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Parents: Government funding for Catholic schools could help our child with Dyslexia

Helping children with disabilities

PARENTS of a child with dyslexia want the prospect of extra funding for Catholic schools to go towards learning support for their son and others like him rather than lowering fees. Matthew and Eloise Campbell said they had paid thousands of dollars into specialist treatment for their nine-year-old son with dyslexia attending St Joachim’s primary school, Holland Park, because the ... Read More »

Being Marta Von Trapp

Giselle Roe as Marta Von Trapp

HOW does Marta Von Trapp make her big entrance on stage for the world’s favourite musical? With prayer, of course. “Well, we say our lines before we say our prayers, and then we say, ‘Jesus, can you please help us so we get our lines and we can do well and we thank you for us getting into Sound of ... Read More »

Catholic refugee advocates: End immigration detention of children

Children in detention

REFUGEE advocates have demanded the Federal Government put an end to children ever being held in immigration detention again. The detention of children has been described as a contributor to long-term trauma, a violation of duty of care and morally wrong by refugee advocates. Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission welcomed the April 3 announcement by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to ... Read More »

Food shortages continue in PNG with millions affected

PNG Food Shortage

REMOTE villagers in Papua New Guinea remain critically short of food with predictions that severe weather conditions will continue until the middle of the year.According to a World Food Program operational briefing paper, quoting PNG Government figures, more than 2.7 million people are affected by extreme El Nino climate conditions, which started a year ago.One WFP briefing paper source, Dr ... Read More »

Bishops condemn exposing children to pornography

Bishop Peter Commensoli

AUSTRALIA’S Catholic bishops have called pornography exposure among children “a form of abuse” in a submission published by a Senate inquiry last week.The Bishops’ Commission for Family, Youth and Life of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference made a submission to a Senate inquiry into the harm done to children through online pornography.The submission said children “have a right to be ... Read More »

MS sufferer Fiona Ward prepares for emotional journey to walk again

Fiona Ward

BUNDABERG mum Fiona Ward is hopefully five weeks away from walking without a cane or using a wheelchair for the first time in a year. The mother of three and parishioner at Holy Rosary Church, Bundaberg, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis five years ago. Her health has declined dramatically in the past year, leaving the former police officer wheelchair-bound and in ... Read More »

Abbott to give public lecture for scholarship commemorating former headmaster

Memorial lecture

FORMER prime minister Tony Abbott will help launch a memorial scholarship that pays tribute to his Sydney school headmaster, the late Jesuit Father Gregory Jordan. Mr Abbott will address the inaugural Fr Gregory Jordan SJ Memorial Scholarship at a public lecture on April 29 in Brisbane. A spokesperson for Mr Abbott said the former prime minister looked forward to delivering ... Read More »

Brisbane communities ready to give jobs to incoming Syrian refugees

Syrians to have jobs in Brisbane

MORE than one hundred businesses and organisations have signed up to provide job opportunities for Syrian refugees expected to arrive in Brisbane in coming months. Last November, the Queensland Government pledged to take 3500 refugees as part of an Australia-wide intake of 12,000. In response, Multicultural Development Association, the independent, non-government settlement organization, launched a Queensland-wide campaign to find 500 work-experience ... Read More »

Josephites gather for milestone

Josephites

JOSEPHITES across Australia marked the order’s 150th anniversary in Masses throughout the country last week, with particular gratitude in Queensland.  Without the perseverance of the sisters in the early 1900s, the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart may not have gathered in Brisbane on March 19 to celebrate a sesquicentenary at all. Sr Mary MacKillop and her sisters ... Read More »

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