Category: Wel-com

Archbishop’s column: Synod 2006 salt and light together

There are 19 days until our Pentecost Synod.
Before I share with you some of the thoughts I will be sharing with the synod participants in a letter I am addressing to them, there are two other things I want to say.
Firstly, THANK YOU. There have

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CEC nets calls in record numbers

The Catholic Enquiry Centre made the highest number of enrolments in its course for at least 20 years last year.
Retiring director, Fr Paul Shannahan sm, says 2,200 people were sent a course of booklets with information about the Catholic faith last

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New cathedral organist

Sacred Heart Cathedral has a new organist, at last. The cathedral has been without an organist since Thomas Wilson left two years ago. Michael Stewart (above) has an extensive curriculum vitae for his 28 years. He already has one CD to his credit and anot

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Social justice in the parishes

We are now post-Lent and into Eastertide! In the gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles during these weeks we share the enthusiasm of the disciples as they come alive with the new life of the risen Jesus. The new life affected whole communities, as they

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Catholics returning home through the CRH programme

‘The Catholics Returning Home programme has been an invitation from heaven, giving me an opportunity to reclaim my Catholic faith – my deepest gratitude to those who have welcomed me home.’
[Comment from a returning Catholic]
‘Sharing the partic

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A lesson in loving acceptance

For Anita Ulu, Catholics Returning Home helped her to realise that rather than judging her, God loves her with all her human failings.
Anita discovered the CRH programme after a long search which involved Alpha, a friend giving her books about the Ca

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Pastoral area teams and councils roles and responsibilities

At a meeting on 3 May the priests, lay pastoral leaders, chairs of parish councils and finance committees from the Wellington and Hutt Valley areas met with Archbishop John Dew to unravel and explain the next step in clarifying pastoral area teams and pas

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The enigma of Judas

From the days of Irenaeus it was known that a Gospel of Judas existed, and that it pre-dated the year 180 CE. It was one of the Gnostic gospels emanating from a group of ancient religions, some of them closely related to Christianity. Gnosticism maintaine

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Of prophets and mushrooms – religious and the Church

Elizabeth Julian rsm
On Easter Monday I was on the Berhampore golf course with friends. We were mushrooming and before long we had half filled a plastic shopping bag. We took our treasures home and cooked them for lunch. They tasted great with my hom

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Spirituality the constant factor

The spirit of change entered the Church after the Second Vatican Council like a huge spring tide. In the face of this tide the Catholic community ran before it in search of high ground – ground that would be safe from the tide of change. For example, whe

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