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Family advocates say government’s support of childcare in Omnibus bill ‘competing’ with stay-at-home mothers

mother with children

FAMILY advocates believe plans to save $4 billion by scrapping family tax benefits shows the Australian government is only interested in “competing” with stay-at-home mothers. National Civic Council Queensland president and father of five Luke McCormack is against the controversial childcare and welfare omnibus bill, which calls for a complete ... Read More »

Youth Off the Streets leader says young offenders need help

Fr Chris Riley

AUSTRALIA’S youth justice system is under extreme pressure. In the past few months incarcerated juveniles have rioted in Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria, with serious incidents in the Northern Territory. On November 10, up to 20 young offenders at Townsville’s Cleveland Detention Centre went on a night-long rampage that forced ... Read More »

Broken Bay youth leader to help plan WYD, Synod in Rome says young Australians want “a say in the vision of the Church”

Ashleigh Green

LEADERS from across the world will hear the hopes and desires of Australian youth when two delegates fly to Rome next month. Young woman Ashleigh Green, of Broken Bay diocese, and Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Office for Youth director Malcolm Hart will represent Australia at an international meeting to discuss, ... Read More »

‘Please pray for me’: New bishop belongs to Lismore

Bishop Gregory Homeming

Bishop Gregory Homeming addressed the congregation at the end of the Mass for his episcopal ordination and installation as the Bishop of Lismore in St Carthageís Cathedral on February 22. This is some of what he said. IN thanking people, I will name very few, because if I name some ... Read More »

Timorese priest helped by Burleigh parish attends new church Dedication Mass on the Gold Coast

Fr Evaristo Da Costa

A PRIEST who grew up hiding in a forest amongst East Timor’s independence fighters has praised the efforts of Queensland Catholics helping to rebuild his war-ravaged village. Fr Evaristo Da Costa travelled to Burleigh Heads to personally thank parishioners who have spent the past five years raising money and donating ... Read More »

Hundreds are waiting to become Catholic at Easter Vigil Masses across Brisbane

Brisbane Catechumens

CATHOLICS around the globe are waiting in anticipation to break their 40 days of fasting at Easter but more than 100 people in Brisbane have greater reason to celebrate Christ’s resurrection this year. This year, 108 people living in the Brisbane archdiocese will receive the three sacraments of initiation – ... Read More »

‘Every day there is news of people dying’: Brisbane South Sudanese community feeling pain of the famine crisis from afar

South Sudanese famine

FOR Fr Stephen Kumyangi and his Brisbane community the war and famine crisis engulfing South Sudan is deeply personal – they have mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews stuck in the middle of it. Fr Kumyangi, who is chaplain to Brisbane’s St Bakhita Sudanese Community and associate pastor at ... Read More »

Brisbane teacher helps classroom partner deliver baby girl in emergency home birth

Teacher and mother with baby

PREP teacher Letitia O’Loan has a show-and-tell story that’s hard to top. Hours before the first day of school this year, Mrs O’Loan was on the phone to paramedics to perform an emergency home delivery of teaching partner Megan Schultz’s second child. The pair job-shared a Prep classroom at St ... Read More »

Year 12 Catholic schoolgirl with Down Syndrome to speak at the United Nations

Year 12 student with Down Syndrome Olivia Hargroder

GIVING up has never been Olivia Hargroder’s style. When the 18-year-old was born, doctors told her parents Kerry and Mark Hargroder that their daughter would never learn to talk because she was born with Down Syndrome. The Southern Cross Catholic College Year 12 student defied the odds when she addressed ... Read More »

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