Friday, February 15, 2019

Thomas Merton anniversary marked

By Sr Eleanor Capper, RSJ December 10 marked 50 years since the death of the famous Trappist monk and international author Thomas Merton. He died unexpectedly in 1968, at the...

Hamilton diocese event celebrates families

More than two hundred people from some 39 families in the Hamilton diocese came together on the weekend of November 9-11 to celebrate families. The Family Weekend provided “a chance...

The Christmas season can be full of surprises for chaplains who work with seafarers. Last year, the Apostleship of the Sea Catholic chaplain at the Auckland Seafarers’ Centre on Quay...

Filipino priest brings faith and food together

by PATRICIA SISON Close to two hundred people were fed physically and spiritually at the Family Banquet event on November 10 in Tawa Wellingon, featuring priest and celebrity chef Fr...

Cardinal Dew holds up Nano Nagle as example

Wellington Cardinal John Dew called on the faithful to heed the words of Nano Nagle “who was giving her all to the poor long before Pope Francis began this day to remember the poor”. Cardinal...

Accompanying a suffering person gives perspective

Suffering has become a taboo in modern culture, but it is actually the greatest privilege in the world. This was what writer and academic Dr Colin Harte told residents of...

Former NZC editor ties the knot

At a joyous nuptial Mass, former NZ Catholic managing editor Gavin Abraham and Anna Surrey, a former lecturer at Good Shepherd College, said their “I do’s”. The Mass, at St Patrick’s church in Pukekohe on November 10,...

Nano Nagle: The ‘power of one’ celebrated

by JEFF DILLON Celebrating anybody’s birthday usually involves some careful preparations and when it involves someone who was born 300 years ago in 1718, then it certainly needs some thought.  So it proved recently...

Jesus admired in NZ; Church not so much

Although the Church as an institution, whether Catholic or Protestant, is being viewed with increased suspicion, Jesus is still very much admired and respected in this country, the results...

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...

Dunedin High Tea for very good cause

by JEFF DILLON An opportunity to share High Tea with Bishop Michael Dooley proved attractive as about 100 Dunedin faithful gathered recently at a former Sisters of Mercy convent, Marinoto House, in the grounds...

Wgtn priests fast and pray for day following Pope’s call

Priests in Wellington archdiocese committed to prayer and fasting on October 5 following on from Pope Francis’ August request that the People of God pray and fast in order to hear the “hushed pain”...

Wgtn council plaque for Suzanne Aubert

Venerable Suzanne Aubert was honoured in a ceremony at the Pukeahu War Memorial in Wellington on October 5, the 92nd anniversary of her funeral. As part of the Wellington City Council’s recently introduced Heritage Plaques scheme,...

Francis stolen from Ponsonby church

A billboard of Pope Francis with the word “welcome” has been stolen from in front of Sacred Heart church in Ponsonby, Auckland. Parish pastoral coordinator Eddie Eyre said he last saw the billboard around 6pm on...

Access and acceptance needed in parishes

by SARAH SPARKS Attending Mass regularly and on time might be a challenge for some able-bodied people. Yet for almost a quarter of the community who are disabled there are many blocks to...

Priest a friend to many because he was friend of God

In his priestly ministry, Msgr Pat Ward was a friend to so many people because he was first a friend of God’s. That was one of the tributes paid to Msgr Ward...

Much loved colleague farewelled in Akld

Staff of Auckland diocese paid their last respects to their much loved colleague Myra Crawford at a requiem Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on September 19. Mrs Crawford, 79, passed away on September 12....

Jubilarians Mass in Whanganui a first

For the first time since Palmerston North diocese was formed in 1980, the annual jubilarians Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated away from the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. The Catholic Parish of...

End of era for St Mary’s as last Mercy Sister departs

It was the end of an era for St Mary’s College in Ponsonby, Auckland when thelast Sister of Mercy on the school’s staff, Sr Priscilla Kohlhase, retired from her ministry there. St Mary’s...

Catholics invited to retrace Aubert’s steps

Catholics throughout the country are being invited to consider going on pilgrimage in New Zealand and retracing the footsteps of Venerable Suzanne Aubert. Sunday, October 7, marks the third annual Celebration Day for Venerable Suzanne Aubert...

Hamilton bishop knight chaplain in equestrian order

by PAT McCARTHY Seven new members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem were invested in a ceremony at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland, on September 15. The grand master of the order,...

Bishop asks parishes for housing crisis responses

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has urged parishes in his diocese to consider what responses they can make to address the housing crisis in their areas. In a pastoral letter dated September 16, Bishop Dunn...

Papal surprise for river city’s Joan and Clive

Whanganui Te Parihi Katorika a ki Whanganui parishioners Joan and Clive Sullivan were presented with a papal blessing on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary. The presentation, made by parish priest Fr...

Young adults get away to God on Banks Peninsula

by SINEAD GILGUN Several dozen young adults took up an opportunity to “get away from it all” for a weekend of prayer, adoration and fellowship on Banks Pensinsula last month.  They attended a Journey to...

Dunedin course gives men confidence to be good dads

Dunedin Catholic Social Services is looking at bringing their highly successful parenting course for fathers, Game On, to other parts of the country.  The course, which had been running in the diocese for...

Fr Merv looks back on 60 years of service

by JEFF DILLON If ever there was a pastor who knew the smells of the sheep in his various flocks, just as Pope Francis desires, Dunedin diocese’s Fr Merv McGettigan would be...

Too many candles below set statue in church alight

The wooden statue of the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus at St Thomas More Church in Glenfield caught fire recently with the cause being too many lit tealight candles below it.  Parish priest Fr...

Rates hits for Akld church properties

Catholic parish properties are among those facing huge council rates rises in Auckland. In August, Auckland Council issued new rates bills to many churches which classified all or parts of affected properties as...

Chch city church building projects halted

Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, has announced the cessation of all Church building projects that have not yet begun construction in the city until a review of placements of churches and facilities...

Longest religious procession in the world

El ‘Señor de los milagros’ (Lord of miracles) is the longest procession known worldwide. It holds ecclesiastical meaning of faith and devotion. It is a show of faith represented by...