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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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LENT4REAL "BE A LIGHT" 28 February
Young Catholics will once again be running a Lent for Real Retreat Day. The day will be held at the Shrine Hall (502 Ruthven Street Toowoomba) starting at 10am and finishing at 3pm. Please RSVP for catering purposes as morning tea and lunch will be provided on the day. For more information or to RSVP please
contact Sarah on 4632 4277 or email.

On Tuesday 17 March and Wednesday 18 March the annual Diocesan Inservice for all Clergy, Religious, Parish Leaders and Parish Councilors, and Members of Diocesan Agencies will be held. It will take place at St Anthony's Parish, 3 Memory Street, Toowoomba. The aim of the Diocesan Inservice is to provide an opportunity for Clergy and staff to come together to network and to explore aspects of Church life and ministry. This year's GUEST SPEAKER will be Fr. Justin Driscoll who was a stimulating workshop presenter at last year Proclaim 2014 conference. Fr. Driscoll is well known and respected not only in his own diocese of Ballarat but also at a national level because of his deep spirituality and level headed approach. Lunch is provided both days. RSVP for catering purposes by 10 March by fax 4639 2251 or email.

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!

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.

Coming Events
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28th February
Lent4Real Retreat Day

27th February
Horizons article deadline

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

17 & 18 March
Diocesan Inservice - "Recasting Our Nets"

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

7th - 11th April
Movers & Shakers 2015

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