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Listen to what the Spirit is saying

September 03, 2022 Fr Greg Barker

The second session of the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia should be remembered as an event featuring many blessed defining moments. The session, which concluded on 9 July 2022, was a success, however, there is a risk that the silent protest regarding the statement, ‘Witnessing to the Equal Dignity of Women and Men’, will be remembered as having overshadowed the final outcomes of the Council. The protest was a defining moment creating a shift in thinking and a more synodal opportunity for the Church in Plenary.

 

 

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Childcare subsidies welcomed, but at what cost?

September 03, 2022 Sean Scanlon

Early childhood education and care is currently a hot topic in Australia.  Governments at all levels are throwing money at childcare consumers. 

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A world of love, learning and laughter

September 03, 2022 Elizabeth Symington

Discover how foster care has changed Lisa and Geoff's lives for the better. 

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A lesson in friendship

September 03, 2022 Lizzie Watkin

Lucy Harvey and Maree Jones can be heard giggling like schoolgirls as they make their way through the wrought iron gates that decorate the entrance to St Joseph’s College in Lochinvar.

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From surviving to inspiring

September 03, 2022 Elizabeth Symington

“A lot of the time you’re living through the bad days to hope for one good day, and you can’t keep doing that to yourself because it’s physically and mentally destroying.”

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A new chapter for St Dom’s

September 03, 2022 Gemma Lumsden

Nestled in the heart of Mayfield is an innovative and growing school.

The St Dominic’s Centre or ‘St Dom’s’, as it is often fondly referred to, is rich in history.

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A bright forecast predicted

September 03, 2022 Tim Bowd

It’s Monday morning on a cold winter’s day in August. The prevailing westerly wind cuts through the youth as they approach the gates at St Laurence Flexible Learning Centre at Broadmeadow.

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Plans progress for the future of our Church

September 03, 2022 Lizzie Watkin

“The Church is not the presence in our society it once was. We need to take a measure of that and make decisions accordingly. The culture in which we have to proclaim the Gospel is very different to what it was even 20 or 30 years ago.”

Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, made these powerful remarks in 2016 after he was elected to chair a special bishops’ commission to plan and run the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia. At that time, it had been 79 years since Australia’s last plenary council was held.

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Memories of the Mater

September 03, 2022 Lizzie Watkin

Calvary Mater Newcastle has a proud history of being at the heart of our community, and this year celebrates 100 years of service. 

 Nowadays, as well as serving the local community through its critical care, medical and surgical services Calvary Mater Newcastle is recognised as a leading research centre. The hospital also provides specialist medical care in a range of cancer services, palliative care, and toxicology.  

To celebrate Calvary Mater Newcastle’s centenary Aurora asked one of its longest serving employees, Ludmilla (Milly) Sneesby, to share a reflection of her time at the hospital. As we go to print, Milly is preparing for retirement, but as you will read, she has created memories at the Mater that will last a lifetime.  

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Inequity has young advocates seeing red

September 03, 2022 Lizzie Watkin

Period poverty – the lack of access to sanitary products due to cost – is widely recognised as a major barrier to learning in schools and now a group of Year 12 students from St Paul's Catholic College, Booragul, have said enough is enough.

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Perpetual Day of Remembrance

September 03, 2022 Magdalena Mycak

Each September, the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle pauses to acknowledge the devastation caused to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse by clergy and other Church personnel, as well as the impact to their families, and the whole community. Although historical, survivors and their families live with the impact every day.

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St Mary’s Catholic College, Gateshead officially unveils new works

September 01, 2022 Lizzie Watkin

The St Mary’s Catholic College community came together in Gateshead earlier today, as the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle’s Administrator, Fr Greg Barker, celebrated the blessing of its newest buildings.

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