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Much-loved priest Fr John Newman mourned by Cairns Catholic community

Fr John Newman

THE Cairns Catholic community has mourned the loss of well-known and much-loved priest Fr John Newman. Fr Newman had served the diocese for more than 50 years in priestly ministry. His long standing commitment to his many chaplaincy appointments saw him heavily involved as chaplain to both Calvary and Cairns Base hospitals, director of both Catholic Mission and Vocations, St ... Read More »

Brisbane hospital can now scan your brain in under one second

CT Scanner

MATER Hospital Brisbane has taken delivery of a computed tomography scanner that provides scans in about a third of a second and delivers significantly less radiation. The new scanner takes 0.75 seconds to perform a brain scan compared to two to three minutes with previous machines. This makes a significant difference for patients suffering anxiety or dementia for whom lying ... Read More »

Parramatta bishop urges Australia to do more for refugees and asylum seekers during Brisbane trip

Bishop Vincent Long

AUSTRALIA can and should do more to help refugees and asylum seekers, the Catholic bishops’ delegate on those concerns Bishop Vincent Long said. Bishop Long made that clear during a recent meeting in Brisbane with refugee families from Syria and Iraq and their supporters. He was taking questions during the gathering in St Joseph’s Church, Bracken Ridge, when one of ... Read More »

Evangelist Lorraine McCarthy singing to Alpha’s tune

Lorraine McCarthy

“LET’S start at the very beginning, a very good place to start,” sang Julie Andrews as Maria in the ever-popular Sound of Music. Australia has our very own “Maria” although Lorraine McCarthy’s “beginning” is well beyond the melodic, “Do, re, mi”. The Melbournian has sung “Alpha’s” tune for almost 20 years, leading groups and individuals to know Jesus Christ across ... Read More »

Love and mercy lighting the way for Fr Grace

“DELIGHTED” was the way Fr Michael Grace described his attitude as he continues pastoral leadership on Brisbane’s northside following the amalgamation of Wilston and Gordon Park parishes into the newly named Good Samaritan Parish. After five years as an associate pastor in other parts of the diocese, in 2014, Fr Grace was appointed administrator of the then separate parishes of ... Read More »

First steps for seniors at St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon

Yeppoon school formal

ST Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, celebrated its opening Mass in February at Sacred Heart Church, Lammermoor. At the Mass, attended by students, staff and parents, Year 7 Student Talika Warcon read the Welcome to Country prior to the procession of college captains and celebrant Fr Noel Milner. Perfect my Steps, the English translation of the college motto, Perfice gressus meos, which ... Read More »

Retired priest Fr Dan Moore laid to rest in Ireland

Fr John Daly

RETIRED Rockhampton priest Fr Dan Moore died in Ireland on February 14, aged 79. “Fr Moore was surrounded by his family and friends, and at the time of his death, was held constantly in the prayers of the people of Central Queensland who had become aware of his failing health,” a spokesman said. He was ordained in St Hallows College, ... Read More »

‘Please pray for me’: New bishop belongs to Lismore

Bishop Gregory Homeming

Bishop Gregory Homeming addressed the congregation at the end of the Mass for his episcopal ordination and installation as the Bishop of Lismore in St Carthageís Cathedral on February 22. This is some of what he said. IN thanking people, I will name very few, because if I name some I will offend others. I have two that I want ... Read More »

Gold Coast Suns discover Little Legends at Mother Teresa school Ormeau

Gold Coast Suns with Year 7 Ormeau students

YEAR 2 students at Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School, Ormeau, put some hard-hitting questions to players from the Gold Coast Suns at the launch of the AFL club’s Little Legends program. Suns players Tom Lynch, Peter Wright, Jarrod Witts and Brandon Matera, and coach Rodney Eade shared a few of their secrets with the budding reporters during the Q&A session. ... Read More »

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