Sacraments received with joy in Te Tai Tokerau

by WIGA AUTET “Sealed with the Holy Spirit, you must stand tall and have courage.”  Children, teenagers and young adults from Panguru, Kohukohu and Broadwood have been entrusted with...

Future saint in new resting place

The transferral and re-interment of the Venerable Suzanne Aubert’s mortal remains took place in a private ceremony at the Home of Compassion in Island...

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...

#Ashtags: When posting Ash Wednesday photos, use your head

By Carol Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Ash Wednesday seems to offer contradictory messages. The Gospel reading for the day is about not doing public acts...

Spiritual fire burns at 2017 Hearts Aflame

by KEN JOBLIN Scrub fires are an unwelcome, but all too common summer event in Canterbury. However, just before the new year, fire of a spiritual kind engulfed...

Church decommissioned

by JOHN FONG St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Ohaupo, near Te Awamutu, was closed and decommissioned at a Mass on December 22, with Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe the celebrant....

‘Hospital for the soul’ set up in north Canterbury

A plan to set up a “hospital for the soul” is now coming to fruition. Emotionally Free Prayer Counselling chairperson Diana Ingle said after six years of praying and discerning, the...

Maori Catholic principal is new dame

Long-time principal and teacher at St Joseph’s Maori Girls’ College in Napier Georgina Kingi has been made a Dame (DNZM) in the New Year’s...

Hamilton bishop at first NZ Mass commemoration

by WIGA AUTET “Bishop Pompallier had a greatest gift to give, a gift of Jesus.” With these words Bishop Stephen Lowe of Hamilton greeted the faithful at Totara Point in the Hokianga...

Dunedin diocese restructuring

The diocese of Dunedin is undergoing a major restructuring aimed at addressing the financial difficulties it is facing. This was confirmed by Bishop Colin...

Bishop Patrick Dunn’s main wish for 2017

The following is a New Year 2017 reflection by the Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn. If I was given a wish for 2017,...

Marist dies helping out in Kaikoura

A Marist priest who travelled to Kaikoura to help after the earthquake last year died on Christmas Eve. Fr Kevin Mears, SM, 81, was scheduled to celebrate Masses over the Christmas period...

Bishop backs youth synod input

As the Vatican released the preparatory document for the 2018 synod of bishops on “Young people, faith and vocational discernment”, Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan said the value of knowing the...

Clergy moves in three NZ dioceses

Three dioceses have announced new clergy appointments for 2017.  These are Auckland, Wellington and Palmerston North dioceses. AUCKLAND Bishop Patrick Dunn made key changes to the placement of priests which...

How St Teresa helped polio victim fly

Gautam Lewis is a survivor — thanks in large part to a saint. St Teresa of Kolkata gave him a second chance at life, after...

First Maori Mass in Hamilton cathedral

There were people in tears coming to Communion at 10.30am Mass on the second Sunday in Advent at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin...

How wise men of the Gospel became kings

In the way Internet memes go viral, the tale of the three wise men caught the imagination of Christendom and got a life of...

Mayor Tony Kokshoorn talks about his faith

Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn shares with NZ Catholic some thoughts about the role faith plays in his life. Can you tell us something...

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...

Dominican family in NZ celebrates 800 years jubilee

The members of the Dominican family in Aotearoa New Zealand celebrated their 800th jubilee with a national gathering in Auckland on the weekend of...

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...

Money, pride make people ignore God’s word, neglect others, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Without making room for God's word in their heart, people will never be able to welcome and love all human...

Remember the needy and vulnerable

“Christmas . . . all the treasure and the trash,” sings Australian musical icon Paul Kelly in his song How to Make Gravy. Go and...

New body for religious studies teachers

State schools are seen as an area of growth for religious studies by a recently formed organisation for teachers of the subject. After 25 years...

2017 synod plan for Wellington

by NZ CATHOLIC staff Cardinal John Dew has decreed the convocation of a synod for the Archdiocese of Wellington, to be held on September 22-24...

Fond farewell to Forbury church

by Jeff Dillon In what appeared to be a clash of emotions, the formal closing of St Bernadette’s church in Forbury, Dunedin took place on...

NZ bishops raise ethnicity as factor in ending-of-life debate

New Zealand’s Catholic bishops have warned that one majority culture should not impose its will on other cultures on the question of legalised assisted suicide. In their written...

First filipina JP in district

by John Foley A notable milestone occurred at the Timaru Courthouse on September 23 when Waimate’s Dr Marieta Chan was sworn in as South Canterbury’s...

Maori children’s Bible now available in NZ

The Bible Society has launched Tāku Paipera, the only Māori children’s Bible available in New Zealand. Kaumatua Matt Hakiaha was particularly impressed with the use...

Pilgrimage to remote ‘Holy door for a day’

by Sr MEG HILLS, RSJ Several Gisborne parishioners prepared for weeks to make a pilgrimage to a holy door open for a day at St...