Upcoming Events

What’s on in the Archdiocese of Wellington


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.

Mondays 13, 20, 27 August and 3, 10 September

Pā Maria 2018 Winter Film Series presented by Fr Brian Cummings sm: ‘Called to be Blessed’; Reflections on the Beatitudes’. Season II: Mondays 13, 20, 27 August and 3 and 10 September – places still available. Season III: Thursdays 16, 23, 30 August and 6 and 13 September – places still available. Time 7pm to 9.30pm. Email bgcummings@xtra.co.nz for more information and to register.

September 1 to October 4,

Season of Creation: the theme for this year’s celebration is ‘walking together’.

Wednesday 5 September

Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish Adults 2018/19 RCIA course information evening for people interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, or accompanying enquirers, or joining the RCIA team, 7pm, Sacred Heart School. Enquiries to Trish McAloon trish.mcaloon@gmail.com or to parish office.

Thursday 6 September

‘Why Life Teen?’ Evening seminar with guest speaker Randy Raus, CEO-President of Life Teen International, 7pm, St Anne’s Newtown.

 Friday 7 September

1st Friday every month: Taizé Prayer hour of meditative singing, reading, prayer and silence, 7pm–8pm. All welcome Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington. Ph (04) 383-7769.

Sunday 9 September

New Zealand’s Media Prayer Day. Churches of all denominations will join together in prayer for New Zealand’s media.

Sunday 9 September

Challenge 2000 is facilitating Mass, 10.30am, Ss Peter and Paul Church, Johnsonville, to celebrate Social Justice Week, 9–16 September: ‘Enabling Communities: Everyone has a part to play’. Come along, bring a gold coin and a can or non-perishable food for families in need. Please contact Hannah van Schie at hannahvanschie@challenge2000.org.nz or 027 406 7327 if you wish to be involved in the Mass.

Tuesday 11 September

Elephant Issues: ‘Gender, Sexuality and Young People’. Forum discussing tricky issues for those in ministry with young people, 6pm, The Catholic Centre, 22-30 Hill Street.

Monday 10 – Sunday 16 September

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week: Kia Kaha te Reo Māori. September 14 is Māori Language Day commemorating the presentation of the 1972 petition on the Māori Language to Parliament.

 Thursday 13 September

Quiet Days with Suzanne Aubert. An invitation to spend time resting and reflecting on an aspect of the life and vision of Suzanne Aubert, 10am – 2pm, Chapel, Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington. Simple lunch included. Registration required. Email: retreat@compassion.org or ph (04) 383-7769.

Friday 14 September

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

Friday 14‒Sunday 16 September

Chanel College Celebrates 40 Years in September since it was founded in 1978. Former students, parents and teachers are encouraged to contact the Chanel College Office or to visit the website at chanelcollege.school.nz for details.

Friday 14 September and Saturday 15 September

‘Save the Date!’ Embodied Faith Symposium – explore how Christian Faith is embodied in life, culture and nature, Friday evening and Saturday morning, Ramsey House Chaplaincy, VUW and Wellington Theological Consortium. For more information email Joe McGarry at joe@wellingtoncathedral.org.nz or visit wellingtontheology.org.nz

Saturday 15 September

Wellington Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women meets the third Saturday of every month, 1.15pm–3.30pm, St Joseph’s Catholic Church, 42 Ellice Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington. Guest speaker for September meeting is Eileen Romanos. Praise and worship, prayer ministry and fellowship. All women welcome. For more information go to www.dove.org.nz or phone Shura on (04) 389-9938.

Saturday 15–Sunday 16 September

Life Teen Summer Camp (John 15 Retreat), Pukekaraka Marae, Ōtaki. A retreat for all who have served at Life Teen Summer Camp or wish to do so. Ages 18+. Check out www.lifeteen.nz for more information.

Friday 28‒Sunday 30 September

MAX18NZ and menAlive national Catholic event for men to deepen understanding of God’s call and challenge within their lives.Organised by trans-Tasman Catholic Men’s ministry, menALIVE, and based on Joshua Catholic Men’s Fellowship, it aims to inspire and encourage a new sense of purpose and mission. Venue: Kings College, Otahuhu Auckland. Contact: enquiry@max18nz.info or ph 0272 495378 or go to www.max18nz.info for more information.

Saturday 29Sunday 30 September

Bi-annual Vinnies Book Fair, St Anne’s Church Hall, 22 Emmet St, Newtown.

Wednesday 3–Sunday 7 October

Jesus 4 Real Junior Camp (Yrs 8-10), Palm Grove Paraparaumu. Register at http://jesus4real.org.nz/

Thursday 4 October

Caritas is launching its 2018 a State of the Environment Report, at Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, Island Bay (www.caritas.org.nz).

Sunday 7 October

Young Church Mass, 7pm St Mary’s College Hall, celebrated by Cardinal John Dew.

Sunday 7 October

Rosary Aotearoa is encouraging parishes and groups to gather at different locations around the country at 3pm to pray the Rosary. Go to www.rosarynewzealand.nz for more information and to register a group and location.

Friday 19–Sunday 21 October

Bishop Viard College Jubilee – weekend celebrations for all past pupils, staff and friends of the college. Programme and registration available on the college website: www.viard.school.nz

Friday 26–Sunday 28 October

Save the date for a weekend of celebrations with Our Lady of Kāpiti Parish.

Saturday 27 October

Stewardship Retreat Day, Petone, contact Lorraine McArthur ph (04) 496-1796 or l.mcarthur@wn.catholic.org.nz for advice about Stewardship for parish councils and Stewardship Committees.

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.