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Priest who received free flights to Coen from Jonathan Thurston invites league legend to speak at Aboriginal Cultural Mass

Fr Rob Greenup

COWBOYS’ league legend Jonathan Thurston is to be honoured with an invitation to speak at Mareeba’s annual Aboriginal Cultural Mass. It’s a reward for a good faith gesture that has earned the respect of the town’s Augustinian priest, Fr Robert Greenup. “He’s a thoroughly decent fellow who helps where he can,” Fr Greenup, parish priest at Mareeba’s St Thomas of ... Read More »

Missionary congregation based in India promises four priests to Townsville

Bishop Tim Harris in India

PRIESTS from an Indian missionary congregation already ministering in Brisbane are expected to start a new mission in Townsville diocese next year. Following a visit to Kerela, India, Townsville Bishop Tim Harris, Fr Rod Ward and Discalced Carmelite Father John Kunnathumadapillil have reported fruitful meetings took place with the provincial leaders of the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. “I’ve ... Read More »

Immersion experience takes students to heart of Australia

The Cathedral College, Rockhampton in Central Australia

CATHOLIC Mission and The Cathedral College, Rockhampton, have teamed up to create an immersion experience for students that took them to the heart of Australia. TCC youth ministry co-ordinator Maddie Derepas said nine students and two teachers experienced life in the remote communities of Central Australia. “Being our first immersion trip we wanted our students to have a sense of ... Read More »

Johnathan Thurston offers Catholic priest free air travel to say Mass for remote Aboriginal community

Johnathan Thurston

NORTH Queensland rugby league legend Johnathan Thurston is playing his part to keep the Catholic faith alive in the heart of Cowboys country. The Queensland nominee for Australian of the Year, who co-owns Skytrans Aviation, has allowed a Catholic priest free air travel to the remote Aboriginal township of Coen during the wet season so he can conduct Mass. “I’m ... Read More »

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 »

Townsville’s bishops call for protection of Galilee Basin in joint pastoral statement

CATHOLIC and Anglican bishops in Townsville have criticised the dangers of  “projected mega-mining developments across Queensland, especially the Galilee Basin”, and environmental damage being inflicted on the Great Barrier Reef and the water resources of the Artesian Basin. “As Christians and people of the world, every one of us has been called to care for the gift of creation both ... 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 »

Nanango’s little bush cathedral turns 100 with style

  By Michael Crutcher NANANGO’S “little cathedral in the bush” has celebrated its centenary, relishing the good weather that deserted the town on the same day in 1917. Under clear skies, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge blessed a centenary plaque which was mounted on the right-hand side of Our Lady Help of Christian’s main entrance. On the left-hand side stands the ... 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 »

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