Monday, May 22, 2017

Historic collar owners sought

Cathedral of the Holy Spirit parishioner in Palmerston North and past national president of the Hibernian Catholic Benefit Society Ian Bailey is appealing to the families of the owners...

Environmental video wins award for Rotorua students

Three students from John Paul College in Rotorua have been acknowledged nationally for making a video about protecting their local environment. A three minute video by Eamon Walsh, David Harrison...

Community garden sprouts in South Dunedin

by JEFF DILLON In the Mercy pastoral area in South Dunedin the seed of an idea is beginning to sprout and show signs of growth despite the cooler autumnal conditions...

Blood spilled for drone victims

Protestors spilled their own blood on the steps of the Government Security Communications Bureau building in Wellington on March 3 as part of a protest action that called attention...

St Michael’s celebrates a century of education

by LEIA MARQUES-RUIZ From February 24-26, St Michael’s Catholic School celebrated its centenary — 100 years on Beatrice Road, Remuera (1917-2017). The celebrations began on the Friday with a photo taken of the current...

Studies part of ‘tradition’

Bishop Peter Cullinane has told students and staff at Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby that their academic year is part of what the Church calls “tradition”. In his homily at...

Book helps parents combat pornography

The international best-selling book Good Pictures Bad Pictures is now available in New Zealand exclusively from Focus on the Family NZ. Good Pictures Bad Pictures is an illustrated book that...

Psychiatrist queries pro-life contributions to abortion

Abortion cannot be stopped unless pro-life people understand how they are contributing to it, said a prominent Canadian pro-life child and family psychiatrist. Dr Philip Ney, in an interview...

40 Days for Life can be last line of defence

40 Days for Life chairman Matt Britton assured pro-lifers in New Zealand that they are not alone as Lent ushered in the fourth such nationwide campaign to end abortion...

Caritas worker aims to help in Sudan crisis

Following the declaration of famine in South Sudan, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s lead humanitarian aid worker, Mark Mitchell, is preparing to return to the world’s newest nation to help...

Kiwis helping save kids from gangs

In Latin America, where the drug trade is rampant and gang–related violence is common, Kiwis are helping orphaned and abandoned children find safe haven in the “ranchos” of Nuestro...

Community garden sprouts in South Dunedin

by JEFF DILLON In the Mercy pastoral area in South Dunedin the seed of an idea is beginning to sprout and show signs of growth despite the cooler autumnal conditions...

St Mary’s royal former student dies

St Mary’s College in Ponsonby has bid a sad farewell to one of its most distinguished former students – the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho of Tonga. Queen Mata’aho died in Auckland...

50 charismatic years celebrated

by JENNY McPHEE Pope Francis says “The greatest gift the Renewal has to offer is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.” Before he was Pope, Cardinal Bergoglio’s initial impression of charismatic Catholics was that...

Maori deacon in bishops’ conference role

Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard will be taking on a new part-time role with the Secretariat for the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.  Deacon Karatea-Goddard will be supporting the secretariat and the bishops in their commitment to...

Many firsts as new Moerewa church opened

by WIGA AUTET More than 400 people — the living stones of the local Church — gathered inMoerewa, Bay of Islands, on a windy Saturday afternoon on January 21, to rejoice at...

Blessing for new Takanini Catholic school

February 6 marked a very special day for Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School in Takanini, south Auckland, as it prepared to open its doors to the community and the 54 foundation students...

Akld commission calls for decent society with participation

Auckland diocese’s Justice and Peace Commission has called on the Government to accepts its responsibility to focus on building a decent society where everyone has enough to participate fully, not just “building a more...

Bishop’s headstone unveiled

Christchurch diocesan administrator Fr Rick Loughnan blessed the headstone on the late Bishop Barry Jones’s grave on February 12, one day before the late bishop’s one year anniversary. Bishop Jones...

Wgtn archdiocese synod date changed

The date of Wellington archdiocese’s synod later this year has been changed in order to avoid a clash with the general election. CathNews New Zealand reported that the original date...

NZ women to kick off world prayer day

New Zealand women started an ecumenical wave of prayer for the world on Friday, March 3, with services throughout the country. Prepared by Filipina women, the liturgy for the day...

Catholic service at national scouting jamboree

by EDMUND LE GRELLE Over New Year, the 21st New Zealand Scout Jamboree was held in Marlborough. Renwick was the venue where more than 4200 scouts and leaders camped for 10 days. Scouts...

Working at marriage relationship for six decades

Vi and Mike Davies, parishioners of 49 years at Holy Family church, Whanganui, renewed their wedding vows before the congregation at the vigil Mass on December 10. The couple have been married for...

From youth ministry to social justice promotion

With his passion for the outdoors, newly-appointed social justice animator for the Hamilton diocese Alex Bailey is looking forward to working in the area of environmental care. “We are all called to take personal responsibility...

Mother Aubert hotspots on River City pilgrim trail

From a pilgrim’s perspective, Whanganui city will become a destination in its own right, and not merely a through-road to Jersualem (Hiruhama) along the Whanganui River, when the Venerable Suzanne Aubert is eventually...

Beatification process is formally opened for Fr Jean-Claude Colin

On January 26, a meeting took place in the archbishop’s residence in Lyons, France, to formally open the beatification process of Fr Jean-Claude Colin, founder of the Society of Mary.  The meeting was...

Msgr Harrington dies in Chch

Christchurch diocese has bid a fond farewell to one of its senior priests, Msgr James Harrington, who died on January 28 at Nazareth House, in the 60th year of his priesthood. Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe was...

Taonga of Our Lady made

Students from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Whanganui line up underneath their art work expressing their image of Our Lady which hangs as a mural in the school hall.  The mural, painted in...

2016 Walk by Faith graduates

Ten people from Auckland and Hamilton dioceses graduated from the Walk by Faith programme with Diplomas in Religious Education towards the end of 2016.  Most of these graduated at a ceremony at the Pompallier Diocesan...

Sacraments received with joy in Te Tai Tokerau

by WIGA AUTET “Sealed with the Holy Spirit, you must stand tall and have courage.”  Children, teenagers and young adults from Panguru, Kohukohu and Broadwood have been entrusted with this mission as they were receiving...