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Time of support

By Paul Dobbyn THE priests of Cairns diocese are among local leaders delivering a message of support as the community struggles to deal with the impact of the recent deaths of eight children in Manoora. A funeral service for the children, aged between two and 14 found dead at a Murray Street house on December 19, was to be held ... Read More »

Pushing for detainee’s release

ONE of the Townsville organisers of a campaign to release an Afghani refugee from detention has described a “deafening silence” from Immigration Minister Scott Morrison on the matter. Townsville diocese’s Sacred Heart Cathedral parish manager Steve Sutton said the refugee, Patrick Wilson, a respected community member had been held in a Darwin detention centre since September 30. Mr Wilson, 30, ... Read More »

Sr Pat celebrates 60 years of change and dedication

Armidale diocese’s 84-year-old Josephite Sister Pat Bartley, based in Werris Creek and still counselling at Centacare Tamworth, reflects on 60 years of religious life and the changes she has seen. “OPEN to change” was one of the affirmations I received among my Jubilee greetings – and the question is, why not be open to change when we recall the inspiring ... Read More »

‘Phillip Hughes a shining light’, Macksville priest says

Vatican's bats

NAMBUCCA Valley priest Fr Michael Alcock is still adjusting to ordinary parish life after his recent role as celebrant at the funeral of Test cricketer Phillip Hughes. Fr Alcock led the funeral service attended by thousands in the fallen cricketer’s hometown, Macksville, NSW, on Wednesday, December 3. “I have never been a part of anything as big as Phillip’s funeral,” ... Read More »

Deep love of God fires ministry

FR Michael Brady’s deep love of God and of the Mass remains at the heart of his ministry as he celebrates 25 years of priesthood. The Tweed Heads parish priest ends 2014 with that milestone of religious commitment. Fr Brady entered the seminary at 32 years of age and was ordained when he was 38. He said he wanted to ... Read More »

Fashion for new mothers

By Emilie Ng YOUNG Toowoomba Catholic mother-to-be Bernadette Ross is determined to help fellow mums in the Western region find the perfect fit during pregnancy. The Central Queensland-born Mrs Ross owns Toowoomba’s newest maternity shop where mums can buy fashionable items on sale at her home in Harristown. The heavily pregnant entrepreneur moved from Melbourne to Toowoomba less than four ... Read More »

Real Presence of Jesus Christ is certainly worth communicating

HOW can adults communicate the Real Presence of Jesus Christ to children? The Catholic Leader columnist and catechist Selina Venier said “it’s a teaching worth much time and explanation”. “Children, in my experience, have a profound ‘knowing’ about God and if they are Mass-going, this ‘knowing’ is particularly profound,” she said. “Still, it can be a challenge to find the ... Read More »

Sporting chance for justice

THE Australian Catholic bishops’ focus on the topic of sport for their 2014-15 Social Justice Statement has proved a perfect fit for Townsville diocese. Townsville Social Justice Committee chair Joan Neal said the diocese “called on some of our local sporting stars to chat about the reality of social justice in the sporting arena”. “We had former Townsville WNBL (Women’s ... Read More »

Deacon heading home for ordination

WHEN Rockhampton’s Deacon Andrew Hogan is ordained a priest on December 3, it will be on the same sacred ground that fashioned his Catholic faith. Deacon Hogan’s most significant Catholic moments have taken place at Rockhampton’s St Joseph’s Cathedral, his ordination next month likely to be the climax. “Faith and Catholicity were always a part of my family life and ... Read More »

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