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Fr Mac’s ‘originals’ bowing out

Fr Mac’s ‘originals’  bowing out

WHEN Fr Darcy McCarthy, the ailing founder of Father Mac’s Heavenly Puddings was saying his last goodbyes to volunteers, Molly Geoghegan and Pat Bulmer, 25 years ago, he had one final request. He asked the sisters to ensure they help keep the pudding factory going. The volunteers have kept their promise to Fr McCarthy, together accruing more than 40 years ... Read More »

Seed idea still growing

Seed idea still growing

TOOWOOMBA businessman Barry Walsh continues to report success as his Seed For Feed pro-gram supports increasing numbers of orphanages and other centres across East Timor. “This year alone has seen more than 40 million seeds sent,” he said. “The seeds include many vegetable and grain varieties including corn, sorghum and mung beans. “The resulting crops are used to feed those ... Read More »

Hospitality marks sisters’ jubilee day

Hospitality marks sisters’ jubilee day

MISSIONARY Sisters of Service Sister Imelda McMahon was praised for her “famed hospitality” at her recent celebration of 60 years in the order at the Toowoomba’s Lourdes Home chapel. Former Toowoomba Bish-op Bill Morris said this attribute had been on display in Sr McMahon’s much-loved work of selling books in book stores from Tasmania to Toowoomba. “She reaches out to ... Read More »

Retreat ‘a gift’ for all students

Year 10 student at St Mary’s College, Woree, Pia Cannon shares her experiences from her annual retreat in the Atherton Tablelands. EARLIER this year, Genazzano Recreation Centre was flooded with students ready to take part in their first school retreat. A retreat is a gift within itself – the chance to get away from the stress of everyday life and, ... Read More »

US pro-life advocate draws a record crowd at St Francis Xavier breakfast

US pro-life advocate draws a record crowd at St Francis Xavier breakfast

AMERICAN pro-life advoc-ate Kay Painter drew record numbers to a St Francis Xav-ier Parish breakfast for the launch of her book From Sin and Sorrow to Service. The book tracked her journey out of post-abortion grief into the saving grace of Jesus. The event was held at the Holiday Inn on October 5.Eve Bennett said the attendance of about 85 ... Read More »

Catholic Mission aids northern work

Catholic Mission aids northern work

THIS year’s total of $56,000 raised by the Catholic Mission appeal in Cairns diocese will support priests and religious providing pastoral care to the remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of Thursday Isl-and, Cooktown/Weipa and the Gulf Savannah. A Catholic Mission spokesman said the funds raised through the Propagation of Faith Appeal would go towards stipends, vehicle and travelling ... Read More »

Gulf churches benefit from refurbishment

Gulf churches benefit from refurbishment

THE Normanton and Karumba churches in Gulf Savannah parish are presenting a new face to the world after successful refurbishments. Diocesan manager of project services Shane Watson said the works had run for a couple of months, finishing recently. He said the work on the Karumba church had been long overdue. “Built in the 1970s by volunteer labour, the church ... Read More »

Cairns teacher wins state award

Cairns teacher wins state award

A ST Andrew’s College Japanese language teacher’s innovative project Have a Rice Day has won her an award for exemplary teaching practice. Masumi Morimoto was one of two Japanese language teachers at the college to gain recognition in the recent the Modern Language Teachers Association of Queensland awards for Exemplary Teaching Practice in Languages and Cultures. Fellow Japanese language teacher ... Read More »

Indigenous league fans honour Bishop Putney

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 »

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