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Doing it tough

Daily battle: Moggill family Aimee and Jared Smith, with their children Lily and Lucian, like many others, find life hard on the basic wage. Photo: Alan Edgecomb

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE couple Jared and Aimee Smith’s struggle on the basic wage to keep ahead of bills as they raise their family is unfortunately all too familiar. Because of their experience of living with constant hardship, the parents of two children have welcomed the Australian Catholic Council for Employment Relations’ (ACCER) push to raise the national minimum wage. ... Read More »

Miracle of forgiveness

By Eva-Maria Kolmann CARMELITE Father Aurelio Gazzera was almost lynched by an angry mob in Central African Republic. He prayed the Rosary as rocks pelted his car and furious people pointed weapons at him. The priest had brought the wrath of a number of Muslims down upon himself by supporting the withdrawal of the Séléka (predominantly Muslim) insurgents; some of ... Read More »

Disaster inspires $26,000 donation

Reaching out: Lourdes Hill College students Caitlin Kearney, Grace Alchin, Tessa Onraet and Tahnee Snelleksz with their $26,000 cheque for Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion.

By Emilie Ng TOUCHED by the shocking devastation in Vanuatu after a recent cyclone, Lourdes Hill College students cleaned out their wallets to raise more than $26,000 for the country’s worst-hit homes. Year 12 student Tessa Onraet was among those leading the school’s biggest fundraising effort. The entire school community raised a total of $26,713.65 for Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion ... Read More »

Cambodia trip is Abbey’s dream

Making children smile: Abbey Feutrill on her immersion trip to Sri Lanka last year.

By Emilie Ng HUGE grins plastered on the faces of Cambodian children living with physical disabilities sparked an eight-year dream that recently came true for Abbey Feutrill. Since the age of 10, Abbey, now 18, has dreamt of visiting La Valla school, Cambodia’s only government-approved institution offering full primary education to children with physical disabilities. Abbey’s Noosa-based primary school had ... Read More »

Joyful country centenary

Catholics in Mundubbera welcomed Archbishop Mark Coleridge for his first visit to the country towns

By Emilie Ng PRAYERS “bounced off the walls” of St Joseph’s Church, Gayndah, as hundreds filled the pews to celebrate the sacred building’s centenary on April 18. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated the centenary Mass alongside parish priest Fr Jason Middleton and six former Gayndah priests. Fr Middleton said more than 200 Catholics journeyed to Queensland’s oldest town for the ... Read More »

Healing ‘wounds’

Support on the way: Deacon Gary Stone (right) with fellow veteran Gary Neagle whom he has been supporting through the new Veterans Care ministry and through the Mates4Mates initiative.

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s chaplain to the ex-service community Deacon Gary Stone has met “too many veterans who are traumatised, living without hope, and struggling to forgive themselves or others for what happened in conflict zones”. His response has been to set up a ministry known as Veterans Care, receiving enthusiastic support from Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge. Every week ... Read More »

The Darts unstoppable

By Emilie Ng SITTING down to record a podcast or write a blog can be more challenging when children demand nappies to be changed or you need to lug your nine children into the family mini-van. But parents Michelle and Jeremy Dart and their nine children are up to the challenge, to tell their story of a happy and larger-than-life ... Read More »

Birthday bash at St Laurence’s for a grand century

Double centenary: St Laurence’s College Old Boy Robert Scott, 100, cuts the Laurie’s 100th birthday cake with school captain Zane Playle and the school’s youngest student Euen Lynch.

By Emilie Ng SECOND World War veteran Robert Scott celebrated the first of two 100th birthdays at a special event for students and staff at St Laurence’s College, South Brisbane. The college, which is in the middle of centenary celebrations, invited Mr Scott, the oldest living past student and turning 100 in October, to help cut the birthday cake at his ... Read More »

Church honouring the Charities’ Mary

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE Sister of Charity Suzette Clark is always keen to work with, not just for, the poor, a mantra for which her order’s foundress has been recognised by the Church. In 1815 Irish woman Mary Aikenhead founded the Religious Sisters of Charity, an order that provided services to Ireland’s suffering poor. This charism would eventually become the ... Read More »

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