Monday, February 17, 2020

Featured Catholic News

Priest ends up bettor off at the Chch races

by JENNY McPHEE Three hundred Catholics converged on Addington Metropolitan Raceway in Christchurch in November for an evening of race celebrities, dining, and the inaugural John Paul II Centre for...

Former abortion woman speaks for babies

by ROWENA OREJANA Former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson has called on New Zealanders to give humanity back to unborn babies. “Really, my message is a call...

Our Lady’s feast celebrated at St Joseph’s

by PAT SALANDANAN A community of the Holy Rosary (Barangay Sto Rosario) celebrated the feast of its patroness, Our Lady of the Rosary, on October 12 with the parish Mass at...

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...

Mother Teresa’s spirit shared in diversity

by PETER GRACE Politicians, diplomats and faith representatives were among several hundred people at the 2014 Celebration of the Life and Work of Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata on November...

Let’s think about consecrated life

The Year of Consecrated Life starts at the beginning of Advent this year and continues until early 2016. Mercy Sr Mary Neven of Auckland recently gave the following address...

Zealandia penfriends for over 70 years

by ROWENA OREJANA Meticulously penned letters on yellowing papers and envelopes, some frayed at the edges, mark 71 years of friendship that have spanned the globe. When, in 1943, 8-year-old Patricia Harrop...

Family and parish on hard journey with Emily

by PETER GRACE The journey of a sick young girl over more than 600 days has been one of uncertainty, of worry — and of faith, hope and love —...

New chapel for hospital

by ROWENA OREJANA The Waitemata District Health Board is building what will probably be the last chapel in the secular New Zealand public health system — at a cost of...

St Mary’s pupils cooking with compassion

by ROWENA OREJANA Serving a four-course dinner to a family facing hard times is how Chefs for Compassion instil in their young chefs the value of caring and respecting the...

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...

New Scout camp takes shape in Bethlehem

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Two New Zealand members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem have visited the Palestinian Catholic Scout camp site for which their group...

Final bell for principal after 38 years

by PETER GRACE New Zealand’s longest-serving secondary school principal, Tom Gerrard of Rosmini College, retires at the end of this year. Mr Gerrard told NZ Catholic that he began at the...

Fond memories revisited at Southland’s 150 celebration

by PAT VELTKAMP SMITH When Southlanders held sesquicentennial celebrations over Labour Weekend, 150 years after the building of that first St Mary’s Church in Invercargill, it was an Aucklander who...

Big need shown for military chaplains

by MICHAEL OTTO When Rev. Lance Lukin walks into a room, wearing his military garb, the image of Fr Francis Mulcahy from the TV series M.A.S.H springs to mind. While there...

Vocation ‘speed-dating’ a hit at Carmel College

by ROWENA OREJANA Picture 12 religious women from different charisms in the Carmel College hall, each talking to a small group of year 12 students. After five to 10 minutes,...

Bishop-elect Lowe gets a diocese

When he left the Holy Cross Seminary at the end of his term as formation director, all Bishop-elect Stephen Lowe wanted was to go back to a parish. Instead, he...

Mass en masse at stadium

by JEFF DILLON Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin has been a venue for many different events since it opened about three years ago, but a new first was achieved on...

‘Pope of Peace’ fondly remembered as mischievous

by RENZO ALLEGRI, Zenit Paul VI was beatified by Pope Francis on October 19, during the closing Mass of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. Born in Brescia on September 26,...

Spiritual journey begins for 21 pupils

by SUE SECONI As a Catholic school community, St Mary’s Primary School in Wanganui extended an invitation to its own pupils to begin their spiritual journey — with amazing results. “With principal...

Catholics and Anglicans meet at Mercy Spirituality Centre

by DAN STOLLENWERK In his recent pilgrimage to South Korea, Pope Francis reminded the Church that the first step to authentic ecumenical and interreligious dialogue is self-identity. Avoiding the temptation to...

Divine Mercy Congress strengthens faith

by PAT BARRETT BOGOTA, Colombia — From August 15 to 19, I attended the Third World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WA- COM), held in Bogota, Colombia, with four young women...

Kiwi reactions on the Synod

Soon after the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family closed in Rome last month, NZ Catholic asked several New Zealanders for their thoughts on the synod. Steve McNicholl, Oamaru...

Final message much changed from early report

The synod’s final report, released on October 18, presents substantial changes with respect to the much-discussed midterm report, especially regarding homosexual persons and the divorced and remarried. The final report...

Little ‘paper pills’ prove a miracle for NZ woman

by ROWENA OREJANA Every day is a miracle for Ilse Hanekomhull. Diagnosed with sarcoma, a type of cancer that started in her leg and spread to her lungs, she was...

Former formation director returns home

by ROWENA OREJANA After seven years, Fr Stephen Lowe has stepped down from his role as formation director at Holy Cross Seminary and has returned to Christchurch to his first...

Three senior staff 106 years at same school

by PETER GRACE Three staff at Liston College in Auckland know the school more than extremely well — they have been there a combined 106 years. Principal Chris Rooney told...

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...

Peace award for busy couple

by PETER GRACE Retired couple Helen and Patrick Doherty can show, should they want to, that they have been wholly dedicated and committed to peace, the environment and the community. In Auckland...

Education direction not right, says head

by PETER GRACE Catholic schools aren’t quite fulfilling their roles as missionary schools, according to resigning primary school principal Ken McKay of Howick. Mr McKay was farewelled from Our Lady Star of...

Featured News

JPC calls for tighter firearms controls in NZ

Auckland diocese’s Justice and Peace Commission has told a parliamentary select committee that urgent attention should be given to the tight control of advertising of all gun...