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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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Regional communities left out in the cold?

WelCom June 2017: In the wake of Budget 2017, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has expressed concern that ‘small town New Zealand’ and vulnerable communities like Kaikōura have been neglected. While the social justice agency welcomes the commitment to increased investment in the Budget, it calls on the Government to ensure that vulnerable groups are not left behind.

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“The Whole World is Entrusted in our Care” – Eucharistic Prayer Four

WelCom June 2017: During the last month the priests of the Archdiocese gathered together for a two-day Assembly. One of the things we looked at and reflected on was the number of Eucharistic Prayers we have to choose from. Many of us find the language difficult and awkward in the current translations; and there are some Eucharistic

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‘God is at work among us’

WelCom June 2017: Recently I was in Auckland to celebrate ‘Founder’s Day’ at the seminary. Some claim anniversaries and jubilees are a kind of pre-Kardashian pre-Facebook outlet for self-absorption. ‘Look at what we’ve done and for how long.’ That’s a cynical interpretation. In fact, in our Christian understanding of time chronos – the sequential unfolding

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77% of Submissions Oppose Euthanasia, says Care Alliance

WelCom June 2017: Analysis of 21,277 submissions to the Health Select Committee’s investigation into end of life issues shows that 16,411 opposed the legalisation of euthanasia, while 4142 supported legalisation. Releasing the analysis on 5 May 2017, Matthew Jansen, Secretary of the Care Alliance, said, ‘The submissions reflect the depth and breadth of public attitudes

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Truth Still Matters

WelCom June 2017: ‘Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.’ John 8:32 It is commonly said we live in a ‘post-truth’ culture. One would expect this to be rather startling. Apparent lack of concern over it seems to indicate how far we have been taken over by it. Thinking people

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Ki Uta ki Tai – from the Mountains to the Sea

WelCom June 2017: The recently released findings into the contaminated water-supply at Havelock North are a wakeup call about clean water-management processes, responsibilities and accountabilities for all of us. The OECD and the Ministry for the Environment reports on New Zealand’s environment, released in April, include specific sections on water resources and fresh water management. In

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Matariki 2017

WelCom June 2017: The rising of the star cluster Matariki (the Pleiades) signals the start of the Māori New Year. The cluster usually appears low on the north-eastern horizon in early June. This year, Matariki may be seen as early as 6 June. Traditionally Matariki signalled among other things, the end of the harvest when pātaka

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Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants 2017

He Rā Īnoinga mō Te Hunga Taurewa me Te Hunga Taurahere WelCom June 2017: A Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants is set aside each year by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference to fall as close as possible to World Refugee Day on 20 June. This year, the prayer day is on Sunday,

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Pope expresses condolences and solidarity with terrorist victims

WelCom June 2017: Pope Sends Telegram for Terrorist Attack at Concert in Manchester Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the victims of the terrorist attack on 22 May 2017 in Manchester, UK, at the concert of young American singer, Ariana Grande. The explosion claimed the lives of at least 22 people and injured some

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Marist Brothers’ Bicentenary Year 2017

WelCom June 2017: In 1817 St Marcellin Champagnat founded the Marist Brothers in France in the wake of the devastation wreaked by the French Revolution, especially as it affected the education of children. From beginning with two young men, the Order is now found in 79 countries on five continents and numbers about 3500 Brothers, and

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He Hikoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom June 2017: This month WelCom’s journey of faith through the many pastoral areas of the Palmerston North and Wellington dioceses, calls on the rural lands of Central Hawke’s Bay and the Holy Trinity Parish, which includes St Joseph Church and School in Waipukurau, St Patrick Church in Waipukurau and Southern Star Abbey in Kopua,

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WW1 Chaplain’s Chalice going back to Belgium

WelCom June 2017: The chalice of Petone WW1 chaplain, Fr James McMenamin, was returned to New Zealand after his death in Belgium on the second day of the Battle of Messines in 1917. One hundred years later, it is on its way back to Belgium to be used in the memorial services for Fr McMenamin

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The Fifteenth Panel

WelCom June 2017: A series of 15 carved panels have been created for St Mary’s Church in Blenheim. The fifteenth and final panel was installed in the church on 21 April this year. Parishioner and the panel carver, Jim Davis, explains. On the fifteenth panel are carved the names of the ministers of Baptism (priests, midwives

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How Reliable Is The Bible?

WelCom June 2017: Many of us can probably hum the refrain ‘It ain’t necessarily so’, sung by the drug dealer, Sportin’ Life, in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. ‘Jonah he lived in a whale… Methusalah lived 900 years… It ain’t necessarily so, the things you read in the Bible.’ I sometimes wonder how far we have progressed

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Mind over Matthew: Part 3

WelCom June 2017: This year is Year A of the Liturgical Cycle, in which we are following the Gospel of Matthew on Sundays during Ordinary Time. In her series of articles for WelCom Dr Elizabeth Julian rsm addresses some basic questions about Matthew’s gospel to show how it is relevant to our lives today. ‘Come

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Mary and the Reformation, Part 4: Luther 1.

WelCom June 2017: October this year sees the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which brought the Catholic Church into deep conflict and schisms. The Catholic Church today is not the same as the Church with which Martin Luther and the other Reformers came into such deep conflict. Luther wanted to reform his own church

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Catholic Social Services moves into Soup Kitchen premises

  WelCom June 2017: Wellington Catholic Social Services has moved to the Compassion Centre Soup Kitchen, in Tory St, Wellington. On 27 April, Sr Margaret Anne Mills, Congregational Leader for the Sisters of Compassion, formally welcomed CSS to the building. She said the Sisters and staff of the Soup Kitchen were looking forward to working

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Celebrating Suzanne’s Birthday

WelCom June 2017: Every year, the Sisters of Compassion at Island Bay celebrate the birthday of their founder, Suzanne Aubert, with a ‘birthday’ Mass. Suzanne was born in Saint-Symphorien-de-Lay, near Lyon in France, on 19 June 1835. Marking Suzanne’s ‘182nd birthday’ this year’s Mass will be celebrated at 6pm, Monday 19 June, at St Anne’s

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Faithful ‘vineyard worker’

WelCom June 2017: When Fr Don Don Rancho of the Catholic Parish of Whanganui – Te Parihi Katorika ki Whanganui, announced to the congregation at Sunday morning Mass on 26 March 2017 that Fr Des Levins had died, there were exclamations of disbelief. A minute’s silence was held as a sign of respect and Mass

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CWL Palmerston North Conference

WelCom June 2017: Palmerston North Diocese members of the Catholic Women’s League of Aotearoa New Zealand met over 26 and 27 April for their biennial conference at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre. Women from New Plymouth, Inglewood, Napier and Pahiatua as well as visitors from other branches listened to a range of presenters and discussed key

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Youth and Schools

WelCom June 2017: St Mary’s College Rugby Sevens Team: Sanix World Champs Mark Hurley St Mary’s College represented New Zealand at the Sanix 2017 World Rugby Youth Tournament, played over 28‒29 April, at the Global Arena in Fukuoka, Japan. The Girls’ Sevens Tournament involved teams from Japan, Hong Kong, England, Australia and New Zealand. Over

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NZ Youth Ministry – Alive and Well

WelCom June 2017: National Catholic Youth Ministry Conference 2017 The National Catholic Youth Ministry Conference is held every three years for people in youth ministry. This year more than 150 youth ministers from many backgrounds and dioceses gathered in Christchurch for the NCYMC, 21‒23 April, Alive and Well. They included employed and volunteer youth ministers,

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Archdiocese stewardship days full of positive hope

WelCom June 2017: Over the past two months almost 300 parishioners from Sacred Heart Cathedral Thorndon, Star of the Sea Marlborough, and Ohariu parishes and school representatives, have taken up Cardinal John Dew’s invitation to experience and take part in a Stewardship Day in their local area. After Cardinal John’s presentation about Stewardship – ‘a

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Arbour Day grown from Catholic roots

WelCom June 2017: My walk to work in Wellington tracks through Parliament grounds. Occasionally tourist groups gather on the driveway, fixatedly snapping pictures of the capital’s historic stone buildings with their backs to the magnificent trees that adorn the grounds. Beautiful trees play a valuable role in making the world the kind of place where

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Pastoral Letter “Go, you are sent”

7 May 2017 To: Clergy, Religious and People of the Archdiocese of Wellington Dear Friends Last December I convoked a Synod for the Archdiocese, the second in my nearly twelve years as Archbishop. It will be held this year, in Wellington, from 15–17 September, and will explore the theme “Go, you are sent”. Our theme

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Easter Celebrations in Resurrected Church

WelCom May 2017:   Wellington’s St Mary of the Angels Church was officially reopened on Wednesday 12 April in time for the greatest week of the Church’s year – the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. For almost 100 years the church has been at the heart of Wellington as a favourite place to visit for

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