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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 »

Rural priests in lockdown find garden of opportunity in Emerald

Fr Truc Quoc Phan and Fr Firminus (Yon) Wiryono

THE coronavirus pandemic kept Emerald’s new priests away from their flock for a while but not from their garden. Divine Word Missionaries Fr Truc Quoc Phan and Fr Firminus (Yon) Wiryono are new to Emerald, in the Central Highlands of Queensland, and to Rockhampton diocese Fr Truc, who is parish priest, arrived on March 14, just before the pandemic lockdown ... Read More »

Fire-ravaged parishes show courage and ‘generosity of spirit’ in the face of loss and trauma

PRIESTS working in Australia’s worst bushfire-ravaged districts have praised the courage and “generosity of spirit” of their communities. But with more heatwave conditions expected, they have warned of the long-term impact of disaster trauma. “We have parishioners fighting fires, those who have lost their homes, and those who are playing a part with the evacuation centres,” Fr Luke Verrell said ... Read More »

Drought behind region with worst youth unemployment, bush Sister says

Sr Christine Henry

BUSH Sister of Charity Christine Henry believes prolonged drought is one reason outback Queensland has been identified as easily Australia’s worst youth unemployment hotspot. A report by the anti-poverty group The Brotherhood of St Laurence has analysed Australian Bureau of Statistics data to find youth unemployment at its extreme – 67.1 per cent – in a thinly populated but vast ... Read More »

Parish waits 50 years for a visit from an Archbishop

Durong

KATHY Duff was four years old when she met her first Archbishop outside a small church in the rural town of Durong. It was March 6, 1966, and despite such a grand figure visiting, the deputy mayor of the South Burnett Regional Council only remembers a sibling dispute about fancy hats.  “I had a white hat that sat at an ... Read More »

Regional Queensland hit hard by rising suicide rate

suicide rate

IN the rural South Burnett region, death from suicide has been almost double the rate compared to Brisbane. The region is in the north of the Brisbane archdiocese, yet it is lacking in the vital services– psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health nurses – which can help reduce self inflicted injuries and deaths Between 2009 and 2013 there were 18 deaths ... Read More »

Ravenshoe parish gives young families battling the drought an all-expenses-paid weekend away

drought family

THREE young families from drought-stricken northern cattle stations will have a break from the stress and worry with a visit to Ravenshoe’s Torimba Festival which starts this weekend. Ravenshoe parish is hosting the families to an all-expenses-paid weekend in the town. Parish pastoral leader for the Ravenshoe and Gulf Savannah parishes Deacon Peter de Haas said the aim was “to ... Read More »

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