Saturday, November 17, 2018

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Clergy moves in three NZ dioceses

Three dioceses have announced new clergy appointments for 2017.  These are Auckland, Wellington and Palmerston North dioceses. AUCKLAND Bishop Patrick Dunn made key changes to the placement of priests which will take effect on February...

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...

Parish and school celebrate 100 years

by COLLEEN LINNELL DUNEDIN — St Mary’s Parish and school in Kaikorai celebrated 100 years in good southern style over Labour Weekend. The sun shone for the gala on Saturday, October...

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...

Melkite Church has deep roots

by ROWENA OREJANA The Melkite Greek Catholic Church is an Eastern Church that traces its roots back to the first Christian community. Melkite Bishop Robert Rabbat explained that Melkite comes from...

Deacon ordained for Palm. North

by NZ CATHOLIC staff PALMERSTON NORTH — Danny Karatea-Goddard of Palmerston North was ordained to the diaconate on June 7 by the Bishop of Palmerston North, Bishop Charles Drennan. About 600...

$7 million college gymnasium opened

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — A two-level gymnasium block with classrooms, dance studio, viewing galleries, storage areas, staff room and changing rooms was opened at St Mary’s College in Auckland on March 15. The...

Goal to bring 52 disabled Iraqi children to NZ

Safety is a commodity that is scarce in Iraq. Project 52, a project launched by the Chaldean Catholic community, aims to provide safety to 52 disabled children in Iraq by eventually having...

Traditionalist order sees chance to come to NZ

A traditional Mass that once had an important influence on Fr Antony Sumich, FSSP, drew him back to New Zealand for a week or so last month. Fr Sumich belongs to the Priestly Fraternity...

Revealing Jack’s Gallipoli sacrifice

by Fr Nicholas Dillon As a child growing up in Winton, it was always a big deal to go on holiday to Dunedin. We would stay at my grandparents’ house...

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...

Francis’ five years of remarkable papacy

NZ Catholic invited Cardinal John Dew of Wellington to contribute an article reflecting upon the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. Cardinal Dew’s article is below. The fifth...

Safe church a strong emphasis at Far North bishop’s forum

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has called on parishioners to work together towards a safe church environment in the light of abuse issues that have hounded the Catholic Church, both here and overseas. Speaking at the...

New glossary brings languages together

by SUE SECONI A new glossary of Maori words and phrases is expected to become a valuable resource for the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand. The dictionary is by newly...

Family traces footsteps of martyred uncle

by VERNE TURNER & VERNON DOUGLAS Fr Vernon Douglas was a much loved member of the Douglas family from Johnsonville in Wellington. Vernon’s faith was deeply felt, leading him to commit his...

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...

Four young women run 2000km for mental health

by PETER GRACE Two young women from Christ the King parish in Auckland arrived in Bluff last month as part of a team run from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Sisters Luisa and...

Korowai blessed at Marian College

by NZ CATHOLIC staff The recent presentation and blessing of a korowai cloak, commissioned by Marian College’s whanau committee, has reaffirmed the central role that tikanga Māori plays at the school. As...

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...

Our Lady offers heavenly help on busy highway

by ROWENA OREJANA Motorists off to the Hokianga for the summer will see the restored statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, known in the community as Our Lady of the...

Big change at discipleship college

by PETER GRACE A Pukekohe couple are the first married couple to be appointed in a team leadership role for the Catholic Discipleship College. Cameron and Cheryl Surrey are taking over...

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,...

Christchurch pastors on a wing and a prayer

by JENNY McPHEE In a mind-wandering moment, it is easy to believe there is a link between God and flying. The apostles left everything behind “to follow him”. Or maybe flying through the...

Teresas an example of friendship with God

by ROWENA OREJANA Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has called on the faithful to listen for the “call within a call” to put God at the centre of their lives. The bishop made...

Awareness needed on domestic violence

There is a need to increase awareness in parishes around the issue of domestic violence, particularly within Pasifika families. Auckland Catholic Social Services psychotherapist Sr Cabrini Makasiale, who is running the...

Lyndsay a voice of the Church for 30 years

Last month marked 30 years since Dame Lyndsay Freer started working in media and communications for Auckland diocese. For three decades she has been arguably the most visible and recognisable...

Remembering the core teaching of Jesus at Christmas

Bishop Colin Campbell of Dunedin has sent a very sobering Christmas card this year.  It features a painting of Mary and Joseph being turned away from the inn at Bethlehem,...

Iraqi teenager recalls the day that changed her life

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Fourteen-year- old Carmel College student Nadine Amso remembers vividly the day that changed her life. She was 10 years old. She was sitting with her family in...

Anchor lifted on new seafarers centre

by JENNY McPHEE “What shall we do with the drunken sailor, “What shall we do with the drunken sailor “What shall we do with the drunken sailor “Earl-y in the morning.” Definitely not...

Mercy hikoi highlights homelessness

Sisters of Mercy, hundreds students from Mercy schools, and many staff from Sisters of Mercy ministries made a hikoi to Parliament on September 20 to highlight the issue of homelessness. There were at...

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Many cultures celebrated by parish

Every fifth Sunday of the month, Our Lady of Assumption parish in Onehunga, Auckland celebrates diversity by having a multicultural Mass.  Parish priest Fr Andrew Atonio, MF (Missionaries of Faith) started this tradition around...