Working at marriage relationship for six decades

Vi and Mike Davies, parishioners of 49 years at Holy Family church, Whanganui, renewed their wedding vows before the congregation at the vigil Mass on December 10....

From youth ministry to social justice promotion

With his passion for the outdoors, newly-appointed social justice animator for the Hamilton diocese Alex Bailey is looking forward to working in the area of environmental care. “We are...

Invercargill parish merger could be on the cards

by PETER OWENS A shortage of priests to serve the Dunedin diocese has led to the possibility of merging the four parishes to a base at St...

Mother Aubert hotspots on River City pilgrim trail

From a pilgrim’s perspective, Whanganui city will become a destination in its own right, and not merely a through-road to Jersualem (Hiruhama) along the Whanganui River, when...

Fr Murphy encourages silence at Mass

Papakura parish priest Fr Peter Murphy is encouraging priests in Auckland diocese to practise three minutes of silence after Communion.  Fr Murphy, the diocese’s director for contemplative prayer,...

What to do with fading resolutions

“Raise your glass and we’ll have a cheer / My dear acquaintance, a happy new year,” sings Peggy Lee on her Winter Wonderland collection. In writing this piece...

Initial reaction to refugee ban ranges from concern to opposition

By Mark Pattison WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Within hours of President Donald Trump's new executive order March 6 banning refugees from six majority-Muslim nations, Catholic and...

Beatification process is formally opened for Fr Jean-Claude Colin

On January 26, a meeting took place in the archbishop’s residence in Lyons, France, to formally open the beatification process of Fr Jean-Claude Colin, founder of the...

Special character protection wanted in new education bill

Proprietors of integrated schools want change made to an Education (Update) Amendment Bill that, as it is currently worded, could weaken the special character of some schools. In a...

Almsgiving and the challenge of encounter

In the fading days of summer, Kiwi Catholics know that another season looms — Lent, with its increased focus on prayer, almsgiving and fasting, in preparation for...

Moving on after 18 years of inner-city ministry

St Patrick Cathedral had been home for the past 18 years, but Msgr Bernard Kiely was ready to move on. The Auckland diocese vicar-general moved to Balmoral parish...

Msgr Harrington dies in Chch

Christchurch diocese has bid a fond farewell to one of its senior priests, Msgr James Harrington, who died on January 28 at Nazareth House, in the 60th year...

A doctor speaks out against assisted suicide

This is the text of the written submission made by Dr Mary English to Parliament’s Health Select Committee concerning their Ending of Life inquiry. by...

Pope: Lent breathes life into world asphyxiated by sin

ROME (CNS) -- Lent is a time to receive God's breath of life, a breath that saves humanity from suffocating under the weight of...

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...

Maori priest installed as cathedral dean

A poignant liturgy characterised by light, song, Māori culture and laughter saw Pa Peter Tipene installed as Dean of the Cathedral of St Patrick...

Ash Wednesday: Ancient tradition still thrives in modern times

By Carol Zimmermann WASHINGTON (CNS) -- In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday -- celebrated March 1 this year -- leaves a mark. That's because not...

2016 Walk by Faith graduates

Ten people from Auckland and Hamilton dioceses graduated from the Walk by Faith programme with Diplomas in Religious Education towards the end of 2016.  Most of these graduated at...

Philippine archbishop recalls deceased Cardinal Sin in time of upheaval

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- Expressing concern about thousands of deaths in the nation's so-called "war on drugs," the president of the Philippine bishops' conference...

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,...