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From the Bishop...... Bishop McGuckin

Pope Francis has issued his first encyclical letter Laudato Si on care for our common home. An encyclical letter from a Pope is an important teaching letter. Pope Francis addresses his letter not only members of the Church but to all people of goodwill (#64). It is a long letter, having 246 specific paragraphs and runs to 191 pages in a booklet form.

“It especially calls on those of us living in wealthy countries to address a culture of consumerism. I would encourage everybody to take the time to prayerfully read and reflect on this encyclical. It is a document that has a message for the family community as well as the national and international community.”

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Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba
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St Joseph's School Tara will celebrate 50 years on the Saturday 5 September 2015. We invite all those connected to the school to attend to help us celebrate this special occasion. A book is being compiled to record aspects of the school's fifty year history. Former students, parents, teachers, principals, staff, priests and nuns are encouraged to forward artefacts, photos and stories of their time at St. Joseph's to the school by the end of May 2015. School Contact details: Mailing address: P.O. Box 42, Tara. 4421. Email or Phone 07 4665 3259.

As part of the national awareness campaign promoting and supporting Child
Protection Week, the Australian Catholic Bishops have designated Sunday 13
September as Child Protection Sunday. The National Committee for Professional Standards has put together a resource kit that includes suggested Prayers of the Faithful, background notes and possible homily resource and a Prayer for the Healing of Victims of abuse.
These resources have been forwarded to parishes previously from the Diocesan Liturgy Office. If you have any questions or require more information contact John Briffa on (07) 4632 0989

1:00pm, St Patrick's Cathedral
Drawing on inspiration of 'lamentation' from the Old Testament, this Prayer Service will gather together ordinary Catholics and people of faith to express their sorrow for the damage and hurt caused to people through the crime of sexual abuse that has taken place within our community. This is an act of prayer oriented towards people who are still in the Church who are struggling with the reality of this traumatic situation. This event is supported by the Diocesan Professional Standards and Safeguards Committee, Diocesan Social Justice Commission and St Patrick's Cathedral. For more information contact Mark Copland on (07) 4613 0895. All are welcome to attend.

DIOCESAN INSERVICE 22 & 23 September
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 second in-service will focus on Pope Francis’ recent encyclical Laudato Si (Praise Be To You): On Care for Our Common Home. This encyclical is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility. Contact your Parish to register.

IGNITE CONFERENCE 2015 26 September
Young Catholics is planning to take a day trip down to the conference on Saturday 26 September. Registration for the day is $120 and transport will be organised for participants. If you are interested in attending Ignite please contact Sarah at Young Catholics Toowoomba on 07 4632 4277 or email

Applications open until October
Could you be interested in Hospital Ministry? Course Training will begin January, 2016. If you are interested in Hospital Ministry Training and would like an application form, please contact Pastoral Care Office, Toowoomba Hospital for further details. (Applications will close during month of October and interviews will follow). Phone Lyn Cash on (07) 4616 6415

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. It exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia. Young people from year 9 (in 2015) to young adults 25 years of age are invited to the event. Young Catholics is planning on taking a group to Adelaide in December for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival and are looking for people who are interested in attending. Registration forms for the festival are now available on the Young Catholics website: For more information please contact Sarah on 4632 4277 or email

Coming Events
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5 September
St Joseph's School Tara Golden Jubilee Celebrations

13 September
Child Protection Sunday
Prayer of Lament

22 & 23 September
Diocesan Inservice

26 September
Ignite Conference

Hospital Ministry Training Course Applications Close

3-5 December
Australian Catholic Youth Festival, Adelaide


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