Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Access and acceptance needed in parishes

by SARAH SPARKS Attending Mass regularly and on time might be a challenge for some able-bodied people. Yet for almost a quarter of the community who are disabled there are many blocks to...

Priest a friend to many because he was friend of God

In his priestly ministry, Msgr Pat Ward was a friend to so many people because he was first a friend of God’s. That was one of the tributes paid to Msgr Ward...

Much loved colleague farewelled in Akld

Staff of Auckland diocese paid their last respects to their much loved colleague Myra Crawford at a requiem Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on September 19. Mrs Crawford, 79, passed away on September 12....

Jubilarians Mass in Whanganui a first

For the first time since Palmerston North diocese was formed in 1980, the annual jubilarians Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated away from the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. The Catholic Parish of...

End of era for St Mary’s as last Mercy Sister departs

It was the end of an era for St Mary’s College in Ponsonby, Auckland when thelast Sister of Mercy on the school’s staff, Sr Priscilla Kohlhase, retired from her ministry there. St Mary’s...

Catholics invited to retrace Aubert’s steps

Catholics throughout the country are being invited to consider going on pilgrimage in New Zealand and retracing the footsteps of Venerable Suzanne Aubert. Sunday, October 7, marks the third annual Celebration Day for Venerable Suzanne Aubert...

Hamilton bishop knight chaplain in equestrian order

by PAT McCARTHY Seven new members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem were invested in a ceremony at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland, on September 15. The grand master of the order,...

Bishop asks parishes for housing crisis responses

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has urged parishes in his diocese to consider what responses they can make to address the housing crisis in their areas. In a pastoral letter dated September 16, Bishop Dunn...

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...

Young adults get away to God on Banks Peninsula

by SINEAD GILGUN Several dozen young adults took up an opportunity to “get away from it all” for a weekend of prayer, adoration and fellowship on Banks Pensinsula last month.  They attended a Journey to...

Dunedin course gives men confidence to be good dads

Dunedin Catholic Social Services is looking at bringing their highly successful parenting course for fathers, Game On, to other parts of the country.  The course, which had been running in the diocese for...

Fr Merv looks back on 60 years of service

by JEFF DILLON If ever there was a pastor who knew the smells of the sheep in his various flocks, just as Pope Francis desires, Dunedin diocese’s Fr Merv McGettigan would be...

Too many candles below set statue in church alight

The wooden statue of the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus at St Thomas More Church in Glenfield caught fire recently with the cause being too many lit tealight candles below it.  Parish priest Fr...

Rates hits for Akld church properties

Catholic parish properties are among those facing huge council rates rises in Auckland. In August, Auckland Council issued new rates bills to many churches which classified all or parts of affected properties as...

Chch city church building projects halted

Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, has announced the cessation of all Church building projects that have not yet begun construction in the city until a review of placements of churches and facilities...

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...

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Nano Nagle: The ‘power of one’ celebrated

by JEFF DILLON Celebrating anybody’s birthday usually involves some careful preparations and when it involves someone who was born 300 years ago in 1718, then it certainly needs some thought.  So it proved recently...