Thursday, October 19, 2017

NZ Catholic wins at press awards

NZ Catholic won five awards at the Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) awards and the separate Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) awards held in Auckland last month. An article by...

2nd Fr O’Donoghue dies

by Lyndsay Freer Fr Kevin O’Donoghue, SM died recently at Wellington’s Home of Compassion aged 91. His priestly and Marist life of 67 years spanned a wide range of ministries and...

Chilling with Bishop Dunn ahead of 2018 synod

On August 2, at the Pompallier Diocesan Centre, Auckland diocese’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry team ran the first of a series of “Chill with the bishop” sessions. Bishop...

Upper Hutt parishioner of many talents honoured

by JOSEPH O’MALLEY A papal honour has been bestowed on Josephine Eynon of Upper Hutt for services to the Catholic Church. On July 30 at Sunday Mass at Our Lady of...

Couple’s story captures courage of a French village in WW II

LOVE IN A TIME OF HATE: The Story of Magda and Andrew Trocme and the Village That Said No to the Nazis, by Hanna Schott; translated by John D....

Impressions of a special commemoration at Messines

by MARTIN de JONG Kiriahi McKee, a Year 12 St Catherine’s College student from Wellington, was among New Zealanders at commemorations for military chaplain Fr James Joseph McMenamin at Messines...

Marist Challenge Centre opens

by LYNDSAY FREER A crowd of several hundred gathered on August 12 for the official opening and blessing of the new Marist Challenge Centre in Wanaka St, Johnsonville, Wellington. Among...

Warning that euthanasia will ruin the medical profession

The medical profession should stay out of euthanasia and assisted-suicide to prevent tragic consequences for the profession. Wellington specialist in Palliative Medicine Dr Sinead Donnelly spoke passionately against euthanasia at...

Emergency housing need on the North Shore

The significant amount of redevelopment in Auckland’s North Shore is affecting a lot of people and impacting on the need for emergency housing. Housing New Zealand started the redevelopment of...

Recognition of long-time Howick choirmaster

Public recognition of musicians is rare but enjoyable, said Howick parish’s long-time choirmaster Peter Gilmour upon his receiving the papal medal Benemerenti on July 23. Mr Gilmour was presented with...

Hamilton men hear of faith of father in the home

by JOHN FONG It was after hearing the story of a man, now resident in New Zealand who, while living in South Sudan, ate leaves to survive that caused Mike...

Long-time southern principals leave their schools

by JEFF DILLON The beginning of the third term saw some familiar faces missing in the roll call of principals at three Dunedin Catholic primary schools. In two instances long serving...

Passing noted of former Akld uni chaplain

The Auckland Catholic diocese is mourning the loss of Dominican priest Fr Aquinas McComb who passed away in Melbourne on July 17. He was 86. Fr McComb was parish priest...

Wenceslaus Anthony dies in India

There was shock and disbelief in Auckland and beyond at the news of the loss of Wenceslaus Anthony, who died in India on July 23 after a very brief...

Chaplains train to help prisoners with their grief

Prison chaplains from throughout New Zealand came together last month to strengthen their ministries by being trained in accompanying people in prisons in their grief. Senior Prison Chaplain Sr Veronica...

We need to work at being inclusive in our liturgies

Liturgy should make you want to belong. But most religion works by saying “you are the in group” and “you are the out group”, said Professor Thomas O’Loughlin on...

Burning hearts for God at Akld World Youth Day 2017

by SHANA LLORANDO Young people, you are the Church of today! This was the theme of World Youth Day Auckland 2017, held on July 15-16. The weekend consisted of regional events on...

School stops play on field that was old cemetery

St Joseph’s School in Rangiora has ceased using some land as a playing field as the earthly remains of more than 380 people are buried beneath the surface in...

K-Pop craze sparks love for Korean language

by SARAH ROBERTS The teenage craze of K-Pop has sparked a new love of the Korean language and culture at St Dominic’s Catholic College in Henderson. A group of senior students...

Truck crash halts some NZ Catholic 519 South Is. deliveries

Some parishes in the South Island did not receive issue 519 of NZ Catholic dated July 16. NZ Catholic has been informed that the truck delivering the packs of papers...

Burns Lodge status questioned

by JEFF DILLON The legal status of the Dunedin Catholic diocese Burns Lodge as an accommodation provider has been questioned recently by an undisclosed person. A recent article published in the...

Friars seek help for friary renovation

St Francis Retreat Centre on Hillsborough Rd in Auckland is closed for renovations until the end of August. This is the first time the friary has been closed for...

Never too late to study

It is never too late to study — this could be a saying applied to Akaroa’s parish priest Fr Paul Shannahan, SM. Fr Shannahan, 82, a former director of the Catholic Enquiry Centre...

St Bede’s old boys to fore at Niue opening

Five St Bede’s College (Christchurch) old boys were at a ceremony for the official opening of the conference centre and hotel extension of the Matavai Hotel in Niue by Prime Minister Bill...

Fr Paddy’s 60 years celebrated

Fr Paddy Collins’ six decades of priesthood were celebrated on Trinity Sunday, June 11, at St Francis de Sales and All Souls parish in Devonport. In a homily, Fr Martin...

Sorrow at death of prominent Maori priest

by PAT RHODES Pā Steven Thomas Hancy was born in Wairoa on September 23, 1953, and passed away in Whanganui on May 27, 2017. Pā Hancy was ordained at Mohaka Marae...

Faith, family are Merrilyn’s support in her service

When Ohakune’s Merrilyn George began receiving congratulations upon the awarding of a Queen’s Service Medal, she was quick to refer to her family and faith as her key supports....

Glenfield parish wants to get its history written

St Thomas More Catholic church in Glenfield, Auckland is probably home to the most diverse parish in the country, with some 50 flags displayed on its grounds representing the...

e-Conference to look at Pope Francis’ leadership

Catholic parishes and religious communities across New Zealand and Australia are preparing for a global e-conference in August which will reflect on the topic — “Gospel Leadership in Times...

Joy as new school opens in Takanini

Auckland’s diocese’s newest primary school, Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School in Takanini, celebrated its official opening on June 9. Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn thanked “the Holy Trinity for which the...

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Faith, Fatima and family focus at Tawa

by PATRICIA SISON To commemorate the centenary of the apparitions of our Lady of Fatima (1917-2017), the Centre for Marriage and Family (CMF) organised events to rediscover the message of...