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Weipa pilgrim prepares to get a glimpse of Pope Francis with funding from Bishops

Teresa Lemaire

NORTH Queensland Catholic Teresa Lemaire is one step closer to catching “a glimpse” of her favourite pope after receiving a sponsorship to attend the World Youth Day in Poland. The 27-year-old from Weipa, Far North Queensland, was one of 12 young Catholics to receive $1000 from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference youth office and World Youth Day committee to support their pilgrimages ... Read More »

‘Perfect image of mercy’ unveiled in Townsville

Jesus the Homeless

A  NEW sculpture unveiled in Townsville is likely to prove both poignant and confronting. Jesus the Homeless, is a bronze sculpture by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz that depicts Jesus as a homeless person, sleeping on a park bench. Exactly where the sculpture will be exhibited in Townsville is yet to be decided. The Homeless Jesus sculpture proved a “great surprise” when it was unveiled ... Read More »

SCU health care students go out in the community

Pulse reading

HEALTH students have been providing health checks to doctors, nurses, allied health workers and other staff at Lismore’s St Vincent’s Hospital and St Joseph’s Nursing Home out of the Southern Cross University Mobile Health Clinic. Students studying osteopathy, clinical exercise physiology, nursing and occupational therapy at Southern Cross University delivered the week-long health and wellness program in April as an experiential ... Read More »

75 unborn babies “spiritually adopted” in Toowomba

Fr Roque Maguinsay and Nancy Webb

“I LOVE you.”   Doesn’t everyone long to hear these words? To be told they are loved unconditionally? My own experience of love and the desire for everyone to experience this love is what inspired me to spread the culture of life with the 2016 spiritual adoption program in Sacred Heart parish, Toowoomba. Spiritual adoption involves praying for an individual ... Read More »

Cairns diocese reboots its website

Cairns website redesigned

COMMUNICATION is the key attribute for Cairns diocese re-designed website www.cairns.catholic.org.au. Cairns diocese digital communications officer Vicki Crockett said the visually appealing site went live on February 18 and endeavoured to reflect, report and most importantly communicate what was happening in communities and parishes. The site features a parish index, containing Mass centres, contact details, Mass times, photos and maps ... Read More »

Carly loses her locks to help find a cure for cancer

Carly with her parents

LEUKAEMIA survivor Carly Galligan has lost her hair for the second time in her life in a bid to save other children from the progressive cancer.In 2012, doctors cleared the Carmel College, Thornlands student of leukaemia, a disease she had fought against for five years.After meeting a group of young cancer patients in hospital earlier this year, the healthy teenager ... Read More »

Fr Don Smith remembered for compassion and care

Father Don Smith Close Up

FR Don Smith, who died in Townsville recently aged 85, was remembered as a caring and     compassionate man.Fr Smith, a priest for more than 60 years, died at Townsville’s Mater Hospital on March 10 and his funeral Mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Cathedral on March 21.Ordained at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Ayr, on June 26, 1955, ... Read More »

Bishop ‘a great man, a great leader and a great shepherd’

Raymond Benjamin Funeral

THE late Bishop Raymond Benjamin was a much-loved leader of Townsville diocese, and during his Vigil and Sharing of Memories people paid tribute to him and told many stories of the wonderful man.Bishop Benjamin, the fourth Bishop of Townsville, was buried on March 17 in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville. He died on March 7.Fr Terry Lyons, a priest of the ... Read More »

History preserved as Lismore cathedral revived

Lismore Cathedral

ST Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore, has been restored, enhancing it as a spiritual sanctuary. Lismore Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett celebrated the re-opening and rededication at a Mass on February 22, with apostolic nuncio Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana in attendance. Bishop Jarrett said the rejuvenation of the cathedral was the culmination of a five-year plan to give the historic structure a makeover. “The ... Read More »

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