Category: Wel-com

Our Lady of the Bays Parish Anniversary Mass

WelCom December 2018: Margaret O’Connor At 11am, Sunday October 28, Fr Seph Pijfers and Fr Andrew Kim, assisted by seminarian Jovane Leones concelebrated an anniversary Mass to mark one year on from the amalgamation of Our Lady of the Bays Catholic Parish. Held at St Peter Chanel Church in Motueka, this was the only Mass in

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All Souls’ Mass, Te Awakairangi Parish

WelCom December 2018: Kathryn van Woerkom The breezy evening didn’t keep the large crowd away from All Souls’ Mass held this year at Taita Lawn Cemetery. A gathering of 140 parishioners from Te Awakairangi Parish and surrounding Lower Hutt church communities came together to remember their loved ones who had died. Fr David Orange celebrated Mass

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75 years’ profession celebrated

WelCom December 2018: Sue Seconi ‘I always followed the Lord’, said Whanganui’s Sr Francesca Bourke rsj when asked what sustained her during 75 years of religious life and the many changes in the church over that time. Born in the Taranaki town of Kaponga in 1927 to dairy farmers, the young Francesca attended Sacred Heart College

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Diamond Anniversary

WelCom December 2018: Eugene Crosby Sr Trish Hannaray cbs marked her diamond jubilee on September 9 at Mass at St Theresa’s Church, Karori, celebrated by Fr Carmody. Three other Bridigine sisters – Srs Francis, Patricia, and Cyprian – were among many friends and parishioners joining Trish. Jude McKee gave a history of Trish’s life at Mass.

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Services and facilities buildings for Cullinane College

WelCom December 2018: Ginni Duxfield Students, staff and local kaumātua at Cullinane College in Whanganui gathered on Friday 26 October for the opening dawn service for their new teaching and health services block. The buildings were officially opened by Gerrard Albert and John Maihi at 5am, followed by a blessing from Bishop Charles Drennan later that

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Catholic Colleges excel in social enterprises

WelCom December 2018: Catholic College students have won regional and national awards for innovative social enterprise projects. St John’s College, Hastings, won one of only four national excellence awards from over 960 Young Enterprise Teams (YES) nationally, announced on 24 October. On 6 December, the student Directors of project GEORGE, Principal Paul Melloy and community partners

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How their garden grows

WelCom December 2018: St Francis Xavier School Young Vinnies have been busy in their school garden. Earlier this year they planted vegetables and recently harvested a lovely lot of fresh vegetables. The produce was delivered to Vicki Truyens at St Vincent de Paul Foodbank, in Porirua, where Vicki was able to distribute the vegetables to families

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Miramar school thanks community

WelCom December 2018: Each year Holy Cross School, Miramar, hosts an end-of-year thank-you morning tea to recognise the special individuals, groups and organisations that support the school throughout the year. ‘It provides us with an opportunity to say thank you and it also provides guests with an opportunity to meet and chat together informally,’ says Principal

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NZ contingent for WYD

WelCom December 2018: A contingent of 21 New Zealanders, including Bishop Charles Drennan, will join thousands from around the world at the international 2019 World Youth Day in Panama, in January. WYD begins on 22 January with an opening Mass. Participants will hear daily sessions hosted by bishops from throughout the world and there’ll be events

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Papal Medal for Wellington Parishioner

WelCom December 2018: Linda Swayn of the Catholic Parish of Wellington South received a papal medal in October this year, presented by Cardinal John Dew, in recognition for her work supporting people living with disabilities. As a young adult Linda qualified as a special-needs teacher and has dedicated years assisting children and others with disabilities. Linda

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