Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Featured Catholic News

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...

Eastern Catholics want a migrant quota

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND – The Eastern Catholic Churches in New Zealand are asking the government to reinstate an immigration quota specifically for Iraqi Christians who are being persecuted and...

Huge response for help with benefits

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The centre of gravity shifted in Mangere from August 5 to 7 as hundreds of people crowded over the footpath, into the foyer and into...

League delegates discuss having women deacons

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — If we can’t ordain women priests, why not women deacons? This was one of the ideas raised at the Catholic Women’s League national conference on July 18...

Later years can be the best, CWL hears

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The biggest social mistake made by the elderly is the answer they give to the question, “How are you?”, says teacher, author and psychotherapist, Juliet...

Moving school to school often hurts children

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Children often changing schools is an ongoing issue in south Auckland, but local Catholic schools in the area seem to have more stable enrolments. As long...

Santo Nino at home in St Benedict’s

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — The image of Senyor Santo Nino (Holy Child Jesus) has finally found a home at St Benedict’s Church in Newton. St Benedict’s parish priest, Msgr Paul Farmer...

Young Kiwi sailor competes in Mexico

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Waving hello to dolphins and orcas. Being out on the water for about half the day. Nothing could be cooler for a 14-year-old boy except...

Quilts illustrate the vision of Mother Aubert

by SUE SECONI WANGANUI — One hundred and fifty people of all creeds and none gathered in St Mary’s Church in Wanganui on July 12 for the blessing and opening of...

Men’s order moves from outside to inside

by ROWENA OREJANA ORKNEY, Scotland — The Congregation of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer called Christchurch Bishop Barry Jones their “quiet shepherd and instrument of grace” as its...

Scripture : It is the Word of God that truly nourishes

August 3: 18th Sunday of Year: Readings: 1. Isaiah 55:1-3; Psalm 145; 2. Romans 8:35, 37- 39; Gospel, Matthew 14:13-21. by Fr Kevin Waldie, SM Being fed from the love of God is...

Website man aims for one-stop online Catholic shop

by ROWENA OREJANA CHRISTCHURCH — Website administrator Graeme Scott is building a one-stop online shop for information on parish events and Mass times, as well as resources for developing the faith. Mr...

Theologian likes Pope Francis’s style

by PETER GRACE OKOROIRE — A priest, author and scholar who tried to get Nicole Kidman to join him in Rome was the main presenter at the annual Hamilton priests’ gathering...

Auckland priests get together

by Fr PETER MURPHY TAUPO — God clearly has a sense of humour, Fr Gilbert Ramos told his brother priests at the second Auckland Diocesan Clergy Assembly, held at Wairakei...

NZ Croats celebrate national day

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Croats in New Zealand celebrated their homeland’s Independence Day at the end of June. In Auckland, the Croatian Catholic community held a dinner with live music...

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...

Seven venues to celebrate 30 years for Dove Women

by JUDY OLSEN AUCKLAND — The first of seven “Celebration Days” by Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women, recognising 30 years of fellowship, attracted 135 women to Sancta Maria College in Auckland...

St John honours conferred at cathedral

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — On June 21, the Priory of St John New Zealand held an investiture to officially confer St John Honours to this year’s recipients by...

12-year-old to represent NZ in the USA

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON — Excitement is evident in the bright eyes of 12-year-old Zoe Ferguson. The year 8 Sacred Heart Cathedral College student, and Jemma Matthewson, a 12-year-old Aucklander, were...

Central parishes get more time

by JULIE SOUTH HAMILTON — When NZ Catholic talked to people in the pews of Hamilton city earlier this year (NZ Catholic, April 20) about the proposed new Strategic Plan...

Rural areas may lose the faith, says priest

by ROWENA OREJANA GORE — A parish priest in one of the remotest towns of New Zealand has warned of the the urbanisation of the Catholic Church and expressed concern...

535 years of ministry celebrated

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — A total of 535 years of priestly ministry was celebrated in Auckland as 13 priests were acknowledged and appreciated for their years of service to...

Exult brings young people from Kaitaia to Dunedin

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — More than 100 young people from Kaitaia to Dunedin took part in Exult 2014, an annual retreat camp organised by Catholic charismatic group Jesus Youth...

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...

Group boosts Catholicism and Samoan culture

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — The Ta’imua Malaeola Youth Group is keeping both the Catholic faith and the Samoan culture alive among New Zealand-born Samoan youth. Ta’imua chairman Michael Tanoai said the...

Health forces rector to depart early

by PETER GRACE and ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — The rector of Holy Cross Seminary from early 2012, Msgr Peter Jeffrey, has returned to Australia for medical treatment. After Mass at Sacred...

NZ asked to help in Holy Land

by PAT McCARTHY AUCKLAND — New Zealand’s knights and dames of the Holy Sepulchre are helping to establish a centre for Catholic Scouts in the Holy Land city of Bethlehem. The fundraising...

McAuley girls win world problem-solving trophy

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Five Catholic college girls from New Zealand are among the best student problem-solvers in the world. A McAuley High School team won the Education category in...

Painting of a younger Suzanne Aubert unveiled

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — A painting of a youthful Suzanne Aubert was unveiled last month at a gathering of 80 Oceania bishops at the Home of Compassion in...

End in sight in project to renew Dunedin basilica

by ROWENA OREJANA DUNEDIN — The last stage of the revitalisation of St Patrick’s Basilica, which will start towards the end of the year, is expected to cement its role...