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Youth talk about what matters

Lismore youth

ENTHUSIASTIC youth from across Lismore diocese recently joined other young pilgrims in Melbourne for Australia’s first Catholic youth festival. Youth leader Eloise O’Brien said the Australian Catholic Youth Festival, running from December 5 to 7, enabled the diocese’s youth to join with young pilgrims from across Australia “to celebrate and grow in their faith”. “The festival also gave us the ... Read More »

Reading time building skills

Toowoomba Reading

A TOOWOOMBA school has partnered with the Federal Government to improve students’ reading skills. Holy Name Primary School has embarked on the innovative program. Principal Kathy Bliss said the program had been made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Government, parents and school staff. “Due to the Federal Government’s National Partnerships program, we have been able to direct additional ... Read More »

Veteran Toowoomba priest in golden days

fr james byrne

By ROBIN WILLIAMS TOOWOOMBA priest Fr James Byrne has a lot to be thankful for. A Mass of Thanksgiving was held at Sacred Heart Church on November 24 to celebrate the 74-year-old’s golden jubilee of priesthood and 32-year career as Wilsonton parish priest. Toowoomba Bishop Robert McGuckin, Fr Byrne and eight fellow Toowoomba priests, concelebrated the Mass. Following his ordination ... Read More »

Handmaids of Our Lord gather to mark Sr Mary’s day of jubilee

Handmaids of Our Lord gather to mark Sr Mary’s day of jubilee

FAMILY, friends and fellow Handmaids of Our Lord recently joined Handmaids of Our Lord Sister Mary Garnier for her golden jubilee. The Handmaids of Our Lord were founded in Papua New Guinea in 1918. The order has about 70 nuns missioning in Papua New Guinea and northern areas of Australia. The celebration on November 25 at St Therese’s Church, Bentley ... Read More »

St Andrew’s student off to Gallipoli

Off the Gallipoli: Jamal Hammett-Ryan

By ZARA CULL, Year 11, St Andrew’s Catholic College ON Tuesday, November 12,  Premier Campbell Newman announced the five school students who will be travelling to Gallipoli, as winners of the 2014 Premier’s Anzac Prize. The Premier’s Anzac Prize gives five Queensland high school students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Anzac tradition firsthand. This year Jamal Hammett-Ryan, a Year ... Read More »

Golden event for Dimbulah

Golden event for Dimbulah

ST Anthony’s of Padua, Dimbulah, marked a significant milestone in November with parishioners celebrating the parish’s 50th anniversary. Dimbulah’s Catholic history goes back further than 50 years.  The little church at Wolfram was dismantled and carted to Dimbulah in 1937 and opened the same year. Before then Mass was celebrated in the Dimbulah Hall. Dimbulah became a parish in 1963 ... Read More »

Cairns student chosen for national science forum

Georgia chosen for youth forum in science

YEAR 11 student at St Andrew’s, Redlynch, Georgia Krause will spend part of her Christmas holidays back in a classroom. Georgia is one of 18 students from North Queensland, Far North Queensland and the Northern Territory selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum in January. The Rotary Club of Cairns supported Georgia’s nomination as Rotary is the founding partner ... Read More »

Fr Mac’s ‘originals’ bowing out

Fr Mac’s ‘originals’ bowing out

WHEN Fr Darcy McCarthy, the ailing founder of Father Mac’s Heavenly Puddings was saying his last goodbyes to volunteers, Molly Geoghegan and Pat Bulmer, 25 years ago, he had one final request. He asked the sisters to ensure they help keep the pudding factory going. The volunteers have kept their promise to Fr McCarthy, together accruing more than 40 years ... Read More »

Seed idea still growing

Crops from the Seed for Feed program in East Timor

TOOWOOMBA businessman Barry Walsh continues to report success as his Seed For Feed pro-gram supports increasing numbers of orphanages and other centres across East Timor. “This year alone has seen more than 40 million seeds sent,” he said. “The seeds include many vegetable and grain varieties including corn, sorghum and mung beans. “The resulting crops are used to feed those ... Read More »

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