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Bonds stay strong during isolation at Our Lady of the Valley parish

HELEN McGuirk felt like she was being released from prison when she set off on a special mission for her parish priest. The life-long parishioner at Our Lady of the Valley Parish (Gatton Laidley), in the rural fringe west of Brisbane, had been asked to volunteer for a special outreach to people who, like her, had been self-isolating because of ... Read More »

School principals under extreme stress, including from physical violence, well before pandemic

A HIGH-LEVEL Australian education survey says “we should be nationally ashamed” of steadily increasing rates of offensive behaviour in schools and other frontline professions, as well as domestic violence. “Australia needs to have an adult conversation about the root causes of this behaviour and set about addressing them at every level of society,” the newly-released Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety ... Read More »

Northern Territory churches open alongside pubs, bars and restaurants as Top End leads the way with no new cases

IN true Northern Territory spirit, churches are reopening today, alongside pubs, bars and restaurants, as the Top End becomes the first Australian jurisdiction to greatly relax COVID-19 restrictions. “Good news brothers and sisters, not only are the pubs opening from Friday the 15th, but the churches also,” Our Lady Help of Christians parish priest Fr Tom English, announced to his ... Read More »

It’s school gym, but not as we know it

THE chance to shout “Ahoy there”, climbing nets and steering the boat was a delight for youngsters at St John Vianney’s Primary School, Manly, returning to school to explore their new “nautical” playground after weeks of social isolation spent at home. “A prayer of blessing was offered, a ribbon was cut and ‘champagne’ (soda water) was broken on the boats ... Read More »

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