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Group still recovering from road accident

By Peter Bugden A GROUP of parishioners from the Mackay deanery are still recovering from injuries sustained in a road accident on the way home from the Mass of the Oils, but they’re counting their blessings that no one was killed. Rockhampton diocesan administrator Fr John Grace, in his recent final message in the role, said “only the hand of God ... Read More »

Giving the people hope

By Paul Dobbyn ROCKHAMPTON’S Bishop-elect Michael McCarthy found the perfect position description for his new role while on retreat preparing to take the leadership reins. “The description of the bishop’s role was in Pope Francis’ exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel),” he said. “I read it while on retreat at Tarrawarra Abbey run by the Cistercians in Melbourne. “Pope ... Read More »

Ordination to be streamed on YouTube

By PAUL DOBBYN THE ordination of Rockhampton’s tenth bishop Michael McCarthy will be live streamed from St Joseph’s Cathedral on Thursday. The celebrations will begin with evening prayer the night before of his episcopal ordination. Apostolic administrator Fr John Grace said this meant those unable to attend would be able to view the “once in a generation event” at home ... Read More »

Little troopers honoured with medals for efforts while dad was deployed

Toowoomba twins

JOSHUA and Lachlan Pleszkun are the sons of a soldier and memories of their dad’s fallen mate dominate their thoughts every Anzac Day. The boys recall setting off on a family holiday in 2008 when their father Chris, now a signals instructor at Cabarlah’s Borneo Barracks, near Toowoomba, received a terrible phone call. “It was when we were going camping,” ... Read More »

Lifesaving lessons help save Michael


LITTLE did Michael Gregory know when he studied Marine Studies at St Augustine’s College, Cairns, that it would help save his life and the life of a neighbour. His parents’ friend Tony had taken Michael fishing but after their boat overturned they were stranded 60km off the coast of Innisfail with no land in sight and their mobile phones at ... Read More »

Students give gift of hope to farmers hit by drought

Drought aid

STUDENTS at St Mary’s School, Laidley “payed it forward” when they donated thousands of dollars worth of stock feedand other much-needed supplies to drought-stricken farmers. With about 70 per cent of Queensland still affected by drought the Laidley students raised more than $10,000 in 24 hours to send their first shipment of aid, which included about 35 tonnes of feed ... Read More »

Relationships on the agenda at parents’ and friends’ conference


PARENTS from Catholic schools around Queensland focused on “Relationships, Relationships, Relationships” at a recent conference in Cairns. This was the theme for the 2014 Biennial Queensland Catholic Schools Parents Conference held at St Monica’s College from April 25-27. Queensland Parents and Friends Federation executive director Carmel Nash said about 155 people attended the conference, which discussed various aspects of relationships ... Read More »

Tributes flow for bishop

TOWNSVILLE’S late Bishop Michael Putney has been described as “a giant of a man with a heart capable of loving without making any distinctions between colour, race, creed or religious affiliation”. The tribute from Port Moresby Archbishop John Ribat has been one of many continuing to flow into the diocesan office in the days and weeks after the much-loved bishop’s ... Read More »

Isa youth heed WYD challenge

Mount Isa’s Mary Wright was inspired to develop youth leaders after accompanying a group of pilgrims to World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011. Here she talks about a retreat to achieve this goal. IN the middle of the streets of Madrid in 2011, 17 pilgrims from Mount Isa joined in with the deafening shouts around us “Esta es la ... Read More »

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