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Emergency room trip in Philippines prompts family’s Lenten fundraiser

Miguel Balagtas in the emergency room in the Philippines

A BRISBANE parishioner has launched a heartfelt Lenten appeal for a struggling hospital in the Philippines. Sherry Balagtas was shocked at hospital conditions when her 13-year-old son Miguel was admitted with food poisoning during a family holiday in Palawan province recently. She said the Coron District Hospital was poorly lacking in basic supplies and medicines. “We had to call the ... Read More »

Australian youth ministers hear results of national youth survey at research seminar in Brisbane

Trudy Dantis

YOUNG people living in Australia have positive experiences of the Church in youth groups, festivals, Mass or liturgies, and outreach, but still feel dismissed for being “too young” or “too Catholic”, according to findings from a national youth survey. Youth ministers from across Australia at a two-day research seminar in Brisbane last week heard the results of the national youth ... Read More »

Casino Catholic schools offers scholarship to lower Year 7 fees

St Mary's scholarship

ST Mary’s Catholic College, Casino, has launched the Mercy Scholarships Program offering fee concessions for Year 7 students. Principal Aaron Beach said the scholarships would be offered based on students’ academic achievement, effort and accomplishments in sport or culture. “For the first time in its in ninety-nine year history, the college is excited to offer these Mercy Scholarships for two ... Read More »

North Queensland in recovery mode after major flood damage

Sr Nina Barra in Ingham

NORTH Queensland is recovering after major flooding cut roads, closed Catholic schools and caused major property damage. Hardest hit was the town of Ingham, where a muddy clean-up of homes and businesses was underway after floodwaters swept through town, with authorities issuing a warning about crocodiles and snakes. “We’re cut off north, east and west still, but the centre of ... Read More »

Brisbane school breathes new life into 81-year-old country church

Cooranga North church

THE last time Catholics living in Cooranga North saw their beautiful country church, it was listed for sale on a website. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, built in 1937, served Catholics in Dalby, in Toowoomba diocese, and then the neighbouring Jandowae community over 75 years before closing in 2013 due to low attendance rates and a lack of ... Read More »

Queenslanders to give fighting chance for the unborn

A pregnant mother with a pro-life sign

PRO-life supporters are gearing up for a month of tireless campaigning to ensure Queensland politicians protect the unborn. Cherish Life Queensland announced the annual March For Life will be held in Brisbane on March 18, a day after the first national summit for the grassroots campaign Abortion Rethink. Four thousand people turned up to last year’s March for Life rally ... Read More »

Hundreds of young Indigenous given a chance to finish school with QATSIF scholarship

Alexandra Hills State School students

HUNDREDS of young indigenous students from Queensland will complete their senior years of high school with help from a state-based scholarship fund. The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation has delivered scholarships to 1045 indigenous students from all education sectors across the state to support their Year 11 and 12 studies. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from 56 ... Read More »

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