A temple of God, built of living stones, is dedicated IMAGE Aurora Magazine

A temple of God, built of living stones, is dedicated

October 05, 2016 Comments Fr Andrew Doohan

For many months St John’s Church at Maitland has been being restored and will soon serve as a place of worship again. Rev Andrew Doohan explains how the transition will be marked.

"Do you love me the same as the other children in your family?" IMAGE Aurora Magazine

"Do you love me the same as the other children in your family?"

October 05, 2016 Comments Fiona McCalden

It was a sunny autumn afternoon and my class of Year 2 students had just left for the day when I opened a newsletter in my emails. I was reading through it when an advertisement from CatholicCare, calling for foster carers, caught my eye. There was a phone number to call. I picked up the phone…

Minister for Education learns much from his visit to St James' Muswellbrook IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Minister for Education learns much from his visit to St James' Muswellbrook

October 05, 2016 Comments Niamh Marzol

St James’ Primary, Muswellbrook celebrated the fruits of our work with the State Action Plan (SAP) by sharing our fantastic results with NSW Minister for Education, The Hon Adrian Piccoli, at our school during a special ministerial visit last month. St James’ NAPLAN results for 2014 and 2015 showed tremendous growth and the school was recognised by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) for this growth in 2016. Over 70% of the student population gained results at or above expected growth.

Is there a place at your table for the people of wisdom? IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Is there a place at your table for the people of wisdom?

October 05, 2016 Comments Tracey Edstein

Among many others, one of Pope Francis’ gifts to the Church and the world is the example he embodies of the wisdom, faith, energy and vitality of the elderly. Pope Francis will turn 80 just before Christmas, and we don’t see any slowing down or stepping back from travel or daily engagement with God’s people.

The pursuit of happiness IMAGE Aurora Magazine

The pursuit of happiness

October 05, 2016 Comments Bishop Bill Wright

Yes, I’m in pursuit of it. Happiness. I’m on the lookout for notable examples of the phenomenon, to see if I can make any sense of where it happens and where it doesn’t. I might record them in a book, too, as something to turn to on rough days, to lift the spirits a bit by the recollection of being caught up in the infectiousness of an unaffectedly happy person. Hey, it’s no sillier than collecting spoons or snow domes, is it? Little reminders.

THE WAY WE WERE: Having a (debutante!) ball IMAGE Aurora Magazine

THE WAY WE WERE: Having a (debutante!) ball

October 05, 2016 Comments Suzanne Martin

For many decades St John’s Pro-Cathedral Parish, Maitland, held an annual Debutantes’ Ball at Maitland Town Hall, where the young ladies of the parish would be presented to the Bishop of Maitland.

AURORA EXTRA: Two sides to the divestment debate IMAGE Aurora Magazine

AURORA EXTRA: Two sides to the divestment debate

September 27, 2016 Comments Tony Van Dorst

I write in reference to Thea Ormerod’s article in the September 2016 issue of Aurora magazine where she is promoting and applauding Catholic organisations divesting in the coal industry.

AURORA EXTRA: At Home in L’Arche IMAGE Aurora Magazine

AURORA EXTRA: At Home in L’Arche

September 12, 2016 Jean Vanier

In L’Arche worldwide there are 149 communities and 14 projects in 37 countries. L’Arche Hunter is one of the 14 projects. L’Arche’s founder Jean Vanier will turn 88 on 10th September.  He wrote the following contribution especially for the book, My Home in L’Arche, an initiative of L’Arche Hunter and he entitled it At Home in L’Arche.

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