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  • Helping children like Kirra find joy

    5 January 2021

    Have you ever found yourself smiling along to a child’s laughter, even when you have no idea what the joke is? It’s the strangest thing, but there are few things as uplifting as the spontaneous laughter of a child. That uninhibited, right from the tummy sound that you just can’t get annoyed at (even if…

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  • What happens in a seminary?

    5 January 2021

    “What exactly happens in a Seminary?” This question is often asked when people meet Monsignor John Grace, Rector of Holy Spirit Seminary, Banyo. Monsignor is always happy to answer – and his response is always a joyful one. “It is a lively place, full of activity and a daily adventure for staff and students. Sometimes…

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  • Domestic and family Violence is not the end of their story

    5 January 2021

    Imagine the joy of being newly married and expecting your first child. Leanne found herself in that euphoric place, but it was then that the violence first began. She was four months pregnant the first time her husband knocked her into the wall, repeatedly. And all the hope for a joyful future was knocked out…

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  • Student helped through the MacKillop Fund

    Never see a need without doing something about it

    28 July 2020

    At the heart of Mary MacKillop’s vocation was the belief that every child deserves a faith-based education – especially those children from families living in hardship. 2020 has been a turbulent year for many students and families, but for one little girl it has been a year filled with the love and support of her…

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  • From a life of trauma, Beth was lifted into opportunity and hope

    29 November 2019

    In 2013, a local priest came to the MacKillop Fund Committee to ask for help for an impoverished family in his parish. He saw their need, and knew that a Catholic education will make a world of difference for the children in this household. The mother had been a victim of a violent sexual assault…

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  • The centre of my life is my relationship with Jesus

    13 June 2019

    Deacon Tom Duncan is looking ahead to his ordination next month with great excitement and, most of all, he’s looking forward to celebrating his first Mass. He said in some ways there was no other answer. “(Mass) is not the only thing a priest does of course, but it is at the heart of the…

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  • Giving a child a better future

    4 December 2018

    A child from a family in crisis, who can only dream of a Catholic education, has had their prayer answered, thanks to your faith in her potential. Sitting in her classroom, Vanessa’s* eyes light up and a huge grin spreads over her face. Mr Brian Eastaughffe is principal of Clairvaux MacKillop College on Brisbane’s southside and loves seeing this…

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  • A new phase of ministry

    23 November 2018

    Over the decades, priests show their faithful dedication to their vocation and the teaching of Jesus and His saving mission. These men of God have travelled with us and our families for generations and are grateful to be present in your lives. Even as they enter their senior years, they continue to fulfil their calling give invaluable…

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  • Memory Cafes support people living with dementia and families

    23 November 2018

    Cathie and Phil’s story reads like one long love story. They met when Cathie was 14, only a few years out from her native Scotland and have been together ever since. They’ve two children and three beautiful grandchildren, spread between New Zealand and Melbourne. Their marriage has stretched beyond 50 years, forged by challenges that…

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  • Meet new deacons Joshua Whitehead and Thomas Duncan

    22 November 2018

    Prayer, study, reflection, work, serve. After a journey that has spanned six years, Joshua Whitehead and Thomas Duncan have been ordained deacons. Surrounded by family, friends, clergy and supporters Deacons Joshua and Thomas took a major step towards ministerial priesthood on Friday, 16 November at the Holy Spirit Chapel, Banyo. Deacon Joshua Whitehead will be…

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