Thursday, November 15, 2018

Pope’s new Apostolic Exhortation on being holy in the modern world

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Francis' new document, "Gaudete et Exsultate", shows that holiness is not an impossible task nor is it something to be pursued far removed from...

Milestone for Central Otago church marked

Several dozen people from throughout Dunedin diocese gathered on the Saturday evening of February 24 for a vigil Mass to celebrate the laying of the foundation stone of St...

At school event MP backs Catholic education

Marist Catholic Primary School in Herne Bay, Auckland has celebrated the opening of a new school building, which will enable the school to accommodate an additional 90 students. Marist Primary...

Churches thanked for helping refugees

Giving his first ever presentation in English, former refugee Husan Alboghobeish thanked volunteers from Red Cross, church and community groups at an event on February 8 for the support...

Hamilton cathedral organists’ talents showcased

by JOHN FONG The pipe organ has long been the traditional musical instrument to accompany liturgical music in the Latin Church. The Second Vatican Council’s Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on the Sacred...

Catholic teenagers rise to Laos challenge

by SARAH ROBERTS A group of Kiwi teenagers will never forget the New Year’s Eve they spent in a rural village in Laos. The St Dominic’s Catholic College (Henderson) students were...

Home of Compassion has Family Open Day

by DEIRDRE HANLON A series of four events — part of the annual Island Bay Festival — were well-attended on February 11-14 as many people took the opportunity to discover...

New principal for Aquinas College

by PATRICIA BROOKS The Tauranga Moana Maori community, led by kaumatua Kihi Ngatai,  gathered with Aquinas College, students, staff and friends on the first full school day of 2018 for...

Hearts focus on vocations and God’s call

Traditionally the Wednesday at Hearts Aflame is set aside to focus on vocations. Each of the guest speakers this year spoke frankly, telling of their initial promptings of being called...

Hato Petera to get commissioner

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has asked the Secretary for Education to appoint a commissioner to take over the governance of Hato Petera College in Auckland. “Hato Petera has a proud...

Young Timaru singer hitting right notes

by JENNY McPHEE Jayden Walker, who attends Roncalli Catholic College, Timaru, has been blessed with an amazing voice. A soprano, he is a familiar face on Timaru street corners, busking....

Young Christchurch priest writes first novel

A young Christchurch priest has written a “practical, social, pastoral, spiritual and theological novel” that is generating some good feedback. Divine Love – Life Love – Human Love: My Mother...

60 years as Missionary Sister celebrated

The many and varied activities undertaken by Sr Alice Hardiman during her 60 years as a Missionary Sister of the Society of Mary were highlighted at St Michael’s church...

Emergency housing provider James Liston Hostel to be upgraded

The James Liston Hostel, the only emergency housing provider in Auckland’s city centre, will be getting a $4 million refurbishment that will start in March and will be completed...

Priest who died at Christmas was buried on birthday

Auckland priest Fr Patrick (Paddy) Collins died on Christmas Day and was buried four days later on what would have been his 86th birthday. At a Requiem Mass at St...

SMSM sisters establish new religious community in Kaikoura

by Sr KATHLEEN RUCK,SMSM For SMSM Sisters Maureen Connor and Frances Anna Remnant their Advent journey began with the invitation of Cardinal John Dew to establish once more a religious...

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...

Invercargill priest dodges flames

by PETER OWENS A cool head and a swift appraisal of what was a serious situation undoubtedly saved Fr Chris O’Neill, parish priest of St Mary’s parish in Invercargill, from...

Anderton a man of principle

Msgr Brendan Daly started off his homily at the funeral of former Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand Jim Anderton, CNZM, with a salutary story. The priest told the congregation...

Understanding Amoris Laetitia

By Dr Rocio Figueroa When the Apostolic Letter Amoris Laetitia was published it had an incredible media coverage both within the Catholic Church and in secular society. Unfortunately, the discussion...

Major Hui Maori Katorika held in Otara

by Fr BERNARD DENNEHY The Bi-Cultural Committee of the Justice and Peace Commission for Auckland diocese was delighted to have initiated the first Hui Māori Katorika of this nature held...

Thames parish and school celebrate 150 years

Close to five hundred gathered over three days at St Francis of Assisi School and Parish in Thames earlier this month to celebrate their Sesquicentennial year having started way...

Ancient wisdom heard in the time of the ‘instant’

Hearing voices from the ancient world, praying ancient prayers and having hope in the same way as our ancestors in the faith did were topics touched upon by Bishop...

Tributes paid to remarkable Dame Sr Pauline

The eulogies at the funeral Mass for Dame Sister Pauline Engel, RSM, while tinged with sadness, also elicited fond laughter from many present. Those eulogies also paid tribute to a...

Fond farewell for Dunedin choirmaster

by JEFF DILLON On November 9, a large congregation filled St Joseph's Cathedral in Dunedin to farewell, Michael Francis McConnell, a well-known member of the parish and the wider community. It...

Sisters reflect on Otara school beginnings

At Labour weekend, St John the Evangelist Catholic School in Otara, Auckland, celebrated its 50th jubilee with two very important guests: Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Mother Sisters Clara...

Public gets closer look at historic St Gerard’s

by GORDON COPELAND St Gerard’s church (1908) and monastery (1932), which were built by the Redemptorist order and are now owned by the lay-led Institute for World Evangelisation — ICPE...

Newly-arrived priests learn about NZ

by Msgr DAVID TONKS Nine priests who have come to serve in Auckland diocese from other places participated in a three day orientation programme, held at the Mary MacKillop Centre,...

Lectio Divina used at Wgtn Masses

by MARTIN DE JONG Accounts from Lower Hutt suggest an introduction to praying the Gospel using Lectio Divina in Wellington archdiocese Masses on Sunday, October 29, went down well. The process...

‘Overseas’ Chinese Catholics meet in NZ

Many dozens of “overseas” Chinese Catholics from throughout the world gathered in Auckland last month for a conference with the theme of “faith and the family”. This was the sixth...

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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...