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Confirmation is not about being ready, it is a gift of transformative grace, writes Br Sebastian Condon

Due to the pandemic earlier this year, the confirmations in our parish were postponed. As a result, I have recently had to serve at several confirmation Masses, and have heard many theories among the assembled families as to what confirmation, as a sacrament, actually signifies. Many of these theories are interesting – some are simply mistaken. When I asked certain ... Read More »

Almost a third of Australians experience food insecurity in 2020

AN annual Foodbank report reveals a surge in demand at food charities across Australia during the COVID-19 crisis, with young people hardest hit, while casual workers and international students are among the “newly food insecure”. The report released at the start of Poverty Week, shows 65 per cent of Australia’s food-insecure are 18 to 25-year-olds going without food at least ... Read More »

Vinnies ready to help people going through tougher times

MANY Australians are bracing for reductions in JobSeeker and JobKeeper income, but it’s going to be tougher for some in Queensland. From the end of this month Queensland residential tenants will lose the protection from eviction that’s been in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. All other states have extended the eviction moratorium – Tasmania until December, and New South Wales, ... Read More »

Golden Wedding anniversary Mass a reminder of abounding love in dire times

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge led 45 couples in celebrating marital milestones at the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on September 26. Among the reduced-numbers crowd, owing to coronavirus restrictions, was Raymond and Sheila Thurlow whose wedding anniversary is this week on October 9. Mr and Mrs Thurlow married at St Finbarr’s Church, Ashgrove, and have three children. ... Read More »

Natasha Stott Despoja says domestic violence against women during COVID-19 is ‘the shadow pandemic’

WHEN Natasha Stott Despoja wrote a book last year about family violence, she described it as “a national emergency”. Now she has spoke out again about “the body count, the slaughter in our suburbs” – domestic violence that destroys too many Australian households, fractures entire communities, and has spiked during COVID-19. “I described it as a national emergency and it ... Read More »

South metro parishes reopen as Queensland reports no community transmission

PARISHES in Brisbane archdiocese’s south metro area have reopened their doors for Masses after the Queensland Government announced no community transmission had occurred following a coronavirus scare involving two teenagers travelling up from Victoria two weeks ago. Queensland shut its borders last Saturday and has only recorded one new case from a returned overseas traveller since, as of time of ... Read More »

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