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East Timorese Catholics take two carloads of donations to workers who lost everything in Bundaberg fire

BRISBANE’S East Timorese Catholic Community has reached out to help people from their homeland who lost their possessions in a recent Bundaberg fire. Lita Barreto, who is secretary and treasurer of the Brisbane group, and fellow community members drove to Bundaberg two weekends ago in two cars loaded with donations for the survivors of the fire. The Timorese seasonal workers ... Read More »

Bundaberg church blaze has not stopped community spirit

FORMER Bundaberg parish priest Fr John Daly had been away on the day of the St Mary’s Church fire and returned in the afternoon and when he went to see the church, there was “no sign of anything”. “All the pews were just coals and the altar and the lectern, everything, there was no sign of furniture that existed there,” ... Read More »

Massive blaze erupts at Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral; firefighters battling to save sacred site

CATHOLICS across the world were united in sorrow and prayer after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris causing major damage.  Images broadcast around the world showed the French cathedral in flames before collapsing shortly before 8pm local time.  Officials now say that they the main bell towers and historic front of the building have been saved. ... Read More »

Warwick church saved by quick community response

Fire at St Mary's Warwick

TOOWOOMBA’S bishop has praised the swift response of the community that saved a Warwick church after a lightning strike set it on fire. The fire that could have destroyed St Mary’s Church, Warwick, was started by a lightning strike that hit during a storm on January 2. Firefighters put the blaze out, saving the entire church from a disastrous ending. ... Read More »

Catholic school’s new library rises from the ashes

New library for Carmel College, Thornlands

By Emilie Ng ELLEN Saxby laid in bed when her “home away from home” on Brisbane’s bayside burnt to a crisp black shell in 2011. Mrs Saxby had been on the steering committee to establish the Redland’s first co-educational Catholic secondary school and began working in the library in 1994.   She received the call about a fire inside the library ... Read More »

Beaudesert school gutted by fire wins $20,000 to help rebuild

Beaudesert school gutted by fire wins $20,000 to help rebuild

ST Mary’s Primary School, Beaudesert has won $20,000 in a state-wide competition to rebuild the staffroom burnt down in a fire last month. The school beat more than 900 Queensland schools to win the QT Mutual Bank Staffroom for Improvement competition. More than 30,000 people registered to vote on the competition website, giving “apples” to schools and individual teachers. St ... Read More »

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