Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The early bird gets the very best on modern Mother’s Day

by MICHELLE VOLLEMAERE My kids are big teens now, so Mother’s Day this year will mean a long sleep in — for them, at least. Having sadly lost the art of...

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...

Final year student wins Pacific award

by NZ CATHOLIC staff CHRISTCHURCH — A dedication to achieve has resulted in Marian College Year 13 student Ana Avia-O’Connor being awarded the Top Pacific Student for Christchurch and Ashburton...

Post-practice bakes

by MICHELLE VOLLEMAERE Some people do not photograph well. They may have great personalities, or other admirable qualities, but they are just not what you’d call model material. Pasta bakes are like...

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...

Kaumatua’s faith the ‘source of all’

by SUE SECONI WANGANUI — The death of kaumatua Bill Murray is a loss to his whanau, the Wanganui community, government agencies — and NZ Catholic. Ariki Hanare Mare Mare Uncle...

Catholic doctor Lance O’Sullivan honoured

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — New Zealander of the Year Dr Lance O’Sullivan thinks his Catholic upbringing lies behind his commitment to helping the poor and those in need. Dr O'Sullivan...

Positive start for new St Mary’s principal

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — The new principal of St Mary’s College, Ponsonby, Jane Holloway, told a formal welcome to the school that there is nothing more important to society...

Poverty in an affluent society a statement from the New Zealand...

Being in communion with Jesus Christ draws us into his being for all; it makes it our own way of beingThe love of God is revealed in responsibility for...

Upper Hutt parish wants healthy lifestyles

by NZ CATHOLIC staff UPPER HUTT — The Upper Hutt City Council and St Joseph’s Church, Upper Hutt, have undertaken a joint wellness plan involving an intensive eight-week course covering...

Beginning Experience retreat to be held in Auckland

by LYNDSAY FREER AUCKLAND — Beginning Experience is an international programme for widowed, divorced and separated people. It is a peer ministry intended to facilitate the resolution of the grief...

HB Maori elder dies before QSM given

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Among his many services to the community, Stuart Panapa, QSM, didn’t miss an annual meeting of the Waipatu Maori Club in Hawke’s Bay for 67 years. Mr...

Catholic kindy celebrates 60 years

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Many past and present pupils, parents, teachers and friends gathered over the weekend of May 10-11 to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Cluny Kindergarten, Remuera. Because...

New Zealand book on prayer launched

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Christian writers feature in a new book on prayer that was launched at St Columba Centre in Ponsonby on March 9. Published...

Many Hamilton Catholics want to know more about merger plan

by JULIE SOUTH HAMILTON — Many Hamilton diocese Catholics say they would like more information before commenting on the plan to reduce the number of parishes. As reported in NZ Catholic in...

Soup to make one proud

by MICHELLE VOLLEMAERE I had what I call “a proud mother moment” recently. Darling Daughter, who is currently residing in a student hostel in Wellington, sent me a text. Nothing remarkable...

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,...

NZ Anglican prelate appointed to Rome and Vatican roles

by NZ CATHOLIC staff HAMILTON — The Anglican Archbishop of New Zealand, Archbishop David Moxon, is heading to Rome as the Anglican Communion’s chief representative to the Roman Catholic Church. This...

Retreat provides opportunity to lighten the load

by JENNY McPHEE To all those baby boomers wringing their hands and stressing over whether the “Y Generation” will make it to heaven; worrying about, “Do they know the ‘rules’”?...

Vandalism prompts strong support

by MICHAEL OTTO St Vincent de Paul in Hamilton was inundated with offers of support from the community after their charity van was vandalised recently. Local media reported that the van...

NZ bishop criticises new English of Mass

by PETER GRACE A potentially controversial opinion piece by the Bishop of Dunedin, Bishop Colin Campbell, was published in The Tablet (UK) on September 17. In his article, Bishop Campbell argues...

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,...

Two sisters winners in song contest

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Two sisters were winners in the finals of the fourth Voice for Life National Pro-Life Songwriting Contest on December 3. Rachel Schryvers, Auckland, was first...

Special papal blessing for Eva

by ROWENA OREJANA Pope Francis has given his papal blessing to Inglewood parishioner Eva Lamplough for her dedicated service to the Church. Mrs Lamplough is a parishioner at Sacred Heart Church,...

Catholic students win song competition

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Three former pupils of St Pius X Catholic Primary School, Glen Innes, won a national songwriting competition on May 30. According to Frances Carter, who...

Ancient order coming to NZ

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — An ancient order of knighthood will conduct its first New Zealand investiture, in Auckland on November 26. The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of...

Students and top musician raise funds

by SUE SECONI Cullinane College principal Kevin Shore has treated his students, the music department and the school’s nationally successful Te Ngakau o Te Awa Kapa Haka group to a...

Sr Marie still lends a helping hand at 100

by JEFF DILLON DUNEDIN — A letter from the Queen. A certificate of celebration from Pope Francis. Sr Marie of the Little Sisters of the Poor takes all the fuss in...

Irish-born Sr Carmel was a late vocation

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Irish-born Sr Carmel Mary Corcoran, RSM, died in Auckland on June 23 aged 101. Her funeral Mass was celebrated by Msgr Bernard Kiely on June...

Voice for Life song contest to be in Auckland

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — The fifth Voice for Life National Pro-Life Songwriting Contest will be held in Auckland in November, organiser Don Brebner has announced. Mr Brebner said that...

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Top old boy was child refugee from Poland

by GERARD DUIGNAN The St Patrick’s College Old Boys’ Association’s Old Boy of the Year for 2018 is Jan Roy-Wojciechowski (aka John Roy). Mr Roy-Wojciechowski is a Member of The New...