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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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He Hikoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom April 2017 WelCom brings stories and news about Catholic communities in the Archdiocese of Wellington and the Diocese of Palmerston North. In this issue we continue our journey of faith visiting another of the many pastoral areas that form the two dioceses. This month we look at the Catholic Parish of Napier – Te Pārihi

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2017 Commissioning Masses for Diocesan Teachers and Staff

WelCom April 2017 Diocesan News  The annual Commissioning Masses Catholic school teachers, education and support staff and clergy offer prayers in the Diocese of Palmerston North and the Archdiocese of Wellington were celebrated in February to pay tribute at the beginning of the year ahead to the crucial role of educators in our Church and society.

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Young People Call for Respect

WelCom April 2017 Diocesan News and Views Catholic school students joined hundreds of young people at parliament grounds on Monday 13 March to call for full respect for one another, respect aimed at allowing every person to live in freedom and safety in society at large. Students from Wellington’s colleges and universities and other young adults

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Consent is not enough

WelCom April 2017 Diocesan News and Views Colin MacLeod Catholic secondary schools, like all high schools in New Zealand, are privileged to work with young people during one of the most challenging phases of their human development. However, in terms of education in sexuality, Catholic schools are particularly blessed to be able to draw on the

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Message from a Principal

WelCom April 2017 Reflections Following comments by some Wellington students about women, made very public through social media postings last month, principal of Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Napier, Steve Bryan, addressed his school assembly on Wednesday 15 March and in a newsletter to homes with this message. Dear Parents, Guardians and Whānau I enclose my message

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Passing on Faith – It’s Every Parent’s Call

WelCom April 2017 Diocesan News and Views Chris Duthie-Jung I have often heard how frustrating teachers in our Catholic schools find it to be expected to nurture Catholic faith in children when such faith, the call to be disciples of Jesus Christ, is largely absent from the child’s home life. Despite what many parents may hope,

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Connecting for the Future

WelCom April 2017 Diocesan News  David Loving-Molloy, Catholic Deaf Ministry The 2017 two-day National Catholic Deaf Conference in February at the Home of Compassion, Island Bay, looked at where Catholic Deaf Ministry has come from in New Zealand and its challenging path ahead in forming supportive relationships and communities. Historically, the socio-linguistic cultural group identified as the

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New National Director for TCI

WelCom April 2017 Diocesan News and Views Gerald Scanlan has been appointed the new Director for The Catholic Institute (TCI), from 15 March 2017. Gerald has taken over from Professor Anne Tuohy who will focus on her role as Academic Dean. Gerald will lead TCI in continuing to provide academic qualifications in theology, religious education, Christian

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SMC Rugby Seven’s Team off to World Champs in Japan

WelCom April 2017 Youth, Schools, Education St Mary’s College rugby seven’s team won the Condor Sevens National Secondary School Championship last year. They are the first Wellington team to achieve this championship title. Their win has earned them the right to represent New Zealand at the Sanix World Youth Cup in Fukuoka, Japan, in April 2017.

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Good Friday Collection

WelCom April 2017 International News Fr Anthony Malone ofm, Commissary of the Holy Land for New Zealand On Good Friday, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Wellington and the Diocese of Palmerston North will have an opportunity to help support the sacred shrine of the Franciscan church at Cana in Galilee and to provide university scholarships for 20

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Caritas humanitarian worker returns to South Sudan for famine response

WelCom April 2017 International News Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s lead humanitarian aid worker Mark Mitchell is in South Sudan – the world’s newest nation – helping to coordinate Caritas’ response to the famine declared by the United Nations on 20 February 2017. According to the UN the famine, brought about by civil conflict and drought, is

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Proud history to celebrate

WelCom April 2017 News Mike Fitzsimons The Society of St Vincent de Paul, the largest lay organisation in the Catholic Church, celebrates 150 years of service in New Zealand this year. ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’ (Matthew 25:35). The Society was founded at the Sorbonne in Paris in 1833 by a group of

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A Young Vinnie’s Story

WelCom April 2017: Youth, Schools, Education Eunice Gueco Ever since I was 15 years old, I’ve had a longing to serve the community. I went to St Mary’s College and would utilise the early Thursday school finish to volunteer at the Johnsonville Vinnie’s op-shop every week, which I continue to do. During my last year at

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Motueka Vinnies help night shelter

WelCom April 2017: Diocesan News A visit to the Motueka Night Shelter last year sparked a project that saw Vinnies based at St Peter Chanel School in Motueka and fellow parishioners knitting numerous peggy squares to make a blanket for the shelter. Vinnies Youth Co-ordinator, Philippa Winch, said, ‘By the end of term two it looked

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Prayer, Respite and Retreat

WelCom April 2017: Diocesan News Ruchika Jayatilaka The Sisters of Compassion in Island Bay have launched their 2017 Compassion Spirituality and Retreat Centre programme. It offers prayer and reflection within organised groups, structured retreats, or opportunities for individuals wanting spiritual nourishment. Alongside Compassion events such as the weekly Meditation, monthly Taizé Prayer and Quiet Days with

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Health Select Committee’s Investigation into Ending One’s Life in New Zealand – An Update

WelCom April 2017: News Nathaniel Centre The Health Select Committee is still considering New Zealanders’ views on end-of-life issues in response to the petition of Maryan Street and the Voluntary Euthanasia Society that asked for an investigation of public attitudes towards changing the law to allow for ‘medically assisted dying’. The Committee received an overwhelming number

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Anzac Day – a day we remember

WelCom April 2017: Diocesan News Fr Bernard O’Donnell, Officiating Chaplain, Waiouru A short while ago we commemorated 100 years since the war, known as World War I, began in 1914. In 1915, citizens gathered at a Wairarapa community indoor and outdoor church service to remember. It was what we know now as the Dawn Service of Anzac

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Slavery-free Easter Chocolate Campaign

WelCom April 2017: Diocesan News Anne Powell, Cenacle Sisters Pope Francis’ is committed to eradicating human trafficking – ‘In the light of the Good Samaritan, don’t look the other way.’ The Wellington group of religious and friends against trafficking and exploitation of humans, known as ‘Aotearoa NZ Religious Against Trafficking in Humans’ or ANZRATH meet regularly. Formed

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Westcoasters build new pathway

WelCom April 2017: Diocesan News Ikamatua is a small community on the West Coast of the South Island. Its Catholic church, St Patrick’s, is part of the Reefton parish, 30kms south of the town. On 16 December last year, local parishioners and volunteers at Ikamatua got together to repair and lay down a new pathway for

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St Pat’s Old Boy of the Year 2016

WelCom April 2017: Diocesan News The Felix Kane Cup for the Old Boy of the Year was presented to retired Principal Family Court Judge Sir Patrick Mahony (Silverstream 1950‒53) for 2016 at the annual St Patrick’s College Old Boy Association’s dinner late last year. The award recognises an old boy who has ‘promoted the betterment of

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Memorial Debate – Winners on All Sides

WelCom April 2017: Diocesan News Bob Houston Our Lady of Kāpiti Parish’s raft of fundraising activities to support the building of its new school and church in Paraparaumu and to assist people in need in the community, sees parishioners and friends hard at work organising and attending regular events that involve hundreds of participants and outstanding

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St Michael’s School Taita Welcomes Fanau

WelCom April 2017: Youth, Schools, Education Eleanor McLeod Although the weather has not been so kind to us this year, here at St Michael’s School in Taita, we had a wonderful start to the school year. The first day saw an open-door policy where all fanau were welcomed to join their children to help settle them

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Multi-Purpose Room for Sacred Heart School

WelCom April 2017: Youth, Schools, Education Liz Heatley, Principal It was a lovely, warm sunny day on 15 February for the opening and blessing of our new multi-purpose room. The new room has been nearly two years in the planning and building. Now it is officially ours, and we have named it Pohutukawa Room. The multi-purpose room

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Community Shrove Tuesday Celebration

WelCom April 2017: Youth, Schools, Education Students, staff and parents of Cardinal McKeefry School, Wilton-Northland, celebrated Shrove Tuesday with an array of delicious pancakes. The community came together to share a pancake breakfast to mark the end of Ordinary Time before Lent. Families were treated to American, Indian, French and Kiwi-style pancakes as parents cooked, using

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Gospel Reflection: Sunday 2 April

WelCom April 2017: Reflections Kieran Fenn fms The Gospel reading, for the fifth Sunday of Lent, John 11:1-45, is about the raising of Lazarus. A Story Told Twice Have you ever noticed how closely this chapter on Lazarus foreshadows the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus himself? Only seven verses refer to Lazarus. The focus is

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Synod ‘17

WelCom April 2017: (Anne Dickinson)  Preparations are well under way for the Archdiocese Synod to take place over the weekend of 15‒17 September. In March Cardinal John Dew asked parishes to begin selecting their Synod participants, so people who will take part in the Synod weekend have time to prepare for their role. The Synod process

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