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From the Bishop...... Bishop McGuckin

Advent is not only a time of preparation; it is intrinsically a season of hope. As we reflect on the year that has been, it is clear that hope is an invaluable asset in the face of despair and broken-heartedness. The world continues to be shocked by cruel acts of terrorism, senseless crimes and brutality. Bombings, kidnappings and ‘lone wolf’ attacks have continued to occur throughout the year on a regular basis. Whether it is in Africa or America, the Middle East or Europe, or even on our own home soil, each attack has the cumulative effect of numbing us to the tragedies that are occurring.

We can become exhausted and overburdened with a sense of despair for a world that seems consumed by pain and selfishness. There is a desperate need for hope in a loving and just God who forgives us for our failings and calls us into a deeper relationship with Him. Advent is a time when we push aside the darkness in anticipation of a new hope for our world. God is made incarnate and shines through the dark to reveal the light of justice and peace.

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Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba
November 2015
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Bishop McGuckin has joined with church and community leaders in offering his prayer and support for those affected by recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, Baghdad and elsewhere in the world. This weekend parishes are asked to pray for those that have lost their lives, the injured and for the families and loved ones of those affected. As a diocesan community we are asked to stand in solidarity with the victims of these tragedies and pray that God may grant them all strength and hope during this difficult time.

A Community gathering to honour victims of Paris terror attacks will be held
this Saturday 21 November at 10am at the Toowoomba Village Green (next to
City Hall). Residents are invited to join a community gathering to honour the lives lost in the Paris terror attacks. The service also will reflect on all other innocent victims of recent atrocities. As part of the simple ceremony, members of the public will be invited to place a flower/floral tribute beneath the French flag, which will be flying at half-mast at the Village Green.

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

YEAR OF MERCY - Opening Ceremony 13 December
The Jubilee Year begins on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Tuesday 8 December 2015 and closes on Sunday 20 November 2016. Of special importance is Pope Francis' desire for there to be a Door of Mercy opened in every diocese, analogous to the Holy Doors of the Papal Basilicas in Rome. There will be a Door of Mercy at St Patrick's Cathedral and Bishop McGuckin will officially open it on Sunday 13 December in accordance with the Holy Father's request. The ceremony will be incorporated into the 9.00am Celebration of the Eucharist at the Cathedral and all parishioners are invited to attend.

Sr Margaret Endicott rsm will facilitate the PPC Development Day which will focus on imbedding the spirituality and principles shared by Fr. Phillip Marshall (at this year's Development Day) into the way parish pastoral councils operate, thus helping to give new energy to future pastoral councils and to the parish at large. The day will also promote networking amongst pastoral councils providing support and opportunities for ongoing formation and spiritual development. More information will be made available shortly.

The next Diocesan In-service will take place on 8-9 March, 2016 and it will have
the theme "Earth's Distress and the Mercy of God: A Biblical Exploration". We are delighted that Sr Veronica Lawson rsm, a well-known author and presenter on this topic will facilitate the In-service for us. Further details will be circulated when they have been finalized.

Young Catholics are very excited to announce that we will be embarking on a 19 day Pilgrimage from 18th July – 5th August 2016. We would love to have you join us at World Youth Day in Poland next year! The pilgrimage is for young people who will be aged between 18-35 by July 18th 2016.
Simply go to and click on "Register your interest" this will take you to the Cosmos website where you will need to click "Register". Fill in your details and choose Toowoomba as your diocese. This information will go to the youth office and we'll be in touch. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding your application on 4632 4277 or at

Coming Events
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21 November
Community Gathering for Victims of Terror Attacks

3-5 December
Australian Catholic Youth Festival, Adelaide

8 December
Year of Mercy begins

13 December
Year of Mercy - Official Opening

13 February
Parish Pastoral Council Day

8-9 March
Diocesan Inservice

18 July - 5 Augsut
Wolrd Youth Day Pilgrimage


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