Saturday, July 20, 2019

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Deaf Missal on DVD this year?

by ROWENA OREJANA PALMERSTON NORTH — The official New Zealand Sign Language translation of the Missal may be available in DVD form by the end of the year. Palmerston North deaf...

Priest tells Blessie’s family, ‘We are here’

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — There are no magic words to ease the pain of the family of killed Auckland woman, Blesilda “Blessie” Gotingco, but friends and community can continue...

Southern Polish community celebrate

by JEFF DILLON DUNEDIN — The southern most Polish-built church, formerly at Allanton south of Dunedin but now at Broad Bay on the Otago Peninsula, was the focus of a...

‘Saintly’ mural donated to faith-filled refuge

by BILL MOORE AUCKLAND — A stunning, handpainted mural, created by the Studio of John the Baptist to mark the canonisation of St John Paul II and St John XXIII, has...

Fright night popular at Napier school

by CRYSTAL HEWETT NAPIER — Hundreds of eager children and families queued on a Friday night, May 16, to get the extreme fright of their lives. The original Marist building, which...

Many priests in NZ now from overseas

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — As the Catholic Church in New Zealand becomes more diverse, priests from overseas have helped ease the shortage of clergy in various dioceses. Auckland Bishop Patrick...

Kindness spreads to Malawi

by ROWENA OREJANA CHIFUNGA, Malawi — Former Baradene head girl, Maddie Little, has found a way to carry on with the Kindness Club all the way to Malawi. Miss Little, 18, is in...

Little church and parish on the move

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — Mairehau parish is again on the move. The small church at St Francis of Assisi parish has been relocated near the road where the large Our Lady...

God’s plan for marriage the best

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — God has a plan for marriage and his plan works. This is what Blenheim couple Bill and Jenny McElhinney, members of the Lamb of God community, stressed...

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...

Chaplains seek community support

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Auckland prison chaplain Mary Thorne is one of the lucky ones. She has strong community support from St Mary’s parish in Papakura. “There has always been...

Friar Fr Bernie is knitting pretty

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Some might say Fr Bernie Thomas, OFM, should have been a sheep farmer, because he likes woolly jumpers — at least he’s knitted quite a few. The Franciscan...

Seminary opens its doors

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — They came, they saw and they had a jolly good time at Holy Cross Seminary’s first open day on its Vermont St, Ponsonby, site. A glorious...

Love the key to holiness, says convention speaker

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Sainthood is not just for popes. Holiness is a gift given to us by God. This was one of the points stressed by new evangelist Martha Fernandez-...

Gov-gen invites Pope Francis for a visit to NZ

by NZ Catholic staff VATICAN --New Zealand Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae has invited Pope Francis to visit the country during an audience with the Holy Father yesterday. In his Facebook...

Universality a great gift, says priest

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Part of the joy of being Roman Catholic is belonging to the Universal Church, according to Catholic revivalist Fr Tony Ricard. Fr Ricard was one of...

More than 80 Catholic Bishops of Oceania gather in New Zealand

by NZ Catholic staff Wellington -- More than 80 bishops of Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, the Pacific Nations were welcomed to Wellington, New Zealand during a powhiri at...

Prayer a big part of Gaea’s game plan

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Singing The Lord’s Prayer was the key to success at the Adidas U-17 Waikato Badminton Open, according to 15-year-old Gaea Galvez. The Carmel College student said she...

2000 walk with cross

by ROWENA OREJANA PALMERSTON NORTH — Holy Week celebrations in New Zealand were largely “meaningful” and “enriching” despite the many distractions offered by the secular world. At the Cathedral of the...

Neelam on target for her goal

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — St Francis Xavier Catholic School (Whangarei) old girl Neelam O’Neill plans to be the first disabled Paralympic female shooter for New Zealand in three decades. The...

Faith still shone on Death Railway

by CAMPBELL THOMSON A tarnished but still beautiful gilt crucifix recovered just over a year ago from a domestic garage in Dumfries, Scotland, is a poignant reminder of links that...

Organ restorer Ron provides recital bonus

by SUE SECONI WANGANUI — A March 23 pipe organ recital by renowned organist, historian and composer Ron Newton proved not only an extraordinary treat, but a reflective occasion for...

Three decades of service in Wanganui

by SUE SECONI WANGANUI — All morning Masses across Wanganui were cancelled on Sunday, March 30, enabling the whole Catholic community to gather for the 9am Mass to thank Esther and...

Holy Land collection has twofold purpose

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The Good Friday collections in New Zealand will, once again, be used this year for their twofold Holy Land purpose. The New Zealand commissary of the Holy...

Piece of cake spurs civic spirit

by ROWENA OREJANA CHRISTCHURCH — As whole communities disappear and new ones spring up, neighbourhoods in Christchurch are slowly losing their human connections underthe stress of day-to-day living and recovery...

$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...

eyespy: Kids interview Bishop Pat

AUCKLAND — Bishop Patrick Dunn of Auckland once thought that becoming a bishop “would be a nightmare”. Bishop Dunn told three pupils of St Mary’s Northcote that he never thought...

Picnic highlights inequality

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON — Two hundred Catholics gathered at Parliament grounds on March 19 to hold a picnic with a message for Parliament. The picnic at Parliament was organised by...

St Pat’s kauri doors to be restored

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — St Patrick’s Cathedral is embarking on a $67,000 project to restore its 100-year-old kauri doors to their former glory. Dubbed the “doors of faith” by cathedral...

Eight new diocesan seminarians this year

by MICHAEL OTTO Eight new first year seminarians at Holy Cross Seminary make for a diverse group, reflecting the increasingly multi-cultural nature of the Church in New Zealand. But although there might...