Category: Wel-com

Catholics return home in the north

St Josephs Parish, Upper Hutt, celebrated the first two years of its Catholics Returning Home programme last month in which parishioners have accompanied 25 Catholics on their return to the Church. The CRH team put on afternoon tea on 20 May in the foyer of the church and invited all who had been involved with the programme in the Northern Hutt Valley Pastoral Area to meet those on the journey back to their faith roots.

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Mauri Ora graduates

Staff members from Holy Cross School, Miramar, and Wellington Catholic Education Centre were among the many graduates of the Mauri Ora Programme offered through the Porirua campus of Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

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HIV-AIDS a growing challenge for Pacific nations

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At first glance it can seem an overwhelming problem. Over 39 million people globally are infected with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). Closer to home in Oceania, there are 81,000 living with the virus, three-quarters of those in PNG. The question is: How do we solve this problem? Catholic social teaching and compassion for the vulnerable, compels us to find a solution or at least to help those who are in need.

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Living in the now brings inner peace

Being present in the now was a gift to be prized, American psychologist Robert Wicks told a gathering in Sacred Heart Cathedral one Saturday morning last month. Robert Wicks who specialises in the integration of psychology and spirituality has been in New Zealand sharing his wisdom on letting go of unnecessary obsessions in order to deepen one’s spiritual life.

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O’Shea Shield fought with passion and enthusiasm

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The uniforms were immaculate, the nerves were raw and the tension palpable among the staff and parents. The 61st O’Shea Shield was in full swing. Students from the 17 colleges of the Palmerston North and Wellington dioceses gathered over the weekend of 5 and 6 May.

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From an adventurous spirit

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I left for the Spirit of Adventure on 28 February. Ten days, 40 people I had never met before, cramped living space and no showers until the last day – it was amazing. The Spirit experience was one I will never forget.

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‘Those fire station nuns’ speak out 30 years on

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Members of religious orders living in the community draw little attention today but in the early 1970s this practice was a novelty and sometimes frowned on in the Church. A trailblazer in this practice, Jacq Dromgool, has spoken for the first time of her experiences as part of a group of four Sisters of the Sacred Heart who moved out of their convent in Island Bay to live in the old Newtown fire station.

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Pentecost challenge: called to be the ‘breath of life’

Breath is life. A parishioner collapsed during a recent Sunday Mass in Newtown. A nurse in the congregation pinched his nose and breathed into his mouth while another nurse pushed up and down on his chest. We saw life return. It all happened during the Creed when we were about to pray, ‘We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life.’

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Pacific pilgrims benefit at St Peters

St Peter’s College, Palmerston North, has raised around $300 for a scheme to support young people in the Pacific who want to participate in World Youth Day next year in Sydney.

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The Aubert path to sainthood

Fr Malone is an outstanding lecturer and speaker and gave two fascinating talks. Fr Malone was the Promoter of Justice at the diocesan phase of the canonisation process for Suzanne Aubert in Wellington in 2004.

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