Friday, November 16, 2018

18,000 volumes moved in diocesan library shift

Auckland diocese’s library has completed a move to its new home at the Pompallier Diocesan Centre in Ponsonby.In a sense, it is something of a homecoming for the library, which used to...

Challenges faced by people with disabilities

People with disabilities want to be treated as people first — rather than by being defined by impairment — and everyone has a role to play in helping bring that to fruition. That was...

Wellington Mass for those hurt by broken marriages

Wellington Cardinal John Dew assured parishioners hurt by divorce or separation that the Church loves and supports them and that they are part of the faith community. The cardinal gave the reassurance at...

Auckland jubilees celebrated

Jubilarian Fr Martin Bugler used the occasion of Auckland diocese’s clergy jubilee Mass to remind his fellow priests of the mystery of God calling them to their vocations. At the Mass at Immaculate Conception church...

50 years of Worldwide Marriage Encounter celebrated

by Fr RON BENNETT The 50th anniversary of Worldwide Marriage Encounter was held at the Western Lombard Yorktown Centre, near Chicago, from June 22-24. The theme of this convention was “We remember, we celebrate, we...

Country kids reach out to suffering farming families

by PETER OWENS St John’s Catholic Primary School in Ranfurly, Central Otago is small. It has a roll of 62 students from the town of Ranfurly and the surrounding Maniatoto Region. Ranfurly is a...

Forums tackle ‘elephant’ issues

The Young Church Ministry of the Archdiocese of Wellington has launcheda mini-series of forums called “Elephant Issues” to help people who are working in youth ministry deal with tricky or uncomfortable issues.Young Church...

Columbans gather to celebrate 100 years

by Fr TOM ROUSE, SSC On Friday, July 27, at 6.30pm we celebrated the Columban centenary Mass at Sts Peter and Paul’s church, Lower Hutt. Many people turned up for the occasion, including more...

Soup kitchen wins supreme award

The Compassion Soup Kitchen in Wellington was the supreme winner at the 2018 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards ceremony on July 26. The soup kitchen, which has been run by the Sisters of...

Massgoers in Auckland diocese quizzed

Sunday Massgoers in Auckland diocese were asked last month about many different aspects of their parish lives.The survey was aimed at providing data to help prepare Auckland diocese’s next pastoral plan. There were 53 questions...

Vocations weekend in Wairarapa

Nine young people joined Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan for a weekend of “prayer, insight and purpose”. The annual vocations retreat was held at the Magnificat Retreat Centre in Wairarapa from July 6-8. It was for those...

Awards for helping seafarers

by JENNY McPHEE The contributions of the many volunteers at the Lyttelton Seafarers Centre, a joint Catholic/Anglican initiative, were publicly recognised twice recently in the form of awards. The first was an award from Volunteering Canterbury for services to the community. And...

Sculpture catches the attention of parishioners

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Wondering about knuckles tattooed with “LOVE” on one hand and “HATE” on the other and how to turn “HATE” to “LOVE”, Hamilton’s John Lewis encountered a scripture from John 14:9...

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...

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...

New vicar general in Dunedin diocese

Fr Gerard Aynsley has been appointed as vicar general and diocesan financial administrator for Dunedin diocese. Fr Aynsley, currently the parish priest of Mercy parish in South Dunedin and of Ranfurly parish, will also be on...

Spiritual and pastoral boost in Nth Shore parish

St Mary’s parish, Northcote, Auckland is endeavouring to respond to the pastoral and spiritual needs of the community.Parish priest Fr Lio Rotor said he was assigned to a very strong faith community...

Brief visit from recently ordained South Island priest

Recently ordained Kiwi priest Fr Daniel Mould, FSSP, celebrated a Solemn High Mass in the extraordinary form at St Anne’s church in Te Atatu on June 24. Fr Mould, 30, who hails...

Hamilton clergy moves announced

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe has announced clergy moves in his diocese for the latter half of 2018.Fr Robert Sharplin was appointed in Ngakuru effective June 24. Fr Rico Enriquez will move to Tauranga...

Jesuit working in Hamilton diocese

One of Pope Francis’ missionaries of mercy during the recent jubilee Year of Mercy has started working in Hamilton diocese.Kiwi-born Fr Richard Shortall, SJ, is to cross the Tasman five to six times a year to visit...

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...

New Plymouth organist honoured

Long-time organist for St Joseph’s Church in New Plymouth Margaret Hurley received the prestigious Benemerenti Award from Pope Francis for her musical contributions in the parish and wider community, her unwavering...

Praying Parents Club meets for first time in east Auckland

Praying for one’s children is a must, but it may be easier said than done.The Praying Parents Club was formed by Mel and Rita Nepomuceno to help and support parents in seeking...

Kiwi priest gets PNG OBE

Fr Philip Gibbs, SVD, who was ordained in New Zealand in 1978, was awarded an OBE in the Papua New Guinea Queen’s Birthday Honours. According to Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe, writing on Facebook, Fr Gibbs...

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...

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...

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...

Famous bookshop next to St Ben’s

The new location of Auckland’s iconic Hard to Find Bookshop is a very blessed place. That’s what St Benedict’s parish priest Msgr Paul Farmer told people at a blessing ceremony at the shop just across...

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...

Northern pilgrims honour Our Lady in Hokianga

by WIGA AUTET In spite of the threatening clouds — huge and heavy with rain — gathering on the horizon of the Hokianga sky on the morning of Saturday, May...

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Many cultures celebrated by parish

Every fifth Sunday of the month, Our Lady of Assumption parish in Onehunga, Auckland celebrates diversity by having a multicultural Mass.  Parish priest Fr Andrew Atonio, MF (Missionaries of Faith) started this tradition around...