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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 »

Red Wiggle Simon Pryce says Christmas is about giving, not about gifts

THE Christmas sound and light show at St Stephen’s Cathedral will feature an animated children’s story by an expert in all that delights the young, and the young-at-heart. Roger Robot has been written and narrated by none other than the Red Wiggle, Simon Pryce, especially for The Lights of Christmas. “Roger Robot was just a little character that I thought ... Read More »

Devastating bushfires stir community spirit in coastal areas across Central Queensland

DAYS of bushfires burning in coastal areas across Central Queensland have destroyed homes, torn through thousands of hectares of bush and farmland, and forced more than 1500 residents to evacuate. However, amid heatwave conditions, the loss and worry, the spirit and deeds of smoky-faced volunteers has inspired entire communities. “The whole community is pulling together with this disaster,” Agnes Water ... Read More »

Right to teach beliefs threatened by proposals to repeal faith-based exemptions, bishops say

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AUSTRALIAN Catholic bishops have demanded federal members of parliament provide protection for religious schools operating according to their faith. The move follows the shadow attorney general Mark Dreyfus announcing on November 27 that Labor would introduce its own Private Member’s Bill, to repeal the exemptions for religious schools in section 38(3) of the Sex Discrimination Act. The Bishops said Parliament ... Read More »

Fr Ray Kearney fondly remembered by those who worked with him over the years

IT was a conversation in the priest’s carport in Sunnybank parish, on Brisbane’s southside, that changed the trajectory of my life. The then parish priest and my former employer Fr Ray Kearney, who died on October 29, spoke candidly of how he saw a difficult decision that lay ahead of me. “God doesn’t want this for your life, Selina,” I ... Read More »

Queensland government orders inquiry into end-of-life care including euthanasia

Legalising euthanasia in Australia

JUST a month after the Queensland Government legalised late-term abortion, Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk has given the green light for an inquiry into voluntary assisted dying. Speaking in Parliament on November 14, Ms Palaszczuk (pictured) said a parliamentary committee would hold hearings over the next year to determine the desirability of the act, and would report its conclusion to the legislative ... Read More »

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