Category: Wel-com

Our Lady of Kāpiti – Te Whaea Tapu o Kāpiti

WelCom February 2019: ‘A Future Full of Hope’ Kāpiti’s new church and parish centre Michael McCabe, Parish Priest The vibrant Parish of Our Lady of Kāpiti, Te Whaea Tapu o Kāpiti, takes its name from the statue of Our Lady on the hill overlooking Kāpiti, and extends from Pekapeka in the North to Paekakariki in the South.

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‘See every person as a beloved daughter or son of God’

WelCom February 2019: John A. Cardinal Dew, Archbishop of Wellington Greetings to all WelCom readers and every good wish and blessing for 2019. On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Sunday 13 January 2019, I read and ended up praying with, what to me was, a magnificent reflection for that day. Basically, the author was

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Tribute to Mark Richards

WelCom February 2019: 1955–2018, RIP Annette Scullion It is with sadness that WelCom acknowledges the passing of Mark Edward Richards – long-standing leader of the Diocese of Palmerston North Pastoral Services team, Cathedral Parish member, highly-regarded academic, tertiary teacher and governor for The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand, regular columnist to WelCom, and much-loved husband

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Will Parliament pass the End of Life Choice Bill?

WelCom February 2019: John Kleinsman Maryan Street recently claimed that ‘Parliament will pass Seymour Bill this year’ (Stuff, Jan 4, 2019). But, her arguments for that claim are based on little more than her wish for change. Contrary to what she states, the ‘clear trend’ overseas is that the vast majority of assisted death bills continue

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‘Essays from a priest on the road’

WelCom February 2019: Annette Scullion At the launch of his new book As Good as Gold – Essays from a priest on the road, Fr James Lyons was described as a ‘Renaissance Man, author, writer, homilist, and poet’. Held at Sacred Heart Cathedral’s Connelly Hall, 3 December last year, Fr James was joined by many friends,

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The Edge of Things

WelCom February 2019: Nicola McCarthy Anne Powell’s new book of poetry, The Edge of Things, was launched among 100 guests in Te Whaea Tapu o Kāpiti School Hall, Paraparaumu, on 1 December 2018. Many of the poems in this fourth book of Anne’s involve ‘the language of water’, parish priest Fr Michael McCabe said in his

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Booklet promotes peace and understanding

WelCom February 2019: The New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Relations has released a revised booklet promoting Interfaith Relations in Aotearoa New Zealand – Te Whakatairanga i te Nohotahitanga o ngā Whakapono i Aotearoa. The booklet provides guidance and encouragement for people to welcome and nurture relationships with those of other faiths. NZCBCIR chair Colin

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2019 Suzanne Aubert Scholarship Winners

WelCom February 2019: Ruchika Jayatilaka Suzanne Aubert knew the importance of tertiary education for young people. In 1992, the Centennial Year of the Sisters of Compassion, the congregation established the Suzanne Aubert Tertiary Scholarship Grant. Since then, many students have benefitted from the grant and have gained national recognition in their respective professional careers. In December

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Entries open for 2019 Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition

WelCom February 2019: Entries are open for the Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition. The annual award, launched by Otago University Press, is open to New Zealand writers aged 16 to 21. The competition was founded in 2017, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Landfall, New Zealand’s longest-running arts and literary journal; and is named in

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Young Catholic Leaders

WelCom February 2019: Thom Saywell The Young Catholic Leader (YCL) programme in the Palmerston North Diocese is often described as a ‘turning point’ by past participants. It’s a week-long experience of faith and community that sets up senior college students for leadership in their schools for the year ahead and beyond. Our 2018 camp, held in

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