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St Mary’s students reaching out

Year 3 class at St Mary's with their removal cartons of items

MAKING a difference to people experiencing homelessness has motivated a Year 3 class at St Mary’s Primary School, Rockhampton to dig deep and donate an astonishing amount of essential items for Rockhampton Regional Council’s Homeless Connect event to be held in Rockhampton on July 26. It took under a fortnight for this class of 27 generous students to fill 21 ... Read More »

Volunteers make a world of difference in Port Macquarie

St Agnes volunteers

NATIONAL Volunteer Week 2018 was celebrated with gusto at St Agnes’ Parish, Port Macquarie, where the parish thanked its volunteers with a recognition Mass. The Mass was concelebrated by Fr Paul Gooley and Fr Peter Wood, who went with the national theme – Give a little, change a lot. It was a time to reflect on the importance volunteers have ... Read More »

Young film crew highlights the importance of going to school

Young film crew from Gordonvale Catholic school

MISS a few days of school at St Michael’s, Gordonvale, and you might find yourself disappearing into thin air. That’s the premise behind a winning video by a group of primary aged students who creatively interpreted the effect of staying in school.  St Michael’s Film Club, headed by first year teacher Joshua Bowling, took first place in the Cairns Catholic ... Read More »

Teacher’s therapy dog offering a helping paw in Townsville schools

Townsville therapy dog

MARLOW, a seven-year-old golden retriever, has had quite the tale to tell since she was welcomed as one of Townsville’s first school-based therapy dogs at Good Shepherd Catholic School, Rasmussen. School guidance counsellor Christine York and school principal Glenda Scrase submitted a proposal for a therapy-dog pilot program with Townsville Catholic Education in March. With TCE’s support, Ms York and ... Read More »

Memories flood back at St Ursula’s College centenary

St Ursula's College centenary

ONE hundred years old and still bursting with spirit, the community of St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, finished its centenary weekend with the performance of a new college song on May 6. Australian composer Alice Chance conducted the 100 Voice Choir, made up of past and present students and staff, for the centenary event crowds at the college’s Ballygriffin Cultural Centre. ... Read More »

100 years of stories, stations and stone at St Joseph’s, Gunnedah

St Joseph's church, Gunnedah

WHEN Gunnedah’s young men and women were leaving the battlefields of Europe in 1918, they came home to a newly appointed parish priest, a gentle Irishman named Fr Daniel Keane (pictured), working on the construction of a new church, St Joseph’s. Current parish priest Fr John McHugh said the church’s construction began in the final months of the First World ... Read More »

Toowoomba lay women make life-changing trip to the Philippines

Philippines women

WOMEN from Toowoomba diocese have made a life-changing trip to the Philippines to make the lives of people better. Catherine McAleer; Helen Gillam, from St Mary’s School, Warwick; and Amy Davis, from St Patrick’s School, Mitchell, made the trip with the purpose of helping to set up a small school library for the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred ... Read More »

Mothers who tragically lost their sons bond over support group for grieving parents

grieving mothers

IT’S a standard question: “How many children do you have?” Sue Fleming and Nicolette Kloppers, who live in Stanthorpe, in Toowoomba diocese, are mothers who answer with certainty although it can be “an awkward question”. “People say, ‘How many kids have you got?’ and I always say, ‘I have four’,” Sue said. “I say their names and ages but then ... Read More »

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