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Lockdown set to end in Greater Brisbane, masks mandatory in churches for the next 10 days

GREATER Brisbane will come out of lockdown from 6pm tonight and transition to a rigorous set of restrictions over the next 10 days, including widespread use of masks particularly in shops, workplaces, public transport and churches. The restrictions remain in place for Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands until January 22. These restrictions are supposed to last until the typical ... Read More »

Michaela Daphne’s healing from abuse one book at a time

HEALING from an abusive relationship can include years of therapy or, in Michaela Daphne’s case, lead to publishing two fiction novels. The 31-year-old from Brisbane is the author of Purlieu and the recently launched Verja, the first two books from her Hidden Grove Series. The series follows Evelyn, a young woman who is manipulated by a young man into leaving ... Read More »

New deacon sees Scripture differently since ministering in ‘salad bowl of Brisbane’

ONE of Brisbane’s newest deacons has found his inspiration in the language of scripture multiplied and it has everything to do with where he has been placed. Deacon Francis Fernandes, who was ordained to the transitional diaconate last November, has been ministering in Gatton Laidley parish. “I’m kind of lucky in this parish, in Gatton Laidley, it’s an agricultural area ... Read More »

Greater Brisbane plunged into three-day lockdown to stop spread of UK COVID variant

People with low income face stress in the private rental market

GREATER Brisbane residents will go into a three-day lockdown from 6pm tonight until 6pm Monday night. The lockdown applies to people living in Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands. Masks are mandatory for those who will be going outside in those areas. People in lockdown areas will be allowed two visitors at their homes. Catholics will be unable to attend ... Read More »

Canossian Sisters transfer aged care works to Ozcare

THE Canossian Sisters are handing over the operation of their Queensland health, aged-care and retirement services to Ozcare. The transfer, enacted on December 1, includes an aged-care facility and retirement village at Oxley, and an aged-care facility at Trebonne, in Far North Queensland. A private hospital and medical centre are also on the Oxley site. The Canossian Daughters of Charity ... Read More »

Brisbane Oratory ordains first man in pre-Christmas milestone

DEACON Conor Power has become the first man ordained for the Brisbane Oratory since it was established in 2015. He said passing the historic milestone was a sign to the Oratory community and to the broader parish community that “we really are committed to our parish and to the people of Brisbane”. Deacon Power was ordained to the transitional diaconate ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholics look back on the highs and lows of the 2011 floods

MEMORIES of nine families taking refuge under one roof and the tide of community spirit that rose after South-East Queensland’s 2011 floods loom large for Ravina Waldren as the 10th anniversary of the disaster comes around. Ms Waldren, co-ordinator of Murri Ministry, was among the first to rally supporters to respond to the desperate need of flood victims across Brisbane ... Read More »

Christmas blessings from Bishop Howell – Christ is the answer everyone needs

SOON after lockdown I spoke with a small group of Year 12 students. I asked them what they had learnt during their interrupted year 12 activities. Without hesitation they spoke of the things that they had taken for granted. COVID-19 has blessed us with the opportunity to consider the things that we easily lose sight of. Perhaps, for example, we ... Read More »

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