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News from the Capricorn Coast

22 March, 2024


 What a privilege it was to attend the ordination of Fr Peter Doherty with Bishop Michael McCarthy presiding, on February 22nd.  The atmosphere of the clergy and the people of the Diocese and beyond was quite amazing. Congratulations Fr Peter and we send you our prayers and blessings for your journey ahead.

Quite a few families had their beautiful children baptised during the month of February at Sacred Heart Church, Yeppoon. Congratulations to all and welcome to God’s family.

Denis Horton was recently awarded Associate Life Membership to St Vincent de Paul, by Vicki McCosker and Philip Cranny. Denis was presented with a certificate and badge. This award is granted to individuals who have been Members of the Society but have retired from their duties due to illness, age or special circumstances. This special designation is awarded by St Vincent de Paul’s State Council, to allow them to retain association with the Society. They were delighted to recognise Denis’s many years of dedication to the Society – Congratulations Denis.

We also had a parishioner who celebrated her 106th birthday. Congratulations Thelma Eisman!!


Our gifted musicians and some parishioners, recently gathered to hear Tink Boyd share her talents and wisdom at a music workshop. Thank you to all our musicians, who lead us so heavenly in worship.

An ecumenical gathering was held at the Uniting Church in both Emu Park and Yeppoon, for World Day of Prayer. This year’s prayer service was prepared by the Christian women of Palestine’s prayer group. Their message to us was as follows – “We call on you, brothers and sisters in every part of the world, to bear with us in love. We call upon you to unite your prayers with ours for a just and peaceful solution that would bring an end to human suffering. We call upon you to stand in solidarity with us to achieve security and peace for all people around the world”.  Our guest speaker at Emu Park was Rev. William Oates, who gave us a very informative and thought provoking talk on Palestine.

Some photos are attached of our beautiful community gatherings after Mass on both sides of the Parish on the first weekend of the month. The parishioners of Mary Immaculate Church, Emu Park, sadly said farewell to one of our special parishioners Sr Desma Clarke. At the same time we were thankful for the six years that Desma was able to be with us. Desma always has a smile on her face, a caring heart and ready to help wherever she can. Thank you for your time with us Desma, and we wish you many blessings for your journey ahead.

Alpha groups are being held in both Emu Park and Yeppoon, and I am sure they are being enjoyed by all who attend, as much as I am. Gathering and reflecting on our gift of faith has been very uplifting and inspiring and also given us plenty to take home and meditate on.

And last of all, our monthly “Meet in the Middle” gathering, which was held at the Waterline Cafe. This gathering is for both sides of the parish to come together for an informal chat and coffee. See you on April 8th at 10am for our next “Meet in the Middle”.