Sunday, October 21, 2018

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...

Changing of guard at the Peace Place

The Dominican Friars of Emily Place, Auckland, the founders of the Peace Place, have handed over governance of their central city outreach centre to a new board of trustees. The new board includes long term...

Journey to Patea to celebrate jubilee with priest

A prayer of blessing and thanksgiving was prayed over Fr John Roberts by the congregation as he marked 40 years a priest to the day on August 19.Thirty parishioners had travelled the 50 minute...

International students mingle far from home

Six Catholic secondary schools in Auckland have brought some of their international students together for a  social event in what organisers hope will be an annual happening.More than 100 international students attended the...

Hato Petera College closed

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn, the proprietor of Hato Petera College in Northcote, believes that the cancellation of the college’s integration agreement, as announced by the Minister of Education, is in the best interests of...

Chanel Shield ‘three-peat’

For the third year in a row, John Paul College from Rotorua won the Chanel Shield, an inter-school Catholic cultural competition in Hamilton diocese.  Both Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe and JPC principal Patrick...

Icon, prayer garden at North Shore school

St Mary’s School in Northcote, Auckland celebrated the Feast of the Assumption by officially unveiling and blessing its new icon and Marian Prayer Garden on August 14. The focal point of the garden is a...

Dunedin bishop apologises

Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley has said he is “very interested” in there being a future liturgical gathering to acknowledge the victims of clerical sexual abuse in the diocese and the Church’s failure to handle...

Leadership amid many challenges

Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan was this year’s keynote speaker at the Archdiocese of Sydney’s clergy formation conference. The topic given to Bishop Drennan was: “Icons of Christ: developing personally and professionally as leaders...

Gore college takes out Bishop’s Shield this year

St Peter’s College in Gore has won the Bishop’s Shield at the Seventy-Fifth Annual Otago and Southland Catholic Secondary Schools’ Public Speaking Competition. The competition, which was attended by Bishop Michael Dooley, was...

Jolenna on United Nations youth mission

by SARAH ROBERTS Jolenna Deo is one of 22 students from throughout the country to be selected for the United Nations Youth New Zealand Global Development Tour for 2019.  The St Dominic’s Catholic College year...

Hospital chaplaincy work is much appreciated

by MATT GRAY Fr Martin Bugler is winding down his chaplaincy duties at Auckland’s North Shore Hospital and easing himself into retirement at the age of 91.Fr Bugler, who has just celebrated...

Celebrity chef priest to tell of food and God’s love

A priest, celebrity chef, martial arts instructor, break-dancer, award-winning author, radio and TV show host — Fr Leo Patalinghug — is coming to New Zealand in November with a message that centres around...

Legionary deacon ordained in Dunedin

Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley ordained James Cleary to the diaconate at St Joseph’s Church in Brockville on August 6. Deacon Cleary, of the Legionaries of Christ/ Regnum Christi, is...

Walking with fellow pilgrims on mission

Auckland diocese’s Religious Education Team recently launched Mentoring for Mission, a two-day workshop aimed at providing parishioners with skills and confidence to “walk alongside fellow pilgrims in their mission” as baptised Catholics. RE team leader Sr...

Artist visits sites of Aubert inspiration

Nationally acclaimed quilter Merrilyn George, the creator of the widely exhibited collection of 21 quilts called Set Apart  depicting the life of Venerable Suzanne Aubert, has finally visited these places expressed in her...

Hamilton bishop writes pastoral letter on abuse

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe has called on all parishioners of the diocese to join him in praying “that the cycle of sexual abuse may be broken” as reports on Fr Magnus Murray (who...

18,000 volumes moved in diocesan library shift

Auckland diocese’s library has completed a move to its new home at the Pompallier Diocesan Centre in Ponsonby.In a sense, it is something of a homecoming for the library, which used to...

Challenges faced by people with disabilities

People with disabilities want to be treated as people first — rather than by being defined by impairment — and everyone has a role to play in helping bring that to fruition. That was...

Wellington Mass for those hurt by broken marriages

Wellington Cardinal John Dew assured parishioners hurt by divorce or separation that the Church loves and supports them and that they are part of the faith community. The cardinal gave the reassurance at...

Auckland jubilees celebrated

Jubilarian Fr Martin Bugler used the occasion of Auckland diocese’s clergy jubilee Mass to remind his fellow priests of the mystery of God calling them to their vocations. At the Mass at Immaculate Conception church...

50 years of Worldwide Marriage Encounter celebrated

by Fr RON BENNETT The 50th anniversary of Worldwide Marriage Encounter was held at the Western Lombard Yorktown Centre, near Chicago, from June 22-24. The theme of this convention was “We remember, we celebrate, we...

Country kids reach out to suffering farming families

by PETER OWENS St John’s Catholic Primary School in Ranfurly, Central Otago is small. It has a roll of 62 students from the town of Ranfurly and the surrounding Maniatoto Region. Ranfurly is a...

Forums tackle ‘elephant’ issues

The Young Church Ministry of the Archdiocese of Wellington has launcheda mini-series of forums called “Elephant Issues” to help people who are working in youth ministry deal with tricky or uncomfortable issues.Young Church...

Columbans gather to celebrate 100 years

by Fr TOM ROUSE, SSC On Friday, July 27, at 6.30pm we celebrated the Columban centenary Mass at Sts Peter and Paul’s church, Lower Hutt. Many people turned up for the occasion, including more...

Soup kitchen wins supreme award

The Compassion Soup Kitchen in Wellington was the supreme winner at the 2018 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards ceremony on July 26. The soup kitchen, which has been run by the Sisters of...

Massgoers in Auckland diocese quizzed

Sunday Massgoers in Auckland diocese were asked last month about many different aspects of their parish lives.The survey was aimed at providing data to help prepare Auckland diocese’s next pastoral plan. There were 53 questions...

Vocations weekend in Wairarapa

Nine young people joined Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan for a weekend of “prayer, insight and purpose”. The annual vocations retreat was held at the Magnificat Retreat Centre in Wairarapa from July 6-8. It was for those...

Awards for helping seafarers

by JENNY McPHEE The contributions of the many volunteers at the Lyttelton Seafarers Centre, a joint Catholic/Anglican initiative, were publicly recognised twice recently in the form of awards. The first was an award from Volunteering Canterbury for services to the community. And...

Sculpture catches the attention of parishioners

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Wondering about knuckles tattooed with “LOVE” on one hand and “HATE” on the other and how to turn “HATE” to “LOVE”, Hamilton’s John Lewis encountered a scripture from John 14:9...

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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...