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Women from marriage enrichment movement sewing for carers on the frontline

A GENEROUS group of Catholic women in Queensland have offered a stitch (or more) in time to help nurses providing palliative care during the coronavirus pandemic. The women, who happen to enjoy sewing, stepped up to the challenge when Karuna Hospice Services in Brisbane put the call out for someone to make medical gowns for nurses to wear while they ... Read More »

Migrant workers caught up in Bundaberg fire vulnerable to human trafficking

A FIRE that destroyed a Bundaberg pub and backpacker hostel recently sparked Catholics against human trafficking into action. When news of the fire broke, a member of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) was quick to respond by visiting the Queensland regional town and offering support. No lives were lost but many of those who survived the fire ... Read More »

Albany Creek parisioner’s homemade face masks reaching as far as England

BETTY Scott’s homemade face masks are spreading like wildfire. Having begun to catch on around her Albany Creek parish, they’re now popping up in other parts of Brisbane, in Melbourne and even in England. “I just wanted to be a help, not a big deal,” Mrs Scott said, a little embarrassed about how news of her mask-making efforts had spread. ... Read More »

Francis has been faithful at the altar in Booval for 70 years and counting

FRANCIS Klein turned 84 two Sundays ago and, like most other Sundays of his life, he was celebrating at Sacred Heart Church, Booval. But for the odd weekend when he’s been away because of work, he’s been there for Mass, come what may. His parents moved to Booval in 1936, the year he was born, and replaced their original cottage ... Read More »

Vinnies calls for release of refugees from Brisbane detention centre

Peter Arndt at refugee vigil

THE St Vincent de Paul Society has called for the release of refugees detained in hotels in Brisbane and Melbourne. The society’s national president Claire Victory, in a statement coinciding with the seventh anniversary of the start of Australia’s regime of off-shore immigration detention, reiterated the charity’s call for the immediate release of the refugees into safer accommodation. The statement ... Read More »

Rural priests in lockdown find garden of opportunity in Emerald

Fr Truc Quoc Phan and Fr Firminus (Yon) Wiryono

THE coronavirus pandemic kept Emerald’s new priests away from their flock for a while but not from their garden. Divine Word Missionaries Fr Truc Quoc Phan and Fr Firminus (Yon) Wiryono are new to Emerald, in the Central Highlands of Queensland, and to Rockhampton diocese Fr Truc, who is parish priest, arrived on March 14, just before the pandemic lockdown ... Read More »

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