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St Vincent de Paul commitment marked

Making their commitment are, from left, Maria Peck, Jennifer Oss and Romilde Busiko.

THREE Charters Towers women recently made their commitment as Vincentians at a ceremony during Mass. Local businesswoman Jennifer Oss, Maria Peck from the executive team of Columba Catholic College and Romilde Busiko, recently retired as parish secretary after 12 years, made their commitment on August 11. During the ceremony, conference president Meg Ogilvie outlined the history of the St Vincent ... Read More »

Campaign to increase vocations awareness

Neil Helmore, centre with St Anthony’s College students, left, Kristofor Grant and Connor McElligott.

Townsville diocese vocations co-ordinator Neil Helmore has called on Catholics to be more pro-active in fostering vocations. “I think as a church we have forgotten the vocations message, we take our priests and religious for granted and we are no longer asking the question of our young people,” he said. “I have been visiting a number of our Catholic schools ... Read More »

Bishop delivers Vatican II presentations in Townsville

BISHOP Michael Putney is sharing his love of the Church in an ongoing series of presentations throughout Townsville diocese. He said his cancer-related illness had been part of the motivation to deliver the talks. “Since my illness, a number of people have asked me about different parts of the church and what I believe is important,” he said. “These sessions ... Read More »

Initiative to help Congolese children’s centre

Swetha Hickman, left, is helping to raise awareness of the tragic situation for people in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

TOWNSVILLE Catholic high school student Swetha Hickman was so horrified by a documentary on the plight of women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo she decided to act. The documentary in Ross Kemp’s Extreme World Series focussed on acts of sexual violence committed against women and children as a weapon of war going on for decades in the ... Read More »

Following the pope’s call to help refugees

TOOWOOMBA diocese has welcomed a group of asylum seekers into a Church property following Pope Francis’ call to make better use of disused convents and monasteries to house refugees. Toowoomba Bishop Robert McGuckin said one of the parishes in the diocese had also rented out a property to a group of men on bridging visas. “Pope Francis is right when ... Read More »

WYD pilgrims share experiences

TOWNSVILLE diocese’s World Youth Day pilgrims have spoken of sharing their Australian culture with other pilgrims during their visit to Rio de Janeiro. The five young adults joined with other pilgrims from Queensland and ACT to travel together as a group. Mary McAuliffe said one of her many pilgrimage highlights was having a game of thong throwing in the park, ... Read More »

Charity work supported by Bollywood day

Year 12 students from St Patrick’s College Townsville don colorful dress to support the works of Sisters of Mercy.

TASTY Indian food, flowing colourful saris and impressive dancing were the mix at St Patrick’s College, Townsville on Tuesday, August 27. Dressed in their Bollywood outfits, the students at the college were fundraising in support of the charity work of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. Under their banner of Mercy Works, the sisters use their ... Read More »

Survey helps plans for school improvements

Toowoomba student takes survey

“STUDENTS spend more of their waking hours in school than anywhere else, so it stands to reason they will have a view on what is working and what can improve.”According to Catholic Education Office project officer school improvement Paul Murphy this is one guiding principle behind a survey into school performances within Toowoomba diocese.Mr Murphy said the survey, which closed ... Read More »

A journey of the heart for pilgrims

Aussie pilgrims in Rio

TOOWOOMBA diocese’s youth ministry co-ordinator Sarah de Byl has spoken of “spiritual highlights” as a World Youth Day pilgrim in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.These included “Mass, Adoration, Reconciliation and morning prayer,” she said.“There were also animation activities with Steve Angrisano and Curtis Stephens, catechesis from Cardinal Timothy Dolan (New York) and Archbishop Mark Coleridge (Brisbane), recitation of the rosary in ... Read More »

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