Category: Wel-com

Remembering 140 years at historic St Joseph’s church

WelCom September 2018: Catherine Gibbs The bell in the historic church tower rang out over the Pāuatahanui hillsides on Sunday 27 May. It proclaimed to the 60-strong crowd inside this day marked an important act of solidarity by honouring families connected through time and space. St Theresa’s parish Plimmerton is responsible for the maintenance and use

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NZ Media Prayer Day

WelCom September 2018: Hundreds of churches of all denominations nationwide will unite in prayer on Sunday 9 September for the people who make up New Zealand’s mass media. Phil Guyan, CEO of the Christian Broadcasting Association said since Media Prayer Day began in 2000, it has had the support of all Christian denominations in New Zealand.

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Reunited family in Palmerston North

WelCom September 2018: Mary Nash, Manawatu Reuniting Refugee Families Trust Mr Wahidi and Mrs Wahidi arrived in Palmerston North with their two preschool children in June this year – tired but safe and sound. They had flown from Kabul to Auckland via Delhi to join Mr Wahidi’s sister, Shugofa. As a former refugee, Shugofa had applied to

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Learning about Human Trafficking

WelCom September 2018: A meeting was held recently at St Peter and Paul’s Church Lower Hutt with information about human trafficking. Br Kevin Dobbin fms reports. There’s no slavery in New Zealand. Abraham Lincoln and Wilberforce dealt with that issue long ago! Yeah, right! Such a statement of history is the kind trumped up by one

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The Inn and the Stable

WelCom September 2018: No room at the inn. Those words are carved deep in our Christian sensibility. Over the centuries, we have imagined a heartless landlord turning away a woman in labour, and her anxious husband; but the reality was probably a bit different. It was census time, and Bethlehem would have been crowded. Inns were

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Retreats

WelCom September 2018: The Catholic practice of ‘going on retreat’ is as old as Christianity itself. Jesus’ forty days in the desert after his baptism by John has inspired many over the ages. Today retreats for lay people usually involve a day, a weekend or longer away from home and familiar routines. Usually under the direction

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Euthanasia is not part of medical care

WelCom September 2018: Dr John Kleinsman, Director, The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre In March 2018, the Justice Committee announced more than 35,000 unique submissions were received on David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill; unprecedented for a Select Committee in the history of our parliament. The Committee will report its findings to parliament in March 2019.

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Respect and Honesty Crucial in Euthanasia Debate

WelCom September 2018: Opinion Fr James Lyons In the ongoing debate surrounding our Parliament’s End of Life Choice Bill, there is a rising tide of rhetoric that threatens to swamp the deeper issues regarding the Bill’s purpose and motivation. The purpose of the Bill is to enable a person with ‘terminal illness or a grievous and

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Catholic Thinking – What do you mean?

WelCom September 2018: WelCom’s ‘Catholic Thinking’ articles are about theology, mortality, ethics and faith heritage by lecturers from Good Shepherd College – Te Hēpara Pei and The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand – Te Pūtahi Katorika ki Aotearoa. This month, Lyn Smith, Head of Religious Education and the National Centre for Religious Studies, TCI, Auckland,

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The Name of God (2)

WelCom September 2018: Fr James Lyons Announcing the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis wrote that Mercy will always be greater than any sin, and no one can place limits on the love of God who is always ready to forgive. [Misericordiae Vultus. 2013, par3]. It is in the context of this ‘Year’, which began with the

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