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2021 is a year that Pope Francis has designated to acknowledge St Jopseph in a special way. 1 May 2021 was the feast of St Joseph the Worker, and it began a month with many celebrations.

On St Joseph’s very feast day in St Mary’s Church Warwick, I ordained Brian Redondo as a deacon. Rev Deacon Brian Redondo now continues on his journey towards priesthood. It is planned that Deacon Brian will visit a number of parishes on weekends. Please make him welcome, and please continue to pray for him and for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

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Bishop Robert McGuckin
Bishop of Toowoomba
March 2021

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.

  • The Easter Triduum, Three Days - One Feast

    The various ceremonies which take place over the Easter long weekend are known in liturgical texts as the Sacred Paschal Triduum. They form the centre point of our faith and focus on three elements of the one mystery; the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ. The Triduum, meaning three days, is measured from sundown on Holy Thursday to sundown on Easter Sunday. This respects the Hebrew origins of the paschal mystery, where a day begins at nightfall.  Read more on page 8

  • School Upgrade Unites Campus

    St Mary’s Primary School has a long, rich history in Warwick dating back to 1867. By the end of 2021, the school’s Lower and Upper Campuses will join together as part of the school’s vision, “One School, One Vision, One Community”. The project is expected to be completed by the end of this year and used from Term 1, 2022.  Read more on page 24

  • Church a Testament to Community's Faith & Dedication

    On Saturday, 1 May, the Catholic community of Charleville celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of St Mary of the Assumption Church with Mass and supper afterwards.

    On 19 April 1961, the church was blessed and opened by Bishop William Brennan, the then Bishop of Toowoomba. The occasion was well attended with four bishops, much of the diocese’s clergy, the building’s architect Ian Ferrier and builder Jack Kelly and many locals to celebrate.  Read more on page 33

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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.