Thursday, June 27, 2019

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Pitching in across the ditch

Two young Lasallian volunteers from Australia have found they can have fun — in New Zealand — while growing in maturity and faith. Micah...

Churches give $150K+ to help Canterbury Muslims

The combined Christian churches of Christchurch, represented by Te Raranga, have gifted more than $150,000 to Muslim communities that were the subject of a brutal terrorist attack...

NZ help for Aussie governance review

CANBERRA (CathNews and CNS) — A New Zealand canon lawyer has been appointed as a member of a panel of experts which will conduct a review of...

Chch church unity event postponed

by MEENA AMSO A large scale event to unite Christian congregations in Christchurch city last month was postponed. “Tatou...

Leading teens closer to God

Praying and playing are both key to keeping it together when you are a youth minister, said US-based Life Teen coach and coordinator of diocesan collaboration Lily...

Interfaith dialogue: building relationships of trust

by MARY EASTHAM “I feel like I have lost members of my family”, wrote Sr Bertha Hurley, SMSM, to members of the New...

New first-year seminarians at Holy Cross

“Pray for us and pray for more priests,” requested the two first-year seminarians at Holy Cross Seminary in Ponsonby, Auckland. Matthew White and...

Memorial Masses for Sri Lanka victims

Memorial Masses were celebrated in several churches in New Zealand for the victims of the Easter bombing attacks at churches and top-end hotels in Sri Lanka, which...

Son of Otago lies where he fell in a French battlefield

by JEFF DILLON Brian Vernon Dillon was born on what was to become a very significant day, April 25. He was born on that day in 1893...

Major makeover for overcrowded Holy Cross

While other churches are closing down and amalgamating, Holy Cross Parish in Henderson has embarked on a $4.1 million project to rebuild and expand its church to...

Integrated schools have say on reform report

The Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools (APIS) has strongly opposed many of the recommendations that came out of a review of this country’s state and state-integrated...

Bill flawed and can’t be fixed

by JOHN KLEINSMAN The long-awaited Justice Select Committee report on ACT MP David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill was finally presented...

Christus Vivit: A great document, a gift to the Church

Isabella McCafferty from Wellington archdiocese’s Family and Young Church Vicariate was one of 300 young people who gathered in Rome on March 19-24, 2018 for the pre-synod...

National award for Rotorua teacher

Striving to do ordinary things extraordinarily well, a call first made by Sisters of Mercy founder Catherine McAuley, isthe inspiration that drove Carmel College old girl Paulene...

New NZ Catholic Medical Association to meet

Catholic health practitioners will have an opportunity to get pastoral care, encouragement and collegial support in their practice with the launching of the New Zealand Catholic Medical...

Christus Vivit: Young Samoan acknowledged by Francis

Joseph Moeono-Kolio was a synod auditor representing Caritas International Youth Forum, Samoa and New Zealand. In Christus Vivit, chapter VI — Young People with Roots, Pope Francis...

Students speak out for planet earth

Catholic school students joined thousands of their peers at the Student Strike for Climate Action held in key cities throughout the country on March 15, demanding from...

The Church Pope Francis dreams of

The image of great canoes sailing from island to island across the great vastness of the Pacific that Joe Sapati Moeono-Kolio used in his intervention...

Hope already breaking through says Chch bishop

Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, preached the homily at an inter-church non-denominational service of prayerand hope six days after the mosque shootings which saw 50 people killed...

‘Final Assembly’ for Gisborne former pupils

When a group of school friends got together near Thames last August, it was just for a chinwag. But towards the end, they decided to have another meeting that would be bigger, brighter and...

Q&A with National Liturgy Office acting director

Last month, the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference appointed Fr John O’Connor of Christchurch diocese as acting director of the National Liturgy Office. Fr O’Connor agreed to do a Q&A for NZ Catholic....

Cathedrals combine for Ash Wednesday

Auckland’s Catholic and Anglican cathedral communities came together again this year in a solemn ecumenical liturgy with imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday. The annual ecumenical liturgy was held this year at the Anglican Holy...

Blaze erupts at Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral; cause unknown

PARIS (CNS) -- A major blaze engulfed the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral April 15, sending pillars of flame and billowing smoke over the center of the French capital. The fire...

Tears at Christchurch Mass for Peace

Tears flowed as heartfelt grief was expressed during a Mass for Peace celebrated by Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, on March 16, one day after the terrorist shootings that claimed the lives...

Chch parishioners knew people at mosque

“You could sense the atmosphere at our Masses today was very different.” That is what Sancta Maria (Addington Beckenham) parish priest Fr Peter Head, SM, told NZ Catholic two days after the terror...

Pope to Young People: God loves you, the Church needs you

By Seàn-Patrick Lovett  “Christ is alive and He wants you to be alive!” The opening lines of the Apostolic Exhortation set both the tone and the content of the Pope’s message. But...

Good Shepherd College changes loom

A single provider for Catholic tertiary education is expected to be fully in place for the 2020 academic year as the Provincial Council of the Society of Mary has agreed to relinquish co-ownership and...

Family deal proposed for church

by PETER OWENS The Queenstown-Lakes District is experiencing an economic boom with thousands of visitors every week of the year and more — and wealthier — retirees settling in the region. However, not all of...

Jubilee celebration for Chch Carmelite

by JENNY McPHEE A festival atmosphere could be heard beyond the thick stone walls of the Carmelite Monastery in Christchurch on February 2. The occasion was the celebration of the silver jubilee (25...

Faiths come together in wake of terror attacks

Neighbours came together in solidarity in a special service in Ponsonby two days after the terrorist killings in Christchurch. On Vermont Street, off Ponsonby Rd, the Catholic Sacred Heart parish...

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A vocational walk through items used in ministry

Speaking about diocesan priesthood combined two highlights and one passion for Fr Nathaniel Brazil of the Catholic Parish of Whanganui — Te Parihi Katorika Ki Whanganui....