Category: Wel-com

Scope of Royal Commission clarified

WelCom May 2019: The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions has commenced its substantive work in early 2019. Commissioners to the Inquiry are Ali’imuamua Sandra Alofivae, Dr Andrew Erueti, Paul Gibson, Sir Anand Satyanand (Chair) and Judge Coral Shaw. On 1 March 2019, the Royal

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Victims of Abuse – Hear My Sorrow

WelCom May 2019: James Lyons, Priest of the Archdiocese of Wellington Lonely, isolated, numb, insecure, depressed. Definitely not conditions helpful to healthy living, yet they are daily experiences for a particularly vulnerable group – the victims of abuse. Since the announcement that the Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care has been extended to include Faith-Based

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Safeguarding for a Safer Church

WelCom May 2019: Virginia Noonan, National Director, NOPS Many within the Catholic Church will be aware of the existence of the National Office for Professional Standards (NOPS) and our role in responding to complaints of abuse in the Church; and of overseeing the investigation of complaints of sexual abuse against clergy and members of religious orders. A

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Catholic Thinking – On Human Fraternity

WelCom May 2019: In this month’s Catholic Thinking article, Bernard Teo CSsR, discusses the joint Declaration On Human Fraternity – For World Peace and Living Together, signed on 4 February 2019 by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Dr Ahmed el-Tayeb, at an interreligious summit in Abu Dhabi. Dr Bernard Teo lectures in Christian

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Befriending the Old Testament: Part 3

WelCom May 2019: In the third part of this series about the Old Testament, we will look at how many books there are in the Old Testament and how that total came about. Dr Elizabeth Julian rsm How many books are there in the Old Testament? When we ask this question we are dealing with the canonical

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Book Launch and 100 Year Celebration – The School on the Hill

WelCom May 2019: Sr Stephanie Kitching rsm Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, had a saying she offered those of us who follow after her: ‘Put your whole confidence in God.’ This is something that Patricia O’Donnell, a former staff member at St Catherine’s College, Kilbirnie, lives out. Quite some many years ago

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Hastings interfaith prayer service with Muslim brothers and sisters

WelCom May 2019: Nicola Green On Saturday 30 March, our Catholic Parish of Hastings celebrated an interfaith prayer service in remembrance of our Muslim brothers and sisters in Christchurch and in love and faith with our local Muslim community. There is a mosque just down the road from Sacred Heart Church in Heretaunga St, Hastings, so

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St Patrick’s Day – strengthening bonds of belonging

WelCom May 2019: Norma Bellamy The Catholic Parish of Napier came together to celebrate St Patrick’s Day on 17 March, beginning with 10am Mass at St Patrick’s Church. The congregation was as large as on Christmas Day, and green being the colour of choice for many. Fr Barry Scannell sm, parish priest, began by reading letters

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CWL Biannual Conference in New Plymouth

WelCom May 2019: Pat O’Connor, CWL Diocesan President, Palmerston North Diocese Catholic Women’s League members from Napier, Inglewood and New Plymouth along with the National President Susan Dickson from Methven gathered in New Plymouth in March for the Palmerston North Diocesan biannual conference. Srs Mary Wyss and Margaret Monaghan prepared the morning Liturgy, followed by a

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Faith and Service

WelCom May 2019: Christine Patterson, CWL President for Archdiocese Catholic Women’s League members gathered on 30 March this year for the 75th Archdiocesan Council Conference, held at the Mercy Conference Centre, Thorndon. We acknowledged the commitment of one of our long-serving members, Fay Doyle. Fay, a CWL Life Member, National Board member and Regional Representative for Kāpiti

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