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Advent: ‘A time of waiting, hope and optimism about what God is doing for us and with us.’

WelCom December 2018: We come to another December, another Advent, and another Christmas and another New Year. Have all the plans we made at this time last year come to fruition? Probably not. Events will have got in the way, unexpected challenges, plans changed, things happened in our lives that were totally surprising and unasked for

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Cardinal’s Care Appeal 2018

WelCom December 2018: Following last year’s Synod, Cardinal John Dew reached out to parishes across the Archdiocese to lend a hand with the annual Care Appeal during Advent. The response was overwhelmingly generous. ‘With your help, the appeal raised a record $65,750 to fund Catholic Social Services’ projects within the Archdiocese,’ says Cardinal John. The Appeal

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Catholic Church leaders welcome inclusion in Royal Commission

WelCom December 2018: The New Zealand Catholic bishops and religious orders have welcomed the inclusion of faith-based institutions in the New Zealand Government’s expanded inquiry into the historical abuse of children. On Monday 12 November 2018, the prime minister Jacinda Ardern stated that Cabinet agreed to expand the inquiry to include faith-based institutions. The inquiry will

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Peace, Goodwill and Understanding

WelCom December 2018: Wellington’s Abrahamic Community What are a Jew, a Muslim, and a Christian doing having a coffee together at the Botanical Gardens, Wellington? Those who watch television ads will have noticed a recent Kiwibank advertisement featuring just that. Kiwibank recently launched a campaign about helping make Kiwis better off by supporting them realise their

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Noël – Sounds of Christmas

WelCom December 2018: Saturday December 15, 7pm: Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. Despite the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart closing in July, the Cathedral Choirs have continued their work ensuring music for the weekly Masses as well as concerts around the Wellington area. This December the Cathedral Choirs and Orchestra, augmented by singers from around

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Carols at the Holy Spirit Cathedral

WelCom December 2018: Unity Singers welcomes you to Christmas Carols at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Tuesday 4 December, at 7pm. Admission: donation or item of non-perishable food for the SVDP Foodbank. Food donations can also be left at the Cathedral Parish Office or the Vinnies shop 252 Rangitikei St. Our stocks are very low on

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Feast of Immaculate Conception

WelCom December 2018: The Feast Day of the Archdiocese of Wellington, the Feast of Immaculate Conception, is 8 December. In previous years this feast day has been celebrated by the Filipino Community at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Hill Street. This year with the closure of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, this celebration

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New Zealand pro-life rosary crusade

WelCom December 2018: In response to the NZ government’s proposed reform of abortion and end-of-life laws, a group of lay Catholics have organised a pro-life Rosary Crusade around the country on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December 2018. People take part in the NZ Pro-Life Rosary Crusade, from 3pm praying to defend life from

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With Mary in Advent

WelCom December 2018: Fr James Lyons ADVENT means ‘approaching’ – something is coming! It is traditionally a four-week season in preparation for Christmas, but the first two weeks focus on the ‘second coming’ of Christ, the time when all will be brought to completion. They follow the feast of Christ the King and conclude the Church’s

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New book charts change and challenge in Church

WelCom December 2018: The changes and challenges in pastoral life over 50 years in ministry, feature in a new book by Wellington priest, James Lyons. As Good as Gold – Essays from a priest on the road, offers the reader insights and experiences relating to Catholic belief and practice, raising questions in a reflective an entertaining

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2019 Clergy Shifts for the Diocese of Palmerston North

WelCom December 2018: Bishop Charles Drennan has announced the following clergy moves. Fr Nathaniel Brazil Assistant Priest, Catholic Parish of Whanganui – Te Pārihi Katorika ki Whanganui, and the parish of Waverley-Patea. Fr Dave Gledhill sm Semi-retired residing in Ōtaki (Archdiocese of Wellington) with some ministry to the Māori Apostolate in the Palmerston North Diocese. Fr

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Cardinal’s Lunch hosts new Irish Ambassador to New Zealand

WelCom December 2018: Annette Scullion Recently appointed Irish Ambassador to New Zealand, Peter Ryan, was guest speaker at the second ‘Cardinal’s Lunch’, held in Wellington on 2 November. The series is a new initiative for people to hear from dynamic Catholic leaders in a professional forum and to encourage people to extend Catholic values in the

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‘Veil Over The Light’

WelCom December 2018: Annette Scullion A book of spiritual reflections by Joy Cowley was launched on 27 October, at St Joseph’s Church, Mt Victoria, to a room overflowing with family, friends and supporters. ‘In Veil Over The Light – Selected Spiritual Writings, Joy reveals her experience of God who is inclusive, joyous, full of unconditional love,

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The Giving

WelCom December 2018: Joy Cowley With such eagerness I carry my gifts towards the place of the newborn King. I am like a guest hurrying to a wedding, and I cannot help but note that my golden gift is as large and as finely wrapped as any I have seen. At a point in the road,

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Palmerston North prayers for peace

WelCom December 2018: Mary Eastham Peace Action Manawatu (PAM) organised a peace protest against the NZ Defence Industry Forum held at Central Energy Trust Arena, 31 October and 1 November. The weapons trade fair has been banned in Wellington and Auckland A multi-faith gathering with members of Baha’i, Catholic, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Quaker traditions began

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New Catholic Education Resources

WelCom December 2018: The National Centre for Religious Studies (NCRS) is one of the three organisations, along with the Tertiary Education provider (PTE) and the Nathaniel Centre, that forms The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand (TCI). NCRS produces religious education and catechetical programmes at early childhood, primary and secondary levels for schools and parishes. The

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CLC World Assembly

WelCom December 2018: “Contemplatives in action” Gary Finlay Have you heard about the Christian Life Community? Known in many parts of the world as CVX from its name in French and Spanish, CLC is a lay, Ignatian, apostolic movement with its headquarters in Rome. CLC members pursue a way of life based on the Spiritual Exercises

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Dignity of those who gave their lives in WW1 remembered

WelCom December 2018: A respectful silence then a peel of many bells marked the beginning of a special Eucharist in memory of those who served in WW1. Two retired priests from the Archdiocese – Frs Julian Wagg and Frank Whitaker – concelebrated Mass on Armistice Day, Sunday 11 November, at St Joseph’s Church, Mt Victoria. Along

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New President for Vinnies

WelCom December 2018: The St Vincent de Paul Society in Aotearoa New Zealand has elected Marlena Hoeft-Marwick as its new National President. Marlena, a Vincentian since primary school, says her leadership style will be one of truly listening to the membership and then working collaboratively and decisively to put plans into action. ‘It is time to

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World Day of the Poor observed in many ways

WelCom December 2018: On Sunday 18 November the second World Day of the Poor was observed around the globe. Pope Francis established the World Day of the Poor to encourage the whole Church to reach out to those in need and let the poor know their cries have not gone unheard, the Pope said in his

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What Does ‘Hope’ Really Mean? Part 2

WelCom December 2018: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” – 1 Peter 1:3 This is the second half on an article by Bishop Peter J

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Gospel Reading: Sunday 2 December 2018

WelCom December 2018: First Sunday of Advent – Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 25 ‘There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the turmoil of the ocean and its waves; 26 men fainting away with terror and fear at what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven

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Catholic Thinking – Biblical Compassion: the key to our lives

WelCom December 2018: Catholic Thinking presents a range articles about theology, mortality, ethics and faith heritage written for WelCom by lecturers from New Zealand’s Catholic Tertiary Education providers: Good Shepherd College – Te Hēpara Pai and The Catholic Institute of New Zealand – Te Pūtahi Katorika ki Aotearoa. This month’s article is by Fr Kevin Waldie

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Vatican tells US bishops not to vote

WelCom December 2018: The Vatican has told US Catholic bishops not to vote on proposed new steps their Conference has developed to address the clergy sex abuse crisis. The directive came from the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops the evening before the US Bishop’s annual meeting began, said US Conference of Catholic Bishops president Cardinal Daniel DiNardo.

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Global leader in contemplative prayer dies

WelCom December 2018: Trappist priest, Thomas Keating, who was a global leader in both Christian contemplative prayer and interreligious dialogue, has died aged 95. He died at St Joseph’s Abbey, Massachusetts, US, where he had been abbot from 1961 to 1981. In the early 1980s Keating began his role as one of the chief architects of

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Youth Synod document: A listening church

WelCom December 2018: The Catholic Church and all its members must get better at listening to young people, taking their questions seriously, recognising them as full members of the church, patiently walking with them and offering guidance as they discern the best way to live their faith, the Synod of Bishops on Young people, the Faith

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