Saturday, January 18, 2020

St Peter’s opens new block

A new 12-classroom block at St Peter’s College, the Outhwaite Building, has been named after the family who donated the land the school is sited on. The Outhwaite family were...

NZ liturgy director returns to parish life

by MICHAEL OTTO HAMILTON — The director of the National Liturgy Office, Fr Trevor Murray, has stepped aside from this role to return to parish ministry. Fr Murray became parish...

Marist priest and teacher Fr Delaney,SM dies

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Fr Noel Delaney, SM, died in Wellington on February 13. He was 93. Fr Delaney was ordained in 1942 and worked in a number of the...

New school in Chch

by KATHLEEN CASEY It was a landmark event as parents, parish community, invited guests and 350 children gathered for the opening of a brand new Christchurch school, designed for up...

Diversity wows new rector major

by NZ CATHOLIC staff On Tuesday May 12, the 10th rector major of the Salesian Congregation, Fr Angel Fernandez Artime, visited St Paul’s Catholic Primary School in Massey, west Auckland. He and...

Bishop’s ‘brother’ and southern monsignor farewelled

by PETER OWENS and PAT VELTKAMP-SMITH There was shock among Catholics in Dunedin diocese and the wider community at the death of Monsignor Paul Mahoney on December 20, when he...

Fr Webb celebrates 40th anniversary

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Fr John Brian Webb of Pt Chevalier parish, in Auckland, last month celebrated his 40th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. Fr Webb was ordained by Bishop...

Rosmini students reach over the back fence

by ROWENA OREJANA Rosmini College students involved in mentoring Cook Islands students have received certificates of appreciation from Cook Islands Education Secretary Gail Townsend. The Te Kura Uira (TKU) project...

New chaplain for large Filipino community

by ROMY UDANGA AUCKLAND — The thousands of Catholic Filipinos residing in the diocese of Auckland have a new chaplain. Fr Elmer Dimarucut, MSP, himself a Filipino, arrived in New...

A loved principal leaves for island school

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The Catholic school system’s loss was the state system’s gain when Henderson principal Kathy Moy-Low was farewelled in a “humbling experience” on August 16. Mrs Moy-Low...

200 musicians sing from same song sheet

by RAY STEDMAN Church musicians from two countries met in Brisbane early in October for a three-day conference. About five years ago, Catholic Church musicians in Australia, seeking solidarity, support and...

Head of SSPX to bless church in New Zealand

by MICHAEL OTTO ROTORUA — Plans have been made for the superior of the traditionalist Society of St Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, to come to New Zealand in October...

Inglewood parish communicands

by NZ Catholic staff Sacred Heart Parish, Inglewood - First Holy Communion On Sunday 15th November 10 children received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion for the first time at the...

New principal welcomed at Waitaruke

by WIGA AUTET WAITARUKE, Northland — A powhiri welcomed new principal Makere Karatea and new teacher Whetu Maunsell to Hato Hohepa te Kamura school in Waitaruke in February. In her mihi,...

Family looks for a donor

by PETER GRACE A generous donor is wanted to help an unwell Auckland-born man. Henry Ene has been living and working in Melbourne for eight years, but about three years ago...

Winners for 6 years running

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — For the sixth time in as many years, Sacred Heart College has won the Pompallier Shield Speech Competition among the 16 Catholic secondary schools in...

Death breaks up Te Atatu parish team

by PETER GRACE Death has split up a long lasting west Auckland parish team. Joanna Matthew, the sister of Holy Family parish priest Fr Andrew Matthew, died on October 25. She...

ACU Graduates

by GENEVIEVE HERDER The Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Melbourne graduation ceremony was held on September 18, with five graduates from New Zealand receiving the Master of Educational Leadership degree at...

Students craft song to celebrate Year of Mercy

by NZ CATHOLIC Staff Three Carmel College students have written an inspiring song celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The song entitled Te Wā, written by Jessica Rogers, Kate Howard and...

Pa Hemi helped remove barriers

by SUE SECONI Bishop Steve Lowe of Hamilton diocese spoke of his heavy heart as he announced the sudden death of Pa Hemi Hekiera, SM, on February 5. Pa Hemi...

255 years of mission service celebrated

by Sr Carmel Cole RNDM Four Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions celebrated a total of 255 years of mission service to the people of New Zealand and beyond...

New partnership for ministry

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Marist Young Adult Ministry will this year operate out of The Grove in Lower Hutt in partnership with laypeople. The ministry (MYAM) has been operating out of...

Priest’s suffering ends

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Former Howick and Mt Albert parish priest Fr Peter John Prendergast died peacefully at Auckland Hospital on August 7. He was 77. Fr Prendergast,...

Beloved Christhurch priest Msgr O’Connor dies

A priest who served Christchurch diocese for 63 years, Msgr Gerard Michael O’Connor, died at his home in Greymouth on April 12. At his requiem Mass on April 15, Emeritus Bishop Basil Meeking told mourners...

Auckland Filipino community broadens devotions

by ROWENA OREJANA The Filipino community promoting the image of Our Lady of Penafrancia in Auckland will start to equally promote the devotion to the Divino Rostro (Divine Face of...

Historian Hugh had a special passion for the Pacific

by PETER GRACE A historian, teacher and mentor renowned for his “hangy-out shirts” died in Auckland on October 6. Dr Hugh Laracy was Associate Professor of History at the University of...

Pope’s man in NZ crosses town

by PETER GRACE The Vatican’s diplomatic mission in New Zealand (the nunciature) moved to Onslow earlier this year after many years at 112 Queen’s Drive, Lyall Bay, in Wellington. The Apostolic...

Triple papal awards for Waikato couples

by JOHN FONG History was made in Putaruru recently when two brothers and their respective wives celebrated their 60th wedding anniversaries within three weeks of each other. John Mathis married...

Class of 2000 reunion

by NZ Catholic staff Priests of the ordination year group of the Jubilee Year 2000 met recently in Mosgiel at the former Holy Cross Seminary. The group was one of the...

Disabled community’s three founders honoured

by PETER GRACE WELLINGTON — The three founders of an organisation to support disabled people have been honoured 36 years after it began. Mt Tabor Trust community leader Evan Clulee said the...

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Tongan Catholics clean up close to home

Taking pride in their neighbourhood and taking action to help our common home - in line with the teaching in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’- were among the motivations...