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Families can use self-isolation to bolster domestic church with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

CORONAVIRUS precautions are keeping people inside their homes but Brisbane catechist Anne Delsorte believes calls for self-isolation are a blessing in disguise for Catholic families. The director of the Graceville Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, which provides children as young as three Christian formation based on the principles of child educator Maria Montessori, said the global coronavirus pandemic could be ... Read More »

Church properties could be made available to limit COVID-19 in Australia

PARISH and school halls, boarding schools and other buildings owned by the Catholic Church will be put on standby as testing facilities and isolation centres for infected patients and front-line workers. Catholic Emergency Relief Australia (CERA), which was initially set up to respond to the bushfire crisis, announced on April 1 that the Catholic Church was undertaking a national audit ... Read More »

Holy Week disruptions can be a time to learn to pray together as a family

FAMILIES preparing to enter into Holy Week at home due to COVID-19 restrictions have been encouraged to pray together as “the little church” alongside clergy who are celebrating the Triduum rites privately. Liturgy Brisbane director Fr Tom Elich said parishes have been distributing a prayer resource to allow families to spiritually connect with the celebrations of Holy Week, which begins ... Read More »

Parishes more connected than before as congregations turn to calling, texting and Zooming

WHILE millions of Catholics transition to a virtual church experience due to the coronavirus pandemic, spare a thought and a prayer for people like Rikki Avenell. The 74-year-old has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung disorder that affects her breathing and keeps her hooked to an oxygen concentrator all hours of the day. She would experience severe medical complications if ... Read More »

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