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Brisbane Oratory moderator reflects on first Sunday Mass offered in isolation

Fr Adrian Sharp before offering Mass in self-isolation

By Fr Adrian Sharp I am currently in mandatory self-isolation since I returned last Thursday after a couple of weeks in England visiting other Oratory communities. Thursday was the same day that the Archbishop, responding to the current health crisis, suspended the public celebration of Sunday Masses, as part of the Church’s attempt to limit social contact between people with ... Read More »

Churches are closed but not Christ’s life-giving waters, Archbishop Coleridge says

Archbishop Mark Coleridge presiding Mass inside a closed St Stephen's Cathedral

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has spoken powerfully of the life-giving water of faith even in a disease-ridden world, during a live-streamed Mass from inside the city’s near-empty St Stephen’s Cathedral. Churches across the Brisbane archdiocese, like those across the country, are now closed in line with new restrictions to reduce the spread of coronavirus.  “The churches might be closed but ... Read More »

Parishioners grapple with last public Masses and Church gatherings before new normal sets in

WITH parishioners practicing social distancing, today’s last public Church gatherings proved bitter sweet as Catholics grapple with the new normal imposed by the coronavirus restrictions. “It’s a bit disconcerting that we can’t go to Sunday Mass. This hasn’t happened in my lifetime before,” Peter Owens said stepping outside the Brisbane Bayside’s Guardian Angels church. Opened in 1905, the heritage-listed church ... Read More »

Isolated because of coronavirus? This deacon’s book has you covered

WHEN Deacon Peter de Haas had an idea to write a practical handbook for Catholics geographically isolated from everyday parish life, he never imagined needing to refer to his advice weeks after it arrived from the printers. In 2016 the permanent deacon for Cairns diocese started writing a handbook based on his experience of providing spiritual and pastoral support to ... Read More »

Former crisis manager who led team through SARS says world should shut down for two weeks

A PHOTOGRAPHER who once led an multinational medical technologies distributor through the SARS outbreak said world leaders should co-ordinate a synchronous global shutdown for two weeks to contain the international spread of coronavirus. Alan Edgecomb is a commercial photographer based in Brisbane who previously lead the crisis management team for General Electric Healthcare’s South-East Asian region during the outbreak of ... Read More »

Rosies workers ‘devastated’ to suspend their popular operations

CATHOLIC care for the most vulnerable has become one of the biggest challenges as the coronavirus pandemic spreads across Australian communities. Big and small, organisations are being forced to curtail operations and protect volunteers from direct contact with patrons – whether it is on the street or during home and hospital visits. In Brisbane’s the mobile van outreach service Rosies, ... Read More »

Emmanuel City Mission shares ‘consistency in the midst of chaos’

IN South Brisbane there is a home for the homeless that does not count the days of the week. It didn’t matter what day you rocked up, the volunteers at Emmanuel City Mission, formerly known as Blind Eye Ministries, would take care of you. Emmanuel City Mission director Roby Curtis said he saw about 80 homeless and vulnerable people per ... Read More »

Fr George is bringing compassion to the forefront with Caritas annual campaign

FATHER George Sigamony loved talking to children about Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion each year. He fondly remembered a talk he gave to a group of school children about the daily struggles of a small girl growing up in Africa. One of the school children approached him after his talk and held out a gold coin. It had been going towards ... Read More »

Catholic network says government must support charity sector in coronavirus pandemic plans

CHARITIES should be included in the Australian Government’s plan to assist small business and protect jobs at risk of a collapse from the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic Social Services Australia’s chief executive officer said. Ursula Stephens said the nation needed “concrete measures” to support Australia’s economy, which was being rocked by the rapid spread of COVID-19, and that government support needed ... Read More »

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