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From the Bishop......

The Christmas Sales and Holidays are over and we now settle back into the usual flow of things. I
notice shops already have Hot Cross Buns and Easter Eggs tempting us. Lent does start very early
this year with Ash Wednesday being celebrated on 18 February. Easter Day is 5 April.

Bishop McGuckinLent is a time of conversion and penance. It should be for all of us a time of prayer, fasting, and acts of charity as we prepare for the great feast of Easter. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the only days specifically set aside as days of fast and abstinence from meat. We might freely choose to extend our abstinence from meat to all of the Fridays of Lent.

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Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba
Bishop's crest   February 2015

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Bishop McGuckin would like to invite parish representatives and members of the Diocese to celebrate the annual Chrism Mass. The Chrism Mass will take place at 5:30pm on Monday 30 March at St Patrick's Cathedral. During the Mass, Bishop McGuckin blesses the Oil of the Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick, and consecrates the Sacred Chrism, all of which are taken back to the parishes for the celebration of the Sacraments.

On Tuesday 31 March the John Wallis Memorial Lecture will be held ay St Theresa's Parish Centre, cnr. Curzon & Campbell Streets, Toowoomba. Special Guest Geraldine Doogue AO will speak on the topic "The Australian Spiritual Search – a complex and beautiful thing". The cost for the event is $25 which can be paid by cash or cheque to John Wallis Foundation. Doors open at 6.30pm and Booking are essential! For more information or to book contact Sr Mary Cleary mss via email, Ph: 4634 9786 or Mob: 0427 038 040. Open to all in the Toowoomba region!

This beautiful service traces the last hours of Jesus' journey from the crucifixion to victory over death. It is a time for reflection in a setting of readings, music and symbolism. Join us for the ecumenical Tenebrae Service at 7.30pm on 1 April at St James Anglican Church, Cnr Mort & Russell Streets. The service is hosted by Toowoomba Churches Together

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 or contact Sarah on 4632 4277. Registrations close 13th March 2015.

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30 March
Chrism Mass - St Patrick's Cathedral @ 5:30pm. All welcome.

31 March
The John Wallis Memorial Lecture - "The Australian Spiritual Search"

1 April
Tenebrae Service

7th - 11th April
Movers & Shakers 2015

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