Category: Wel-com

‘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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Life Teen Summer Camp January 2018

WelCom March 2018: A group of around 250 campers, chaperones and staff gathered at Forest Lakes, Ōtaki, from 16–20 January 2018 for the fourth annual Life Teen Summer Camp Aotearoa. Parish groups travelled from the Archdiocese of Wellington and Diocese of Palmerston North, and others came from Hamilton and Christchurch. ‘I LOVED camp. I’ll definitely come next

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Heart of God

WelCom March 2018: In January this year a group of 15 young people from the Catholic Parish of Napier crammed into two vehicles to be transported to the annual Life Teen Summer Camp at Forrest Lakes, Ōtaki. As I piled into the cosy van I expected the next five days would be mindless praise and rambling teachings

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Challenge 2000 – supporting young adults

WelCom March 2018: Courtney Halliday Challenge 2000, the Wellington faith-based agency that supports young people achieve and develop their potential, has a range of activities for 2018. During Lent, every Friday there are reflection evenings for young adults at the Marist Challenge 2000 House, 1 Wanaka St, Johnsonville, and there is a ‘Journey to Jerusalem’ weekend

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Mass makes us a ‘soft target’ – fortunately not in New Zealand

WelCom March 2018: Cathy Strong The nice thing about being a Catholic is that the mass is the same no matter where you are in the world. I’ve attended mass in 100 countries and can vouch for the sense of familiarity and comfort when walking into a Catholic church. Imagine walking into mass in a small

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20 years for Wellington CLC

WelCom March 2018: Christian Life Community, founded on the principles of Ignatian spirituality and prayer, is one of the oldest lay organisations in the Church. Today CLC is active in more than 55 countries. Last year, when CLC in Wellington celebrated St Ignatius’ feast day, they also celebrated the founding of their own community 20 years

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Vocations Kaleidoscope

WelCom March 2018: Bishop Charles Drennan February has been for me a kaleidoscope month of Religious. Religious is an odd term, especially perhaps to younger people. Aren’t we all religious in some sense? Why the capital R? It is a nickname for men and women who belong to Religious Orders (Marist Brothers, Capuchin Friars, Compassion Sisters

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Ordination of new bishop

WelCom March 2018: Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington, will ordain Bishop-Elect Paul Martin as the new Bishop of Christchurch, 11am, Saturday 3 March 2018, at Christchurch Boys’ High School Auditorium. The following day Bishop Paul will be installed at St Mary’s Cathedral, Manchester Street. Bishop Patrick Dunn, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, said,

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Catholic Women’s Voices

WelCom March 2018: International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018, coincides with a rising determination towards respect for women’s rights, equality and justice and a global movement for change that enables women everywhere to reach their full potential. This year’s theme is: ‘Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives’. Women from some of the

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