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Woody Point’s first Catholic school had a miraculous start 50 years ago

OUR Lady had a miraculous hand in laying the foundations for Woody Point’s first Catholic primary school 50 years ago. Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School was built on land bought by the suburb’s parish priest Fr Jim Henry, who had an interesting use for Miraculous Medals. Terry White Chemists group co-founder Rhonda White, who was a Woody Point parishioner ... Read More »

The Catholic Leader team wins multiple media awards for their work

  MEDIA experts have recognised The Catholic Leader newspaper as a benchmark for quality Catholic journalism at the 2018 Australasian Catholic Press Association Awards. Journalist Mark Bowling received the award for Best News Story for his story on the disturbing teen “sexting” culture raised by a Catholic school principal in Bundaberg. Mr Bowling also received highly-commended awards for his stories ... Read More »

Archbishop calls task force in response to marriage crisis across Australia

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called a task force to address the steep decline in Catholic marriages and the implications of same-sex marriage legislation in Australia. Archbishop Coleridge has appointed 10 people from the Archdiocese of Brisbane to the Amoris Laetitia Task Force (ALTF) which will “develop and implement a strategy to promote Catholic marriage and family” in the archdiocese. ... Read More »

Fertility classes the missing link in Catholic school sexuality programs

Catholic couple Simon and Nicky Ashley

CATHOLIC teacher Simon Ashley believes fertility classes taught by Catholic educators would not only help improve Australia’s low birth rate, but also set teenagers up for healthier relationships in their adult life. Mr Ashley, a Brisbane Catholic teacher who is developing a nuptial formation course for teachers, parents and parishes, made his comments following a call to introduce fertility classes ... Read More »

Port Macquarie backs Bale Out for farmers

Fr Paul Gooley with Port Macquarie aged care residents

DROUGHT has struck at the heart of many farming communities and families throughout western NSW, and Port Macquarie parish priest Fr Paul Gooley decided to do something about it. Fr Gooley launched the Bale Out appeal in early July and it was embraced enthusiastically by the parish and the Port Macquarie community. It has spread throughout the Lismore diocese with ... Read More »

Brisbane Oratory novice swaps health care for spiritual care

Br John Henry Newman of the Oratory and a Vietnamese parishioner

HUNG Nguyen can spot a rotten tooth in seconds but after years of prayer he’s decided to study a new form of healing by becoming a priest. The Adelaide-born Vietnamese Catholic has left behind a career as an oral health practitioner to join the Brisbane Oratory. He entered the community on May 26 taking on a new name, Br John ... Read More »

Brisbane schools join Fiver for a Farmer campaign

Christ the King Deception Bay

CATHOLIC schools across Brisbane archdiocese joined the Fiver for a Farmer movement to raise much-needed money to help farming families struggling through Australia’s worst drought crisis in centuries. Arriving at school dressed as farmers, students and staff came up with some novel and innovating ideas to raise awareness and money for the struggling farmers. Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries ... Read More »

Parish community vows to restore St Columba’s to near-original shape

St Columba's church

IT took a lightning bolt to push the faithful keepers of St Columba’s Church, Wilston, into an action plan to ensure the sacred icon stays standing for another 100 years. Last year lightning struck the 104-year-old church, which is part of the Good Samaritan Parish and St John the Baptist Parish, prompting the community to launch a three-year plan to ... Read More »

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