Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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...

The wisdom of monks and mystics

ILLUMINATING THE WAY: Embracing the Wisdom of Monks and Mystics, by Christine Valters Paintner (Notre Dame: Sorin Books, 2016). Supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies $39.99 Reviewed by DANIEL J....

Hamilton clergy appointments

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe announced the appointments of several priests in new roles.These appointments took effect in May. Fr Santey Kizhakkinedath, SDB, was made chaplain of Tyburn Monastery at Ngakuru,...

First album for Kiwi cruise musician

Working as a musician on a cruise ship gave Eli Moore a trove of music that eventually led to his first album. “I have maybe 50 or something songs that...

Fr Fitz – a shearer who became a good shepherd

A priest who once worked as a shearer is being remembered as a dedicated good shepherd to many. Fr Terry Fitzpatrick, SM, died at St Joseph’s Home in Ponsonby on...

Readings at funeral Mass said a lot about Fr Penny

In Fr Peter Thomas Penny’s room at the St John Vianney House in Ponsonby sat a tin box that contained detailed instructions about his funeral, said Auckland Bishop Patrick...

Service to Maori and education honoured

Former Zealandia executive manager Patrick Snedden has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to education and Māori. Mr Snedden is the inaugural chair...

Guiding our kids in their use of technology

Parents need to work on “getting technology back” from their children to protect the kids from pornography. American author and international speaker Jessica Harris explained it is not a matter...

Challenge for Akaroa parish to restore church

The iconic St Patrick’s church on Rue Lavaud in Akaroa is to receive a major restoration. The 153-year-old category 1 historic church was built in 1864 by Patrick Joseph Cullen...

Aranui Sisters of Mercy farewelled by parishioners

by Sr MARY WOOD, RSM The Aranui Sisters of Mercy were farewelled by a gathering of parishioners from the Catholic Parish of Christchurch East on May 27. The parish is...

Kiwi priest completes US degree by studying online

A Kiwi priest has become the first New Zealander to be granted a degree from Divine Mercy University in Washington, DC — and he didn’t have to leave these...

Dozens of NZ religious renew their vows at Mass

Some 140 religious, representing most of the congregations or orders in Auckland diocese, renewed their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience at a Mass on the eve of Pentecost. A...

Fewer Sunday Masses in Invercargill ahead of merger

by PETER OWENS The merger of the four parishes in Invercargill will take place about the first Sunday in Advent this year, according to St Mary’s parish priest Fr Chris...

Long time Chch correspondent dies

NZ Catholic’s long time Christchurch correspondent Kathleen Casey has died, aged 75. Ms Casey’s most recent contributions to NZ Catholic were photos of the Easter services at Mairehau, and earlier...

Church leaders seek more action from gov’t

Church leaders met the Prime Minister and Government ministers in the week before the Budget to ask for more action in the areas of immigration, housing and social investment. The...

New reliquary for church

God’s Holy Spirit not only operates in mysterious ways, but very swiftly, given an experience in St Mary’s Catholic Parish Whanganui — Te Parihi Katorika Ki Whanganui over this...

Ecumenical retreat focuses on being a pilgrim today

Catholic and Anglican retreat centres in Auckland have worked together to provide a successful ecumenical day in which the focus was on being pilgrims. Mercy Spirituality Centre and Vaughan Park...

Sri Lankans honour Mary

A group of Sri Lankan families in Auckland has been keeping their Catholic culture alive by coming together once a month for the last 15 years to recite the rosary, pray the Divine...

Pilgrim kindness impresses at Fatima

by JULIE du FRESNE I couldn’t see the paving beneath my feet. No, I wasn’t dancing in a mosh pit — I was struggling towards the priest who stood with...

Fatima 100th anniversary marked by activities in Wellington

More than 100 people including families and children gathered in Wellington in mid-May to honour our Lady of Fatima during the 100th anniversary of her first apparition. The event was...

Healing association grows rapidly in first decade

A total faith in God’s providence has seen a new association rise from nothing in India 10 years ago to a ministry of healing and preaching the Word of...

Sacred Heart College Pompallier Shield roll continues

Sacred Heart College has won the Auckland diocese Pompallier Shield competition for the eighth time in ten years. The competition, which included Scripture reading, drama and oratory categories was held...

Papal medal for Auckland interfaith leader

The founder and chairperson of the Mother Teresa Interfaith Committee in Auckland, Wenceslaus Anthony, MNZM, has received the highest papal medal that can be received by a lay person. On...

ANZAC service in River City remembers

Since 1946, returned soldiers have paraded at the ANZAC Mass in St Mary’s Catholic church in Whanganui, but this year there were none.  The last World War II veteran to...

Honour for theology work

A New Zealand Marist priest has received a lifetime achievement award in “practical theology”. On May 4, Fr Gerald Arbuckle, SM, received the award in Sydney, the first such award...

Book on NZ Dominicans sold out at southern launch

by PAT VELTKAMP SMITH With a cast of hundreds the Dominican book Windows on a Women’s World by Susannah Grant was a sell out on the night of its southern...

Crosses made of driftwood put on Napier beach

The sight of the rays of the rising sun on Holy Saturday hitting the crosses made of driftwood on Marine Parade beach in Napier was a powerful reminder of...

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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...