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Financial boost set to assist refugee students

March 21, 2022 Lizzie Watkin

Access to a good education is an important factor in the success of the resettlement of young refugees arriving in Australia. However, many of these young people are subject to educational disadvantage, due to the poverty and distress they suffer.

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Help from within

March 15, 2022 Sarah James

Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School Principal, Cheryl Henderson, has seen it all during her 50 years of teaching.

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Our Volunteers

March 06, 2022 Lizzie Watkin

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle deeply values the significant contribution volunteers make to our various committees, schools, parishes and social services. Through their good deeds our volunteers enrich the quality of life for the people we support and create a better society for everyone.

From visiting fellow parishioners in their time of need, to providing informed advice on topics that matter; our volunteers’ efforts are always appreciated. From reading books to students, to teaching English to new migrants; their time is of such value. From cooking meals for the vulnerable, to providing a shoulder to cry on; their care inspires hope. 

In the lead up to National Volunteers Week, 16-22 May 2022, Aurora will be sharing stories of volunteers who are lending a hand to help others. 

“Sowing goodness for the benefit of others frees us from narrow self-interest, infuses our actions with gratuitousness, and makes us part of the magnificent horizon of God’s benevolent plan,” an excerpt from Pope Francis’ 2022 Lenten message. 


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Spirit states its case

December 24, 2021 Sarah James

Satellite navigation was not the only force guiding Toronto’s new Parish Leader, Christopher Voigt, on his journey to Lake Macquarie. There was something far more powerful at play – the Holy Spirit.

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Food talk: Pavlova wreath

December 24, 2021 Guest Contribution

The Taree Community Kitchen has been a place of welcome in the Manning district since it first opened its doors five years ago. In that time, thanks to generous volunteers and donors, the kitchen has served 50,000 meals.

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Reasons in the sun

December 24, 2021 David McGovern

Someone once told me that “people come into our life either for a reason or a season”.

My word IMAGE Aurora

My word

December 24, 2021 Bishop Bill Wright

A collection of words of wisdom offered by Bishop Bill over the past decade.

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Brett's at home in Boston

December 24, 2021 Sarah James

It’s not every day a boy who grew up in East Maitland is ordained as a deacon at Boston College, but that’s exactly what happened for Brett O’Neill on 18 September 2021.

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