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6 Bishop Bill confers Confirmation for
parishes of Boolaroo and Booragul.
8 World Red Cross Day
10 Mother's Day
11 World Day of Prayer for Vocations
12 International Nurses' Day
15 International Day of Families
17 The Ascension of Jesus
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Bishop Bill confers Confirmation/First
Holy Communion at Rutherford.
22-24 Bishop Bill's visitation to Blackbutt
North Parish including Confirmation
and First Holy Communion.
24 Pentecost Sunday
25 Mary, Help of Christians, Patron of
26 Bishop Bill confers Confirmation at
Forster Tuncurry Parish.
27 National Reconciliation Week begins.
Tri-Covenant Service of Worship at
Sacred Heart Cathedral.
30 Bishop Bill confers Confirmation/
First Holy Communion at MacKillop
31 Trinity Sunday
World No Tobacco Day
1 World Communications Day
Tenison Woods Education Centre
This annual event will be held Friday 8 May
6.30pm for 7pm at the Therry Centre, New
England Highway, East Maitland. Guest
speaker is Phil Glendenning, Director of the
Edmund Rice Centre and President of the
Refugee Council of Australia . Topic: "Fir st
and Last Peoples : Challenges to the nation
and what we can do about it". Cost $60 per
per son, all inclusive. RSVP ASAP to
P 4930 9601 or E email@example.com.
Ecumenical Prayer in the Spirit of
Experience the sacred through song and
silence in the Spirit of Taizé. A special
Ecumenical Ser vice will be held on Sunday
10 May 6.30pm for 7pm at Merewether
UCA, 178 Glebe Road, Merewether. Supper
Morpeth Chapel Jazz
This event will be held on Saturday 16 and
Sunday 17 M ay star ting at the Church of
the Immaculate Conception, 10am Saturday
and finishes with Sunday lunch at the River
Royal Hotel, all in Morpeth. Featuring
Hunter School for the Perfor ming Ar ts and
the Hunter Grammar School, plus ja zz in
the street and a Saturday afternoon concert
at historic Closebour ne. For information P
4933 3312 or E firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before We Say I Do
There ar e cur rently places in our Mar riage
Education Workshops. Cour se 3: May at
Singleton, Cour se 4: August at Newcastle
and Cour se 5: October/November at
Newca stle. For registration forms or fur ther
information, P Robyn Donnelly 4979 1370.
Celebrate 120 years : St Patrick's and
St Brigid's Church, Cooranbong
This church has a special connection to St
Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Tuesday 19
May marks 120 year s since her attendance
at Mass in the then timber building. Mass
will be held at 9.30am in the church, 6
Mar tinsville Road, Cooranbong. MacKillop
memorial plaques and garden and an
historic timeline plaque will be dedicated,
followed by morning tea. RSVP 1 May,
P 4973 6859 or E email@example.com.
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On Wednesday 20 May ther e will be
pr ayer at 7pm at Sacred Hear t Cathedral,
841 Hunter St, Newcastle West. S@SH
is a monthly gathering of young people
for Ador ation of the Blessed Sacr ament.
The liturgy involves music, moder n and
traditional hymns, silence and the Word
of God. It is a gr eat oppor tunity to spend
time in personal and communal prayer.
After wards , gather for refreshments. Check
out S@SH at mn.catholic.org.au or
P Elroy Aguiar 0434 283 004.
Seasons for Growth: Companion
Training for 2015
safeTALKs is a suicide prevention awareness
progr am. Date and venues are : 21 May
at Edgewor th and 12 Ju n e at Singleton
Heights. To register E jenny.harris@
mn.catholic.org.au or P 4979 1355.
Young People's training at Taree 27-28
July; Newcastle 18 -19 Nove mbe r. Adult
training Newca stle 5-6 August. This
training is essential for those wishing to
facilitate the Seasons for Growth progr am
with young people or adults. P Jenny or
Benita 4947 1355 to find more about
becoming a Companion. Enrolments for
training are completed at goodgrief.org.au.
Diocesan Catholic Women's League
Mass will be held on Saturday 23 May at
9.30am at St Laurence O'Toole Church,
Broadmeadow to celebr ate the feast of
Patroness , Our Lady Help of Christians.
Mor ning tea to follow. Guest speaker
Carolyn Metcalfe, National President of
Catholic Women's League Australia .
Saturday 4 July: Coach trip to the
Aberdeen Highland Games in the Hunter
Valley. Coach depar ts Therr y Centre at
7.30am and returns to Therr y Centr e at
approximately 6pm. Cost including gate
entry: $35 p/p, RSVP by 19 June.
Saturday 25 July: "Standing at the
Crossroads": a Day of Reflection, to be held
at the St Laurence Centre, Broadmeadow
Road, Broadmeadow, commencing at
9.30am. Facilitator Sr Margaret Mary Brown
OP. Cost: $20 p/p includes mor ning tea and
lunch. RSVP 14 July. Sponsored by Catholic
Women's League and Council for Austr alian
Catholic Women in the Diocese of
Maitland-Newcastle. For further infor mation
P Patricia 4932 5601.
Exploring the Interior Castle
A seminar to mark 500 years since St
Teresa of Avila was born will be held on
fir st Mondays of the month, 1 June, 6 July,
3 August, 6 September, 12 Octobe r
(note 2nd Monday) 2 November and 7
December at Living Waters, 34 Kenrick
Str eet, The Junction, 9.30am to 12pm.
P Sr Car mel Moore 0412 122 297.
Bringing Baby Home Workshop
This event will be held on Saturdays 13 and
20 June. For more information P Robyn
Donnelly 4979 1370.
St Clement's Retreat and
Conference Centre Galong
A Call to Live the Joy of the Gospel live-in
retreat will be held from Sunday 28 June to
Friday 3 July presented by Fr Anthony Kelly
CSsR and Fr Frank Moloney SBD. These
world leading theologians will reflect on
Pope Fr ancis' exhor tation on The Joy of the
Gospel. All inclusive cost $650 ensuite or
$550 standard. For fur ther infor mation
E firstname.lastname@example.org or P 6380 5222.
Called by Name
Weekend retr eats are held for women aged
18-35 to discern their vocation to religious
life on the la st weekend of each month at
the Sister s of the Holy Family of Nazareth,
116 Quaker s Road, Mar ayong. P Sr Margaret
0420 754 727 or E email@example.com.
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Expectations of Marriage Influences of Family of Origin Communication Styles
Managing Conflict Commitment and Dedication Values and Intimacy.
'Before We Say I Do'
Marriage Education Course
LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
Contact us today for a registration pack and brochure,
phone 4979 1370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SINGLETON 9 & 16 May
NEWCASTLE 25 July & 1 August
NEWCASTLE 31 October & 7 November
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