Category: Wel-com

Vinnies sleep out for homeless

WelCom November 2017: Spring is here and that means it is time for our St Bernard’s College Year 12 retreat. For the second year running we took part in 14hours Homeless – held overnight on Friday 13 October. The event asks participants to sleep outside for a night, in solidarity with those who sleep rough every

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Religious Diversity Day

WelCom November 2017: On Wednesday 27 September a group of Sacred Heart College and St Mary’s College girls spent a day at the Jewish Community Centre in Webb St, Wellington, to learn more about New Zealand’s growing religious diversity and the charity ethic in a selection of religions. The visit was between the high holy days of

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Honouring Suzanne Aubert

WelCom November 2017: As part of our Religious Education programme, students at St Joseph’s School, Waitara, have been studying the life of Suzanne Aubert. Our staff’s professional learning with Sr Anne Skleners throughout this year has included information about Suzanne Aubert’s life. This has prompted us to look at aspects of her life that the children

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Makeover for relocated classroom space

WelCom November 2017: Earlier this year, St Matthew’s School Marton gave one of their relocatable classrooms to St Mary’s School in Whanganui. But the space left behind at St Matthew’s was not a nice area, Palmerston North Diocese Property Operations Manager, Corinne Richdale, said. ‘So we decided to put a deck and a roof over the empty

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KPF Youth joins Caritas Challenge

WelCom November 2017: On Saturday 8 July, 25 members of the KPF Youth Wellington took part in one of this year’s Caritas Challenges. The group chose to do the ‘Move It’ challenge, as a 10km walk from Ss Peter and Paul Church in Lower Hutt to Stokes Valley. It was a fundraising activity to support the Caritas

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Social Justice Outreach

WelCom November 2017: Students at St Peter Chanel School in Motueka, finished off Term 3 by learning about social justice and actions they can take to improve community relationships and lives in our own community. The focus was ‘Knowing Your Neighbours’. Senior students planned an event to celebrate this learning, and to share it with our community

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Te Awakairangi Parish hosts schools’ staff Mass

WelCom November 2017: “For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20 Maria O’Flynn At Lower Hutt’s Te Awakairangi parish meeting in July, the idea was discussed for the staff of all five schools of the parish – St Bernadette’s, St Michael’s, Ss Peter and Paul, St

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Gospel Reflection: Sunday 5 November 2017

WelCom November 2017: Gospel, Matthew 23:1-12 1 Then addressing the crowds and his disciples Jesus said, 2 ‘The scribes and the Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses. 3 You must therefore do and observe what they tell you; but do not be guided by what they do, since they do not practise what they preach. 4

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Luther and Rome: Pastor, Pamphleteer, Prophet

WelCom November 2017: Fr James B Lyons Part Five There are links between Luther and Francis that help convince me we are now entering God’s time for healing and reconciliation between our two communities. Both Luther and Francis are extremely pastoral in their approach to ministry. They would seek to bring people closer to God by

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Dialogue for Unity as Reformation Remembered

WelCom November 2017: In June this year, Cardinal John Dew and Bishop Mark Whitfield of the Lutheran Church of New Zealand led an ecumenical service at Sacred Heart Cathedral attended by Catholic, Lutherans and several other Christian denominations, formally opening the New Zealand dialogue between the Catholic and Lutheran Churches. On Sunday, 29 October, Cardinal

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