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‘We need to take care of one another and keep on smiling’, coronavirus wisdom from Anzac heroes

WITH COVID-19 restrictions preventing Australians from gathering at Anzac Day services and marches, Centacare has joined many other organisations and individuals to honour the bravery and sacrifice of servicemen and women in a different way. The Archdiocese of Brisbane’s aged care provider is telling the stories of its clients, who served their country from the battlefield and from their Brisbane ... Read More »

Catholic parents of ‘lockdown babies’ describe bringing new life into a socially distanced world

JONATHAN Ries had quit his job as a hospital theatre nurse just as Australia was on the brink of declaring COVID-19 a national health emergency. The former parishioner at the Brisbane Oratory in Annerley quit his job as a theatre nurse at the Queensland Children’s Hospital to study medicine at Flinders University, Adelaide, starting in February. On top of packing ... Read More »

Easter spent at home like the ‘Passover in Egypt’, families waited for the coming of the Lord

FOR Catholics, Easter is a time of hope and devotion through the Paschal Liturgies. And for communities of the Neocatechumenal Way, accustomed to large Easter vigil gatherings, the limitations of social distancing, proved a challenging prospect. The Neocatechumenal Way has about 70 communities in 13 dioceses across Australia. So instead of meeting as communities, Neocatechumenal families were invited to follow ... Read More »

Livestreamed Masses have been successful, but not meant to become future of church

BRISBANE families have swapped out church pews for living room couches as thousands tuned in to watch livestreamed Masses across Lent and Easter amid coronavirus lockdown. Most of the Brisbane parishes that had livestreaming capabilities had hundreds of households engaging with Easter Masses. Kedron parish priest Franciscan Father Mario Debattista said he had some trouble getting the livestreamed Masses up ... Read More »

ACU Campus Ministry is online and they have never been busier

CAMPUS ministry without a campus was always going to be a challenge, but one Colleen Tracey was ready to take on. Coronavirus restrictions had led to empty university campuses across the country, including at Australian Catholic University Banyo campus, where Mrs Tracey worked as campus ministry staff pastoral associate. But the shutdown was not going to keep her from reaching ... Read More »

Parish nurse recommends spiritual medicine to combat coronavirus

WE know to wash our hands for the time it takes to say the Our Father, and it’s abundantly clear how close we can be to the nearest person in the supermarket. But in addition to these obligatory recommendations from Australian health officials, parish nurse Leonie Rastas also believes Australians should improve their spiritual health while in self-isolation. The co-founder ... Read More »

Catholic career coach Megan Walk shares four tips for working from home

AS confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to increase exponentially around the world, more and more Australians are being asked to work from home to curb the spread of the virus. While a national lockdown has still been ruled out by the national cabinet, which is unconvinced of the effectiveness of a shutdown at this stage, many workers are bracing for ... Read More »

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