“I finally get this God stuff!” IMAGE Aurora Magazine

“I finally get this God stuff!”

June 07, 2017 Comments Maryanne Hacker

As the Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2017 approaches, launching the Year of Youth, Aurora invited ACYF/WYD veteran and Religious Education Co-ordinator at St Patrick’s Primary, Lochinvar, Maryanne Hacker, to share something of her story.

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Get creative as Australian Catholic Youth Festival approaches!

June 07, 2017 Comments Brooke Robinson

For thousands of years, faith has been expressed in myriad ways, including through various forms of art. Art allows faith to be expressed uniquely in ways that words may not be able to achieve.

If you are a young person between Year 9 and age 30, there is an opportunity to create an artwork or short film to be shown at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney in December.

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Local community responds generously to Project Compassion 2017

June 07, 2017 Comments Daniel Nour

Caritas Australia, the international aid and development organisation of the Catholic Church in Australia, has just run its annual fundraising appeal, Project Compassion, in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

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The Uniting Church – an ongoing experiment!

June 07, 2017 Comments Rod Pattenden

From the outside, the Uniting Church in Australia must look like a confusion! No bishops, no cathedrals, sometimes no agreements and an endless supply of committees, conversations and diverse opinions to pepper the journey.

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Telling the stories of sacred spaces

June 07, 2017 Comments Jane Dunn

As I walk through the grounds of the Convent of Mercy, Singleton, I am struck once again by the gracious and elegant lines of this very beautiful building. In the half light of evening we crunch our way across the gravel paths to the welcoming light of the front door.

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Giving thanks to seafarers around world

June 05, 2017 Comments Lindy McNamara

As Catholic parishes throughout Australia prepare to celebrate Sea Sunday on 9 July 2017, it is timely to reflect on the vital work of the tens of thousands of seafarers who visit our ports each year – and the ministry of the Apostleship of the Sea which supports them.

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Bishops staff day: Introduction, Information, Inspiration

June 02, 2017 Katherine Muscat

Staff from the across the diocese braved a chilly autumn morning on Tuesday 30 May to take part in the Bishop’s Staff Day pilgrimage walk. More than 130 members of staff completed the 13km journey from Corcoran Parish Centre, George St, Morpeth to St John the Baptist Chapel, Cathedral Street, Maitland.

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We gather, we remember, we entrust

June 02, 2017 Comments Tracey Edstein

There is a line in spiritual writer Joyce Rupp’s “A Psalm of Happy Transition” that says: “I relish this happy transition now shaping my days.”