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3 Mass of the Chrism,
Sacred Heart Cathedral,
7.00pm, all welcome.
5 HOLY THURSDAY
6 GOOD FRIDAY
8 EASTER SUNDAY
11 World Parkinson's Day
14 Australian Heritage
17 Heads of Churches
meeting attended by
21 Diocesan Pastoral
25 ANZAC Day
26 Pay It Forward Day
27-29 Bishop Bill visits
Blackbutt North Parish.
29 World Day of Prayer
This is a Eucharistic Adoration service created by
young people for young people. Contemporary music
combines with prayer, gospel reading and periods
of silent reflection before the Eucharist to create a
beautiful modern service. Please come along and
bring friends. 7.00pm on Wednesday 11 April and the
second Wednesday of each month thereafter. Sacred
Heart Cathedral, 841 Hunter Street, Newcastle West.
For info P Andrew Dezelak, 0405 772 779.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
The Rite of Election Mass of Celebration will be
celebrated at the Sacred Heart Cathedral Vigil Mass
5.30pm on Saturday 21 April and not Sunday 13 May
as previously advised. Supper will follow in the diocesan
rooms. All are welcome! Advance notice: Our Diocese
will host the RCIA State Conference on 14/15 & 16
June in 2013 --- mark the date in your diary now.
"I am Mary's Miracle"
Sugarloaf Parish has invited Kathleen Evans to
share her story of being cured of cancer through the
intercession of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. All are
invited to hear Kathleen at the parish hall. Oakland
St Glendale (just past the state high school) on Friday
27 April at 7.00pm. You may have read Kathleen's story
in the March edition of The Australian Women s Weekly.
Living Waters Meditation Centre
Community Retreat Day, "Believing is Seeing",
for all to enjoy the benefits of silent reflection
on Saturday 28 April at St Philip's Church Hall,
31 Vista Parade, Kotara, 10am-3pm. Cost $10,
byo lunch, tea and coffee provided. Christian
Meditation and the Year of Grace will be
presented on Saturday 5 May 9.30am-12 noon
at the Toohey Room, Bishop Clarke House, 841
Hunter St Newcastle West (on the western side of
Sacred Heart Cathedral). There will be teaching,
morning tea and meditation. To RSVP for each of
these events, E email@example.com or
P 0412 122 297.
St Benedict's Golden Jubilee
The community of St Benedict's Primary School
Edgeworth invites pupils and former pupils, teachers
and former teachers, and all who have had an
association with the school to celebrate its Golden
Jubilee on Wednesday 2 May commencing at 9.30am.
For information and to RSVP, P 4958 1858 or
Marriage Education 2012 -- Group Program "Before
Remaining groups for 2012:
Course 3 - May 5 & 12 -- Saturdays --- Maitland
Course 4 - June 16 & 23 -- Saturdays --- Newcastle
Course 5 - August 18 & 25 -- Saturdays --- Maitland
Course 6 - October 13 & 20 -- Saturdays --- Newcastle
Course 7 - November 7, 14, 21 & 28
-- Wednesdays --- Newcastle
Please P Robyn Donnelly, Co-ordinator Marriage &
Relationship Education, 0400 347 104.
An invitation to Dominican ex-students & friends
To maintain our Dominican bonds and continue to share
our story, a reunion -- Remember and Celebrate -- will
be held on 5 May 2012. We will share reflections
and memories at Tamworth Ser vices Club 11am-
3pm. To RSVP by 20 April, P Sr Jenny Gerathy OP
(02) 4968 2280 or E firstname.lastname@example.org
Seasons for Growth
Living with pain and change is not easy. Young
people and adults need a place where they feel safe,
supported, cared for and understood. Seasons for
Growth is a process that provides opportunities to
examine how grief, as a result of significant change
and loss, has impacted on our lives. It's an educational
program that fosters wellbeing and builds resilience
and hope for the future. Using symbolism drawn from
the different seasons of the year, the program provides
a rich framework in which to explore issues of loss and
grief. We learn that we are all grieving at different times
and in different ways. People feel respected when their
stories are valued.
The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle co-ordinates
the Seasons for Growth program in the Hunter.
Companioning Young People Training Newcastle,
8-9 May Aberdeen, 20-21 June Newcastle,
21-22 November Newcastle; Companioning Adults
Training 10-11 May Aberdeen, 25-26 July Newcastle.
Exploring the Seasons of Grief Adult Group 22-23 May,
7-8 August, 1-2 November Newcastle. Bookings are
essential. Contact Benita, Sally or Jenny 4979 1355
or visit email@example.com for
In 2009, the Morpeth Catholic, Anglican and Uniting
Churches joined together to give something to the
community by offering a series of jazz cafés and
concerts on church properties. The program for 2012
has been finalised and you are warmly welcome to
claim the weekend of 18-20 May for a wonderful
weekend of jazz! Performances will take place in the
grounds of the new Closebourne development, the
Commercial Hotel and in each of the three churches. An
ecumenical service will be held on Sunday morning in
the Uniting Church. All performances are free.
For further details E firstname.lastname@example.org or
P 4933 3312.
Catholic Schools Week 2012
This year's theme is Faith in Every Student. Local
Catholic schools will celebrate with a variety of activities
29 April -- 5 May. Contact your local school for details.
Out of the Woods: Tenison Woods Education Centre
The Annual Dinner will be held on Friday 1 June at the
Therry Centre, New England Hwy, East Maitland, 6.30
for 7.00pm. Guest speaker will be Christian Brother,
Damien Price. Damien has worked extensively with
youth at risk, with homeless people, with refugees
and asylum seekers, both in Australia and in Africa.
For information or to book P 4930 9600 or
Catholic Women's Fellowship 2012
This partnership between the Australian Catholic
Bishops Office for the Participation of Women, the
Broken Bay Institute and the Sisters of the Good
Samaritan enables young women (25-35) to complete a
Graduate Certificate of Theology, combining face-to-
face input, self-directed online study and a program of
spiritual formation and leadership. Applications close
Friday 15 June. Fellowship commences Wednesday 18
July and runs for two years (2012-2014). Download
application forms at www.opw.catholic.org.au/ or E
Cooranbong - Morisset Sesquicentenary
Following celebrations marking 150 years of Catholic
presence in Cooranbong-Morisset, the "Timeline
of Events" booklet is available for $30 + postage.
Please P Parish Office 4973 6859. All proceeds will
assist the parish.
Senior Singles Social Group
This group was formed in September, 2007 to provide a
social activity for those in the 'over 50 or thereabouts'
years of their lives. There are usually 20-25 attending
our monthly dinners. This has grown from seven at
that first dinner. The evenings aim to provide fun,
good conversation, friendship and an opportunity
to meet for dinner once a month. The venue varies
each month but it is usually within the area covered
by the Inner City Parishes and is advertised in the
parish bulletins. Anyone interested in joining the group
for dinner can phone Maureen 0413 363 245 or
Rosemary 4952 4326.
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