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Plenary Council sessions postponed until 2021 and 2022, an opportunity to use ‘extra time wisely’

THE long-anticipated Plenary Council 2020 sessions, the first of which had been scheduled for this October, were pushed back to October 2021 and April 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference decided to postpone the opening assembly by 12 months. Adelaide remained the venue for the first assembly in October 2021.  Sydney remained the ... Read More »

Small Blessings has community getting on board

TEN Goa billboards overlooking roads and pedestrian centres across Brisbane were sharing Small Blessings as part of Brisbane archdiocese’s campaign for hope in times of pandemic. The 10 sites ran from May 4 until today. One of the blessings displayed on the billboards came from Janice Everingham, a parishioner from The Gap, whose message was – “Health carers who help ... Read More »

A pearl of wisdom from a grandmother on Mother’s Day

For Mother’s Day, I called up my Gran to see if she had any pearls of wisdom. Let’s see if this counts. MY Gran said her biggest regret in life was she never learned how to ride a horse. It was an inconsequential skill to regret, she said, but her regret was a good one to have. She was born ... Read More »

Townsville priests rally to bring message of hope to community

“WE must continue to minister to our communities through these difficult times,” Townsville Bishop Tim Harris told diocese priests via a Zoom meeting. “Over Easter more than 1000 people watched many of the Easter Triduum celebrations with many viewing daily Masses from the Sacred Heart Cathedral,” he said. Coronavirus restrictions had barred faithful from churches, but parishes continued to offer ... Read More »

Social distancing has made it harder for domestic and family violence survivors to get help

SOCIAL distancing measures have increased domestic and family violence pressures as women and children struggle to escape perpetrators isolated at home with them who limit their access to help, Centacare Domestic and Family Violence frontline workers say. “The risk that social isolation with the current pandemic raises is that domestic violence often happens in silence,” Centacare Maroochydore Family and Relationship ... Read More »

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