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Catholic Health Australia slams ‘shocking’ aged care system allowing harmful neglect of residents

HEALTH industry leaders have demanded major changes following a shocking Royal Commission report describing the nation’s aged care as “cruel and harmful” and older Australians in nursing care as “just another body to be washed, fed and mobilised”. “It’s distressing to hear how the current system has failed to deliver older Australians the care, dignity and respect they deserve,” Catholic ... Read More »

Heavens open up on farms in first week of national prayer campaign for rain

MUCH-needed rain has fallen on parched regions of Queensland and New South Wales – bringing temporary relief and lifting spirits. Battling farm families celebrated as the heavens opened, just as the Church entered a month of prayer for rain, and for those touched by the crippling drought. Some rural kids witnessed their first major downpour, splashing in puddles and playing ... Read More »

Want Generation Z to pray? This Catholic school has a book for that

CHANCES are you know someone in Generation Z. They are digital natives who are predicted to work 18 jobs in six careers and live in 15 homes in their lifetime. Generation Z was also the least religious generation. Two staff at St Thomas More College, Sunnybank, have taken on this challenge by publishing the 95-page Gen Z Prayer Book.  St ... Read More »

Parish renewal event in Logan ‘a sign of hope’ for the Church

“THE great message of the day was we don’t have to be so broken to need renewal, we can just be renewed in the every day,” Regents Park parish lay ministry co-ordinator Carrie McCormack said. Mrs McCormack helped organise Kingdom Now, a Logan Deanery renewal event, which saw 400 Brisbane Catholics gather at the Logan Entertainment Centre last Sunday. She ... Read More »

St Patrick’s centenary gives community crushed by drought something to smile about

THE Holy Spirit was with us, Our Lady of the Valley Gatton Laidley parishioner Jan Maltry said reflecting on the centenary of St Patrick’s Church, Laidley, on October 26.  Mrs Maltry sponsored her granddaughter Hannah, who was confirmed by Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge at St Mary’s Church, Gatton, on the Friday before the centenary. She watched on proudly as Hannah ... Read More »

Parishioners voice opposition to council plan threatening access to West End church

INNER-city bustle – what would St Francis have made of it? Hundreds of inner-city parishioners and local residents have voiced their opposition to a Brisbane City Council plan that threatens access to their beloved church and community hall. “I think this just shows the extent of community concern, ” St Francis of Assisi Church parishioner Peter Betros said. Mr Betros, ... Read More »

Thief ram raids new West End Vinnies shop, steals $30 in costume jewellery

RAMMING his car in reverse through the front doors of Vinnies’ West End store, a thief pilfered jewellery for two minutes before speeding back out of the store, narrowly avoiding a pedestrian in the escape. The stolen jewellery was worth $20-$30.  The store was looking at about $300 in stock losses from the snatch and grab job. Vinnies Queensland retail ... Read More »

Welcome to the fold of St Stephen’s guiding

IRAQI-born Saad Abdulahad Bashir, who worked as a statistician for many years, and Kemsley Kelly, a sugar-cane farmer from Childers who moved south to take care of grandchildren, share something in common. Both are two of the newest members of the St Stephen’s Cathedral guides and welcomers, alongside Gerard Poynting, Michael McKillop, Margaret Hogan, Don Keyes, Helen McGinty and David ... Read More »

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