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Catholic school gives hope to children in need

In a world where others want so much, 5-year-old Philip is fascinated with one thing: his brand new school bag!

The thought of going to school gives Philip so much joy, he jumps out of bed on a Monday morning. He’s excited to put on his uniform every day. He has no idea how much financial and emotional pressure his family are under ever since his mum was diagnosed with early-onset dementia.

A Catholic school gives his family hope for the future

Your generous gift has been combined with other donors to fund a bursary for Philip.

While his mum and dad were desperate for Philip to go to a pastorally-focused Catholic school, mounting medical bills placed this dream permanently out of their reach. Now, they are again filled with hope. Even though times ahead will be tough for Philip, his parents have a small measure of comfort knowing he’ll be cared for in his new Catholic school.

Thank you for helping to give this young family such peace of mind.

Hope for more than two dozen students

The start of the school year is especially bright for 25 students who have received a Mary MacKillop bursary.

Each of the students who receive a MacKillop bursary has experienced the shattering effects of family breakdown or extreme financial hardship. The Fund provides tuition fees to attend the local Catholic school and gives them the best chance to live up to their true potential.

As the fund grows, more bursaries will be awarded to deserving children across the Archdiocese. On behalf of each of our 25 MacKillop bursary recipients and their families, thank you for your support.


Please consider a prayerful gift to the Mary MacKillop School Access Fund


 


New seminarians a boost for our future Church

There’s nothing like the promise of new beginnings to inspire us all. Thanks to your support, Monsignor John Grace and his formation team have just welcomed seven young men to Holy Spirit Seminary at Banyo. This group of seminarians is one of the largest in recent years and represent the future of our Church.

Educating seminarians for the priesthood

Together with our current seminarians, we now have 22 young men on their journey to the priesthood, drawn from dioceses across the state. It takes both faith and courage for these young men to make the decision to choose a life of service to the Church.

A journey of faith

It is not a journey they can complete on their own. With your prayers and support, the formation team at the Seminary are confident each of our seminarians will contribute to a strong and vibrant future for the Catholic Church in Queensland.

With your gifts to Holy Spirit Seminary, you help to provide for their education and formation. Supporting seminarians means we guarantee the future of our Church and ensure priests are there to support us, guide our children, baptise our grandchildren and will humbly serve Christ with a humility modelled after His own merciful heart.


Thomas Zaranski was ordained into the transitional diaconate in 2017. He says:

The Holy Spirit Seminary is a prayerful place and a great place to learn. This opportunity would not be afforded to my peers or me without the support of the Catholic community in Brisbane. I don’t take this support for granted and I look forward to becoming a priest, to being able to serve a faithful community who have always supported me.” Read more from Thomas on discerning the priesthood.


Thank you for your prayerful support of our seminarians.


If you would like to make a kind gift to Holy Spirit Seminary, donate online today.


 


Retired priest still active

Father Jim Browne jovially describes himself as a “re-treaded” rather than a retired priest. In fact, since his retirement in 2002, he has helped the people of Macleay and the Bay Islands build their first church.

Thanks to your prayerful gifts, elderly and retired priests, like Father Jim, are able to continue to live out their calling to serve God and his Church in the Archdiocese.

Retired priests embody the essence of giving and sacrifice. While Father Jim has a seemingly endless vigour to further the Lord’s work, he has been grateful to receive the support of the Priests Foundation numerous operations and procedures.

Priest remains active in retirement

In spite of his health concerns, Father Jim continues to be inspired by the words of Jesus, “The Son of Man came to serve, not to be served. He gave his life as a ransom for many and I think that’s the bottom line when it comes to who we are as servants”.

Like Father Jim, most retired priests continue to be actively engaged in the community, supporting their brother priests and helping people in need. They freely and happily give their time to celebrate Mass and other sacraments and provide chaplaincy to hospitals, schools, prisons, aged care and social service groups.

Support from the Priests Foundation

There are currently 57 priests who receive support from the Priests Foundation and over the next five years, 15 more will be eligible for retirement. Thanks to your prayerful gift Archdiocesan priests are provided basic living assistance, convalescent care, accommodation, health and transport support.

Thank you for your support of retired priests in prayer and deed.


If you would like to prayerfully consider support to the Priests Foundation, please donate on our secure website.


 


Hospital chaplains the light in darkest times

Chaplains help hospital patients

Our Hospital Chaplains

Hospital chaplains are a light during challenging moments of our lives. Chaplains are volunteers who offer patients and their families comfort. One of our chaplains said:

“I’ve helped people through the toughest times of their lives. Sometimes we pray together, other times we just talk. But when circumstances look the bleakest, I find it’s then that people will ask questions about life, God, and their life’s journey – that’s where we can offer a shoulder, comfort and support.”

Your kind gifts have helped to support Centacare’s hospital chaplains looking after patients and their families in hospitals around Brisbane and South East Queensland.

Making Ministry Possible

Thanks to your support, hospital chaplains are able to continue their work and provide pastoral care to people in often difficult and vulnerable moments. It’s an indispensable ministry of the Church, made possible because of the financial support of people like you.

We are grateful to our army of volunteers and donors who enable our non-government funded work in prisons, hospitals, psychiatric pastoral care and Indigenous communities.


If you would like to know more about Centacare’s work visit centacarebrisbane.net.au


Your local Church providing Catholic Social Services

Centacare has been providing support services to the people of South East Queensland for the past 50 years.

Whilst Centacare is a Catholic agency, they provide services to the entire community, regardless of religion, circumstance, ethnicity, economic situation, age, gender or ability.

Many services attract funding from both the Federal and Queensland governments, to help provide quality services to those in need. However, there are a growing number of vital services that do not receive any funding or are critically under-funded.

If you would like to contribute the growth of Centacare in the community, please consider a donation today.


Gift of compassion from students at St Thomas More

The student leadership team at St Thomas More college in Sunnybank, Brisbane proudly presented Bishop Ken Howell with a gift of $3000 towards this year’s Annual Catholic Campaign.

In line with the school’s motto ‘God’s Servant First’ and their commitment to infuse compassion and kindness, justice and peace, and love of God, into all they do, students raised the funds to support four critical ministries in the Archdiocese.

This year they are Centacare, which serves our most vulnerable neighbours. It also supports the care of elderly, retired and unwell priests, seminarians’ education at Holy Spirit Seminary, and the Mary MacKillop School Access Fund, which provides Catholic school bursaries for children whose families are experiencing severe financial hardship.

Every gift is important

Have you thought about giving a gift to this year’s Campaign? It is truly your heart’s attitude rather than the size of your gift that matters.

Mary Macuga, Director of the Catholic Foundation hears from donors with big hearts. “Donors often say, ‘It’s not much, but I want to give something’.

“This humble thought is what the Campaign is all about. It reminds me of the widow’s mite because she gave so much to serve others, and give thanks to God.”

Regular giving

Each monthly gift is put straight to work, to make a difference in the lives of people in need. Regular gifts also help ministries reduce their admin costs and plan ahead, to help even more people in need. Please consider making a regular gift today, in an amount that is meaningful to you. You can make a one-off or regular gift through your parish, online at www.catholiccampaign.com.au or call the Catholic Foundation on 07 3324 3200.

However you support the Campaign, one thing is clear: your gift will be the answer to someone’s prayer.


Melbourne Cup panel

The Assembly of Catholic Professionals welcomed guest speakers Bart Sinclair (commentator), Shane Scriven (former jockey), Brian Yorke (former jockey) and Father Dave O’Connor (local racing enthusiast). Moderated by Michael Crutcher, General Manager – Communications, Archdiocese of Brisbane.

An expert Melbourne Cup panel

Ahead of the 2017 Melbourne Cup, the Assembly of Catholic Professionals was delighted to welcome an expert racing panel. Over lunch, they gave the audience an entertaining behind the scenes look at the Melbourn Cup and Australia’s racing industry.


ACP members polish their presentation skills

The Assembly of Catholic Professionals was delighted to welcome Prof Paul Carding as the guest speaker in August 2017.

Prof Carding is an expert in the human voice and has more than 25 years of senior clinical experience in Speech Pathology.

Drawing on his years of research and experience as a former voice consultant to the Royal Shakespeare Company Prof Carding highlighted six areas of public speaking that amateur and professional speakers alike can refine for memorable presentations.


Annual Catholic Campaign benefits from regular giving.

The Catholic Campaign will be launched in every parish across the Archdiocese of Brisbane on Sunday 10 September 2017. This year, Archbishop Coleridge encourages us to remain faithful, advance the good works of the Church, and consider giving a regular gift.

Barbara and her husband John give a regular gift to Centacare. Centacare’s pastoral ministries are especially grateful for the raised funds from the Annual Catholic Campaign and helps them assist people experiencing debilitating social challenges.

“We have seen the brokenness of society and, as the Church, we must be at the coalface of this brokenness,” says Barbara.

Ministries in need

This year’s Campaign will fund support of four critical ministries, including Centacare, which serves our most vulnerable neighbours. It also supports the care of elderly, retired and unwell priests, seminarians’ education at Holy Spirit Seminary, and the Mary MacKillop School Access Fund, which provides Catholic school bursaries for children whose families are experiencing severe financial hardship.

Every gift is important

Have you thought about giving a gift to this year’s Campaign? It is truly your heart’s attitude rather than the size of your gift that matters.

Mary Macuga, Director of the Catholic Foundation hears from donors with big hearts. “Donors often say, ‘It’s not much, but I want to give something’.

“This humble thought is what the Campaign is all about. It reminds me of the widow’s mite because she gave so much to serve others, and give thanks to God.”

Regular giving

Each monthly gift is put straight to work, to make a difference in the lives of people in need. Regular gifts also help ministries reduce their admin costs and plan ahead, to help even more people in need. Please consider making a regular gift today, in an amount that is meaningful to you. You can make a one-off or regular gift through your parish, online at www.catholiccampaign.com.au or call the Catholic Foundation on 07 3324 3200.

However you support the Campaign, one thing is clear: your gift will be the answer to someone’s prayer.


Supporting our seminarians: our future shepherds of service

Seminarians today face challenges that priests of yesteryear could never have imagined. Once ordained, they lead our faith communities in a more secular, global and technologically driven world.

Our future priests will be of service to more complex and diverse communities than in the past. Parish priests now commonly minister to multiple congregations with growing multicultural communities and deal with complicated moral and ethical dilemmas.

Knowing all this, today’s seminarians continue to choose the path to priesthood.

Our seminarians feel blessed to be supported by parishioners across the Archdiocese of Brisbane. One of the second-year seminarians tells of his formation.

“When the seminary first opened, seminarians of the time lived a more monastic existence. Young priests of the day emerged from their formation ready and able to engage with their parishioners and the world .”

“Now, it’s our turn to be formed and today’s priests need to be trained differently in the midst of all the uncertainty in our world.”


“My call to come to Holy Spirit Seminary is undoubtedly a precious gift from God Himself – a gift that I must always treasure.”


“I am looking forward to continuing my spiritual growth and becoming an effective shepherd: learning to consolidate a strong prayer life, balancing my studies at the seminary and at university, developing as a person and a future ordained minister and keeping abreast with the digital world so I can stay relevant as a priest to my future parishioners.”

You can help support our next generation of Catholic leaders at Holy Spirit Seminary. Your financial gifts will help provide accommodation, classrooms, and facilities that contribute to their formation and education. It will equip them with the skills, knowledge, and spirituality to be shepherds to our communities.


Your gift brings relief to those who depend on the good works of the Church.

The Holy Spirit Seminary safeguards the future of the priesthood for years to come. To help support this vital ministry, prayerfully give to this year’s Annual Catholic Campaign.

Because of your generosity, our most vulnerable neighbours are cared for in their greatest hour of need. Children from disadvantaged families experience the life-changing gift of a Catholic education, and elderly and sick priests receive support for their health, housing and living needs.

Please prayerfully consider giving a regular gift. Most of all, however you choose to give, your gift will be the answer to someone’s prayer. You can give a gift online or call the Catholic Foundation team on 3324 3200.


A new dream through a Catholic education

Martha used to have nightmares. Now, through the MacKillop Fund, she has a new dream thanks to her nurturing Catholic education.

In the quiet of the night, Martha’s dreams are filled with horrors most of us will never know. She sees a man with a gun. She hears his shouts and threats and can even smell the cigarette smoke on his clothes. Sadly, these aren’t simply nightmares, they are memories.

Her mother tells us: “Before we came to Australia, our family lived in a war-torn country and lived in constant fear for our safety. I wanted to protect Martha from the outside world but she was with me one day when a man burst into our home, terrorised our family and tied me up.”

Her family escaped their homeland and made the brave decision to move to Australia to start a new life. Martha’s parents believe that a spiritual, social, emotional and academic education will nurture her wholeness and well-being. But they simply don’t have the means to send her to a Catholic school.

With your support

Because of your support, the Mary MacKillop Brisbane Catholic School Bursary Fund can give students like Martha the gift of a Catholic education. This is something we often take for granted.

Martha’s new dream

Martha’s teacher sees Martha’s eyes light up each time they start class. “Martha has the ability and, more importantly, the work ethic to benefit from the opportunities available to her through a Catholic education. I know that she will blossom with the support of a Mary MacKillop Fund bursary.

For Martha, going to school has a therapeutic effect. She loves learning and finds comfort in being a part of her class.

“I am so happy when her teachers say that she is a vibrant and enthusiastic member of the class. “I just want her to have the best chance of a
healthy and happy future. We know her new school Catholic community will help her become whole again and she will start to have happy dreams.”


Your gift brings relief to those who depend on the good works of the Church.

The MacKillop Fund changes the lives of children from disadvantaged families with the gift of a Catholic education bursary. It is one of the vital ministries that relies on the Annual Catholic Campaign.

Through the generosity of parishioners across the Archdiocese, our most vulnerable neighbours are cared for when they are in greatest need through Centacare, the Priests Foundation gives our elderly and sick priests comfort, knowing their health, housing and living needs will be met in their retirement, and the future of the priesthood is safeguarded for years to come through the Holy Spirit Seminary.

You can learn more about the MacKillop School Access Fund including how to submit an application for the next round of bursaries.

You can give a gift online or call the Catholic Foundation team on 3324 3200.