Saturday, July 20, 2019

Taonga of Our Lady made

Students from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Whanganui line up underneath their art work expressing their image of Our Lady which hangs as a mural in the school hall.  The mural, painted in...

Double celebration for Compassion Sisters

by MARY HOBBS More than 115 years ago, Suzanne Aubert had kindness as an important part of her work when she founded the Sisters of Compassion. She was tolerant of people of all...

Polish Knight’s Cross for Dunedin woman

by JEFF DILLON Some Christmas presents can provide a great sense of gratitude for what the gift represents. This has proved to be the case for Cecylia Klobukowska, one of...

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...

Youth team cook up a feed for Chch people

CHRISTCHURCH The Catholic youth ministry team in Christchurch has cooked and given out thousands of sausages free in hard hit areas of the city. Catholic Youth Team director...

Seven stained glass windows brighten Taranaki chapel

Amazing patterns of light now flood through the Mary Phelan Chapel at Sacred Heart Girls’ College in New Plymouth after seven stained glass windows were installed early this year. The chapel windows were...

Multi-talented Fr Paul steps down

by Lyndsay Freer Fr Paul Shannahan, SM, retired in February after 55 years of priestly service. He leaves Akaroa parish, where he has served as parish priest for the past six years.In addition...

NZ Bishops say young people are not encountering Jesus in Catholic...

by PETER GRACE WELLINGTON — Most Catholic-educated young people in New Zealand are not encountering Jesus Christ through their schooling, New Zealand’s Catholic bishops say. The bishops have published a document,The...

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...

Aranui Sisters of Mercy farewelled by parishioners

by Sr MARY WOOD, RSM The Aranui Sisters of Mercy were farewelled by a gathering of parishioners from the Catholic Parish of Christchurch East on May 27. The parish is...

Traditionalists put case

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — A traditionalist group seeking more access to the Tridentine Mass says it appreciates the access it has now. Ecclesia Dei has for some years had access...

Upper Hutt parishioner of many talents honoured

by JOSEPH O’MALLEY A papal honour has been bestowed on Josephine Eynon of Upper Hutt for services to the Catholic Church. On July 30 at Sunday Mass at Our Lady of...

Church leaders write open letter to MPs about marriage definition bill

WELLINGTON — Archbishop John Dew of Wellington is among the signatories to an open letter to Members of Parliament ahead of the second reading debate on the Marriage (Definition...

Upgrade for St Peter’s College chapel

by PETER OWENS The chapel at St Peter’s College in Gore is to receive an upgrade and extension. The St Peter's College Foundation has announced that their 50th Anniversary Project will...

Primary schooling headache in the south

by Peter Owens Dunedin diocese was the first in New Zealand to support a coeducational secondary boarding school, when St Peter’s College in Gore was founded in 1969. Since then a number of Catholic secondary...

Election of new Pope brings NZ bishops great joy

New Zealand Catholic Bishops awoke this morning to the message ‘Habemus Papem’ we have a Pope and the presentation of newly elected Pope Francis with joy, and excitement. ...

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...

Sisters act against trafficking and slavery

by ROWENA OREJANA With 36 million people enslaved in the world today, a New Zealand inter-congregational group is raising awareness and advocating against human trafficking in New Zealand and internationally. Sister Gemma...

All Christchurch parishes closed until engineers inspect them

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (CNS) No Catholic church or school in Christchurch will be used until engineers have declared it safe. Christchurch Bishop Barry P. Jones announced the measure...

College upset affects principal’s job

by PETER GRACE The principal of troubled Hato Pet era College in Auckland is no longer in one of the several roles he had. John (Hone) Matthews was reportedly suspended from...

Fewer Sunday Masses in Invercargill ahead of merger

by PETER OWENS The merger of the four parishes in Invercargill will take place about the first Sunday in Advent this year, according to St Mary’s parish priest Fr Chris...

Calls for refugees to be sent to Dunedin

by NZ CATHOLIC staff A grouping of social agencies is adding to calls for refugees to be sent to Dunedin. But the Dunedin Refugee Steering Group hopes the move will go...

All Black giant locks in Rosmini success for 2018

Students at Rosmini College on Auckland’s North Shore were wowed by the appearance of All Black Brodie Retallick at a lunchtime presentation ceremony on April 4. Retallick was invited to...

New Zealand Bishops react with surprise and understanding at news of...

WELLINGTON — It was with some sadness that New Zealand Catholic Bishops woke to the news of Pope Benedict XVI is to resign from his papacy at the end...

College loses gentle soul and passionate educator

St Dominic’s Catholic College (Henderson) deputy principal Susan Mary Armstrong was farewelled for the last time by her loved ones, school staff and students at the school’s sports centre...

Remember World Day of the Sick

New Zealand parishes are being encouraged to mark this year’s World Day of the Sick through prayer, reflecting on a video, anointing of the sick and a pastoral response...

Pope Francis sends condolences to families of plane crash victims

by NZ Catholic staff Pope Francis has expressed his condolences to the families of the victims of a plane crash in the French Alps. Vatican Radio reported Cardinal Pietro...

Melkite Church seeks favour from NZ

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — The Catholic Church in New Zealand has been asked by the head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Patriarch Gregorios III, to talk to...

New vicar general for Dunedin diocese

Bishop Colin Campbell has announced the appointment of Fr Michael Dooley as vicar general of Dunedin diocese, The Tablet reported. The previous Dunedin vicar general, Msgr Paul Mahoney, died late...

Pa Anahera departs joyful ministry in Northland

by WIGA AUTET On Easter Sunday, Fr Jun Peralta, SVD, locally known as Pa Anahera, celebrated his last Sunday Masses with the parishioners of the North Hokianga, whom he had...