Dear Members of the Diocesan Family

Ms Shelley Thomas:
Shelley has been appointed the Administration Assistant and will commence her duties on Monday 3rd April. We welcome Shelley to the staff of the Diocesan Registry and we wish her well for the future. Shelley comes to us from John Flynn College, Uniting Church Residential College at James Cook University.

Lady Day:
I know there are a number of Lady Day (or celebrations of The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary) Services across the Diocese on the 25th March. I will be at the worship being held at the Cathedral at 9.30am. My focus will be on the four generations that enrich our lives. All are welcome.

Speaking of Jesus in a sceptical world:
The Ross River Anglican Parish are running this free event hosted by Steve and Kelly Carlisle on Saturday 1 April 9am – 12noon at Riverside Gardens Community Centre. Please see the link below for more information. All are welcome.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
Please see the flyer attached in regard to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 28 May – 4 June. Resources can be found at:

For our Prayers:
Mrs Beth Brook is undergoing surgery shortly and we assure her of our prayers for a speedy recovery.

For St. Mark's College as there are various issues being addressed at the moment.

For the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse as the Anglican Wrap Up Session begins today and continues until next Thursday. Please pray for those clergy and laity who are appearing before the Commissioners and staff as they undertake their duties.

For Bishop Greg Thompson and his wife Kerry. Yesterday Greg announced his retirement as Bishop of Newcastle as from 31 May 2017. Greg has been a powerful advocate for those who have suffered as a result of child sexual abuse.

Blue Cards:
I remind all people of their responsibility to renew their Blue Card with the Department of Justice and Attorney-General Blue Card Services, and also to advise them if you have changed address.

My Blue Card expires on 24th March. On New Years Day this year I received a text message saying that in this quarter of the year, I would be required to renew my Blue Card. About a month or six weeks ago, I received a letter stating the same.

It is your responsibility to make sure that your Blue Card is current. If you are a clergy person or Lay Minister and your card is expired, I have no choice but to stand you down from ministry until your Blue Card is renewed.

The Chrism Eucharists:
The dates and locations are:

Southern Region: Sunday 2 April - 4.30pm St Mary Magdalene Walkerston
Central Region: Tuesday 11 April – 6pm St James’ Cathedral Townsville
Northern Region: Wednesday 12 April – 5pm St Saviour’s Kuranda

I also invite all parishioners and Lay Ministers to these services as we minister together in the Name
of our Lord. The Holy Oils will be blessed and/or consecrated at each service as well as clergy and
lay ministers renewing their vows.

Parish Consultations:
Please note the dates below for the first round of Parish Consultations to be conducted this year.
Further details in regard to time and venue will be provided in the next Bulletin. In the meantime,
please note your diary:

Southern Region: Saturday 27 May
Central Region: Saturday 3 June
Northern Region: Saturday 17 June

Inviting Clergy and Lay People from other Denominations:
Over the years I have been heavily involved in ecumenical activities. In fact, I would like to see more
ecumenical involvement. In some of our communities I believe this is one of the ways forward in
terms of the future.

However, I have become aware that in a couple of our parishes, clergy and/or lay people have invited
people from other denominations to lead ministry. It is imperative that if children are involved that
the people who come into our Churches have a Blue Card. Also, it is important that you let my office
know as there are insurance factors to take into account.

The Gospel Readings for Year A:
A couple of people have asked me to expand on a comment that I have made in a few sermons
recently. The Anglican Church is a liturgical church and we use the Lectionary. The Lectionary
readings for the Eucharist are on a three year cycle, Year A, Year B and Year C. At the moment we
are on Year A. The Gospel Readings for Year A are the readings that were used in the life of the
early Church when people (and it was only adults then) were being prepared for baptism at Easter.
This, in part, is how the liturgical season of Lent came into existence.

At Easter many Parishes will have the renewal of baptismal vows. It is important that we take time
to prepare ourselves for the renewal of the baptismal vows.

I pray that your Lent is strengthening your faith and be assured of my prayers.

Yours in Christ

The Right Reverend William (Bill) Ray
Bishop of North Queensland

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