Catholic Church stands with Prime Minister, renews apology

Catholic Church stands with Prime Minister, renews apology The leaders of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) have welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s apology to survivors of institutional child s...

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Catholic Church Response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Statement from Most Rev. Tim Harris Catholic Bishop of Townsville Regarding the response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Today Archbishop Mark Coleridge on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops&rsquo...

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Australian Bishops welcome message from Pope Francis

Statement from ACBC President Archbishop Mark Coleridge The Catholic Bishops of Australia welcome the Letter to the People of God that Pope Francis has written regarding sexual abuse in the Church. We share the Holy Father’s determination to protect youn...

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Bored in the Holidays and want to have an awesome experience? Come to Ryan for the Breakthrough Youth Camp for fun, games, recreation, inspiring inputs, live music. Hang with others your own age and see how faith helps us live an epic life. Location is R...

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Pope Francis back decision to hold Plenary Council in Australia

Pope Francis approves Australian Plenary Council  Pope Francis has given his approval for the Catholic Church to hold the first Plenary Council – the most significant national gathering that can be held – in Australia in more than 80 years. &...

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2018 Lenten Pastoral Message

      Lenten Pastoral Message - 2018 My dear Brothers and Sisters In his own Pastoral Message this Lent, Pope Francis writes:  “Lent surrounds us and enables us to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our l...

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Appointment of new Executive Director of Catholic Education

APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CATHOLIC EDUCATION   I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Jacqui Francis to the position of Executive Director Catholic Education for the Diocese of Townsville. Jacqui joined the Townsville Cathol...

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Catholic Church responds to release of the Royal Commission Report

Catholic Church responds to the release of the Royal Commission Report Townsville Catholic Bishop, Most Reverend Tim Harris has joined with all Bishops and religious leaders in welcoming the final report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses t...

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Employment Opportunity - Diocesan Director of Mission and Evangelisation

Diocesan Director of Mission and Evangelisation Catholic Diocese of Townsville, QLD Location: Bishops Office, Townsville The Catholic Diocese of Townsville is led by the Bishop Timothy Harris DD who was announced as the Sixth Bishop of Townsville in Feb...

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New report confirms the vastness of the Catholic workforce

More than 220,000 people work in Catholic organisations across the country, a new report has found, confirming the Catholic Church’s place as one of the largest employers in Australia. Bunbury Bishop Gerard Holohan, Bishops’ Delegate for Employment...

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Joint statement from Catholic Bishop, Most Rev. Timothy Harris and Anglican Bishop of North Queensland, Right Reverend William Ray In the Care of Our Common Home: “Sister Earth” This time of the year is regularly celebrated by many Christian Church...

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"SEE ME, HEAR ME" Child Protection Sunday - 10 September 2017

"SEE ME, HEAR ME" Child Protection SundaySunday 10 September 2017 National Child Protection Week is one of the most significant events on Australia’s child protection calendar. Now in its 27th year, the Week supports and encourages safety and wellbeing o...

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Executive Director of Catholic Schools Catholic Diocese of Townsville, QLD Commence 2018 The Catholic Diocese of Townsville is led by the Most Reverend Timothy Harris DD and spans an area from Proserpine in the south through to Ingham in the north...

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Same-sex marriage: Make sure you’re enrolled to vote The Australian Government has announced there will be a postal vote on whether Australia should alter the Marriage Act to include same-sex marriage.  You must be enrolled to vote by Thursday 24 ...

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Official Appointment of Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator On the 1st of June 2017, Bishop Tim Harris made an announcement that he wanted to employ a Safeguarding Coordinator for the Diocese.  After a rigorous recruitment process, Bishop Tim has announced ...

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New Safeguarding Coordinator for the Diocese of Townsville The new Catholic Bishop of Townsville, Bishop Timothy Harris, has today made a significant announcement that he will appoint a Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator. On becoming Bishop of Townsville four ...

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Calling young Australians to be part of an international conversation

  Young people across Australia are being called to share their views about life, faith, and their experience of Church through an online survey published today by the Australian Bishops. The survey seeks to capture the opinions and perspectives of young ...

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Bishop Timothy Harris Ordained Sixth Bishop of Townsville

Bishop Timothy Harris Ordained Sixth Bishop of Townsville The episcopal ordination of the Most Reverend Timothy Harris as the sixth Bishop of Townsville took place today, on the Feast of St Philip and St James, at the Ryan Catholic College in Townsville. ...

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Closure of Case Study 50 of the Royal Commission

Statement from Archbishop Denis Hart, President, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference at the conclusion of case study 50 of the Royal Commission 24 February 2017 As the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse concludes its final h...

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Royal Commission’s release of full data report on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Churc

Statement from Francis Sullivan, CEO Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council Today the Royal Commission has released the full report of its survey results on claims made against Catholic organisations for alleged child sexual abuse by their p...

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Position Vacant: Accountant

Position Vacant: Accountant Location:       Townsville CBDJob Type:      Permanent Full TimeSalary:           Attractive Salary Package availableIndustry:   &nb...

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Pope Francis appoints Sixth Bishop of Townsville

Pope Francis appoints Fr Timothy Harris, Sixth Bishop of Townsville The Holy Father has today appointed Fr Timothy Harris, a priest of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, as the sixth Bishop of Townsville. Bishop-Elect Harris is currently the Parish Priest of Surfers...

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CEO Truth, Justice and Healing Council makes statement to Royal Commission

Francis Sullivan, CEO, Truth Justice and Healing Council has today made a statement to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Case Study 50: Catholic Church authorities in Australia. The following is a transcript of what ...

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Pope's Letter to Young People

Pope Francis has issued a Letter to Young People of the World. Pope's Letter to Young People on the Occasion of the Presentation of the Preparatory Document of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops My Dear Young People, I am pleased to an...

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compliance with professional standards to protect children and vulnerable people was announced today by church leaders Catholic Professional Standards (CPS) Limited represents a new national Church response to the importance of safeguarding vuln...

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Position Vacant - Community Multicultural Worker

Community Multicultural Officer Exciting opportunity to join a passionate and supportive work environment Part Time, Fixed term, av. 25 hours a week Based in Mount Isa Remuneration equivalent to SACS (Qld) Award Good Shepherd Catholic Parish (GSP) is...

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Halloween Night of Light

Many families have their doubts about celebrating Halloween. For some, the practice of trick-ortreating is seen as yet another invasion by American culture. For others, the association with pagan ritual is viewed as inappropriate and even&n...

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Vatican publishes guidance on burials and conserving ashes in the case of cremation

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Publishes guidance on burials and conserving ashes in the case of cremation The Australian Catholic Bishops welcome a new document from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published toda...

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Positions Vacant NWQICSS

Staff Services Manager About us North West Queensland Indigenous Catholic Social Services (NWQICSS) is a non-profit association established by Good Shepherd Parish Mount Isa to provide direct relief and support to Indigenous people of the region. Position ...

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Homily from 102nd Migrant and Refugee Sunday

Migrant & Refugee Sunday Celebration – 2016 It was in 1996 that I made my first overseas journey. I went to London for my higher studies in English Literature. That was my first journey outside my country, my first journey in a plane and that too, a...

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World Youth Day is a catalyst for renewal in youth ministry

World Youth Day in Sydney changed the landscape of youth ministry nationally, the Australian bishops said today during a national gathering of Australian pilgrims currently participating at World Youth Day (WYD) events in Krakow, Poland. Today, the Austral...

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The Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia: On Love in the Family

“The Joy of Love”: Pope Francis between the ideal and the real “In his Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, ‘The Joy of Love: On Love in the Family’, Pope Francis has spoken as a true pastor who really knows the huma...

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Catholic Centre Closure

The Catholic Centre including the pastoral and finance offices, 270 Stanley Street will be closed on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th April 2016 sue to the Townsville Catholic Education Year of Mercy "Illuminating Life" Gathering at the Townsville Entertainmen...

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VALE Fr Donald Raymond Smith

Vale Fr Donald Raymond Smith - 13 July, 1931 - 10 March, 2016 Diocesan Administrator Fr Mick Lowcock wishes to announce the death of Fr Don Smith at the Mater Hospital in Townsville in the early hours of Thursday 10 March, 2016. Fr Don was well known around th...

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VALE Bishop Raymond Benjamin

Beloved Bishop Ray Benjamin dies aged 91 Fr. Michael Lowcock, Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Townsville, regretfully wishes to inform the community of the death of Emeritus Bishop of Townsville, Reverend Raymond Benjamin. Bishop Benjamin turned 91 on...

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Catholic Mission urges support for Fiji after Cyclone Winston

Catholic Mission is urging Australians to reach out to residents of Fiji following a category five cyclone that devastated the island at the weekend. The call comes amid fears of a health crisis in the Pacific nation, after tropical cyclone Winston caused wide...

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Lenten Pastoral Message from Fr Mick Lowcock

PASTORAL MESSAGE LENT - 2016   Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ  As we begin Lent in this Year of Mercy, the traditional elements of prayer, fasting and sharing with the poor become a more pivotal focus for the way we live Lent this year. With pra...

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Pope Francis Year of Mercy Letter

Pope Francis has released a letter about the Jubilee Year of Mercy with important information for all Catholics this week. To My Venerable BrotherArchbishop Rino FisichellaPresident of the Pontifical Councilfor the Promotion of the New Evangelization...

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Australian Bishops to speak at Family Synod

Australia’s Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Bishop Eugene Hurley are preparing to speak at the Synod on the Family in Rome. On Sunday 4th October, the Australian representatives lodged what’s called the petitio loquendi, which means a request to spea...

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