Monday, December 11, 2017

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St Bede’s launches campaign for new chapel

A campaign has been launched to raise $1.5 million towards the construction of a new chapel at St Bede’s College in Christchurch. The “A little from a lot” campaign was...

Patience urged in wait for new Mass translation

Pope Francis’ recent motu proprio, Magnum Principium (“The Great Principle”) has opened the way for a more relatable translation of the Mass and other prayers, but New Zealand Church...

Enquiry centre aims to reach new generation

The Catholic Enquiry Centre has been re-organised to enable it to reach a new generation through different social media platforms as well as support parishes in spreading the Good...

Passion for teaching lasts decades

After nearly fifty years in the education sector, Erika Bon decided to retire. “I’m nearly 68. I don’t want to still be here when I’ve lost the energy and enthusiasm....

NZ charismatics look to bright future

“If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat.” So stated one verse among many songs lifted up to heaven in praise and worship...

NZCBC youth council chair appointed

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has appointed Dave Mullin as chair of the newly established NZCBC Council for Young People. The council is tasked with working with the Church...

Historic Catholic Maori hui for Akld

In a first for Auckland diocese, a hui for Catholic Māori in the diocese is to be held in November. The hui, titled “Te Iwi Māori Katorika”, is to be...

Spirit flows at Wellington’s sixth synod

by MARTIN de JONG On the weekend of 15-17 September 2017, the Archdiocese of Wellington held its sixth synod, which was the second under Cardinal John Dew as Archbishop. There was...

In Rome, NZ expert speaks out on abuse

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A New Zealand member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has said the Church needs to listen better to victims of sexual...

Plea to sponsor young Kiwis to go to youth festival

Organisers of the Aotearoa Catholic Youth Festival are asking people to invest in the spirituality of young people by sponsoring their participation in this national event to be held...

Brenda passionate on Te Reo and Bible

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Te Reo lover and speaker Brenda Crooks is one of only 5000 people in New Zealand able to speak Māori and also communicate in sign language,...

Hundreds wish Bishop Denis well as three milestones marked at Mass

by JOHN FONG The many years of service as a priest and as a bishop by Hamilton Bishop Emeritus Denis Browne were fittingly recognised at a packed Cathedral of the...

Kiwi deacon ordained in Boston

by MICHAEL McVEIGH Newly ordained Kiwi Jesuit Deacon Rob Morris says he’s looking forward to the next stage of his vocational journey. “I don’t mean that to put the priesthood or...

Leaders back Christchurch Anglican cathedral decision

Heads of Christian denominations in Canterbury have called for acceptance of the decision by the Anglican Christchurch diocesan synod to reinstate the earthquake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral. A statement by 13...

Major conference on parish renewal for Chch

A major conference on parish renewal featuring three international speakers and many quality workshops is being planned for Christchurch in November. The Ablaze Parish Renewal Conference on November 10-11 will...

Indonesian independence celebrated

Indonesian Catholics are fighting off the temptation becoming laid back in terms of their faith by becoming actively involved in their parishes. Auckland Indonesian community president Budiharsana Lay, who is...

Youth challenge: stress

Stress is being cited as a big challenge in young people’s lives, according to early indications from a survey of New Zealand young people carried out for New Zealand’s...

Digital clinic to roll out at De Paul House

2014 New Zealander of the Year Dr Lance O’Sullivan is putting digital clinics in De Paul House to give the most vulnerable access to health care. Dr O’Sullivan spoke at...

Akld and Chch Easter trading decisions praised

The decision by the Auckland Council not to extend Easter Sunday trading has been praised by Auckland diocese’s Justice and Peace Commission. On August 24, councillors voted 20-1 to retain...

Catholic journos told to tell ‘earth’ truths

Australasian Catholic writers were challenged to “call it as it is” when it comes to the environment and not to run away from the reality of the calamity the...

Doug back in PNG under special ‘condition’

Deported Kiwi lay missionary Doug Tennent has finally returned to Papua New Guinea but was allowed back with a “condition”. “I’m back in the country and being very aware that...

Building community in Dunedin South

On August 5, more than 50 people from as far afield as Invercargill, Oamaru, and Lawrence gathered at the Mercy Parish community centre in Dunedin South to discuss how...

North-East Asia is critical for world and NZ

The elusive peace sought by the world can only be attained when painful traumatic histories are put to rest by effective and acceptable apologies and deeper empathies and forgiveness. This...

Christian life should have joy as a hallmark: British evangelist

The hallmark of good evangelisation is people enjoying themselves, said British Catholic author and catechist David Wells. An engaging and humorous speaker, Mr Wells reminded catechists and teachers in Auckland...

Kiwi priest made the ultimate sacrifice

by Fr BRIAN FENNESSEY Fr James McMenamin, Catholic Chaplain to the Forces, was killed on June 8, 1917, during the second day of the Battle of Messines in Belgium. As part...

Which party should get your vote?

As part of NZ Catholic’s coverage of the 2017 General Election, eight political parties were invited to submit 300-word candidate statements explaining why you, our readers, should give your...

Oceania bishops want sustainable development

Oceania’s Catholic bishops have called on their respective governments and civic authorities “to be vigilant in guarding against any attempts by international businesses to exploit our common resource”, meaning...

Political parties and their policies as related to our bishops’ key...

With the general election on September 23 approaching fast, NZ Catholic has summarised significant policies of the main parties according to the headings outlined in the New Zealand Catholic bishops’ statement...

P. North VG is now a monsignor

Palmerston North vicar-general Brian Walsh had been given the title of Monsignor by Pope Francis. This was announced by Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan on his facebook page on July...

NZ woman makes her first vows

A woman from Auckland diocese professed her first vows as a Sister of Life in the United States this month. Jeanne Mei Mei Ng, 37, professed her first vows as...