Category: Wel-com

Jesus 4 Real Junior Camp

WelCom December 2017: Jesus 4 Real concluded their 29th year of operation with the Junior Camp at Palm Grove on Kapiti Coast, October 4 to 8 this year. Forty-two campers, years 8 to 10, attended along with 19 cabin leaders, 10 senior leaders and our chaplain Fr Kevin Connors. Here is what four cabin leaders had to

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“Haere Tukuna… Go, You Are Sent…”

WelCom November 2017: Cardinal John Dew ‘Haere Tukuna…Go, You Are Sent…’ These words were the theme of the Archdiocesan Synod held over the weekend of 15‒17 September this year. We prayed about these words for many months and reflected on them prayerfully over the weeks leading up to the Synod. The 10‒11 Synod topics were all

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We need to talk about Sundays

WelCom November 2017: Bishop Charles Drennan Most Kiwis are hands-on people. We like to get stuck in to various tasks and challenges. Think of all those involved with sport, kapa haka, music and volunteer work. Our recent migrants too are here because they want to get on with the job of bettering the life of their

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Sisters of Compassion Mark 125 Years: Home of Compassion Island Bay Rededicated

WelCom November 2017: Whānau and friends gathered in their hundreds to join with the Sisters of Compassion in a day of celebration on Saturday 14 October at Our Lady’s Home of Compassion in Island Bay. They came from near and far including from Jerusalem – Hiruhārama – Suzanne’s a holy place. Annette Scullion, Story and photos The day

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People and Places – a year on from the Kaikōura earthquake

WelCom November 2017: Two minutes after midnight, Monday 14 November last year, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook central New Zealand intensely. The quake’s epicentre was 15kms north-east of Culverden and 60kms southeast of Kaikōura on the South Island’s east-coast. Among those who felt the quake most strongly were the northern east-coast communities including Seddon, Ward, Clarence and

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1867–2017: Celebrating 150 Years

WelCom November 2017: This year marks 150 years in New Zealand for a number of Catholic and community organisations. Celebrating their histories and jubilees in October were the Society of St Vincent de Paul, St Joseph’s Māori Girls’ College and Sacred Heart College Napier. St Joseph’s Māori Girls College 150th Jubilee Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard St Joseph’s Māori

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He Hikoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom November 2017: This month WelCom’s journey of faith visits the Parish of Our Lady of the Valleys, which combines the Catholic communities of Heretaunga and Stokes Valley. Our Lady of the Valleys Parish is a mixture of suburban and rural lifestyles including Heretaunga, Trentham, Silverstream, Pinehaven, Whitemans Valley and Stokes Valley. The parish connects to Lower

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Look around and act

WelCom November 2017: “The king will say, as often as you fed the hungry, gave water to the thirsty, visited the shut in, welcomed the stranger, you welcomed me!” – Matthew 25:34-36 This November, Pope Francis has called for the First World Day of the Poor, on Sunday 19 November, and we will celebrate the feast

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The Spiritual Dimension of Suicide Prevention

WelCom November 2017: “People who are deeply depressed are transformed when they know they are really loved.” – Jean Vanier World Mental Health Day is observed annually on October 10. This year, the Church sought to celebrate this day as an opportunity to encourage a truly pastoral view that embraces our total community as the living

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