Category: Wel-com

Inaugural Cardinal’s Lunch

WelCom September 2018: The first in a new series of lunches hosted by Cardinal John Dew to provide opportunities for people to come together at a luncheon, was held in Wellington on Wednesday 8 August. Guest speakers were Sir Bill and Lady Mary English. The lunch was sponsored by Forsyth Barr. The initiative aims to provide

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Teachers from Catholic schools join protest rally at Parliament

WelCom September 2018: Annette Scullion Teachers, staff and students from New Zealand’s Catholic schools joined primary school teachers and principals around the country on a full-day strike on Wednesday 15 August. In Wellington, thousands of teachers marched on Parliament to send a message to the Government that there needed to be better investment in education and

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Sacred Heart Cathedral

WelCom September 2018: The strengthening of our earthquake-prone Sacred Heart Cathedral has taken a small step forward. The complex includes a Blessed Sacrament Chapel, a foyer, courtyard and Connolly Hall. While structurally sound in themselves, their proximity to the cathedral puts them at risk. A decision by the Parish Finance Committee and the Archdiocese to safeguard

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Marriage Encounter 50th Anniversary

WelCom September 2018: Fr Ron Bennett Recently I attended the 50th Anniversary of Marriage Encounter in Chicago, USA, along with Fr Paul Kerridge, Waipukurau; Neil and Francie Ivamy, Dannevirke; David and Bronwyn Lea, Pahiatua; Kathleen and Michael Williams, Upper Hutt; Fr Mike McVerry, Fiji; and Fr Emil Frische mhm, Kaikohe. It was an inspiring time to

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Cooking up a storm

WelCom September 2018: Patricia Alfonso-Sison Priest, chef, martial artist, break-dancer, and award-winning author, Fr Leo Patalinghug, is a multi-talented man with a message that centres around food and God’s love. Visiting New Zealand for the first time, Fr Leo will share his message with a live cooking demonstration at the Family Banquet conference, organised by the

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Order of Malta ‘thanks’ Wellington parishioners

WelCom September 2018: Catholics have been generous in supporting the Order of Malta so that it can continue to purchase several hundred coats for those who are homeless, vulnerable and sleeping rough in our cities over the winter months. Wellington parishes have donated over $4000 for coats and Members of the Order have appreciated this generosity.

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Synod ‘17

WelCom September 2018: The Archdiocesan Synod took place in September last year. Cardinal John Dew says, ‘Almost a year on from the Archdiocesan Synod I am thrilled to hear people in parishes speaking about how they are putting Synod decisions into practise, how they are reflecting on areas they are sent to and about issues parishes

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Mons John Carde’s 60th jubilee

WelCom September 2018: Eugene Crosby Monsignor John Carde celebrated his diamond jubilee as a priest at a special gathering on 17 July this year. Ninety-eight people joined Mons John at Summerset Retirement Village, where now lives, to celebrate the occasion with a surprise afternoon tea – and it was a surprise, leaving Mons John momentarily speechless.

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Archdiocese honours jubilarians

WelCom September 2018: Diocesan clergy and religious order clergy of the Archdiocese gathered for Mass on Tuesday 26 June to celebrate with and to honour those who have reached Ordination Jubilees. The Mass, followed by a luncheon, honoured Fr Pat McCann sm who celebrated 65 years of ordination, Msgr John Carde, Fr Pat Maloney, Fr Earl

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Fr John Roberts marks 40 years a priest

WelCom September 2018: Sue Seconi Thirty St Mary’s parishioners from Whanganui travelled to the South Taranaki town of Patea to join St Patrick’s parishioners to celebrate with Fr John Roberts his 40th ordination anniversary to the day. Fr John was rostered on the 9.30am Mass on Sunday 19 August 2018. ‘If given the choice to do

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