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Social Justice Week

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Cardinal John’s Column – Message for Synod ‘17

WelCom September 2017: In the last few weeks, each time I have heard it said that the General Election is only ‘eight weeks away, seven weeks away, six weeks away’, I have been sent into a bit of a panic. The panic has not been because of the General Election looming, but because it actually meant the

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Summary of Responses to the Synod

WelCom September 2017: Go, you are sent…to the peripheries of society There are a wide variety of people on the peripheries of society, ranging from rough sleepers to struggling families and others who are disadvantaged in some way. Respondents showed great concern coupled with some nervousness about how to respond. Go, you are sent…to develop a spirituality

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Go you are Sent…Archdiocese of Wellington Synod ’17

The full summary of responses of the input received on the Synod topics can be found in the Synod Members’ Booklet, in the Synod ’17 column to the left of this information.

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Bishop Charles and Caritas team hear Papua concerns

WelCom September 2017: On a pastoral visit to Indonesia’s Papua region in July, Bishop Charles Drennan together with Cathy Bi-Riley and Taneora Ryall from Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand learned first-hand about social, political and environmental issues affecting local and indigenous peoples. They met with a range of representatives from the Catholic and ecumenical community including Jayapura Bishop Leo

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Health Select Committee Report states 80 per cent are opposed to euthanasia and assisted suicide

WelCom September 2017: The recently released and long-awaited Health Select Committee Report into euthanasia and assisted suicide has revealed 80 per cent of the more than 21,000 submissions received from members of the public and organisations are opposed to euthanasia and assisted suicide. It expresses significant public concerns around the unintended consequences of any such legislation while also

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NZ abortion laws do not criminalise women

WelCom September 2017: The Catholic Bishops 2017 Election Statement reminds us our voting choices must be guided by our faith. It specifically highlights ‘pro-life policies’, including upholding/advocating for policies and laws that protect the right to life of the unborn child and promote effective support for pregnant women. Various politicians, and more than one political party, have outlined

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Celebrating 150 Years of Service

WelCom September 2017: Vincentians from around the world and throughout New Zealand will gather in Christchurch for a weekend of anniversary celebrations in October. This year the St Vincent de Paul Society celebrates 150 years since it was first established in New Zealand. The first Conference was formed in Christchurch in 1867 and has flourished in Catholic parishes

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Vincentians support NZ Catholic Bishops’ 2017 Election Statement

WelCom September 2017: The NZ Catholic Bishops’ 2017 Election Statement, Step out and Vote, has received a resounding endorsement from the Society of St Vincent de Paul. President Terry Comber said the social issues the Bishops raise are at the forefront of the Society’s work. ‘On behalf of Vincentians in New Zealand, I would like to publicly support

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Pope Honours Local Priest

WelCom September 2017: Catholic priest Brian Walsh of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Palmerston North and Chaplain to the local Marist Sports Club has been named a Monsignor by Pope Francis. The title Monsignor refers to a priest who has been honoured by the Pope for his outstanding services to the Church and society. With his

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“He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata”

WelCom September 2017: What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, the people, the people. To celebrate Te Reo Māori Language Week 11–17 September 2017, WelCom features some of the Catholic Māori communities within our two dioceses. The Māori Mission Pā Gerard Burns The first Catholic priests in Aotearoa New Zealand came

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How do I come to know God?

WelCom September 2017: I have been asked to reflect on what the Church teaches us about how God is revealed in our lives. I want to lead you on a small visualisation exercise. I have three sons. Each of them came into this world blind, unable to speak, dependent ‒ but they certainly weren’t dumb or unable

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Mind over Matthew: Part 6

WelCom September 2017: This Year A of the Liturgical Calendar follows the Gospel of Matthew on Sundays during Ordinary Time. Dr Elizabeth Julian rsm addresses some basic questions about Matthew’s gospel to show how it is relevant to our lives today. In last month’s article I considered Matthew’s portrayal of Mary, Jesus’ mother. In this article, I’ll

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Luther and Rome: Pastor, Pamphleteer, Prophet: Part 3

WelCom September 2017: Fr James B Lyons While the publication of Luther’s 95 Theses is recognised as beginning the Reformation, there were earlier rumblings of discontent with Church authority and practice in other parts of Europe. Luther struck the match and what had been unnoticed, ignored or allowed to lie fallow, came to light and suddenly exploded,

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Gospel Reflection: Sunday 3 September – Matthew 16:21-27

WelCom September 2017: Before and since Vatican II: Tom Gibson, Stratford Old time missionaries came to our parish of Manaia every three years during and after World War II. In deference to the dairy industry, where dairy workers made up 80 per cent of the parish, missions were held in the ‘off season’ ‒ May to July.

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Future for St Andrew’s Church Newlands

WelCom September 2017: Parishioners at St Andrew’s Church Newlands were notified at Mass on 25 June their church would be closed indefinitely the following day. A statement read out said, ‘There is danger from wet and slippery floors…and a general dampness which can affect the health of parishioners.’ The notice said that a building and maintenance report had

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A man’s best friend

WelCom September 2017: There was a man who, during the 1990s, offered to regularly clean the interior of Palmerston North’s Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. He collected several like-minded people and every Monday they cleaned, with complaint, every nook and cranny. They called themselves the Cathedral Gnomes! As time went by, one by one they grew too

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Events

WelCom September 2017: ‘Good News’ Retreat Mary Ellen Green op and Brian Pierce op will offer a retreat in Palmerston North, 10am to 4pm, Tuesday 12 September, in the Dominican tradition of contemplation and reflection on the Word, silence and prayer. Mary Ellen Green, of Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, USA, is a spiritual director and theologian. She has

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Catholic youth festival selling well

WelCom September 2017: Registration is strong for the Aotearoa Catholic Youth Festival at St Mary’s College, Auckland, 2–3 December 2017. Hosted by the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference, the festival is aimed at young people aged 15 to 29. Around 500 are expected. The festival will include workshops, a cultural showcase, and a Mass on the Saturday night. International

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Passionist youth and young adults retreats

WelCom September 2017: Jo and Tim McDade, from Brisbane, facilitated this year’s Passionist retreats for young people at two retreat centres in July. Thirty-five 15-to-18-year-olds from the Diocese attended the youth retreat Camp Rangi Woods in Pohangina Valley, to explore ‘a relationship with ourselves, with others and with God’. Along with the usual sessions, games, great food and

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Vinnies Mass celebrates 150 years

WelCom September 2017: Over 200 people attended the annual Young Vinnies Mass held at Bishop Viard College on Sunday 13 August. The Mass also celebrated the Society of Vincent de Paul’s 150 years of service in New Zealand. Vinnies from Catholic Colleges in Wellington, Hutt Valley, Masterton and Kapi-Mana, DRSs, teachers and deputy principals, gathered with SVdP

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College Celebrates Founder’s Day

WelCom September 2017: Past and present students and staff celebrated Francis Douglas Memorial College Founder on Friday 2 June 2017. The day began with Mass at St Joseph’s Church New Plymouth, celebrated by Fr Tom Lawn, an Old Boy from FDMC. The focus was on those in need. Part of the Offertory was for the Foodbank and contributions

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Biculturalism at St Anthony’s School, Seatoun

WelCom September 2017: “Do all you can to preserve the unity of the spirit by the peace which binds you together” – Ephesians 4:3 Jennifer Ioannou, Principal For a number of years now St Anthony’s School in Seatoun, Wellington, have committed to providing all students with multiple and varied learning opportunities to allow them to develop a

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St Joseph’s Māori Girls’ College – 150 years

WelCom September 2017: “I O MAHI KATOA MAHIA” – “Whatever You Do, Do Well” Sr Sarah Greenlees rndm On Friday 6 October this year, nearly 1000 Sisters, teachers and past pupils of St Joseph’s Māori Girls’ College will gather at the College in Greenmeadows, Hawke’s Bay to celebrate the 150th anniversary of their foundation on 10 October

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Time to Challenge Secularism – Part 2

May 2016 Feature Is it enough to drift along with prevailing views, whether secular or religious? Do we need to sharpen our responses to them both? Emeritus Bishop Peter Cullinane DD explores these questions in the second and final part of his article. In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul was scathing in

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Cardinal George Pell – trial begins

WelCom August 2017: The most senior Vatican official charged in the Catholic Church sexual-abuse crisis made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday 27 July 2017. Cardinal George Pell appeared briefly at the Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with historic sex offences. No formal plea was entered although Pell’s legal team lead, Robert Richter, told the magistrate:

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