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Lockdown trouble for people sleeping rough in Brisbane, services growing scarcer

EVERYTHING from food services to public showers were growing scarce for Brisbane’s homeless population under increasing restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Emmanuel City Mission director Roby Curtis said their operations had reduced to comply with state and federal restrictions, but they were committed to “meet the need”. The South Brisbane homelessness centre had reduced its hours ... Read More »

Parish nurse recommends spiritual medicine to combat coronavirus

WE know to wash our hands for the time it takes to say the Our Father, and it’s abundantly clear how close we can be to the nearest person in the supermarket. But in addition to these obligatory recommendations from Australian health officials, parish nurse Leonie Rastas also believes Australians should improve their spiritual health while in self-isolation. The co-founder ... Read More »

Prayers and tributes flow for former Iona student who died after shark attack

TRIBUTES are flowing for former Iona College student who died after a shark attack on the southern Great Barrier Reef. Queensland Parks and Wildlife ranger Zach Robba, aged 23 was flown to Gladstone Hospital with life threatening injuries, but died. Mr Robba was part of a group of rangers undertaking research and essential maintenance on North West Island. “This was ... Read More »

Vinnies shops closed for a month, but help is still available for those in need

VINNIES Queensland chief executive officer Kevin Mercy sent out a simple message to anyone affected by COVID-19 joblessness, underemployment or poverty – help is still available. Mr Mercer said to follow health directives meant Vinnies was forced to close its 153 Queensland shops last week for a four-week period from March 30. “The closure was necessary, but done with great ... Read More »

Catholic colleges printing thousands of face shields for frontline healthcare workers

Daniel Davison making face shields at Iona College

BRISBANE Catholic Colleges have been putting resources to good use assisting in making face masks for health workers on the coronavirus frontline. Iona College, Lindum and Padua College, Kedron, are among schools working around-the-clock to produce mask frames using 3D printers – an important contribution towards ending a shortage of personal protective equipment. Both schools were alerted to a call ... Read More »

Shane Dwyer writes about getting the Lent we need

A COLLEAGUE of mine is overseas as I write this. Along with many others, he is now caught up in the precautions to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We are not going to see him for a while, although he conscientiously keeps in touch via email and phone. We miss having him around – his quirky, faith-filled presence ... Read More »

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