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Catholic groups struggle to help refugees released into Brisbane community

CHURCH groups in Brisbane are scrambling to support more than 100 refugees and asylum seekers released into the community in recent weeks. The refugees and asylum seekers, including families with children, were released from community detention on bridging visas. Rebecca Lim, a Catholic refugee advocate, said these people had been living in community detention around Brisbane in houses leased by ... Read More »

Australian consultant Jacqui Remond working on Vatican COVID-19 response team

JACQUI Remond is enjoying the challenge of her role in the Church’s mapping of a post-COVID world – including her late-night connections with Rome. Ms Remond, based in Sydney, is co-founder of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and a Laudato Si’ consultant, and the Rome discussions are part of her involvement with the Vatican COVID-19 Commission. Pope Francis established the ... Read More »

St Maximilian Kolbe parish, rich in community spirit, celebrates 40 years

ST Maximilian Kolbe Parish has never been a wealthy parish but always rich in community spirit. Parish priests, past and present, vouch for that as the Kingston Marsden parish in the heart of Logan City celebrates its 40th anniversary this weekend (October 17 and 18). There will be two anniversary Masses – a Special Remembrance Mass for deceased parishioners on ... Read More »

Matt Foxon inspired to make his home parish a place for youth to meet God

TWENTY-year-old Matt Foxon remembers well what it was like to be searching for answers and “hungry for purpose” in those awkward teenage years. And now, having been away on the journey of a lifetime, he’s throwing himself into helping young people in his own backyard find their way through those years. Matt’s taken on the role of youth ministry co-ordinator ... Read More »

God embraced Percy when mother could not

“GOD’S embrace” has made all the difference in Percy Pamo Lawrence’s life but, at 54, she still finds herself yearning for her mother’s hug. That’s something she missed so badly as a child when her mother Rosa left the family in the Philippines to search for work in London. Percy’s family was one of thousands struggling to make a go ... Read More »

Saying ‘yes’ to Banyo invitation leads to blessings for Fr Paul Chandler

CARMELITE Father Paul Chandler was a reluctant recruit to Queensland’s Holy Spirit Seminary at Banyo, but his past decade as spiritual director there has proven to be one of the great blessings of his life. Ironically it was a spiritual director who helped him say yes to the invitation. After having taught Church History, and the History of Spirituality, in ... Read More »

Vinnies ready to help people going through tougher times

MANY Australians are bracing for reductions in JobSeeker and JobKeeper income, but it’s going to be tougher for some in Queensland. From the end of this month Queensland residential tenants will lose the protection from eviction that’s been in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. All other states have extended the eviction moratorium – Tasmania until December, and New South Wales, ... Read More »

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