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To fund the Pastoral Outreach
of the Diocese of Maitland-
"This Pastoral Appeal is designed
to provide financial support for
the day to day ministries of our
"You can direct relief to people
who have needs arising from
poverty, sickness, suffering,
misfortune, disability or
destitution regardless of faith,
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"You can choose to provide support to religious
ministries such as youth and campus ministry,
catechesis and religious education, evangelisation,
ecumenical dialogue, marriage education, family and
pro-life ministries, spiritual direction and vocations.
ifts to these ministries are not ta deductible but
provide funds for the evangelisation work of the
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• CatholicCare Counselling Services for individuals, families
• esources for eligious Education in State Schools
• Chaplains to the University, Hospitals, Prisons, Port,
Emergency and Armed Services
• Night Care Van for disadvantaged locals to enjoy a meal
• efugee Ministry
• Aboriginal Catholic Ministry
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• Stepping Stones Program to support ministry to the sick,
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• Seasons for rowth grief and loss program
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• Education of Seminarians and eacons
• Natural Family Planning
• Tenison oods Education Centre for Adult Faith evelopment
• Ecumenical dialogue with other faiths and denominations
• Liturgical Ministry and Formation of lay people
• Pastoral Support Unit for the iocesan Pastoral Plan
• Marriage Education
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"It gives us a buzz...it is really rewarding.
It makes you feel good to know you are
doing something important," Rick smiles.
The Mission volunteers' tasks include
greeting the seamen at the centre when
they arrive, helping them to exchange
money or connect to the internet and
driving the bus to and from the port. But
the role is often as simple as offering a
smile at the end of a hard day.
Rick tells of one man whose wife had left
him and was now trying to prevent him
contacting his two daughters.
"I had a chat with the other chaplains and
we told him, 'We can't do anything about
your family situation, but what we can do
is pray for you.' So the next time he came
back in, even though his situation had
become worse, he told us, 'I feel happy, I
feel at peace, I feel sad that my family is
apart but I know you prayed for me.'"
It is the smallest acts of kindness which
often bring about the most comfort for
"Sometimes you might think, well so what?
But the things we do are very important
It is this effort from the handful of tireless
volunteers which brings a smile to the
faces of seamen from around the world.
While Rick and his team are very grateful
for the support of the Diocese of Maitland-
Newcastle, more volunteers are required to
meet the needs of the increasing number
of seamen entering the busy port.
"The more people we have, the more
services we can provide," Rick explains.
So now that we are enjoying the festive
season, let's give a little time for the
seamen down at the Mission. You might
simply donate some second-hand clothing
for men, or perhaps a box of books...every
little bit counts.
If you have some spare time and would
like to volunteer over the Christmas period
or in an ongoing capacity,
P Rick 4961 5007 or 0411 442 861. To
leave donated goods, please visit the
Mission at 96 Hannell Street, Wickham.
You will be very welcome. For more
information visit www.mts.org.au/
23rd Psalm for Seafarers by Capt
John Roberts (1874)
The Lord is my pilot, I shall not drift.
He lights me across the dark waters.
He steers me in deep channels.
He keeps my log.
He guards me by the star of holiness for
his name's sake.
Yea, though I sail mid the thunders and
tempests of life,
I will dread no danger, for you are near me.
You prepare a harbour before me in the
homeland of eternity.
You anoint the waves with oil.
My ship rides calmly.
Surely sunlight and starlight shall favour
me in the voyage I take
And I will rest in the port of my God forever.
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