Friday, September 21, 2018

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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...

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...

Indian Kiwi gives help to his own

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — A Catholic missionary who became a Kiwi is now working with poor communities in India. Tony Vijayraj told NZ Catholic on a visit to Auckland in...

Meditation seen as positive for school life

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Fr Peter Murphy of St Mary’s Parish, Papakura, may be the Johnny Appleseed of meditation. It seems that wherever Fr Murphy goes, meditation grows. And some...

Christchurch schools cope through seismic struggles

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — Earthquakes have plunged Christchurch into a city of contrasts, from badly damaged to almost normal, a situation reflected in Catholic primary schools. School is not usually...

97-year-old soup kitchen legend honoured

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — The many years of work among Wellington’s poor and forgotten by Sr Felix Breen, DOLC, has been acknowledged with a Local Heroes Award. A Sister of...

Kiwis hear of Holy Land hardship and hope

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — The most difficult task Claudette Habesch faced in raising her children in Palestine was not letting hatred grow in their hearts. “It has not been easy,”...

Church should break boundaries, says Chicago-based priest and professor

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — God’s job description is mission, Jesus’ is evangelisation, and ours is discipleship, says priest and professor Fr Anthony Gittins, CSSp. But the concepts of mission and...

Contemporary justice message needed, says Anglican economist

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Economist and journalist Rod Oram has issued a challenge to Christians who advocate for social justice — that they update their message in contemporary,...

Ten new seminarians at Holy Cross in 2012

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Five New Zealand dioceses have seminarians starting at Holy Cross Seminary in Ponsonby in 2012. The diverse group of 10 new seminarians features Kiwis, an American...

Tiny parish a powerful community

by PETER GRACE RONGOTEA, Manawatu — There must be something in the Manawatu water that develops apostolates and service. Three parishioners from the country parish of Rongotea received Benemerenti medals and...

The Holy Land — a different way forward?

by PETER MURPHY It is so easy to take sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the early years Israel had the support of the Western world, appearing as the underdog...

Palestine — the holy or unholy land?

by PETER MURPHY What are the social and political realities of the land of the Bible today? It was my good fortune to have been in Israel for three months recently...

10,000 celebrate Sinulog in Faith event

by CHERRY C. THELMO-FERNANDEZ AUCKLAND — Nearly 10,000 people took part in a Catholic event, Sinulog 2012, at the North Shore Events Centre last month. In 1521, Queen Juana (formerly Hara...

Young Aaron’s football success a tribute to Dad

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Thirteen-year-old Aaron Dahmen scored the winning goal for New Zealand in a football match against Australia in January — but, sadly, his Dad was not...

Muslim MP upholds Pope’s example for Europe

VATICAN CITY — Calls by a British minister who is a Muslim to follow the Pope's example and reject intolerant secularisation in Europe have made the Vatican happy, a...

Numerous highlights in South Island Road Retreat

by JOY COWLEY The Holy Sites of Europe and the Middle East are popular with New Zealand pilgrims, but there is much inspiration reinforcing our Catholic identity, here on our...

Australian to be new rector at NZ seminary

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — New Zealand's only diocesan seminary, Holy Cross in Auckland, is to get a new rector. Msgr Peter Jeffrey from Australia will take up the position...

Ethnic mix increasing at Catholic schools

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Maori, Pasifika and Asian children and young people make up about 40 per cent of students enrolled in Catholic schools in New Zealand, according to...

Rugby stars about to kick off married life

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — The last few weeks were hectic for Black Fern Karina Penetito as she prepared for three rugby internationals against England, followed by her wedding to...

NZ Catholic art contest winners revealed

NZ Catholic, ‘The true meaning of Christmas’ art competiton 2011, winners. Year 5 winner Dominic Chanwai Titled: Birth of Jesus Mt Carmel School, Meadowbank, Auckland Year 6 winner Georgia Healy Titled: Jesus is born St Joseph’s School, Temuka. Year 7 winner (NZC HOME PAGE) Hannah Wildash-Chan Titled: The 3 Kings St Benedict’s School, Khandallah, Wellington Year 8 winner Sean Kilkelly Titled: Jesus’ birth to all nations Home-schooled, Rotorua. Year 9 winner Chelsie Struik Titled: Family of Stars Sacred Heart College, Wellington. Year 10 winner Josiah Francis Kilkelly Titled: Gods Greatest Gift Home-schooled, Rotorua. NZ Catholic, ‘The true meaning of Christmas’ art competiton 2011, finalists. Elizabeth KJC Nahu, Year 5, St Benedict’s Primary, Khandallah, Wellington. Holly Brittain, Year 5, St Mary’s School, Tauranga. Samantha Samaniego, Year 5, St Benedict’s Primary, Khandallah, Wellington. Tayla Coochey, Year 5, St Joseph’s School, Temuka. Sophia Suminski, Year 10, St Mary’s School, Blenheim. George, Year 4, St Theresa’s, Invercargill. Jack Browning, Year 4, St Theresa’s, Invercargill. Alex Garcia, Year 10, Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt. Anastasia Williams, Year 9, Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt. Joaquin Ramos, Year 5, St Brigid’s School, Johnsonville, Wellington. Joshua Trotter, Year 5, St Benedict’s Primary, Khandallah, Wellington. Mariana McClean Year 5, St Benedict’s Primary, Khandallah, Wellington. Xavier Barry, Year 5, St Mary’s School, Tauranga. Mary Spring, Year 8, Campion College, Gisborne Mitchell, Finlay and Xavier, Year 6, St Theresa’s School, Invercargill. Charlotte McIntyre Year 7, St Benedict’s Primary, Khandallah, Wellington. Akena Frisby, Year 7, St Joseph’s School, Temuka. Results with photos of top entries in the next two issues of NZ Catholic, published on December 18 and December 25.

Democracy needs virtue, says papal biographer

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Freedom and democracy are not enough for a flourishing society — virtue is also essential, says American author and intellectual George Weigel, who spoke in...

Denominations can learn from each other

by DAN STOLLENWERK AUCKLAND — Instead of asking what other denominations might learn from our beliefs, we must begin to ask how we might receive practical wisdom from the way...

Printing error delays NZ’s new translation

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — The new translation of the Roman Missal will not be introduced in New Zealand on the first Sunday of Advent — November 27 —...

Bush work no sweat for 93-year-old

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Roye Hammond is 93 years of age and still swings a pick and shovel with a vigour that would put men decades younger to shame. For...

The pragmatic case against euthanasia

The following is a presentation by Nathaniel Centre director John Kleinsman at the St John’s Public Issues Forum, held at St John’s-in-the-City (Presbyterian) Conference Centre, Wellington, on September 29....

Powerhouse priest guided young Kiwis

by MICHAEL MORRISSEY A man of medium height and of strong muscular build, in his mid 30s, is bounding up — or down — the stairs. A man who exudes...

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...

Kiwi Party joins forces with Conservative Party

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — The Kiwi Party will not stand candidates under its own banner in the General Election, but is encouraging members to work with the newly-formed Conservative...

Christ’s mercy a turning point for former atheist

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — Realising the mercy of Christ when he was a teenaged atheist was a turning point for French priest Fr Patrice Chocholski,who was keynote speaker at...

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Walking with fellow pilgrims on mission

Auckland diocese’s Religious Education Team recently launched Mentoring for Mission, a two-day workshop aimed at providing parishioners with skills and confidence to “walk alongside fellow pilgrims in their mission” as baptised Catholics. RE team leader Sr...