Friday, April 3, 2020

Hundreds at Hui Aranga in Tauranga

There were 600 Māori Catholics from throughout the North Island at Aquinas College in Tauranga over Easter for the annual Hui Aranga. Eleven teams from the Hokianga to Wellington attended...

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...

Farewell to Orewa parish ‘matriarch’

St John the Evangelist parish in Orewa, Auckland, lost its “matriarch” when Valerie Ann Bennett passed away in her home on January 24, at the age of...

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...

Pa Mikaere still going strong at 90 years

On his 90th birthday on June 29, Pa Mikaere (Peter Michael) Ryan, MHM, had a ready explanation for his longevity — the fact that he still goes to gym every weekday. And when...

Caritas responds to emergencies

Caritas is responding around the world to humanitarian emergencies related to extreme weather, earthquakes and refugee relocation. Monsoon rain has led to flooding in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh that has...

A new safeguarding course

The first 19 graduates a Diploma of Advanced Studies, “Safeguarding Minors”, from the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Centre for Child Protection (CCP) received their qualifications in June. The one term programme educates international students as prevention experts to...

Inauguration Masses held for six new parishes

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Archbishop of Wellington Cardinal John Dew announced the formation of six new parishes in Wellington, effective from February 1. The move forms part of the restructuring of...

Auckland University pro-life group disaffiliated

As a result of online voting, the Auckland University Students Association (AUSA) has provisionally disaffiliated the ProLife Auckland group. AUSA members were asked if the association should disaffiliate the club...

Wgtn council plaque for Suzanne Aubert

Venerable Suzanne Aubert was honoured in a ceremony at the Pukeahu War Memorial in Wellington on October 5, the 92nd anniversary of her funeral. As part of the Wellington City Council’s recently introduced Heritage Plaques scheme,...

Visiting bishop warns of dangers in globalisation

by BEATE MATTHIES AUCKLAND — The economic dimension of globalisation places productivity and effectiveness as the values that orient human relationships, according to a visiting bishop from Guatemala. Msgr Álvaro Ramazzini, Bishop...

Night school an opportunity for faith formation

The Catholic Discipleship College on Auckland’s North Shore held a twelve-week night school that allows people to go deeper into their faith.This was the first time the college has...

Volunteers thanked at Mass

by STEPHEN FRASER The Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph in Auckland was again alive with the throng and the sounds of several hundred...

Bishops express concern over Iraqi violence

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND – Auckland Catholic Bishop Patrick Dunn and Auckland Anglican Bishop Ross Bay expressed concerns about the violence being inflicted on the people of Iraq and...

Caritas song competition winners announced

Winners of the 2019 Caritas SINGout4JUSTICE song writing competition have been announced from more than 82 students from throughout New Zealand. This annual competition...

Cardinal Dew gets special synod role

by ROWENA OREJANA Pope Francis has appointed Wellington Cardinal John Dew as one of his personal representatives to the 2015 Synod on the Vocation and Mission of the Family to...

A vocational walk through items used in ministry

Speaking about diocesan priesthood combined two highlights and one passion for Fr Nathaniel Brazil of the Catholic Parish of Whanganui — Te Parihi Katorika Ki Whanganui....

Legionary deacon ordained in Dunedin

Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley ordained James Cleary to the diaconate at St Joseph’s Church in Brockville on August 6. Deacon Cleary, of the Legionaries of Christ/ Regnum Christi, is...

Pope says respect for religion should limit freedom of expression

By Francis X. Rocca ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNS) -- Commenting on recent killings by Islamist terrorists at a Paris newspaper, Pope Francis condemned killing in...

Waikato students help kids from refugee families

by CLARE DEVINE From April 16-20, 16 volunteers from the Waikato University Catholic Club (WaiCath) used their university break to run a holiday programme for children from refugee backgrounds. The programme,...

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...

Income inequality worse in 2013

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — Income figures released on July 9 show that income inequality increased again in 2013. The incomes of the lowest half of income earners have seen no...

Memorial Mass for those affected by suicide

The Catholic Parish of Whanganui — Te Parihi Katorika a ki Whanganui in celebrating a Memorial Mass for those affected by suicide, acknowledged that in the past, the Catholic...

Jubilarians Mass in Whanganui a first

For the first time since Palmerston North diocese was formed in 1980, the annual jubilarians Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated away from the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. The Catholic Parish of...

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...

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...

Fr Gledhill celebrates 50 years

Some 50 priests gathered at St Joseph’s Church, Te Puna, on August 30 to celebrate the golden jubilee of Fr David Gledhill, SM. The occasion was also a pilgrimage of mercy for the...

Top old boy was child refugee from Poland

by GERARD DUIGNAN The St Patrick’s College Old Boys’ Association’s Old Boy of the Year for 2018 is Jan Roy-Wojciechowski (aka John Roy). Mr Roy-Wojciechowski is a Member of The New...

Jaydah-Lily cycles to victory at AIMS games

by ESME O’RAFFERTY Catholic students swept up medals at the Anchor AIMS Games in Tauranga this year, especially in girls’ sports.

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...