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Memorial Mass for loved-ones

WelCom November 2017: On Saturday morning 14 October, to coincide with national Mental Health Awareness Week last month, 100 people from the Catholic Parish of Whanganui – Te Parihi Katorika a Ki Whanganui – gathered around the altar in St Anne’s Catholic Church for a Memorial Mass. Celebrated by parish priest Fr Marcus Francis and assisted by

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Holidays and Holy Days

WelCom November 2017: Some readers may recall the unexpected and exciting days when a Church dignitary, perhaps a bishop or head of a Religious Order, came to visit your school. There was that anticipation marked by sweaty palms and racing pulse as you awaited the proclamation of a half holiday. A shared history We have left behind

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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: 26 November 2017

WelCom November 2017: The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the final Sunday of the Liturgical year, is a feast day that focuses on the authority of Christ. The earliest date on which this feast can occur is 20 November and the latest is 26 November. This year, it is on Sunday

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Action for World Peace

WelCom November 2017: During the week prior last month’s Week of Prayer for World Peace, on Tuesday 10 October a group of about 300 anti-weapons protesters demonstrated outside the annual New Zealand Defence Industry Association at Wellington’s Westpac stadium. They were protesting about weapons production and the destruction they bring to people, other countries and the

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‘What kind of country do we want to be?’

WelCom November 2017: Two Immigration NZ representatives spoke about modern slavery and exploitation, particularly in Aotearoa New Zealand, to about 70 people at the Anglican Annex in Tawa on 25 September this year. The evening was organised by ANZRATH. They are a group of religious and friends from the Archdiocese of Wellington who work to increase awareness

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Shelter the Homeless

WelCom November 2017: To mark World Homeless Day more than 130 people slept rough or in their cars at Mt Cook School in Central Wellington overnight on October 13 for the annual 14HoursHomeless event. The aim was to experience, in a small way, and better understand what it is to be homeless and, through sponsorship, to

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Jubilarian Mass for Priests and Brothers

WelCom November 2017: Several priests and two brothers from the Palmerston North Diocese were joined by family and friends to celebrate significant jubilees at a special Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on Tuesday 10 October 2017. The priests included: Fr Joe O’Sullivan (60 years); Fr Fergus Reeves (55 years); Fr Terry Carr (50 years);

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Bishops appoint chair for new Council for Young People

WelCom November 2017: The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) announced on 27 September 2017 the appointment of David Mullin as Chair of their Council for Young People. The first meeting of the Council will be held 6 November this year. The Bishops established the council to work with the Church, young people and with those who

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Faith Community Nurse Conference

WelCom November 2017: As a Parish Nurse working within our rural area in Marlborough I was privileged to be able to attend the NZ Faith Community Nurse Association Conference and AGM, held this year in Auckland on 8‒9 September and attended by approximately 30 nurses. This conference, open to not only Parish Nurses working within church and

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Liturgical Workshops

WelCom November 2017: David Haas, composer of contemporary liturgical music, presented three workshops in Wellington in October. Participants, deeply impressed by David’s passion for liturgical music, described the workshops as inspirational and informative. David played and sang his music supported by Michael Mangan. The music created an incredible atmosphere of prayer and unity in singing. When

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