Wednesday, June 20, 2018

All Black giant locks in Rosmini success for 2018

Students at Rosmini College on Auckland’s North Shore were wowed by the appearance of All Black Brodie Retallick at a lunchtime presentation ceremony on April 4. Retallick was invited to...

An extra special Easter for the Bridge family

by MARK EBERY A total of 13 catechumens were baptised, and 12 candidates were confirmed at the Easter vigil and first Mass of the Resurrection held in a packed-out Cathedral...

Leading sister leaves our shores

In 1960, a young Bridget Anne Donnelly left her home in Coventry to join the Little Sisters of the Poor in London. While her father was supportive of her decision,...

Rome ecumenism impresses Anglican

by DAN STOLLENWERK It was with great joy that the Anglican Roman Catholic Conference of Aotearoa NZ (ARCCANZ) welcomed back Archbishop Sir David Moxon to their semi-annual gathering at Vaughan...

Shock in Whanganui as rest home announces closure

Taking the decision to close Whanganui’s Nazareth Rest Home and Hospital was just as serious and difficult for the board to do as it was for the residents, their...

Whare Taonga for history collections closer

After 30 years, the late Pa Henare Tate’s dream of having a whare taonga to house a massive collection of artefacts relating to the Catholic Church’s history in New...

‘Dominican Centre’ opens in Central Otago

by PETER OWENS A new multi-purpose “Dominican Centre” has been opened and blessed in Cromwell in Central Otago. The new facility, which will serve as a weekday Mass centre and a...

Upgraded facilities mean a brighter future for Cambridge school students

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe blessed the newly-refurbished junior student classrooms at St Peter’s Catholic School in Cambridge on March 9. School principal Grant Stuart said the existing building had been...

NZ bishops reflect on children of priests issue

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have discussed and reflected upon the issue of children of Catholic priests who have promised celibacy. In a message to Coping International’s Vincent Doyle sent last...

Hundreds walk in Hamilton March for Life

by John Fong The March for Life in Hamilton on March 11 attracted some 450 people who came from different parts of the diocese, with some arriving by chartered bus....

Feeding the hungry on the Hibiscus Coast

Siu and her Mum were among those who came for the first free lunch offered by the “Serving Spoons” at the St John’s church hall in Orewa on February...

UK think tank against NZ euthanasia bill

If the End of Life Choice Bill being considered by Parliament’s Justice Select Committee passes into law as it is currently written, the long term result could be an...

Three in 2018 Holy Cross Seminary first year

Two men from Christchurch and one from Auckland make up the newest batch of seminarians at Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland. Jose O’Sullivan, who is studying for Christchurch diocese, is...

Pope’s new Apostolic Exhortation on being holy in the modern world

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Francis' new document, "Gaudete et Exsultate", shows that holiness is not an impossible task nor is it something to be pursued far removed from...

Milestone for Central Otago church marked

Several dozen people from throughout Dunedin diocese gathered on the Saturday evening of February 24 for a vigil Mass to celebrate the laying of the foundation stone of St...

At school event MP backs Catholic education

Marist Catholic Primary School in Herne Bay, Auckland has celebrated the opening of a new school building, which will enable the school to accommodate an additional 90 students. Marist Primary...

Churches thanked for helping refugees

Giving his first ever presentation in English, former refugee Husan Alboghobeish thanked volunteers from Red Cross, church and community groups at an event on February 8 for the support...

Hamilton cathedral organists’ talents showcased

by JOHN FONG The pipe organ has long been the traditional musical instrument to accompany liturgical music in the Latin Church. The Second Vatican Council’s Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on the Sacred...

Catholic teenagers rise to Laos challenge

by SARAH ROBERTS A group of Kiwi teenagers will never forget the New Year’s Eve they spent in a rural village in Laos. The St Dominic’s Catholic College (Henderson) students were...

Home of Compassion has Family Open Day

by DEIRDRE HANLON A series of four events — part of the annual Island Bay Festival — were well-attended on February 11-14 as many people took the opportunity to discover...

New principal for Aquinas College

by PATRICIA BROOKS The Tauranga Moana Maori community, led by kaumatua Kihi Ngatai,  gathered with Aquinas College, students, staff and friends on the first full school day of 2018 for...

Hearts focus on vocations and God’s call

Traditionally the Wednesday at Hearts Aflame is set aside to focus on vocations. Each of the guest speakers this year spoke frankly, telling of their initial promptings of being called...

Hato Petera to get commissioner

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has asked the Secretary for Education to appoint a commissioner to take over the governance of Hato Petera College in Auckland. “Hato Petera has a proud...

Young Timaru singer hitting right notes

by JENNY McPHEE Jayden Walker, who attends Roncalli Catholic College, Timaru, has been blessed with an amazing voice. A soprano, he is a familiar face on Timaru street corners, busking....

Young Christchurch priest writes first novel

A young Christchurch priest has written a “practical, social, pastoral, spiritual and theological novel” that is generating some good feedback. Divine Love – Life Love – Human Love: My Mother...

60 years as Missionary Sister celebrated

The many and varied activities undertaken by Sr Alice Hardiman during her 60 years as a Missionary Sister of the Society of Mary were highlighted at St Michael’s church...

Emergency housing provider James Liston Hostel to be upgraded

The James Liston Hostel, the only emergency housing provider in Auckland’s city centre, will be getting a $4 million refurbishment that will start in March and will be completed...

Priest who died at Christmas was buried on birthday

Auckland priest Fr Patrick (Paddy) Collins died on Christmas Day and was buried four days later on what would have been his 86th birthday. At a Requiem Mass at St...

SMSM sisters establish new religious community in Kaikoura

by Sr KATHLEEN RUCK,SMSM For SMSM Sisters Maureen Connor and Frances Anna Remnant their Advent journey began with the invitation of Cardinal John Dew to establish once more a religious...

Proposed chapel will make Khyber Pass Rd statement

St Peter’s College in Auckland will be building its chapel by the end of the year (2018) at an estimated cost of $2.5 — $3million. Principal James Bentley said the...

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Progress slow on ‘Olive Leaf’ centre

by Peter Owens Further documentation has been filed with the Queenstown District Council in connection with a proposed “Olive Leaf” centre next to the historic St Patrick’s Catholic church in...