YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE 2014 ‐ 2016
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."
DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH CHRISTIANS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
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).
CENTENARY OF SACRED HEART SCHOOL CUNNAMULLA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact by phone on (07) 4655 1611.
MOVERS & SHAKERS 2015
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 www.moversandshakers.org.au or contact Sarah on 4632 4277. Registrations close 13th March 2015.