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Just because change is normal, doesn’t mean it’s easy

April 06, 2016 Catherine O'Brien

I began working at St Peter’s Campus, All Saints College, Maitland as a clerical assistant in 1994.  In 2008 I undertook a new direction and became a Pastoral Care Worker for the College, under the National Schools Chaplaincy Program.  One of my first challenges in this role came when I undertook training to be a Companion in the Seasons for Growth Program.

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Is there room for a child in your home?

April 06, 2016 Comments Kim Creigh

CatholicCare believes that every child deserves a loving, caring home and is currently seeking carers who can help ensure that children in the Hunter-Manning get just that. The organisation has been providing social services for over 50 years. Aurora spoke with CatholicCare’s Foster Care Recruitment and Support Manager, Kim Creigh, to find out more about Out Of Home Care (OOHC), including the support and options available to foster carers.

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The five shilling donation

April 06, 2016 Comments Frances Dunn

It all began with John Edmonds’ donation to St John’s Building Fund in 1843, and it ends (hopefully not literally!), with his great, great granddaughter, currently a volunteer member of the working group  planning celebrations around the 150th anniversary of Bishop Murray claiming St John’s Church as his cathedral, and the restoration of St John’s.     

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We are here to create the good news stories

April 06, 2016 Comments Helene O'Neill

Regular contributor Helene O’Neill updates readers on a diocesan initiative linking families, parishes and schools. 

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Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’: Hope for our Common Home

April 06, 2016 Comments Denis Edwards

Every time I read Laudato Si’ I discover fresh insights into the relationship between God and the planetary community of life on Earth, our common home. 

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The Way We Were: First Days at School

April 06, 2016 Comments John Murray

Have you ever had the experience of beginning kindergarten ... twice?

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Mercy! Merci!

April 06, 2016 Comments Michael O’Connor

Napoleon is a great historical figure. He was so great he crowned himself Emperor.

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Supporting children and young people through parental separation and divorce

April 06, 2016 Comments Melinda Phillips

Emma was finding it hard to cope. Her parents had separated earlier in the year, and her father was making plans to move again – this time with his new partner. 

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Life with a purpose/Pints with a Purpose

April 06, 2016 Comments Brooke Robinson

On the first Monday night of each month Pints with a Purpose hosts talks by a variety of speakers to encourage thoughtful discussions and a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith. The venue is The Northern Star Hotel, Hamilton.

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The School Counsellor’s Daughter

April 06, 2016 Comments Michael O’Connor

Golden Guitar winner, Catherine Britt, and her father, Steve, were rivals when I first viewed them together in 2008. RocKwiz was the arena.

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CareTalk: Read the signs of burnout and compassion fatigue

April 06, 2016 Comments Tanya Russell

Q  I have worked as a senior nurse for the past 15 years and have mostly enjoyed it. However, over the past 12 months, I have become increasingly frustrated as there are petty workplace issues that are unresolved. Also, I feel I care too much, and sometimes I carry my sadness and frustration home with me. One of my colleagues suggested I might be “burning out”. I don’t think I am depressed but I find it increasingly difficult to go to work each day. Could ‘burnout’ explain what is going on with me?

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Creating stories that are out of this world

April 06, 2016 Comments Tracey Edstein

For many years journalist Catherine Keenan was writing other people’s stories. Now, as 2016 Australian Local Hero, she is the story. Her passion gives young people the tools to tell their stories. Tracey Edstein visited Catherine’s ‘baby’, The Sydney Story Factory.

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Katrina Dawson Foundation scholarship

April 06, 2016 Comments Emma Blackford

Katrina Dawson was a highly-respected barrister and a loving mum and wife, but is remembered by most Australians as one of three people killed in The Lindt Café siege of December 2014.

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Ceremony of Recognition acknowledges dedicated teaching staff

April 06, 2016 Comments Emma Blackford

In an era where career change is common, it’s particularly special to acknowledge and recognise employers who have dedicated their lives to a particular field such as teaching. 

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Bishop’s Awards recognise community efforts of young Catholics

April 06, 2016 Comments Emma Blackford

Six young people, including five from Catholic schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, were recognised recently at the Bishop’s Catholic Youth Mass and Catholic Schools Week Mass with a Bishop’s Award.

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What’s happening in our cutting edge classrooms?

April 06, 2016 Comments Shannon Hall and Andrew Cornwall

Educations Officers (Learning Technology) at the Catholic Schools Office, Shannon Hall and Andrew Cornwall, explain how students are 'both learning about technology and learning with technology'.

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Passing by

April 04, 2016 Comments John Murray

As the Year of Mercy unfolds, John Murray shares a lyrical recollection of a journey to a place infused with the immanent God.

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Exhilarating experience of Mercy

March 30, 2016 Comments Trish Bogan

With the great foresight of Bishop Bill Wright and the wisdom and guidance of our Missionary of Mercy, Fr Richard Shortall sj, Gresford Parish has personally experienced Pope Francis’ Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy first hand. 

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Dying to live the Good News

March 17, 2016 Comments Bishop Bill Wright

I hope you had a Happy Easter celebration in your family and community, and that it was a time of grace as well as joy, especially in this Year of Mercy, as we open ourselves to new encounters with the Risen Christ, the ‘face’ of the loving and merciful Father.

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