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Catholic Social Teachings reinforce human dignity and emphasise that every human being is created in God’s image and likeness. Consequently, every person is valuable and worthy of respect. Everyone in the Church must ensure that the fundamental rights of all people, especially children and the vulnerable, are respected.

The policy approved by Bishop Robert McGuckin covers the measures needed to safeguard against abuse through the development of respectful relationships and a commitment to the Diocese of Toowoomba’s Code of Ethical Behaviour as well as adherence to the legislative imperatives of the State. The Diocesan Office for Professional Standards and Safeguarding has been established to support parishes and agencies of the Diocese in implementing the policy and safeguarding against abuse and harm.

Monday 9:00am – 2:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 2:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed

Young Catholics Toowoomba provides opportunities that enable the youth and young adults of our area to encounter and live the love of God. Some of the activities we offer include youth groups, small groups, praise and worship encounters, youth masses and social discussion and prayer nights for young adults. Young Catholics also offers support and resources to parishes to encourage engagement of youth in the church. The office also coordinates groups traveling from the Diocese to events such as the Australian Catholic Youth Festival and World Youth Day.

Planting the Seed: SHARE/INVITE/CELEBRATE

One of the striking features on our Diocesan Crest is the prominent depiction of the wheatsheaf. The image of wheat that is grown in many parts of our diocese is a representation of Eucharist. The wheat begins as a single grain before being planted, nurtured, grown to maturity and then processed to become the Body of Christ at Eucharist. Like the seed that is our vocation we too need to be nurtured and cared for in order to allow growth to take place along our journey of faith. Families and communities are encouraged through prayer and action to nurture the seed of vocation in the lives of those who may be considering the path to Priesthood or Religious Life. “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies it remains just a single grain, but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:24

All societies and communities have rules and laws that govern the relationships within that community or society. The Catholic Church has a body of law that we call Canon Law. The Tribunal is responsible, under the Bishop, to ensure that the rights of all the faithful are respected and that their obligations are observed.
One of the Tribunal’s works is to determine cases of marital nullity, this sometimes sees the Tribunal wrongly referred to as “the Marriage Tribunal” when in fact its responsibilities are much broader.
In Australia the Diocesan Tribunals work on an inter-diocesan level; that is Tribunals in the same region, in our case Queensland, work together on matters addressed to one of its member Tribunals.
The Tribunal also assists with requests from Tribunals across Australia and around the world.

Sychar logo

What is Sychar about?
Sychar welcomes all who thirst for inner growth and spiritual nourishment; who seek to discover their authentic self and awaken to the Mystery of God in whom they live and move and have their being. They will be encouraged to  journey to the heart, to experience more deeply the indwelling presence of Christ and their oneness with all creation. Accessing the unfailing wellsprings of God’s creative Spirit will enable those who thirst to be transformed by the fire of God’s love and inspired to embrace God’s mission with passion and creativity.

See brochure on what Sychar offers the community >

Sychar Vision Statement >

Where does the name come from?
“So he came to a town in Samaria called SYCHAR… Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well.” (John 4:5-6)

Read the full story of the Woman at the well >

Sychar Prayer >

Spirituality Library
One important dimension of Sychar is its library of quality spirituality books and media spirituality resources. These have been generously donated by religious communities, the Catholic Resource Centre (CSO) and a number of individuals who recognise the value of good reading in developing a life of faith.   

Getting to know Sychar Library>

Borrowing procedures >

About the Rural Libraries >

Register for Coming Events at Sychar

A First Spiritual Exercises Retreat (Inner Peace in Divine Love)
Mondays from 28 September to 26 October 2020, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm or 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
See flyer for details.

A video course by Daniel O’Leary “An Astonishing Secret: The Love Story of Creation and the Wonder of You”
Thursdays from 8 October to 10 December 2020, 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
Please note that it would be possible to access this programme via ZOOM.  
See flyer for details.

Journal Writing Workshop with Sr Pat Quinn
Saturday 7 November, 9:00am (for a 9:30am start) to 3:30pm.
Note: this is the same popular workshop Sr Pat ran in March 2020.
See flyer for details. 
Register for workshop now.

Sychar Schedule

Sychar. will re-open on Tuesday 8 September according to the following schedule. Schedule for 8 September to 11 December 2020.

It would be helpful if those wishing to return or borrow books from the library could do so on Tuesdays between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon, or when they are participating in scheduled events at Sychar. This would facilitate the process of sanitisation required by the COVID Safe Plan. Those who are unable to visit during these times may arrange in advance to access the library at another more suitable time.

The schedule will generally follow school term dates and will be uploaded to this webpage.

Sychar Solidarity

Sychar Solidarity was produced as a weekly newsletter and sent during 16 weeks of lockdown. These have now been suspended and a monthly or quarterly newsletter will be introduced once Sychar is functioning again.

Subscribe to future newsletters by emailing sychar@twb.catholic.org.au

Previous newsletters:

7/7/20
30/6/20
23/6/20
16/6/20
9/6/20
2/6/20
26/5/20
19/5/20
12/5/20
5/5/20
28/4/20
21/4/20
14/4/20
7/4/20
31/3/20
24/3/20

Resources

Digital Spirituality Resources : A curated selection of websites, publications, podcasts, videos and more from both Australian and overseas sources.

Opening & Blessing of Sychar: House of Prayer and Spirituality (21/11/19)

Safeguard the work environment for employees, volunteers and visitors to our Parishes and Diocesan workplaces by ensuring compliance with Government legislation.

The ministry of Ecumenical Pastoral Care offers:

  • One on one support
  • Family support
  • Grief, loss and bereavement support
  • Sacraments and other rituals
  • Scripture, prayer and meditation
  • 24 hour support

This office provides general support to parishes and its members as they respond to the need to conduct the RCIA process with interested enquirers. Relevant resources may also be suggested to parishes and parish RCIA teams or representatives working with the RCIA process.

Our Commission was established in 2002 as a key direction in the Diocesan Pastoral Plan – “embracing action for Social Justice”.  Five aspects to our work are:  spirituality, education, leadership, solidarity and research.  In partnership with those affected by injustice the Commission works to analyse issues and reflectively advocate for action.  The Commission is grounded in Catholic Social Teaching.  Our current priorities are:  justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, caring for the environment and support and advocacy for refugees.   We work to promote human rights and our actions are informed by the dignity of the human person.

History & Formation of the Toowoomba Social Justice Commission

The Social Justice Commission is part of the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba. It was established in 2002 by Bishop William Morris, as part of the Diocese’s commitment to action for social justice. It has ten members and answers directly to the Bishop of Toowoomba. The Social Justice Commission has several functions:

  • Spirituality: promoting a spirituality of justice
  • Study: researching and analysing particular issues of injustice
  • Solidarity: building links with those marginalised through injustice
  • Education: educating the faith community for action
  • Leadership: providing leadership in action for justice

Our current policy priorities are justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; support for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants; and caring for the environment.

The Diocesan Liturgical Commission exists to promote and assist in creating a healthy liturgical life within the Diocese of Toowoomba. Its primary role is to:

  • Support the Bishop in his role as the moderator, promoter and custodian of liturgical life within the Diocese.
  • Promote good liturgy by offering workshops to parish liturgy committees and other bodies.
  • Implement changes to the missal and other rites.
  • Formulate and implement diocesan liturgical and sacramental policy.
  • Promote appropriate and worthy liturgical music and sacred art.
  • Review liturgies at which the Bishop presides.

Office Hours

 

Monday Closed
Tuesday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed

Hours may change depending on parish visits

Resources

Guiding Principles for Celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation with Children:  These principles provide a framework for the process of preparing children and their families for celebrating the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Download DLC Guidelines

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
These guidelines provide a framework for lay ministers across the diocese, who assist with the distribution of Holy Communion during Mass. They are a summary of the role as described in the General Instructions of the Roman Missal. It is recommended that parishes distribute these guidelines to all Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Download DLC Guidelines

Guidelines for bringing Communion to the Sick and Housebound: These guidelines are a summary of the principles outlined in the rites and introduction to the book Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum. The guidelines draw attention to the true purpose and nature of the ministry. It is recommended that parishes distribute these to all extra-ordinary ministers of communion who visit and take communion to the sick. Download DLC Guidlines

Guidelines for Celebrating the Rite of Confirmation: These resources provide a detailed outline of what is required to prepare for celebrating the Rite of Confirmation. See also the pro-forma for the Rite of Confirmation Outside of Mass & the Rite of Confirmation with First Holy Communion.

Download Celebrating the Rite of Confirmation
Download Confirmation Outside of Mass
Download Rite of Confirmation with First Holy Communion

Guidelines for Prayer of the Faithful: These guidelines highlight the function and nature of the Universal Prayer and are intended to assist in the preparation and presentation of liturgically meaningful petitions which will inspire the ‘Prayer of the Faithful’. Download DLC Guidlines

Guidelines for the Use of Data Projectors Within Mass: Everything we do in liturgy should enhance and uplift the sacred words and actions
which take place and we must be careful that projected data does not become the main focus for the assembly.

Download Letter from Bishop Robert McGuckin
Download DLC Guidelines for Use of Data Projectors

Domestic Rituals Book: A resource for families compiled by the Liturgical Commission, Diocese of Toowoomba. In the past it was understood that only ordained priests could pray a blessing upon a person or thing.  With the renewal of the Second Vatican Council the Church reclaimed the right of lay persons to pray blessings within their household settings.  This document is sample list of suggestions for the use of blessings within a family or small community setting. Download Domestic Rituals Book.

External Website:  www.jamesbyrnecentre.org.au

Nestled in bushland on top of the Great Dividing Range, the James Byrne Centre has provided the perfect peaceful backdrop for all sorts of events. The Centre features excellent conference facilities, options for onsite or self-catering and comfortable budget style accommodation, there is something to suit any school, church, community or business group. Despite its secluded setting, the Centre is located just 15 minutes north of the heart of Toowoomba and for convenience Highfields is just a short 10 minute drive away.

Office Hours

Monday 8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

The Diocesan Archives is a repository, research centre and museum of church artefacts relevant to the history of the Toowoomba Diocese. The Archives serves the wider community as a source not only of church and ‘family’ history, but of local and national historical sources for research. It has become a valued part of the Toowoomba historical source network.

The office for the Most Reverend Bishop Robert McGuckin DD MCL JCL, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba.

Office Hours

 

Monday 8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

Resources

Protocol to Obtain Approval for Speakers from Outside the Diocese
This form is to be completed by anyone who wishes to invite outside speakers to the Diocese. This form MUST be completed and returned to the Bishop’s Office for approval PRIOR to any outside speakers being invited. Any questions relating to the completion of this form, please contact the Bishop’s Office on 07 4632 4277 or email bishsec@twb.catholic.org.au.

External Website:  www.caritas.org.au

Caritas Australia is part of a global network that spans over 200 countries and territories.
For over 110 years, Caritas has worked towards the creation of a just world. In 1964, Caritas began in Australia. A Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, Caritas is Latin for love + compassion – two qualities which are central to our work.
Caritas Australia works through the principles and practice of community development, supporting people to help themselves out of poverty, hunger and injustice. Caritas Australia works to bring relief and aid to people whose lives have been devastated by natural disaster or conflict. Integral to undertaking these key activities of aid and development, Caritas Australia works within Australia to engage all people in education and advocacy programs.

External Website:  www.twb.catholic.edu.au

Toowoomba Catholic Schools Office (TCSO) leads, supports and serves the 31 school communities of the Diocese of Toowoomba.  This leadership, support and service aids schools to achieve quality outcomes for students. All of our schools are committed to working in partnership with parents to provide high quality education and care to enable every child to experience success.

TCSO operates under the direction of Bishop Robert McGuckin and under the organisational leadership of Dr Patrick Coughlan, Executive Director: Catholic Schools and employs more than 1,300 teaching, professional and ancillary staff to fulfil our mission of providing quality educational services through our Catholic school communities.

Office Hours

Monday 8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

External Website:  www.catholicmission.org.au

Catholic Mission is the international mission agency of the Catholic Church in Australia. Compelled by the message, life and love of Jesus Christ, Catholic Mission forms Australians for mission and raises funds for mission—in Australia and around the world.

Catholic Mission operates in over 160 countries to support initiatives in 1,100 dioceses, including remote Australia. Grassroots needs are identified by local Catholics, to give people the opportunity for a full, enriched life—physically and spiritually—regardless of race, stigma, religion or gender.

Mission in action happens right now and for generations, to help people immediately, longer term and eternally. We engage in mission when we proclaim our faith through our words, actions and lives.

External Website:  catholiccare.services

CatholicCare supports families at the pressure points over the their lives by delivering these services: · Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Service (Community Justice Group and WHADDUP Youth Group) · Counselling and Education Services · Family Relationship Centre (family dispute resolution services, separated parents support programs) · Family Support Services (including NDIS services) · Mental Health Services (including Partners in Recovery) · TRAMS (Refugee and Migrant Support Programs) · Safer Families Support Services (Domestic Violence Prevention program)

Office Hours

Monday 8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

The Communications Office aims to be the conduit for information and promotion for the Diocese of Toowoomba. The office also produces Horizons Magazine and Diocesan eNewsUpdate. The Communications Office is also the contact point for church and secular media.

Office Hours

Monday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 2:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday Closed
Friday 9:00am – 2:00pm

Resources

Website Content Submission/Updates
For Ministries and Parishes wishing to submit content, change details, promote an event, etc., email submissions to the Webmaster.

The Finance & Administration Office provides services to the Bishop, various diocesan agencies, priests and parishes of the diocese including:

  • Accounting & financial management, payroll services, and operating the Diocesan Development Fund
  • Operational infrastructure support by the provision of motor vehicles, communications technology and purchasing of goods and services
  • Property management for the diocese and support for this in parishes as required
  • Work Health & Safety compliance and coordination
  • HR Management, employment and industrial relations

Office Hours

 

Monday 8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

Resources

Disclosure Statement

The Diocese of Toowoomba – Diocesan Development Fund (the Fund) is required by law to make the following disclosure. The Fund is not prudentially supervised by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority nor has it been examined or approved by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. An investor in the Fund will not receive the benefit of the financial claims scheme or the depositor protection provisions in the Banking Act 1959 (Cth). Investments in the Fund are intended to be a means for investors to support the charitable, religious and educational works of the Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba and for whom the consideration of profit are not of primary relevance in the investment decision. The investments that the Fund offers are not subject to the usual protections for investors under the Corporations Act (Cth) or regulation by Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Investors may be unable to get some or all of their money back when the investor expects or at all and any investments of the Fund are not comparable to investments with banks, finance companies or fund managers. The Fund’s identification statement may be viewed below or by contacting the Fund. The Fund does not hold an Australian Financial Services Licence.

Identification Statement (PDF document will open in new tab)

Financial Reports (PDF document will open in new tab)

Providing services to Including Toowoomba Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital Toowoomba, Baillie Henderson Hospital Toowoomba and St Vincent’s Care Services Toowoomba (Lourdes Home).

The Aboriginal Apostolate supports Indigenous Peoples who live within the region covered by our diocese. We share the region with numerous Aboriginal communities, of varying size. We are also involved with non-Indigenous people in dealing with matters that arise as a result of racial or cultural interaction within communities across our region. This is to educate and sometimes mediate, advise or advocate.