Category: Wel-com

Historic Gift to Garin College

WelCom October 2017: At our Garin Day Mass this year, Tuesday 15 August, Garin College school community gathered to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, and our founder Fr Antoine Marie Garin. Fr Seph Pijfers, Parish Priest for Holy Family, Nelson-Stoke, presided and students and staff participated with prayer and song. The celebration was

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Myanmar Bishop visits Nelson

WelCom October 2017: Bishop Felix Lian Khen Thang, Bishop of Kalay Diocese in Myanmar, visited New Zealand for the first time in July this year. He spent a week in Nelson to give pastoral and spiritual support to families from Burma and Myanmar who are now living in the Holy Family Parish Nelson-Stoke. On 11 July

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Ohakune and Raetihi Mass

WelCom October 2017: In a letter to our parishioners recently, Bishop Charles Drennan said, ‘As an Iwi whakapono or community of faith we are called to always look beyond “ourselves”. Your parish sits within a very beautiful part of New Zealand and you are blessed with two historic churches. Therefore, your community has a particular mission to

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He Hikoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom October 2017: WelCom’s journey of faith – he hikoi whakapono – this month visits the very active parish of St Joseph’s Parish of Upper Hutt, based in Pine St. Geographically, Upper Hutt City is about 30km north-east of Wellington and has a population of around 40,000. The city is centred on the upper-northern valley of the

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Challenge Marist Gap Year 2018, applications invited

WelCom October 2017: Megan Ratuki Challenge 2000 is a Youth Development and Social Agency that provides a wide range of programmes, projects and services across the Wellington Region. Established in 1988, Challenge 2000 has been helping young people ever since. One youth development programme we offer is the Gap Year project. Each year the programme provides

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New Catholic Scout Group for Wellington South

WelCom October 2017: Brian Tindall The combining of four parishes into the Catholic Parish of Wellington South – soon to be Suzanne Aubert Parish – has provided an opportunity to form a new Catholic Scout group for the parish and community. Scouting itself has dramatically changed over the years. Today all boys, girls and young adults

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Young Vinnies New Plymouth

WelCom October 2017: Young Vinnies, Myah and Hugo, Year 6 students at St Joseph’s School, New Plymouth, on their Friday visit to the New Plymouth Foodbank. Over the last few years, St Joseph’s Young Vinnies have developed a strong relationship with the New Plymouth Foodbank. Each Friday, two Vinnies pay a visit to the foodbank as

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Caritas Challenge Cheque

WelCom October 2017: Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Director, Julianne Hickey and Community Engagement Manager, Roger Ellis, with a cheque for $3100 from St Peter’s College in Palmerston North. St Peter’s students took part in the Caritas Challenge earlier this year and raised funds for our Pacific neighbours suffering from climate-change impacts. Ninety-six junior students and 30

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Local business developed by students and inmates

WelCom October 2017: Six students from Mr Ivory’s senior Commerce class at St John’s College, Hastings, have gone in a business this year with six youth inmates from Hawke’s Bay Prison. The inmates are 16 to 19-year-olds who are serving either 6‒12 month, or life sentences. Their company called ‘Just Boards’, produces wooden serving platters under

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Students ‘recreate’ Parliament buildings

WelCom October 2017: Dave Lamont In a joint project between Parliamentary Services, Microsoft NZ and three Wellington primary schools, a group of 12 talented St Benedict’s School students recreated Parliament buildings ‒ with some improvements ‒ using Minecraft and technology provided by Microsoft. The students had about four weeks to research, plan and create the buildings

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