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Lent and the 16th February

Dear Friends This time next week we will be in Lent and Pope Francis has told us in his 2018 Lenten Message: “Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.”  He went on to say, “I would like again this year to help

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Thank you!

As the year draws to a close – Thank you!  It will take me more than two words to say a sincere thanks to so many of you for so many things this year. Throughout the year we have been working on firmly establishing Stewardship in the Archdiocese. This has involved a number of very

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Young Catholic’s success in public speaking

The Stockley Cup is the premier public speaking competition for high school students in the Wellington region. Held annually, the competition brings together the best public speakers and orators from dozens of schools to speak on ideas such as racism, feminism, the relationship between parents and kids, and religion. Last year in 2016, talented young Ohariu parishioner,

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Lectio Divina in parishes

On Sunday 29 October people attending Mass in the Archdiocese took part in a Lectio Divina exercise, designed to introduce them to this form of prayer if they have not encountered it before. The Gospel of the day was used as the Scripture, and a leader took the congregation through the Lectio Divina process in

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Sisters of Compassion – 125 years

“Thanks be to God for all he has done and is doing for us.” These words were one of the most used phrases of the Venerable Suzanne Aubert. I believe that here in New Zealand we can genuinely say those words with her. We can say them in gratitude for all that she was and

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David Haas workshops – inspirational

David Haas, composer of contemporary liturgical music, presented three workshops in Wellington on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th October. Participants in the workshops were deeply impressed by David’s passion for liturgical music, describing the workshops as inspirational and informative. During the workshop on the Friday night which was held in Sacred Heart Cathedral, David played and sang

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To be “missionary disciples”

Our Synod “Go, you are Sent was a wonderful weekend. Thank you all for your prayers, which most certainly helped the Synod to run smoothly and which enabled people to participate fully in the listening and discernment process. If there was one message I heard from people over the weekend it was about how much

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Forum on Housing

Videos of the addresses given at the Forum on Housing organised by the Anglican Diocese of Wellington and the Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington and held on 9 August can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTKK76UR1T2e99AaUv-W7YDJXfBpBCgmd

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Leadership

Former New Zealand Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Helen Clark’s response to a question put to her recently about the role of religion in addressing the world’s problems was: “Absolutely critical and I say that as a person of no faith whatsoever, but most people aren’t like me. Most people do have some adherence to

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The sign on Pope Francis’ door

I can still remember the day when as a seminarian I discovered these words in the Letter of St Paul to the Philippians; “Do all that has to be done without complaining or arguing and then you will be innocent and genuine, perfect children of God among a deceitful and underhand brood, and you will

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