Do you have a passion for liturgy? Do you find yourself wondering why we do what we do in the liturgy? Do you have ideas about how liturgical celebrations might be more nourishing? Do you want to deepen your knowledge of, and participation in, the liturgy? Then this is an opportunity for you!
An event to be held in Newcastle on 17-20 May is effectively part of a response to the call of Pope Francis in his encyclical letter Laudato Si’ (2015) for ‘care for our common home’. Pope Francis wrote, “Young people demand change. They wonder how anyone can claim to be building a better future without thinking of the environmental crisis and the sufferings of the excluded.” (#13)
The May edition of Aurora will appear as an insert in The Newcastle Herald on Saturday5 May and then in The Maitland Mercury, The Singleton Argus, The Manning River Times and The Scone Advocate on Wednesday 9 May and in The Muswellbrook Chronicle on Thursday 10 May.
After five years, Pope Francis continues to surprise. Amongst other notable aspects of his latest Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete Et Exsultate: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World, women – saints, writers, witnesses, theologians, known and unknown ‒ are referenced frequently. It could be said that different readers look for different features – but when one belongs to a group that has frequently been marginalised, that’s entirely understandable.
When the young recipient of this year’s Magdalene Award, Claire McWilliam, thinks about the source of her deep Catholic faith, the faces of women come into her mind. “My faith journey’s been with the women – my mother, women in my parish of Toronto, women belonging to the groups I’m involved in. These women have given me the confidence to remain as faithful as I have.”