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‘Fantastic’ rain brings relief to several communities up north

flooding in Mt Isa

TRAFFIC is not a word Corena Powers uses much in Mount Isa. But that’s what graced the Good Shepherd parish secretary’s morning school drop-off just days after what was the heaviest rainfall through the north-west Queensland city in years. Flooding of the Leichhardt River shut down two of Mount Isa’s bridges, forcing all traffic to and from the city to ... Read More »

Margie Miller’s ‘fun’ path to an Australian Day honour

Margie Miller

THERE was an old lady who swallowed a fly, and then there’s Margie Miller. Unlike the dame in the popular nursery rhyme, it wasn’t a fly or a spider or even a bird that slipped down Margie’s throat. “I used to sing in the parish choir before I swallowed a bone,” Margie explains. “I was eating a stew and I ... Read More »

Sky’s the limit for Brisbane deacon taking on Q1 stair challenge

Andrew O'Brien

DEACON Andrew O’Brien is preparing to climb the tallest building in Australia so his Brisbane-based outreach can continue to offer mateship to homeless people in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. The Brisbane deacon and manager for Catholic outreach Rosies, which serves a cuppa to hundreds of homeless people in Queensland every week, will attempt to climb 1331 steps in ... Read More »

Experts advise caution on cyber safety program targeting children as young as four

child cyber safety

THE FEDERAL Government’s efforts to teach children as young as four about cyber safety must not sexualise or scandalise innocent minds, a relationships educator has cautioned. Paul Ninnes, whose organisation Real Talk Australia delivers sexual integrity presentations to 30,000 students in Catholic and state schools every year, responded to the announcement that the Australian Federal Police’s ThinkUKnow cyber safety program ... Read More »

Steady rain lifts spirits but not the Queensland drought

barren land in Aramac

WHEN Good Samaritan Sister Carmel Pattinson heard a steady fall of rain on her roof in Richmond last week, she also felt the spirits of the locals “being lifted”. But intermittent rain over a few days wasn’t enough to end what is now the fifth year of drought in the north Queensland town. “It has lifted people’s spirits but the ... Read More »

Baby’s ‘miracle’ healing leads mother to the Church

Jazz Yi Li, Joseph Hoang and Mark Yi Hoang

GOLD Coast mother Jazz Yue Yi Li never thought God was real until she saw her newborn son nearly die in hospital. Ms Yi Li gave birth to her son Mark Yi Hoang on April 6 last year but after being discharged was rushed to the hospital “with a life-threatening situation”. Mark had contracted the dangerous Group B Streptococcal infection, ... Read More »

Sunshine Coast multi-millionaire Catholic has Biblical approach to donating his money

Roy and Nola Thompson

MAROOCHYDORE parishioner Roy Thompson agrees with Jesus’ warning not to store his treasures on earth, which is why he’s donated millions of dollars on the Sunshine Coast. The property developer and former publican is a multi-millionaire philanthropist who has given generously to improve life for residents on the Coast. To the University of the Sunshine Coast alone, the generous Catholic ... Read More »

Catholic schools leader to help tackle cyberbullying in Queensland Premier’s task force

cyberbullying

RECOMMENDATIONS from the Catholic education sector on how to deal with the rise of cyberbullying in schools will be considered by a new Queensland Government task force. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Dr Lee-Anne Perry was announced as one of the 14 members of the Queensland Anti-Bullying Task Force, which will make recommendations for community and government action to ... Read More »

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