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Champagnat Day Celebrations in Innisfail

The feast of St Marcellin Champagnat was celebrated by the Marist Association on June 6th in Innisfail, North Queensland. A Parish Mass at 8am was attended by parishioners of Mother of Good Counsel Parish who have long standing Marist connections. Jim Arnell, brother of Ralph was lector and the gifts were brought up by Margaret Todd (mother of Kerry) and June Tierney (many Marists remember her hospitality). There were also a group of ex students as well as parents of current students.

It is 80 years since the Brothers first came to Innisfail in 1938 and the Mass was also in remembrance of their 45 year service to the community up until 1983.

The Marist tradition lives on at Good Counsel College where later in the morning a school assembly and liturgy celebrated the feast day of the founder under the leadership of Principal Dora Luxton and Assistant to the Principal, Deacon Mike Lindsay.

Members of the association also attended a regional Mass at St Augustine’s in Cairns on Friday 8th June for the Moment of Renewal.

Peter Dryden
Local Coordinator

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