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Community farewells friends and faith guide

Farewell-to-Father-Pulickal

WHEN a community says goodbye to its parish priest, there are many memories shared. But when a priest leaves a parish to go home to his mother country, it is far more heartfelt. Carmelite Father Thomas Pulickal arrived in Townsville in November 2012 from India where he had lectured at the Carmelite seminary in Liturgy. Upon arriving he was appointed ... Read More »

Townsville Catholics attend Mass celebrating Port Moresby archdiocese’s 50th

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DELEGATES from Townsville diocese visited Papua New Guinea in late November to help celebrate the golden anniversary of Port Moresby archdiocese. During the Golden Jubilee Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, Cardinal John Ribat spoke to the more than 2000 gathered and shared many historical facts about the forming of what is now the Archdiocese of Port Moresby. “The archdiocese was originally ... Read More »

Ex-Marist student from Emerald named NT Young Australian of the Year

NT Young Australian of the Year

A PASSION for healthy living and a desire to share that with others particularly those who live with mental illness, has seen a former student from Marist College, Emerald, awarded the 2017 Northern Territory Young Australian of the Year, earlier this month. Bridie Duggan completed Years 11 and 12 at Marist College, graduating in 2010, and she spoke fondly of ... Read More »

Inter-generational connections growing stronger at Cowley

Connections

SOMETHING magical happens when the young and the “not so young” connect.  Unhurried by life, both are able to enjoy life’s simple pleasures together.  At Crowley Care Services in Ballina inter-generational magic happens regularly. “Our programs with three parish schools and St Anne’s Long Day Care Centre are vital to our sense of community bringing a quality of life with ... Read More »

Toowoomba bishop speaks at major European conference

Bishop McGuckin in Monaco

TOOWOOMBA Bishop Robert McGuckin has returned from Monaco after representing Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania at an international conference. Bishop McGuckin spoke at the Council of the Conferences of the European Bishops. “Unlike our plenary assemblies, on the whole it was mainly the presidents of European bishops’ conferences that are involved in the plenaries,” Bishop McGuckin wrote in ... Read More »

Ingham students join Missionaries of the Poor in the Philippines

Ingham missionaries

INSTEAD of relaxing during the school holidays, a group of 13 students from Gilroy Santa Maria College, Ingham, and St Teresa’s College, Abergowrie, accompanied by four adults, travelled to Naga City in the Philippines to work alongside the Missionaries of the Poor among “the poorest of the poor”.  Ingham District parish priest Fr Damian McGrath said “one of the major ... Read More »

Emmaus College students at creative best for technology challenge

Emmaus College

EMMAUS College students have refined their skills at the recent RACQ Maryborough Technology Challenge. The teams showcased their human powered vehicles over the two-day event.  The challenge aims to showcase various technology subjects taught at schools including robotics, human powered vehicles, Co2 dragsters, solar boats and more.  The Senior Emmaus College team, the Rockwheelers, placed twenty-seventh, completing 585km and won ... Read More »

Proof is in the pudding: The secret recipe changing lives around the world

Fr Darcy McCarthy

AN irresistible aroma of mixed fruits and pudding mixture fills the factory located in the Alstonville St Joseph’s School Complex part of the Alstonville Wardell Parish. The exact recipe for Father Mac’s Heavenly Puddings is a closely guarded secret, but at least some of the ingredients can be revealed. After the mixed fruits have boiled and stood overnight, manager Bev ... Read More »

Port Macquarie’s Emmaus chapel renamed after new saint

Emmaus Chapel

RESIDENTS from Catholic Care of the Aged, a service of St Agnes’ Parish in Port Macquarie and the wider parish, gathered together for a saintly ceremony on October 4. The Mass was held on the occasion of re-naming the former Mother Teresa Chapel at Emmaus to the St Teresa of Kolkata Chapel, in honour of the recently canonised saint. In ... Read More »

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