Friday, April 10, 2020

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...

Jolenna on United Nations youth mission

by SARAH ROBERTS Jolenna Deo is one of 22 students from throughout the country to be selected for the United Nations Youth New Zealand Global Development Tour for 2019.  The St Dominic’s Catholic College year...

Too many candles below set statue in church alight

The wooden statue of the Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus at St Thomas More Church in Glenfield caught fire recently with the cause being too many lit tealight candles below it.  Parish priest Fr...

ProLife club wins the day in vote at university

by PETER GRACE ProLife Auckland is thanking supporters for ensuring the upholding of free speech, and that it is able to continue as an affiliated club at Auckland University. A crowded...

NZ did not sign declaration co-authored by Vatican

by MICHAEL OTTO New Zealand did not sign a recent declaration to a United Nations council, co-authored by the Holy See in support of Christians and other minorities in the...

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...

St Mary’s royal former student dies

St Mary’s College in Ponsonby has bid a sad farewell to one of its most distinguished former students – the late Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata’aho of Tonga. Queen Mata’aho died in Auckland...

Jesus admired in NZ; Church not so much

Although the Church as an institution, whether Catholic or Protestant, is being viewed with increased suspicion, Jesus is still very much admired and respected in this country, the results...

Bishop Campbell’s ongoing 75th birthday

by JEFF DILLON With a seemingly endless round of birthday celebrations which threatened to equal in number his actual years, the Bishop of Dunedin, Bishop Colin Campbell marked a major...

Far North parishes hear about latest plan

by ANNE STEAD KAIKOHE — Members of far-flung Taitokerau parishes assembled again this year in Kaikohe for the Bishop’s Forum, led by Bishop Patrick Dunn and his diocesan team. Bishop Dunn...

Auckland Catholic secondary school speech competition results

Sacred Heart College has won the Pompallier Shield speech competition for 2019. The team event for Catholic secondary schools in Auckland diocese involves...

Lenten prayer vigils aimed at the protection mothers and babies

by MARK MITCHELSON A worldwide campaign aimed at protecting mothers and babies began on Ash Wednesday and continues until Palm Sunday in Auckland and Wellington. Family Life spokesperson Michelle Kaufman said...

Kids quizzed about their principal

by JOHN FONG John Coulam’s 17 years of dedicated and outstanding service as principal of Marian School in Hamilton was acknowledged and celebrated by the school on December 8 at a morning gathering...

Catholic Bishops offer options and support for increasing refugee intake

By NZ Catholic staff New Zealand Catholic bishops have urged the government to increase it's quota for refugee intake, saying that the escalating refugee crisis is a problem New Zealand...

Hospice helps Lecretia in her last days

by PETER GRACE A brain cancer sufferer who had argued in court she should be allowed the right to have assistance, if required, to kill herself, has died. Lecretia Seales died of...

Budget fails the poorest say Catholic agencies

by NZ CATHOLIC Staff WELLINGTON — Catholic organisations have criticised the government’s 2014 budget as failing to provide for “the poorest in the communities” and recognising economic inequalities in New Zealand. Although...

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...

Popular Morrinsville parish priest returns to England

by PETER GRACE After 20 months as parish priest in Morrinsville, Fr Mark O’Keeffe has returned to England. Fr O’Keeffe told NZ Catholic that he came to New Zealand a few...

Wgtn priests fast and pray for day following Pope’s call

Priests in Wellington archdiocese committed to prayer and fasting on October 5 following on from Pope Francis’ August request that the People of God pray and fast in order to hear the “hushed pain”...

Hamilton to halve number of parishes

by ROWENA OREJANA HAMILTON — Hamilton Bishop Denis Browne has announced a drastic reduction in the number of parishes in the diocese from 36 to 17, after a round of...

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.

Clergy and other appointments 2016

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Clergy appointments for 2016 have been announced for Palmerston North diocese and Wellington archdiocese. PALMERSTON NORTH Bishop Charles Drennan said these appointments will take effect in...

New GM of diocese faces challenge of growth

by ROWENA OREJANA Shifting the demographics and growing the number of faithful Catholics in Dunedin will be the main focus of new diocesan general manager, Gerald Scanlan. “I think the main...

Warning that euthanasia will ruin the medical profession

The medical profession should stay out of euthanasia and assisted-suicide to prevent tragic consequences for the profession. Wellington specialist in Palliative Medicine Dr Sinead Donnelly spoke passionately against euthanasia at...

Phone-in abortion service criticised

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn is disturbed at a move to allow abortion consultation over the phone. Pro-life groups slammed it as “irresponsible”, “unprofessional” and “disgusting”. Wairarapa abortion doctor...

Studies part of ‘tradition’

Bishop Peter Cullinane has told students and staff at Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby that their academic year is part of what the Church calls “tradition”. In his homily at...

Usury still a problem, social council finds

by BEATE MATTHIES Should you spend more money than you have, you may have to ask for a loan — from a friend, a family member, a bank or another...

Leading sister leaves our shores

In 1960, a young Bridget Anne Donnelly left her home in Coventry to join the Little Sisters of the Poor in London. While her father was supportive of her decision,...

After his two years as pope, ‘Francis effect’ has taken hold

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Within two years of becoming pope, Pope Francis now has an effect named after him. This "Francis effect" provides both comfort and challenges to Catholics, according...

Dearth of DRSs discussed in depth

by PETER GRACE The difficulty of filling certain teaching positions was looked at from all angles at the primary principals’ conference in the last week of March. Palmerston North diocese’s manager...