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Port Macquarie’s Emmaus chapel renamed after new saint

Emmaus Chapel

RESIDENTS from Catholic Care of the Aged, a service of St Agnes’ Parish in Port Macquarie and the wider parish, gathered together for a saintly ceremony on October 4. The Mass was held on the occasion of re-naming the former Mother Teresa Chapel at Emmaus to the St Teresa of Kolkata Chapel, in honour of the recently canonised saint. In ... Read More »

Ravenshoe parish gives young families battling the drought an all-expenses-paid weekend away

drought family

THREE young families from drought-stricken northern cattle stations will have a break from the stress and worry with a visit to Ravenshoe’s Torimba Festival which starts this weekend. Ravenshoe parish is hosting the families to an all-expenses-paid weekend in the town. Parish pastoral leader for the Ravenshoe and Gulf Savannah parishes Deacon Peter de Haas said the aim was “to ... Read More »

Parish challenged to show face of mercy for migrants and refugees

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FATHER John Kunnathumadappillil drew on his first experience of encountering a “strange country, strange people and strange means of transport” in helping his congregation reflect on the importance of Migrant and Refugee Sunday recently. “I did not know what to do and I was nearly lost,” Fr Kunnathumadappillil said in his homily at Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville. The ... Read More »

Becoming a principal in the west a lifetime opportunity

Principal farewelled

BECOMING a principal in the west is the opportunity of a lifetime, says Nicole de Vries, reflecting on her time leading Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School in Longreach. After two years there, Mrs de Vries will take up a leadership position in Maroochydore next year, but said she would miss the wonderful Longreach community and the warm, welcoming hospitality of ... Read More »

Toowoomba Ursulines hand over reins at St Ursula’s

THE Ursuline Sisters have transferred ownership and governance of St Ursula’s College to Toowoomba diocese, ending an era of 85 years. The Toowoomba college, founded by the Ursulines in 1931, has a tradition of educating young women from Queensland and northern NSW. The sisters’ Australian provincial Sr Ruth Durick, in announcing the change, said the transfer was the latest step ... Read More »

God’s love leads to new path for Deacon Cavicchiolo

Deacon Mark Cavicchiolo

I WAS born in 1968 in Canberra to loving parents, my siblings and I all went through the Catholic schooling system.   I had a happy childhood and through a love of fishing and the outdoors I gained an appreciation of God’s creation – however, without thinking about God.   Although I received the sacraments while at school I never ... Read More »

World Youth Day 2016: From North Queensland to the city of mercy

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BRIGHT and early one morning in July, 35 young and not so young Townsville diocese parishioners gathered at Brisbane International Airport to begin their pilgrimage to the Heart of Mercy and World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.  The diocesan group was made up of 22 from Mount Isa and 13 from the Townsville area, all of them looking forward to ... Read More »

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