Parish Leader

I feel very privileged to be welcomed into the role of Parish Leader for St Thomas More’s Parish Toowoomba.

St Thomas More’s is a strong and vibrant faith community with a demonstrated commitment to living the mission of Christ. The various ministries and social justice groups which have operated in the parish for many years are testament to the Spirit of God being alive within the people of St Thomas More’s Parish.

I look forward to working with and for the people of St Thomas More’s Parish and to helping them discover and develop the gifts they each bring, as together we continue the mission of Christ.

As you browse through our web site I hope you experience the vibrancy of the lived faith experience shared by the members of St Thomas More’s Parish.

Our community has accepted a model of leadership which reflects the changes that are happening in church life. This has meant that ownership of the life of the parish is in the hands of the people who have accepted a leadership that calls forth the gifts of all who belong.

As you open the various links you will be able to see the leadership structure that enables the many ministries of the community.

One of the initiatives of the Pastoral Council over recent years has been the provision of Adult Faith Education opportunities as a way of offering sound theological background as people live their lives within a faith context in contemporary society. To this end we have invited guest speakers each year as well as having gatherings of people in small groups and with each area of ministry.

The social teaching of the Church also informs many of the activities of the community. Emphasis has been given to how the Gospel impacts issues relating to Australia’s indigenous people, the ecology and ways of helping share what we have as a community with people who have not been as fortunate as we. All of this is in line with our desire to ensure that the Gospel and societal issues engage each other.

As you investigate this web-site at greater depth the reader will see a variety of policy statements that have been formed by the community and act as a guide to parishioners and future community leaders. These give a broad view of how we gather to worship and celebrate; how we care for and use our material assets for the good of many; how we work together to ensure a safe environment for children and young people and how we work toward welcoming and including all who want to be part of our community.

In the “About Us” pages that follow, you will find the Vision, Mission and Goals that guide the endeavours of our Faith Community. You will also see in detail the way our Pastoral Life is organised and how the Administration of the Parish is conducted.

We hope you enjoy the glimpses of our life that this web-site offers.

John Briffa
Parish Leader