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Aurora is changing

December 07, 2021 Lizzie Watkin

Earlier this year, the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle surveyed readers to find out what they value about Aurora and how they like to receive news. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.

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Strong start for Upper Hunter education and care

December 07, 2021 Alexander Foster

The NSW State Government has been under pressure from industry of late to undertake an aggressive resumption of immigration levels to bolster the nationwide skills shortage that has resulted from Australia’s border closures.

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Solomon's journey

December 07, 2021 Sarah James

He is only 30 years of age, yet on Saturday 4 December at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Singleton, Bishop Brian Mascord ordained Solomon Okovido as a transitional deacon.

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Purple rain

December 09, 2021 Rosemary McAllister

I have fond memories of growing up and attending St Brigid’s Primary School at Raymond Terrace. At the end of every school year, we would attend swimming lessons. I remember the songs we sang on the bus as we pulled up at the purple-coated roadway of Jacaranda Avenue at the local pool. It was this time of the year we had all been waiting for.

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It's the giving, not the gifts

December 14, 2021 Guest Contribution

As we approach Christmas, Aurora asked people in our community ‘what does Christmas mean to you?’ These are their reflections.

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December 14, 2021 Guest Contribution

Bishop Bill took great honour in carrying out face-to-face ministry. His storytelling abilities and capacity to meet people where they were at in life, often left lasting impressions on those he crossed paths with. Below are a collection of reflections from people in the Diocesan community, who were moved to share fond memories of the bishop.

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Christmas celebrations: A time for reflection and gratitude

December 21, 2021 Gerard Ogle

It feels like just the other day we were taking down the Christmas decorations in my home. But here we are again, on the cusp of the “most beautiful time of the year”.

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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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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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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”.

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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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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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