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Nathan’s flying high against all odds

NATHAN Parker’s lifetime dream to become a fighter pilot came crashing down in a tragic road accident, but what’s happened after that has led to him becoming the 2021 NSW Young Australian of the Year. The 25-year-old Lismore Catholic only ever had one boyhood ambition – to become a fighter pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force – and he ... Read More »

Mixed blessings for Catholics living on the land, praying for rain

IT’S been a summer of mixed blessings for many in Queensland’s Central West parishes – for some it’s beautifully wet and for others miserably dry. Graziers in that region have been battling through drought for almost a decade, one of the worst on record, and parishes have been praying for rain. Some parishioners have had their prayers answsered while others ... Read More »

“People need to talk” – Church in Fiji focusing on long-term healing of Cyclone Yasa victims

FIRST responders tending to thousands of displaced Fijians in the aftermath of Cyclone Yasa are focusing their efforts on bringing long-term healing to victims of natural disaster trauma. Caritas Fiji executive director Agatha Ferei said the Catholic Church’s response to Cyclone Yasa’s devastation, which has left four people including a three-month old boy dead, included offering victims spaces “to just ... Read More »

Centacare’s dedicated teams ‘stronger together in 2020’

“I STILL get a buzz when I see the positive difference we make to the lives of our clients,” long-time Centacare employee and long-service award winner Desley Chorlton said. Ms Chorlton, who is the Brisbane North and Moreton Bay regions community services area general manager, received a 20 years of service award as part of Centacare’s annual recognition program. She ... Read More »

Pregnancy safe house preparing for new intake of vulnerable mums

THERE will be plenty of room at one guest house this Christmas after a Brisbane safe house successfully transitioned its last live-in mother into stable accommodation. Pregnancy Crisis is a volunteer-run service that provides practical support, including emergency accommodation, for women with unplanned or unexpected pregnancies. During the pandemic the organisation extended its crisis accommodation period for as long as ... Read More »

Brisbane Deacon Gary Stone defends new Thailand King Maha Vajiralongkorn

A BRISBANE Catholic deacon and former military chaplain has defended Thailand’s new King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who is under fire for his lavish lifestyle and quirky behaviour. Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Bangkok to speak out against their ruler – the richest monarch in the world – who’s accused of funding his wild ways at ... Read More »

Brisbane dad walks 24 hours straight to fundraise for Vinnies

DAVID Vidler laced up his shoes, put on his cap and trekked 24 hours straight to raise much-needed funds for his local St Vincent de Paul Society conference last weekend. Mr Vidler, an Ashgrove parishioner, walked more than 100km from 9.30am Saturday to 9.30am Sunday, raising $5121 for his local St Finbarr’s Vinnies conference. He crossed the finish line right ... Read More »

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