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Shane Dwyer writes about getting the Lent we need

A COLLEAGUE of mine is overseas as I write this. Along with many others, he is now caught up in the precautions to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We are not going to see him for a while, although he conscientiously keeps in touch via email and phone. We miss having him around – his quirky, faith-filled presence ... Read More »

When Covid-19 crashes your wedding plans, be gentle, take control, and play the long game

THROUGHOUT the world, engaged couples are reeling in shock. Meticulously planned weddings are unravelling amid the various lock-down policies. The disappointment is crushing and the change in plans come with very real financial consequences. Some couples fear their deposits will be forfeited and others are struggling to find available venues for later dates when – hopefully – this all settles ... Read More »

Paul Field wears his heart on his sleeve

PAUL Field wears his heart on his sleeve – literally. The manager of the world’s most popular children’s entertainers, The Wiggles, has the name of his late daughter Bernadette tattooed on his arm along with his beloved Sacred Heart, an image he says typifies both his suffering and strength. More than 30 years on, he admits his Catholic faith has ... Read More »

Coronavirus can help us remember what it means to be a good neighbour

By Sr Jo Brady AS we face a pandemic in Australia not seen since the Spanish flu a century ago when 15,000 people died, we are being confronted by distasteful images of panic buying in supermarkets. The managers assure us there is sufficient food and essentials yet because of the panic buying we see our most vulnerable people without the ... Read More »

Brisbane Oratory moderator reflects on first Sunday Mass offered in isolation

Fr Adrian Sharp before offering Mass in self-isolation

By Fr Adrian Sharp I am currently in mandatory self-isolation since I returned last Thursday after a couple of weeks in England visiting other Oratory communities. Thursday was the same day that the Archbishop, responding to the current health crisis, suspended the public celebration of Sunday Masses, as part of the Church’s attempt to limit social contact between people with ... Read More »

Right now the least we can do is pray for the poor

By Sr Melissa Dwyer UNDENIABLY, we are living in a critical moment in the history of humanity, with the pandemic of coronavirus getting progressively worse on an international scale. As well as physical illness, fear is crippling millions of people across the world. As we reach the extent in Australia where people fight over toilet paper, I find myself each ... Read More »

Archbishop Bathersby lived a life of service for God’s people

Archbishop John Bathersby

This is an edited version of the speech Fr Bill O’Shea gave at the Priests’ Farewell to Archbishop John Bathersby on April 19, 2012 ON January 29 1992 I had the privilege of making the formal address of welcome on behalf of the Brisbane clergy to our then new archbishop on the eve of his installation. Today I have been ... Read More »

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