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National Catholic Education offers fee relief for families hit by COVID-19

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CATHOLIC schools across Australia have committed to extending school fee relief for families facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. National Catholic Education executive director Jacinta Collins said Catholic schools have a long tradition of offering school fee relief and assistance to families facing financial difficulties. “Catholic schools keep their fees as affordable as possible, but we know many ... Read More »

Queensland schools to become ‘pupil free’ from next Monday, Catholic schools included

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced schools would close from next Monday to all but the children of essential workers in order to ease pressure on schools amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The change applied to Catholic schools, independent schools and state schools. Ms Palaszczuk said schools would move to pupil-free days from next week but parents could still send their ... Read More »

Franciscan Friars look to postpone crucial collection for the Holy Land amid uncertainty

FRANCISCAN Friars in Jerusalem and around the world were set to postpone Good Friday collections that ordinarily went towards the upkeep of Holy Land sites amid “terrible uncertainty” caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). Holy Land Commissary for Australia and Kedron parish administrator Franciscan Father Mario Debattista said the friars faced challenges from two directions. He said the friars did not just ... Read More »

Brisbane churches closed until further notice

BRISBANE’S Catholic churches have been closed until further notice. The directive comes from Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge and follows the Federal Government’s suspension of all non-essential gatherings for an initial four weeks to reduce the spread of coronavirus and to give the community time to understand fully social distancing requirements. “The ruling applies from noon today (March 23),” Archbishop Coleridge ... Read More »

Brisbane archbishop suspends Sunday Masses amid coronavirus pandemic, weekday Masses to go ahead

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge announced all Sunday Masses, including Saturday vigil, were suspended with immediate effect until further notice and all the faithful were dispensed from their Sunday obligation. In a pastoral letter, Archbishop Coleridge said these were “anxious times” as the country entered into “new and uncharted territory”. “The spread of the coronavirus is alarming for a generation that ... Read More »

Right now the least we can do is pray for the poor

By Sr Melissa Dwyer UNDENIABLY, we are living in a critical moment in the history of humanity, with the pandemic of coronavirus getting progressively worse on an international scale. As well as physical illness, fear is crippling millions of people across the world. As we reach the extent in Australia where people fight over toilet paper, I find myself each ... Read More »

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