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‘Devastating’ fires hit region, Rockhampton bishop praises the spirit and generosity of volunteers

THE courage of firefighters battling to save lives and property has been recounted by a priest as Queensland turns to recovery after a fortnight of scorching conditions classified as “catastrophic” for the first time. “This was like hand-to-hand combat,” Finch Hatton parish priest Fr Don White said, describing how volunteer firefighters fought intense flames to defend their town of 260 ... 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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