Preparing for Advent

Next Sunday begins the season of advent. Advent sometimes gets lost amongst the commercialisation of Christmas during December. Advent is a penitential season filled with preparation and expectation for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ at Christmas celebrated from Vespers on the 24th December to Candlemas on the 2nd February. One way we can reclaim the spirit of advent is having an advent wreath in our homes which can be used during times of family prayer.
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Purgatory and November Indulgences

During November the Church turns our minds to the suffering souls in purgatory. Purgatory is a great mercy from God allowing those who have died in friendship with God, but who’s are still due temporal punishment, to enter into heaven. Those souls who depart this life in the state of grace but with venial sin, or who have not paid their debt of temporal punishment due to those sins which guilt or eternal punishment has been forgiven, go to purgatory for a time. It is said that the fires of purgatory are the same as the fires of hell, except in purgatory they are temporary, and pain in purgatory is most great. While in purgatory, souls are unable to merit for themselves, but since we are still on earth we can offer up sufferings on their behalf to expiate their temporal punishment to make their time in purgatory quicker. The

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Christ the King: Consecration & Plenary Indulgence

On Sunday 25 of October we will celebrate the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. This Feast reminds us that all people, the baptised and non-baptised, are subject to Christ who is the King of all mankind. On this Feast Day the Church grants a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, for those who assist publicly in the Act of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is fitting that this day falls one week before the Queensland State election and is a good reminder that as Christ is the King of mankind, all political powers ought to be subject to Christ and his laws. A nation or state cannot flourish unless it follows the laws of Christ and his rule. Our families and even ourselves as individuals are subject to the rule of Christ and we should seek him to be the

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Rosary Novena of Reparation

We invite you to join with us in a nine day praying of the rosary for the intention of making reparation for, and requesting protection from the effects of, all desecration of the Most Holy Eucharist and sacrilege against the Mass. This novena is to begin on Monday October 5, run through the feast of the Holy Rosary on October 7, and conclude on October 13 (anniversary of the last apparition at Fatima). 

It is well known that growing interest in the occult leads to increased involvement in satanic groups, and that the most serious consequences can befall individuals without their necessarily being aware of what their involvement can bring about. It is our duty to pray for those caught up in such activities, even if they are fully aware of and fully intend the desecration, sacrilege and blasphemy to which they lend their voices. We pray also for protection from

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Ember Days

“Holy Cross, Lucy, Ashes, Day of the Annointed,are when the ember days are appointed.”

Four times a year, in the traditional calendar, we celebrate ember days which fall on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday with the change of the seasons. These ancient days go back to at least the 5th century, and traditionally are days of penance, fast and partial abstainance from meat (meaning meat at the main meal only).

While the observation of these days are no longer mandatory, it is a good and pious thing to voluntarily observe them. The purpose of these “mini-lents” are to pray, fast, and thank God for the gifts He gives us through nature such food and shelter. This week we have the September Ember Days, falling after the Feast of the Holy Cross as the rhyme above reminds us.

Ember Wednesday September 2020
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Update: Armed robbery, Upper Mount Gravatt

Police have charged three males following an armed robbery in Upper Mount Gravatt on September 12.
Around midnight on Saturday, police will allege three males wearing balaclavas entered a sports club on Klumpp Road and Logan Road, one was armed with a rifle.
They allegedly threatened a female employee and stole a large sum of cash.
They fled in a black Holden Astra which was monitored by police until the vehicle was intercepted using a tyre deflation device on Main Street, Narangba.
They abandoned the vehicle and were all arrested a short time later.
Two males aged 16 and 17 have been charged with armed robbery and unlawful possession of a weapon.
An 18-year-old man from Teneriffe has been charged with armed robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
He is due to appear in Redcliffe Magistrates court today (September 14).

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Armed robbery, Upper Mount Gravatt

Police have arrested three males following an armed robbery in Upper Mount Gravatt overnight.
Around midnight, police will allege three males wearing balaclavas entered a sports club on Klumpp Road and Logan Road. One of the males was armed with a rifle.
They allegedly threatened a female employee and stole a large sum of cash.
They fled in a black Holden Astra, being monitored by police until the vehicle was intercepted using a tyre deflation device on Main Street at Narangba.
They abandoned the vehicle and were all arrested a short time later. They are expected to be charged later today.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP2001923771 within the online suspicious activity form.

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North Stradbroke Island prepares for a safe September holiday period

Police are reminding parents and young people to act responsibly when planning school holiday celebrations on North Stradbroke Island this September.
Officers are preparing for the influx of senior high school students to North Stradbroke Island and are committed to maintaining the island’s reputation as a safe holiday destination for all.
Additional police will be sent to the island to bolster the number of officers already posted at Dunwich Station and Point Lookout Police Beat.
Inspector Lindsay Kilpatrick, Bayside Patrol Group is encouraging young people to act responsibly and to enjoy North Stradbroke Island and the many great beaches and attractions it has to offer.
We are urging parents to consider the possible consequences of providing alcohol to young people, also reminding them that a decision to supply alcohol to an underage child could result in fines of up to $3,000.
Police would also like to take this opportunity to remind those holidaying on North

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Queensland residents reminded of border restrictions

Queensland residents planning on travelling interstate are being reminded about border restrictions in place for returning travellers.
Since, August 8, the Queensland border has been closed to anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot (Victoria, New South Wales and ACT) in the previous 14-day period unless they receive an exemption.
Residents living in the declared ‘border zones’ can apply for a Queensland border declaration ‘X’ pass but will only be permitted to travel within the border zone in Queensland and New South Wales.
Motorists with ‘G’ passes are not allowed to enter Queensland via the roadway and will need to travel into Queensland via air or reapply for one of the other passes if they meet the criteria.
Gold Coast District Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said officers were still seeing motorists attempting to cross the Gold Coast/Tweed border checkpoints with invalid border passes.
“With September school holidays coming up and sporting competitions such as

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Fatal motorcycle crash, Brisbane City

Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash in Brisbane City this morning.
Around 9.45am on Skew Street, a motorcyclist lost control and fell onto the roadway before being struck by a bus.
The 45-year-old male rider from Wynnum West was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The driver and sole occupant of the bus was not physically injured.
The southbound lanes of the William Jolly Bridge were closed for several hours.
Forensic Crash investigators are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who may have dash cam vision to contact police.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP2001889080 within the online suspicious activity form.

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