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Church properties could be made available to limit COVID-19 in Australia

PARISH and school halls, boarding schools and other buildings owned by the Catholic Church will be put on standby as testing facilities and isolation centres for infected patients and front-line workers. Catholic Emergency Relief Australia (CERA), which was initially set up to respond to the bushfire crisis, announced on April 1 that the Catholic Church was undertaking a national audit ... Read More »

Holy Week disruptions can be a time to learn to pray together as a family

FAMILIES preparing to enter into Holy Week at home due to COVID-19 restrictions have been encouraged to pray together as “the little church” alongside clergy who are celebrating the Triduum rites privately. Liturgy Brisbane director Fr Tom Elich said parishes have been distributing a prayer resource to allow families to spiritually connect with the celebrations of Holy Week, which begins ... Read More »

Parishes more connected than before as congregations turn to calling, texting and Zooming

WHILE millions of Catholics transition to a virtual church experience due to the coronavirus pandemic, spare a thought and a prayer for people like Rikki Avenell. The 74-year-old has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung disorder that affects her breathing and keeps her hooked to an oxygen concentrator all hours of the day. She would experience severe medical complications if ... Read More »

Queensland parliamentary committee recommends legalising voluntary assisted dying

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A LONG-running parliamentary committee has recommended Queensland legalise voluntary assisted dying. Support for VAD is contained in a Queensland parliamentary health committee report examining end-of-life issues, tabled on March 31. It drew immediate condemnation from Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, who, together with other faith leaders in Queensland stridently oppose VAD – a form euthanasia. “The Parliamentary Committee’s recommendations on euthanasia ... Read More »

Online group meets regularly to pray the Rosary to nourish spiritual and mental needs of community

CHURCHES closed their doors in accordance with Federal Government health advice last week but that has not stopped local Catholics congregating in online communities to pray the Rosary together. Jeremy Fraser, who was a member of Surfers Paradise parish, led one of these groups. “The Rosary, and groups like this, I think are so important,” Mr Fraser said. Mr Fraser ... Read More »

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