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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 »

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 »

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