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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 »

A memorable indigenous experience for students

Joyful celebration

INDIGENOUS history and culture was central to a recent gathering at Chinchilla’s St Joseph’s School to celebrate NAIDOC Week.More than 1500 members of the school, parish and local community came together to learn about national and local indigenous history.Participants also had the chance to create their own Aboriginal artwork, listen to Dreamtime stories and take part in indigenous dancing, music. ... Read More »

Theatre night fundraiser plans

Samantha Heathwood

A HOSPITAL room, a group of mischievous actors and unwitting scrub nurses are bound to send guests into stitches during the inaugural St Vincent’s Private Hospital Theatre Restaurant.The event, to be held Saturday, September 7 from 6.30pm at the St Patrick’s Cathedral Centre, is the hospital’s major fundraiser for 2013.Hospital general manager Carl Yuile said all proceeds would go to ... Read More »

Dad says prayers helped Patrick

"OUR little miracle" is what the parents of Patrick O'Sullivan are calling their son after his remarkable recovery from a life-threatening accident on a school fete amusement ride at Highfields, near Toowoomba.

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