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Townsville priests rally to bring message of hope to community

“WE must continue to minister to our communities through these difficult times,” Townsville Bishop Tim Harris told diocese priests via a Zoom meeting. “Over Easter more than 1000 people watched many of the Easter Triduum celebrations with many viewing daily Masses from the Sacred Heart Cathedral,” he said. Coronavirus restrictions had barred faithful from churches, but parishes continued to offer ... Read More »

Townsville bishop supporting freed Bali Nine member’s plea to shorten sentences

TOWNSVILLE Bishop Tim Harris expressed his support for Bali Nine member Renae Lawrence as she pleaded for reduced and determinant sentences for her fellow drug smugglers. Ms Lawrence, the only female member of the Bali Nine, was released last year after 13 years in various prisons for her role in the foiled drug-smuggling operation in Indonesia in 2005. Until now, ... Read More »

Future Townsville priest joins family to thank supporters in moving video

PREPARING for ordination, Deacon Emene Kelemete has received “countless” well wishes on his journey. In a video posted on Facebook, Deacon Kelemete stood with his parents, Josef and Peteli, his siblings and partners, and nephews and nieces to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Deacon Kelemete is set to be ordained at Edmund Rice Hall at Ignatius Park College ... Read More »

Schoolboys’ act of kindness for Townsville suburb met with hugs and high-fives from locals

ROLLING up their sleeves and braving the mud, 14 schoolboys from a rural Catholic school travelled to the flood-ravaged suburb of Idalia, Townsville, to help out their neighbours. The boys from St Teresa’s College, Abergowrie, received high praise for their initiative. They managed to clear out eight houses and filled up two dump trucks for the kerbside pick-up. College principal ... Read More »

Rural areas of Townsville diocese look ‘like a war zone’ after floods wipe out stock and crops

NO-man’s-land encrusted with cattle carcasses and graziers hovering in helicopters, unable to reach their bogged, starved and diseased animals, tells the tale of heartache felt across the rural areas of Townsville diocese.  An estimated 500,000 cattle perished in the floods, a direct economic loss of about $300 million. Townsville Bishop Tim Harris said he was troubled by the crushing debt ... Read More »

Fire, floods and disaster – the call to be good stewards needed more than ever

IN the wake of Townsville’s “once in a century” monsoonal deluge, a leading ecologist warns extreme weather linked to climate change has the potential to dramatically shift the way Australians live and work, and force governments to ramp up resources to combat emergencies. “We’re seeing things we haven’t experienced before,” Macquarie University distinguished professor of biology Lesley Hughes said. Prof ... Read More »

‘God’s in the midst of all this, working through all the people volunteering to help,’ Bishop Tim Harris says as major flooding hits North Queensland

MONSOONAL rains plunged Townsville Diocese into a “once in a century” weather event, and while graziers and farmers in the western region rejoiced after years of drought, thousands of people in Townsville City’s catchment areas evacuated their homes and headed for dry land.  The Bureau of Meteorology reported Townsville received a year’s worth of rainfall in just nine days. BOM ... Read More »

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