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Sexting common among teens – ‘Parents have to play their part in the responsible use of phones’

PARENTS must take responsibility for young people using their smartphones, including cracking down on rampant teen sexting, a Catholic education leader says. “Phones are here to stay so how do we use them properly?”  Catholic School Parents Queensland executive director Carmel Nash said. “Parents have to play their part in the responsible use of phones. “Schools can’t be responsible for everything.” ... Read More »

Brisbane parish group empowered a remote, war-torn Catholic region of East Timor

BRISBANE parishioners have celebrated a mission accomplished after 18 years supporting projects in East Timor that have empowered a remote, war-torn Catholic community and yielded lifelong friendships. In 2000, parishioners of St John’s Wood/The Gap first heard about the plight of impoverished villagers in the mountainous region of Atabae, home to about 10,000 people in the west of East Timor. ... Read More »

Graduates of new Centacare course commissioned

A NEW group of pastoral carers has been commissioned for service in Brisbane archdiocese. They were commissioned at Mass recently in St Stephen’s Chapel after having completed a new course being offered by Centacare. Pastoral ministries director Judy Norris said Centacare introduced the course this year after the closure of the Multifaith Academy for Community Ministries which had trained hospital ... Read More »

St James College asylum-seeker student’s dreams of studying to become a doctor revived

OUTSTANDING refugee student Soumi Gopalakrishnan faces deportation together with her Tamil family but, for now, she is celebrating the prospect of fulfilling her dream of studying to become a doctor. The 19-year-old was school captain and dux at Brisbane’s inner-city St James College this year, but her refugee status means she is not eligible for a domestic government-supported HECS position at ... Read More »

Van-do attitude of Rosies volunteers help secure new vehicle and barbecue trailer

FOR twelve years, a loyal band of Rosies volunteers has buzzed around the Beenleigh area distributing hot meals to the hungry. Last week, they were rewarded for their hard work, when a superannuation fund gifted them a van and barbecue trailer. The benevolent bequest, which came from LUCRF Super Community Program, will transport up to 10 volunteers, ensuring the needs ... Read More »

Parents ‘get off your smartphones’ is the message from children craving face-to-face connections

A COMPREHENSIVE new report entitled Growing Up in Queensland finds that busy parents stuck on their smartphones are ignoring young people’s problems including school stress and bullying. The report released by the Queensland Family and Child Commission shows that children crave face-to-face connections. “They want adults to pay attention, have respectful conversations, and listen to what they have to say ... Read More »

Rural region on the move – new schools expected for South Country Deanery

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ONE of the archdiocese’s largest deaneries is predicted to experience rapid population growth in the coming years, opening the door for a number of new Catholic schools. The South Country Deanery consists of vast rural parishes including Esk, Boonah and Gatton Laidley, as well as the parishes of the Ipswich Community (Ipswich, Rosewood, Leichhardt and North Ipswich), Booval and Goodna. ... Read More »

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