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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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Vinnies Easter Egg Delivery

WelCom May 2018: The Vinnies and students from Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt, ran an Easter Egg drive for patients at Hutt Hospital’s Children’s ward. Delivering the eggs to the children are (l-r) Malia Pole’o, Madeleine Lambert and Laura Hewson with Farrell Modd dressed as Lisle the Lion.

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A day in the life of Jesus

WelCom May 2018: On Thursday 5 April, the Junior children of St Patrick’s School, Napier, took part in a ‘Day like Jesus Lived’. This was a celebration of the children’s learning about how Jesus lived and is how he is a role model for how we live our lives today. During our shared meal we tasted

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A Witness to Christ

WelCom May 2018: Students at St Claudine’s School, Wainuiomata, re-enacted events about Jesus’ life during Holy Week and the Easter season.

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Passing on the Lantern of Christ’s Light

WelCom May 2018: After 30 years in education and 12 years at the Helm of Our Lady of Kāpiti School, principal Martin Elms retired in April this year. Parents and staff, students and friends gathered to farewell Mr Elms at a Mass in St Patrick’s Hall at the school on 12 April followed by a morning

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Passionist Youth Retreats

WelCom May 2018: Registrations for the Passionist Youth Retreat at Camp Rangi Woods, Manawatu, from 9‒12 July 2018 and Young Adults Retreat at the Magnificat, Wairarapa, from 13‒15 July 2018 are now open. Tim McDade from Brisbane will facilitate. Tim has seven consecutive years’ experience on the Passionist Youth Retreat Team and six years as key

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Youth Mass links Easter and Anzac Day

WelCom May 2018: Nicole Simson Challenge 2000 organised the 10.30am Youth Mass at Ss Peter and Paul Johnsonville for Sunday 22 April. It centred around themes of service, sacrifice and peace and linked the Easter season and Anzac Day as examples of giving and serving. This special Mass was prepared throughout April by 20 young people

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Challenge 2000 youth revisit Kaikōura

WelCom May 2018: Courtney Halliday and Junior Seumanufagai After successful visits last year, the Challenge 2000 Youth team returned to Kaikōura, with the support of the Archdiocese, to provide a programme during the April school holidays to support local children and teenagers. Three team members had earlier met with Kaikōura locals about how to best work

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Monty’s Minders

WelCom May 2018: Asta Lanceley-Stokes and Courtney Pomeroy Last year Fr Don Morrison’s beloved West Highland Terrier Harry passed away. The streets of Featherston were not the same without Father and his little white dog, so the people of the parish quickly found him a 10-month-old West Highland Terrier. Fr Don’s dogs have a history of

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Eight Days of Prayer for Christian Unity

WelCom May 2018: ‘Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power’ – Exodus 15:6 Over the eight days leading up to Pentecost Sunday the Church invites us into a time of PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY. From 13‒20 May we are invited and strongly encouraged to pray, as Jesus himself prayed, ‘May they all be one’ (John

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Mary Month of May – Ko Maria te Marama o Haratua

WelCom May 2018: May is the month dedicated to Mary, the month during which we celebrate the two great feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost and the inauguration of the new memorial feast, Mary, Mother of the Church, on the Monday after Pentecost, dedicated to Mary as the Mother of the Church. Mary, Mother of the

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Pope Francis listens to the voices of young people

WelCom May 2018: Young people meet in Rome to prepare for Youth Synod 2018 Annette Scullion Three hundred young people from around the world gathered in Rome for a week-long meeting in March to discuss ‘Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment’ as part of preparations for the Synod of Bishops on the same topic in

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Christ’s humanity in our communities

WelCom May 2018: Bishop Charles Drennan preached the following homily on the occasion of the Chrism Mass during Holy Week, at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Tuesday 27 March, 2018. A couple of weeks ago Stephen Hawking died. During his life he was considered to be the most intelligent person on earth. He was also

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Call for more foster caregivers

WelCom May 2018: Let the children come’ Do you and your family have the ability to provide a safe, stable, nurturing and loving home? Social agencies are calling for more foster caregivers at a time of a chronic shortage of caregivers. Catholic Social Services works in close partnership with Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children and

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He Hīkoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom May 2018: WelCom’s Hīkoi of Faith this month visits Sacred Heart Parish of Reefton, the southern-most pastoral area of the Archdiocese of Wellington. The parish area covers Murchison in the north to Ikamatua in the south. To the west it borders with the West Coast Parish of St Canice, Westport. To the east it is

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St Joseph’s Taihape – WelCom Quiz

WelCom May 2018: Once a month Julie Barnett, Year 7–8 teacher at St Joseph’s School Taihape, uses the latest issue of WelCom to put together a quiz for her class. Julie, who has been constructing the newspaper quizzes since June 2014 when she moved into the senior class, explains the process. Every month, as part of

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Meet Michael Hinds – Principal St Benedict’s School

WelCom May 2018: Annette Scullion Among this year’s newly appointed Catholic school principals in the two dioceses is Michael Hinds, principal at St Benedict’s Primary School, Khandallah. Born and educated in New Zealand before embarking overseas, where he has spent several years in educational leadership, Michael and his young family returned to live in New Zealand

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Book Launch Te Hā Tangata: The Breath of the People

WelCom May 2018: A new book entitled Te Hā Tangata is the culmination of the 2017 ‘Human Library on Homelessness’ project, which enabled people who have experienced homelessness to share their stories. Te Hā Tangata was launched on 21 March at the Compassion Soup Kitchen in Wellington. The project aimed to lift Taonga voices and challenge

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Gospel Reading for Sunday 6 May 2018, Sixth Sunday of Easter

WelCom May 2018: Gospel, John 15:9-17 Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. ‘I have told you this so that

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Fr Barry Scannell celebrated

WelCom May 2018: Parting parish priest of Wellington’s St Mary of the Angels and chaplain to Marist St Pats Rugby Football Club, Fr Barry Scannell, was farewelled at MSP’s crowded Hataitai Clubrooms last month. Fr Barry Scannell has been appointed parish priest to The Catholic Parish of Napier – Te Pārihi Katorika ki Ahuriri. MSP’s Club

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Pastoral visit to the people of Kaikōura

WelCom May 2018: ‘Ahakoa te roa o te pō, ka awatea – No matter how long the night, daylight will surely come’. It has been nearly two years since the huge magnitude 7.8 earthquake rocked Kaikōura, Seddon and Ward after midnight on 14 November 2016. On a recent pastoral visit to the Star of the Sea

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Ngāpuhi Iwi visit the Home of Compassion

WelCom May 2018: “E te tuahinee Peata … to wairua e whakatopatopa ana i runga o te whenua – Peata…your spirit soars above the earth” – Matua Awene Solomon, kaumatua, Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi Henare Walmsley A bright morning, Tuesday 3 April 2018, greeted manuhiri from the northern tribes of Ngāpuhi to the Home

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Catholic Bishops and religious seek inclusion in Royal Commission of Inquiry

WelCom May 2018: The New Zealand Catholic Bishops and representation from Catholic religious orders wrote in March to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the Minister for Children Tracey Martin, and Chair of New Zealand’s Royal Commission into Abuse in State Care, Sir Anand Satyanand, supporting the Royal Commission and seeking inclusion of religious institutions in the Royal

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Climate change, human rights top Bishops’ discussions in PNG

WelCom May 2018: Human rights, climate change and environmental protection topped the agenda as more than 70 bishops from across Oceania gathered for meetings in Port Moresby from April 11‒18. The four-yearly Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania (FCBCO) is a meeting of the four bishops’ conferences of New Zealand, Australia,

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Religious leaders call for Commonwealth climate action

WelCom May 2018: The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) is the Catholic aid agency for England and Wales. Ahead of last month’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, a forum for leaders of 53 countries to work together to address common problems, CAFOD drafted a letter for Commonwealth faith leaders to sign calling

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Postcard from Rome #3

WelCom May 2018: Mark Richards Easter in Rome. He is risen Alleluia, Alleluia! In the dark of the night, Pope Francis stood at the door and the only light was the new light of Easter. As the deacon sang out Christ our light, the light spread out across the thousands gathered at St Peter’s Basilica in

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The beginning of an undying hope

WelCom May 2018: Fr James Lyons The first Easter dawned under a cloud of betrayal and great loss. During the week we now call ‘Holy Week’, nerves cracked and courage failed and, in moments of great fear and panic, friendship was forgotten. Those closest to Jesus found their loyalty strained to the limit. At his arrest

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