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From the Bishop...... Bishop McGuckin

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy we celebrate Easter with a special focus on the wonderful gift of mercy. Lent has been a time of listening to God's Word and practicing the works of mercy. It has been a time of preparation and reflection, where we were invited by Pope Francis to live more intensely a
privileged moment to celebrate and experience God's mercy.

It's not easy to take those words and turn them into practice. They can seem ethereal or 'out there' when in fact they are meant to be grounded and practical. We can celebrate God's mercy by being a reflection of that mercy to others.

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Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba
February 2016
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THE CIRCLE OF MERCY, ST THERESA'S PARISH 21 August
St Theresa’s Parish is hosting a night for the whole family. Join with them on Sunday 21 August at 7pm, for an engaging presentation of God’s Mercy and how we can be agents of Mercy in the world. Contact Parish for further details.

CELEBRATE OFTEN AND CELEBRATE WELL 22 & 23 August
Celebrate Often & Celebrate Well will take participants on an exciting journey for planning effective prayer and ritual with primary and secondary school students that will foster opportunities to engage minds and touch hearts. Through hands-on participation, effective rituals, and the wisdom of the Church's tradition, we will find connections and create possibilities for vibrant worship. We will explore scripture, music, symbols and actions that weave together to form an inviting tapestry of prayer.
Celebrate Often & Celebrate Well will offer great new music, excellent resources and good networking. Become more aware of the variety of options for offering lively worship with an exuberant music ministry! We'll look at how good Catholic music/song can enhance liturgical effectiveness.
Secondary Workshop Monday 22 August 2016 from 9.30am – 3pm at St Theresa's Parish Centre
Primary Workshop Tuesday 23 August 2016 from 9.30am – 3pm at St Theresa's Parish Centre
Registration $20.00 per person.

CHILD PROTECTION SUNDAY 11 September
The Australian Catholic Church's Child Protection Sunday again falls at the end of the national Child Protection Week campaign. The focus this year is on the importance of primary prevention to reduce child abuse and neglect in Australia.
Within our Diocese, we are taking the opportunity to announce the establishment of our own Diocesan Safeguards Representatives network which is aimed at creating an awareness amongst our communities of the need for all of us to work together to ensure our children and vulnerable adults are kept safe.
Resource material for these purposes is being dispatched to arrive in Parishes by mid-August.

SOCIAL JUSTICE SUNDAY 25 September
We celebrate Social Justice Sunday on 25 September. This year, the Australian Bishops' Social Justice Statement is titled: 'A Place at the Table: Social justice in an ageing society'.
The Statement celebrates the value and dignity of older people in Australian life. It challenges us to recognise their significant contribution to society and emphasises that this contribution should not be valued in mere economic terms. The Statement calls for justice for those who are most vulnerable and warns about a view of older people as burdensome or dispensable.
For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au or call 02 8306 3499.

CROWS NEST PARISH CENTENARY 8 October
On Saturday 8 October, 2016 Crows Nest Catholic Parish is celebrating the Centenary of St Matthew's Parish, with Mass at St Matthew's, Crows Nest at 10.30am followed by a luncheon in the Parish Centre at 12 noon.
Tickets are $25 per head for the two course meal and must be pre-¬purchased for catering purposes. They will be available from 15 August – 30 September. No tickets will be available on the day.
For your convenience, tickets may be purchased by direct fund transfer to St Matthew's Parish Social Committee, BSB: 638-070, A/c 7866283. Please quote your full name in the reference section.
For more details contact Pat on 46981607 or 0418874389.

2016 NATIONAL MARRIAGE CONFERENCE 21 & 22 October
The 2016 National Marriage Conference is being held in Sydney on 21 and 22 October 2016, and will explore the themes of Pope Francis' recent exhortation, Amoris Laetitia.
For more information please go to https://www.rom.org.au/

IMMACULATA APOSTOLATE - MOBILE PIETY STALL November
The Piety Stall, set up in November 2015 for the Sacred Heart Parish Fair, is now able to travel to out-lying Parishes within the Toowoomba Diocese. For details contact Sacred Heart Parish, Toowoomba.

 
 
 
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21 August
Circle of Mercy, St Theresa's Parish Toowoomba

22 & 23 August
Celebrate Often and Celebrate Well

4 September
Father's Day - Priest Retirement Foundation Father's Day Appeal

11 September
Child Protection Sunday

25 September
Social Justice Sunday

8 October
Crows Nest Parish Centenary

21 & 22 October
2016 National Marriage Conference

November
Immaculata Apostolate - Mobile Piety Stall

 

 

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