The gospel chosen for the 19th annual Special Needs Mass, celebrated at Muswellbrook on 30 August, involved what Bishop Bill called “mixed metaphors”: “The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock….I am the gate of the sheepfold….I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”
Hardly a day goes by without reference in the various media to the prevalence of domestic violence in our society and the measures taken by individuals, governments, not-for-profits and other bodies to care for victims in the short term and bring about real change in the longer term. Of course, the sooner awareness grows and attitudes change, the better!
It was entirely fitting that the inaugural Cathedral Lecture, initiated by Dean of Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rev Andrew Doohan, should be delivered by Rev Dr Richard Lennan, Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College, and a priest of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
In introducing Fr Richard Lennan at the Raymond Terrace seminar on Monday, Adult Faith Formation Officer, Vivien Williams, said, "The prodigal son has returned." She was right in terms of the prodigality of Richard’s scholarship, wisdom and generosity. Richard is Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College and a priest of our diocese.
The Council for Australian Catholic Women (CACW) in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is pleased to announce the inaugural Magdalene Award. The Award was launched at the Day of Reflection at Broadmeadow in July.