Friday, September 21, 2018

St Mary’s School, Gore, celebrates 125th anniversary

by PETER OWENS Described as a “most friendly and happy occasion” by organising committee chairwoman Mary Pullar of Kaiwera, the St Mary’s School, Gore, anniversary weekend was a great success....

Prison charity looks for support — and a dishwasher

by ROWENA OREJANA The establishment of Wiri Men’s Prison in south Auckland placed more strain on the already tight operation of Pillars, a charity supporting the children of prisoners. Pillars founder...

Advent Reflections

by SUE SECONI Wanganui parish priest Fr Brian Carmine has written and produced a booklet to accompany anyone of any age through Advent. Titled New Zealand Advent Reflections 2015, he...

Book deals with cancer

by ROWENA OREJANA Cancer is a difficult topic. Being confronted with one’s own or a loved one’s mortality is frightening and difficult. Tim Meadowcroft and Caroline Blyth, editors of the...

Dominicans celebrating 800 years

by Fr KEVIN TOOMEY, OP Next year Dominicans worldwide celebrate 800 years since the establishment of the Order of Preachers by St Dominic de Guzmán. November 7 marked the beginning...

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 principal builds on school’s charism

by ROWENA OREJANA The newly appointed principal at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Michelle Holly, says her priority for the Northcote school is strengthening its culture through living out its...

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...

Principal defers retirement to help elsewhere

by ROWENA OREJANA St Peter’s College principal Kieran Fouhy, soon to be St Paul’s College principal, has said that although he will bring a lot of his experiences to the...

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...

Amy organises ‘jam’ session to improve music in liturgies

by PETER OWENS Like Mary MacKillop, Amy Armstrong saw a need in her diocese of Dunedin and did something about it. Ms Armstrong, originally from St Paul, Wisconsin, became aware that...

‘Speed dating’ at girls’ college

by ANNA NICHOLLS Fifteen religious sisters joined year 12 students at Carmel College recently for their annual “speed dating” event. In small groups, girls heard personal and moving stories of the...

Kids raise $5000 for African pupils

by PETER GRACE A school in Africa received $5000 boost as a result of a market day at Marist Catholic Primary School, in Mt Albert. The support of Mulemi Community School...

New Suzanne Aubert portrait blessed

by PETER GRACE Only a few days before an announcement about the cause for Mother Suzanne Aubert, a new portrait of her was blessed in Auckland. On October 4 in a...

Successful oratorio has an NZ link

by NZ CATHOLIC staff A teacher and researcher in New Zealand in the 2000s, Cormac O’Duffy, had the premiere of his oratorio The Wedding Feast of the Lamb before a...

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...

Wanganui’s staunch iwi advocate dies

by SUE SECONI As family and friends heard of the death of Piripi Rangi Haami, memories of national and local protests were immediately recalled. Piripi Haami, who died aged 64 surrounded...

Our Lady honoured at college

by MICHAEL OTTO The weather played its part for the annual Candlelight Rosary Procession at Auckland’s Sacred Heart College on October 4. Organising committee spokesman Colin Pratt said it hadn’t rained...

New Auckland school site blessed

by PETER GRACE Finding the site of a yet-to-be built primary school in a semi-rural area before dawn proves a challenge. A few figures in a driveway take some form in...

Pompallier House welcomes visitors

by NZ Catholic staff Pompallier House, the headquarters of the diocese of Auckland, was part of the Auckland Heritage Tour in early October. Some of those visiting Pompallier House on October...

New home for Chch agency

by KATHLEEN CASEY St Vincent de Paul in Christchurch is working from spacious new premises with street frontage, after four years of working in a small out-the-back area. One hundred and...

Hawke’s Bay man ordained in Melbourne

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Southern Hawke’s Bay man Patrick Bradford was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Denis Hart of Melbourne on September 12. Fr Bradford grew up in Takapau, where...

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...

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...

A life spent in many ways

by PETER GRACE A laywoman who worked in a huge variety of community, parish and diocesan activities through her adult life died on September 12. Marie Simmons (nee Bishop) was born in...

Communicators called on to make connections

by MICHAEL OTTO Cardinal John Dew says Catholic journalists, editors and communicators can help make connections with people who have been distanced from the Church. The cardinal sent a video message to...

Parish cherry picks its work

by NZ Catholic staff A cherry picker and sense of adventure have proven invaluable for Marist priest Fr Michael Mahoney. Fr Mahoney, who had 30 years in Brazil, now works in...

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...

Priests encouraged to ‘walk into the gap’

by ROWENA OREJANA The “culture of encounter” that Pope Francis is calling us to means walking on the “edge”, according to an Australian Christian Brother. Br Damien Price told priests from Auckland...

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’”?...

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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...