Category: Wel-com

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

WelCom June 2018: Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the largest pro-marriage organisation in the world, will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year at its June 22‒24 convention in Chicago. Worldwide Marriage Encounter is also celebrating 40 years in New Zealand this year by offering a weekend for married couples, 11‒12 August 2018, in Palmerston North. The emphasis

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New Hospital Chaplains

WelCom June 2018: David Olivier Catholic Social Services has appointed three new lay Catholic chaplains to hospitals in the Wellington region to provide ministry. Elizabeth Wootton has been appointed to Wellington Hospital. She brings experience in pastoral care for people in many contexts within the Archdiocese. Elizabeth has taken on significant training and study for

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Lay Pastoral Leaders may lead some funeral liturgies

WelCom June 2018: Anne Dickinson In the February issue of WelCom, Cardinal John Dew wrote about the possibility of lay people leading funeral liturgies that don’t involve a Requiem Mass. With fewer priests and with larger parishes, the number of funerals that some priests are being called on to conduct is becoming unsustainable. Funerals now

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New outreach tool for Archdiocesan Parishes

WelCom June 2018: Members of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council have been working with parish leaders to develop a ‘self-review’ resource tool. The booklet aims to help parishes assess and review their own directions and outcomes from the 2017 Synod and to put into practice the missionary outreach of the Church. This includes transforming the messages

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St Mary of the Angels restoration wins awards

WelCom June 2018: The seismic strengthening and upgrade of Wellington’s St Mary of the Angels Church won two awards at the New Zealand Master Builders Commercial Projects Awards. Entered in the Heritage and Restoration category, the St Mary’s project took out both Gold and Category Winner medals. The awards were announced on 18 May, at Sky

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Cathedral under microscope

WelCom June 2018: Engineers have told the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Wellington that it meets less than 33 percent of the new building standard. The 117-year-old cathedral has been evaluated by engineers in a verbal report and a brief written assessment. Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Fr James Lyons said beams in the roof needed to be strengthened.

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Latin and Sculpture Scholarship exams under review

WelCom June 2018: NZQA’s biennial review of Scholarship, says Latin and Sculpture could be dropped because of a lack of students. It has also suggested that a new subject, Religious Studies, be included for the first time. The Qualifications Authority said one of the major reasons it is consulting on removing Latin and Sculpture from Scholarship

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St Mary’s Foxton Sacrament Day, A Visible Sign

WelCom June 2018: Mary Kleinsman-Powell On a small hill, overlooking the town of Foxton, stands the beautiful historic church of St Mary’s. This gem of a church, under the protection of Mother Mary and the Brigidine charism, is there as a visible sign of God’s grace and faith found in humanity. During the season of the

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‘Spirit of the Carpenter’ in Lower Hutt

WelCom June 2018: Maria O’Flynn Earthquakes, building strengthening and the 2017 demolition of our beloved Mission House have been unkind to the many and varied symbols of faith we have become accustomed to having around at Sacred Heart College. These events have wreaked havoc on some of the old and beautiful taonga, which have for many

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Wellington Europe Tour 2018

WelCom June 2018: Twelve senior students and two teachers from St Mary’s College, Wellington, have recently returned from a three-week trip to Europe. They visited museums, art galleries and culturally significant sites in Rome, Florence, Paris and London. They also visited Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge in the UK. Highlights were the opportunity to see ‘The Mousetrap’ a

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