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Over the last couple of months I have been doing some travelling and visitation west of Toowoomba. During Catholic Education Week in Cunnamulla I was able to meet all those involved in Catholic education in the surrounding areas. The blessing and opening of the new administration block at Sacred Heart Primary School was also an opportunity to meet the students along with many of their parents.

Later in the week there were similar gatherings in Roma and Toowoomba.Most Rev Robert McGuckin
Elsewhere in Horizons you will see more detailed reports of the many activities during Catholic Education Week.

In mid August I visited Charleville, Augathella and Quilpie for several days. Father Peter Doohan was a wonderful host. On Saturday afternoon we drove to Augathella and visited the hospital and aged care facility before celebrating the evening Mass.             Read more >>>

Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba
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The Year of Consecrated Life begins on 29th November 2014, the first weekend of Advent, and concludes with the World Day of Consecrated Life, on 2 February 2016. It will take place in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and will be an opportunity for worldwide reflection and sharing. According to Vatican statistics, there are nearly one million people living religious, consecrated life within the church. Pope Francis has said "They (the consecrated) are men and women who can awaken the world. Consecrated life is prophecy. God asks us to fly the nest and to be sent to the frontiers of the world, avoiding the temptation to 'domesticate' them. This is the most concrete way of imitating the Lord."

Sunday 7th December has been designated a Day of Solidarity with the Christians of the Middle East by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. In a statement from the Bishops Conference they say "Considering the widespread significance of the crisis, we are inviting all Catholic communities to join with us on 7th December 2014 as we ask for the mercy of God for our persecuted brothers and sisters in the Middle East." They go on to urge Australian Catholics to join their Christian brothers and sisters of the Middle East in showing the world that while "some trust in chariots and horses, we trust in the Lord, our God" (Psalm 20:7).

The Centenary of Sacred Heart School Cunnamulla will be celebrated over the weekend of 13th – 15th March, 2015. Although the convent was dedicated on 18 October, 1914 the Sisters of Mercy only arrived in early 1915 to open the school. The school would be grateful for any help in gathering a history of the school and the convent that you can give. If you have any photos, memorabilia, or memories of your time in Cunnamulla they would love to hear from you. If you were on the staff in Cunnamulla could you let them know when you were there and who was there with you. If you know the names of any sisters who were on the staff in the 20's, 30's, 40's they would be particularly interested in hearing from you. Any information can be sent to Sr Maureen Andrews at or contact by phone on (07) 4655 1611.

Next year's event will take place at James Byrne Centre from April 7th to 11th. Movers & Shakers has been running since 1991 and each year it plays an important role in developing young leaders in the Diocese, across the state and beyond. It is designed for young people aged 16 ‐19 who seek to develop their leadership skills within a Christian context. In particular, Parishes have taken advantage of Movers & Shakers to offer their existing or potential young leaders an experience beyond their local parish community. Over 1500 young people from schools and parishes have participated in the program throughout its 20 year history. The program is auspiced by the Catholic Bishops of Qld and coordinated by the Qld 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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7th December
Day of Solidarity with
Christians of the Middle East

27th February

Horizons article deadline

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

7th - 11th April
Movers & Shakers 2015

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