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Deacon Gary Stone honours his own family at Order of Australia Medal investiture

When Deacon Gary Stone stepped up to receive an Order of Australia Medal for his charitable work supporting veterans and their families, he wanted his own family to be recognised too. Even with strict COVID-19 attendance restrictions in place, Deacon Stone sought extraordinary permission for his wife Lynne and four adult children to attend his investiture at Queensland’s Government House ... Read More »

Vinnies ready to help people going through tougher times

MANY Australians are bracing for reductions in JobSeeker and JobKeeper income, but it’s going to be tougher for some in Queensland. From the end of this month Queensland residential tenants will lose the protection from eviction that’s been in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. All other states have extended the eviction moratorium – Tasmania until December, and New South Wales, ... Read More »

City Multicultural Mass a reminder of why we gather

CATHOLICS from 22 multicultural communities processed into St Stephen’s Cathedral wearing national dress for the Multicultural Mass celebrated by Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge last Sunday. Coronavirus restrictions had taken a toll on the large numbers usually present at the Mass while the typical festivities like the food exhibition were unable to go ahead. Even so, almost 100 people gathered for ... Read More »

Quarantined Catholic family of seven going the distance for charity

A FAMILY of seven have made the most of their time cooped up in hotel quarantine by running 300km to raise money for charity. The Ross family, regulars at the Sunshine Coast’s Maroochydore parish, have spent the past 10 months in Canada on an exchange program. Returning to Australia, and finding themselves confined to a three-bedroom apartment in Sydney, parents ... Read More »

Catholic Health Australia wants more Out of Hospital options


A CATHOLIC research paper handed to the Federal Government proposes a radical shake-up in the way health care is delivered to Australians who could be treated at home rather than in hospital. The Catholic Health Australia paper, entitled Out of Hospital Care in Australia – advancing health’s ‘missing sector’, argues that shifting to a hospital-in-the-home approach could provide better treatment ... Read More »

Golden Wedding anniversary Mass a reminder of abounding love in dire times

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge led 45 couples in celebrating marital milestones at the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on September 26. Among the reduced-numbers crowd, owing to coronavirus restrictions, was Raymond and Sheila Thurlow whose wedding anniversary is this week on October 9. Mr and Mrs Thurlow married at St Finbarr’s Church, Ashgrove, and have three children. ... Read More »

Zach Woodward’s podcast could help teachers evangelise in the classroom

WHEN Zach Woodward made the transition from Catholic youth ministry to school teacher, he stumbled on the question of how to pass on the faith to his students without losing them on the first day. The primary school teacher realised by trial and error that his youth ministry experience meant nothing in the classroom if he wasn’t working hard on ... Read More »

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