Top old boy was child refugee from Poland

by GERARD DUIGNAN The St Patrick’s College Old Boys’ Association’s Old Boy of the Year for 2018 is Jan Roy-Wojciechowski (aka John Roy). Mr Roy-Wojciechowski is...

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...

Catholics in P.North anti-weapons protest

Catholics in Palmerston North were among the 200 protesters who joined the Peace March on October 31 in opposition to the trade fair for...

Mary comes back to her Tuakau grotto

by PHIL McLAUGHLIN Sunday, November 18, at Tuakau saw a large gathering of Marist Brothers, former brothers and old boys assemble at the Tuakau Hotel...

Port Chalmers church celebrates 140-year history

by JEFF DILLON To the words of the hymn "Gather us in", a group of people with a variety of connections to the St Mary...

St Heliers parish brings Christmas joy to neighbours

St Ignatius Catholic parish has raised, organised and delivered 370 Christmas hampers full of goodies to schools and a religious group who are looking...

Late blooming talent put to good use

The colourful Christmas cards were spread out on her table adding to the brightness of the flowers in the yellow vase and her electric...

Thomas Merton anniversary marked

By Sr Eleanor Capper, RSJ December 10 marked 50 years since the death of the famous Trappist monk and international author Thomas Merton. He died...

Hamilton diocese event celebrates families

More than two hundred people from some 39 families in the Hamilton diocese came together on the weekend of November 9-11 to celebrate families. The...

Vinnies base becomes a toy shop

St Vincent de Paul Wellington has temporarily converted their office at Riddiford Street in Newtown into a one-of-a-kind toy shop where parents can get...

The Christmas season can be full of surprises for chaplains who work with seafarers. Last year, the Apostleship of the Sea Catholic chaplain at the...

Bethlehem’s light has never been extinguished

One of the visual attractions of this time of year is the growing practice of decorating houses with Christmas lights. A prominent example is Franklin...

Peace to all people and to all nations on earth

The message of Pope Francis for this year’s World Day of Peace began with these words: “Peace to all people and to all nations...

Silent Night trending at Tauranga Hospital

At Tauranga Hospital, the song Silent Night is the most requested Christmas carol from hospital chaplains walking around the wards singing and spreading cheer. The...

Filipino priest brings faith and food together

by PATRICIA SISON Close to two hundred people were fed physically and spiritually at the Family Banquet event on November 10 in Tawa Wellingon, featuring...

New priest ordained for Dunedin diocese

by Jeff Dillon A South Korean, Jaewoo Joseph Lee, was ordained a priest for Dunedin diocese in a joyful ceremony at a Friday evening ordination Mass on...

Wgtn goes all out for World Day of the Poor

The Archdiocese of Wellington went all out for the World Day of the Poor last month as parishes and organisations arranged a variety of activities...

Cardinal Dew holds up Nano Nagle as example

Wellington Cardinal John Dew called on the faithful to heed the words of Nano Nagle “who was giving her all to the poor long before Pope Francis began...

Accompanying a suffering person gives perspective

Suffering has become a taboo in modern culture, but it is actually the greatest privilege in the world. This was what writer and academic Dr...

Former NZC editor ties the knot

At a joyous nuptial Mass, former NZ Catholic managing editor Gavin Abraham and Anna Surrey, a former lecturer at Good Shepherd College, said their “I do’s”. The Mass, at St...

Statement for life made on capital’s streets

Amid the pink and blue balloons and the many signs bearing pro-life messages at the second March for Life in Wellington on December 8, one was...

Pope celebrates his birthday with clients of Vatican pediatric clinic

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- If the Holy Family lived in Rome and the baby Jesus had a cold or flu, Mary and Joseph certainly...

Gender diversity issues guide for schools

The National Centre for Religious Studies has released a document that provides Catholic schools with guidance on how to navigate issues pertaining to gender diversity among young people today. Gender...

Three cardinals end service on pope’s Council of Cardinals

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Three members of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinals have officially ended their service as papal advisers on the...

Retiring principal will miss ‘brotherhood’

by SARAH ROBERTS When principal Jim Dale thinks of the brotherhood he’s leaving behind at Sacred Heart College it pulls at his heart strings.  For 12 years he’s...

Restrictions at Tauranga church after initial seismic study

The chapel, kitchen and supper room at St Mary Immaculate church in Tauranga have been withdrawn from scheduled use in the wake of an initial seismic assessment. The assessment...

Pro-life rosary crusade image for NZ

A youthful Blessed Virgin Mary, with a long white cloud and sea as background, is the image that will represent the New Zealand Pro-Life Rosary Crusade in its...

Liturgy office work brought rewards and challenges

National Liturgy Office director Louise Campbell called on the faithful to “trust the liturgy of the Church” as she retired from office in September. “Liturgy is not...

Diversity dominates year’s best films

The response to calls for more diversity and racial balance in casts dominates this year’s best film lists. The comic-based blockbusters have started running out...

‘Hero for Christ’ gave his life to save others

Angelo Tuyay lost his life while saving the lives of others — and for that he is being hailed as a hero.  The word “hero” was used...