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Windsor students picked to be the face of the 2017 World Cup

league legends

STUDENTS from St Mary of the Cross School, Windsor, have been chosen as the “face” of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. It came about when every student at the school took part in a six-week long rugby league clinic, which focused on ball skills, tactics, fitness and teamwork. As a reward for their hard work they were offered an ... Read More »

Too many teenagers: Ignite Conference might outgrow venue as numbers continue to swell

Ignite Conference

TEENAGERS are posing a wonderful problem for organisers of an annual youth conference in Brisbane who have watched numbers “bust from the seams”.  Ignite Conference organisers Luke Plant and Kym Keady, both members of the Emmanuel Community in Brisbane, said the four-day event might “soon outgrow” its venue at Mueller College, Rothwell. “If that happens we’re going to say, ‘Thank ... Read More »

Parish challenged to show face of mercy for migrants and refugees

townsville

FATHER John Kunnathumadappillil drew on his first experience of encountering a “strange country, strange people and strange means of transport” in helping his congregation reflect on the importance of Migrant and Refugee Sunday recently. “I did not know what to do and I was nearly lost,” Fr Kunnathumadappillil said in his homily at Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville. The ... Read More »

From bed ridden to swimming laps: How a hydrotherapy pool is changing the lives of aged care residents

hydrotherapy pool

SPONSORED BY ST VINCENT’S CARE SERVICES Last week, Patricia Harding, an aged care resident at St Vincent’s Care Services Southport, was ecstatic as she successfully completed her half hour exercise regime in the pool without skipping a beat.  At 85 years old and sporting new swimmers and a grin from ear to ear, Ms Harding informed her instructor, Adrianna, that ... Read More »

Tasmanian Catholic Education Office – Assistant Director – Catholic Identity and Evangelisation

 The Tasmanian Catholic Education Office (TCEO) supports 38 schools and colleges around Tasmania educating over 16,000 students. The TCEO is seeking to appoint a senior educator to lead Catholic Identity and Evangelisation across its schools and colleges. This position will join the TCEO at a period of substantial and exciting change and have the opportunity to be at the forefront ... Read More »

Becoming a principal in the west a lifetime opportunity

Principal farewelled

BECOMING a principal in the west is the opportunity of a lifetime, says Nicole de Vries, reflecting on her time leading Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School in Longreach. After two years there, Mrs de Vries will take up a leadership position in Maroochydore next year, but said she would miss the wonderful Longreach community and the warm, welcoming hospitality of ... Read More »

Does your child need an extracurricular activity? Here are five reasons to consider altar serving

altar servers

ALTAR serving competes against the array of attractive sporting and cultural activities available for our children today. Swimming, soccer and tae kwon do promise the benefits of physical health, teamwork and general wellbeing while rugby, dancing and fishing sell outcomes that have found their way into the deep-set cultural and popular assumptions of our society. What about altar serving?  Others ... Read More »

Lutwyche digging deep for the poor

Lutwyche giving

LUTWYCHE parishioners united in the cause of social justice and understanding the plight of homeless people recently. More than 100 people, including children, attended a social justice night organised by the parish’s pastoral council. The night was organised in the spirit of a quote from Pope Francis: “How can it be that it is not a news item when an ... Read More »

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