Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Petition calling for porn inquiry sent to Parliament

A petition calling on an expert panel to investigate the public health effects and societal harms of pornography was presented to Parliament on April 12. The petition received 22,334 written...

Artificial turf installed for St Peter’s ‘Cage’

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — A new artificial grass sports field at St Peter’s College means students can use the surface ten times as frequently as when it was ordinary...

Gifted musician and teacher left beautiful works

by DON WHELAN Many were saddened to hear that John Ritchie died on September 29, his 93rd birthday. He had been widely acknowledged as the “father of music” in Christchurch,...

‘Mall walkers’ seek disciples

by JENNY McPHEE CHRISTCHURCH — Mall walkers took over from wall walkers at the Blue Skies Conference and Training Centre in Kaiapoi from May 2 to 4. The “mall walkers” were...

Much loved Otago priest farewelled in Wanaka

by PETER OWENS WANAKA — On Friday August 1 the beautiful Church of the Holy Family at Wanaka was filled to overcrowding by more than 300 people for the funeral...

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...

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...

Attractions of consecrated life explained at seminar

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — About 25 women attended a discernment day for women at Liston Hall in Auckland on February 10. Presented by consecrated women who have found Christ as...

Paper wins awards

by NZ CATHOLIC staff CANBERRA — NZ Catholic won two press awards in Canberra at the beginning of the month. The Australasian Catholic Press Conference Association (ACPA) conference ended with an...

Religious people are needed to inspire others

by ROWENA OREJANA GORE — When Fr Fredy Permentilla joined the Mission Society of the Philippines, he knew he was going to be sent to the ends of the Earth. He...

Bishop clarifies statement on admin costs

by MICHAEL OTTO PALMERSTON NORTH — The Bishop of Palmerston North, Bishop Charles Drennan, says his recent remarks about Church spending priorities should not be seen as downplaying the dedicated...

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...

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...

Educator and ‘loving workaholic’ sure to be living it up in...

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Catholic educator and author Brendan Warwick Schollum was laid to rest on September 24 at the Puhoi cemetery — although family and friends knew him as...

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...

CWL service honoured

by NZ CATHOLIC Staff ROTORUA — Rotorua woman Margaret Hodge has been awarded a CWL citation for 45 years of specific CWL service. According to the citation, she has been a member...

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...

23 children make First Holy Communion

Twenty-three children received the sacrament of Holy Communion as well as Confirmation on Sunday the October 28, 2012, at St Bernadette Parish, in Mt Wellington, Auckland. They are pictured...

Much loved Wanganui ‘people’s priest’ dies

by SUE SECONI When the news spread of the death of 92-year-old Fr Bill Corcoran on July 4, there was raw sadness felt for loss of this much loved and...

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...

RSAs put on Gunfire Brekky

by MICHELLE VOLLEMAERE Known Unto God. This lonely epitaph, carved into thousands of unknown soldiers’ gravestones in Commonwealth cemeteries around the world, to me is even more heartwrenching than the promise...

Anger turns to support at rally

by ROWENA OREJANA A woman who was angry and verbally abusive last year at the 40 Days For Life prayer rally has made a turnaround and is now supporting the group. Family...

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...

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...

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...

Legendary hospital chaplain dies

by KATHLEEN CASEY Fr Bernie Goulding was 82 when he died on November 28, 2014, after 52 years as a diocesan priest in Christchurch. Fr Dan Doyle shared a tribute at...

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...

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...

Pope honours retired educator

by PETER GRACE A former educator known for his laugh and his engagement with people, Neil Laurenson, has been honoured by the Pope for his service to education. Mr Laurenson...

Fr Garty dies

by NZ CATHOLIC staff NEW PLYMOUTH — A priest who ministered mostly under the shadow of Mt Taranaki for seven decades has passed away. Francis Patrick (Frank) Garty died at New...

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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...