Thursday, August 16, 2018

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Catholic principals in NCEA protest coalition

Principals from eleven Catholic secondary schools from throughout the country have joined a coalition protesting a review process for NCEA.On July 1, principals from 37 Auckland secondary schools and three past principals...

Mochaccino magic leads to ice cream success

The Baradene College students who won silver at the recent NZ Ice Cream Awards are planning to produce their lactose-free Mochaccino ice cream commercially, riding on the back of their success.Year 13...

Hospitality for refugees, migrants

Every year Caritas marks a Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants — established by New Zealand’s Catholic bishops — by creating liturgical resources and inviting schools and communities to join them...

South food icon helps kids go to Catholic schools

by Jeff Dillon They may not have quite the same national acknowledgement as southern Bluff oysters but another southern delight certainly gets toasted regularly down in the lower provinces of the South Island. In this...

Graduates urged to be modern missionaries

The early missionaries to Oceania might have found the going tough at times, but being a modern missionary in our own society has its own set of very real challenges. Barrister and...

Catholics put case to MPs on euthanasia bill

Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan has called ACT leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill “deeply cynical” saying the title tricks people into thinking that euthanasia or assisted suicide is something good.“End of...

CEC unveils ‘Catholic Discovery’ branding

The Catholic Enquiry Centre (CEC) has unveiled new “Catholic Discovery” branding, as it seeks increased engagement with different audiences, including those with and those without Christian Faith, those active in the Church and those who...

Catholic education convention had many highlights

Catholic educators, bishops, priests, school trustees and others have taken part in seminars, workshops, tours and exhibitions from June 12-15 at Wellington’s TSB Arena. With almost all Catholic schools represented at the Catholic Education Convention 2018,...

Marriage educators meet in Chch

by WAYNE McTAGUE Christchurch diocese hosted the biennial Marriage Educators Training Weekend at the Chateau on the Park on May 18-20. The venue opposite Hagley Park superbly complemented the keynote speakers, format, personal testimonies and...

Sacred Heart Cathedral closed due to earthquake damage

Sacred Heart Cathedral in Thorndon closed its doors on July 13,2018, in the interest of safety for parishioners and the public, following a structural engineer’s report confirming it presents...

Child forgoes birthday gifts for cathedral

Her birthday was fast approaching when nine-year old Marsy Irinco decided to ask her friends and family not to give her gifts but instead raise funds that would be...

Theology can’t be same after sex abuse crisis

Given the sexual abuse crisis in which the Church is embroiled, theologians need to rethink a faith-based response to sexual violence. Systematic theology lecturer at Good Shepherd College Dr Rocio...

Engaging with people on the problem of evil

It is not often that St Augustine and his wisdom are subjects of everyday conversation, but his thinking might be given more of an airing after US Christian apologist...

Migrant communities fear for kids in secular NZ

Catholic migrant communities in Auckland diocese have been telling their bishop about their fears for their children growing up in secular New Zealand. Bishop Patrick Dunn shared a couple...

Tertiary chaplaincy leaves Newman Hall for new base

The Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy team has left its home at historic Newman Hall on Waterloo Quadrant for a new base on Symonds St. Auckland Catholic diocese sold the...

Daughter of modern saint to speak at NZ conference

The daughter of a saint is coming to New Zealand later this year. Dr Gianna Emanuela Molla, the daughter of St Gianna Beretta Molla, will feature at a conference in...

Newly-ordained Jesuit felt call early on

Newly-ordained Jesuit priest Fr Robert Morris said his parents, Ann and Russ, were the biggest influences on his faith. Fr Morris was ordained by Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM,...

Harbour bridge leap for Mercy Hospice

Mercy Hospice in Auckland took a leap of faith of sorts in a fundraising venture this year. It involved recruiting 20 brave people to “leap for life” off the Auckland...

Looking at slavery in Bible and in modern times

If one is working for social justice with people of faith, one should “touch them to” the Scriptures and into Christian tradition, biblical scholar Dr Kathleen Rushton, RSM, said,...

National Catholic men’s event planned for September

In a first for Aotearoa New Zealand, a national Catholic men’s event is to be held at the end of September, 2018 in Auckland. Entitled “MAX18NZ UNLESS”, this live-in...

Jesus identifies with abuse victims says theologian

Australian theologian Rev. Dr Michael Trainor has proposed that a pastoral way to help victims of sexual abuse can begin by looking closely at Jesus’ crucifixion and death and...

Shortage of academics a worry

A lack of qualified and highly specialised lecturers for Good Shepherd College going forward is a key concern for New Zealand bishops, according to bishops’ conference president Bishop Patrick...

Leaky building issues at Akld seminary

Will it stay or will it go? The New Zealand Catholic bishops are currently considering three options for Holy Cross Seminary on Vermont St, Ponsonby, which was found to have...

City garden an oasis for community

A new urban vegetable garden has been opened on space gifted by the Compassion Soup Kitchen in Wellington to its guests. The official opening of Te Māra, the new urban...

Kiwi Christians urged to stand up against abortion

American prolife speaker Bryan Kemper has urged Christians in New Zealand to stand up against abortion as it is “a fight that we are going to win”. Mr Kemper was...

Religion has a future in NZ

Though the startling rise of “no religion” in this year’s census will be of deep significance to every religious group in New Zealand, Massey University History Professor Peter Lineham...

Christians in Science tackle ultimate questions

Top New Zealand Christian scientists held seminars in Auckland and Wellington around the time of the visit to this country of famous atheist Professor Richard Dawkins, who was promoting...

Warning about more elder abuse

A submission by the Catholic bioethics centre, The Nathaniel Centre, to a parliamentary select committee on the End of Life Choice Bill has warned that legalising euthanasia or assisted...

Call for courage made at seminary Mass

Newly-ordained Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley and Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, joined all the other New Zealand bishops, as well as priests and seminarians at a Mass commemorating the...

Faith is keystone to marriage

Faith is the keystone that has kept the marriage of former Taranaki Daily News editor Denis Garcia and his wife Bernadette going for 65 years. The couple, who celebrated their...

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Spiritual and pastoral boost in Nth Shore parish

St Mary’s parish, Northcote, Auckland is endeavouring to respond to the pastoral and spiritual needs of the community.Parish priest Fr Lio Rotor said he was assigned to a very strong faith community...