Category: Wel-com

He Hīkoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom August 2018: Nelson city, on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay was established in 1841. The Māori name for Nelson is Whakatū, which means ‘build’, ‘raise’, or ‘establish’. Nelson is the oldest city in the South Island. Today the city has a population of around 50,000 with a thriving arts and crafts community and a

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St John of God Community Home opens in Clouston Park

WelCom August 2018: Nigel Matthews It was a great day in Upper Hutt City, as over 50 guests attended the opening of the new St John of God Clouston Park Community Home. Monsignor Gerard Burns blessed the facility and people from all around the local community, including prospective residents and their families, spent time wandering through

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Civic Honour Awards for Hastings parishioners

WelCom August 2018: Two parishioners of the Catholic Parish of Hastings, Mrs Jillian Frizzell and Mrs Margaret Kitt, were among the recipients of the Hastings District Council’s 2018 Civic Honours Awards presented at a Council ceremony in June. Jillian is assistant principal at Hastings Girls’ High School. In her 43 years with the school she has

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Papal Medal for Taihape’s Marie Donovan

WelCom August 2018: Fr Bernard O’Donnell At St Mary’s Taihape on 14 June, Marie Donovan was awarded the Benemerenti Medal for her service to the Catholic Church in Taihape. A group of local people gathered to celebrate this occasion for Marie. During the Church Service the Anointing of the Sick and Elderly was provided for those

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A national Catholic event for men

WelCom August 2018: Mike Conroy A national Catholic men’s event to be held for the first time in Aotearoa-New Zealand, and hosted in Auckland this September, will offer men an opportunity to come together in faith, to listen, and to improve their lives in areas they care about – faith, family, marriage, work, mates and life

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New coordinator for Vinnies services

WelCom August 2018: Millie Lambess Pregnancy Assistance is one of the many free, professional support services the team at St Vincent de Paul Society in Wellington offers. Started in the early 2000s, it continues to provide an invaluable service to Wellington mothers and their babies. Based out of the newly refurbished Vinnies welfare office at 207

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Support for Life advocates deliver thousands of baby booties to Parliament

WelCom August 2018: More than 13,000 especially knitted babies’ booties were displayed outside Parliament on Thursday 26 July as a ‘project of love’ and memorial to 13,285 ‘lives lost to abortion last year’. Pro-life organisers, Voice for Life, invited thousands of people from across the country to take part in knitting the booties for this public

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Suzanne Aubert ‘Birthday’ Mass

WelCom August 2018: Deirdre Hanlon Crowds gathered at St Anne’s Church, Newtown, in June to commemorate 183 years since the birth of Suzanne Aubert in Saint-Symphorien-de-Lay, France. Cardinal John Dew concelebrated Mass with Bishop Emeritus Stuart O’Connell and local priests. In his homily, Cardinal John said, ‘I am certain if there had not been 102 years

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James K Baxter exhibitions at Suzanne Aubert Heritage Centre

WelCom August 2018: Deirdre Hanlon Two exhibitions connected to Hiruhārama-Jerusalem on the Whanganui River are showing from 22 July to 20 September at the Suzanne Aubert Heritage Centre, Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, Island Bay. ‘Burying a Poet: the Tangihanga of James K Baxter’ depicts images by photographer William Farrimond during the tangihanga on 25 October

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Caritas Emergency Appeal for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

WelCom August 2018: Since August 2017, over 700,000 Rohingya people have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Many refugees have settled in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar in south-east Bangladesh. Though the Rohingya are now safe from persecution and being supported by organisations on the ground, they are faced with the risk of flooding from monsoon

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