On Wednesday, the grey skies cleared to make way for a truly colourful celebration in Hamilton South as hundreds of residents and service providers gathered for the 42nd anniversary of its community hall.
Period poverty – the lack of access to sanitary products due to cost – is widely recognised as a major barrier to learning in schools and now a group of Year 12 students from St Paul's Catholic College, Booragul, have said enough is enough.
Calvary Mater Newcastle has a proud history of being at the heart of our community, and this year celebrates 100 years of service.
Nowadays, as well as serving the local community through its critical care, medical and surgical services Calvary Mater Newcastle is recognised as a leading research centre. The hospital also provides specialist medical care in a range of cancer services, palliative care, and toxicology.
To celebrate Calvary Mater Newcastle’s centenary Aurora asked one of its longest serving employees, Ludmilla (Milly) Sneesby, to share a reflection of her time at the hospital. As we go to print, Milly is preparing for retirement, but as you will read, she has created memories at the Mater that will last a lifetime.
“The Church is not the presence in our society it once was. We need to take a measure of that and make decisions accordingly. The culture in which we have to proclaim the Gospel is very different to what it was even 20 or 30 years ago.”
Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, made these powerful remarks in 2016 after he was elected to chair a special bishops’ commission to plan and run the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia. At that time, it had been 79 years since Australia’s last plenary council was held.
The St Mary’s Catholic College community came together in Gateshead earlier today, as the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle’s Administrator, Fr Greg Barker, celebrated the blessing of its newest buildings.