Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Featured Catholic News

Cathedral plans give hope to Christchurch

by KATHLEEN CASEY Hope has been given to Christchurch hearts with the diocesan announcement of plans to save the nave of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. This decision follows four...

Coast parish marks 150 years

by JIM COSTELLO About 150 years ago, a priest on his way to a posting in Greymouth died when the City of Dunedin sank in Cook Strait. Fr Michael Driscoll...

Graduation celebrates several journeys

by ROWENA OREJANA The end of three very different faith journeys was celebrated at the graduation of Philip Doyle, Maree Flynn and Detta Fairweather from the Walk by Faith programme...

Mass en masse at stadium

by JEFF DILLON Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin has been a venue for many different events since it opened about three years ago, but a new first was achieved on...

Trophy finds friends at school

by JEFF DILLON Friday afternoon assembly took on an extra meaning for the children at Sacred Heart Primary School in North East Valley, Dunedin, when they had the chance to...

First-year men arrive with life experience

by ROWENA OREJANA “Men of potential” is how Holy Cross Seminary Director of Formation Fr Michael Gielen calls the four first-year seminarians. For these young men, the realisation that they were...

Three senior staff 106 years at same school

by PETER GRACE Three staff at Liston College in Auckland know the school more than extremely well — they have been there a combined 106 years. Principal Chris Rooney told...

Bishop Dunn celebrates 20th anniversary as bishop

by ROWENA OREJANA Auckland — Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn initially turned down the chance to be a bishop when it was first offered to him by Pope John Paul II...

Pope Francis launches “Franciscus” Instagram account

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis launched his new INSTAGRAM account with a tweet in which he said: "I am beginning a new journey, on Instagram, to walk with you along...

Events encourage cultural awareness

by MICHAEL OTTO A visit to a marae in south Auckland was the culmination of a series of events organised by Te Ngakau Waiora Mercy Spirituality Centre, focusing on Maori...

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...

Historic church features Door of Mercy

by PATRICIA BROOKS The historic church of St Joseph’s Te Puna, Bay of Plenty, was opened as a Door of Mercy by Bishop Steve Lowe on Saturday February 6. The...

Little Sisters celebrate twice over

by PETER GRACE New Zealand Bishop John Patrick Kavanagh succeeded in an important quest in France in 1952 because he was well prepared. At an anniversary Mass for the Little Sisters...

St Peter’s 75th party ‘almost gatecrashed’

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — The 75th jubilee of St Peter’s College was almost gatecrashed by their brethren from Sacred Heart College — but not quite. The rugby first XVs from the...

Random acts of kindness abound

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — If you are in east Auckland in the next few months, you might be the surprised recipient of a random act of kindness from a...

Parish goes high tech with new app

by MICHAEL OTTO What could well be the first smartphone or tablet parish “app” in New Zealand has been developed for St Thomas Aquinas parish in Tauranga. Parish administrative officer Margie...

Perpetual adoration reaches 20 years

Nestled among kauri trees and tui birdsong near Titirangi village in Auckland is the small Catholic church of Mount St Mary’s. On Sunday May 1, its congregation will celebrate 20 years of perpetual adoration of...

Prayer a pillar of pro-life campaign

by PETER GRACE A New Zealand abortionist saved a baby’s life when the abortion minded pregnant woman was unable to pay, pro-life people at an Auckland Mass heard on February...

Formal blessing for renovated Ruaka Marae

by SUE SECONI Te Tumanako Whare (sleeping, meeting and ancestral house) on Te Pou o Rongo Marae at Ranana, 50 kilometres inland along the banks of the Whanganui River, celebrated...

41 enjoy Wellington camp

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON — Youth For Christ in Wellington recently concluded its “discovery camp” that allowed 41 young members to discover their talents and how they can use these to...

830 attend education convention

by NZ CATHOLIC staff The seventh NZ Catholic Education Convention brought together more than 800 delegates, including visitors from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga, from June...

Joint fundraising for Syria tops $21K

by PETER GRACE Fundraising competition between Auckland colleges has raised more than $21,000 in a few weeks to help people in Syria. Fundraising between St Mary’s College in Ponsonby and St...

Holiday fun and faith for Syro-Malabar youth

by MICHAEL OTTO Ellerslie parish was a hive of activity during the first four weekdays of the school holidays, as 145 students attended a special camp. The camp, for year...

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...

DLS Brother loves his vocation

by ROWENA OREJANA De La Salle Brother Lewis Harwood is soft-spoken. His words are measured and thoughtful, allowing the listener to catch them and reflect on them. He is a...

NZ principal thanks Sydney students for their support

SYDNEY (CW) — The principal of a New Zealand school destroyed by the Christchurch earthquake last year visited Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta, last week to thank students...

Emeritus Bishop Len Boyle passes away

Emeritus Bishop Len Boyle of Dunedin passed away, surrounded by family and his brother priests, after a short period of ill health. He was 85. New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference...

Devotees promote saintly pioneer priest, Fr Garin

Although one of New Zealand’s early missionary priests, Fr Antoine Marie Garin, SM, died in 1889, he still has passionate devotees. This was shown by the turnout at a Mass at St Michael’s Church...

Pope Francis has a ball!

Popes can have fun, too. While walking along St Peter's Square last Wednesday (Sept 24) among the cheering faithful, Pope Francis motioned to someone holding a ball in the crowd...

New deacons ordained in Waikato

by PETER GRACE Two Waikato-based men were ordained as transitional deacons on February 1 in a significant step on their journeys to priesthood. Stuart Young, from Morrinsville, and Joseph George, from...

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Celebrity chef priest to tell of food and God’s love

A priest, celebrity chef, martial arts instructor, break-dancer, award-winning author, radio and TV show host — Fr Leo Patalinghug — is coming to New Zealand in November with a message that centres around...