Helping Hands

Queensland Floods 2011 – Letter from Dan Daly FDNY

To My Good Friends Down Under, It is with alarm and sadness that I followed, first the great floods and then a cyclone of historical proportion in Queensland. It seemed that this natural onslaught would never end. I watched with disbelief the graphic videos of the houses being swept away by the floods and, not long after, houses being blown away by the cyclone. I heard names like Toowoomba, Tully, Mission Beach and Brisbane. These were all places where I…

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Queensland Floods 2011 – Where in Australia is Father Peter???

Fr. Peter continues his ‘Mission’ in Queensland since 14 January. He has been in the area of Brisbane and at the parish of Albany Creek. Next was Bundaberg and Hervey Bay. Now, at the request of the Bishop of Rockhampton, he continues to Emerald for weekend Masses. He is able to offer a down-to-earth spirituality which he is so very good at. Straight after Emerald, he will be in Townsville to assist where possible with many of our Family Group…

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Queensland Floods 2011 – Baskets of Hope

 Salvation Sunday  –  Brisbane  — 16 January 2011 Greetings and every blessing for this New Year. I am in Brisbane because I simply could not sit on my hands in Sydney when so many of our brothers and sisters, many in our Passionist Family Groups, have suffered trauma throughout Queensland. I wanted to personally offer any help in whatever way possible. It’s wonderful to be with Gwen & Russ Winterscheidt, Directors of our Passionist Family Group Movement in Qld. Gwen…

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Black Saturday Bushfires, Victoria, 2009

 Green Leaves – Resurrection Hope Even while the terrible fires were still burning and great columns of ash and smoke were billowing into the sky, help was being offered from far away in Vermont USA. It’s amazing how human hearts are open by tragedy and grief. It’s as if it was Good Friday all over again. The loss and the devastation was conveyed across the world. So our Family Group Coordinator, Tammy White, from the First Congregational Church in Manchester,…

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St. Patrick’s at St. Bernadette’s

On St. Patrick’s Day, there are only two types of people in the world – those who are Irish and those who want to be. At St. Bernadette’s at Castle Hill, this time-honoured day of celebrating our Irish heritage, customs and culture represented an opportunity by the Family Groups both to foster Parish community and to raise funds for Fr. Peter and his staff at French’s Forest. On 17 March 2012, over 130 people gathered in the parish hall to…

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Hands Across the Pacific

The First Congregational Church of Manchester, Vermont USA has provided a helping hand by way of a financial donation to the Family Groups of Tully. FAMILY CELEBRATION: This support came at a time when the area was and is still getting back on its feet after the devastating Cyclone Yasi. It was time to gather as one community and rejoice in all the good things after months and months of dealing with the massive clean up. Many lives are still on…

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