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Food for Life program ‘Closing the Gap’

By Isaac Murphy NATIONAL Close the Gap Day on March 19 gives the public the chance to celebrate the history of Australia’s Indigenous peoples’, but also serve as a reminder of the inequalities Indigenous Australian’s still face. Caritas Australia’s Manage Your Income, Manage your Life program is an initiative dedicated to closing this gap. Caritas partners with Centacare Wilcannia-Forbes to ... Read More »

Rockhampton schools rebound after cyclone

By Paul Dobbyn PARENTS of students impacted by Cyclone Marcia have been advised professional counselling services are available through Rockhampton diocese’s Catholic Education office. Director Leesa Jeffcoat said parents concerned about children dealing with the psychological and emotional effects of experiencing a cyclone should contact their school principal. Cyclone Marcia crossed the coast just north of Yeppoon on February 20, ... Read More »

Assurances of prayers and help

This is a March 6 pastoral letter of Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy in the wake of Cyclone Marcia My Dear People, On Friday, February 20, our diocese was impacted by Tropical Cyclone Marcia.  The cyclone caused a great deal of damage to property and had a significant impact on the delivery of essential services. I am aware that many in ... Read More »

Orange Sky chases away laundry blues

By Paul Dobbyn ORANGE Sky Laundry’s Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi had reached 80 washloads and counting, four days after Cyclone Marcia devastated the Rockhampton/Yeppoon region. The pair had been putting in up to 15-hour days in their voluntary support of households left without power and sometimes water, reaching Marmor, south of Rockhampton, on the morning of Tuesday, February 24. Mr ... Read More »

St Mary’s welcomes friends from cyclone-hit Yeppoon

CATHOLIC identity shone true at St Mary’s College, Maryborough, during Cyclone Marcia when the college community opened their hearts and classrooms to some needy friends. Many in the St Mary’s community were pleasantly surprised when they returned to the college on Monday morning to see some of their classrooms occupied by visiting students from St Brendan’s College, Yeppoon. The 60 ... Read More »

Cruel blow

By Paul Dobbyn A CYCLONE and an earthquake have delivered Rockhampton diocese’s bishop of less than a year “an unforgettable week”, and caused utter devastation for many people. In the aftermath of Cyclone Marcia that wreaked havoc on Yeppoon, Rockhampton and surrounding areas and then caused flooding further inland at places like Biloela just days after an earthquake at Eidsvold, ... Read More »

Welcoming spirit for Year 7s

CATHOLIC colleges in Mackay, Emerald, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg welcomed more than 1300 Year 7 students as part of the historic change in the way school education is delivered in Queensland. Mackay’s Holy Spirit College was typical in the way it embraced the young students with support systems including special precincts and the use of older students as welcomers. Holy ... Read More »

Stefan’s calling hit ‘like a semi-trailer’

SEVEN years ago, Stefan Matuszek had his life mapped out with plans including meeting his dream girl, starting a family and studying to become an engineer. Obviously God had other ideas because on the evening of Thursday, February 12, in Lismore’s St Carthage’s Cathedral, Stefan will be ordained into the diaconate, a continuing step in his decision to become a ... Read More »

Mourning eight precious children

Cairns diocese’s Augustinian Father Robert Greenup and Deacon Ralph Madigan attended the funeral of the eight children killed in Cairns recently. Fr Greenup wrote the following reflection.     THE murder of eight children in Cairns, just before the celebration of Christmas, shocked the whole country and deeply affected Indigenous communities throughout the diocese. Unlike other recent tragedies, there could ... Read More »

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