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Free resource keeps families connected through fitness and faith

LIVING room fitness is the newest trend keeping children active during the pandemic lockdown but a global movement of Christians including a Brisbane Catholic has taken the idea one step further. Family.fit is a free online resource that not only encourages families to break a sweat in their living room but also provides opportunities for families to connect with each ... Read More »

Ethnic community chaplains say people are praying more despite no access to church

WHEN Fr Varghese Vavolil prepares to say his daily Mass in self-isolation, the first thing he does is switch on his computer. The Syro-Malabar priest serving Indian Catholics in Ipswich and the Gold Coast has been streaming his daily Masses on Zoom since the closure of churches in Brisbane. The idea came from his parishioners, who were “desperate” to have ... Read More »

Catholics healing the spiritual pandemic with God’s mercy this Sunday

FOR millions of socially distanced Catholics, the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday this weekend would bring healing to a pandemic far older and far deeper than coronavirus. Pauline Father Anthony David said on Divine Mercy Sunday, Jesus Christ “pours out the contents of his merciful heart on the human race”. “He draws all people closer to acceptance ... Read More »

Grovely Deacon Peter McDade feeding spiritual hunger with the Word online

GROVELY-based Deacon Peter McDade often told the couples who came to him for marriage preparation that there were three parts to a person’s persona that needed to stay in balance to live joyfully – the physical, the psychological and the spiritual. He said the first two were readily accepted by most people, but the third was often “dismissed and not ... Read More »

ACU Campus Ministry is online and they have never been busier

CAMPUS ministry without a campus was always going to be a challenge, but one Colleen Tracey was ready to take on. Coronavirus restrictions had led to empty university campuses across the country, including at Australian Catholic University Banyo campus, where Mrs Tracey worked as campus ministry staff pastoral associate. But the shutdown was not going to keep her from reaching ... Read More »

More than 100,000 people livestreamed Easter Masses from across Brisbane archdiocese

Live-streamed Mass and online presentations are proving an enormous hit as Queenslanders search for a life-affirming message during the COVID-19 lockdown. More than 100,000 people attended virtual Masses over Easter, with live streams from St Stephen’s Cathedral and parishes across the Archdiocese of Brisbane. Parishes reported a surge in Mass numbers, with some Catholics using live streams to return to ... Read More »

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