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Bishop Bill launches Project
Compassion; see page 5.
International Women's Day
First Sunday of Lent
Bishop Bill celebrates Mass for
International Women's Day.
9-15 Catholic Schools Week
Schools Week Mass.
Second Sunday of Lent
Feast of St Patrick
Feast of St Joseph
National Ride2School Day
National Close the Gap Day
National Harmony Day
Third Sunday of Lent
Earth Hour (8.30pm)
Fourth Sunday of Lent
National Neighbour Day.
Catholic Schools Week 9-15 March
This is an oppor tunity to celebr ate the
distinctiveness of Catholic schools. This
year's theme is "More than a great
education". Plea se contact your local
Catholic school for fur ther details or
visit w ww.mn.catholic.edu.au.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The RCIA Rite of Election will be celebr ated
on Sunday 9 March 2.30 pm at Sacred
Hear t Cathedr al Hamilton. Bishop Bill will
preside at this liturgy, during which the
Church acknowledges the r eadiness of
those catechumens and candidates who
will receive the Sacraments of Initiation
during the Easter season. After noon tea will
be ser ved in the Diocesan Rooms at the
conclusion of the Liturgy. All parishioner s
Council for Australian Catholic
The Council for Australian Catholic Women
Contact Group in the Diocese of Maitland-
Newcastle will be celebrating Inter national
Women's Day on Sunday 9 March
beginning with Mass at the Sacred Hear t
Cathedr al Hamilton at 9.30am. This will
be followed by morning tea in the Toohey
Room, in the diocesan offices adjacent to
the Cathedral. A panel of local Catholic
women will speak briefly about some aspect
of their lives and this will be followed by a
question and answer session. The theme for
Inter national Women's Day 2014 is "Ending
Pover ty for Women and Girls through
Economic Empowerment." RSVP Patricia
E firstname.lastname@example.org. au
or P 4932 5601.
This is a Eucharistic Ador ation ser vice
created by young people for young people.
Contemporary music combines with
pr ayer, gospel reading and periods of silent
reflection before the Eucharist to cr eate a
beautiful modern ser vice. Please come along
and bring friends on Wednesday 12 March
at 7.00pm then on the second Wednesday
of each month at Sacred Hear t Cathedr al,
841 Hunter Street Newcastle West. All are
welcome for coffee and a chat after wards at
Eurobar Café, Beaumont St Hamilton.
P Elroy Aguiar, 0434 283 004.
Living Lent Daily -- Retreat Day
The Sister s of the Holy Family of Nazareth
offer retreat oppor tunities for single,
Catholic women aged 18 -- 35, seeking to
deepen their spiritual lives. Join them on
Saturday 15 March at 116 Quakers Road
Mar ayong for Lenten reflection and prayers,
followed by a social gathering. Lunch/dinner
will be provided. There is no charge but
registration is essential. RSVP 11 March.
Contact Sr Margaret, P 0420 754 727 or
Australian Catholic Historical
The ACHS Annual Gener al Meeting
and 'God in the Lodge : Religious beliefs
of Austr alia's Prime Ministers' talk by Roy
Williams will take place in the Crypt Hall
of St Patrick 's at Church Hill (Grosvenor
Street) The Rocks on Sunday 16 March
at 2.00 pm. Roy Williams is a lawyer
and author of inter national best-seller :
God, Actually. E ACHS President Dr John
Diocesan Social Justice Dinner
The dinner will be held on Friday 21 March
at the Victor Peters Suite, Hunter Street
Newcastle. Guest speaker is Deputy
Commissioner Nick Kaldas, NSW Police
Force. Cost $20 includes a two -cour se
dinner. RSVP 14 March, P Sharon Murphy
org.au. See story page 17.
St Mary's High School Gateshead
Celebrations continue throughout
2014, including "Back to the Sixties" on
Tu e sday 25 March and Jubilee Mass on
2 November. For details plea se visit
w ww.gatesheadsm.catholic.edu.au or
P St Mary's 4944 4800.
CatholicCare Social Services
"Before We Say I Do"
Courses for engaged couples will be offered
29 March & 5 April at the Corcor an
Centre, George St Morpeth (2 Saturdays)
24 & 31 May at the Toohey Room,
Newcastle (2 Saturdays)
16 & 23 August at the Toohey Room,
Newcastle (2 Saturdays)
1 & 8 November at the Toohey Room,
Newcastle (2 Saturdays).
Foccus Evening & Day Sessions
Foccus Mar riage Education is by
appointment only, Monday evenings or
weekday business hour s. For information
on all the above, P Robyn Donnelly, Co-
ordinator, Marriage & Relationship Education,
0400 347 104.
Called to be Good News : Reflection
on Catholic Social Justice Teaching
Sr Suzette Clark RSC will lead this day on
Saturday 29 March at Tenison Woods
Education Centre, New England Hwy,
Lochinvar from 9.30 /10.00am -- 3.30pm.
Cost $20, morning tea provided, byo lunch.
To RSVP by 25 March, P 4930 9601 or E
email@example.com. Sr Suzette co-ordinates
the Justice Network for Catholic Religious
Austr alia and the Sisters of Charity
Newcastle Pregnancy Help
A dinner to celebr ate the 40th anniversary
of Newcastle Pr egnancy Help will be held
from 6.00pm on Saturday 29 March at
Belmont 16 foot Sailing Club with guest
speaker Dr Simon McCaffrey. For enquiries/
tickets P Bronwyn Melville 0411 980 400 or
Bring a spiritual dimension to the realities
of your life through meditation. Meditation
helps to lead a balanced life. A day will
be held on Saturday 5 April at St James'
School Hall, Vista Parade, Kotar a from
10.00am-3.00pm with guest speaker Rob
McKay. Cost $20, mor ning tea provided, byo
lunch. RSVP: E firstname.lastname@example.org P
0407 436 808 or E car melmoore @ssjl.org
P 0412 122 297.
Exploring the Seasons of Grief
This 2 day group at East Maitland, 3 &10
April, 9.30-3.00pm, is for adults who have
experienced significant change, loss and
grief. Using the metaphor of the seasons,
par ticipants explore the impact of change
and loss on the physical, emotional, mental,
social and spiritual dimensions of their
lives. The key themes of the program are
"Embracing the Change, Honouring my Stor y,
Living with Hope and Empowering through
Choice". Bookings are essential. For more
information please visit w w w.mn.catholic.
or P Jenny or Benita 4979 1355.
As one par ticipant stated "It is such a gentle
way to explor e losses and issues ... I have
used these skills over time to cope with
Supporting East Timor
The Rotary Club of Newcastle invites you
to a fundraising dinner to suppor t health
and education projects in East Timor
on Wednesday 9 April from 6.00pm
at Charlestown Bowling Club, 5 Lincoln
St Charlestown. A panel of four guests
includes lawyer Sr Carmel Hanson RSJ.
She is suppor ted by the St Vincent de
Paul Society to minister to the needy as a
psychologist and solicitor. She first travelled
to Ea st Timor in 1994 when the country
was r uled by Indonesia. Sr Car mel has a
clear under standing of the needs of the
Timor ese. Cost $45 pp. RSVP by 30 March,
P Ted Lewis 4957 1095 or E lewisted @
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
On Pentecost Sunday, 8 June, the Chisholm
Region will celebrate over 20 year s of RCIA
ministry. If you have experienced RCIA in
the parishes of the Chisholm Region - East
Maitland, Morpeth, Maitland, Rutherford,
Lochinvar, Beresfield, Dungog and Gresford
- we hope you will join us for a Reunion Mass
at 11.00am in the Immaculate Conception
Church, George St, Morpeth. You might like
to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the church
grounds after Mass. For more infor mation
please P Loretto Lynch 4933 7425 or E
Broken Bay Institute eConference
Wednesday 11 Ju n e from 10/10.30am--
3.00pm. The Conference Title is "Pope
Francis : modelling the Ministry of St Peter".
Presenter s include Archbishop Timothy
Costelloe, Archbishop of Per th; Sr Monica
Cavanagh RSJ, incoming leader of Sister s
of St Joseph; Fr Gerard Kelly, President,
Catholic Institute of Sydney and Fr Noel
Connolly SSC, Head of Mission and Cultur e,
Broken Bay Institute.
TWEC Dinner with Tim Fischer
(note change of date)
This dinner will be held on Friday 13 June
with guest speaker Mr Tim Fischer, for mer
Deputy Prime Minister and recently
Austr alian Ambassador to the Holy See.
Save the date for this special evening.
P TWEC 4930 9601 for mor e details.
"Be, Grow, Show" - Diocesan Retreat
for Young People
This will be held 27-29 June at Camp Elim,
The Lakes Way, For ster. Registr ations open
soon. E youth.ministry@ mn.catholic.org.au.
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