Monday, February 26, 2018

Major Hui Maori Katorika held in Otara

by Fr BERNARD DENNEHY The Bi-Cultural Committee of the Justice and Peace Commission for Auckland diocese was delighted to have initiated the first Hui Māori Katorika of this nature held...

Thames parish and school celebrate 150 years

Close to five hundred gathered over three days at St Francis of Assisi School and Parish in Thames earlier this month to celebrate their Sesquicentennial year having started way...

Ancient wisdom heard in the time of the ‘instant’

Hearing voices from the ancient world, praying ancient prayers and having hope in the same way as our ancestors in the faith did were topics touched upon by Bishop...

Tributes paid to remarkable Dame Sr Pauline

The eulogies at the funeral Mass for Dame Sister Pauline Engel, RSM, while tinged with sadness, also elicited fond laughter from many present. Those eulogies also paid tribute to a...

Fond farewell for Dunedin choirmaster

by JEFF DILLON On November 9, a large congregation filled St Joseph's Cathedral in Dunedin to farewell, Michael Francis McConnell, a well-known member of the parish and the wider community. It...

Sisters reflect on Otara school beginnings

At Labour weekend, St John the Evangelist Catholic School in Otara, Auckland, celebrated its 50th jubilee with two very important guests: Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Mother Sisters Clara...

Public gets closer look at historic St Gerard’s

by GORDON COPELAND St Gerard’s church (1908) and monastery (1932), which were built by the Redemptorist order and are now owned by the lay-led Institute for World Evangelisation — ICPE...

Newly-arrived priests learn about NZ

by Msgr DAVID TONKS Nine priests who have come to serve in Auckland diocese from other places participated in a three day orientation programme, held at the Mary MacKillop Centre,...

Lectio Divina used at Wgtn Masses

by MARTIN DE JONG Accounts from Lower Hutt suggest an introduction to praying the Gospel using Lectio Divina in Wellington archdiocese Masses on Sunday, October 29, went down well. The process...

‘Overseas’ Chinese Catholics meet in NZ

Many dozens of “overseas” Chinese Catholics from throughout the world gathered in Auckland last month for a conference with the theme of “faith and the family”. This was the sixth...

School mural shows beautiful North-East Valley

by JEFF DILLON Thinking positively by Sacred Heart School in North East Valley, Dunedin, produced a top result with the school winning the primary school section of the “Keep New...

Farewell to Polish refugee who had remarkable life

The life of Helena Wanda Ellis, a leading light in Auckland’s Polish community, was a story of resilience, tragedy, faith and love that is quite remarkable. This was the consensus...

Memorial Mass for those affected by suicide

The Catholic Parish of Whanganui — Te Parihi Katorika a ki Whanganui in celebrating a Memorial Mass for those affected by suicide, acknowledged that in the past, the Catholic...

St Mary’s new science block named after former principal

A much-needed architecturally-designed science centre was opened at St Mary’s College in Ponsonby on October 14 to cater to its more than 900 students studying science.    The 1700 square metre science...

Major media role for former editor

Former NZ Catholic managing editor Gavin Abraham has been appointed as media and communications director of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. After joining NZ Catholic in 2005, Mr Abraham went...

Priests’ jubilees celebrated in P.NorthSchool

by EMMA DODSWORTH Seven priests of Palmerston North Diocese celebrated significant jubilees at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on October 10. They were Fr Joe O’Sullivan (60 years), Fr Fergus...

Cathedral character often there 24/7

Visiting St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland won’t ever be quite the same following the death of long time cathedral custodian John Toland, who died on September 30, aged 81. At...

Changing narrative about NZ’s vulnerable kids

Newly-installed Ministry for Vulnerable Children chief executive Grainne Moss said the biggest job of the ministry is to “change the public narrative in New Zealand” about vulnerable children. Mrs Moss,...

Call for stronger environmental policies

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has called on the new Parliament of New Zealand to implement stronger policies and frameworks that take account of the impact of environmental degradation on...

A new era starts for Island Bay Home of Compassion

by MARTIN DE JONG Our Lady’s Home of Compassion at Island Bay, Wellington, entered a new era on October 14 as the final resting place for the Venerable Suzanne Aubert...

Family Pilgrimage visits North Island Marian sites

by PATRICIA SISON On September 30 to October 1, a contingent of families set out on a pilgrimage visiting sacred sites in the North Island associated with the titles of...

Caritas responds to emergencies

Caritas is responding around the world to humanitarian emergencies related to extreme weather, earthquakes and refugee relocation. Monsoon rain has led to flooding in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh that has...

Jeanette on vocational journey of Mercy

Sunday, September 17, was a special day for Ngā Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand. Sr Jeanette Mathers professed her vows to God in the presence of...

Rejoicing at restored Hamilton St Mary’s Chapel

by JOHN FONG The instruction from Bishop Denis Browne (when he was Bishop of Hamilton) was clear: Restore St Mary’s Chapel. This involved earthquake-strengthening, upgrading building services, re-wiring and undertaking...

Jesus Youth gather in Chch

by Jenny McPhee Praise and worship music with a beautiful Indian sound filled St Teresa’s parish hall in Riccarton on September 9, as “Jesus Youth” in Christchurch celebrated the 10...

Indian cardinal liked NZ during pastoral visit

The Syro-Malabar Catholic community in New Zealand was thrilled to be visited last month by Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, the major archbishop of their church. The church is an Eastern...

Cluny nuns have chapter

On August 14-19, the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny held their provincial chapter at their Cluny Retreat Centre, Tauranga. The elected members came from the four countries belonging...

19,000 cans collected for SVDP benefit

The Cans for Christmas project this year exceeded expectations in collecting 19,000 cans of food for the Society of St Vincent De Paul for their Christmas food bank supplies....

Digital learning programme to 100 schools

The Manaiakalani Education Trust is rolling out its digital education programme to 50 more low decile schools throughout New Zealand next year. Manaiakalani trust chairman Patrick Snedden told Catholic journalists...

Hamilton looks to encounter Christ anew

Hamilton’s diocesan pastoral council has suggested several reasons why numbers are declining at Sunday Mass. In a forum made available on the Hamilton diocese’s website, the council was one of...