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Enabling Communities: Everyone has a part to play

WelCom September 2018: SOCIAL JUSTICE WEEK 9-15 SEPTEMBER 2018 Every year the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand set aside a week in September for Social Justice Week, inviting us to reflect and take action on a current social justice issue. This year, 9‒15 September, we focus on disability and participation. How can we encourage more enabling communities,

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Missionaries – ‘extreme sports version of vocation’

WelCom September 2018: Bishop Charles Drennan, Bishop of Palmerston North When I was a child, the Sisters at my primary school often talked about ‘the missions’. The term was shrouded a little in mystery but as primary school pupils we were told stories of priests and Sisters working in far off exotic lands doing great things to

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A message from Cardinal John in Ireland

WelCom September 2018: His Holiness Pope Francis hosted the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. The guiding theme was: ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’. Held every three years, this major international event brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect on the central importance of marriage

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Response to Papal Letter

WelCom September 2018: Monsignor Gerard Burns, Vicar General Archdiocese of Wellington In the face of the shocking revelations about clerical sexual abuse of children and young people in different parts of the world – Pennsylvania, Chile, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand – many of us are feeling dismayed, disgusted and angry. That this abuse has been perpetrated at

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World Meeting of Families 2018, Ireland

WelCom September 2018: ‘God wants every family to be a beacon of the joy of his love in our world.’ – Pope Francis, Festival of Families, Ireland, August 2018 In the first major address of his apostolic visit to Ireland to commemorate the 2018 World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis, on 25 August, acknowledged the harm

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‘For You Too’ – ‘We are all called to be holy…’

WelCom September 2018: Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington ‘For You Too’ – these words are from Gaudete et Exsultate, the document Pope Francis wrote earlier this year ‘On the Call to holiness in Today’s World’. When the Pope uses those words ‘For You Too’ in the first chapter of this document known as an Apostolic Exhortation,

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A memorable occasion

WelCom September 2018: Fr Tom Rouse Missionary Society of St Columban celebrates Centennial Mass On Friday July 27, at 6.30pm, we celebrated the Columban centenary Mass at Ss Peter and Paul Church, Lower Hutt. Many people turned up for the occasion including over 40 priests who had come from various places around New Zealand. Among the

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Commissioning Mass for Hospital Chaplains

WelCom September 2018: Catherine Gibbs and Tony Lenton ‘I was sick and you visited me’, Matt 25:36 A commissioning Mass for three new Catholic hospital chaplains was celebrated by Cardinal John Dew with seven priests from the archdiocese on 14 August at Ss Peter and Paul Church, Lower Hutt. Employed by Catholic Social Services, the three

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Go you are sent…to support marriage and families

WelCom September 2018: Felicity Giltrap Mass celebrated for those affected by separation and divorce Cardinal John Dew celebrated a special Mass at a gathering on Thursday 9 August, to offer support for and with those affected by separation and divorce. About 60 people from all over Wellington attended the Mass held at St Joseph’s Church, Mt

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Gulf Bible Society head visits New Zealand

WelCom September 2018: Annette Scullion During a visit to New Zealand last month Dr Hrayr Jebejian, head of Bible Society in the Gulf, spoke to groups in Wellington and Kāpiti about his mission. He oversees Bible mission in seven Gulf nations: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. He said that despite

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