Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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...

Kids quizzed about their principal

by JOHN FONG John Coulam’s 17 years of dedicated and outstanding service as principal of Marian School in Hamilton was acknowledged and celebrated by the school on December 8 at a morning gathering...

Spiritual fire burns at 2017 Hearts Aflame

by KEN JOBLIN Scrub fires are an unwelcome, but all too common summer event in Canterbury. However, just before the new year, fire of a spiritual kind engulfed part of Christchurch. Around 80 Hearts Aflame...

Church decommissioned

by JOHN FONG St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Ohaupo, near Te Awamutu, was closed and decommissioned at a Mass on December 22, with Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe the celebrant. A social function was held afterwards...

‘Hospital for the soul’ set up in north Canterbury

A plan to set up a “hospital for the soul” is now coming to fruition. Emotionally Free Prayer Counselling chairperson Diana Ingle said after six years of praying and discerning, the organisation is finally able to offer the...

Maori Catholic principal is new dame

Long-time principal and teacher at St Joseph’s Maori Girls’ College in Napier Georgina Kingi has been made a Dame (DNZM) in the New Year’s Honours List. Miss Kingi has been...

Dunedin diocese restructuring

The diocese of Dunedin is undergoing a major restructuring aimed at addressing the financial difficulties it is facing. This was confirmed by Bishop Colin Campbell who said, “at this...

Marist dies helping out in Kaikoura

A Marist priest who travelled to Kaikoura to help after the earthquake last year died on Christmas Eve. Fr Kevin Mears, SM, 81, was scheduled to celebrate Masses over the Christmas period in Kaikoura, which is still recovering from...

How wise men of the Gospel became kings

In the way Internet memes go viral, the tale of the three wise men caught the imagination of Christendom and got a life of its own, said Fr Merv...

Mayor Tony Kokshoorn talks about his faith

Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn shares with NZ Catholic some thoughts about the role faith plays in his life. Can you tell us something of your Catholic upbringing? I started...

College loses gentle soul and passionate educator

St Dominic’s Catholic College (Henderson) deputy principal Susan Mary Armstrong was farewelled for the last time by her loved ones, school staff and students at the school’s sports centre...

Dominican family in NZ celebrates 800 years jubilee

The members of the Dominican family in Aotearoa New Zealand celebrated their 800th jubilee with a national gathering in Auckland on the weekend of November 18-20. Sr Margaret Butler, OP,...

Church leaders concerned at plight of Indian students facing deportation

Cardinal John Dew and leaders of the Anglican and Methodist churches in New Zealand have spoken out about the plight of the Indian students currently facing deportation from this...

2017 synod plan for Wellington

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Cardinal John Dew has decreed the convocation of a synod for the Archdiocese of Wellington, to be held on September 22-24 this year. He said he did...

Fond farewell to Forbury church

by Jeff Dillon In what appeared to be a clash of emotions, the formal closing of St Bernadette’s church in Forbury, Dunedin took place on Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday...

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Church leaders speak out on housing

Cardinal John Dew and Anglican Archbishop Philip Richardson released a joint statement on April 12 in response to research reports released by the Housing Foundation. The research showed benefits...