Friday, April 26, 2019

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...

‘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...

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...

Bishop objects to anti-Catholic insert

AUCKLAND Thousands of words attacking the papacy and Catholicism appeared in an Auckland community newspaper in late May.  The North Shore Times, owned by Fairfax Media, carried an insert...

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...

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...

Administrator elected for the diocese

by NZ Catholic staff The College of Consultors in the Christchurch diocese elected Vicar-General Fr Rick Loughnan as the Administrator of the diocese. The administrator is not a bishop but is...

Faith rekindled at camp

by ROWENA OREJANA AUCKLAND — Rekindling of faith and friendships for life were the results of the two-day national conference of Youth for Christ (YFC) at Hunua Camp in Papakura...

Pupils raise $380 for missions

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Room 5 children at St Joseph’s School in Grey Lynn raised $380 for Missionz before Christmas. Missionz is the Pontifical Mission Society of New Zealand. Under the eye...

Late fatherhood a key in Wanganui man’s work

by SUE SECONI WANGANUI — “Surprised and unexpected, but absolutely delighted to receive this acknowledgement,” was the immediate response from Wanganui’s Ted Downs after he was awarded Life Membership...

Couple to help in Timor-Leste

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Auckland Catholic couple Andrew Leong and Mary Seong are preparing to spend the next 12 months volunteering in East Timor. Palms Australia recruited Andrew Leong,...

Deacon Lam ordained in the south

by JEFF DILLON A warm May evening in Dunedin was matched by the warmth of the reception from the congregation in St Bernadette’s Church, Forbury, Dunedin to witness a special...

Sadness at closing of Aubert Home of Compassion in Wanganui

by SUE SECONI Wanganui — It was with much sadness for the Catholic community, the city and the Sisters of Compassion that the order’s leadership team decided to close the...

Concert raises $33,000 for Filipino priests’ healthcare

by ROWENA OREJANA A Valentine’s Day concert spearheaded by St Joseph’s Takapuna assistant priest Fr Elric Jorquia raised $33,155 for the healthcare of priests in his provincial diocese of Malaybalay in the...

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...

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...

25 years of service bring papal award

by KATHLEEN CASEY In recognition of more than 25 years of service to the Church, Liz Mulholland was awarded the papal medal, Cruce pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, at St Francis...

Ethically compromised vaccines named

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — Australian researchers have listed ethically compromised vaccines for rubella, polio, chickenpox, shingles, hepatitis A and rabies available in New Zealand, as well as ethical alternatives...

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...

Chch parishes unite to celebrate jubilee

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — A crowded church testified to the wide ministry that Fr Simon Eccleton has had in his 25 years as a diocesan priest. At his jubilee Mass at...

Award for admired parishioner

by JENNY McPHEE Eseta Kaio has been awarded the papal award Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice from Pope Francis in recognition of her years of tireless service to the Church and...

Altar server cultural clash becoming an issue in some parishes

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Women and girls serving at the altar is becoming an issue in some parishes that have high numbers of migrants attending Mass, Auckland diocese's liturgy...

Little Company communities unite

by NZ CATHOLIC staff On March 1 Little Company of Mary Sisters celebrated the union of their communities in Australia, New Zealand and Tonga, becoming one province named the Little...

One chicken can last for three family meals

by MICHELLE VOLLEMAERE Crikey, chickens are expensive. Well, the free-range ones are, and those are all I buy these days. All the media hype about the terrible conditions that intensely farmed...

Small college wins O’Shea Shield

by BELLA GIBNEY WANGANUI — St Catherine’s College, Kilbirnie, has won the 2014 competition for the O’Shea Shield. Seventeeen Catholic colleges from Palmerston North diocese and Wellington archdiocese compete annually for the...

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,...

Seafarer service leads to papal acknowledgement

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Service over 20 years with the Apostolate of the Sea has led to a papal award for Philip Dromgool of Auckland. Mr Dromgool was invested with...

New Chch parish complex underway

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Choirs and music groups will be delighted that work has started on the new parish facilities and music centre at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Christchurch. The new...

Wgtn priest dies

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Msgr Patrick Edward O’Connor, long-time parish priest and first superior of the Missio Sui Iuris of Tokelau, one of the most isolated places on Earth, died at...

Kathleen carries on after house fire

by CHRISTINE GOUNDER LOWER HUTT — Even after 22 years, Kathleen Sheehan is dedicated to her volunteer shift at Te Omanga hospice in Lower Hutt, to do her bit for...

Featured News

Auckland diocese welcomes new general manager

Auckland diocese’s new general manager, James van Schie, was “handed over” to his new role by friends, family and other supporters at a powhiri at the Pompallier Diocesan Centre in Ponsonby on...