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Toowoomba lay women make life-changing trip to the Philippines

Philippines women

WOMEN from Toowoomba diocese have made a life-changing trip to the Philippines to make the lives of people better. Catherine McAleer; Helen Gillam, from St Mary’s School, Warwick; and Amy Davis, from St Patrick’s School, Mitchell, made the trip with the purpose of helping to set up a small school library for the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred ... Read More »

Children and domestic violence: ‘There is never any harm in seeking support’

Child's play

PARENTS are being advised to reach out for professional help if they are worried that children have been affected by domestic and family violence. Some counsellors warn that the effects may not be easy to recognise particularly for stressed parents coping with the strain of an abusive relationship and the demands of raising children. Centacare executive director Peter Selwood said ... Read More »

Oncology experts say cancer patients should take up exercise and chemotherapy

Cancer patients with ACU professor

WHEN mum Nicole Cooper was diagnosed with incurable, stage-four bowel cancer last year, her oncologist prescribed her two things – chemotherapy and exercise. Old-school medical advice would have been to rest and avoid activity while chemo treatment was undertaken – but not any more. In between bouts of chemotherapy and surgery, the 33-year-old started lengthy runs and gym sessions using ... Read More »

Is there a militant resurgence in Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority nation?

Church bombed in Indonesia

THE latest church bombings in Indonesia show the same trademark of fear that gripped the country almost a generation ago, and now once again threatens Christians, many of whom are from the ethnic Chinese minority, and make up about nine per cent of Indonesia’s 260 million people. Wind the clock back to Christmas Eve 2000. Orchestrated attacks on churches in ... Read More »

Caloundra principal showcases beauty of the Coast in art exhibition

Michael Stewart

PRIMARY school principal Michael Stewart has a rare gift of seeing beauty in a budding flower, the roaring Sunshine Coast beaches, and even a plate of lasagne from the local cafe. The talented artist and leader of Our Lady of the Rosary School, Caloundra, is showcasing these “beauties” and more in an exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery. Mr Stewart ... Read More »

Free fitness classes soothe body and soul at Booval

Booval fitness

GREAT-grandmother Eileen Galligan has carried 15 children in her lifetime but now her 87-year-old legs are having trouble carrying anything else. “They don’t want to carry me,” Mrs Galligan said. The long-time Booval parishioner is one of nearly 20 seniors attending a free fitness class helping the former farmer get back on her feet. The classes are held every Friday ... Read More »

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