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Catholic schools and parishioners seek cover as Cyclone Debbie belts north Queensland

Catholic schools and parishioners seek cover as Cyclone Debbie belts north Queensland

  UPDATE: 12:00pm Hope alive despite Cyclone Debbie’s destruction NORTH Queensland priest Fr Jose Koyickal drove through the debris strewn streets of Proserpine to visit parishioners this morning. Despite the flooding and the property damage, Fr Koyichal said people in Proserpine remain “hopeful” in the wake of Cyclone Debbie, now a downgraded to a tropical low. “We can rebuild our lives, ... Read More »

Bundaberg farmers thank God for first drops of rain in three months

Bundaberg farmers thank God for first drops of rain in three months

IN drought-stricken Childers, the Catholic faithful have been praying for rain – and it’s working. Each Monday afternoon for the past five weeks, Carmelites of Mary Immaculate Father Sunny Mathew has joined his parishioners in prayer in the town’s Sacred Heart Church. On March 14, substantial rain fell for the first time in three months – drenching farms and cattle ... Read More »

First steps for seniors at St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon

First steps for seniors at St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon

ST Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, celebrated its opening Mass in February at Sacred Heart Church, Lammermoor. At the Mass, attended by students, staff and parents, Year 7 Student Talika Warcon read the Welcome to Country prior to the procession of college captains and celebrant Fr Noel Milner. Perfect my Steps, the English translation of the college motto, Perfice gressus meos, which ... Read More »

Retired priest Fr Dan Moore laid to rest in Ireland

Retired priest Fr Dan Moore laid to rest in Ireland

RETIRED Rockhampton priest Fr Dan Moore died in Ireland on February 14, aged 79. “Fr Moore was surrounded by his family and friends, and at the time of his death, was held constantly in the prayers of the people of Central Queensland who had become aware of his failing health,” a spokesman said. He was ordained in St Hallows College, ... Read More »

Tensions over new Islamic centre in Gladstone fuelled by ‘unreal fears’

Tensions over new Islamic centre in Gladstone fuelled by ‘unreal fears’

COMMUNITY tensions over plans to build an Islamic centre in Gladstone are fuelled by “unreal fears”, a Church expert on Christian-Muslim relations says. Sydney’s Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations co-ordinator of Columban Father Patrick McInerney is regularly called upon to address religious and cultural concerns that increasingly confront Australian towns and city communities. In Gladstone, anti-Muslim sentiments are being voiced after ... Read More »

Toowoomba IT experts help PNG students with technology

Toowoomba IT experts help PNG students with technology

THE partnership between Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Kavieng, Papua New Guinea, and Toowoomba Catholic Schools has focused on opening up the world to the staff and students through Information and Communications Technology. Four years ago two ICT technicians Nathan Hetherington and Yang Poh, from the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office, visited Kavieng and rebuilt the school’s server, deployed donated ... Read More »

Centacare Cairns director Anita Vetivers named one of Queensland’s most influential women in community services

Centacare Cairns director Anita Vetivers named one of Queensland’s most influential women in community services

COMMUNITY services sector expert Anita Veivers has put Cairns on the map after being named one of Queensland’s most influential women in the field. The Centacare Cairns executive director is one of five Queensland women leading the community services industry who will be profiled in a blog with the Community Services Industry Alliance. She is one of two people working ... Read More »

Our Lady of the Southern Cross College on Dalby’s Australia Day list

Our Lady of the Southern Cross College on Dalby’s Australia Day list

OUR Lady of the Southern Cross College staff and students figured prominently in Dalby’s Australia Day awards. A teacher and two students won awards. Katherine Black, a teacher at the college since 2009, won the Senior Sports Coach Award for her achievements in women’s cricket. She has coached the Queensland Country women’s cricket team in 2015 and 2016, with the ... Read More »

Townsville diocese prays for PNG’s first cardinal at welcome Mass

Townsville diocese prays for PNG’s first cardinal at welcome Mass

DURING the welcome Mass for Cardinal John Ribat late last year, many people spoke kindly of the shepherd who was now the first cardinal to be appointed from Papua New Guinea. Apostolic nuncio for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands Archbishop Kurian Mathew Vayalunkal said: “We are here to share our joy and express our gratitude to God for ... Read More »