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From the Bishop...... Bishop McGuckin

There is much talk lately about so-called “marriage equality” or “same -sex marriage”. Many think that by opposing single-sex marriages you are denying persons of a basic right and discriminating against them.

The Catholic tradition teaches that every human being is a unique and irreplaceable person, created in the image of God and loved by Him. Because of this, every man, woman and child has great dignity and worth which can never be taken away. This includes those who experience same sex-attraction. They must be treated with respect, sensitivity and love.

It is not denied that those who have entered into same sex unions might want legal protection of civil rights, but to call such unions “marriage” does injustice to the institution of marriage.

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Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba
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WAKE UP THE WORLD BBI SEMINAR 18 August
In celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, Broken Bay Institute, in association with Catholic Religious Australia, will be hosting a seminar that recognises the work, witness and inspiration of religious woman and men. Drawing on Pope Francis' invitation to "wake up the world" participants will experience a dedicated day of discernment and discussion. The seminar will be held from 9:15am � 4:30pm at the Francis Rush Centre, Cathedral of St Stephen, 249 Elizabeth Street Brisbane. For further information contact BBI on (02) 9847 0540 or visit their website at www.bbi.catholic.edu.au

101st WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES 30 August
The 101st World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on the 30 August 2015 with the theme Church without frontiers, Mother to all. To assist parishes and schools prepare celebrations for Migrant and Refugee Sunday, the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office has prepared a resource kit. The kit contains the message of Pope Francis as well as various articles, prayers and reflections.

ST JOSEPH'S SCHOOL TARA GOLDEN JUBILEE 5 September
St Joseph's School Tara will celebrate 50 years on the Saturday 5 September 2015. We invite all those connected to the school to attend to help us celebrate this special occasion. A book is being compiled to record aspects of the school's fifty year history. Former students, parents, teachers, principals, staff, priests and nuns are encouraged to forward artefacts, photos and stories of their time at St. Joseph's to the school by the end of May 2015. School Contact details: Mailing address: P.O. Box 42, Tara. 4421. Email tara@twb.catholic.edu.au or Phone 07 4665 3259.

AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC YOUTH FESTIVAL, ADELAIDE 3-5 December
The Australian Catholic Youth Festival is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. It exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia. Young people from year 9 (in 2015) to young adults 25 years of age are invited to the event. Young Catholics is planning on taking a group to Adelaide in December for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival and are looking for people who are interested in attending. Registration forms for the festival are now available on the Young Catholics website: www.youngcatholics.org.au. For more information please contact Sarah on 4632 4277 or email youngcatholic@twb.catholic.org.au

 
 
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18 August
"Wake up the World" BBI Seminar

30 August
World Day of Migrants & Refugees

5 September
St Joseph's School Tara Golden Jubilee Celebrations

3-5 December
Australian Catholic Youth Festival, Adelaide

 

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