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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 »

Head start in health careers

GLADSTONE’S Chanel College students seeking careers in the health industry now have a head start thanks to an alliance between the college and Mercy Health and Aged Care, Central Queensland. This follows the launch of a new career support program. Initially available to all Year 9 students at the college, different aspects of the program will later be rolled out ... Read More »

Lucky escape

By Paul Dobbyn NORTHERN Queensland dioceses “dodged a bullet“ as Cyclone Ita crossed the coast on April 11 causing little damage to churches, schools and other properties. Cairns diocesan project services manager Shane Watson captured the sense of anticlimax and relief through northern parishes in the wake of the potentially devastating cyclone. “We’ve dodged a bullet, so to speak, with ... Read More »

Deluge follows Roma day of prayer for rain

By Paul Dobbyn THE faithful around Roma are impressed by the power of prayer to summon rain, according to parish priest Fr Jamie Collins. “Everywhere I go, people are commenting about the Day of Prayer for Rain, and how appreciative they were that the churches in town could come together to pray under such circumstances,” he said. “On Ash Wednesday, ... Read More »

Cooktown counting their blessings after Cyclone Ita

By Paul Dobbyn BRANCHES broken by the fury of Cyclone Ita have been used in Cooktown’s St Mary’s Church to celebrate a Palm Sunday prayer service with a difference. Pastoral leader Mercy Sister Irene Masterson said gratitude was the predominant mood during a “beautiful prayer service” attended by about a dozen parishioners. “We used foliage broken by the high winds ... Read More »

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