Thursday, October 24, 2019

New Vinnies shop opens in Chch

Christchurch Vinnies are excited to announce the opening of a new shop located in Hornby.According to an article posted to the Christchurch diocese website, the doors of the new shop opened on Monday, June...

Order of Preachers celebrates 800 years

St Dominic’s new feast day was celebrated by Dominicans with Masses around the country on August 3. The Dominican family is also commemorating 800 years of Dominican life this year...

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...

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...

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...

Limits foreseen on photos in church

by MICHAEL OTTO Guidelines for when and where photos can be taken of children, including in church services, are likely for dioceses in New Zealand. The director of the National Office...

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...

Call made for steep emissions reductions

Auckland diocese’s Justice and Peace Commission has urged the Government to be more ambitious in its targets for minimising “greenhouse gas” emissions. In...

Oceania’s Catholic bishops to gather in capital

by ROWENA OREJANA WELLINGTON — About 80 bishops from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and other nations in the Pacific will come to Wellington for a five-day...

Students follow in footsteps of Mother Aubert

Ten students and two support staff from John Paul College in Rotorua have retraced the footsteps of Venerable Suzanne Aubert in Whanganui city and in Jerusalem on the Whanganui...

Group encourages prayer vigils against same-sex ‘marriage’ bill

by NZ CATHOLIC staff A group called NewZealandersforMarriage is encouraging communities throughout New Zealand to organise prayer vigils in support of traditional marriage and against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage)...

Auckland priests meet in Waitangi

Sixty one Auckland priests left behind their parish work and other duties in May to spend a few days at Waitangi. Auckland diocesan priests came together at the Copthorne Resort in Waitangi for an assembly...

Sister criticises govt housing policy

by ROWENA OREJANA A nun working in one of the poorest parts of South Auckland has criticised the government’s housing policy as missing the mark for New Zealanders. Mercy Sister Anne...

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...

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...

Hastings joy at ordination of new deacon

by MARK RICHARDS Sunday, July 1 was a wonderful day of faith, celebration and joy in the Catholic Parish of Hastings / Te Pārihi Katorika ki Heretaunga. Tevita Fakaosi was ordained to...

News-making school sticks to Church line

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WHANGAREI — A Catholic college, from which a teacher lost his job after supporting a protest about same-sex marriage, has emphasised the need for adherence to...

‘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...

Music ministry conference a hit

by Ken Joblin The first weekend in October saw Catholics converge on Christchurch for a music ministry conference. Earlier this year, Christchurch diocese was offered some formation from its own Catholic Youth Team (CYT). Catholics involved...

NZ bishops make submission on same-sex ‘marriage’ bill

New Zealand's Catholic bishops appeared on November 28 before the Government Administration Select Committee considering the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill to share their concerns over the future...

Stained glass installation turns heads in Gore

by Peter Owens The Catholic people of Eastern Southland were among the first settlers in the region. This is exemplified in the number of Catholic churches built in this southern rural area over...

Catholic MP in euthanasia hot seat

Parliament’s Health Select Committee is undertaking an investigation into ending one’s life in New Zealand. This came after a petition from Maryann Street and 8974 others asking that, “That the...

SJV House completion in sight

St John Vianney House, a home for retired priests in Auckland, is expected to be completed by February 9 next year. Auckland Council of Priests chairman Msgr Paul Farmer, who...

Helensville couple honoured

by JULIE COLVILLE Recently, while Bishop Patrick Dunn was visiting St Joseph’s parish in Helensville for the celebrations marking 100 years since the arrival of the first parish priest, the...

‘Dominican Centre’ opens in Central Otago

by PETER OWENS A new multi-purpose “Dominican Centre” has been opened and blessed in Cromwell in Central Otago. The new facility, which will serve as a weekday Mass centre and a...

19,000 cans collected for SVDP benefit

The Cans for Christmas project this year exceeded expectations in collecting 19,000 cans of food for the Society of St Vincent De Paul for their Christmas food bank supplies....

Rome ecumenism impresses Anglican

by DAN STOLLENWERK It was with great joy that the Anglican Roman Catholic Conference of Aotearoa NZ (ARCCANZ) welcomed back Archbishop Sir David Moxon to their semi-annual gathering at Vaughan...

NZ bishops want ideas for 2015 synod

by ROWENA OREJANA New Zealand Catholics are being asked to contribute their thoughts and ideas in a survey, as the Synod on Marriage and Family enters a “new phase”. Palmerston North...

Small Talk: School stickers lift Wgtn café scene

Cardinal John Dew has congratulated Small Talk, a team of students from St Mary’s College on an innovative idea to promote positivity and help counteract suicide.  Writing on his facebook page last week, Cardinal...

40 Days for Life brings some special graces

by MICHAEL LORETZ On Palm Sunday evening, nearly 350 people gathered on Auckland’s Dominion Rd to pray the final hour of what has been a prayer marathon for the unborn,...