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Indigenous students graduate with Mass in Toowoomba’s Cathedral

Indigenous students graduate in Tooowoomba

THE annual Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduation Mass was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Toowoomba, last month to recognise 45 indigenous students from across the diocese who completed Year 12. Fr Peter Dorfield celebrated the Mass, with local councillors, elders, schools and community in the congregation. “Students were the proud recipients of a commemorative medal and sash ... Read More »

Catholics honoured with nominations for Australian of the Year awards

Australian of the Year nominees

COURAGEOUS taxi driver Aguek Nyok who kicked down the door of a burning bus and unstoppable teenager with Down Syndrome Olivia Hargroder are among the list of nominees for the Australian of the Year awards. The South Sudanese refugee and Brisbane hero has been nominated as one of four Queensland finalists for Australia’s Local Hero, while Southern Cross Catholic College ... Read More »

Molly’s on a mission to ‘get rid of all the plastic straws in the world’

NINE-year-old Molly Steer is on a mission. The Year 4 student at Mother of Good Counsel School, North Cairns, single-handedly spearheaded a crusade to rid the world of plastic straws. Her Straw No More Project started earlier this year and has been embraced by more than 10,000 students across Australia. Her plans are to see plastic straws eliminated completely, an ... Read More »

How we think about young Catholics is mostly wrong

World Youth Day Rio

I HAVE been asked to write a column about being a “young person of faith”. I have found it an odd request. Not least because we never seem hear the corresponding alternative – “old person of faith”, or even “middle-aged person of faith”. Perhaps they sound less flattering. I suspect people enjoy adding the age-specific adjective to highlight what they ... Read More »

Faith important in former Wallaby Paul McLean’s game plan

Donna Lynch recently sat down with Wallaby legend Paul McLean (pictured) to discuss life, family, faith and the game played in heaven. Can you tell us the early years of Paul McLean? I suppose (it was a) simple upbringing – grew up in Ipswich, went to the local school which was St Mary’s Primary School which then turned into St ... Read More »

Yeppoon primary teacher represented Ireland in AFL International Cup

Irish teacher Robert McElhone

PLAYING football at the 2017 AFL International Cup for his native Ireland at the MCG and finishing third in the world was an unforgettable experience for Yeppoon primary school teacher, Robert McElhone. Mr McElhone and his Irish team joined 20 other nations for the two-week amateur carnival in Melbourne from August 5-19. A teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School ... Read More »

Stanthorpe Vinnies searching for owners of ‘precious’ photos dating back to late 1800s

Vinnies Stanthorpe photo collection

VOLUNTEERS in Vinnies Stanthorpe, within Toowoomba diocese, were thinking outside the donation box. In recent weeks the Creek Street outlet displayed a treasure trove of photo memorabilia found mostly “within books and furniture drawers” over the last six years. Centre co-ordinator Debbie Craven hoped visitors would assist to return the photos to rightful owners. “If we recognise anyone (in the ... Read More »

School offers bags of hope for hopeless

hope bags for the homeless

STAFF at St Augustine’s School, Currumbin Waters, have collected personal care and makeup items to donate to local homeless and at risk women. Following on from a successful appeal last year, the school donated 11 bags to a local neighbourhood centre to distribute to their clients. This year the school decided to make the appeal a staff only project. The ... Read More »

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