Home' Aurora : Aurora February 2013 Contents The prices listed mainly include return airfares from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, good twin share accommodation,
many meals, all transfers, Australian tour leader & local tour guides.
$2625 15 Day Tour Dep. Mar 13, May 15 & July 26
Flying Singapore Airlines into Saigon and out of Hanoi plus
2 flights within Vietnam. 4 nights Saigon, 4 nights Hanoi, 4
nights Hoi An,1 night Halong Bay with cruise.
$4199 18 Day Tour
Dep. Mar 27
Flying Qantas into Los Angeles. 16 day tour of California,
Arizona and Nevada.
ISRAEL, TURKEY & PETRA
$7775 25 Day Tour
Dep. March 30
Flying Korean Airlines into Tel Aviv and out of Istanbul, plus
a flight from Amman to Istanbul. 12 day tour of Israel, 3 days
Jordan including Petra, 7 days in Turkey visiting the sites of
the biblical "Seven Churches of Asia", plus Gallipoli, and a 3
day Seoul stopover including a visit to the famous Yoido Full
Gospel Church on Easter Sunday.
JAVA & BALI
$2985 16 Day Tour
Dep. Apr. 2
Flying Singapore Airlines into Jakarta and out of Bali. 11 day
coach and boat tour from Jakarta to Bali. 2 days Kuta Beach.
2 days Singapore.
SCANDINAVIA & THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
$6895 23 Day Tour
Dep. May 31
Flying Finnair & Qantas into Helsinki and out of Oslo. A 16 day
tour of Finland, Lapland, the Arctic Circle, and Norway. 2 days
Helsinki, 3 days Hong Kong.
$3985 2 Week Tours
Flying Thai into Rangoon. 12 day Burma tour. 2 night Bangkok
GREECE & THE GREEK ISLANDS
$5285 18 Day Tour
Dep. May 10
Flying Emirates into Athens. 15 day tour of Greece & the Greek
Islands including a cruise to the Greek Islands of Mykonos,
Patmos, Rhodes, Crete, and Santorini in a modern ocean liner.
2 day Dubai stopover.
$5725 16 Day Tour
Dep. May 10
Flying to Rome with Thai International. 13 day first class tour
around Italy. One day Bangkok stopover.
$5995 27 Day Tour
Dep. May 15
Flying Qantas into New York and out of Los Angeles. 25 day
coach tour right across U.S.A.
$3995 17 Day Tour
Dep. May 15
Flying Cathay Pacific into Shanghai and out of Beijing, plus
3 flights within China. 13 day China tour, 3 day Hong Kong
BALTICS, RUSSIA & SCANDINAVIA
$5275 3 Week Tour
Dep. May 22
Flying Thai into Copenhagen & out of Stockholm. 17 day tour
of Denmark, East Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia,
Russia, Finland & Sweden. 2 day Bangkok stopover.
ZURICH TO VIENNA RIVER CRUISE
$7865 18 Day Tour
Dep. July 15
Flying Emirates into Zurich and out of Vienna. Cruise of Rhine,
Main & Danube Rivers, visiting Switzerland, France, Germany
& Austria on board the magnificent modern Avalon Affinity. 2
night 5 star Dubai stopover.
$2550 2 Week Tour
Dep. July 17 & Sep. 11
Flying Thai into Bangkok. 10 day coach tour into North
Thailand & the Golden Triangle and south to the River Kwai.
3 days Bangkok.
Love is born
in all ways, always
For the Christian community it just seems
that Christmas and the January holidays are
over and Lent is upon us. At Christmas we
celebrate our belief that God is 'one-with-us'.
As Michael Leunig put it, 'Love is born.' In
Lent, we prepare for Easter which celebrates
our belief in the power of God's love, poured
out in the name of truth, justice, inclusion,
forgiveness and peace, to raise up new life, in
even the darkest and most hopeless of places.
As the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical puts it,
'Love never dies'.
So having celebrated God being 'one-with-us'
at Christmas, in Lent, Christians embark on a
six-week journey to consider how we are going
at being 'one-with-God'.
One of the Lenten practices in the Catholic
Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is our Lenten
Liturgies of Healing and Hope. These began
about five years ago and involve the Bishop,
initially Bishop Michael and now Bishop Bill,
journeying throughout the diocese to pray
with the people about our need for healing
and the hope that sustains us even in the face
of our failure.
In 2013, our Lenten Prayer is part of the Year of
Grace, a year when Catholics have been invited
by the Bishops to contemplate Christ in the
hope of starting afresh at being 'one-with-God'.
We all need a fresh start, probably on a regular
basis. And we are all aware of the Church's
need to start afresh from Christ and with Christ.
So in this Year of Grace, we are hoping that
Grace will lead all those who are seeking healing
and hope to gather at any of the venues listed,
to pray in faith, in hope and in love. This year all
our Lenten Prayers of Healing and Hope will be
held in halls, rather than churches, in an effort to
create a relaxed and welcoming environment for
all who wish to come.
This Lent, may all of us who are Christian
contemplate Christ so that 'the Church may be
transformed, our relationships healed and our
nation grow in compassion and justice'.
And may all who know the need of a fresh
start take time to contemplate that which
is the source and inspiration of life, so that
together we might contribute to the healing
of relationships and our nation's growth in
compassion and justice.
Louise Gannon is the Co-ordinator for the
Year of Grace in the Catholic Diocese of
BY LOUISE GANNON RSJ
that the church may be transformed
our relationships healed
and our nation grow in
compassion and justice.
You are invited to gather with Bishop Bill
Friday 15 February 7.00pm Forster @ Holy Name Primary School Hall
Friday 22 February 7.00pm Toronto @ St Joseph's Hall
140 Wangi Road
Friday 1 March 7.00pm Muswellbrook @ St James' School Hall
Skellatar Stock Route
Friday 8 March 7.00pm East Maitland @ The Therry Centre
Friday 15 March 7.00pm Tea Gardens @ St Stephen's Parish
Centre Witt Street
Friday 22 March 7.00pm Kotara @ St James' School Hall
All seeking healing and hope are welcome.
Year of Grace
www.mn.catholic.org.au Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
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