A Welcoming Community
Our St Thomas More’s Parish Mission and Vision Statement describes our Parish as a “welcoming people of faith”. We welcome all who come to be part of our community, particularly extending that welcome to young families with children – we are committed to the safety and well being of children in this place and want children to know the welcome of our loving God through the warmth with which they are received and accepted here.
St Thomas More’s is a Catholic faith community whose members reside mainly in the south-eastern part of the City of Toowoomba, the major regional centre of the Darling Downs of Queensland. The community forms part of the Diocese of Toowoomba which itself encompasses some 35 faith communities extending across a huge area of southern inland Queensland. In 1960 the first seeds of St Thomas More’s were planted and from this grew our ongoing story.
In early 2003 the current model of pastoral leadership was introduced with the appointment of a Pastoral/Parish Leader who with the Pastoral Council draws forth the gifts of the community encouraging all to respond to their baptismal call.
In 2010 St Thomas More’s celebrated the 50th anniversary of its establishment. This year provided the opportunity for us to reflect on our story in the light of the idea of Jubilee as found in the Scriptures. The faith life of the community continues to flourish as the community celebrates further milestones in its journey, such as the 25th anniversary of the opening of the current church celebrated in November 2016.
Our 60th anniversary of the parish in 2020 will be well remembered as the year when, as a result of the COVID-19 corona virus, our churches were closed for a significant period of time and we learnt new ways to connect with each other and to nourish and grow our faith and our relationship with our loving God.