Sunday, August 19, 2018

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Akld Catholic schools struggle to recruit staff

The cost of living, especially housing, in Auckland is now so high that Catholic schools in the city are struggling to recruit suitably qualified staff from outside of Auckland. A...

Turin: the shroud and the Pope

by Pat Lythe I was to accompany my husband on a business trip to Geneva, with a quick visit to an institution in the northern Italian city of Turin. I was puzzled...

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...

Dad’s persistence brought his son back

by ROWENA OREJANA Confession and a return to a state of grace was the only wish an Australian father had for his son, Andrew. Fr Andrew Grace spoke before Divine...

Bishop and pupils share migration stories

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn shared his own migration story with pupils and staff from St Anne’s Catholic School in Manurewa on July 29. The occasion was the introduction of Caritas...

Seminary celebrates its history

by PETER GRACE Horse care was once considered an important part of training for deacons — at least by some. At the Founders’ Mass for Holy Cross Seminary on May 4,...

Kindness spreads to Malawi

by ROWENA OREJANA CHIFUNGA, Malawi — Former Baradene head girl, Maddie Little, has found a way to carry on with the Kindness Club all the way to Malawi. Miss Little, 18, is in...

18 pilgrims enjoy South Island Road Retreat

by JOY COWLEY Put together 18 pilgrims, a bus brimming with laughter, sun-blessed scenery, prayer, Catholic history and the newness of God, and you have the fourth of annual Road...

Marists move to new centre in Wellington

by LYNDSAY FREER WELLINGTON — The Society of Mary has moved into a new province centre in Thorndon Quay in Wellington. It is the culmination of many moves over the...

Heartfelt songs from the inside

by SUE SECONI WANGANUI — Songs Down Pauri Road 2012 is the title of a CD made by a group of prisoners from Wanganui’s Kaitoke Prison, with help from the...

Monsignor John has been a great teacher all his life

by ROWENA OREJANA Our Lady of the Rosary Waiwhetu celebrated the 60th anniversary of priesthood of respected Church historian, lecturer, former rector of Holy Cross College, teacher, youth minister and...

Food help delivered to the struggling

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Those with intellectual disability and those struggling to feed their families have benefited from recent activities of St Vincent de Paul and Christ the...

Farewell to G.I.F.T.’s Sr Jean

by ANNE POWELL, RC The founder of the G.I.F.T. Centre that ministers to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Cenacle Sr Jean Sinclair, MNZM, has died in Auckland aged 93. “I...

From Kiwi to Korean over 50 years

by ROWENA OREJANA When newly ordained Columban missionary Fr Robert John Brennan stepped onto Korean soil 50 years ago, South Korea was far from the bustling global economic powerhouse that...

Bishop Browne’s long service honoured

by JOHN FONG Twenty years of episcopal ministry of Bishop Emeritus Denis Browne in Hamilton diocese was celebrated in a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin...

Projects exemplify Fit 4 Mission

by ROWENA OREJANA Auckland parishes are struggling to find projects to undertake that fit the year-old Fit 4 Mission, Auckland’s diocesan pastoral plan. Parish and pastoral services group leader Pat Lythe...

Cathedral presbytery said to be beyond salvation

The 103-year-old cathedral presbytery in Hamilton is to be demolished, probably to be replaced by a new presbytery and diocesan pastoral centre.The planned demolition has earned the ire of...

Focolare co-leaders speak in Wellington

by SUSAN FOGARTY WELLINGTON — While many Wellingtonians revelled in the recent rugby sevens, St Mary’s High School hall in Thorndon overflowed with people attending a public meeting of the...

Fright night popular at Napier school

by CRYSTAL HEWETT NAPIER — Hundreds of eager children and families queued on a Friday night, May 16, to get the extreme fright of their lives. The original Marist building, which...

Christchurch marks two years of perpetual adoration

by KATHLEEN CASEY Two years of perpetual exposition in Christchurch have been marked by faithfulness and peace, but it took hard work to set it up. In 2011, Bishop Barry Jones was...

Romance, fashion and history for a cause

It was the perfect melding of romance, fashion and history for a social cause. When the Society of St Vincent de Paul’s Dunedin pastoral area food bank was running low...

Don’t medicalise kids confused about gender

Professor John Whitehall, foundation chair and professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Western Sydney, has warned against a rising phenomenon of treating gender confused children...

Quake-proof Mary on the move

It was a far cry from the humble 2011 procession, the first, behind a broken cathedral in honour of Our Lady of Christchurch — the unattached statue that had turned to stand facing...

Report details hardship in Pacific nations

Cases of children having to eat cassava roots softened with paracetamol and people dying from lack of food and clean water are among the examples of widespread hunger and thirst throughout the Pacific. Such cases...

‘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...

Poignant first NZ Mass commemoration

by PAT LYTHE The annual Mass commemorating Bishop Pompallier’s first Mass here in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1838 was celebrated on Sunday, January 14, at Totara Point in the Hokianga. In...

Easter proclaims that love gives life, pope says; share it with...

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis urged Christians to remember how they first encountered Christ and to share his love and mercy with others, especially through acts...

Who stole two Steele artworks?

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Two Louis J. Steele works with connections to the Catholic Church are being sought by PhD researcher Jane Davidson-Ladd. The missing works are a pastel of...

Wanaka pupils create seasonal saga

by MICHAEL OTTO WANAKA — Ten students at Holy Family School, Wanaka, have been writing and drawing to highlight the meaning of Christmas. The fruit of their work is a full...

The call to peace — the Sign of Peace

by Louise Campbell On April 25 we will commemorate the centenary of the Anzac landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. That bitter eight month campaign in 1915 helped...

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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...