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Indigenous league fans honour Bishop Putney

Kicking goals: Bishop Michael Putney and former North Queensland Cowboys National Rugby League player Matt Bowen at the recent All Blacks Indigenous rugby league carnival.   BISHOP Michael Putney has kicked many goals in his 12 years as Townsville’s bishop. Recently an award presented at the All Blacks Indigenous rugby league carnival recognised his contribution to Townsville’s Aboriginal and Torres ... Read More »

Bishop Heenan retires from Rockhampton diocese

Bishop Brian Heenan 2013-10-20

“CHALLENGING and some-times quite painful … incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.” Retired Rockhampton Bishop Brian Heenan used these words to describe his 22 years as the diocese’s bishop. “I always knew how much people love their priests through thick and thin,” he said, speaking from his family home in Caloundra a week after Pope Francis accepted his retirement. “I discovered this ... Read More »

New era for BCE in RE curriculum

BCE RE curriculum 2013-10-20

CATHOLIC students will be encouraged to “enter into a profound personal encounter with Christ” through the new religious education curriculum, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. Archbishop Coleridge gave his blessing to the new curriculum at the launch on Friday, October 11 at Brisbane’s Mercure Hotel. The revised curriculum for Pre-school to Year 12 has been called “the most comprehensive update” since ... Read More »

Kids connect with old and new at Cobb and Co

Teachers and students work together

TECHNOLOGY old and new came together at this year’s Kids Connect conference held at Toowoomba’s Cobb and Co Historical Museum. About 120 students from 12 schools as far away as Quilpie, Chinchilla, Tara, Dalby and Millmerran attended. The conference, held on September 11 and 12, was a technology conference for kids, run by kids. Year 7 students from St Thomas ... Read More »

Mareeba community honours Marian feast

Mareeba community honours Marian feast

SCALABRINIAN Fathers provincial Fr Savino Bernardi was a special guest at Mareeba’s fifty-third feast of Our Lady of the Chain. On Sunday, September 8, Fr Bernardi concelebrated Mass in St Thomas’ Church with parish priest Augustinian Father Michael Belonio and Fathers Greg Moses from Atherton and Michael Bonner from Cairns. Students from St Thomas’s School participated in the Mass. Parishioner ... Read More »

Community unites in prayer for injured Amy

THE family of young Catholic Ingham woman Amy Aquilini, severely injured when her quad bike hit a tree, have spoken of “little miracles” happening every day as their daughter continues her recovery. Amy’s mother Vanessa said she wanted everyone praying for the recovery of 21-year-old Amy “to know their prayers are working”. “The response has been amazing,” she said. “Members ... Read More »

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 »

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