Category: Wel-com

Taking my breath

Recently I was reminded that it is not the breaths I take that matter, but what takes my breath. I thought once more of what there is in my life that takes my breath: The fact that the universe is still expanding, A parent’s love for a child, The look of love between a couple celebrating 60 years of marriage,

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Renewing the Church

The readings from the Acts of the Apostles which the Church has given us for the weekdays after Easter have given us an insight into an early Christian community facing many of the same problems the New Zealand Church is beset with today.

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Missionaries return to school

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The Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions (RNDMs) have recently opened an International Formation Centre in Davao on the island of Mindanao in the Southern Philippines. The aim of the centre is to provide Sisters preparing to make final vows with an opportunity to prepare themselves well for such an important step in their lives.

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Catholic ethos in sport

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Archbishop John Dew has confirmed his continuation as the patron of one of Wellington’s most successful Catholic sports clubs, the Marist-St Pats Rugby Club. Together with the club’s chaplain, Fr Geoff Broad of St Francis de Sales, Island Bay, the two help to ensure that all those involved with sporting teams ‘¬ø¬Ωldquo; coaches, managers, players and supporters ‘¬ø¬Ωldquo; reflect the club’s Catholic ethos.

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Beyond fundamentalism

When the three gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke are studied side by side, many startling contrasts emerge. Have you ever noticed that Mark has Jesus on the cross for six hours from nine in the morning until three in the afternoon? Luke will tolerate only resurrection appearances in Jerusalem and there is no return to Nazareth as in Mark and Matthew.

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Sr Mary Genevieve Casey RSM RIP

Many religious, family members and friends of Sr Mary Genevieve gathered at St Joseph’s Convent Chapel, Upper Hutt, on 28 March 2007 for a Thanksgiving Liturgy to celebrate her life. Born in Timaru, Joan Casey received her religious name when she was professed as a Sister of Mercy in Wellington in 1942.

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Michael Leonard Tomasi SM RIP

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A ‘pastoral genius’ of the Marist order was farewelled at the end of March. Priests and brothers of the Society of Mary, family and friends celebrated the life of Fr Michael Tomasi, known universally as Mick, in St Mary of the Angels Church, Wellington, on 30 March.

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Is the Church worth joining? RCIA gathering in Wellington 15-17 June

Last month, throughout the world, many people, after much prayer, guidance and reflection, decided to enter the Catholic community. This really continues the tradition that we hear so much about in our Easter readings from the Acts of the Apostles. The early church, and in the millennia ever since, has responded to the deep longing of people wanting to discover the beauty and the challenge of following this man we call Jesus.

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Climate change a justice issue

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It is now well accepted that the high consumption lifestyles of the richer nations and wealthy elites throughout the world are primarily responsible for the most threatening ecological challenge facing the planet – climate change. Human activity, especially industrialisation, continues to harm the natural climate balance.

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Oz bishop condemns culture of overwork

As New Zealand politicians debate the question of trading on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, an Australian bishop has called on his government to open for scrutiny information on working conditions. In a pastoral letter issued for last Tuesday’s feastday of St Joseph the Worker (1 May) Bishop Christopher Saunders, Chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC), asks for regular releases of data on the terms and conditions of Australian workplace agreements.

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