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Brisbane Aboriginal woman has high hopes for new Closing the Gap agreement

BIRRA Gubba woman Cynthia Rowan, has high hopes for a revamped Closing the Gap agreement aimed at substantially improving life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. “I think it’s a great document, but it’s the implementation of it is going to be the challenge for service delivery to indigenous people,” Ms Rowan, a Bracken Ridge parishioner and long-time ... Read More »

Parish’s livestream Mass brings Maree home to the Church after eight years away

MAREE Hyde was getting used to life without Sunday Mass until a comment she read on Facebook four months ago turned her into a nearly daily virtual Mass-goer. Miss Hyde’s mum, a member of the Caloundra Catholic Parish, had left a comment on the community’s live-streamed Mass, which the parish have offered on their Facebook page since March 19. “Mum ... Read More »

Perth priest risks his own life to save surfer attacked by shark

A CATHOLIC priest who helped rescue a surfer being attacked by a four-metre great white shark, says it was the grace of God that gave him courage to act in the moment. “There’s something deep inside you that wants to help,” keen surfer and newly-ordained priest Fr Liam Ryan, 33, said, after a daring rescue at remote Bunker Bay beach, ... Read More »

Catholic environmentalist says Australia has failed as God’s caretakers of earth following interim report

Great Barrier Reef

CHURCH representatives have backed calls for stronger environmental protection laws and standards in Australia. Professor Graeme Samuel, recently released an interim report for his review of Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, saying the act was “ineffective” and “is not fit to address current or future environmental challenges”. “Australia’s natural environment and iconic places are in an overall state ... Read More »

Mater seeking heart-felt gifts for the smallest of patients

MATER Mothers’ Hospital is on the lookout for crafty people with a heart for new-born babies. Anyone who can sew and would like to help mothers and babies in the early days of the little ones’ lives then the Mater would like to hear from you. The simple act of a mother holding her baby whenever she wants is something ... Read More »

Two Queensland minor parties won’t budge on blocking proposed euthanasia laws

TWO of Queensland’s small parties could prevent euthanasia becoming law if a minority government is voted in at the coming state election on October 31. Both One Nation and Katter’s Australian Party say they won’t join moves to legalise voluntary assisted dying for the terminally ill (VAD), because it would distract from the bigger issues of dealing with the impact ... Read More »

Women from marriage enrichment movement sewing for carers on the frontline

A GENEROUS group of Catholic women in Queensland have offered a stitch (or more) in time to help nurses providing palliative care during the coronavirus pandemic. The women, who happen to enjoy sewing, stepped up to the challenge when Karuna Hospice Services in Brisbane put the call out for someone to make medical gowns for nurses to wear while they ... Read More »

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