Sunday, September 23, 2018

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Six centuries of priestly service celebrated

More than 600 years of priestly and episcopal service were celebrated in Auckland diocese on July 12. At the annual Mass for clergy jubilees at Immaculate Conception church in Ellerslie,...

Farewell to G.I.F.T.’s Sr Jean

by ANNE POWELL, RC The founder of the G.I.F.T. Centre that ministers to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Cenacle Sr Jean Sinclair, MNZM, has died in Auckland aged 93. “I...

College wins shield for first time

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Sancta Maria College has won the prestigious Pompallier Shield for the first time. The Pompallier Shield refers to an Auckland Catholic competition between 16 Catholic colleges from...

Call to stop all deep-sea mining

“We call for an immediate halt to all deep-sea mining including exploratory testing as this will undermine the ability to achieve sustainable development goal 14,” said Julianne Hickey, director...

Enquiry centre aims to reach new generation

The Catholic Enquiry Centre has been re-organised to enable it to reach a new generation through different social media platforms as well as support parishes in spreading the Good...

New RE curriculum guide available

The National Centre for Religious Studies is in the process of preparing a new Religious Education Level 1-8 Curriculum that will hopefully be completed within the next five years. In...

Increased intake pleases bishops

by ROWENA OREJANA The New Zealand Catholic Church has welcomed the government’s move to increase the intake of refugees, as Europe experiences its worst immigration crisis since World War II. Cardinal...

Fr Murphy encourages silence at Mass

Papakura parish priest Fr Peter Murphy is encouraging priests in Auckland diocese to practise three minutes of silence after Communion.  Fr Murphy, the diocese’s director for contemplative prayer, said a moment of quiet in...

Winning the battle of the school lunchboxes

by MICHELLE VOLLEMAERE Below is a selection of schoolkids' best ideas for their school lunches — here’s hoping some of them will work for you. (See also Michelle Vollemaere's Around...

Hearts Aflame fosters deepening of faith

Hearts Aflame 2018 (Fides et Scientia), held in the beautiful and spacious campus of Nga Tawa Diocesan College in Marton, attracted 90 young adults from all over the country...

Daughter of modern saint to speak at NZ conference

The daughter of a saint is coming to New Zealand later this year. Dr Gianna Emanuela Molla, the daughter of St Gianna Beretta Molla, will feature at a conference in...

Cardinal and bishop note merciful emphasis in text

Pope Francis released his document on marriage and the family on April 9 New Zealand time, following two gatherings of bishops and various lay persons and extensive consultation with Catholics to discuss the challenges...

A saint walked among us in 1973

Mother’s Maori moments Pa Henare Tate (Kohukohu) looks back on the encounter between Mother Teresa and Maori in 1973. A big contingent of the Māori community of Te Unga Waka...

Oceania visit a first by Salesian head

by PETER GRACE The Salesians believe they have a bright future in New Zealand, according to the rector major of the congregation, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime. Fr Artime visited the two Salesian...

Church leaders speak out on housing

Cardinal John Dew and Anglican Archbishop Philip Richardson released a joint statement on April 12 in response to research reports released by the Housing Foundation. The research showed benefits...

520 years of service honoured

by ROWENA OREJANA The oldest priest in New Zealand and oldest Mill Hill father in the world celebrated 70 years as a priest as Auckland diocese honoured him and 10...

New building for cathedral parish blessed and opened

by KATHLEEN CASEY Beside St Mary’s pro-cathedral, an imposing new building has arisen where the former historic Marist presbytery stood before the earthquakes. The building was blessed by Christchurch diocese...

Miracles attributed to Pope Paul VI, Romero clear way for sainthood

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has cleared the way for the canonizations of Blesseds Paul VI and Oscar Romero. At a meeting March 6 with Cardinal Angelo...

The Fight on Anzac Cove

by Madelon Muschamp, Room 3, St Francis Xavier School, Dunedin (The following is a fictional account of ANZAC morning as imagined by a 6-year old girl.) We arrived at Anzac Cove...

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...

Reflections of a young Catholic on her pilgrimage

by ANNETTE COLLINS As I prepared for my journey to Hokianga, I reviewed my checklist — toiletries (check), shoes (check), food (BIG check!), prayer . . . After six years since...

Historic Dunedin priory tidied up

by JEFF DILLON The historic, distinctive Dominican priory building beside St Joseph’s Cathedral in central Dunedin is being tidied up. The sight of scaffolding and a rubbish chute leading to a cordoned...

Sharing a loaf would be a better sign at Mass

A prominent Catholic theologian has insisted that loaves of bread should be shared during the Eucharist instead of the altar breads currently used at Mass. Nottingham University Professor of Historical...

Mochaccino magic leads to ice cream success

The Baradene College students who won silver at the recent NZ Ice Cream Awards are planning to produce their lactose-free Mochaccino ice cream commercially, riding on the back of their success.Year 13...

Refugee quota arguments frustrate MP

New Zealand can easily take its refugee quota up to 1500 a year, Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway told a sympathetic audience at a World Refugee Day event in Palmerston North on June...

Kaitaia celebrates success of sexuality course graduates

by NZ CATHOLIC staff At Palm Sunday Mass in Kaitaia the community celebrated a growing understanding that helps people as individuals and teachers. At the Mass, the principal, teachers and support...

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...

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...

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...

New window made for cathedral

by KEVIN SHERLOCK A new stained glass window of St Columba and St Peter Chanel was blessed at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday November 1 — All Saints Day. Fr...

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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...