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Fr John Daly retires as parish priest of hometown Bundaberg

Fr John Daly

BOTH the Mass of Thanksgiving and the concert for Father John Daly’s retirement as parish priest of Bundaberg highlighted the traits of love and kindness, which this humble, non-judgemental man of God brought into the lives of all he knew. Despite heavy rain on the night, hundreds of parishioners gathered at Holy Rosary Church to thank Fr Daly for his ... Read More »

Student sexting ‘is rampant’ among youth and children, Queensland Catholic school principal says

sexting concern

RAMPANT “sexting” – the culture of sending and receiving nude images – is a major problem among students, a Catholic school principal said. Bundaberg’s Shalom College principal Dan McMahon has joined a chorus of school community concern over the issue, after a student’s photo was “digitally altered by another person in a suggestive and offensive way”. He was told boys ... Read More »

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

Carol Wallace at her farm

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 »

Bundaberg mum hopeful and positive after undergoing stem cell treatment to cure MS

Fiona Ward

MULTIPLE sclerosis sufferer Fiona Ward has “no regrets” about undergoing an overseas treatment for her disease last March that is not recognised in Australia. The former police officer returned to her Bundaberg home seven months ago following an adult stem-cell treatment for multiple sclerosis in Mexico. The treatment, known as autologous hematopoietic stem-cell transplant, is not approved in Australia but ... Read More »

Young cancer survivor Chelsea Stutchbury names debut single after chemotherapy drug

Chelsea and Taylor feature

VINCRISTINE. It is the name of a chemotherapy drug, and it is also the title of a debut single from 18-year-old singer and cancer survivor Chelsea Stutchbury. In 2014, Chelsea was halfway through her final-year studies at Bundaberg’s Shalom College when she was diagnosed with lymphoma. During the next few months she was forced to undergo three intensive rounds of ... Read More »

MS sufferer Fiona Ward prepares for emotional journey to walk again

Fiona Ward

BUNDABERG mum Fiona Ward is hopefully five weeks away from walking without a cane or using a wheelchair for the first time in a year. The mother of three and parishioner at Holy Rosary Church, Bundaberg, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis five years ago. Her health has declined dramatically in the past year, leaving the former police officer wheelchair-bound and in ... Read More »

Helping children to pray

Centre for children

MOTHERS in Bundaberg have welcomed new faces into the community’s first catechesis centre for children. Known as The Atrium of the Good Shepherd, which uses principles from educator Maria Montessori, the mothers will work together to foster the spiritual and physical needs of children in the parish. We asked the new catechists at in Bundaberg why they thought it was ... Read More »

Mum’s Christmas wish is to walk again

Fiona Ward and her family

FIONA Ward misses the feeling of holding her three children by the hand and walking them through the school gate each morning. The devoted mother and wife to police officer Michael Ward has multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease that affects the central nervous system. For the past five years, the Bundaberg Catholic mum has fought the ugly monster without victory. ... Read More »

Hundreds join celebrations for Holy Rosary’s 125 years

At the Holy Rosary’s 125 years celebration Mass are (from left) Fathers Terry Stallard, Peter Greene, John Daly, John Grace, John Fitz-Herbert, Frank Gilbert and Terry Loth

BUNDABERG’S imposing Holy Rosary Church recently turned 125, and more than 600 people joined in to celebrate. The celebrations over the weekend of November 23 and 24 started with an 8.30am Mass celebrated by priests including Bundaberg’s parish priest Fr John Daly, assistant Fr John Fitz-Herbert and diocesan administrator Fr John Grace. Mass was followed by a family day in ... Read More »

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