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WelCom 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, WelCom aims to present educative and thought-provoking articles about the Church in the world.

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Papal Letter to “the People of God”

WelCom September 2018: For the first time, Pope Francis has written a letter to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics about sexual abuse. Past letters on sexual abuse scandals have been addressed to bishops and faithful of individual countries. In his letter, Pope Francis has responded to widespread revelations of clerical sexual abuse of 1000 children and

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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2018 – Māori Language Week 2018

WelCom September 2018: Māori Language Week, te Wiki o te Reo Māori, promotes the use of Māori language, one of the three official national languages of this country – Māori, English and New Zealand Sign Language. The dates for 2018 Māori Language Week are September 10–16 with the theme ‘Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori’. The Catholic

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Enabling Communities: Everyone has a part to play

WelCom September 2018: SOCIAL JUSTICE WEEK 9-15 SEPTEMBER 2018 Every year the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand set aside a week in September for Social Justice Week, inviting us to reflect and take action on a current social justice issue. This year, 9‒15 September, we focus on disability and participation. How can we encourage more enabling communities,

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Missionaries – ‘extreme sports version of vocation’

WelCom September 2018: Bishop Charles Drennan, Bishop of Palmerston North When I was a child, the Sisters at my primary school often talked about ‘the missions’. The term was shrouded a little in mystery but as primary school pupils we were told stories of priests and Sisters working in far off exotic lands doing great things to

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A memorable occasion

WelCom September 2018: Fr Tom Rouse Missionary Society of St Columban celebrates Centennial Mass On Friday July 27, at 6.30pm, we celebrated the Columban centenary Mass at Ss Peter and Paul Church, Lower Hutt. Many people turned up for the occasion including over 40 priests who had come from various places around New Zealand. Among the

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Commissioning Mass for Hospital Chaplains

WelCom September 2018: Catherine Gibbs and Tony Lenton ‘I was sick and you visited me’, Matt 25:36 A commissioning Mass for three new Catholic hospital chaplains was celebrated by Cardinal John Dew with seven priests from the archdiocese on 14 August at Ss Peter and Paul Church, Lower Hutt. Employed by Catholic Social Services, the three

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Go you are sent…to support marriage and families

WelCom September 2018: Felicity Giltrap Mass celebrated for those affected by separation and divorce Cardinal John Dew celebrated a special Mass at a gathering on Thursday 9 August, to offer support for and with those affected by separation and divorce. About 60 people from all over Wellington attended the Mass held at St Joseph’s Church, Mt

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Gulf Bible Society head visits New Zealand

WelCom September 2018: Annette Scullion During a visit to New Zealand last month Dr Hrayr Jebejian, head of Bible Society in the Gulf, spoke to groups in Wellington and Kāpiti about his mission. He oversees Bible mission in seven Gulf nations: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. He said that despite

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Inaugural Cardinal’s Lunch

WelCom September 2018: The first in a new series of lunches hosted by Cardinal John Dew to provide opportunities for people to come together at a luncheon, was held in Wellington on Wednesday 8 August. Guest speakers were Sir Bill and Lady Mary English. The lunch was sponsored by Forsyth Barr. The initiative aims to provide

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Teachers from Catholic schools join protest rally at Parliament

WelCom September 2018: Annette Scullion Teachers, staff and students from New Zealand’s Catholic schools joined primary school teachers and principals around the country on a full-day strike on Wednesday 15 August. In Wellington, thousands of teachers marched on Parliament to send a message to the Government that there needed to be better investment in education and

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Sacred Heart Cathedral

WelCom September 2018: The strengthening of our earthquake-prone Sacred Heart Cathedral has taken a small step forward. The complex includes a Blessed Sacrament Chapel, a foyer, courtyard and Connolly Hall. While structurally sound in themselves, their proximity to the cathedral puts them at risk. A decision by the Parish Finance Committee and the Archdiocese to safeguard

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Marriage Encounter 50th Anniversary

WelCom September 2018: Fr Ron Bennett Recently I attended the 50th Anniversary of Marriage Encounter in Chicago, USA, along with Fr Paul Kerridge, Waipukurau; Neil and Francie Ivamy, Dannevirke; David and Bronwyn Lea, Pahiatua; Kathleen and Michael Williams, Upper Hutt; Fr Mike McVerry, Fiji; and Fr Emil Frische mhm, Kaikohe. It was an inspiring time to

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Cooking up a storm

WelCom September 2018: Patricia Alfonso-Sison Priest, chef, martial artist, break-dancer, and award-winning author, Fr Leo Patalinghug, is a multi-talented man with a message that centres around food and God’s love. Visiting New Zealand for the first time, Fr Leo will share his message with a live cooking demonstration at the Family Banquet conference, organised by the

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Order of Malta ‘thanks’ Wellington parishioners

WelCom September 2018: Catholics have been generous in supporting the Order of Malta so that it can continue to purchase several hundred coats for those who are homeless, vulnerable and sleeping rough in our cities over the winter months. Wellington parishes have donated over $4000 for coats and Members of the Order have appreciated this generosity.

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Synod ‘17

WelCom September 2018: The Archdiocesan Synod took place in September last year. Cardinal John Dew says, ‘Almost a year on from the Archdiocesan Synod I am thrilled to hear people in parishes speaking about how they are putting Synod decisions into practise, how they are reflecting on areas they are sent to and about issues parishes

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Mons John Carde’s 60th jubilee

WelCom September 2018: Eugene Crosby Monsignor John Carde celebrated his diamond jubilee as a priest at a special gathering on 17 July this year. Ninety-eight people joined Mons John at Summerset Retirement Village, where now lives, to celebrate the occasion with a surprise afternoon tea – and it was a surprise, leaving Mons John momentarily speechless.

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Archdiocese honours jubilarians

WelCom September 2018: Diocesan clergy and religious order clergy of the Archdiocese gathered for Mass on Tuesday 26 June to celebrate with and to honour those who have reached Ordination Jubilees. The Mass, followed by a luncheon, honoured Fr Pat McCann sm who celebrated 65 years of ordination, Msgr John Carde, Fr Pat Maloney, Fr Earl

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Fr John Roberts marks 40 years a priest

WelCom September 2018: Sue Seconi Thirty St Mary’s parishioners from Whanganui travelled to the South Taranaki town of Patea to join St Patrick’s parishioners to celebrate with Fr John Roberts his 40th ordination anniversary to the day. Fr John was rostered on the 9.30am Mass on Sunday 19 August 2018. ‘If given the choice to do

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Remembering 140 years at historic St Joseph’s church

WelCom September 2018: Catherine Gibbs The bell in the historic church tower rang out over the Pāuatahanui hillsides on Sunday 27 May. It proclaimed to the 60-strong crowd inside this day marked an important act of solidarity by honouring families connected through time and space. St Theresa’s parish Plimmerton is responsible for the maintenance and use

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NZ Media Prayer Day

WelCom September 2018: Hundreds of churches of all denominations nationwide will unite in prayer on Sunday 9 September for the people who make up New Zealand’s mass media. Phil Guyan, CEO of the Christian Broadcasting Association said since Media Prayer Day began in 2000, it has had the support of all Christian denominations in New Zealand.

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Reunited family in Palmerston North

WelCom September 2018: Mary Nash, Manawatu Reuniting Refugee Families Trust Mr Wahidi and Mrs Wahidi arrived in Palmerston North with their two preschool children in June this year – tired but safe and sound. They had flown from Kabul to Auckland via Delhi to join Mr Wahidi’s sister, Shugofa. As a former refugee, Shugofa had applied to

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Learning about Human Trafficking

WelCom September 2018: A meeting was held recently at St Peter and Paul’s Church Lower Hutt with information about human trafficking. Br Kevin Dobbin fms reports. There’s no slavery in New Zealand. Abraham Lincoln and Wilberforce dealt with that issue long ago! Yeah, right! Such a statement of history is the kind trumped up by one

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The Inn and the Stable

WelCom September 2018: No room at the inn. Those words are carved deep in our Christian sensibility. Over the centuries, we have imagined a heartless landlord turning away a woman in labour, and her anxious husband; but the reality was probably a bit different. It was census time, and Bethlehem would have been crowded. Inns were

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Retreats

WelCom September 2018: The Catholic practice of ‘going on retreat’ is as old as Christianity itself. Jesus’ forty days in the desert after his baptism by John has inspired many over the ages. Today retreats for lay people usually involve a day, a weekend or longer away from home and familiar routines. Usually under the direction

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Euthanasia is not part of medical care

WelCom September 2018: Dr John Kleinsman, Director, The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre In March 2018, the Justice Committee announced more than 35,000 unique submissions were received on David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill; unprecedented for a Select Committee in the history of our parliament. The Committee will report its findings to parliament in March 2019.

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Respect and Honesty Crucial in Euthanasia Debate

WelCom September 2018: Opinion Fr James Lyons In the ongoing debate surrounding our Parliament’s End of Life Choice Bill, there is a rising tide of rhetoric that threatens to swamp the deeper issues regarding the Bill’s purpose and motivation. The purpose of the Bill is to enable a person with ‘terminal illness or a grievous and

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