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Marriage Education 2013 -- Group
Program "Before We Say I Do"
Course 2/13 will be on Wednesday
evenings, 6, 13, 20 & 27 March
Course 3/13 will be on two
Saturdays, 11 & 18 May in Maitland.
Course 4/13 will be on two
Saturdays, 15 & 22 June in
Course 5/13 will be on two
Saturdays, 10 & 17 August in
Course 6/13 will be on two
Saturdays, 12 & 19 October in
Course 7/13 will be on Wednesday
evenings, 6, 13, 20 & 27 November
Please P Robyn Donnelly, Co-
ordinator Marriage & Relationship
Education, 0400 347 104.
Living Waters Meditation Centre
Introductory Course in Meditation
will be held at the Parish Hall, Vista
Parade Kotara, on 7, 14, 21 and 28
February at 7.00pm. Course cost
is $25. To enquire or book,
P Anne Cuskelly 0407 436 808 or
Contemplating the Face of Christ
A silent live-in retreat, 8-10 March,
at the Tenison Woods Centre,
New England Highway, Lochinvar.
The retreat begins with dinner at
6.00pm on Friday 8 March. To
enquire or book, P Carmel Moore
RSJ 0412 122 297 or
Saturday Morning Sessions on
Contemplation involve teaching,
morning tea and meditation. They
are held at the Toohey Room,
841 Hunter St Newcastle West
P Anne Cuskelly 0407 436 808 or
World Day of the Sick at St
Bishop Bill will preside at Mass
in the Chapel of St Joseph's
Nursing Home Sandgate on Friday
8 February to mark World Day
of the Sick. Morning tea will then
be ser ved. Please rsvp to Beth
Beveridge by 6 February,
P 4967 0656 or E beth.beveridge@
Rite of Christian Initiation of
The RCIA Rite of Election will be
celebrated on Sunday 17 February
2.30pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral
Hamilton. Bishop Bill will preside at
this liturgy, during which the Church
acknowledges the readiness of
those catechumens and candidates
who will receive the Sacraments of
Initiation during the Easter season.
Following the liturgy afternoon
tea will be ser ved in the diocesan
rooms. All are welcome.
Every child counts: Catholic
Schools Week competition
The Catholic Schools Week theme
for 2013 is "Every child counts"
and students in Catholic schools
are invited to submit a 20 second
video outlining why they think every
child counts. Competition closes
3pm Thursday 21 February and
prizes include iPads and gift cards.
Please visit w w w.catholicschools.
What constitutes recognition?
To further the discussion about
recognition of Aboriginal people
in the Australian Constitution, the
Hunter Presbytery Social Justice
Committee invites you to a series
of public meetings. Come and
learn more about what is in our
Constitution that is problematic,
and what is missing and needs
to be added, and join a healthy
debate on the subject.
Meetings will be at The Willows,
Warners Bay, Wednesday 27
February, 6.30pm-8.30pm and
Wesley Uniting Church, East
Maitland, Tuesday 5 March, 6.30pm-
8.30pm both with finger food from
6pm. A third meeting at Newcastle
University is to be confirmed. Please
P Rev Dr Chris Budden 4956 5544
or Debbie Carstens 4936 6735 or
safeTALK: Suicide alertness for
Seasons for Growth (SfG) has
partnered with Lifeline Newcastle &
Hunter to offer safeTALK, a half day
presentation to increase suicide
alertness. It will be held on Tuesday
5 March 9.00am-12.30pm.
Catherine McAuley Building, rear
841 Hunter St Newcastle West.
Please register by 1 March, SfG
Companions at www.goodgrief.
com.au others P 4979 1355 or E
Places are limited.
Caring for the homeless in
The Social Justice Committee of
St Vincent de Paul in the Lower
Hunter is hosting a dinner with
guest speaker Dr John Falzon on
Wednesday 6 March at the East
Maitland Bowling Club. As Executive
Officer of the National Council of
St Vincent de Paul, Dr Falzon is
well known for his outspoken views
when advocating for those who live
at the margins of society, especially
as a result of the inequitable
distribution of wealth in our country.
The evening commences at 6.30
for 7pm, tickets are $45.00 for a
two course dinner. Drinks may be
bought at the bar. All proceeds
go towards the establishment of a
facility for the homeless in Maitland.
E email@example.com or
P Robert Moore 4934 2905.
You can book online at www.
St Vincent de Paul Dinner.
International Women's Day (IWD)
The Council for Australian Catholic
Women will celebrate IWD on
Sunday 10 March with 9.30am
Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral
with Bishop Bill as presider. Morning
tea will follow and guest speaker will
be Rev Christine Sheppard OAM,
University of Newcastle chaplain,
former chaplain at Calvary Mater
Hospital and a minister of the
Uniting Church. See story on page
9, and to enquire P Patricia Banister
4932 5601. All are welcome.
Hear a member of the Iona
Jan Sutch Pickard (see page 18) will
visit the Hunter in March. You are
welcome to any or all of these events:
Friday 22 March, 7/7.30pm
Opening, and reflecting on, art
exhibition "Life in Ga za today",
Adamstown Uniting Church, 228
Brunker Rd Adamstown; Saturday
23 March 10.00am prayer brunch,
2.00pm writer's workshop, "Writing
Life's Journey" at Adamstown
Uniting Church; Sunday 24 March
7.30pm "Keeping hope alive"
concert at Adamstown Uniting
Church. For details E kweavers@
bigpond.net.au P 4968 4636 or
Wanted: Volunteers for Kimberley
Catholic Volunteer Service
The Diocese of Broome, WA,
needs volunteers to assist with
the work of the local church
on Aboriginal Missions. There
are various important voluntary
tasks: administration, building
maintenance, gardening, shop
staffing, cooking, cleaning etc.
Placements are preferred for at
least 12 months but a reduced time
would be considered. For further
details, and an application form,
please P Volunteer Co-ordinator
(08) 9192 1060 or 0415 526 142
visit www.broomediocese.org or
write to PO Box 76, Broome
Musical Instruments for
The Social Justice Committee
of the Hunter Presbytery of the
Uniting Church is looking for used
acoustic guitars and percussion
instruments in working order, to
be distributed to African refugees
in the Hunter. Instruments can be
donated at the Charlestown UCA
office, 24-26 Milson St, Tues/Wed/
Friday 9.30am-1.00pm. Please P
Jenny 4943 4019 to check that the
office is open.
Ovarian Cancer Awareness
5 Safer Internet Day
8 Special Religious Education
Mass, Sacred Heart
Cathedral, 7pm, Bishop Bill
12 Shrove Tuesday
Launch of Project
Compassion at St Mary's
Campus, Maitland, Bishop
13 Ash Wednesday
15 Lenten Liturgy of Healing and
Hope, Forster (see p 23)
20 World Harmony Day, World
Day of Social Justice
22 Lenten Liturgy of Healing and
Hope, Toronto (see p 23)
24 Donate Life Week begins.
1 Lenten Liturgy of Healing and
(see p 23)
10 Catholic Schools Week begins.
www.mn.catholic.org.au Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
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