Category: Wel-com

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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Pope’s statement on liturgical text translations welcomed

WelCom November 2017: At their recent meeting in Wellington, the New Zealand Catholic Bishops discussed Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio ‘Magnum Principium’ (the great principle), which lays out the procedure for preparing translations of liturgical texts from Latin into local languages. The Bishops released the following statement on 26 October 2017. During our recent meeting in Wellington,

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‘New Government Must Respond to Tides of Change’

WelCom November 2017: On St Francis Day, 4 October 2017, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand presented its fourth annual State of the Environment for Oceania report, Turning the Tide. Launched at Te Ngākau Tapu Church in Porirua, this year’s report focuses on our changing relationship with the ocean. It was observed that now is a moment in

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Suzanne Aubert Celebration Day: 1 October

WelCom October 2017: Cardinal John wrote for Sunday 1 October 2017: “The venerable Suzanne Aubert died here in Aotearoa New Zealand ninety-one years ago. She gave sixty-six years of her life showing the compassionate face of Christ to some of the most neglected in society. It is quite remarkable when you consider that as a young

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