Upcoming Events

What’s on in the Archdiocese of Wellington


Sisters of Compassion new exhibition

Discover rich story of Aotearoa’s home-grown order of women. Founded by Suzanne Aubert in 1892 in Hiruhārama-Jerusalem, new permanent exhibition explores living legacy of Sisters of Compassion. Suzanne Aubert Heritage Centre, Home of Compassion, Island Bay. Tue–Sat, 10am‒3pm; Sun 12noon‒3pm. Email: heritagecentre@compassion.org or ph (04) 282-1953.

Burying a Poet

Photographic exhibition of the tangihanga of James K Baxter on display at the Suzanne Aubert Heritage Centre. Open Mon-Sat 10am-3pm; Sun 12 noon-3pm. Email: heritagecentre@compassion.org or ph (04) 282-1953.

The Sister & The Poet: Jerusalem:

On display at Suzanne Aubert Heritage Centre from 22 July. Open Mon–Sat 10am‒3pm; Sun 12noon‒3pm. Email: heritagecentre@compassion.org or ph (04) 282-1953.


Christian Meditation Group – all welcome to join an hour of Christian meditation as contemplative prayer, Monday evenings, 7pm, Chapel, Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington. Ph (04) 383-7134 or (04) 383 7769.

2nd Monday of every month

Greenstone Doors Charitable Trust – provides education, counselling, and practical support for woman and their families during and after pregnancy. Second Monday of each month a short prayer evening, 7pm, at Greenstone Doors, 15 Dudley St, Lower Hutt, to pray for Trust work, clients and volunteers. All welcome. Contact Wendy at: info @greenstonedoors.co.nz for information.

1st Friday every month

Taizé Prayer hour of meditative singing, reading, spoken prayer and silence, 7pm–8pm, all welcome. At Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington. Ph (04) 383-7769.

Friday 9 November

XLT Worship Night, 7pm, St Anne’s Newtown.

 Friday 9‒Sunday 11 November

Marriage Encounter Weekend, Our Lady Home of Compassion, Island Bay, phone 0800 362 686 or visit www.marriageencounter.org.nz for details.

Saturday 10 November

~ Stewardship breakfast and talk by Cardinal John Dew, 7.15am for start at 7.30am‒9am.Venue Angus Inn, 5 Cornwall St. Lower Hutt. Cost $22.50. Registrations a.williams@wn.catholic.org.nz by Tuesday 6 November. All welcome.

Saturday 10 November

Faith and Family conference: 9am‒10am, Eucharist celebration, Our Lady of Fatima Church, 169 Main Rd, Tawa; 10am‒5pm: Conference, St Christopher’s Church, 167 Main Rd Tawa. Fr Leo Patalinghug, priest, celebrity chef, radio and TV host: importance of family meals; cooking demonstration. Martin Bosley, NZ chef: experience as a mentor to prisoners for the ‘Gate to Plate’ culinary experience. Sexual Revolution 50 Years since St Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae.

Adults $20‒$25; children $10; 4 years below free. Culinary section only: adults $10‒$12; children $5. Registration and tickets: eventbrite.co.nz or email patricia@marriageandfamily.org.nz or phone Lily at 0275459528. (www.marriageandfamily.org.nz)

Sunday 11 November

Mass on Armistice Day – 100 years on. Frs Frank Whitaker and Julian Wagg will celebrate Eucharist at 11am, at St Joseph’s Church Mt Victoria, to remember all those who lost their lives in WW1, and especially any family members whom any one would like to remember.

Wednesday 14 November

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), open to all interested,5.30pm‒7.30pm, Catholic Centre, Hill St, Wellington. ‘The Life of Faith’ and ‘The Sacraments of the Church’. 

Thursday 15 November

Prayers for Healing – a meeting with Fr John Rea, 7.30pm Our Lady of Fatima Church, Parata St, Waikanae. Come with your prayer intentions and bring a friend. ‘By His wounds, we have been healed.’ 1 Peter 2: 24.

Thursday 15 November

Challenge 2000 Street Day Appeal in Wellington area. If you can donate or collect on the day, contact Megan Ratuki at (04) 477-6827 or go online challenge2000.org.nz to see how you can get involved. 

Thursday 15 November

Youth Ministers Network Thanksgiving evening, 7pm, Catholic Centre, Hill St Thorndon. 

Saturday 17 November

Wellington Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women, 1.15pm‒3pm, St Joseph’s Church, 42 Ellice St, Mount Victoria, Wellington. Praise and worship, prayer ministry and fellowship. Guest speaker Sarah Pinto. All women welcome. Visit www.dove.org.nz for more information or ph Shura (04) 389-9938. 

Sunday 18 November

2nd World Day of the Poor – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. (wn.catholic.org.nz/adw_type/world-day-of-the-poor-2018/)

Sunday 18 and Sunday 25 November

ADW Catholic Marriage Preparation: ‘Love is a Decision’. Contact Felicity Giltrap at Family and Young Church Office (04) 496-1719 or marriage@wn.catholic.org.nz for details or to book.

Tuesday 27 November

The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand graduation ceremony for Wellington and Palmerston North campuses and distance education, 7pm, St Joseph’s Church, Mt Victoria, Wellington.

Wednesday 28 November

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), open to all interested,5.30pm‒7.30pm, Catholic Centre, Hill St, Wellington. ‘The Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism and Confirmation’ and ‘The Sacraments of Initiation: Eucharist’.

Saturday 1 December

Eve of Advent – family day, 10am–3pm: 11am putting up the crib, followed by carol singing; nativity art and crafts; search out nativity rocks in Christmas treasure hunt. Suzanne Aubert Heritage Centre, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington, ph (04) 282-1953. All welcome. 

Wednesdays 5 and 12 December

Take time out in Advent for contemplative reflection and prayer series led by Sr Sue Cosgrove. 10am sessions repeated at 7pm, Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington, ph (04) 383-7769.

Friday 7 December

Taizé Prayer: an hour of meditative singing from Psalms, reading, prayer and silence. 7pm–8pm, Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington, ph (04) 383-7769.

Monday 10–Friday 14 December

Young Catholic Leader Programme, Ōtaki.

Wednesday 12 December

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), open to all interested,5.30pm‒7.30pm, Catholic Centre, Hill St, Wellington. ‘The Structure of the Mass’ and ‘Sin and Forgiveness’.

22‒27 January 2019: World Youth Day Panama – contact youth@wn.catholic.org.nz for more information.

What’s on for Young People – Wellington Archdiocese

Wellington Archdiocese Youth weekly events

Kapiti – Thursdays: Music Jams (year 5+), 7pm–8pm. Fridays: Fun-Time Music (pre-school) 10.30am–11.30am. Fridays: J-Team (yrs 5‒7), 5pm–6.30pm (1st and 3rd Fridays); and Gravitate Youth Group (yrs 8‒13), 7pm–9pm (1st and 3rd Fridays). Contact Jacqui McLaughlin at kapiti.youth@gmail.com or 022 675-7357.

Tawa – Fridays: Xavier Youth (yrs 9‒13), 8pm‒10pm, Leo Connor Hall, 71 Main Road. Contact Paul Mcardle 027 304-0712.

Porirua – Mondays: Youth Group, 6pm–8pm. Contact Sr Hannah, Missionaries of Charity, (04) 235-5373.

Te Awakairangi – Fridays: Taita Youth Group, 6.30pm‒8.30pm, St Michael’s School library. Contact Maryanne Pereira at mary.pereira@hotmail.co.nz or 021 107 7248.

Blenheim, St Mary’s – 2nd and 4th Mondays: Singles for Christ, contact Joanna Viernes joanna.viernes@hotmail.co.nz. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays: Youth for Christ, contact Marc Arcellana marc_arcellana@hotmail.com. Wednesdays: Junior Youth Group (yrs 9‒10), 5.30pm–6.45pm; Senior Youth Group (yrs 11‒13), 7pm–8.45pm, contact Maurice and Mieke Davies at stmarysyouthgroup@xtra.co.nz or (03) 578-6772.

Focolare – Mondays: Young adults meet, 6pm, Hub of Victoria University, Kelburn Campus. Sharing our living faith and respond to the challenges of today. Contact Philip Wakelin 022 622-0174 or Miriam Vender 021 143-9855.

LifeTeen – Sundays: Youth Night, 5pm‒8pm, St Anne’s, Newtown. Contact Rain Forest at agent.c.rocks@gmail.com

Contact your local parish or Isabella at youth@wn.catholic.org.nz for more information on local events and activities.