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Edition 121 / February 2013
Paul van der Kooi (left) and his son Alex, and
Adam Gardiner and son Josh at St Brigid's
Raymond Terrace. Alex and Josh are both
Kindergarten pupils and their Dads, who
serve in the RAAF, know the importance of
wearing correct uniform! See page 5.
Photo courtesy of Priscilla Scanlon.
Photograph courtesy of Priscilla Scanlon.
"Our people, our stories"
During the post-Christmas lull, I read a wonderful article
called "Grace on the margins: Recognising the church that
we already are." The writer, Jamie L Manson, reminded
me that "Our stories define us as a community. They recall
paradigmatic people. They are vehicles for the sacred."
I believe this is true not only in the context of church but for
all communities. It's my hope that Aurora offers a window
into our various communities in the Hunter and Manning and
makes a small contribution to preserving their stories.
Our profile this month introduces a woman who does just that
and so much more. Meet Margaret Dolahenty on page 10.
Sally Cowling, a former Novocastrian and Manager, Research
and Program Development for UnitingCare Children, Young
People and Families, wrote late last year, "Thanks so much for
acknowledging the importance of the Royal Commission in
your [December] editorial and for publishing the moving piece
by Patricia Feenan.
"It was important to be reminded that there are people across
a range of institutions (including the Catholic Church) who
see the Commission as a vital part of the healing process for
victims and the importance, for all of us, of identifying and
addressing institutional and other systemic failings."
I'm delighted to introduce a new Aurora writer, CatholicCare
Counselling Team Leader Tanya Russell. Each month in
CareTalk, Tanya's response to a 'real life' question will, I'm
sure, resonate with many readers. Please turn to page 8.
Schools have reopened and families (of students and
teachers!) are getting into the back to school groove. If you
turn to page 5 you can read some helpful beginning-of-the-
term tips from teacher and parent Jenny Thomas.
A feature on page 14 reports a recent conversation about the
Church. As World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro approaches,
it's good to hear from thoughtful young people who are
neither naïve nor disillusioned.
In The Issue on page 15, freelance writer and editor Ray
Cassin presents a succinct and uncompromising analysis
of the reason for the prevalence of sexual abuse in Catholic
institutions. It's well worth reading.
King Coal is never far from news reports and broadcasts and
local social justice activist John L Hayes feels strongly that if
common sense prevailed, there would be even greater unease
about developments in the coal mining industry. His opinion
piece is on page 20.
May your 2013 be grace-full.
TRACEY EDSTEIN -- Editor
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