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St Stephen’s Cathedral Guides and Welcomers ushered in a year like no other

St Stephen’s Cathedral Guides and Welcomers ushered in a year like no other

SAINT Stephen’s Cathedral Guides and Welcomers were the ones who ticked off contact tracing information, restocked hand-sanitisers, observed social distancing requirements and did it day in, day out for months at Brisbane’s most-visited church. For Reem Haddad, Mike Garrett and Genevieve Cavanagh – this was their first year on the job. Cathedral Guides and Welcomers chair Dr Barbara Reynolds-Hutchinson said ... Read More »

Ipswich community launches campaign to raise $10m to restore historic churches

Ipswich community launches campaign to raise $10m to restore historic churches

A BRISBANE parish priest has launched a campaign “relying on the generosity of people and the generosity of God” to raise millions of dollars needed to restore several unique, historic churches. Franciscan Father Stephen Bliss said the community of Ipswich was rallying behind as he began the task of raising nearly $10 million dollars to repair and maintain two of ... Read More »

Matilda Mary Powick, loved from head to little toe

Matilda Mary Powick, loved from head to little toe

CHRISTMAS presents come in all shapes and sizes but, for Therese and Damian Powick, their precious gift comes with an underdeveloped foot and missing fingers on her right hand. Matilda Mary Powick was born on November 24 with amniotic band syndrome, a rare condition that can cause deformities and sometimes amputate the limbs of a baby while it’s still in ... Read More »

Catholic farming family brings bush businesses to Brisbane

Catholic farming family brings bush businesses to Brisbane

TOOWOOMBA Catholic mum Kerri Brennan and her five children have been sleeping on a shop floor in the weeks leading up to Christmas but it has been for a cause close to their hearts. Mrs Brennan is the founder of Buy From The Bush Queensland, an online community that promotes and encourages people to buy from rural and regional Queensland ... Read More »

Pam Betts on guiding Brisbane Catholic Education through 2020

Pam Betts on guiding Brisbane Catholic Education through 2020

EARLIER this year Pam Betts was on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land when dramatic news broke of the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the prospect of a global pandemic.  By year’s end Brisbane Catholic Education’s executive director finds herself preparing for a well-earned leave on her “beloved” Stradbroke Island.  In between, she has found herself consumed and exhausted leading ... Read More »

Bishops urge scrapping of proposed euthanasia laws after government defers

Bishops urge scrapping of proposed euthanasia laws after government defers

QUEENSLAND bishops have demanded the state’s political lead- ers become “promoters of life, not agents of death” – by scrapping proposed euthanasia laws, and doing more to counter youth suicide and the scourge of domestic violence. “We’re just colluding with a culture of death,” Townsville Bishop Tim Harris said. “It’s even worse in the midst of a global pan- demic ... Read More »

Special Christmas newspapers are arriving at Brisbane parishes this week

Special Christmas newspapers are arriving at Brisbane parishes this week

AFTER a nine month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Catholic Leader team is proud to share the 2020 Christmas edition in print. The Catholic Leader’s 2020 Christmas edition, available in parishes on the weekend of December 20, 2020, will be the first physical newspaper printed since the March 22 edition, which paid tribute to the late Archbishop John Bathersby. ... Read More »

Ethics of the investigation into prolific Brisbane sperm donor explained

Ethics of the investigation into prolific Brisbane sperm donor explained

A CATHOLIC priest who helped write the ethical guidelines on assisted reproductive technology said the actions of a sperm donor being investigated for fathering 23 children were illegal and unethical. Fr Kevin McGovern, who is based in Victoria, was a member of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Working Committee that wrote the national ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive ... Read More »

Children’s book on screen time a novel idea for concerned parents

Children’s book on screen time a novel idea for concerned parents

WHEN Brisbane teacher Jesse Hewitt worked in a kindergarten last year, a common issue he heard over and over again from parents was how to wean children off a bad screen obsession. “A lot of parents were coming up to me having this conversation (about screen time) saying it was affecting their children’s behaviour, their sleeping pattern, and of course ... Read More »

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