YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE 2014-2016
Pope Francis has announced there will be a Year of Consecrated Life. The Year will begin on 21 November 2014 and will conclude 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. Throughout the Year there will be special events including an International Symposium that will take place in Rome in January 2015.
PARISH PROFILES - ACBC PASTORAL RESEARCH OFFICE
A social profile has been produced for every Catholic parish and diocese in Australia as an outcome of the National Catholic Census Project established by the Bishops Conference. The ACBC Pastoral Research Office manages tha project and a profile based on the 2011 Census data is now available. Click here to find your parish data.
MINISTRY OF CONSOLATION WORKSHOP - Thursday 14 August
St Anthony’s Parish Centre, 3 Memory St Toowoomba, is the venue for the Diocesan Liturgical
Commission’s Ministry of Consolation workshop to be held on Thursday 14 August from 10.00-‐
12.30pm (morning tea provided). This 2 hour formation session will explore our understanding of
the role as a member of a parish funeral team. The session will work through some of the practical
issues in dealing with bereaved families and preparing for a funeral. The workshop will focus of the
Order of Christian Funerals, the rite that provides us with the means to minister to both the social
and spiritual needs of our communities in the face of death.
This formation session is open to those currently involved in funeral preparation and those who
may be interested in joining a consolation team. The workshop is open to all parishes with
hospitality supplied by St Anthony’s Parish. To assist with catering could you please indicate your
intention of attendance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 11 August.