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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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Letter to Prime Minister

WelCom October 2017: Dear Prime Minister I write this following New Zealand’s general election. At this stage, it is not certain who you are going to be – literally and figuratively. This letter is about what I want you to be as our Prime Minister. I write this letter as a Catholic voter. But don’t categorise

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Cardinal’s Care Appeal

WelCom December 2017:   The Cardinal’s Care Appeal for the Archdiocese will take place during Advent. This is a special appeal to help those in need at this time. Your donation will help provide food, shelter, and counselling. It will also help launch some important initiatives from Synod 2017 – “We go, giving your mercy…revealing your

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A letter from Prime Minister Ardern to WelCom

WelCom December 2017: Following New Zealand’s 2017 general election on Saturday 23 September 2017, WelCom’s editorial team published a letter in our October edition to the Prime Minister about our hopes for this country’s future, from a Catholic voter’s point of view. At that time we didn’t know who the incoming Prime Minister was. After her

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Christmas concerts

WelCom December 2017: NOËL A Celebration of Christmas Join us for an evening of beautiful music by Gerald Finzi, Matthew Martin, Erik Ešenwalds and others with the Choirs and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Wednesday 6 December, 7pm Metropolitan Cathedral, Hill Street, Thorndon $30/$20 Concession | Door Sales Available. For online ticketing visit eventbrite.co.nz Metropolitan Cathedral

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A new era for Columbans in Aotearoa-New Zealand: 1917–2017

WelCom December 2017: On November 4, 2017, we celebrated the centenary of the Missionary Society of St Columban as well as the blessing of our new Columban chapel, office and residences in Lower Hutt. The centre for the Columban Mission in New Zealand, our premises have been reconstructed and refurbished over a two-year project. For the

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Our Lady of the Bays Amalgamation Mass

WelCom December 2017: Fr Andrew Kim ‘A community of joyful disciples growing together and sharing Christ’s message’. On Sunday October 29, Cardinal John Dew together with members of the five church communities of Takaka, Motueka, Waimea West, Wakefield, and Richmond gathered as one parish family at St Peter Chanel Church in Motueka. They came to celebrate

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St Joseph’s Picton Celebrates Foundation

WelCom December 2017: Nearly 200 people – many who had travelled from various parts of the country – attended a ‘dual’ foundation celebration at St Joseph’s in Picton on Saturday 4 November. The event marked 100 years since the foundation stone was laid for St Joseph’s Church and 153 years of Catholic Education at St Joseph’s

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Vocational journeys in the service of Mary

WelCom December 2017: At St Mary’s Church, Napier, on the Feast of the Assumption, a Jubilee celebration was held for Br Bill Archer sm and Br Ray Kelleher sm to mark their 60th anniversaries as Religious. Brs Bill and Ray received candles and renewed their vows. Fr John Mori sm led the concelebrated Mass with other

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Papal Medal for Brendan Gilmore

WelCom December 2017: Wellington South Parishioner Brendan Gilmore was presented with a Benemerenti medal by Cardinal John Dew in St Gerard’s Church, Mt Victoria, on Sunday 5 November. Numerous testimonies were received in support of this award from Pope Francis. For many years Brendan has given generous service within the Archdiocese of Wellington and to the

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Hawera St Vincent de Paul Shop celebrates 50 years

WelCom December 2017: The St Vincent de Paul Shop, Hawera, opened in High St in 1967 to provide a service to help others. That motivation has continued for 50 years. The opportunity 24 years ago to purchase a larger shop with a generous bequest from Miss Mary Fitzgerald and a National Council loan, has proved a good

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Labyrinth Blessed at Anam Cara, Ōtaki

WelCom December 2017: A group of Hāta Mere rāua ko Hāto Hōhepa Parish parishioners from St Mary’s Church at Pukekaraka, Ōtaki, along with friends and family attended the blessing of a newly constructed prayer labyrinth at Anam Cara (soul friend) Retreat Centre and home of Shona and Robin Hartendorp, in Ōtaki. Fr Peter Healy sm blessed the

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St Patrick’s College Old Boy of the Year 2017

WelCom December 2017: Every year St Patrick’s College Old Boys Association (SPCOBA) gathers annually to formally recognise and celebrate one of their many outstanding past students as a recipient of the Felix Kane Cup. St Patrick’s Colleges of Wellington and Silverstream are founded on the values and leadership of the Society of Mary. The Marist priests, brothers

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Mass for Marist St Pat’s Rugby

WelCom December 2017: Marist St Pat’s Rugby Club patron Fr Barry Scannell sm celebrated Mass for the team at St Mary of the Angels Church, Wellington, in October. As the Mass was about to end Fr Barry asked the captain, Valentine Meachen, to bring the team up onto the altar to receive his blessing for defeating the

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New Pastoral Director for Holy Cross Seminary

WelCom December 2017: The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has announced the appointment of Br Mark McKeon fsc as the new Pastoral Director of the Holy Cross Seminary in Ponsonby, Auckland. Br Mark has been a De La Salle Brother for 35 years in teaching ministry in Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. He has recently

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MSP are Wellington Women’s Sevens champions

WelCom December 2017: Marist St Pat’s Women’s Sevens has won the women’s competition in the annual Ambassador’s Sevens series, taking home the Eleanor Roosevelt Trophy. A win over Northern United in the final of the second leg of the series meant the side went unbeaten in the series to claim the title of Wellington club rugby’s

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A Mission in the Wide Blue Yonder

WelCom December 2017: Earlier this year I was invited to give a retreat to the clergy of Kiribati this November. As my departure draws near I have conflicting feelings of excitement and anxiety bubbling up inside me. As I read and talk to people about this far-flung group of atolls I realise what a challenging setting I

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Mind over Matthew: Part 9

WelCom December 2017: This is Year A of the Church’s Liturgical Calendar, which follows the gospel of St 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. This final article looks

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A Tribute to Chaplain James McMenamin

WelCom December 2017: Fr James McMenamin, Catholic Chaplain to the Forces, was killed on 8 June 1917, during the second day of the Battle of Messines. As part of New Zealand’s centennial commemorations for the Battle of Messines, the Catholic Military Ordinariate and the Petone Parish remembered the ministry of Fr James McMenamin. Richard and Sharron

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Finance not enough for climate action

WelCom December 2017: International officials met in Bonn, Germany, 6‒17 November 2017, at the UN’s 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to form a ‘just and effective path’ to achieving Paris Agreement goals of 2016. Fiji chaired the conference, aiming to bring world attention to vulnerable people and nations most seriously impacted by

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Benefit Impact Week

WelCom December 2017: The Archdiocese’s Catholic Social Services have again partnered with the Hutt Valley Benefit Education Service Trust (BEST) to organise a ‘Benefit Impact’ information event. This second Benefit Impact was held at St Bernadette’s Church Hall in Naenae, of Te Awakairangi parish, during the week of 14–17 November 2017. It was timed to  lead

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A Corner of History

WelCom December 2017: St Joseph’s historic Catholic Church is situated on SH58 between Pauatahanui Village and Judgeford – about 30 minutes’ drive from central Wellington. Once the centre of a small farm district where poverty and isolation were common, it is now just 150 metres away from massive earthworks constructing the new Transmission Gully motorway between Linden

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Thousands of Kiwi kids to get really good news this Christmas

WelCom December 2017: Bible Society is giving away 93,000 booklets and leaflets nationwide telling the story of Christmas. ‘Christmas is gift-giving time, and this year Bible Society is happy to offer the good news of Christmas – the story of the birth of Jesus to children. Many Kiwis today have never heard this message. We trust it

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Positive about Dyslexia

WelCom December 2017: For the 70,000 New Zealand school children who have been diagnosed with dyslexia, Dyslexia Awareness Week from 2‒8 October this year was an opportunity to reflect not only on the difficulties this disability can produce but also on the positives that can come with it. The theme was, ‘Positive about Dyslexia’. The Vinnies from

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Young Catholics’ success in public speaking

WelCom December 2017: The Stockley Cup and Dunsheath Plate are the premier public speaking competitions for high school students in the Wellington region. Held annually, the Wellington Speaking Union’s competition brings together the best public speakers and orators from dozens of schools to speak on ideas such as racism, feminism, the relationship between parents and their children,

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‘We are the Church’

WelCom December 2017: At our parish mid-week Mass on 27 September, we baptised five children and welcomed three more children into our Catholic family in Patea. St Joseph’s Primary School led the song and prayer and Fr Marcus Francis was our celebrant. Preparing children for the Sacraments enriches your own faith and offers you better insight.

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Life Teen Training Conference

WelCom December 2017: A group of youth ministers from across New Zealand gathered at Magnificat Retreat Centre, Featherston, over the weekend of 27‒29 October to extend their formation in youth ministry. Organised by Life Teen Summer Camp Aotearoa and Life Teen Wellington the conference provided practical tools for ministry with teenagers. It included topics such as leadership

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