Saturday, July 20, 2019

Social media coordinator for parishes?

by ROWENA OREJANA Parishes need to think about designating a social media coordinator to communicate their vision to their members, according to a church ministry expert. A specialist in social media...

Sexual abuse film described as ‘powerful’

by MICHAEL OTTO New Zealand’s National Office for Professional Standards director has described as “powerful” a film now showing in this country about the uncovering of a child sexual abuse scandal...

New Bible highlights poverty and justice passages

by NZ Catholic staff Poverty and justice are to be highlighted in the Catholic Church throughout New Zealand in the coming months. Cardinal John Dew officially launched the Poverty and Justice...

Catholic and Anglican bishops off to Rome

Cardinal John Dew is to be one of New Zealand’s representatives at an event in Rome at which pairs of Anglican and Catholic bishops from different countries will meet Pope Francis and the Archbishop...

Cause for Fr Garin’s sainthood begins

by NZ CATHOLIC staff The launch of the cause of sainthood of Fr Antoine Marie Garin, SM, will take place with a Mass on April 14 at St Michael’s Church, Auckland,...

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...

‘Our families’ need recognition, friendship, New Zealand cardinal says

By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Members of the Synod of Bishops are not talking about "the family," but about "our families" -- real people who deserve recognition, friendship...

Two Wellington priests die on same day

Many people in Wellington archdiocese and beyond are mourning the deaths of two much-loved and respected senior priests on the same day last month. Church historian and former rector and lecturer at Holy Cross...

‘It makes you weep,’ pope says of refugees’ stories

By Cindy Wooden ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM GREECE (CNS) -- When an aide suggested Pope Francis offer to fly some Syrian refugees back to Rome with him, the pope...

Proposed chapel will make Khyber Pass Rd statement

St Peter’s College in Auckland will be building its chapel by the end of the year (2018) at an estimated cost of $2.5 — $3million. Principal James Bentley said the...

Catholics cautioned on civil disobedience

Catholics have been warned about the consequences of civil disobedience if they become involved in protest action over fossil fuel use next month. The warning came in the April “Justice Matters” e-newsletter put out by Auckland...

New PP has the experience

by PETER GRACE The appointment of Pa Mikaere Ryan, MHM as parish priest of Te Whānau Tapu parish may create history. The need for Pa Tony Brown to convalesce led Bishop...

Pro-life ad stirs hornet’s nest

A pro-life advertisement in a Wellington magazine sparked a furious reaction on social media, but Voice for Life says its ad also received much positive feedback. The full page ad, which ran in...

85 new arrivals start a new journey

by ROWENA OREJANA As the first Syrian refugees arrived to make New Zealand their home, Wellington Cardinal John Dew and Auckland Anglican Bishop Ross Bay reminded Christians in New Zealand...

Church reluctant to look in the mirror?

by MICHAEL OTTO A member of a pontifical commission to protect minors says there is little appetite in the Church to find out why its systemic response on the clerical...

PN priests move

by NZ CATHOLIC Staff PALMERSTON NORTH — The Bishop of Palmerston North diocese, Bishop Charles Drennan, has announced the appointments of four priests in different parishes. Bishop Drennan appointed Fr Craig...

Priest masters the ABC of parish visiting

by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — Upper Hutt parish priest Fr Ron Bennett is on track to visit all 1250 homes of Catholic families in his parish by the end of...

NZ ethicist likes papal call on love and family

by JOHN KLEINSMAN In two days much had already been written about this highly anticipated document , and much more will surely be written on it. Rather predictably, many commentators...

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...

From death wish, depression to being an amputee ambassador

by Beate Matthies Some years ago I was working in a campaign against landmines together with Tun Channareth. Tun is Cambodian and was only about 22 when he stepped on a...

Vinnies servants farewelled in commissioning Mass

Leaders from 13 Auckland colleges received their badges at the St Vincent de Paul Vinnies Commission Mass on April 9. In his homily, Bishop Patrick Dunn said this year’s commissioning Mass was during what Pope...

50 charismatic years celebrated

by JENNY McPHEE Pope Francis says “The greatest gift the Renewal has to offer is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.” Before he was Pope, Cardinal Bergoglio’s initial impression of charismatic Catholics was that...

St Dominic’s College celebrates jubilee

by SARAH ROBERTS A beaded tapestry, with roots dating back to the 1870s, has helped mark 50 years since St Dominic’s Catholic College opened in Henderson in west Auckland. Dominican sisters...

Professor notes Pakeha flight from the Church

Although Catholics have been less affected by religious decline than other denominations, it is certainly happening among the New Zealand-born, according to a leading commentator on religion in New Zealand.  Massey University Professor of History Peter...

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...

Fr Dan referred to his wife in homilies

by MIKE SMITH Fr Dan Robert Johns, who died on New Year’s Eve, liked to refer to his wife if he had to wake his congregation up. Fr Johns, who...

150 attend deaf school weekend

by ROWENA OREJANA PALMERSTON NORTH — About 150 ex-pupils, teachers, families and friends have celebrated the 70th anniversary of St Dominic’s School for Deaf Children, a school that closed down 25...

Islands advocate Ursula rises above sinking feeling

by ROWENA OREJANA Catholics need to look at supporting people affected by climate change and environmental degradation in all the contexts that these issues demand. That was one of the messages...

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...

Stirring send off for Pa Henare Tate

by PAT LYTHE A giant totara has fallen. From the time of his death at 12.15pm on April 1, people from all walks of life, Māori, Pakeha and everybody in...