Category: Wel-com

Kaikōura quake: 2nd anniversary

WelCom November 2018: David Olivier Two years on since the 2016 Marlborough earthquake, the people of Kaikōura are continuing to rebuild their lives. Further north, the parishioners in Marlborough have supported activities to help bring together the Ward and Seddon communities, while community workers from the Blenheim-based Bread of Life ecumenical agency, reached several isolated families

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Gospel Reading: Sunday 4 November 2018

WelCom November 2018: Mark 12:28-34 28 One of the scribes who had listened to them debating appreciated that Jesus had given a good answer and put a further question to him, ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ 29 Jesus replied, ‘This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one, only

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Commemoration of the Faithful Departed: 2 November 2018

WelCom November 2018: Fr James Lyons The memorial notices in our papers invariably list the names of people close to the one who has died: partner, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, dear friends. It’s a litany of connection, announcing a life shared with many others – and a life that would have less value without them. From

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Education Minister affirms commitment to state-integrated schools

WelCom November 2018: Amanda Gregan Almost 100 proprietors and principals of New Zealand’s state-integrated schools from around the country met in Wellington with the Education Minister Hon Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Hon Jenny Salesa, on Thursday 25 October. The gathering was a welcome call from the state-integrated school representatives to hear first-hand about the

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Law Commission Report on Proposed Abortion Law Changes

WelCom November 2018: Amanda Gregan On Friday October 26, the ministerial briefing paper to the Minister of Justice on proposed changes to the abortion laws in New Zealand was released. The paper outlines three options on a policy shift to treat abortion as a health issue. On the day the report was released, Bishop Patrick Dunn,

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Diaconate Ordination

WelCom November 2018: Fr Simon Story On Saturday 29 September at the Sacred Heart Church in Ponsonby, Auckland, three young men were ordained deacons. Vui Hoang, Martin Wu and Matthew Gibson. The now Reverend Vui will be ordained a priest for the Palmerston North Diocese in 2019. We look forward to his priestly ordination around June

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Bishop Owen Dolan celebrates 90 years

WelCom November 2018: Bishop Owen Dolan recently celebrated his 90th birthday at a gathering in Palmerston North with fellow Bishops, priests, diocesan staff, parishioners and friends. Bishop Peter Cullinane paid tribute to this ‘great and lovable man’. ‘Those of us gathered here are representing many hundreds, indeed thousands, of other people who have known, loved and

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Cathedral Chapel Reopening

WelCom November 2018: The Blessed Sacrament Chapel, cathedral foyer and Connolly Hall are set for reopening this month. Though structurally sound, they are attached to the earthquake-prone Sacred Heart Cathedral, so required some attention. Temporary bracing between the cathedral and the attached buildings is making them safe to use. Connolly Hall has also been given a

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Remembering Parihaka: 5 November

WelCom November 2018: In the 1870s, under the leadership of Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi, the small village of Parihaka in western Taranaki became a place of non-violent resistance to unjust land confiscations and the loss of control over their lives. The people of Parihaka sent men to plough the land and erect fences.

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Rātana Church centenary

WelCom November 2018: The Rātana movement is a church and pan-iwi political movement founded by the prophet Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana in the early 20th-century. About 25,000 people of all faiths are expected at Rātana near Whanganui on 7 November this year to celebrate the day 100 years ago when Tahupotiki Wiremu Rātana saw the vision that

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