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Catholic parents of ‘lockdown babies’ describe bringing new life into a socially distanced world

JONATHAN Ries had quit his job as a hospital theatre nurse just as Australia was on the brink of declaring COVID-19 a national health emergency. The former parishioner at the Brisbane Oratory in Annerley quit his job as a theatre nurse at the Queensland Children’s Hospital to study medicine at Flinders University, Adelaide, starting in February. On top of packing ... Read More »

Former Claivaux MacKillop College NRL star remembered as an outstanding man

THE Brisbane Catholic Education community is remembering one of its brightest former students who passed away suddenly last weekend. Mitch Cronin, a former Clairvaux Mackillop College student who excelled at rugby league, died suddenly after a suspected medical condition, leaving his family and many friends in mourning. Mitch would have celebrated his 28th birthday this Saturday. He was the captain of ... Read More »

Livestreamed Masses have been successful, but not meant to become future of church

BRISBANE families have swapped out church pews for living room couches as thousands tuned in to watch livestreamed Masses across Lent and Easter amid coronavirus lockdown. Most of the Brisbane parishes that had livestreaming capabilities had hundreds of households engaging with Easter Masses. Kedron parish priest Franciscan Father Mario Debattista said he had some trouble getting the livestreamed Masses up ... Read More »

Supporting seniors with technology difficulties during a pandemic

HAVE you tried turning it off and on again? It’s a common solution to a persistent tech issue, but when it comes to providing IT support to seniors during the pandemic, Rod Bush says families can’t just rely on the wonders of a power button. Mr Bush is the president of the Pastoral Healthcare Network Australia, a health ministry founded ... Read More »

Reprieve for Tamil family, two-year-old daughter ‘not afforded procedural fairness’ in visa application

AFTER a partial victory in the Federal Court a Tamil mother has asked the government to give her family a normal life at home in the Queensland town of Biloela after two “depressing” years in detention. Priya Murugappan, her partner Nades and their Australian-born daughters Kopika, 4, and two-year-old Tharunicaa, remain on Christmas Island and could yet be deported to ... Read More »

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. 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 »

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