Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Burying the ‘Alleluia’ for Lent

by JEFF DILLON In a lead up to the Lenten season, the Dunedin Latin Mass Society decided to embrace a centuries-old tradition, which is...

PM a hit with Hamilton students

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern were the guests of honour at the opening of the new Marcellin Centre at St John’s College in...

Basilica damaged

by PETER OWENS One of Invercargill’s oldest churches, which is also an Invercargill landmark, remained closed for at least one more week from the...

Deacon Dad proud of his bishop son

For the first time in the history of the Catholic Church in New Zealand, the son of a permanent deacon has been ordained as a...

Anniversary celebration at Jerusalem on the Whanganui River

by TED DOWNS Bishop Peter Cullinane, retired Bishop of Palmerston North, has kindly agreed to officiate at the celebrations at Jerusalem on the Whanganui...

Wgtn conference to look at ministry to youth and families

by CHRIS DUTHIE-JUNG Pope Francis is calling for us all to rethink the way we go about evangelising in our respective communities. Under his...

A reflection on Querida Amazonia – Bishop Stephen Lowe

Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical letter Laudato Si’, on care for our common home, the earth, continued the tradition of the prophets and of popes before him who have spoken...

March for Life in Auckland CBD

He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata! What is the most important thing in the world? It...

JPC calls for tighter firearms controls in NZ

Auckland diocese’s Justice and Peace Commission has told a parliamentary select committee that urgent attention should be given to the tight control of advertising of all gun...

Farewell to Orewa parish ‘matriarch’

St John the Evangelist parish in Orewa, Auckland, lost its “matriarch” when Valerie Ann Bennett passed away in her home on January 24, at the age of...

War story bids for Oscar

Accusations of “whitewashing” and calls for racial and gender quotas again accompanied the 2020 Oscar nominations. Sheer merit alone, judged by your peers, is not enough for...

Regnum Christi fellowship calling

It is important to encourage young people in their faith as well as in bringing their faith to areas of leadership in the secular world. This...

Tauranga loses talented lady

by PATRICIA BROOKS The Tauranga parish of St Thomas Aquinas recently said farewell to a  most remarkable parishioner,  Beverley Roberts. Mrs...

Mass with the rising sun

At 5.30am on New Year’s Day, a Mass was celebrated on Midway Beach, Gisborne, by Msgr Frank Eggleton and Fr Jack Smith, with Deacon Mike Rolfe helping....

Whangarei’s summer of building family faith

During the summer months, Whangarei’s Catholic parish and schoolsare trying something new to help build up the faith life of families. A series of...

Tongan Catholics clean up close to home

Taking pride in their neighbourhood and taking action to help our common home - in line with the teaching in Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’- were among the motivations...

Whanganui women honoured

Seven women from the Catholic Parish of Whanganui - Te Parihi Katorika Ki Whanganui - were recognised for their service in the Society of St Vincent de Paul at...

Volunteers thanked at Mass

by STEPHEN FRASER The Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph in Auckland was again alive with the throng and the sounds of several hundred...

Otama flag centre of Armistice Day service

by PETER OWENS The parish priest of Waikiwi, Invercargill, Fr Tony Harrison, recently conducted a signficant public service in his role as an army chaplain –...

Open to talks on Maori papal apology call

Te Runanga o Te Hahi Katorika ki Aotearoa chair Sr Tui Cadigan, RSM, said she would be open to a thorough discussion on a call by the...

Planned rebuild helps GI school

Pupils at St Pius X Catholic School in Glen Innes in East Auckland“learned” from home for two days last month, as the school shifted into brand new...

Fit-out funding push to complete St Peter’s chapel

St Peter’s College is having a final fundraising push in a bid to finish its estimated $3 million chapel before the next school year.

New mission centre planned in Napier city

Plans are progressing towards a new Catholic administration and mission centre in Napier city. According to the Catholic Parish of Napier newsletter, since...

Whangamomona celebrates proud heritage

by CAROLE DOOR On Saturday, November 9, there was a wonderful celebration to commemorate the 100th year of Whangamomona’s Sacred HeartChurch.

Devonport church centenary

St Francis de Sales and All Souls parish in Devonport celebrated its church’s 100th birthday on November 1. A new tabernacle, created by...

Statue replicated for Beatitudes jubilee

Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, unveiled a new shrine at Leithfield, just north of Christchurch, on the 25th Jubilee Celebration of the presence of the Community of...

Sisters give home to street kids

The Marist Sisters are supporting a centre in the Philippines that takes careof, and provides a home for, children of street women and prostitutes.

Deceased clergy remembered

The human frailties of priests — and even of apostles — can help to make them attractive figures. Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn said this...

Faith leaders concerned at EOLC bill

Religious leaders from a number of New Zealand’s faith traditions have written a joint letter to Members of Parliament expressing their grave concerns about passing the...

Thames parish upgrades security

A spate of petty crime has driven the installation of security cameras, solar lighting and an extra fence at St Francis of Assisi church in Thames.