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God’s caring for Brisbane health worker in London

DAVID Armour knows about life and death on the pandemic frontline. The Brisbane Catholic paramedic working in London has revealed the daily anxiety and pressure of working in the middle of a COVID-19 crisis, as Britain along with the United States and Germany are engulfed by record daily death tolls. “The country and our NHS (National Health Service) is at ... Read More »

Pam Betts on guiding Brisbane Catholic Education through 2020

Brisbane Catholic Education executive director Pam Betts

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 »

Pandemic increased the need for healing prayer, Charismatic community leader says

CATHOLIC Charismatic Renewal Brisbane is experiencing an increased demand for healing prayer as pandemic restrictions ease. With some people having turned to CCR prayer ministers online during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s face-to-face healing prayer they’re seeking now. “While we offered healing prayer online following COVID lockdown and some took up that opportunity, during the last month, the number of people ... 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 »

Brisbane churches open for Christmas Masses but registration required

LIKE the Holy Family trekking all the way to Bethlehem to register for the census, all Brisbane Catholics must reach out to their local parish to register for Christmas Masses. Christmas Masses are among the most popular of the year and once COVID-safe capacities are reached, parish workers will have to turn people away and direct them to live- streamed ... Read More »

Vulnerable children in out-of-home care receive post-pandemic support on family camp

EDMUND Rice Camps Queensland emerged from a COVID-enforced six-month break with a special treat for six families that achieved “amazing outcomes”. The organisation, which supports vulnerable and disadvantaged children, has been unable to hold any camps for the past six months due to COVID-19 restrictions. Its first one back happened to be its annual family camp, held recently with the ... Read More »

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 »

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