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90-year-old Vincentian Joyce Parsons celebrates 20 years of compassion and smiles

JOYCE Parsons has been a friendly face to hundreds of vulnerable people seeking assistance from the St Vincent de Paul Society’s St Bernadine Conference in Regents Park. In September, Ms Parsons will celebrate her 20th year with the organisation, and next month, she will celebrate her 90th birthday.    “If you try to be friendly to people, it’s marvellous how ... Read More »

Record deaths predicted for 2019 flu season puts the morality of vaccination in the spotlight

EXPERTS predict 4000 Australians will die from influenza in 2019 after an unprecedented start to the flu season claimed 25 lives in Queensland. The Immunisation Coalition Australia said almost 40,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza had occurred this year, with about 10,000 of those reported in Queensland. Queensland businesses and organisations, including the Archdiocese of Brisbane, have provided free vaccinations for ... Read More »

Queensland Catholics thankful for missionary priests’ evangelisation in Brisbane and Townsville

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated Mass last month with priests from the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament (MCBS) serving in Queensland at St. Joachim church in Holland park and Mt. Gravatt parish in Brisbane . Archbishop Coleridge joined MCBS priests from Brisbane, Toowoomba and Townsville for the occasion that marked the Congregation’s 86th anniversary, founded in 1933 at Mallappally, ... Read More »

Catholics must learn to survive in post-Christian world, US author Rod Dreher says

AMERICAN journalist and New York Times best-selling author Rod Dreher urged Brisbane Catholics to prepare for a future where Christian beliefs would become scarce.  Mr Dreher was in Brisbane to promote his popular book The Benedict Option: A Strategy For Christians in a Post-Christian Nation. In The Benedict Option, Mr Dreher calls on traditional Christians to learn from the example ... Read More »

Close to half a million Queenslanders living in poverty, St Vincent de Paul’s report shows

CLOSE to half a million Queenslanders are living in poverty, new statistics from the St Vincent de Paul Society reveal. On the cusp of its Winter Appeal launch, Vinnies’ Queensland state president Dennis Innes said the effects of poverty were becoming far-reaching in the state, causing an epidemic of loneliness and isolation. “For too many Queenslanders, poverty is leading to ... Read More »

Newly elected Morrison Government faces three million Aussies on struggle street, Vinnies says

Miracle win: Prime Minister Scott Morrison on election night at the Wentworth Sofitel Hotel with his wife Jenny and daughters Abbey, 11, and Lily, nine. Photo: AAP

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison and the Coalition face the major challenge, after the federal election win, of helping three million Australians living in poverty, the St Vincent de Paul Society says.  The Coalition will form government after an upset election win on May 18. Despite all major media polls unanimously favouring Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, the Coalition coasted into a ... Read More »

Kenmore trash becomes treasure for Papua New Guinea Catholics in spirit of Laudato Si’

KENMORE parish has furthered its commitment to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home by turning recyclables into foreign aid donations. The parish has collected more than 4000 recyclable containers like bottles, cans and cardboard, which earn 10 cents per unit under the Queensland Government initiative Containers for Cash.  The funds collected by the parish were ... Read More »

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