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Isolated because of coronavirus? This deacon’s book has you covered

WHEN Deacon Peter de Haas had an idea to write a practical handbook for Catholics geographically isolated from everyday parish life, he never imagined needing to refer to his advice weeks after it arrived from the printers. In 2016 the permanent deacon for Cairns diocese started writing a handbook based on his experience of providing spiritual and pastoral support to ... Read More »

New Catholic college in Cairns named after St John Henry Newman

THE new secondary college planned for the James Cook University campus at Smithfield, Cairns, has been named Newman Catholic College. Cairns Bishop James Foley announced the name following community consultation and recommendations from the Catholic Northern Beaches Parish, whose parishioners strongly endorsed the recognition of the recently canonised St John Henry Newman (pictured). “Having spent considerable time with the writings ... Read More »

Pilgrims journeying across the world to discover a new place deep inside themselves

FOUR Cairns Catholic Education women have trekked their way to Panama to celebrate World Youth Day 2019. Catholic primary school teachers Jenai Stone, Natalie Jensen and Kara Martin set off with CCE identity and outreach director Sharon O’Keeffe to engage and explore their faith. Ms O’Keeffe said in a reflection that it had been a blessed journey so far. “While ... Read More »

Second stage of new Cairns school opened and blessed

Bishop Foley blesses Cairns school classroom

MACKILLOP Catholic College is celebrating the completion of the second stage of its development at Mount Peter, having tripled its enrolment since opening in 2016. College principal Luke Reed said the people of Queensland through the State Government had provided extensive funds for the first stages of the college. “We thank our fellow Queenslanders for their partnership and confidence in ... Read More »

New Cairns school MacKillop Catholic College a one-stop birth to Year 12 solution

MacKillop College in Cairns

PLANS are going ahead as MacKillop Catholic College, Mount Peter, sets itself up to be the birth-to-Year 12 solution for families in the Cairns southern growth corridor by 2025. Catholic Early Learning and Care, Mount Peter, has plans for mid-year construction in readiness for an early 2019 opening. Year 7 will open in 2020 with Year 12 being available by ... Read More »

Young film crew highlights the importance of going to school

Young film crew from Gordonvale Catholic school

MISS a few days of school at St Michael’s, Gordonvale, and you might find yourself disappearing into thin air. That’s the premise behind a winning video by a group of primary aged students who creatively interpreted the effect of staying in school.  St Michael’s Film Club, headed by first year teacher Joshua Bowling, took first place in the Cairns Catholic ... Read More »

North Queensland in recovery mode after major flood damage

Sr Nina Barra in Ingham

NORTH Queensland is recovering after major flooding cut roads, closed Catholic schools and caused major property damage. Hardest hit was the town of Ingham, where a muddy clean-up of homes and businesses was underway after floodwaters swept through town, with authorities issuing a warning about crocodiles and snakes. “We’re cut off north, east and west still, but the centre of ... Read More »

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