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Wel-Com is the official monthly newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington and the Diocese of Palmerston North and is free in all parish churches and schools in the two dioceses.

As well as reporting on activities that occur in the two dioceses, Wel-Com aims to present educative and thought-provoking articles about the Church in the world.

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Summer Diary of Catholic Youth Events Wellington and Palmerston North

Summer Diary of Catholic Youth Events Wellington and Palmerston North

December 2015 12‒16 December (ADW); 13‒17 December (PNth) Young Catholic Leader programme: Year 12 Students from Wellington and Palmerston North will gather in their Dioceses for a programme of leadership development and faith formation to equip them with skills for their final year of High School. Also an opportunity to form strong friendships with others

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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Myths and Facts

The Dangers of Euthanasia: Have Your Say

Get Involved ‘Life is full of blessings, challenges and opportunities. Even dying brings its own unique blessings, challenges and opportunities. ‘Dying well’ is as important as reaching our potential at school and at work, or finding happiness and fulfilment within our families and with our friends. The work of dying well often involves the healing

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Upper Hutt Filipino Community Fiesta.

Upper Hutt Filipino Community Fiesta

December 2015 News Our Lady of the Rosary Filipino community of Upper Hutt celebrated their annual fiesta on Sunday, 11 October 2015, at St Joseph’s Church. The fiesta was preceded by a nine-day Novena to Our Lady of the Rosary, the community Patroness. Fr Danny Cipriano, Filipino Community Chaplain, and Fr Ron Bennett, Parish Priest,

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Mary Molloy (left) pictured with her mother Toni (nee Hickman) Molloy in front of a 1897 photo of her grandmother, Mabel Bourke, a St Mary's College student. The Bourke family have a long association with the Catholic Church from early Wellington days and Bourke St in Kilbirnie (where St Catherine's College is situated) is named after them.

Thorndon Jubilee: a Celebration of Faith

December 2015 News Fr James Lyons Laughter, joy, and delightful cries of ‘Great to see you again!’ and ‘Do you remember…?’ filled two days of reunion over Labour Weekend as Sacred Heart Cathedral, Sacred Heart Primary School, St Mary’s College, and the Marist Brothers’ school, celebrated 165 years of Catholic presence. Faith was the winner,

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Cardinal John celebrates Mass in Italian at St Francis de Sales Church.

Cardinal John’s Italian Mass in Island Bay

December 2015 News Paul Elenio Wellington’s Italian community were the beneficiaries when Cardinal John Dew celebrated Mass in their language ahead of his visit to Rome in November. The community turned out in force at St Francis de Sales Church in Island Bay on Sunday 13 September, for Cardinal John’s first Mass in Italian since

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Fr James Lyons.

‘Good Grief’ – Personal and pastoral lessons of loss

December 2015 Reflection Part three in a series for Fr James Lyon’s writings about grief. Grief is not a fleeting emotion or one that can be easily dismissed, but clings like glad-wrap and, just like that product, keeps fresh the pain inside. Only when grief is opened up and aired does it become assimilated into

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The National Council of Women of New Zealand  President Rae Duff.

Enabling women’s potential ‒ stamp out sexism

December 2015 Feature Annette Scullion The National Council of Women of New Zealand is encouraging people to stamp out sexism and gender inequality in the release of its white paper 12 November 2015. The paper – Enabling women’s potential – the economic, social and ethical imperative – aims to build understanding of gender inequality and

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Working together – globally and locally: Chapter Five of Laudato Si’

Working together – globally and locally: Chapter Five of Laudato Si’

December 2015 Reflection Fr Tom Rouse, Columban Mission, Lower Hutt ‘Lines of approach and action’ is an intriguing title for chapter five of Laudato Si’ because the key word throughout this chapter is ‘dialogue’. So what is Pope Francis saying? That when it comes to issues of the environmental crisis and climate change we do

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Candles of peace at Challenge 2000 young people’s prayer vigil.

Remembering Paris

December 2015 News Jacob Bang, Challenge 2000 A group of young people from Challenge 2000 organised a peace liturgy at the Cathedral of Sacred Heart, Thorndon, to remember the victims of violence and tragedy in Paris and throughout the world. Almost 200 attended the vigil held Wednesday 18 November. Candles adorned the foot of the

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Julia Lynch (Sister Mary Lawrence of the Trinity RSM) painted this Southern Madonna, now found at Southern Star Abbey, Kopua.

Christmas Greetings 2015

December 2015 Advent and Christmas Advent, from Latin ‘adventus’ meaning ‘coming’, is the Church’s four-week liturgical period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Christmas – the feast of the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Around the world it is a time of family, prayer, remembering and giving. Leaders from various Church-related

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Francisco Hernandez.

Youth call for a just, safe and liveable world for all

December 2015 News The UN-accredited 2015 New Zealand Youth Delegation is a voice for the youth-climate movement at the climate-change conference in Paris, 20 November–11 December 2015. The conference is set for the world’s nations to negotiate and commit to a universally-binding agreement on climate-emission reduction. The young New Zealanders want to see a fair,

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Jubilee Year of Mercy – Doors Open

Jubilee Year of Mercy – Doors Open

December 2015 Year of Mercy Fr Paul Martin SM Assistant Provincial On 8 December we begin the Jubilee Year of Mercy. This has been instituted by Pope Francis to begin on the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of Vatican II. In his letter Misericordiae Vultus (Face of Mercy) he outlines why we are having this

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Stefan McClean, youth MP. Photo by Dave Crampton.

Youth MP Stefan McClean

December 2015 Youth Dave Crampton Budding politician Stefan McClean has been selected as National list MP Brett Hudson’s 2016 Youth MP, representing the Ohariu electorate. Stefan, who attends Ss Peter and Paul parish in Johnsonville, is in his last year at Newlands College. He intends to study law, international relations and politics at Victoria University

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The Context of a Theology of Engagement: Part 1

The Context of a Theology of Engagement: Part 1

December 2015 Opinion Joe Grayland Pope Francis calls for us to be open and to be an engaging Church. To engage is to commit – not stand on the peripheries – to get below the surface to explore the depth in a relationship so as to be able to experience, better understand and live it

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College lads are a tight bunch. It is amazing to see how excited Conrad
is to watch Beauden score a test try against the French in Christchurch,
2013 – ‘College!’ Photo: Reuters/Anthony Phelps.

College world cup winners

Sport When New Plymouth’s Francis Douglas Memorial College old boys Conrad Smith and Beauden Barrett represented their country as All Blacks in England, winning the Webb Ellis Cup for the second time in a row, sharing the pride and honour was their College community. FDMC Deputy Principal and rugby coach Tim Stuck talks about both

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Sue Devereux, retiring from Archdiocese of Wellington Pastoral Services after 21 years.

Time to say goodbye

December 2015 Sue Devereux For the last 21 years, I have worked for Archdiocesan Pastoral Services as the Adviser for Family Ministries, and Parish and Pastoral Area Adviser. It has been the most formative time of my life as I learnt so much about myself, our Church, and our families. I began in 1994, the

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