May 2015

Aurora Magazine

Featured articles from the May Aurora

Get a Trade and Stay in School

Get a Trade and Stay in School

Article by Emma Blackford

It’s a relatively new option for young men and women completing their senior years of high school and one that’s becoming increasingly more popular; to get a trade and stay in school for Year 11 and 12.

Palliative Care – Putting Patients Back in the Driver's Seat

Palliative Care – Putting Patients Back in the Driver's Seat

Article by Debra Vermeer

National Palliative Care Week runs from 24 – 30 May. Debra Vermeer speaks to two women who know how important it is to talk about dying.

Commemorating a Saintly Visitor

Commemorating a Saintly Visitor

Article by Gabrielle Lynch

Celebrating Mass or attending school in a humble timber building in Cooranbong seems difficult to imagine today, especially if it meant being accompanied by the woman who famously lived by the motto, “Never see a need without doing something about it”.

Students Consider Going Off To War

Students Consider Going Off To War

Article by Liam Beckett

Primary and secondary students in Catholic schools responded enthusiastically to a diocesan-wide invitation to reflect on what it means to go ‘Off to War’.

CARE TALK: Family Conflict

CARE TALK: Family Conflict

Article by Tanya Russell

CARE TALK is a monthly advice column in Aurora Magazine where a registered psychologist offers answers to common questions around mental health and counselling.

ONE BY ONE: A Window Into A Paramedic's World

ONE BY ONE: A Window Into A Paramedic's World

Article by Paul Alexander

Paramedics regularly feature high on lists of most trusted professions. Paul Alexander, currently a paramedic at Dungog, shares some of his career’s rewards and challenges.

War, Racism and the Power of Community

War, Racism and the Power of Community

Article by Trish Lane

Anzac Day always makes me recall the story of my great-grandfather’s wartime experience. Not his service in battle, but his experience of racism due to his German heritage.

Words Do Help

Words Do Help

Article by Tracey Edstein

A national writing competition with local origins addresses issues of loss and grief.

In The Midst Of It

In The Midst Of It

Article by Joanne Isaac

As Mother's Day approaches, Joanne Isaac issues a challenge to modern parents.

Getting Their Religious Education Right

Getting Their Religious Education Right

Article by John Donnelly

Could you imagine a school in Australia that did not have regularly scheduled sport for young students? A multitude of sporting competitions and activities abound in the wider community, and it appears that learning about and engaging in sport is highly valued in the education system.

The CATHOLIC THING: Is Catholic Social Teaching Our Best Kept Secret?

The CATHOLIC THING: Is Catholic Social Teaching Our Best Kept Secret?

Article by Sandie Cornish

I’m sure that most people have a pretty good idea what the Catholic Church teaches about sex before marriage, and about abortion – but what about the death penalty, or a just wage, or the tax-transfer system? The Catholic Church has teachings on issues of justice in society, peace, and the environment. That whole area of Catholic teaching is known as Catholic Social Teaching.

A Journey In The Heart

A Journey In The Heart

Article by Suzanne Romani

Novocastrian Suzanne Romani shares a recent experience which brought together a difficult past and a more understanding present.

Not On The Outer: Be, Grow, Show

Not On The Outer: Be, Grow, Show

Article by Jessica Crow

20 March, 2015, end of Week 8, Term 1. Any teacher will tell you that the end of term one leaves you emotionally drained and physically exhausted. I was approached by my school executive and asked if I would like to attend the retreat “Be, Grow, Show”, hosted by the Diocesan Council for Ministry with Young People.

“Our Work Is To Pray, And So We Pray For The World”

“Our Work Is To Pray, And So We Pray For The World”

Article by Debra Vermeer

Pope Francis announced that 2015 will be a year dedicated to the promotion of consecrated life, and is asking the church's religious sisters, brothers and priests to "wake up the world" with their testimony of faith, holiness and hope.

A Monster in Heaven?

A Monster in Heaven?

Article by Michael O’Connor

Regular contributor Michael O’Connor presents an intriguing, and ultimately reassuring, scenario.

May 2015

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