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Indigenous students graduate with Mass in Toowoomba’s Cathedral

Indigenous students graduate with Mass in Toowoomba’s Cathedral

THE annual Year 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Graduation Mass was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Toowoomba, last month to recognise 45 indigenous students from across the diocese who completed Year 12. Fr Peter Dorfield celebrated the Mass, with local councillors, elders, schools and community in the congregation. “Students were the proud recipients of a commemorative medal and sash ... Read More »

Townsville’s bishops call for protection of Galilee Basin in joint pastoral statement

Townsville’s bishops call for protection of Galilee Basin in joint pastoral statement

CATHOLIC and Anglican bishops in Townsville have criticised the dangers of  “projected mega-mining developments across Queensland, especially the Galilee Basin”, and environmental damage being inflicted on the Great Barrier Reef and the water resources of the Artesian Basin. “As Christians and people of the world, every one of us has been called to care for the gift of creation both ... Read More »

Molly’s on a mission to ‘get rid of all the plastic straws in the world’

Molly’s on a mission to ‘get rid of all the plastic straws in the world’

NINE-year-old Molly Steer is on a mission. The Year 4 student at Mother of Good Counsel School, North Cairns, single-handedly spearheaded a crusade to rid the world of plastic straws. Her Straw No More Project started earlier this year and has been embraced by more than 10,000 students across Australia. Her plans are to see plastic straws eliminated completely, an ... Read More »

Nanango’s little bush cathedral turns 100 with style

Nanango’s little bush cathedral turns 100 with style

  By Michael Crutcher NANANGO’S “little cathedral in the bush” has celebrated its centenary, relishing the good weather that deserted the town on the same day in 1917. Under clear skies, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge blessed a centenary plaque which was mounted on the right-hand side of Our Lady Help of Christian’s main entrance. On the left-hand side stands the ... Read More »

Yeppoon primary teacher represented Ireland in AFL International Cup

Yeppoon primary teacher represented Ireland in AFL International Cup

PLAYING football at the 2017 AFL International Cup for his native Ireland at the MCG and finishing third in the world was an unforgettable experience for Yeppoon primary school teacher, Robert McElhone. Mr McElhone and his Irish team joined 20 other nations for the two-week amateur carnival in Melbourne from August 5-19. A teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School ... Read More »

Stanthorpe Vinnies searching for owners of ‘precious’ photos dating back to late 1800s

Stanthorpe Vinnies searching for owners of ‘precious’ photos dating back to late 1800s

VOLUNTEERS in Vinnies Stanthorpe, within Toowoomba diocese, were thinking outside the donation box. In recent weeks the Creek Street outlet displayed a treasure trove of photo memorabilia found mostly “within books and furniture drawers” over the last six years. Centre co-ordinator Debbie Craven hoped visitors would assist to return the photos to rightful owners. “If we recognise anyone (in the ... Read More »

Nanango celebrates golden jubilee of former farm boy

Nanango celebrates golden jubilee of former farm boy

FR Pat Cassidy’s days of milking cows are long gone, but the farm boy in him was remembered when he returned to his home town of Nanango recently for a special celebration of his priesthood. Fr Cassidy, who is parish priest at Gympie, is celebrating his 50th anniversary of ordination. He was ordained by Brisbane Archbishop Patrick O’Donnell on July ... Read More »

Inaugural Putney fellowship launches to address alarming rates of youth suicide in North Queensland

Inaugural Putney fellowship launches to address alarming rates of youth suicide in North Queensland

TOWNSVILLE leaders have come together to officially launch the Bishop Michael Putney Fellowship. In 2014, the Tropical Brain and Mind Foundation was formed and launched locally in response to the growing statistics of mental health, mental illness and suicide rates in North Queensland. The foundation aimed to raise funds to engage research into this area, in particular some of the ... Read More »

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