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As the year draws to a close we look both backwards and forwards. Globally it has been a very mixed year. From where we are we can see how fortunate we are when we consider the many problems around the world, for example: Africa and the Ebola crisis, the Ukraine, Syria and the Middle East with wars and conflicts. 

Bishop McGuckinEven locally we shouldn’t become so self-absorbed that we overlook the plight of many in our area who continue to struggle because of drought and other difficulties. Our preoccupation at this time might be what we have to do in preparation for Christmas: who do we have to buy presents for? What do we expect to receive in the way of presents? What will we eat at Christmas and where will we go during the holidays?  May we be outward thinking and be considering practical ways in which we could be assisting others.     
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Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba
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YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE SPECIAL EVENT - Sunday 1 February
Sister Reena John of the Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver will be celebrating twenty‐five years of Religious profession at the 9.00 am Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday 1 February. The celebration will be extended that day to include all religious of the Diocese as they too renew their consecration to the vowed life. This is a wonderful opportunity for the people of the Diocese to show their appreciation for the ministry of Religious in this Diocese in past years and to recognize the contribution today of the Religious now amongst us who continue to give witness to God's love either through active ministry or by their compassionate presence.

'SELMA' FILM SOCIAL JUSTICE FUNDRAISER – Sunday 1 February
The Social Justice Commission is proud to be holding a preview screening of the film "Selma" at the Strand Cinema on Sunday 1 February at 5pm. Tickets are $20 and all funds raised will go towards supporting asylum seekers living in the local Toowoomba community. Sadly tickets are limited and we won't be selling any tickets on the night. You can purchase the tickets at the Social Justice Office (cnr Neil and Lawrence Sts – Cathedral Centre (under the Bingo sign). Normal hours are Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm.

On Tuesday 27th January we will remain open until 7 pm to allow out of hours purchases. For further information please phone 07 4613 0895 or email justice@twb.catholic.org.au.

ANNUAL ECUMENICAL RETREAT – 6-8 February
The Annual Ecumenical Retreat sponsored by Toowoomba Churches Together (TCT) is at the James Byrne Centre on 6-­‐8 February 2015. It will be lead by Bishop John Henderson, Lutheran Bishop of Australia. Registration forms available at parish offices or by contacting Rev Brian Sparksman, Ecumenical Officer, 68 Lindsay Street, Toowoomba 4350. For further information call 07 4632 7619 or email e.vicar@twb.catholic.org.au.

SURVEY FOR SYNOD ON THE FAMILY – Responses due 11 February
In an ongoing spirit of openness, Pope Francis and the Vatican have issued a call for further feedback to enlighten the discussions at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family. Participation in the latest survey is a way to take an active role in shaping how the church shares the Gospel and best respond to the needs of those around us. Click here to access the online Questionnaire.  Written responses should be sent to Fr Peter Schultz, Diocesan Chancellor, at the following address: The Marian Centre, PO Box 756, Toowoomba, QLD 4350. Alternatively, you may wish to email your response to Fr Schultz on: achance@twb.catholic.org.au

CARITAS PROJECT COMPASSION LAUNCH – Sunday 15 February
Caritas will launch the 2015 Project Compassion campaign in the Toowoomba Diocese on Sunday 15 February. This will be celebrated with a Mass with Bishop Robert McGuckin at 9am at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Commissioning of primary and secondary school Student Leaders will also take place. It will be a
combined Mass with the monthly School/Parish Mass which includes the Primary School Choir and Children’s liturgy. Afterwards everyone will socialise and celebrate with morning tea on the front lawn. Everyone welcome!

MOVERS & SHAKERS 2015
MOVERS & SHAKERS is a week-long Christian leadership training program for young people aged 16-19 running from 7 – 11 April, 2015 at the James Byrne Centre, Toowoomba. If you want to become the best leader you can be, this is the training for you! This program is organised and sponsored by the Queensland Catholic Diocesan Youth Coordinators. For more information or to register go to www.moversandshakers.org.au or contact Sarah on 4632 4277. Registrations close 13th March 2015.

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1st February
Year Of Consecrated Life
Special Event 9am
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"Selma" Film
Social Justice Fundraiser


3rd February
Towards a Better World
Social Justice Event


6-8th February
Annual Ecumenical Retreat


8th February
World Day of Prayer, Reflection
and Action against Human Trafficking


11th February

Synod Survey responses due
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2pm World Day of the Sick
Commissioning of Pastoral Carers


15th February

Caritas Project Compassion Launch


27th February

Horizons article deadline


13th - 15th March
Centenary of
Sacred Heart School Cunnamulla


7th - 11th April
Movers & Shakers 2015

 
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