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Praying mum from Cairns writes play for centenary of Fatima apparitions

IT’S not every day you meet a Beverley Cains.  When the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady to three children in Portugal was approaching in 2017, the teacher and matriarch set about to “retell this story in a play”. Born and educated in Cairns, the Marian devotee known as “Bev” was enthused by the lasting impact of the 1950s ... Read More »

Latin American heart beats strongly in Oz at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass

NATIONAL costumes and flags of the Americas heralded a vibrant feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Brisbane on December 9. More than 500 people – members of Brisbane’s Latin American Catholic Community – filled St Finbarr’s Church, Ashgrove, for Mass followed by a celebration of music and food from most of the 16 countries that span Central and South ... Read More »

Brisbane invites pilgrims to World Youth Day Panama in January

Panama pilgrims receive the WYD Cross and Icon

I REMEMBER going to Mass as a teenager and looking around my parish thinking, “Am I normal?” As one of the few young people at my parish, I could count on one hand the total number of other teenagers at Mass on Sundays. The idea that I would someday celebrate my Catholic faith with thousands of other young people, seemed ... Read More »

Mary is the Lady who guides us on our way of faith

Marriage at Cana

‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me?’ (John 2:4) I KNOW many people who visibly wince whenever the ‘Wedding at Cana’ is the Gospel of the day. It is certainly jarring to hear those words spoken by Our Lord to Our Lady – it seems rather rude at first. I know of a priest in South Australia ... Read More »

John three sixteen: God’s fantastic Christmas present

Annunciation by Titian

THE brilliant Marist Brother who taught me Latin while I was in the seminary celebrated his 80th birthday a few years ago. At the party held in his honour there were people from all walks of life – men and women whom Br Roger had met and ministered to over the many years of his religious life, as well as ... Read More »

Music, Mary and Metallica: Emma Fradd’s stairway to heaven

THERE were two things that changed Emma Fradd’s life. The first was the Gibson Flying V guitar James Hetfield of the heavy metal band Metallica strummed in the ’90s. Or more specifically, it was seeing her older brother hold a replica of the Mighty Het’s prized possession as a teenager.  “Little skinny white boy with a big axe guitar,” she ... Read More »

Fair as the moon: Four tips for shooting the supermoon tonight

moon sighting

  WHERE will you be when the moon edges its closest to the Earth in 70 years? For the first time since 1948, the moon will be the closest to the Earth, at 15 per cent larger than its normal size. And it’s happening tonight. The astromonical phenomenon better known as the supermoon will occur, according to NASA, because the moon ... Read More »

In this month of Our Lady, pray the Rosary

rosary beads

THE Order of Preachers has a particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin and rejoices in her protection as patroness of the Order.  As October is a month traditionally devoted to the Holy Rosary and Our Lady, it seems an appropriate time to reflect upon her significance for us as Dominicans. It would be hard for any objective observer to doubt ... Read More »

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