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St Joseph’s Picton Celebrates Foundation

WelCom December 2017: Nearly 200 people – many who had travelled from various parts of the country – attended a ‘dual’ foundation celebration at St Joseph’s in Picton on Saturday 4 November. The event marked 100 years since the foundation stone was laid for St Joseph’s Church and 153 years of Catholic Education at St Joseph’s

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Vocational journeys in the service of Mary

WelCom December 2017: At St Mary’s Church, Napier, on the Feast of the Assumption, a Jubilee celebration was held for Br Bill Archer sm and Br Ray Kelleher sm to mark their 60th anniversaries as Religious. Brs Bill and Ray received candles and renewed their vows. Fr John Mori sm led the concelebrated Mass with other

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Papal Medal for Brendan Gilmore

WelCom December 2017: Wellington South Parishioner Brendan Gilmore was presented with a Benemerenti medal by Cardinal John Dew in St Gerard’s Church, Mt Victoria, on Sunday 5 November. Numerous testimonies were received in support of this award from Pope Francis. For many years Brendan has given generous service within the Archdiocese of Wellington and to the

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Hawera St Vincent de Paul Shop celebrates 50 years

WelCom December 2017: The St Vincent de Paul Shop, Hawera, opened in High St in 1967 to provide a service to help others. That motivation has continued for 50 years. The opportunity 24 years ago to purchase a larger shop with a generous bequest from Miss Mary Fitzgerald and a National Council loan, has proved a good

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Labyrinth Blessed at Anam Cara, Ōtaki

WelCom December 2017: A group of Hāta Mere rāua ko Hāto Hōhepa Parish parishioners from St Mary’s Church at Pukekaraka, Ōtaki, along with friends and family attended the blessing of a newly constructed prayer labyrinth at Anam Cara (soul friend) Retreat Centre and home of Shona and Robin Hartendorp, in Ōtaki. Fr Peter Healy sm blessed the

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St Patrick’s College Old Boy of the Year 2017

WelCom December 2017: Every year St Patrick’s College Old Boys Association (SPCOBA) gathers annually to formally recognise and celebrate one of their many outstanding past students as a recipient of the Felix Kane Cup. St Patrick’s Colleges of Wellington and Silverstream are founded on the values and leadership of the Society of Mary. The Marist priests, brothers

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Mass for Marist St Pat’s Rugby

WelCom December 2017: Marist St Pat’s Rugby Club patron Fr Barry Scannell sm celebrated Mass for the team at St Mary of the Angels Church, Wellington, in October. As the Mass was about to end Fr Barry asked the captain, Valentine Meachen, to bring the team up onto the altar to receive his blessing for defeating the

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New Pastoral Director for Holy Cross Seminary

WelCom December 2017: The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has announced the appointment of Br Mark McKeon fsc as the new Pastoral Director of the Holy Cross Seminary in Ponsonby, Auckland. Br Mark has been a De La Salle Brother for 35 years in teaching ministry in Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. He has recently

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MSP are Wellington Women’s Sevens champions

WelCom December 2017: Marist St Pat’s Women’s Sevens has won the women’s competition in the annual Ambassador’s Sevens series, taking home the Eleanor Roosevelt Trophy. A win over Northern United in the final of the second leg of the series meant the side went unbeaten in the series to claim the title of Wellington club rugby’s

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A Mission in the Wide Blue Yonder

WelCom December 2017: Earlier this year I was invited to give a retreat to the clergy of Kiribati this November. As my departure draws near I have conflicting feelings of excitement and anxiety bubbling up inside me. As I read and talk to people about this far-flung group of atolls I realise what a challenging setting I

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