Things change. You’ll not get any disagreance from me! IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Things change. You’ll not get any disagreance from me!

December 06, 2017 Comments Bishop Bill Wright

When I first heard the word, which seems like only a year or so ago, I took it for a solipsism or rather, perhaps, one of those quasi-existent words that people use because they think they sound more impressive than the common alternative. But as people continued to seek my ‘agreance’ on this or that, I realised we had a new social phenomenon on our hands. Nonetheless, I suspected the word didn’t really exist.

Help CatholicCare’s gift giving tree share the love at Christmas IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Help CatholicCare’s gift giving tree share the love at Christmas

December 06, 2017 Comments Lizzie Snedden

Christmas.

For many of us it’s a joyous time, celebrating the birth of Christ and encompassing family traditions, celebrations with friends, gift-giving and the sharing of food. However, for the 10,000 children and young people living in Permanency Support Programs (foster care) in Newcastle, the Hunter and Central Coast, it can be a very different story.

The Year of Youth has begun! IMAGE Aurora Magazine

The Year of Youth has begun!

December 06, 2017 Comments Brooke Robinson

The much-heralded international Year of Youth began on 3 December and has been launched in parishes across the diocese.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students thrive in development program IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students thrive in development program

December 06, 2017 Comments Alyssa Faith

On November 5, 2014, the Yula-Punaal Aboriginal Education and Healing Centre, a purpose-built facility to support the Aboriginal community through cultural education, was opened in Mandalong, NSW. On the same day, the Yula-Punaal Trades Training Centre was also opened to offer pre-trade courses to local secondary students in hospitality, horticulture and land management.

Accustomed as I am… IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Accustomed as I am…

December 06, 2017 Comments Tanya Russell

Q   I have an intense fear of public speaking. This would not be a problem if my job didn’t require me to speak in public from time to time. I am worried that people will see how nervous I am and this will make me feel worse. What can I do to build my confidence?

Remembering the days of the St Kevin’s schoolyard IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Remembering the days of the St Kevin’s schoolyard

December 06, 2017 Comments Tracey Edstein

The strong bond between Julie and Marie Lerch began when Julie married Marie’s son, John, twenty years ago.

Deputy Premier attends Taree Community Kitchen celebrations IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Deputy Premier attends Taree Community Kitchen celebrations

December 06, 2017 Comments Lizzie Snedden

There’s no doubting Taree Community Kitchen’s volunteers and donors provide an exceptional service. Since CatholicCare took over the operation in 2015, 10,000 meals have been served. CatholicCare recently invited Deputy Premier of NSW, John Barilaro, and Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead, along to celebrate this special milestone… and they made it a party to remember!

A Mum says ‘thank you’ to two of her greatest teachers IMAGE Aurora Magazine

A Mum says ‘thank you’ to two of her greatest teachers

December 06, 2017 Comments Monica Scanlon

I am at a crossroads in my role as a parent − it is time to let go and untie the apron strings. 

Supporting those who grieve at Christmas time IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Supporting those who grieve at Christmas time

December 06, 2017 Comments Jennie Nolan

Family Ministry Co-ordinator, Jennie Nolan, issues a reminder that the festive season is not festive for all.

For God alone my soul waits in silence (Psalm 62) IMAGE Aurora Magazine

For God alone my soul waits in silence (Psalm 62)

December 06, 2017 Comments Fiona Basile

In late 2015, I decided to take myself away to the Mediterranean island of Malta to stay with a Jesuit community in Mosta, a village in the centre of the island. There, I took time to enter into a 30-day silent retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola with the assistance of a spiritual director.  

The Captain Class: who’s captaining your team? IMAGE Aurora Magazine

The Captain Class: who’s captaining your team?

December 06, 2017 Comments Rick McCosker

Former Test cricketer Rick McCosker applies some sporting criteria to his ‘team captain’.

Embrace the spirit of giving with a Caritas Global Gift IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Embrace the spirit of giving with a Caritas Global Gift

December 06, 2017 Comments Nicole Clements

The Christmas period can be a stressful time of searching for the perfect present, yet many of those gifts are unwanted. When most of us have more than we need, an unwanted gift represents a significant waste and serves as a profound symbol of the wealth gap between western countries and those living in poverty.

Would you like to reduce spending, waste, accumulation and stress? IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Would you like to reduce spending, waste, accumulation and stress?

December 06, 2017 Comments John Hayes

Then read on! Local environmentalists John and Rosie Hayes’ practical suggestions are good for us all and good for our earth.

It’s starting to feel like home IMAGE Aurora Magazine

It’s starting to feel like home

December 06, 2017 Comments Trish Bogan

Earlier this year my husband, Paul, and I moved from a small country parish to a larger parish with far greater numbers in the community. After initial trepidation and the passage of time, we are feeling more settled.  

Sikhs believe that the Supreme Creator is within each one IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Sikhs believe that the Supreme Creator is within each one

December 06, 2017 Comments Amarjit Singh Chawla

The word ‘Sikh’ means a learner or disciple and ‘Guru’ means enlightener, a teacher-prophet. The Sikh faith was founded by Guru Nanak Dev Ji (1469-1539) and his divine torch was carried by nine gurus who followed him. Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the 10th successor, who left for heavenly abode in 1708, gave Sikhs a unique, indisputable and distinct identity − unshorn hair covered with a turban.

“The nuns taught me to value celebration” IMAGE Aurora Magazine

“The nuns taught me to value celebration”

December 06, 2017 Comments Suzanne Gabrielle

A former boarder at St Mary’s Dominican Convent, Maitland, reflects fondly, despite a challenging childhood, on the legacy of the Sisters.

 

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