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Waitangi Day

WelCom February 2019: Waitangi Day: Day of rest? End-of-summer-holidays-day? Holy-day? Monsignor Gerard Burns Waitangi Day has perhaps many layers but it is also officially a national day commemorating the first signings of the Treaty of Waitangi – Te Tiriti o Waitangi, in 1840. When I was younger, back in the early 1970s I remember graffiti around

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Safeguarding in our Church

WelCom February 2019: Safeguarding practices have become the norm in society for organisations dealing with children and vulnerable adults, to ensure all are kept safe from harm, trauma and abuse, whether it be emotional, physical, or sexual. Within the Church everyone has responsibility for ensuring safe practices at all levels. Safeguarding practices apply to all volunteers,

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The Lent Appeal 2019

WelCom February 2019: “We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves” – Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate YOUR LENT DONATIONS WILL CHANGE LIVES THE LENTEN JOURNEY Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving that leads up to Easter on

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Pope Francis summons Church leaders to Vatican Safeguarding Summit

WelCom February 2019: Pope Francis has convened the presidents of all the episcopal conferences throughout the world for a meeting in Rome in February this year to discuss the prevention of abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. The Holy See announced the Summit on Safeguarding last September. The meeting with the Pope and representatives of all

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Aotearoa pilgrims join thousands at 2019 World Youth Day in Panama

WelCom February 2019: ‘I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word’ Luke 1:38. Annette Scullion Pope Francis issued a powerful ‘wake up’ call to hundreds of thousands of young people from 155 countries, in his homily at the closing Mass of the World Youth Day in Panama

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Make a Difference in 2019

WelCom February 2019: Invitation to join the Challenge 2000 Marist Internship and Development Year Kitty McKinley Challenge 2000 and The Society of Mary is a Youth and Community development Trust. It offers an intensive training programme and employment opportunities that develops leaders and graduates to prepare for a servant leadership role in our church, community and

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Our Lady of Kāpiti – Te Whaea Tapu o Kāpiti

WelCom February 2019: ‘A Future Full of Hope’ Kāpiti’s new church and parish centre Michael McCabe, Parish Priest The vibrant Parish of Our Lady of Kāpiti, Te Whaea Tapu o Kāpiti, takes its name from the statue of Our Lady on the hill overlooking Kāpiti, and extends from Pekapeka in the North to Paekakariki in the South.

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‘See every person as a beloved daughter or son of God’

WelCom February 2019: John A. Cardinal Dew, Archbishop of Wellington Greetings to all WelCom readers and every good wish and blessing for 2019. On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Sunday 13 January 2019, I read and ended up praying with, what to me was, a magnificent reflection for that day. Basically, the author was

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Tribute to Mark Richards

WelCom February 2019: 1955–2018, RIP Annette Scullion It is with sadness that WelCom acknowledges the passing of Mark Edward Richards – long-standing leader of the Diocese of Palmerston North Pastoral Services team, Cathedral Parish member, highly-regarded academic, tertiary teacher and governor for The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand, regular columnist to WelCom, and much-loved husband

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Will Parliament pass the End of Life Choice Bill?

WelCom February 2019: John Kleinsman Maryan Street recently claimed that ‘Parliament will pass Seymour Bill this year’ (Stuff, Jan 4, 2019). But, her arguments for that claim are based on little more than her wish for change. Contrary to what she states, the ‘clear trend’ overseas is that the vast majority of assisted death bills continue

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