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Brisbane priest shares anguish of families with ice addicts

Family conflict can drive a wedge between parents

THE drug ice has taken such a grip in Queensland that government and care agencies are swamped by demand for crisis intervention, treatment and support for the families of users including children, and the effects are being felt in parishes. A Queensland Government report has revealed one in every three children found to be in need of protection in 2016 ... Read More »

Gold Coast Vinnies raises Cornerstone of hope for city’s homeless

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EACH night on the Gold Coast 1400 people are homeless. “The need is massive,” executive officer of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s South Coast diocesan council in Queensland Shane Klintworth said. “It’s a mixture of people who are couch surfing, living in overcrowded accommodation, or they may well be in a refuge or they could be sleeping rough.” Recent ... Read More »

Long-awaited Mary, Mother of Mercy Church opens at Burleigh Heads

Mary, Mother of Mercy Church

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge praised “the vision and energy” of the Burleigh Heads community as he blessed and dedicated the new Mary, Mother of Mercy Church in Australia’s largest Catholic parish. “I praise God not only for the priests who have built this place, for the craftsmen who have done the same, but for all of you who have been ... Read More »

Vinnies puts offer on Southport property to open homelessness prevention centre

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SLEEPING inside a car in the chilly Gold Coast winter may not have to be the only option for some when a dedicated centre tackling homelessness opens as early as April. The St Vincent de Paul Society is planning to open a homelessness prevention centre, called the Cornerstone Centre, to stop “the flow of people entering homelessness” on the Gold ... Read More »

Catholic priest Fr Paul Kelly gets first taste of Schoolies as police chaplain

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POLICE chaplain Fr Paul Kelly chose working at a hardware store over packing his bags for the beach when his Schoolies week came around. As his schoolmates were preparing to party on the Gold Coast after more than a dozen years of schooling, Fr Kelly was working hard stacking shelves. “I couldn’t think of anything worse than leaving everyone only ... Read More »

Gold Coast girls’ conference helps dispel female stereotypes

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SEVERAL female stereotypes were shattered at this year’s Love Being a Girl Conference at Aquinas College, Ashmore. Years 10, 11 and 12 students from across the Gold Coast registered for the unique girls’ conference, which featured workshops and guest speakers who encouraged the young delegates to choose the path to empowerment, boldness, resilience and beauty.  They also helped them realise ... Read More »

The amazing things that happen when you get out of your comfort zone

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COMFORT zones and I get along very well, so well in fact that they were once all I knew and anything outside of that was a massive no.  I liked the familiar, the predictable and the expected.   I learnt my limits, I knew how outgoing I could be without feeling self-conscious and I learnt how to take calculated risks.  ... Read More »

Poverty rise shows Gold Coast not all waves and sunshine

Homeless Gold Coast

SPIRALLING costs of living are forcing more families below the breadline, with increasing pressure on our most vulnerable, including children a snapshot of poverty in 2016 shows. The Poverty in Australia 2016 report – prepared by the Australian Council of Social Service – shows nearly three million Australians now living in poverty.  The report also found more children living below ... Read More »