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No borders to faith for Townsville youth headed for World Youth Day

Townsville pilgrims

NEARLY three million young Catholics will descend on Krakow, Poland, this month for World Youth Day festivities, with 38 young people set to represent Townsville diocese. The contingent left Australia early on July 2 and is set to experience some historic Catholic sites as part of the pilgrimage to Krakow. The first nine days of the trip will be spent in ... Read More »

Rockhampton hosts rugby league Confraternity with all round success

Confraternity Carnival

AUSTRALIA’S beef capital Rockhampton became the country’s rugby league heartland from June 26 to July 1, as 48 Catholic schools from across the state converged on The Cathedral College for the annual Confraternity Carnival. Confraternity chairman and TCC director of sports Paul Dever said he had been involved in Confraternity carnivals for 23 years, first as a player, then as ... Read More »

From Kenya to Ballina: The journey of Lismore’s newest priest

Fr Alexander Munyao

FATHER Alexander Munyao, ordained in Kenya earlier this year, is now ministering in the coastal town of Ballina as Lismore diocese’s newest priest. Writing for the diocese’s magazine, Catholic Life, Fr Munyao said his “call to the priesthood started when I was a young boy growing up in the Savanna Plains of Kenya”. He returned to those plains earlier this year for ... Read More »

Musical maestro visits Holy Name to create new sound

Holy Name Primary School

WELL-known for his work with small-town schools, musician Josh Arnold had a change of scenery when he collaborated with a small school in a big town – Holy Name Primary School, Toowoomba. In a process he has refined into a work of art, Mr Arnold has been collaborating with the students of Holy Name to produce a song that is ... Read More »

Cairns town tends to grief 12 months after tragic explosion

RAVENSHOE parishioners gathered for an ecumenical service at St Teresa’s Church to commemorate the lives lost in a disaster last year that shook the whole community. The small town located on the Atherton Tablelands was rocked by disaster 12 months ago when a vehicle crashed into a gas bottle at a local cafe, causing an explosion that killed two people ... Read More »

Father of Townsville diocese administrator wished for a Mass on his 100th birthday

Colin Lowcock

COLIN Lowcock’s wish for his 100th birthday was to celebrate Mass with his family and friends – and that’s just what he did. His son Fr Mick Lowcock, who is Townsville diocese’s administrator, celebrated Mass, and Colin’s other three children – Janice Weaver, Colleen Lowcock and Mercy Sister Mary Lowcock – were there, along with Janice’s four children and grandchild. ... Read More »

Age no barrier in shaving for a cure

Isabella Mackay holding her World’s Greatest Shave Certificate

FAMILY, friends and the school community of St Anthony’s Primary School, Toowoomba, took time out of their busy schedules on the morning of May 6, to support eight-year-old Isabella Mackay “Shave for a Cure”. Isabella was willing to sacrifice her hair to raise funds for her grandfather who is receiving treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia. “It means that I have ... Read More »

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 »

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