Trav­el­ling priest does the rounds

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FA­THER Jamie Collins has been do­ing the rounds in the lead-up to Christ­mas, spend­ing much of last week on the road to visit the Mara­noa’s small­est towns.

As the only Catholic priest in the re­gion, Fr Collins said he tried to visit most towns be­fore the big day.

“Christ­mas is a busy time; we’ve had masses all around the place, start­ing off at In­june, then Yuleba and Jack­son, Su­rat, Mitchell and Mun­galalla, Roma , and then Wal­lum­billa.

“We usu­ally have 10 masses in the pro­gram, but two weren’t able to hap­pen this year,” he said.

This kind of trav­el­ling hasn’t al­ways been the done thing in this part of the south-west un­til more re­cent times, Fr Collins said.

“I’m look­ing af­ter three parishes here, where there would have been three priests.

“There would have been one for Wal­lum­billa and Su­rat, and one for Yuleba and Jack­son.

“At Christ­mas and Easter, we try to get to all of them in a week,” he said.

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