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In remembrance

November 01, 2017 Comments Bishop Bill Wright

I’ve never had ‘trick-or-treaters’ turn up at my place for Halloween. For most of my life that was not surprising because Halloween, like Valentine’s Day or the Super Bowl, was something known to us only from American TV shows.

Sand, surf, scripture and the Spirit IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Sand, surf, scripture and the Spirit

November 01, 2017 Comments Monica Scanlon

Sports Chaplaincy Australia defines a chaplain as a “trusted, authentic, caring person. They are trained in sports pastoral care to assist sports communities provide genuine care for their members.”   

Helene O’Neill is chaplain of Cooks Hill Surf Club. 

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Collaborating with thought leaders

November 01, 2017 Comments Tracey Edstein

Appointing a person whose role is “Manager, Practice, Development & Innovation” says a lot about an organisation.

Nominate a woman of substance for Magdalene Award! IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Nominate a woman of substance for Magdalene Award!

November 01, 2017 Comments Ellen Hazelton

A highlight of the International Women’s Day diocesan event in March was the announcement of the inaugural Magdalene Award winner, Margo Nancarrow of Rutherford. Margo has contributed, and continues to contribute, in the areas of liturgy, Special Religious Education, Catholic Women’s League and many others.

The rise of Gifted Education in diocesan schools IMAGE Aurora Magazine

The rise of Gifted Education in diocesan schools

November 01, 2017 Comments Sally Brock

The holistic wellbeing of all students in our school communities is a key objective for all educators in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

How much is too much? IMAGE Aurora Magazine

How much is too much?

November 01, 2017 Comments Tanya Russell

Q   The end of year is approaching and I have been reflecting on my drinking habits. I feel I drink too much alcohol and would like to address this. I used to enjoy a few glasses of wine on Friday night and then Saturday nights, but over the past year, I find myself drinking every night. I feel this is impacting on my health and my family. How much is too much and how do I begin to make my health a priority again?

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Travelling to the beat of a different drum

November 01, 2017 Comments Sr Melissa Dwyer FDCC

They say the best way to make God laugh is to tell him your plans. If someone had told me when I was growing up that I would serve the church as a religious sister, I would have told them they were mad.

Recognising contribution of young people IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Recognising contribution of young people

November 01, 2017 Comments Cath Garrett-Jones

Students and young people from across the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle are often engaged in activities that allow them to live out their faith in real and practical ways. From supporting music ministry to engaging with communities through social justice initiatives, attending youth days or helping out within their parish, students and young people have made extraordinary contributions to the life of the diocese.

Joint initiative to deliver a leadership program by women and for women in the Catholic Church IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Joint initiative to deliver a leadership program by women and for women in the Catholic Church

November 01, 2017 Comments Kate Bennett

The Council for Australian Catholic Women, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Catholic Mission and Australian Catholic University (ACU), are delighted to announce a joint initiative to deliver a specialised leadership program for women in the Catholic Church.

Celebrating with Luther the moderate IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Celebrating with Luther the moderate

November 01, 2017 Comments Nick Mattiske

With this year’s 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the beginning of the Reformation, there is a flood of biographies and histories, perhaps in emulation of the overworked printing presses of Luther’s day.

Playing with words IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Playing with words

November 01, 2017 Comments Donna Crow

As parents, your hopes for your children are most likely along the lines of ‘be happy’ and ‘achieve to their potential at school’. One of the best ways in which you can help your children to work towards such goals is to develop their understanding of, and ability to use, a varied and rich vocabulary.

Western and Eastern Catholics complement each other IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Western and Eastern Catholics complement each other

November 01, 2017 Comments Fr Paul Berezniuk

In the July Aurora, Rev James Carles, in his fine contribution titled 'Of feasts and fasts: the Eastern Orthodox Church' broadly described Ukrainian Catholics as well.

How can that be so?

Calling all kindred spirits! IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Calling all kindred spirits!

November 01, 2017 Comments Zoë Trypas

An ‘Anne fan’ shares her deep appreciation of the stories of Anne Shirley, heroine of the beloved “Anne” books by LM Montgomery and set on Canada’s Prince Edward Island.

Glory be to God for pied beauty IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Glory be to God for pied beauty

November 01, 2017 Comments Shirley McHugh

There was nothing outstanding about the Cook children who lived in Stockton in ordinary circumstances; but as they grew – Fran, Warner, Trish, Meg, Colleen, and Anne − they developed into extraordinarily loving and artistically talented young people.

Students are maximising creative genius IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Students are maximising creative genius

November 01, 2017 Comments Shane Abell

​Shane Abell, Learning Technology Co-ordinator at St Mary’s Catholic College, Gateshead, shares with us his passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and what competency in this field means for students.

Walking the walk in Newcastle IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Walking the walk in Newcastle

November 01, 2017 Comments John Murray

A local entrepreneur leads Newcastle walking tours that are steeped in the past, grateful for the present and confident about the future.

Pope Francis speaks at a time when decisions must be made IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Pope Francis speaks at a time when decisions must be made

November 01, 2017 Comments Kevin Corrigan

In an expanded “Frankly Spoken”, parish priest of Nelson Bay, Fr Kevin Corrigan, offers an overview of the words of Pope Francis as the deadline for the same-sex marriage plebiscite approaches. 

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