Bishop Bill's Bulletin
Dear Members of the Diocesan Family
We continue to pray for the many people who are suffering as a result of Cyclone Debbie earlier this week. We also pray for those who are clearing away debris, re-connecting the electricity, attending to water purity and sewerage issues. Please continue to pray for Brigadier Field as he oversees the recovery effort. As he said in an interview a couple of days ago, the recovery will take quite some time. Yes, there is the physical clean up, but we need to pray for those who are under emotional strain. Such events can have long term effects on people.
I thank the Parishes who cleaned up around Church property. It was a great effort. I know that some parishes are ready to assist those parishes effected, if required. That is great, I will be in touch when I know more.
As time passes, we are becoming aware that there may be a sizeable insurance claim. I am still to hear from two parishes.
If your parish wish to lodge an insurance claim for damage to property caused by Cyclone Debbie please contact Nikki or Maya at the Registry, and they will forward your details on to the insurer.
Many bishops and others have phoned, emailed or texted to assure us that their Diocese is praying for us and they are asking their parishes to pray for us this coming weekend. One Diocese has made a very generous donation. Other Dioceses are asking parishes to have a retiring offering this Sunday for the Diocese of North Queensland.
People can donate through the Diocese of Sydney’s Anglican Aid, through the link below:
Because people are still recovering from the effects of Cyclone Debbie in the Southern Region, I have postponed the Chrism Eucharist that was planned for this Sunday at St. Mary Magdalene Walkerston.
Also, early next week the Provincial Bishops were to meet in Brisbane. This meeting has been cancelled as well.
I can assure all members of Diocesan Council that we will be meeting this coming Wednesday evening at 7.00pm as arranged. For those in Townsville we will meet in person with the other members joining in by telephone.
Ms Shelley Thomas:
Shelley commences with the Diocese on Monday. We have been looking forward to Shelley starting with us for some time now. I know that you will make Shelley very welcome. Shelley comes to us from John Flynn College at James Cook University.
Assurance of Prayers:
It is with sadness that I inform the Diocesan family of the death of Mr Paddy McCutcheon. We assure Paddy's wife, Canon Anne, and family of our love and prayers at this time of grief. Paddy was a delightful man. He had several interests and one was sailing. I know he took some people who stayed with us out sailing. At the refreshments provided after functions at the Cathedral, Paddy was a most gracious host and one who knew his wines. We pray Paddy rests in peace. At this stage the celebration of Paddy’s life is scheduled for 1pm Wednesday 5 April at the Cathedral.
The Reverend Heather Cahill:
Heather has been the Chaplain at the Townsville Hospital for nearly three years. Heather and John
will be returning to the Diocese of Gippsland in April. On behalf of the Diocese I thank Heather for
her ministry. During her time as Townsville Hospital Chaplain, the ministry has been stabilized and
is now progressing well.
Heather also provided an active ministry at St. Helen's Home Hill for the past two and half years.
We wish Heather and John a safe return to their home in Heyfield Victoria and every blessing for
their future ministry.
Good Friday (14th April) at the Cathedral:
The traditional Three Hour Devotion Service will be held at St. James’ Cathedral commencing at 12
noon and concluding at 3pm. The basis of the service will be the seven utterances by our Lord from
the cross. People are able to come and go during the three hours. The best time to leave is during
the hymns. Various people will be giving the seven addresses. If you have not been to one of these
acts of worship before, I encourage you to come along.
Parish Regulation 10 - Parish Volunteers:
At the February Diocesan Council meeting the following motion was moved and passed.
"That this Diocesan Council recommend the document Parish Regulation 10: Parish
Volunteers, as it presently stands, be adopted for use in the Diocese, with a review date no
later than June 2019."
Regulation 10 is found in the Diocesan Information Document (DID). Please find a copy attached
for ease of reference.
Chrism Eucharists: - All welcome.
Central Region: Tuesday 11 April – 6pm St James’ Cathedral Townsville
Northern Region: Wednesday 12 April – 5pm St Saviour’s Kuranda
Southern Region: New date to be advised
Southern Region Saturday 27 May
Central Region Saturday 3 June
Northern Region Saturday 17 June
Clergy Conference: 4 – 7 July Synod: 7 – 9 July
I thank everyone for their comments in regards to last week's Bulletin, my reflections over the last
decade. I appreciated the honesty of your comments and there were some very good ministry
I pray that your Lent continues to equip you in your ministry.
Wishing you every blessing.
Yours in Christ
The Right Reverend William (Bill) Ray
Bishop of North Queensland
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