from ... Read More »

When will the ‘physical’ Church resume in Brisbane archdiocese?

IT’S time for short drives and family picnics (from Friday midnight restrictions will be eased), soon there will be a staged return for schools, and our major sporting codes are plotting a course for a return to competition. So when will the Church return to public liturgies? “We’re in regular contact with the Queensland Government about the progress of COVID-19 ... Read More »

Papua New Guinea Catholics calling for international aid to build church in the western highlands

A NEW parish of largely subsistence farmers in the Papua New Guinea western highlands is seeking international help to build a church of cathedral proportions. The 10,000 Catholics who live in the mountainous Sinsipai Sacred Heart parish congregate in a church made of corrugated iron sheeting. Their grand design is to build a massive house of worship set against the ... Read More »

Kym Keady passes on motherly wisdom to next generation of women in the Church

WHEN a beloved daughter marries there’s no doubt to be tears.  A month after Brisbane’s Kym Keady farwelled daughter Bethany into the joys of marriage on December 1, 2018, the Ignite Youth director put the tears into words.  She drew on the speech her and husband Patrick gave at the wedding to write an emotive letter first, coupling as an ... Read More »

Church launches national bushfire response as Australia is engulfed in ‘unprecedented calamity’

THE Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has launched a national Church response to deal with the unprecedented scale of the bushfire crisis. “The efforts of firefighters have been heroic. The resilience of the communities affected has been extraordinary,” ACBC president Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane said. “This has been Australia at its best … but we need more than words. Expressions ... Read More »

Council gives way on proposed parking plan outside St Francis’ West End

St Francis' Church West End

FEEDBACK from hundreds of inner-city parishioners and residents has swayed Brisbane City Council to scrap a controversial parking plan. “We won,” is how Dutton Park and South Brisbane parishes secretary Bernadette Maguire greeted the council decision, that threatened to cut access for the disabled and elderly attending the St Francis Church on Dornoch Terrace, West End. The plan was to ... Read More »

Knights of the Southern Cross continue to spread God’s word

Knight in shining armour: Kippa-Ring parishioner and long-time Knight of the Southern Cross Hugh O’Donnell at Ignite Conference 2019. Photo: Joe Higgins

LAY men need to rediscover their niche in the Church, Kippa-Ring parishioner Hugh O’Donnell says. Retired men, working men, fathers, brothers, sons – the Church needed men and men wanted to give of their time and talents according to their “niche”, he said. Enter, the Knights of the Southern Cross. “If I was in olden days, I’d have a sword ... Read More »

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