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Catholic Church communities could hold the cure for the rise in loneliness amongst Australians

LOWER attendance at traditional gatherings like church could be linked to increased levels of loneliness and depression among Australians, Brisbane psychologist Nahum Kozac said. “As of earlier this year loneliness is now considered a public health crisis,” Mr Kozac, a parishioner St Paschal’s Church, Wavell Heights, said. He said several factors contributed to the increase of loneliness including social media ... Read More »

Golden couples a rare commodity in 2018

GREY clouds couldn’t take the sparkle from the eyes of Barry and Lorraine Searle during the 2018 Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass in Brisbane. The Searles stood side-by-side with an assemblage of marriage experts at St Stephen’s Cathedral on October 6, to renew their vows and celebrate 50 years of marriage. “The whole group stood up, we held hands, looked each ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge calls cultures of the world to ‘centre stage’ of the Church

Multicultural Mass procession

MULTICULTURAL communities are to be “centre stage” of the Church – not isolated and on the margins – if the future of the Church is to become what Jesus wants. In his homily for Brisbane archdiocese’s annual Multicultural Mass last Sunday, Archbishop Mark Coleridge repeated his desire to see multicultural groups included more in the heart of the Church. Archbishop ... Read More »

Former barrister-turned-liturgist says liturgy is ‘food for the soul’

Susan Fajardo

SUSAN Fajardo loves the Mass, but certain things that sometimes happen when she’s there disturb her intensely. She gets so disturbed that she’s taking on years of study to give herself a chance to do something about it. It all started when a priest in her suburban Brisbane parish gave her the role of liturgist, and trained her in preparing ... Read More »

Divine Mercy Sunday: A love story in Rome

Divine Mercy Sunday in Rome

Brisbane Catholic woman and teacher Ora Duffley shares what it’s like to be in St Peter’s Square with thousands of pilgrims from around the world for the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass with Pope Francis. The Mass was celebrated in Rome overnight.    A GLORIOUS morning dawned in Vatican City on April 8, the kind when one could not be anything ... Read More »

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