Thursday, February 23, 2017

College loses gentle soul and passionate educator

St Dominic’s Catholic College (Henderson) deputy principal Susan Mary Armstrong was farewelled for the last time by her loved ones, school staff and students at the school’s sports centre...

Dominican family in NZ celebrates 800 years jubilee

The members of the Dominican family in Aotearoa New Zealand celebrated their 800th jubilee with a national gathering in Auckland on the weekend of November 18-20. Sr Margaret Butler, OP,...

Church leaders concerned at plight of Indian students facing deportation

Cardinal John Dew and leaders of the Anglican and Methodist churches in New Zealand have spoken out about the plight of the Indian students currently facing deportation from this...

2017 synod plan for Wellington

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Cardinal John Dew has decreed the convocation of a synod for the Archdiocese of Wellington, to be held on September 22-24 this year. He said he did...

Fond farewell to Forbury church

by Jeff Dillon In what appeared to be a clash of emotions, the formal closing of St Bernadette’s church in Forbury, Dunedin took place on Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday...

First filipina JP in district

by John Foley A notable milestone occurred at the Timaru Courthouse on September 23 when Waimate’s Dr Marieta Chan was sworn in as South Canterbury’s first Filipino Justice of the...

Bishop Drennan’s father passed away

Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan's father passed away on January 20, 2017. Oliver John Drennan, 99, was a NZ Army major during World War II. He died peacefully at Chatswood...

Call for boycott of TV 3 “Fifty Shades of Grey” advertisers

Family First NZ is calling on TV3 to cancel the broadcast of “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie this Sunday evening, and is going to ask families to boycott businesses...

Asylum seeker trust thankful for ongoing Catholic support

Eight-year-old John (not his real name) wants to be a player for the All Whites and help New Zealand win a FIFA championship because he is “very good at soccer”. Four years ago, this...

Two Wellington priests die on same day

Many people in Wellington archdiocese and beyond are mourning the deaths of two much-loved and respected senior priests on the same day last month. Church historian and former rector and lecturer at Holy Cross...

Ellerslie principal leaves after 30 years

by SAIRA BOYLE Cheryl Cowan’s quarter of a century plus as principal of St Mary’s School, Ellerslie, concluded at the end of the 2016. Mrs Cowan’s 30 years of service and leadership of the school,...

Tamaki misses mark with remarks

Courage New Zealand chaplain Fr Peter Farrant said he would not take seriously the comments of Destiny Church Bishop Brian Tamaki linking the actions of gays, sinners and murderers with some earthquakes. Bishop Tamaki made the...

Marist acting principal at theologate

Theologian Fr Mervyn Duffy, SM, has been appointed acting principal of Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby from January, 2017. Good Shepherd College provides theological education in the Roman Catholic tradition and has a...

Easter hope for St Mary of the Angels

It is hoped that the seismic strengthening work on St Mary of the Angels church in central Wellington will be completed in time to celebrate the 2017 Easter liturgies in the church.  On October 30,...

Funeral planning sessions held at Tauranga parish

The Vatican’s recent instruction on Christian practice with regard to human remains confirms what has been taught in funeral planning sessions in Tauranga parish. The Parish of St Thomas Aquinas has been running such sessions...

Week of devotion to Mary for Mangere parishes

by BRENDAN ROBERTS Candles flickered, voices rang out joyfully with prayers and singing as parishioners adored the Blessed Sacrament at the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes at St Therese church in Mangere on...

Priest wings into Kaikoura quake zone

Kaikoura might have had its road and rail links with the outside world cut off for days after a massive magnitude 7.8 earthquake, but its resourceful parish priest found a way to...

Four centuries of Christchurch Vinnies service

In a worthy occasion, the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Christchurch recently celebrated a total of more than 400 years of apostolic work carried out by nine members of local conferences....

Interchurch food bank 25 years old

by EVELYN LEECH Twenty five years ago, a need to help families and people living alone in Mt Wellington and Panmure areas was identified — and four churches responded. The...

Memoir tells of childhood arthritis

How does a child deal with acute pain? Wellington-based author Trish Harris answers this question and others in her memoir about pain and loss, identity and living creatively in a...

NZ resource to boost families

A new book aimed at strengthening families so as to become communities of life and love is to be launched in Wellington this month.Love is our mission: The family fully alive...

South to city mercy pilgrimage

After walking the best part of 16km on a pilgrimage from Otahuhu to St Patrick’s Cathedral in central Auckland on October 29, all Elifasa Ipiniu could say was “awesome”.  The 51-year-old from St...

Arrowtown’s ‘olive leaf’ centre proposal faces opposition

by PETER OWENS A protest group has been formed in opposition to a proposal to build an “olive leaf” design community building next to the historic Church of St Patrick in Arrowtown.  A neighbour of...

Chch cathedral future up to new bishop

A final decision about saving the nave of the earthquake damaged Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch and progressively building back other parts of the cathedral is to be left to the new Bishop...

Bishop Campbell’s ongoing 75th birthday

by JEFF DILLON With a seemingly endless round of birthday celebrations which threatened to equal in number his actual years, the Bishop of Dunedin, Bishop Colin Campbell marked a major...

New Passionist family movement leaders

by JUDE McKEE A recent Sunday Mass at St Theresa’s Parish in Plimmerton featured a very special celebration. For the past 25 years, Rob and Lynn Hill have coordinated the...

Southern school goes shade of hi-tech green

Rangiora’s Catholic primary school has harnessed the power of the sun using a novel implementation of solar power technology. On October 14, a new hybrid solar system was commissioned and...

Catholic identity vital for De Paul House after 30 years

Preserving its special character, as well as ongoing funding requirements, will continue to be the main challenges for Catholic social agency De Paul House. De Paul House general manager Jan Rutledge, speaking at a celebration...

Catholicism and art talk at Wgtn gallery

by MARTIN DE JONG An artistic dialogue between life and religion took place at City Gallery Wellington last month, as photographer Anne Noble and poet/painter Greg O’Brien discussed how Catholicism had influenced their artistic work. The conversation, “Catholicism and...

Principal retires after 26 years in charge

Bernard Fitzgibbon’s quarter of a century plus as principal of St John’s School, Mairangi Bay, concluded at the end of the third school term.  Mr Fitzgibbon’s 26 years of service and leadership of the school...

Featured News

Church decommissioned

by JOHN FONG St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Ohaupo, near Te Awamutu, was closed and decommissioned at a Mass on December 22, with Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe the celebrant. A social function was held afterwards...