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Isolated communities still months away from Mass celebrations

ISOLATION. It’s almost three months since a priest has visited the Catholic faithful of Coen, a remote indigenous community in far north Queensland. Usually in the first week of each month, Augustinian Fr Robert Greenup packs his swag and drives 500km to Coen, along the partly-dirt Peninsula Developmental Road, that stretches deep into the Cape York Peninsula. His travel companion ... Read More »

Boosting at-home palliative care services could save Australia $450 million, new report shows

A NEW report calls for an overhaul of the palliative care system in Australia, revealing it could save $450 million by boosting funding for at-home end-of-life services. Seen in the light of Australia’s end-of-life debate, the KPMG report bolsters the Catholic Church case that state governments should fix the existing health system, not consider legislation to allow voluntary assisted dying. ... Read More »

Language lessons at St Rita’s College take up international advice on new teaching strategies in pandemic

LANGUAGE students at a Brisbane’s St Rita’s College are benefiting from a variety of new teaching strategies shared by teachers from across the globe during the COVID-19 lockdown. The college’s Japanese teacher Chani-Alia Murtagh said she had been following language teachers in different countries for inspiration via Instagram. “It was a great way to look at different international teaching strategies,” ... Read More »

Smiling faces as students head back to classes and see friends after six weeks at home under restrictions

FOR families across Australia, it’s back to some state of normal, with a return to school welcomed after six weeks at home as part of enforced COVID-19 restrictions. “There were lots of smiling faces, and students are just happy to be back with their friends,” Southern Cross Catholic College’s communications and marketing co-ordinator Majella Thompson, said. “It’s that social contact ... Read More »

Adelaide archdiocese welcomes new shepherd to St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral

THREE knocks on the door of St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral and Apostolic Administrator Bishop Greg O’Kelly welcomed in the ninth Archbishop of Adelaide – Archbishop Patrick O’Regan. Ancient ceremony and lockdown restrictions clashed in an historic ceremony as Archbishop O’Regan was brought into a near-empty cathedral at an Installation Mass on May 25. Only about 30 people were involved in ... Read More »

Faithful rejoice as church doors open again after months of lockdown, restrictions still in effect

CHURCHES across the country are re-opening, with restrictions on public worship starting to ease. Under an updated COVID-19 Safe Plan for Brisbane Archdiocese, parishes are welcoming a staged return to regularly scheduled Masses. Stage one allows only for up to 10 people in church and strict social distancing requirements of 1.5 metres between people. The liturgical season has changed from ... Read More »

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