Category: Wel-com

The Size and Shape of Parables

WelCom July 2019: “Parables of sight, parables of hearing, they can nourish us in so many ways.” As we get older, we tend to lose sharpness of sight and hearing, but those same inner senses can become more acute. It’s as though life experience teaches us to see and hear new truth beyond the surface of

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Papal honour for exceptional stewardship

WelCom July 2019: Brendan Quirk A joyful Mass of love and thanksgiving was concelebrated on Sunday 26 May 2019, at a packed-out St Anthony’s Church, Seatoun, Wellington, of the Holy Trinity Parish. Mrs Julie Marshall was presented with a Benemerenti Medal and framed scroll, which Pope Francis had awarded in January this year. Fr Ephrem Tigga

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Sr Joan Manson celebrates her 90th birthday

WelCom July 2019: Ethne Maher A large group of family, Sisters of Mercy and friends gathered in Palmerston North to celebrate Sr Joan Manson’s 90th birthday on 28 May this year. Sr Joan was born in Whanganui where she spent her childhood years as well as in Palmerston North. After leaving school she worked as a

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Supporting better connections and communication

WelCom July 2019: ‘Come to the Water, You Who Are Thirsty’ – Isaiah 55:1 Kelly and Luana Durston Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) team members invited Bishop Charles Drennan to their monthly meeting, in Pahiatua in April this year, to share their WWME mission and experience. The team is grateful for Bishop Charles’ support for their planned

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Seasons for Growth

WelCom July 2019: David Olivier, Director Catholic Social Services Many in our community suffer loss and grief in different forms, which often take time to heal and, in some cases, do not quite heal. For young people of school-going age, when a family separates it is often the first time they feel the loss of a loved

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On a Mission

WelCom July 2019: Marlene Richards My involvement with St Vincent de Paul, through our parish of The Holy Spirit Te Wairua Tapu, Lower Hutt, and my various charity works, prompted me to arrange a visit to two charities while holidaying [with husband Mike] in India during Lent this year. Our Lenten intention was ‘help in anyway

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Whanganui marks Venerable Suzanne Aubert birth date

WelCom July 2019: ‘I believe Mother Aubert was no social worker, but rather a Jesus worker,’ Fr Nathaniel Brazil said in his homily at midday Mass celebrating her birth date on 19 June 2019. Parishioners were involved in the ministries and Mass concluded with Fr Chris Skinner’s song With our Mother Suzanne and a reading of

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Outstanding educational leader farewelled

WelCom July 2019: Emma Dodsworth Close to 100 of Lynette Roberts-King’s family members, friends and work colleagues gathered in Palmerston North on May 10, 2019, to farewell her as manager of the Diocese’s Catholic Education Office. Celebrations included Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit followed by lunch and shared stories about Lynette’s 18 years

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He Hīkoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom July 2019: The Parish of Patea and Waverley serves the Catholic communities of these two South Taranaki rural towns and their surrounding farming areas. To the North are Mt Taranaki, Mt Ruapehu and Tongariro and to the South is the rocky coastline and long, black sandy beaches of the Tasman Sea. Patea, the third-largest town

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Caring for our common home – Te manaaki i to tātou ake kāinga

WelCom July 2019: The weeks around Catholic Schools’ Day, 28 May 2019, World Environment Day, 5 June, and World Oceans Day, 8 June, saw Catholic students in our two dioceses responding to Pope Francis’ call to care for the earth and care for the poor; and to celebrate who we are as Catholics. Cardinal John Dew

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