Category: Wel-com

Go you are sent…to support marriage and families

WelCom September 2018: Felicity Giltrap Mass celebrated for those affected by separation and divorce Cardinal John Dew celebrated a special Mass at a gathering on Thursday 9 August, to offer support for and with those affected by separation and divorce. About 60 people from all over Wellington attended the Mass held at St Joseph’s Church, Mt

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Gulf Bible Society head visits New Zealand

WelCom September 2018: Annette Scullion During a visit to New Zealand last month Dr Hrayr Jebejian, head of Bible Society in the Gulf, spoke to groups in Wellington and Kāpiti about his mission. He oversees Bible mission in seven Gulf nations: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. He said that despite

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Inaugural Cardinal’s Lunch

WelCom September 2018: The first in a new series of lunches hosted by Cardinal John Dew to provide opportunities for people to come together at a luncheon, was held in Wellington on Wednesday 8 August. Guest speakers were Sir Bill and Lady Mary English. The lunch was sponsored by Forsyth Barr. The initiative aims to provide

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Teachers from Catholic schools join protest rally at Parliament

WelCom September 2018: Annette Scullion Teachers, staff and students from New Zealand’s Catholic schools joined primary school teachers and principals around the country on a full-day strike on Wednesday 15 August. In Wellington, thousands of teachers marched on Parliament to send a message to the Government that there needed to be better investment in education and

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Sacred Heart Cathedral

WelCom September 2018: The strengthening of our earthquake-prone Sacred Heart Cathedral has taken a small step forward. The complex includes a Blessed Sacrament Chapel, a foyer, courtyard and Connolly Hall. While structurally sound in themselves, their proximity to the cathedral puts them at risk. A decision by the Parish Finance Committee and the Archdiocese to safeguard

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Marriage Encounter 50th Anniversary

WelCom September 2018: Fr Ron Bennett Recently I attended the 50th Anniversary of Marriage Encounter in Chicago, USA, along with Fr Paul Kerridge, Waipukurau; Neil and Francie Ivamy, Dannevirke; David and Bronwyn Lea, Pahiatua; Kathleen and Michael Williams, Upper Hutt; Fr Mike McVerry, Fiji; and Fr Emil Frische mhm, Kaikohe. It was an inspiring time to

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Cooking up a storm

WelCom September 2018: Patricia Alfonso-Sison Priest, chef, martial artist, break-dancer, and award-winning author, Fr Leo Patalinghug, is a multi-talented man with a message that centres around food and God’s love. Visiting New Zealand for the first time, Fr Leo will share his message with a live cooking demonstration at the Family Banquet conference, organised by the

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Order of Malta ‘thanks’ Wellington parishioners

WelCom September 2018: Catholics have been generous in supporting the Order of Malta so that it can continue to purchase several hundred coats for those who are homeless, vulnerable and sleeping rough in our cities over the winter months. Wellington parishes have donated over $4000 for coats and Members of the Order have appreciated this generosity.

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Synod ‘17

WelCom September 2018: The Archdiocesan Synod took place in September last year. Cardinal John Dew says, ‘Almost a year on from the Archdiocesan Synod I am thrilled to hear people in parishes speaking about how they are putting Synod decisions into practise, how they are reflecting on areas they are sent to and about issues parishes

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Mons John Carde’s 60th jubilee

WelCom September 2018: Eugene Crosby Monsignor John Carde celebrated his diamond jubilee as a priest at a special gathering on 17 July this year. Ninety-eight people joined Mons John at Summerset Retirement Village, where now lives, to celebrate the occasion with a surprise afternoon tea – and it was a surprise, leaving Mons John momentarily speechless.

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