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Tolhursts celebrate golden wedding anniversary in unexpected way

TERRY and Rita Tolhurst toasted 50 years of marriage in a way they “had never anticipated” with 30 family members on the screen via Zoom on August 17. The couple said the day was “absolutely brilliant” even if they couldn’t meet up in person. Their anniversary day started with a specially live-streamed Monday Mass celebrated by Bracken Ridge parish priest ... Read More »

Bishops call for compassionate view in wave of politicking over COVID-19 quarantine restrictions

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called for compassion as the Queensland Government maintains tough COVID-19 quarantine rules that barred a Canberra-based nurse from attending her father’s funeral. “If proper precautions are taken in the interests of public health, compassion means that people should be allowed to attend funerals, to visit terminally ill family members before they die, to make mercy ... Read More »

Regents Park celebrates 40 years of faithful parish life

REGENTS Park parishioner John McClelland watched St Bernadine’s go from “just shrub” to a bustling Catholic community as he looked back on the 40th anniversary of the parish last Sunday. “We’ve gone from strength to strength,” Mr McClelland, who is a member of the Order of Australia, said. He chalked it up to community cohesion. “We come together and we ... Read More »

An ethically sound vaccine out of UQ has been hailed as a better option as human trials are expanded

MELBOURNE Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli has written a letter to Australian Catholics, explaining the Church’s advocacy for “ethically acceptable” COVID-19 vaccines, that do not use aborted foetal cell lines in their development. The University of Queensland vaccine project, in partnership with Australian biotech company CSL, is one that Bishop Comensoli singles out as acceptable. He is also clear that the ... Read More »

Distressed kayaker saved by Paulists on Lake George

This is a typical story really about Paulist Fathers, a floating Tiki bar and a kayaker. It all started when Greg Barrett, a captain for Tiki Tours, offered the Paulist Fathers – two fathers and five seminarians – a free, relaxing tour around Lake George, which is 85km north of Albany, in August. Paulist Father Frank Desiderio is the director ... Read More »

Townsville Catholic Education signs up for Tesla battery storage project

TOWNSVILLE Catholic Education has signed up for a Tesla battery storage project on the way to having its schools powered 100 per cent from renewable sources. The agency recently accepted a tender from Queensland-based commercial solar business GEM Energy to deliver the project over the next 10 years. TCE executive director Jacqui Francis said this was a third stage of ... Read More »

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