Social Groups

Get Involved

Get involved with one of St Benedict's, Inner Newcastle Parish social groups:


The St Benedict's, Inner Newcastle Parish Senior Social Group

Aim

To provide a low-cost forum in a Catholic atmosphere where single people can meet, socialise and share hospitality and friendship.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Meetings

The first Wednesday each month at 7.00 pm, at various dinner venues as advertised in Mass Bulletins and on church Notice Boards.

Membership

Most months about 15 people attend our dinners, with a fairly even mix of men and women. The group is a diverse, happy group of single people ranging in age from about 50 to over 80. We are aiming to steadily expand our membership.

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Cuppa After Mass – St Mary’s

Aim

To provide a social occasion after Sunday Mass.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Meetings

Monthly on the first Sunday, after the 7.30am Mass

Membership

An opportunity for parishioners to meet and chat in a friendly way

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Cuppa after Mass – Immaculate Heart of Mary

Aim

To provide a social occasion after Sunday Mass.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Meetings

After Mass on the second Sunday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

Activities

  • Bountiful eats and drinks every second month; and
  • Pancake breakfast after Mass on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday.

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Monthly Luncheon Group – St Benedict's Parish

Aim

To provide an opportunity for parishioners from across the Parish to get to know each other.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Meetings

Monthly on the 3rd Monday, except January and December, at 12.00 noon for 12.30 pm, at the Victor Peters Suite, Hamilton.

Activities

To enjoy each other’s company and have lunch together.

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Housie

Aim

To provide a social occasion and raise funds for the social and charitable works of the church.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Meetings

Thursday and Saturday, 7.30 - 10.00 pm at Southern Cross Hall, Maitland Rd, Hamilton.

Activities

The oldest continuous Housie in the Newcastle area, the Sacred Heart Housie has operated since the 1930s providing a pleasant social atmosphere. Canteen facilities are available. All prizes are cash prizes.

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Broadmeadow Social Team

Aim

To keep Parishioners and the Mass Community together socially.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Meetings

Monthly at the Broadmeadow Meeting Room.

Activities

Our activities include housie, Christmas luncheon, Christmas dinner, fashion parades and get-togethers.

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Tighes Hill Community Meal

Aim

To promote social activity and build relationships and community, to expand networks and to have fun together.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Meetings

Every three months.

Activities

The intention is to meet every three months for a meal often with a guest speaker.

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Saturday Matinees Group – Tighes Hill

Aim

To provide opportunities to enjoy good movies and good company, to discuss social issues raised by a movie, to have afternoon tea, and to raise money for Mercy Community Services.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Meetings

On Saturdays from 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm, at Mercy Community Services, Tighes Hill.


Social Justice

Social justice is a central aspect of Catholic teaching. There are endless numbers of situations where social justice issues are important.

A social justice group is active in St Benedict’s Parish.

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St Benedict's Social Justice Group

Aim

To engage the Parish community in social justice, as a primary focus of the Catholic Church.

Contact

The Parish Office, 02 4979 1101

Meetings

Held on the fourth Monday of every month commencing at 7.00 pm usually at the St Benedict’s Centre Farquhar St, The Junction (February to December). Parking available at the back of the building.

Activities: Our main activity is to discuss contemporary social justice issues of interest during our monthly meetings. We try to keep Catholic teaching in mind in these discussions. A significant immediate benefit of our discussions is that they help us develop our own opinions. On issues where we reach a consensus, we decide to take action such as initiating correspondence or arranging a speaker.

Membership

St Benedict’s parishioners and anyone from surrounding parishes are welcome as a member of our social justice group. About ten people usually attend our monthly meetings, with many more when we have a guest speaker.

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Our Call To You

We delight in the beauty of walking the Gospel way. The beatitudes are our song lines, the parables our meditations. Our fellow travellers are Ambrose, Isidore, Aquinas, Leo XIII and all those who have cried 'This should not be so!' The salt we savour are those words and deeds that are the Catholic tradition. Our processes are conversational: moving from action to reflection and back, turning orthodoxy into orthopraxis.

We ask you to take up this conversation about life and to be critically present at our gathering at St Joseph's, Merewether, on the fourth Monday of the month at 7.00 pm.

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