Thursday, December 13, 2018

Fr Bugler’s 60 years as priest

For Fr Martin Bugler, despite celebrating his 60 year jubilee as a priest, the call to priesthood is still a mystery. “Priests come from all backgrounds and starting points,” he said in a...

North Otago students do good on visit to Cuba

by JEFF DILLON Getting first-hand experience of third world conditions during a trip to Cuba was a memorable experience for a small group of senior students from St Kevin’s College,...

Recognition for Sian’s engineering work

Carmel College former student Sian France has been recognised for her work on the Waterview Connection Project by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). Ms France, technical director...

Jesus Youth gather in Chch

by Jenny McPhee Praise and worship music with a beautiful Indian sound filled St Teresa’s parish hall in Riccarton on September 9, as “Jesus Youth” in Christchurch celebrated the 10...

Call for stronger environmental policies

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has called on the new Parliament of New Zealand to implement stronger policies and frameworks that take account of the impact of environmental degradation on...

Spotlight on schools as rolls drop

by Peter Owens Although overall roll numbers at Dunedin’s nine Catholic primary schools have fallen only a little, from 795 to 756 in the past decade, the rolls at St Joseph’s School in Port...

Joint sacraments in Mangere

On Sunday, May 27, Bishop Patrick Dunn visited St Therese parish, Mangere East, to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation for 57 children from the two parishes in Mangere, St...

Singing out for justice

Standing out from 120 entries in Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s SINGout- 4JUSTICE competition , three students from Hillcrest High School (Hamilton) and Sacred Heart College (Lower Hutt) wowed the judges. Year 11 students, Shanille Lat...

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...

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...

Catholics and Methodists gather in Connecticut

by Fr MERV DUFFY Earlier this year the members of the New Zealand Methodist-Catholic Dialogue received an invitation to send representation to the International Receptive Ecumenism Conference (IRE III) in Fairfield,...

Rates hits for Akld church properties

Catholic parish properties are among those facing huge council rates rises in Auckland. In August, Auckland Council issued new rates bills to many churches which classified all or parts of affected properties as...

4000 cans can help at Christmas

by NZ CATHOLIC staff On September 18, ten Catholic schools and the Pompallier Diocesan Centre banded together to run a programme called Cans for Christmas. This project was a mufti day...

Australian archbishop: Same-sex marriage dismantles key institution

PERTH, Australia (CNS) — Same-sex "marriage" is not an extension of marriage rights but a dismantling of an institution on which the well-being of societies depend, wrote an Australian...

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...

Book helps parents combat pornography

The international best-selling book Good Pictures Bad Pictures is now available in New Zealand exclusively from Focus on the Family NZ. Good Pictures Bad Pictures is an illustrated book that...

Interchurch food bank 25 years old

by EVELYN LEECH Twenty five years ago, a need to help families and people living alone in Mt Wellington and Panmure areas was identified — and four churches responded. The...

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...

Apostolate to ships’ crews given a fresh challenge

by MICHAEL OTTO Finding new ways of being Church. That was a challenge given to delegates at the Apostleship of the Sea Oceania regional meeting in Sydney in early March. The challenge was issued by Fr Bruno Ciceri, from the...

All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope...

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying...

A good source to have at one’s side

INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE — Overview, Historical Context, and Cultural Perspectives by William A. Anderson (Ligouri: Ligouri Missouri, 2012, supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $24.99. Reviewed by DANIEL J....

Flooding sees Auckland cathedral concert cancelled

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — A concert in St Patrick's Cathedral on May 17 had to be cancelled at the last minute after nearby Liston Hall was flooded with...

Candidate for Auckland diaconate dies suddenly

by PETER GRACE WAITARUKE — One of 14 men trained and formed for the diaconate for Auckland diocese, Russell Larkin of Waitaruke, died on August 2, 16 days before he...

Southerners to celebrate sesqui

by PAT VELTKAMP SMITH INVERCARGILL — Cometh the day, cometh the man. As parish priest of St Mary’s Basilica in Invercargill, Fr Christopher O’Neill chairs the committee set up now to...

Influx of priests linked to less leadership by laity

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Catholic Institute of Theology principal Fr John Dunn has linked the influx of overseas priests to New Zealand to a lessening of the call to...

St Peter’s bones to be publicly venerated at end of Year...

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — For the first time, the bones traditionally believed to be the relics of St Peter the Apostle will be on public display for veneration. Archbishop Rino...

Perspectives shared across generations

Global warming, domestic violence, Mercy values and freedom of speech were among the issues discussed at a Mercy Spiritual Centre forum on May 18. The centre’s Intergenerational Forum 2016 was set up with five...

Pope Benedict’s pontificate marked by teaching, call to return to faith

By John Thavis and Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- During his almost eight-year pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI impressed the world as a teacher, guiding...

Keep questioning and helping, sister says

by ROWENA OREJANA American Sister Margaret Mayce, OP, NGO representative of the United States-based Dominican Leadership Conference (the DLC) to the United Nations, has encouraged New Zealanders to keep asking questions and...

Church scraps annulment fees

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops have decided the marriage tribunal will no longer charge fees for the marriage annulment process. Cardinal John Dew, Moderator of the Tribunal, announced the...

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Nano Nagle: The ‘power of one’ celebrated

by JEFF DILLON Celebrating anybody’s birthday usually involves some careful preparations and when it involves someone who was born 300 years ago in 1718, then it certainly needs some thought.  So it proved recently...