Saturday, January 18, 2020

Featured Catholic News

NZ altar bread market heating up

by ROWENA OREJANA The Carmelite nuns go about their work in silence. They mix the ingredients and pour the mixture into two heated circular iron machines to bake them into...

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...

St Pat’s kauri doors to be restored

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — St Patrick’s Cathedral is embarking on a $67,000 project to restore its 100-year-old kauri doors to their former glory. Dubbed the “doors of faith” by cathedral...

Helping fathers and daughters build strong bonds

How often does a daughter sit down and really talk — for 10 minutes in a one-on-one conversation — with her Dad? I...

Parishioners make bags to care for planet

by JEFF DILLON It may well have started with an ungraceful fall at the local supermarket but the fallout has certainly produced some very “grace full” moments since then.It is said that the...

Cardinal celebrates Mass at De La Salle College

by DENIS TUTAKA De La Salle College in Mangere, Auckland, celebrated the completion of their sacramental programme at an All Saints Day Mass on...

Patronal feast transferred

by PETER GRACE The patronal feast of Catholics in New Zealand will be transferred to Sunday this year and in 2016. The Feast of the Assumption falls on August 15....

Warkworth Jessica’s voyage of mercy

Jessica Palmer was ready for an adventure even before she finished her nursing degree. The young Aucklander, who was raised in Warkworth where she attended Holy Name parish with...

Santo Niño devotion thrives in Aotearoa

The Filipino Catholic community gathered on the North Shore in Auckland on January 20 to mark the 25th anniversary of their devotion to Senyor Santo (Sto) Niño (Holy Child) in New Zealand. One...

Hamilton city parish re-ordering on cards

Bishop Stephen Lowe of Hamilton has proposed changing the number of parishes in Hamilton city from six to four. Bishop Lowe spelled out the need to make changes, the reasons...

Hamilton bishop learns Vatican ropes

Bishop Stephen Lowe of Hamilton found attending a recent Vatican course for new bishops to be both stimulating and challenging.  Every two years, the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples runs a seminar...

Kiwi priest pedals miles on Dutch roads

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Kiwi priest Fr Marcel Smits might have 11 churches in his parish in the Netherlands, but getting to them by bicycle is no problem. Fr Smits,...

Quiet multi-faith space opened in hospital

by ROWENA OREJANA North Shore Hospital in Auckland has a new multi-faith centre for patients and their families and friends. The Waitemata District Health Board opened the centre on December 1....

Call to stop all deep-sea mining

“We call for an immediate halt to all deep-sea mining including exploratory testing as this will undermine the ability to achieve sustainable development goal 14,” said Julianne Hickey, director...

Kiwi’s three years on Pope’s commission

Bill Kilgallon is looking back on his three years as a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors with sense of achievement, alongside a certain sense...

Low decile, supreme award

The school that has won the Prime Minister’s Education Supreme Award attributes its success to the Catholic character and Mercy values that are intrinsic to everything the school does.  Rachel Williams, the acting principal of...

NZ bishops to ask ICEL to look at 1998 translation

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference will ask the members of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) to review the 1998 draft Roman Missal translation in...

Kids meet St Dominic in new book

by JEFF DILLON How can a book about a man who lived about 800 years ago be of interest to modern children? Quite easily if that man happens to have been St Dominic...

Priest ends up bettor off at the Chch races

by JENNY McPHEE Three hundred Catholics converged on Addington Metropolitan Raceway in Christchurch in November for an evening of race celebrities, dining, and the inaugural John Paul II Centre for...

Let’s think about consecrated life

The Year of Consecrated Life starts at the beginning of Advent this year and continues until early 2016. Mercy Sr Mary Neven of Auckland recently gave the following address...

‘Cry out,’ pope tells young people at Palm Sunday Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting "hosanna" in the world, proclaiming the lordship...

Colour,joy and reverence at Mass in Tonga

by JUDITH DOYLE Going to church in Tonga is reverential, sociable, colourful and, musically, a delight. With my son and two grandchildren, I attended St Theresa’s Catholic Church in Pangai...

Piece of cake spurs civic spirit

by ROWENA OREJANA CHRISTCHURCH — As whole communities disappear and new ones spring up, neighbourhoods in Christchurch are slowly losing their human connections underthe stress of day-to-day living and recovery...

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...

Diocese wants beautiful churches to rise

by ROWENA OREJANA Beautiful traditional churches are expected in Christchurch as the diocese gears towards rebuilding next year some churches destroyed by the 2011 earthquake. Bishop’s Pastoral Office director Mike Stopforth...

Powerhouse priest guided young Kiwis

by MICHAEL MORRISSEY A man of medium height and of strong muscular build, in his mid 30s, is bounding up — or down — the stairs. A man who exudes...

1000 march for poor children

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — A demonstration against child poverty is one thing, but ongoing action is needed marchers heard in Auckland on September 6. The Justice and Peace Commission of...

Parishioners help make township safer

by PETER GRACE Disorder and general lawlessness have fallen and public safety has increased in Glen Eden in the past two years, thanks at least in part to the township’s Samoan...

Parish pretty in pink

by SUE SECONI WANGANUI — For St Mary’s Wanganui, the sixth Sunday of Easter became Pink Sunday. Sunday best for Mass was replaced with pink for parishioners, including the blokes....

Message for 60 plus: be the face of joy to the...

English Catholic motivational speaker and author David Wells has challenged people in “the autumn of their lives” to be the face of joy to the young people...

Featured News

Tongan Catholics clean up close to home

Taking pride in their neighbourhood and taking action to help our common home - in line with the teaching in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’- were among the motivations...