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Four O’Shea Shield wins in a row!

June 2016 For the fourth consecutive year St Catherine’s College Wellington has won the highly-prized O’Shea Shield at the annual speech and drama competition for Catholic Colleges’ of the Wellington and Palmerston North Dioceses. Fellow Kilbirnie school, St Patrick’s College Wellington, were runners up. The competition was hosted by Sacred Heart Girls’ College in New

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Bishop Viard College blessed with new event centre and gym

June 2016 Story and photos by Annette Scullion Bishop Viard College’s long awaited event centre and gymnasium was officially opened and blessed by Cardinal John Dew on 2 May. The Porirua Catholic college caters for around 350 students from a wealth of cultures and diversity. A powhiri welcomed local Catholic schools, local priests, the Board

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Budget lacks capital to address affordable housing

June 2016 Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and Christian Social Services, the umbrella organisation of churches’ social-service agencies in Aotearoa New Zealand, including Catholic Social Services, say the 2016 Budget response to affordable housing is inadequate. No bricks and mortar in Budget’s new housing spend Crispin Anderlini, Caritas Aotearoa NZ Despite Budget 2016 taking small steps to

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Pope Francis on marriage and family

May 2016 Pope Francis’ document on marriage and the family follows the two gatherings of bishops and lay persons and consultation with Catholics worldwide to discuss challenges facing families. Amoris Laetitia – the Joy of Love, signals the Pope’s vision for the Church as a family of families. It reaffirms the welfare of the family

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Helen Clark says NZ can provide model of religious diversity

May 2016 Former Prime Minister Helen Clark says New Zealand can provide a model of religious diversity for the rest of the world. Miss Clark, who heads the United Nations Development Programme, said this at the opening of the new Religious Diversity Centre in Wellington on Wednesday 30 March, while home briefly in New Zealand.

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Pentecost – When Giving Brings Life

May 2016 Reflections Fr James Lyons Pentecost Sunday, which marks the end of the Easter season, celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Pentecost 2016 falls 50 days after Easter 2016, and ten days after the Ascension of Our Lord. What happens to the gifts we give, or are given? Some appear very quickly

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Pope Francis observes third anniversary with message of mercy

April 2016 News Annette Scullion, Story and photo His Holiness Pope Francis marked his third anniversary as pontiff of the Catholic Church, during his weekly Sunday blessing on 13 March 2016 by reinforcing his message of mercy telling the faithful about the Biblical story of the adulterous woman whom Jesus refused to condemn.  To observe the

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Retiring CEO leaves integrated schools in good shape

April 2016 News Annette Scullion After 22 years at the helm of the New Zealand Catholic Education Office retiring CEO Br Sir Pat Lynch KNZM says it’s time to pass the ball to someone else. He says it has been a privileged journey to have worked with the education sector over 22 years and to

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New Mission Centre for Sacred Heart Napier

April 2016 News Annette Scullion, Story and photos On a bright sunny afternoon, Friday 3 March, Sacred Heart College, Napier, students and staff were full of pride and excitement as they hosted guests at the blessing and official opening of their new Mission Centre building. After waiting a long time for a new spiritual centre and

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Annual Blessing of the Boats, Island Bay, 2016

March 2016 Report Annette Scullion The Blessing of the Boats takes place on the second Sunday of February every year at Island Bay on Wellington’s South Coast. Local clergy bless a fleet of fishing boats and other sea-craft in this traditional ceremony to grant them ‘safe carriage and plentiful bounties’. The Blessing of the Boats

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