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Mixed blessings for Catholics living on the land, praying for rain

IT’S been a summer of mixed blessings for many in Queensland’s Central West parishes – for some it’s beautifully wet and for others miserably dry. Graziers in that region have been battling through drought for almost a decade, one of the worst on record, and parishes have been praying for rain. Some parishioners have had their prayers answsered while others ... Read More »

Western regions rejoice as rain falls on drought-stricken farming communities

RAIN has brought hope to some of the country’s hardest-hit farm communities. “It’s like a miracle. It is absolutely. Everyone is so happy,” St Mary’s Warwick parishioner Trish Seaby said after watching the Condamine River rise. “Within two days, up came the grass.  “It’s been absolutely life-changing, but we do need it to continue.” On Queensland’s Southern Downs the Condamine ... Read More »

Heavens open up on farms in first week of national prayer campaign for rain

MUCH-needed rain has fallen on parched regions of Queensland and New South Wales – bringing temporary relief and lifting spirits. Battling farm families celebrated as the heavens opened, just as the Church entered a month of prayer for rain, and for those touched by the crippling drought. Some rural kids witnessed their first major downpour, splashing in puddles and playing ... Read More »

Catholic Church to dedicate November as month to pray for drought-busting rain

ACROSS a parched Australia the Church is dedicating November as a month to pray for those touched by crippling drought, and to pray for rain. Parishes, schools, families and Catholic communities across the country are being encouraged to take part in the National Prayer Campaign for Drought, which also invites people to dig deep and provide assistance to those in need. ... Read More »

Esk churches unite to thank God for rain in southern Queensland

Children play in a puddle in Maryvale

RAIN across parts of southern Queensland has lifted spirits in many dry farming regions – but no more so than in the south-east town of Esk, where a Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving for Rural Communities and Rain has been cause for galvanising and jubilant celebration. In Esk, 100km north-west of Brisbane, last Sunday’s ecumenical event, initiated by the St ... Read More »

Brisbane priest originally from Kerala says disastrous floods ‘the worst I’ve heard in my whole life’

Kerala flods

INDIAN priests from Kerala, the southern Indian state experiencing the worst floods in 100 years, could only pray from their Brisbane presbyteries as they watched their home state disappear under water. “This is the worst I’ve heard in my whole life,” Yeronga parish priest and Kerala native Fr Josekutty Vadakkel said. Heavy rains and landslides during India’s customary June-July monsoon ... Read More »

Powerful drought photos in social media project show farmers strength during tough times

Cattle in drought

A PROFESSIONAL photographer with a keen eye for the outback is working with volunteers in one of Queensland’s hardest hit drought regions on a project showcasing their resilience during hard times. Anne Smith, from Airlie Beach, is working with volunteer photographers in the Barcaldine region – locals capturing their own images of the drought, these volunteers are participating in a ... Read More »

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