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Prayer for World Day of the Sick: 11 February

WelCom February 2019: Parishes throughout New Zealand are being encouraged to mark the 2019 World Day of the Sick on 11 February through prayer, reflection, anointing of the sick and a pastoral response to acknowledge care givers. St John Paul II instituted World Day of the Sick in 1992. Since then it has been celebrated all

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Joint Day of Worship: 20 February

WelCom February 2019: Trevor McGlinchey On February 20, the United Nations Day of Social Justice, the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services will join with its member churches and church social services agencies in worship to focus on those who are poor and marginalised in society. Joining in prayer is a witness to our unity

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He Hīkoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom February 2019: WelCom’s Hikoi of Faith returns to the Palmerston North Diocese as we continue to feature pastoral areas in the two dioceses. This year begins with a visit to Our Lady of the Snows Parish in the central North Island plateau area of Tongariro National Park and hill country areas around Taihape. Our Lady

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TCI Students’ Graduation 2018

WelCom February 2019: Zachariah Duke On Tuesday, 27 November 2018, The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand – Te Pūtahi Katorika ki Aotearoa, hosted a graduation for its 2018 students. In a simple and heartfelt ceremony at St Joseph’s Parish, Mt Victoria, TCI admitted 23 students who graduated from qualifications in Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry.

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Building a faith journey

WelCom February 2019: Tony Harrington A few years ago, I had to make a decision about engaging a professional painter to paint our weatherboard home. I was leaning towards DIY as I had that general kiwi attitude, ‘it’ll be okay’. I eventually made the decision to use a painter and after seeing how much preparation was

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A Powerful Story

WelCom February 2019: A few years ago, I learned something that started me on a journey of reflection. It is this. Of the three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – the only one to believe in the Fall and Original Sin, is Christianity. Why was this? I wondered. I knew the origin of the

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Catholic Thinking – Thinking Theologically About Disability

WelCom February 2019: WelCom’s ‘Catholic Thinking’ series presents a range articles about theology, mortality, ethics and faith heritage written for WelCom by lecturers from New Zealand’s Catholic Tertiary Education providers: Good Shepherd College – Te Hēpara Pai and The Catholic Institute of New Zealand – Te Pūtahi Katorika ki Aotearoa. Zachariah Duke of TCI discusses theology about

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Gospel Reading: Sunday 3 February 2019

WelCom February 2019: Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Year C: Luke 4:21-30 21 Then Jesus began to speak to them, ‘This text is being fulfilled today even while you are listening.’ 22 And he won the approval of all, and they were astonished by the gracious words that came from his lips. They said, ‘This is

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Fr Patrick Cooke – Requiescat In Pace

WelCom February 2019: Kathy Kavanagh Fr Patrick (Pat) Cooke, much-loved and former parish priest at Havelock North, Hawkes Bay, passed away aged 89 years, in his homeland Ireland, on 15 November 2018. Fr Pat died peacefully in the presence of his brothers, Fr Walter and Joe Cooke at Portlaoise, County Laois. Fr Pat spent much of

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SVdP New Plymouth offers pre-Christmas pampering

WelCom February 2019: Gabrielle Carman Members of St Vincent de Paul Conference in New Plymouth, with help from other parishioners, held a heart-warming event in the lead up to Christmas last year. Volunteers who regularly serve meals at St Joseph’s community dinners, instead tried out their beautician skills offering hair washes, painted nails and massages to

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