Tiny parish a powerful community

by PETER GRACE RONGOTEA, Manawatu — There must be something in the Manawatu water that develops apostolates and service. Three parishioners from the country parish of...

Priest who never wavered dies

GORE — Long-serving diocesan priest Fr Gerard Mary (“Gerry”) Fitzgibbon, who died on January 23, was described by Bishop Colin Campbell as a man...

Seven decades of tinkling the keys

by KATHY WATSON CHRISTCHURCH — Maria McSweeney has been playing the organ at church for 72 years. At the age of 12 she took up the...

Minister defends Catholic schools against homophobia accusation

LONDON (CathNews) — The British Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has defended the right of Catholic schools to promote Church teaching on homosexuality following a...

Holy Father accepts NZ bishop’s resignation

by PETER GRACE WELLINGTON — On February 22, the Holy Father accepted the resignation of the Bishop of Palmerston North, Bishop Peter Cullinane, upon having...

New Roman Missal finally delivered

by PETER GRACE The new Roman Missal was delivered to dioceses in mid-February. Some parishes have already received their copies. According to the Liturgy Centre in...

Carmelite nun gets her diploma in surprise presentation

by MICHAEL OTTO CHRISTCHURCH — Secrets are possible even in enclosed religious communities, as Carmelite Sr Cushla Renton found out to her delight on December...

Justice and peace commission turns its gaze overseas

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Recruiting will start this month for a new working committee on peace and international justice issues, which will be part...

Young Aaron’s football success a tribute to Dad

by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — Thirteen-year-old Aaron Dahmen scored the winning goal for New Zealand in a football match against Australia in January — but,...

Australian to be new rector at NZ seminary

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — New Zealand's only diocesan seminary, Holy Cross in Auckland, is to get a new rector. Msgr Peter Jeffrey from Australia...

Columbans give calendars to prisoners

NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — One way the Columban Mission reached out to the marginalised at Christmas was by donating 800 Columban Calendars to prisoners...

Ethnic mix increasing at Catholic schools

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Maori, Pasifika and Asian children and young people make up about 40 per cent of students enrolled in Catholic schools...

Historic church decommissioned

by GILLIAN VINE A DUNEDIN church, where poet James K. Baxter worshipped in the 1960s, has been decommissioned. St Andrew’s Ocean View, not used regularly for...

Two sisters winners in song contest

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — Two sisters were winners in the finals of the fourth Voice for Life National Pro-Life Songwriting Contest on December...

South welcomes new priest

by GILLIAN VINE DUNEDIN — “It’s been a long journey for Vaughan,” said Brian Rabbitt, on December 2 at the Mass of Ordination in Mosgiel...

Gisborne church rededicated

by JOHN GILLIES GISBORNE — Gisborne Catholics celebrated a return to their spiritual home on December 3, with the rededication of the church of St...

Village church a treasure at the lake

by JUDITH DOYLE The Catholic Church of St Werenfried in Waihi Village, southern Lake Taupo, is truly a taonga. Only a hop, skip and jump...

Large intake of seminary students expected for 2012

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — The national diocesan seminary is expected to be at full capacity next year with an influx of students for the...

Positive start for new St Mary’s principal

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — The new principal of St Mary’s College, Ponsonby, Jane Holloway, told a formal welcome to the school that there is...

Battle over chapel altar moves up a notch

by JEFF DILLON DUNEDIN — The wrangle over the Italian marble altar at Teschemakers Chapel could roll on into 2012 as the battle moves up...

French connection in Far North detailed

by NZ CATHOLIC staff RUSSELL — A new book reflecting on the early French Catholic presence in the Far North of New Zealand was launched...

Denominations can learn from each other

by DAN STOLLENWERK AUCKLAND — Instead of asking what other denominations might learn from our beliefs, we must begin to ask how we might receive...

Church leaders want a fairer society

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — As the 2011 General Election nears, members of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services say they seek...

Ancient order coming to NZ

by NZ CATHOLIC staff AUCKLAND — An ancient order of knighthood will conduct its first New Zealand investiture, in Auckland on November 26. The Equestrian Order...

Stolen chalices found

by KATHLEEN CASEY CHRISTCHURCH — A rare find shows the hand of God once more in Christchurch. Squatters took historic and valuable chalices from the forbidden...

Printing error delays NZ’s new translation

by NZ CATHOLIC staff WELLINGTON — The new translation of the Roman Missal will not be introduced in New Zealand on the first Sunday of...

Bush work no sweat for 93-year-old

by MICHAEL OTTO AUCKLAND — Roye Hammond is 93 years of age and still swings a pick and shovel with a vigour that would put...

Churches ponder options after insurer withdraws

by MICHAEL OTTO CHRISTCHURCH — A major insurer of Church buildings will not write any new insurance cover against earthquakes in New Zealand from December...

Powerhouse priest guided young Kiwis

by MICHAEL MORRISSEY A man of medium height and of strong muscular build, in his mid 30s, is bounding up — or down — the...

School fair, Balmoral

Nov. 5: Good Shepherd school fair, Saturday November 5 from 10am, 30 Telford Ave, Balmoral. Lots of family fun and stalls.