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‘Our Christian faith belongs to all cultures because Christ became one of us’

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi News  |  He Pitopito Kōrero Bishop Charles Drennan shares the following reflections about Māori language and Catholic Faith. I think the question of Māori language usage should not be separated from the question of inculturation. Language is an enormously rich symbol of a culture and therefore of a way of thinking.

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Holy Year of Mercy – Feed the Hungry

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Te Tau Tapu o te Atawhai – He Whāngai i te Hunga Hiakai ‘…For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…’ Matthew 25:35 ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40

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Sacred Heart College student Jane Gray (second from right) and colleagues joined the peace walk to Parihaka.

Parihaka Peace Hikoi

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Diocesan News  |  Ngā Pitopito Kōrero a Rohe Pīhopa Among the many hundreds who joined the Parihaka peace hikoi led by New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd, in June, were a group of students from Sacred Heart Girls College New Plymouth. Year 12 student, Jane Gray, reports. The peace walk was a

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Cardinal John Dew.

Cardinal John’s Column

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Cardinal John Dew Kia ora tātou The kaupapa (theme) for Māori Language Week ‒ te wiki o Te Reo Māori, 4‒10 July this year, is ākina to reo ‒ behind you all the way, which is about using Te Reo Māori to support people, to inspire and to cheer them on,

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Māori leader for justice and Te Reo remembered

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Features and News  |  Ngā Kōrero Tāhuhu Sir Graham Latimer was born in the far north on 7 February 1926 and died aged 90 on 7 June 2016. The longest serving chair of the New Zealand Māori Council, a founder of the Māori Language Commission and driver of Te Reo as

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The Lessons of History

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Features and News  |  Ngā Kōrero Tāhuhu On Anzac Day this year, the Rt Hon Jim Bolger ONZ, Prime Minister of New Zealand from October 1990 to December 1997 and former Ambassador to the United States, delivered a remembrance address at the Waikanae Memorial Hall, entitled ‘The Lessons of History. He

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Legislation to ensure fair standards for all fishing crews 
in New Zealand is the first of its kind in the world says 
Fr Jeff Drane.

Sea Sunday – Day of Prayer for Seafarers: 10 July 2016

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Diocesan News and Views  |  He Pitopito Kōrero me ngā Tirohanga a Rohe Pīhopa On Sea Sunday, 10 July 2016, churches all over the world come together to remember seafarers and pray for them, their families and those who support them. The message for Sea Sunday 2016 from the Pontifical Council

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Remembering Emeritus Bishop Len Boyle

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi News  |  He Pitopito Kōrero Simone Olsen, NZ Catholic Bishops Conference Emeritus Bishop Len Boyle of Dunedin died peacefully on 1 June, surrounded by family and his brother priests, after a short period of ill health. He was 85. Bishop Boyle, who lived in Mosgiel, had recently moved into the Sacred Heart

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Photo: L’Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis greets Vincentians

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Diocesan News  |  Ngā Pitopito Kōrero a Rohe Pīhopa Bishop Owen Dolan, Emeritus Coadjutor Bishop of Palmerston North, is pictured with Pope Francis, pointing out to him the presence of the St Vincent de Paul group at the General Audience, just 50 metres away. Pope Francis acknowledges the group with a

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‘The children who had no idea who Muhammad was, knew he was someone special. Muhammad communicated to our guests through his heart and his soul. It was his presence that was the gift’.

SVDP pays tribute to volunteer Muhammad Ali

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi International News  |  He Pitopito Kōrero mō te Ao Steve Zabilski, the executive director of the Society of St Vincent de Paul in Phoenix, Arizona, has paid tribute to the volunteer work of the late former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali. Ali died 3 June in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the

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Award-winning sign language communicators from Room 4 at 
St Theresa’s School, Plimmerton.

St Theresa’s sign language efforts win national award

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Youth, Schools, Education  |  Hunga Taiohi, Ngā Kura, Mātauranga Chelsea McLaughlin St Theresa’s School in Plimmerton has won an award for promoting New Zealand sign language after only including it in the curriculum since the beginning of this year. A deaf student began in the new entrants’ class in term one,

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Mountain of Mercy – call to donate new shoes and socks

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Diocesan News  |  Ngā Pitopito Kōrero a Rohe Pīhopa Lorraine McArthur We have already passed the shortest day this year and the biting cold of winter is kicking in. In this Year of Mercy, during July we’re asking Archdiocese of Wellington parishioners, through their parishes, to donate new pairs of shoes

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Archdiocesan Allocation Committee Invites Funding Applications

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi The 2016 funding round for the Archdiocesan Allocation Committee is now open. Parish groups, agencies and church organisations that provide a helping hand by supporting families and social services, are invited to apply for the annual Tindall Funding through the Archdiocesan Allocation Committee. The priority is to fund Catholic and community

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Suzanne Aubert by Kapiti-based artist, Elspeth Shannon. The painting was commissioned and gifted to the Home of Compassion Island Bay in 2015.

Remembering Suzanne Aubert

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Diocesan News  |  Ngā Pitopito Kōrero a Rohe Pīhopa Joe Green, Lay Pastoral Leader, Catholic Parish of Wellington South The old man lay in the bed at the Home of Compassion. He had been given his morning cup of tea. As a sister walked by he threw the lot at her –

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St Mary’s College Young Achievers

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Youth, Schools, Education  |  Hunga Taiohi, Ngā Kura, Mātauranga On Friday 17 June five All Blacks visited St Mary’s College, Wellington, to run a skills session for our rugby players. St Mary’s was a winner of the OneMoreTeam Competition where three schools throughout the country were chosen to receive a visit

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Boys in Quad

Catholic Schools Day 2016

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Youth, Schools, Education  |  Hunga Taiohi, Ngā Kura, Mātauranga Catholic Schools throughout New Zealand celebrated their special character among their communities during the week commencing 16 May. This year’s theme was Extending Horizons of Hope: Changing Lives. Schools from Wellington and Palmerston North dioceses share these stories. St Patrick’s College Silverstream

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O’Shea teams assemble at the start of Sunday Mass presided by Bishop Charles Drennan.

O’Shea Shield Competition 2016 – Part 2

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Youth, Schools, Education  |  Hunga Taiohi, Ngā Kura, Mātauranga More award winners are featured in this second part of WelCom’s coverage of the 2016 O’Shea speech and drama competition held at Sacred Heart Girls College New Plymouth in May.

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Father Colin Cyril Karalus

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Reflections  |  He Whaiwhakaaro Fr Colin Karalus was a priest of the Archdiocese of Wellington for 60 years. Ordained on 23 July 1956, he died on 28 March this year. A Requiem Mass for Fr Colin was held on 30 March. Cardinal John Dew was celebrant and Cardinal Tom Williams and

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Gospel – Sunday 3 July: A pastoral reflection

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Reflections  |  He Whaiwhakaaro This Sunday’s Gospel reflection comes from Tom Gibson, a retired dairy farmer from Kaponga in South Taranaki. He now lives in Stratford and is a parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Parish. Lk 10:1-12.17-20 A Successful Mission For many years the Stratford parishioners have, during prayers for the

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Ecumenical Rural Ministry Consultation – an Anglican’s perspective

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Diocesan News and Views  |  He Pitopito Kōrero me ngā Tirohanga a Rohe Pīhopa A joint group of rural Catholics, Anglicans and Union parish people from the International Rural Churches Association, invited ‘anyone with a rural heart’ to the ninth Trans-Tasman Ecumenical Rural Ministry Consultation (TT2016) held in the Wairarapa 16‒19

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The Ghent Altarpiece – Virgin Mary (detail) by Jan van Eyck.

Mary in Culture: Part 2

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Reflections  |  He Whaiwhakaaro Br Kieran Fenn fms presents the second of his three-part series on Mary in Culture as a contemporary form of Scriptural analysis. Mary and Mediterranean values With the Emperor Constantine’s adoption of Christianity as a legal Roman religion, Christians felt an urgent need to clarify their ideas

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People and safety

July 2016  |  Hōngongoi Health and Safety  |  He Hauora In his series on safety advice for parishes, Stephen Harrison, Manager Assets and Risks, Archdiocese of Wellington, this month outlines parish responsibilities around tree hazards. Tree hazards Trees provide significant benefits to our churches and homes by way of foliage, shade, aesthetics and so on.

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Dates and events 2016

Events  |  He Pānui Friday 1 July Soup Kitchen annual Street Appeal with activities across the city between 7am–5pm.   Friday 1 July Soup Kitchen Sound Bites fundraising concert, St Joseph’s Church, 154‒156 Brougham Street, Mt Victoria. Starts 6.30pm for concert at 7pm. Tickets $20 waged, $5 unwaged.   Friday 8‒Sunday 10 July Vocations retreat

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Dates and Events 2016

See www.wn.catholic.org.nz WelCom_339_June-2016_events

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St Catherine’s College O’Shea Shield winning team 2016.

Four O’Shea Shield wins in a row!

June 2016 For the fourth consecutive year St Catherine’s College Wellington has won the highly-prized O’Shea Shield at the annual speech and drama competition for Catholic Colleges’ of the Wellington and Palmerston North Dioceses. Fellow Kilbirnie school, St Patrick’s College Wellington, were runners up. The competition was hosted by Sacred Heart Girls’ College in New

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Students and staff perform school haka.

Bishop Viard College blessed with new event centre and gym

June 2016 Story and photos by Annette Scullion Bishop Viard College’s long awaited event centre and gymnasium was officially opened and blessed by Cardinal John Dew on 2 May. The Porirua Catholic college caters for around 350 students from a wealth of cultures and diversity. A powhiri welcomed local Catholic schools, local priests, the Board

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