There’s a moment in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel when hotel entrepreneur Sonny says, “No present like the time!” The misquoted cliché applies easily to a recent experience. Over some 35 days, I walked the pilgrim’s path across northern Spain. Camino is Spanish for ‘road’ but it’s come to refer to an ancient way, marked by yellow arrows, that leads from St Jean Pied de Port in France, across the Pyrenees Mountains and westward to Santiago de Compostela; ‘St James of the field of stars’.
The cry of a small child punctuated the Service of Remembrance and Hope held at Sacred Heart Cathedral on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the Bali bombings which killed three Novocastrians and changed the lives of many others irrevocably.
This Thursday, 1 October, will be the tenth anniversary of the terrorist bombing of a tourist enclave in Bali. While Bali had long been a popular holiday destination for Australians and had witnessed an earlier bombing in 2002, the bombing in 2005 had, and still has, special resonance for the people of Newcastle and the Hunter.
In offering a rich variety of ideas and reflections on “Becoming adult in our faith: building an adult church” Patty Fawkner sgs quoted Maryanne Confoy rsc, who says, "Faith is the way we lean into life." Patty was leading a seminar day, a joint project of Mount St Benedict Centre and the Parish Support Unit of Broken Bay Diocese, on 19 September.
National Child Protection Week invites all Australians to play their part to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. Now in its 25th year, it continues to be one of the most significant events on Australia’s child protection calendar and is an opportunity to discuss and raise awareness about preventative strategies for child protection.