Thursday, November 15, 2018

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The Vietnam war through a Catholic priest’s eyes

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Twenty-three years ago the life of Vietnamese Community chaplain, Fr Andrew Nguyen, was transformed. On June 6, 1990, Fr Nguyen arrived in New Zealand to a...

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...

Multi-skilled woman returns to the tropics to teach

by PETER GRACE DUNEDIN — A teacher who became a medical social worker has returned to the Solomon Islands to teach English for several months. Pat Robertson left for the Solomons...

Tauranga Rosary pray-ers are long stayers

by MICHAEL OTTO TAURANGA — In the 50 years since 1963, there have been many changes in Church and the world, but one thing has stayed constant — the Greerton...

Young Auckland builder’s Solomons sojourn rewarding

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — For one young Kiwi, doing volunteer work in the Solomon Islands as part of a Mahitahi — Catholic Overseas Volunteers programme will have a special...

Moot response: Many issues due to ‘disconnects’, says bishop

by MICHAEL OTTO ROTORUA — Responding to concerns expressed at a Moot in Rotorua about the role of women and youth in the Church, as well as the relationship between...

Year of Faith Moot speakers make call to change patriarchal Church

by MICHAEL OTTO ROTORUA — Removal of discrimination against women in the Church was called for by several speakers at a Year of Faith event for Hamilton diocese. At a Moot...

Mercy sister’s missionary dream eventually came true

by Sr ENID LAGAN, RSM CHRISTCHURCH — Well here I am at age 86 having lived a full and happy life as a Sister of Mercy. Retirement in a rest home...

Primary school pupils train with the Blues

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Keen 10-year-old rugby players from Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School in Howick tackled a training session with Blues players Sean...

Mary MacKillop pilgrimage made in Dunedin

by JEFF DILLON DUNEDIN — Grey, damp conditions did not deter 100 people from undertaking a 15km St Mary MacKillop pilgrimage from North Dunedin to Port Chalmers on Sunday May...

Huge farewell for storytelling priest

by MICHAEL OTTO NAPIER — The thousands of people who encountered Msgr Tim Hannigan at presbytery doors during his 57 years of priestly ministry met a shepherd who knew all...

Ugandan priest takes two-year break in NZ

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — A change is as good as a rest for Ugandan priest Fr John Vianney Makanda, in St Mary’s parish, Papakura. Fr Makanda told NZ Catholic that...

Korean man barred from his church community

by CHRISTINE GOUNDER CHRISTCHURCH — A 48-year-old South Korean man remains banned from his church because of allegations he is a North Korean spy. Eugene Chang was accused of spying for...

Auckland parishioner shows care for Burmese children

by PETER GRACE ADELAIDE — New Zealand-born Dominican priest Fr Alex Vickers is doing his best to live what he believes — that if a bad situation seems too big,...

Mary provided comfort to dying and bereaved for 17 years

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Accompanying dying patients and their families, comforting people after a loved one has died, conducting funerals and memorial services, praying with and for patients and...

Seminarian is a top speaker

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — A seminarian has been awarded the top National Scholarship in Professional Speaking. Bryan Buenger, who is in his second year of studies at Holy Cross Seminary...

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,...

370 years of religious life celebrated

by SUE SECONI WANGANUI — A staggering 370 combined years of religious life were celebrated by six Sisters of St Joseph Whanganui, on January 21, with Mass celebrated in St...

It’s a long way to go to voluntarily work

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Four hundred and eighty kilometres is a long way to travel for a working bee, but some parishioners from St Mary’s, Northcote, did it twice...

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...

Pro-life workers help mistreated Ugandan women

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Silent no more is a project initiated by Human Life International Uganda (HLI-U) under Natural Family Planning department. This project aims to expose the dangerous side...

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...

Organised gap year valuable for young adults

by HEATH HUTTON WELLINGTON — In 2008, Challenge 2000 entered into a partnership with the Society of Mary to provide a programme that gave young people the chance to serve...

Croatia — the ‘Bulwark of Christianity’

by JUDITH DOYLE Croatia, once part of the former Yugoslavia but now proudly independent, must surely have the highest proportion of Catholics of any country in the world. At the last...

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...

Priest climbs peaks with young people

by ANGELA PYKE CHRISTCHURCH — As parish priest of St Teresa’s in Riccarton, school chaplain for St Teresa’s School, and local superior of the Community of St John, French priest...

Mass at cemetery for All Souls Day

by NZ CATHOLIC staff UPPER HUTT — On All Souls Day, November 2, a Mass was celebrated in the Akatarawa Cemetery, continuing a 10-year tradition at St Joseph’s Parish, Upper...

One door closes on 23-year CIT journey

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The closure of the Catholic Institute of Theology is like shutting the door to a room, Pa Henare Tate told 150 institute friends and supporters...

Social science and ‘gay marriage’

by Dr NEIL WHITEHEAD Social science has a lot to say about “homosexual marriage”. It shows marriage and same-sex union originate differently and should not be equivalent, either in concept...

Vibrant message of love at Lifefest

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — You have got to pray, rapped out the rapping priest Fr Stan Fortuna, CFR, to young people at the Lifefest festival at Takapuna on September...

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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...