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University’s Catholic society says friendships not formal talks more effective at growing community

UQ Newman Society

By Jonathan Yap FRIENDSHIPS can often make or break a student’s university experience, but Catholics at the University of Queensland believe having good mates can also deepen a person’s faith. UQ Newman Society president Georgina Devenish-Meares said friendships were more effective than formal talks in developing faith formation. “I wouldn’t say we get a lot of formal formations at chaplaincy, ... Read More »

Choosing to take responsibility for the faith

Priest during the consecration of the Mass

By Shane Dwyer I REMEMBER an incident from when I was a boy. It was the practice of my family to attend Mass together on a Sunday morning. I wouldn’t say that my brother, two sisters and I were particularly fond of this aspect of family life, but we had done it for as long as I could remember and ... Read More »

Government offers more help for drought-stricken families with children in Catholic schools

Hard times

DROUGHT-affected families with children enrolled in Catholic schools will continue to receive Federal Government support with a further boost of $8.2 million announced last week. As the nation’s largest non-government education provider with 1746 schools, Catholic schools have been allocated a further $8.2 million on top of the initial $10 million in funding announced by the Government on November 7 ... Read More »

A forgiving heart can be just what the doctor ordered

By Jo Hayes THE “low-tox life” is capturing the attention of many a millenia-mind of late. Trademarked by Aussie health campaigner Alexx Stuart, it promotes lifestyle changes that reduce the “toxic load” in our daily lives – like, swapping chemical cleaning products for natural options like essential oils. While enjoying a resurgence, it’s not, of course, a new idea. Our ... Read More »

Roman holiday becomes a photographer’s dream

Brisbane Catholic Alan Edgecomb gives an impression of Rome’s superb Basilica di Santa Maria in words and photographs. FROM the moment one walks into the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Italy, one is struck by the opulence and grandeur of this magnificent 12th century minor basilica on the right bank of the river Tiber. This was one of the ... Read More »

Christmas with Jesus, the perfect man

A FEW weeks ago, as the 2019 school year came to an end, I witnessed the St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Mount Isa Year 1 class presenting a powerful performance of The Nativity.  Through the spoken word and the magic of music, the students had the audience enthralled – there was even a hip-hop spin-down floor sweep performed by the Star ... Read More »

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