Praying Parents Club meets for first time in east Auckland

Praying for one’s children is a must, but it may be easier said than done.The Praying Parents Club was formed by Mel and Rita Nepomuceno to...

Mochaccino magic leads to ice cream success

The Baradene College students who won silver at the recent NZ Ice Cream Awards are planning to produce their lactose-free Mochaccino ice cream commercially, riding on the...

Hospitality for refugees, migrants

Every year Caritas marks a Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants — established by New Zealand’s Catholic bishops — by creating liturgical resources and inviting...

Kiwi priest gets PNG OBE

Fr Philip Gibbs, SVD, who was ordained in New Zealand in 1978, was awarded an OBE in the Papua New Guinea Queen’s Birthday Honours. According to Hamilton Bishop...

South food icon helps kids go to Catholic schools

by Jeff Dillon They may not have quite the same national acknowledgement as southern Bluff oysters but another southern delight certainly gets toasted regularly down in the lower provinces...

Singing out for justice

Standing out from 120 entries in Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s SINGout- 4JUSTICE competition , three students from Hillcrest High School (Hamilton) and Sacred Heart College (Lower Hutt) wowed the...

Stained glass installation turns heads in Gore

by Peter Owens The Catholic people of Eastern Southland were among the first settlers in the region. This is exemplified in the number of Catholic churches built...

Graduates urged to be modern missionaries

The early missionaries to Oceania might have found the going tough at times, but being a modern missionary in our own society has its own set...

Fr Bugler’s 60 years as priest

For Fr Martin Bugler, despite celebrating his 60 year jubilee as a priest, the call to priesthood is still a mystery. “Priests come from all backgrounds and starting...

Catholics put case to MPs on euthanasia bill

Palmerston North Bishop Charles Drennan has called ACT leader David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill “deeply cynical” saying the title tricks people into thinking that euthanasia or...

Famous bookshop next to St Ben’s

The new location of Auckland’s iconic Hard to Find Bookshop is a very blessed place. That’s what St Benedict’s parish priest Msgr Paul Farmer told people at a blessing...

CEC unveils ‘Catholic Discovery’ branding

The Catholic Enquiry Centre (CEC) has unveiled new “Catholic Discovery” branding, as it seeks increased engagement with different audiences, including those with and those without Christian Faith, those active...

Catholic education convention had many highlights

Catholic educators, bishops, priests, school trustees and others have taken part in seminars, workshops, tours and exhibitions from June 12-15 at Wellington’s TSB Arena. With almost all Catholic schools...

Marriage educators meet in Chch

by WAYNE McTAGUE Christchurch diocese hosted the biennial Marriage Educators Training Weekend at the Chateau on the Park on May 18-20. The venue opposite Hagley Park superbly complemented the...

Sacred Heart Cathedral closed due to earthquake damage

Sacred Heart Cathedral in Thorndon closed its doors on July 13,2018, in the interest of safety for parishioners and the public, following a structural...

Child forgoes birthday gifts for cathedral

Her birthday was fast approaching when nine-year old Marsy Irinco decided to ask her friends and family not to give her gifts but instead...

Theology can’t be same after sex abuse crisis

Given the sexual abuse crisis in which the Church is embroiled, theologians need to rethink a faith-based response to sexual violence. Systematic theology lecturer at...

Engaging with people on the problem of evil

It is not often that St Augustine and his wisdom are subjects of everyday conversation, but his thinking might be given more of an...

Migrant communities fear for kids in secular NZ

Catholic migrant communities in Auckland diocese have been telling their bishop about their fears for their children growing up in secular New Zealand. Bishop...

Joint sacraments in Mangere

On Sunday, May 27, Bishop Patrick Dunn visited St Therese parish, Mangere East, to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation for 57 children from the...

Northern pilgrims honour Our Lady in Hokianga

by WIGA AUTET In spite of the threatening clouds — huge and heavy with rain — gathering on the horizon of the Hokianga sky on...

Religious, consecrated persons thanked at Mass

A “Thanksgiving Mass for Religious and Consecrated Persons” was celebrated at Christ the King church in Owairaka on May 26, the feast day of...

Tertiary chaplaincy leaves Newman Hall for new base

The Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy team has left its home at historic Newman Hall on Waterloo Quadrant for a new base on Symonds St....

Joint winners of the 2018 O’Shea Shield competition

The host of the 72nd O’Shea Shield competition, St Catherine’s College, shared top place with Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt, in the event held...

St Mary’s wins Pompallier Shield

St Mary’s College has won the 2018 Pompallier Shield, a prestigious competition for Catholic secondary schools in Auckland diocese. Principal Bernadette Stockman said they...

Daughter of modern saint to speak at NZ conference

The daughter of a saint is coming to New Zealand later this year. Dr Gianna Emanuela Molla, the daughter of St Gianna Beretta Molla, will...

Full house for St Paul movie

by WIGA AUTET A private screening of Paul, Apostle of Christ on Thursday, May 31, at Cathay Cinemas in Kerikeri turned out to be an...

‘Man of great heart’ remembered

by PETER GRACE The coffin made by Pa Yvan Sergy told much about the man and priest at his requiem Mass in Hamilton on May...

Newly-ordained Jesuit felt call early on

Newly-ordained Jesuit priest Fr Robert Morris said his parents, Ann and Russ, were the biggest influences on his faith. Fr Morris was ordained by...

Harbour bridge leap for Mercy Hospice

Mercy Hospice in Auckland took a leap of faith of sorts in a fundraising venture this year. It involved recruiting 20 brave people to “leap...