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A newspaper for the Wellington and Palmerston North Catholic Dioceses


WelCom September 2017:

‘Good News’ Retreat

Mary Ellen Green op and Brian Pierce op will offer a retreat in Palmerston North, 10am to 4pm, Tuesday 12 September, in the Dominican tradition of contemplation and reflection on the Word, silence and prayer.

Mary Ellen Green, of Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, USA, is a spiritual director and theologian. She has been a leader in her congregation, worked in spiritual formation, and has lived at Our Lady of Prouilhe Monastery, France. She says, ‘Nothing gives me more joy than to share the Good News.’

Brian Pierce is a Dominican Friar of the Province of St Martin de Porres, USA. He has ministered in Latin America – Peru, Honduras, Guatemala, and has lived in a contemplative ashram in Oklahoma, exploring Christian mysticism and interreligious dialogue. Based in Texas, Brian has written three books.

Contact Maureen O’Hanlon op at mcohanlon08@gmail.com or ph (06) 355-0272; or Roxane Parkinson op at domswn@clear.net.nz or ph (04) 477-0751.

Sleep out and help people experiencing homelessness

Sr Marcellin of The Wellington Homeless Womens’ Trust with donated quilts. Photo: Supplied

On Friday 13 October, join hundreds of other Kiwis around the country and sleep out rough to raise funds to help New Zealanders experiencing homelessness. Wellington 14HoursHomeless is at Mount Cook School, 160 Tory St; and Palmerston North is at The Salvation Army, 431 Church St.

Go online to 14hourshomeless.org.nz/event/Wellington to select one of the Wellington agency projects to fundraise for: Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust; Compassion Soup Kitchen; Salvation Army; Wellington Night Shelter; Wellington City Mission.

For Palmerston North go to 14hourshomeless.org.nz/event/PalmerstonNorth to support the The Salvation Army and other community housing providers’ projects.

You can also host your event anytime in September or October (tinyurl.com/HomelessOffsiteEvent).

Liturgical Music Workshops

David Haas, composer of contemporary liturgical music, presents three workshops in October.

  • ‘When we are weak, we are strong: Praying and Singing the Mystery of Suffering’, Friday 13 October, 7pm–9pm, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hill Street, Wellington. ‘The paschal mystery’: sing, pray and explore repertoire that digs deep into this mystery of being human, and how throughout the liturgical year and in celebrating the sacraments, we sing ‘Christ crucified’, and ‘Christ risen’ in the music we choose and lead in worship.
  • ‘How Different Are We: The Blessed Unity of Sung Prayer’, Saturday 14 October, 9.30am–10.50am, Ss Peter and Paul Church, Knights Road, Lower Hutt. How are we, ‘one in Christ’ when there is so much diversity and so many different spiritualties in our music, our worship, and in what we believe? How does liturgical music help to bring us together, so that we can truly, ‘put on Christ’ and be that light to the world?
  • ‘Music and the Mass: Step by Step’ Saturday 14 October, 11.10am–12.30pm, Ss Peter and Paul Church, Knights Road, Lower Hutt. A step-by-step, ‘walk through’ of the Eucharistic Liturgy. Examine four major ritual units (Gathering, Word, Table and Mission), and an inventory of what ritual moments call for in music, and their deeper and more prayerful purpose.

Register by 11 October to: a.williams@wn.catholic.org.nz advising which workshop/s you are registering for. Entry by koha.

For more events go to ADW Home page: ‘Upcoming Events’