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Church advocates seek lost wages for 22 Pacific Island seasonal workers exploited in Queensland

CATHOLIC religious advocates are pressing federal politicians to support an act of grace payment for 22 Pacific Island seasonal workers exploited and underpaid by a Queensland labour-hire firm. The workers from Vanuatu suffered “appalling treatment” and were underpaid tens of thousands of dollars when they were employed to pick fruit and vegetables in the Lockyer Valley, Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg. “The disgrace of coming ... Read More »

Gatton Laidley parish explore the vibrant identity of their faith community at Multicultural Mass

THE Lockyer Valley cultivates more than just fine produce; it boasts a canvas of culture, celebrated at a Multicultural Mass on Pentecost Sunday last month at St Mary’s Church, Gatton. More than 300 parishioners and visitors from the Gatton Laidley Catholic parish united to celebrate and worship the vibrancy of their community. Gatton Laidley parish priest Fr Noyichan Mamoottil, who ... Read More »

New Vinnies Shop West End blessed, op-shopping helps clothe and shelter Aussies doing it tough

VINNIES Shop West End staff, local conference volunteers and members of the community gathered for the blessing of the new Montague Road store on July 18. Dutton Park parish priest Capuchin Father Lam Vu led a “simple but effective liturgy”, blessing the store with many representatives from the St Vincent de Paul Society present. West End centre co-ordinator Debbi Engler ... Read More »

Family, friends and parishioners flock to rejoice with their shepherds at Presbyteral Jubilee Mass

PARISHIONERS, family, friends, fellow priests and colleagues joined a chorus of celebration for Brisbane archdiocese’s ordered and diocesan priests for the Presbyteral Jubilee Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on July 17. A total of 21 jubilarians celebrated at the Mass. Diamond jubilarians were Fr Pat Dowd, Fr Vince Hobbs, Fr Denis Long and Carmelite Father Jerome Watt. Golden jubilarians were ... Read More »

Offshore detention ‘has not been a success’, refugee advocate says as thousands rally for refugees

CATHOLIC leaders have denounced Australia’s tough offshore detention policy as thousands of people rallied in capital cities last weekend, calling for the release of about 800 refugees and asylum seekers remaining on Manus Island and Nauru. “As a bishop and a former boat person, I deplore the detention of our brothers and sisters,” chair of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Commission ... Read More »

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