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The year 2018 is well and truly underway. January flew by and February is racing away. February 14 put us into the Season of Lent and Easter Sunday will be celebrated very early on 1 April. The Supermarkets have been anticipating Easter where Hot Cross Buns have been on display for quite some time.

May we remember that Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and conversion when we perform acts of charity in preparation for the great feast of Easter. Yes a time of Penance but one when we can give practical witness as we turn away from sin and seek to be faithful to the Gospel. Read More >

Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba – Message for Lent, February 2018

Horizons, published by us, is our own quarterly magazine. It’s full colour and available for free across the Diocese. Horizons is an important method of communication and outreach to parishioners and the wider community. It features stories of events and projects from local parishes as well as information about ministry and services offered by Diocesan Agencies.

  • Reflections leading into Advent and Christmas

    The liturgical ‘new year’ is upon us and with its arrival we are reminded once again of the joyful expectation which calls us to prepare for the coming of Christ. The season of Advent uses symbols of light and darkness to recount the story of God’s Incarnation into a world which wasn’t perfect. Advent helps us focus on the coming of the Lord at Christmas and challenges us to bring to life the Word of God in our daily lives. How do we help others recognise and celebrate the existence of God in a world where joy and suffering go hand in hand?   

    Christmas Feature from Page 4 

  • Vocations: Where are you going? Sr Marie Tania Ostini's Story

    There’s nothing particularly remarkable about my early life that would mark me out from a crowd. So how did I end up pursuing such an unusual path and becoming a Carmelite nun? The bottom line is that I came here on invitation from God – which is usually termed a ‘call’ or ‘vocation’. I think that rural life gave more space for this to happen as it was easy to get in touch with the natural world, feel part of it, and wonder where the life-force in things: trees and animals… comes from? Also, there is a certain type of quiet in the country that can help a person become reflective of the inner world of thoughts and feelings. 

    Vocations Page 20 

  • From the Toowoomba Diocese Catholic Schools Office

    The end of another school year is looming quickly. Toowoomba Catholic Schools continues to rise to the challenge of change and improvement as we work together with families and parishes to fulfil our mission of providing high quality Catholic Education to 8500 students in our 31 schools.  

    Catholic schools are charged with a challenging mission to make the Reign of God a reality in the lives of students, staff and families. In this endeavour we can never hope to be good Catholic schools if we aren’t first and foremost good schools.  

    News from the Catholic Schools Office from Page 21 


Most Reverend Robert McGuckin DD MCL JCL

Bishop Robert McGuckin was born in 1944 in Marrickville, Sydney. His parents John and Gladys are now both deceased, as is one of his four siblings. His family comprises his eldest sister Janice, his elder brother Edward and his younger brother Patrick and their children.

The Bishop received his early education at St Pius Primary School in Enmore and later at De La Salle College in Marrickville.

After he left school, the family moved to Jannali in Sutherland shire where he became a foundation member of the Como-Oyster Bay-Jannali Catholic Youth Organisation. He worked for several years in banking before entering the seminary at Saint Columba’s College in Springwood in 1967 and then to Saint Patrick’s College in Manly as a candidate for ordination for the Archdiocese of Sydney and was duly ordained in 1973 by Archbishop James Carroll.

The Bishop’s Coat of Arms

The Bishop’s Coat of Arms traditionally consists of two halves. The left half is the crest of the Diocese, the right, of the Bishop himself.