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East Timorese Catholics take two carloads of donations to workers who lost everything in Bundaberg fire

BRISBANE’S East Timorese Catholic Community has reached out to help people from their homeland who lost their possessions in a recent Bundaberg fire. Lita Barreto, who is secretary and treasurer of the Brisbane group, and fellow community members drove to Bundaberg two weekends ago in two cars loaded with donations for the survivors of the fire. The Timorese seasonal workers ... Read More »

Canberra author uses fiction to evangelise Church’s teaching on marriage

THERE was a time Catholic fiction novels ruled library shelves, and Canberra author Veronica Smallhorn believes it’s time for a renaissance. The mum of three has released her first novel, A Channel of Your Peace, which tells the story of a young woman whose life turns upside down when her fiancé of five years confesses to having an affair with ... Read More »

Maronite priest who lost neighbour in Beirut blast says God can turn their horror into blessing

LEBANESE priest Fr Fadi Salame believes the global response to the deadly August 4 explosion in Beirut is God’s way of blessing the people of Lebanon after years of corruption. The parish priest of St Maroun’s Church, Greenslopes, said the deadly blast has brought other countries closer to Lebanon, which was already spiralling out of control from economic strife and ... Read More »

Friends separated by border closures turn to Rosary to pray for end to COVID

TWO friends, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne, have initiated a National Rosary Crusade to pray for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle Komadina, in Melbourne, and Monica Guy, in Sydney, are inviting Catholics around Australia to pray the Rosary for 54 days, starting on the feast of the Assumption, August 15, and finishing on the feast of ... Read More »

South metro parishes reopen as Queensland reports no community transmission

PARISHES in Brisbane archdiocese’s south metro area have reopened their doors for Masses after the Queensland Government announced no community transmission had occurred following a coronavirus scare involving two teenagers travelling up from Victoria two weeks ago. Queensland shut its borders last Saturday and has only recorded one new case from a returned overseas traveller since, as of time of ... Read More »

Revisit Australia’s Catholic history all the way back to 1788

History: Irish Catholics out in parade for St Patrick’s Day in 1932.< [/caption] TIME travel may not be possible, but the Australian Catholic Historical Society is using the Internet to launch Catholics back to the moment Catholicism first arrived Down Under. With the global health crisis impacting the ACHS’s decades tradition of recounting Australian Catholic history, the society has published ... Read More »

Brisbane Aboriginal woman has high hopes for new Closing the Gap agreement

BIRRA Gubba woman Cynthia Rowan, has high hopes for a revamped Closing the Gap agreement aimed at substantially improving life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. “I think it’s a great document, but it’s the implementation of it is going to be the challenge for service delivery to indigenous people,” Ms Rowan, a Bracken Ridge parishioner and long-time ... Read More »

Parish’s livestream Mass brings Maree home to the Church after eight years away

MAREE Hyde was getting used to life without Sunday Mass until a comment she read on Facebook four months ago turned her into a nearly daily virtual Mass-goer. Miss Hyde’s mum, a member of the Caloundra Catholic Parish, had left a comment on the community’s live-streamed Mass, which the parish have offered on their Facebook page since March 19. “Mum ... Read More »

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