April 2015

Aurora Magazine

Featured articles from the April Aurora

The Smith family honours an Anzac

The Smith family honours an Anzac

Article by Tracey Edstein

When he left Sydney aboard the “Afric” on 18 October 1914, Arthur Robert Elliott, aged 24, could have imagined little of what awaited him over the next four years. Arthur had answered the call to enlist in the Australian Military Forces the previous August.

Globally Called at San Clemente High School

Globally Called at San Clemente High School

Article by Joanne Isaac

“It’s real and it’s concrete.” The speaker is Mrs Rose McAllister, Religious Education Co-ordinator at San Clemente High School, Mayfield. She’s describing an innovative Year 8 project, “Globally Called”.

Sue's busy planting seeds for life

Sue's busy planting seeds for life

Article by Lucy Gooch

Sue Hawke is a name fondly recognised by many Lochinvar parents, staff members, children and ex-students. She is a woman of quiet strength whose dedication to St Patrick’s Primary School at Lochinvar exceeded expectations, and received recognition in the form of two awards.

Once in a lifetime excursion for students

Once in a lifetime excursion for students

Article by Emma Blackford

It’s being described as a once in a lifetime opportunity, and one that St Peter’s Campus, All Saints College, student Georgia Fillis and two other Catholic secondary students from the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, will soon have the privilege of being able to say they experienced.

CARE TALK: What can a counsellor offer?

CARE TALK: What can a counsellor offer?

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.

TWO BY TWO: Sisters in more ways than one

TWO BY TWO: Sisters in more ways than one

Article by Trish Bogan

“To have a loving relationship with a sister is not simply to have a friend or a confidant – it is to have a soul mate for life.” Victoria Secunda

Program offers rich experiences to young people

Program offers rich experiences to young people

Article by Melissa Fenech

An innovative program offering young people the opportunity to experience a variety of ministries has been launched in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

Increased support for young people in Manning Valley

Increased support for young people in Manning Valley

Article by Gary Christensen

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning is in the process of expanding its Out of Home Care and Supported Independent Living programs into the Taree area.

Remembering, lest we forget

Remembering, lest we forget

Article by Ray Collins

Director of Schools, Ray Collins, has long had a deep interest in the campaigns, and the cost, of World War I. He shares some reflections to mark the centenary of the landing at Anzac Cove.

Ten important conversations to have with your daughter

Ten important conversations to have with your daughter

Article by Bronwyn Melville

Pastoral Care Worker, Bronwyn Melville, shares her experience and advice on raising daughters, inspired by Dr Tim Hawkes’ “10 Conversations You Must Have With Your Son”.

The CATHOLIC THING: The Humanity of the Jewish Jesus

The CATHOLIC THING: The Humanity of the Jewish Jesus

Article by Dr Laurie Woods

As the Church continues to celebrate Easter, Laurie Woods delves into an aspect of Jesus’ life that is not always acknowledged.

“Betwixt the stirrup and the ground”

“Betwixt the stirrup and the ground”

Article by Fr John Woods

At a time of the year when sacrifice, death, recollection and resurrection are in the minds of many, diocesan priest Fr John Woods offers a very personal reflection on ‘the last things’.

Listen to a radical traditionalist

Listen to a radical traditionalist

Article by Geri Williams

Melburnian Kevin Bailey will be speaking in Newcastle soon. Geraldine Williams shares something of his background.

Parish has high hopes for high tea

Parish has high hopes for high tea

Article by Loretta Heffernan

Forster Tuncurry parishioner Loretta Heffernan shares a recent parish initiative that was both fruitful and fun.

Thoughts on ANZAC Day 2015

Thoughts on ANZAC Day 2015

Article by Christine Bramble

Local writer Christine Bramble offers a window to the experiences of those whose work – and sacrifice –supported the military campaigns of the First World War.

Anzac Day: Ritual, yes. Sacred? Maybe.

Anzac Day: Ritual, yes. Sacred? Maybe.

Article by Michael Belcher

Historian and Maitland parishioner, Michael Belcher, examines the links, real and imagined, between the observance of Anzac Day and the celebration of the greatest Christian feast, Easter.

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