Thursday, June 27, 2019

Milestone marked for historic southern church

by JEFF DILLON Easter Sunday became a chance to have a double celebration for members of the Polish community in Dunedin, with...

Justice questions for mayor at Catholic forum

by SARAH SPARKS When the Mayor of Auckland arrives at a meeting centred on social justice driving his own electric car, that signals some...

Sr Eileen Mary celebrates a century

by Sr MARGARET O’NEILL, RSJ If you happen to look out a window in Mary MacKillop Centre in Mission Bay, Auckland, in the late...

North Shore schools combine on Polyfest stage

Students from Carmel College and Rosmini College in Auckland combined for the first time to compete on the Samoan stage at Polyfest 2019 — the largest...

Thomas Kiely farewelled at packed cathedral

After Thomas Kiely died on March 31, aged 94, many people came forward and sent messages to his children and family telling of how “your father...

More marriage educators should say ‘I do’

Couples who feel a calling towards being marriage educators for Auckland diocese should “just do it”, advised the diocese’s Marriage and Family leader Gerry Smith.

Why I took climate action

Q&A with Xyryll Gayagoy, year 12 student, St Mary’s College, Wellington, who took part in the School Strike 4 Climate Action on March 15.

The Church Pope Francis dreams of

The image of great canoes sailing from island to island across the great vastness of the Pacific that Joe Sapati Moeono-Kolio used in his intervention...

Three St Joseph’s schools celebrate feast day

Three St Joseph’s primary schools in Auckland got together for the first time to celebrate their collective feast day on March 19.

More baptisms celebrated in Marlborough parish

by CATHIE BELLMore Marlborough and Kaikoura people are becoming baptised since the new Star of the Sea parish was shaken by earthquakes, parish priest Fr John Pearce,...

Ground broken for new college chapel

by HAYDEN KINGDON On March 8, Msgr Paul Farmer led a ground-blessing on the site of the new chapel for St Peter’s College, Auckland. Thirteen hundred boys...

Pat Veltkamp Smith – an admired Southland journalist

by PETER OWENS and PAT McCARTHY St Theresa’s Church in North Invercargill, one of the largest churches in Southland, was filled on March...

Fr Denzil Meuli’s life could not be put ‘into a box’

Fr Pierre Denzil Meuli was a priest of great learning and deep piety, who touched many souls in his ministry in a “run down shed” in...

A blessing of blindness

by Ken Joblin A daily experience for me is to be driven around Christchurch as I go about my life as a blind person....

Vigil Mass for Life in Dunedin

by JEFF DILLON A congregation of some 50 people attended a special Mass on a Monday evening at 7pm recently at St Joseph’s church, Brockville, which...

Grief at sudden death of principal

by Jeff Dillon In the midst of national mourning for the Christchurch mosque shooting victims, the Dunedin Catholic community was stunned by the sudden...

Bishop argues for council rates status quo

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn has told an Auckland Council annual budget process that the council’s current rates exemptions on land owned by religious organisations...

Auckland diocese welcomes new general manager

Auckland diocese’s new general manager, James van Schie, was “handed over” to his new role by friends, family and other supporters at a powhiri at the Pompallier Diocesan Centre in Ponsonby on...

A retreat in the friendship of Suzanne Aubert

by DALE GREENBURY On February 18 this year, a group of five women from the parish of St Mary’s, Whanganui travelled to Kaupokonui Beach in South Taranaki for a three-day retreat. They took the...

Akld Rosary Procession to finish after 20 years

Organisers of Auckland’s annual Candlelight Rosary Procession at Sacred Heart College on the first Sunday of October have decided not to carry on with the event. Co-organiser Colin Pratt said that it was...

Jerusalem stations home after facelift

  Patrick Seconi and Ted Downs of the Catholic Parish of Whanganui — Te Parihi Katorika ki Whanganui took a final look at the stations of a Rosary Way after a...

Protest at March for Life disappoints

Hamilton’s March for Life around the streets of the city this year was followed in close proximity by a noisy pro-choice counter-protest.  Voice for Life’s Kate Cormack, who was the main speaker at the...

A step on the journey to Easter sacraments

Catechumens and candidates from throughout Hamilton diocese travelled to the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hamilton on March 10 for the Rite of Election. In this rite, leading up to the...

Chaldean Catholics able to empathise

The St Addai Chaldean Catholic community in south Auckland felt the impact of the Christchurch mosque killings with a special poignancy — because many members of the Chaldean community know first-hand the sufferings...

Wellington buildings review on

Cardinal John Dew has directed every parish in Wellington archdiocese to carry out a review of its churches and presbyteries, which will, ultimately, lead to a reduction in the number of buildings in some places. In...

Activist despairs at state of ‘left’ at times

Churches have resources to advance Treaty of Waitangi justice and other, related, justice issues that activists like Sue Bradford can only dream about. That is what the former Green Party MP told...

Popular Samoan priest farewelled in Auckland

Auckland diocese has lost a popular priest with the death of Fr Ikensasio Vitaliano on February 1. Fr Vitaliano had been suffering from cancer of the tongue. He was 65 years old when he died at Mercy...

Welcome for new Anglican Bishop of Christchurch

Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, is looking forward to working with the new Anglican Bishop of Christchurch, Bishop Peter Carrell, who was ordained on February 9. Bishop Martin, who was at the ordination...

Discipleship College in flux

The Catholic Discipleship College has not received any applications at all for its 2019 programme, forcing it to suspend operations this year. In a letter to its supporters, CDC Board of...

Multi-talented Fr Paul steps down

by Lyndsay Freer Fr Paul Shannahan, SM, retired in February after 55 years of priestly service. He leaves Akaroa parish, where he has served as parish priest for the past six years.In addition...

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A vocational walk through items used in ministry

Speaking about diocesan priesthood combined two highlights and one passion for Fr Nathaniel Brazil of the Catholic Parish of Whanganui — Te Parihi Katorika Ki Whanganui....