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Lockdown trouble for people sleeping rough in Brisbane, services growing scarcer

EVERYTHING from food services to public showers were growing scarce for Brisbane’s homeless population under increasing restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Emmanuel City Mission director Roby Curtis said their operations had reduced to comply with state and federal restrictions, but they were committed to “meet the need”. The South Brisbane homelessness centre had reduced its hours ... Read More »

Emmanuel City Mission shares ‘consistency in the midst of chaos’

IN South Brisbane there is a home for the homeless that does not count the days of the week. It didn’t matter what day you rocked up, the volunteers at Emmanuel City Mission, formerly known as Blind Eye Ministries, would take care of you. Emmanuel City Mission director Roby Curtis said he saw about 80 homeless and vulnerable people per ... Read More »

Emmanuel Community moves Sunday masses to drop-in centre and it already ‘feels like home’

“YOU shouldn’t be surprised when God answers your prayers but for some reason … you still are surprised,” Emmanuel Community moderator Patrick Keady said, reflecting on the first three weeks of the community’s relocation of Sundays from Bardon to South Brisbane. Mr Keady and the Emmanuel Community leadership team had taken a risk repositioning their core ministry to the site ... 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 »

Mothers should be inviting Jesus into their daily lives

MOTHER Effect founder Carrie McCormack wants motherhood to be more visible in the Church, saying it should be embraced as a blessed and dignified vocation. “There’s this song we sing with the children, it’s called, ‘Come, Lord Jesus’, and I think we need to be praying that every day in our motherhood,” she said. Mother Effect, an Emmanuel Community ministry ... Read More »

Emma Fradd says Australian parish music is dead – but not gone

CATHOLIC musician Emma Fradd likes the word revival. “I’m a direct communicator, because I think (revival) signifies that something is dead and lifeless,” Emma said. “And I think a lot of parish music in our country is dead.” Recognising there was a problem was the first step to solving it, and Emma, who is touring Brisbane parishes as part of ... Read More »

‘I now believe’: The Catholic Church is winning over young people through Ignite Conference

young people praying

RENEWAL was the hope and lived experience of an estimated 1500 people of all ages from September 26-29 at the New Again-themed Ignite Youth Conference in Brisbane archdiocese. Inspired by the Book of Revelations scripture of, “Behold, I am making all things new” (21:5), Ignite Youth, an arm of Emmanuel Community, provided the platform for four dynamic days of sacraments, ... Read More »

Emmanuel Community is on a mission to evangelise, boldly spreading the Gospel in innovative ways

EMMANUEL Community moderator Pat Keady says evangelisation is the Church’s greatest need. “I view evangelisation as the Catholic Church’s greatest need because I was a young person in particular who needed evangelisation,” Mr Keady said. He said growing up and going to university, it was protestant evangelicals that successfully evangelised him. It was only years later he went on “a ... Read More »

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