News in Brief

North against South in the Coffee Cup

Forty young adults and families gathered in Gowrie in September to play a north vs south Canberra soccer match in the first round of the Coffee Cup.

The Coffee Cup is a state of origin style ‘best of three’ competition organised by local parish youth coordinators Lucy Koelmeyer (Corpus Christi Parish) and Melwyn Monteiro (Holy Spirit Parish).

All young adults and young families are invited to attend.

Round 2 will be netball, held on October 15, followed by touch rugby on November 18.






Catholic Health Australia appoints new CEO

Catholic Health Australia has appointed Jason Kara as its new chief executive officer to steer the peak advocacy body at a “critical time for the care sector”.

Mr Kara, who was Catholic Health Australia’s director of aged care, commenced as CEO this week. 

Catholic Health Australia board director John Watkins said Mr Kara’s advocacy, policy and energy are an asset for the organisation. 

“I am delighted to welcome Jason Kara as the new CEO of Catholic Health Australia,” Mr Watkins said. 

“Jason has been an outstanding advocate for Catholic aged care and the most vulnerable in society. He will bring his experience and compassionate advocacy to the broader health, aged and community care sectors.”

Mr Kara is a highly experienced policy professional who has taken on significant roles in in the public and not-for-profit sectors. 


Pope’s themes for next World Youth Day celebrations focus on hope

As Catholic young people around the world prepare for the Holy Year 2025, Pope Francis has asked them to focus on hope, CathNews has reported.

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Before the Jubilee of Young People, which will be part of the Holy Year celebration, and the next international celebration of World Youth Day in 2026 in Seoul, South Korea, dioceses around the world will celebrate World Youth Day locally on the feast of Christ the King.

The Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life announced that Pope Francis had chosen as the theme for the upcoming November 26 celebration “Rejoicing in hope,” from Romans 12:12.

For World Youth Day on November 24, 2024, he chose: “Those who hope in the Lord will run and not be weary,” drawing from the Lord’s promise in Isaiah 40:31.

The theme for the Jubilee Year itself is ‘Pilgrims of Hope’.


Running Success in USA

Trinity Catholic College student Stephanie Torley has placed outright third in the CSN Invitational 5km at Floyd Lamb Park in the USA.

At the Palo Verde CCSD, she placed 1st in 25 minutes for 5km in 38 degree heat.

At the Falcon Invitational, Stephanie was the first Australian girl receiving a medal, with only three medals awarded to the whole of the Australian team of 30.

A school spokesperson said Stephanie had enjoyed the experience and was looking forward to coming home.

“Well done, Steph. We are proud of your fantastic achievements.”