Thursday, November 15, 2018

Fate of cathedral won’t be known for months

CHRISTCHURCH — The fate of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and several other Catholic churches in Canterbury will not be known for several months. With insurance negotiations still ongoing,...

Priest who never wavered dies

GORE — Long-serving diocesan priest Fr Gerard Mary (“Gerry”) Fitzgibbon, who died on January 23, was described by Bishop Colin Campbell as a man committed to the celebration of...

Seven decades of tinkling the keys

by KATHY WATSON CHRISTCHURCH — Maria McSweeney has been playing the organ at church for 72 years. At the age of 12 she took up the duties of organist at Sacred...

Holy Father accepts NZ bishop’s resignation

by PETER GRACE WELLINGTON — On February 22, the Holy Father accepted the resignation of the Bishop of Palmerston North, Bishop Peter Cullinane, upon having reached the age limit of...

Carmelite nun gets her diploma in surprise presentation

by MICHAEL OTTO CHRISTCHURCH — Secrets are possible even in enclosed religious communities, as Carmelite Sr Cushla Renton found out to her delight on December 29. Sr Cushla was called to...

Family fun day bigger and full of potential

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Numbers are expected to increase for the second Family Fun Day, to be held on February 5. Four hundred people turned up at the Franciscan...

Prayers sought for cause of Suzanne Aubert

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — Pamphlets with prayers for the cause for the beatification of Suzanne Aubert are being distributed in New Zealand parishes. The pamphlets, in English and Te...

Columbans give calendars to prisoners

NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — One way the Columban Mission reached out to the marginalised at Christmas was by donating 800 Columban Calendars to prisoners around New Zealand. The calendars were...

Historic church decommissioned

by GILLIAN VINE A DUNEDIN church, where poet James K. Baxter worshipped in the 1960s, has been decommissioned. St Andrew’s Ocean View, not used regularly for several years, was formally closed...

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...

College special awards winners named

WELLINGTON — The dux of St Bernard's College, Wellington, for 2011 is Daniel Campbell. Daniel was awarded the Hutt Valley Marist Old Boys Cup for dux. Other recipients of the...

Mixed reaction to drop in number of abortions in NZ

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — Pro-life organisations have welcomed a drop in the annual number of abortions in New Zealand, but they have expressed sorrow at the thousands of...

South welcomes new priest

by GILLIAN VINE DUNEDIN — “It’s been a long journey for Vaughan,” said Brian Rabbitt, on December 2 at the Mass of Ordination in Mosgiel for Dunedin’s newest priest. Fr Vaughan...

Gisborne church rededicated

by JOHN GILLIES GISBORNE — Gisborne Catholics celebrated a return to their spiritual home on December 3, with the rededication of the church of St Mary Star of the Sea...

Village church a treasure at the lake

by JUDITH DOYLE The Catholic Church of St Werenfried in Waihi Village, southern Lake Taupo, is truly a taonga. Only a hop, skip and jump from the edge of Lake...

Babette has warning for New Zealand bishops

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The dramatic 2008 failure of pro-life action in Victoria is a warning to New Zealand’s Catholic bishops, says Australian pro-life and family activist Babette Francis. Mrs...

Large intake of seminary students expected for 2012

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — The national diocesan seminary is expected to be at full capacity next year with an influx of students for the priesthood, NZ Catholic understands. Holy Cross...

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...

Denominations can learn from each other

by DAN STOLLENWERK AUCKLAND — Instead of asking what other denominations might learn from our beliefs, we must begin to ask how we might receive practical wisdom from the way...

Battle over chapel altar moves up a notch

by JEFF DILLON DUNEDIN — The wrangle over the Italian marble altar at Teschemakers Chapel could roll on into 2012 as the battle moves up a notch. Fr Mark Chamberlain of...

Second language no barrier for speech winner

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — A 12-year-old Catholic girl with English as her second language has won a major speech prize. Teisa Semisi is a year 7 pupil at St Anne’s...

French connection in Far North detailed

by NZ CATHOLIC staff RUSSELL — A new book reflecting on the early French Catholic presence in the Far North of New Zealand was launched by the Ambassador of France...

12 finalists chosen for pro-life songwriting contest

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Record entries saw a total of 50 reduced to 12 finalists for this year’s National Pro-life Songwriting Contest to be held in Auckland on...

Church leaders want a fairer society

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — As the 2011 General Election nears, members of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services say they seek a fairer society — especially...

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...

Stolen chalices found

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — A rare find shows the hand of God once more in Christchurch. Squatters took historic and valuable chalices from the forbidden territory of the Cathedral of...

Catholic social services go back to the future

by LYNDSAY FREER AUCKLAND — For some years the social services agency of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland has been known as Catholic Family and Community Services (CFCS). On November 25...

Faith lived under apartheid

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — The contrast between apartheid-era South Africa and New Zealand is still striking for NZ Catholic’s advertising manager Dennis Augustine. Mr Augustine told NZ Catholic that, as...

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...

Ngaio church sold, then leased back

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — Having sold a parish church, Khandallah parishioners are set to move straight back into it. St John’s Church in Ngaio has been sold to private...

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Many cultures celebrated by parish

Every fifth Sunday of the month, Our Lady of Assumption parish in Onehunga, Auckland celebrates diversity by having a multicultural Mass.  Parish priest Fr Andrew Atonio, MF (Missionaries of Faith) started this tradition around...