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Robyn’s baton relay leg dedicated to 1200 volunteers of street charity Rosies

Robyn Hunt

WHEN Surfers Paradise parishioner and community worker Robyn Hunt held the Queen’s baton aloft on one of the final stretches into the Gold Coast, she did it for the charity she loves. “I carried the torch for the 1200 volunteers who work for Rosies,” Mrs Hunt said, reminiscing on the great Commonwealth Games moment, as she attended Mass as sacristan ... Read More »

Gaudete et Exsultate: New apostolic letter calls all Catholics to lives of holiness

Pope Francis

POPE Francis has released a new apostolic letter to each and every Christian – a down-to-earth call to holiness in the midst of our everyday lives. Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and be glad”), subtitled “On the call to holiness in today’s world” is Pope Francis’ third apostolic exhortation, after Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) in 2013, and Amoris ... Read More »

Yeppoon couple to lead Australian pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families conference in Dublin

Mark and TInk Boyd

A QUEENSLAND couple with seven children will lead the official Australian pilgrimage to the ninth World Meeting of Families conference in Dublin in August. Mark and Tink Boyd, from Yeppoon, first attended a World Meeting of Families conference in Mexico City in 2009 after an invitation from then Rockhampton Bishop Brian Heenan. “It just opened our eyes to the evangelising ... Read More »

Discus queen Taryn Gollshewsky going for gold

Tayn Gollshewsky

TARYN Gollshewsky can count on the cheers of every child at Bundaberg’s St Patrick’s Primary School when she steps into the discus thrower’s circle at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. “Miss G”, as her students affectionately know her, is a first-year physical eduation teacher at St Patrick’s. Throughout first term she balanced a gruelling training schedule with her full-time teaching. ... Read More »

What will be discussed at Australia’s plenary council?

Pope ordains

NOW that Pope Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church in Australia to hold an historic plenary council – the first in more than 80 years – what is the biggest hot-button issue up for discussion? For some, the issue is whether the Catholic Church should allow married men to become priests, a move that would end a ... Read More »

Eloise Wellings running to God’s beat at Commonwealth Games

Eloise Wellings

WHEN elite long-distance runner Eloise Wellings takes to the track she has more than medals on her mind. Lining up on the Gold Coast for her fourth Commonwealth Games in the 10,000m and 5000m, Ms Wellings also has her focus fixed on Love Mercy, a foundation she co-founded to help communities in northern Uganda overcome poverty after decades of civil ... Read More »

Young people want their violent fathers to make amends, new study finds

abusive fathers

CHILDREN of fathers who use violence want their dads to understand the significant impact that it has on their lives. A new study by a University of Melbourne researcher Dr Katie Lamb has led to children recording their stories, so they can be replayed to their fathers to get the message through. Dr Lamb (pictured), a criminologist and now a ... Read More »

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