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Samoan Chaplaincy Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral

WelCom March 2018: A Samoan Mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sunday 11 February to officially begin the Samoan Chaplaincy programme and works for 2018. Cardinal John Dew presided and Frs Petelo Mauga, Maleko Api – Tufuga and Penehe Patelehio concelebrated. The combined Wainuiomata and Petone Samoan choirs led the singing. In Samoan culture, traditionally

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Seminarian on pastoral year

WelCom March 2018: As Fr Marcus Francis introduced fifth-year seminarian Simone Halamako Masanga to parishioners at The Catholic Parish of Whanganui – Te Parihi Katorika ki Whanganui, at Sunday Mass on 28 January, they welcomed Simone with spontaneous and warm clapping. Simone is based in Whanganui on a pastoral year. He says he is looking forward to

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Gospel Reading Sunday 4 March 2018 Year B Third Sunday of Lent

WelCom March 2018: Gospel, John 2:13-25 13 When the time of the Jewish Passover was near Jesus went up to Jerusalem, 14 and in the Temple he found people selling cattle and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting there. 15 Making a whip out of cord, he drove them all out of the Temple,

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Living the Drama

WelCom March 2018: Fr James Lyons Holy Week opens with a fanfare: HOSANNA! It is a shout of sheer delight, that’s exactly how people reacted when they recognised Jesus of Nazareth entering Jerusalem. There was speculation over whether this increasingly popular wonder-worker and preacher would come to the great festival week of Passover, and now here

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Catholic Thinking – Looking Forward

WelCom March 2018: In this second article of WelCom’s Catholic Thinking series about theology, morality, ethics and faith heritage, Academic Dean and Head of Theology at The Catholic Institute Professor Anne Touhy explores ‘Conscience’. Conscience When people are asked ‘what is Conscience’ they will often respond that it is the ‘inner voice’ they hear or

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Postcard from Rome

WelCom March 2018: Pastoral Services Manager for the Diocese of Palmerston North, Mark Richards, writes from Rome where he is currently based for three months to complete his doctoral study and research. As I write this, I have only been on the road for a week, since I left the familiarity (my family) in Palmerston North;

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New Diocesan Young Catholics’ Team

WelCom March 2018: A new-look Young Catholics’ team is underway in the Diocese of Palmerston North. Thomas Saywell from Christchurch is the Diocesan Youth Minister and Michelle Teahan from Masterton is the Palmerston North City Youth Minister. They join Georgia Collins from Palmerston North who leads Te Ahi Kaa Catholic Community with Tausilia McClutchie from Gisborne. Tausilia

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Lenten seminars for all

WelCom March 2018: During Lent Fr Marcus Francis, Parish Priest of The Catholic Parish of Whanganui – Te Parihi Katorika Ki Whanganui, is offering a series of Wednesday-evening lectures about the Catholic faith. Held at Te Rau Oriwa Marae in St Mary’s Church complex, Guyton St, the lectures are open to Catholics in the parish community

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Caritas Challenge 2018

WelCom March 2018: Caritas will launch its 24-hour Challenge 2018 event over the weekend of 6–8 April 2018. Running until 20 May, the focus this year is on Timor-Leste and the women’s livelihood organisation, Hamahon Feto Timor (HAFOTI), which Caritas Aotearoa NZ partners with. All funds raised will go towards supporting HAFOTI. Visit caritas.org.nz/caritas-challenge/take-challenge or email

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‘Hearts Aflamed’ at annual gathering

WelCom March 2018: Ninety young people from around New Zealand gathered at Nga Tawa Diocesan School in Marton on 29 December last year for the start of the 26th Hearts Aflame 10-day summer school. This annual event for young adults, aged 18‒35, provides an environment to encourage and challenge maturity and growth in each person’s relationship with

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