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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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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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Pā Henare Tate – 23 Maehe 1938–1 Aperira 2017, RIP

WelCom May 2017: Danny Karatea-Goddard – A Language Exponent, a Storehouse of Genealogy, a Senior Priest 23 March 1938‒1 April 2017 The skies become misty, the northern tides break, a great tree of the Great Forest of Tāne has fallen. A descendent of Te Rarawa, a trout from the Hokianga. Pā Henare, rest in peace in

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Living in Kaikōura: Six months on

WelCom May 2017: The 2016 Kaikōura 7.8 earthquake that struck the upper east coast of the South Island early Monday 14 November and rocked the rest of New Zealand left Kaikōura’s 2000 permanent residents without water supplies and sewer systems and with no easy way out. Local resident and Chair of the Catholic Stewardship Group, Deb

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Budget 2017 needs to focus on wellbeing of communities says social justice agency

WelCom May 2017: Roger Ellis – ‘A technological and economic development which does not leave in its wake a better world and an integrally higher quality of life cannot be considered progress. Frequently, in fact, people’s quality of life actually diminishes – by the deterioration of the environment, the low quality of food or the depletion

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Sustaining the Soup Kitchen

WelCom May 2017: Sophie Goulter – The Compassion Soup Kitchen in Wellington has organised a number of activities in May. On Thursday 11 May the Compassion Soup Kitchen is hosting a Sound Bites fundraising concert at St Joseph’s Church, 154–156 Brougham St, Mt Victoria. Doors open at 6.30pm with refreshments and the concert starts at 7pm.

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South Sudan food crisis spreads

WelCom May 2017: Crispin Anderlini – Rosa Lyo lives just outside Juba, South Sudan’s capital. Even here the drought and conflict are taking a heavy toll. Like many of the country’s 4.9 million people impacted, Rosa struggles to find food. She travels an hour and a half each way just to find bitter weeds to eat

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WWI Petone Parish Priest and Army Chaplain Fr James McMenamin

WelCom May 2017: Sharron Cole – As the 100th anniversary of the World War I Battle of Messines in June this year approaches, there is mounting interest in both the battle and the role of Petone Parish Priest and Army Chaplain Fr James McMenamin who was killed in the early days of the Messines campaign in

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ADW Synod ‘17 timeline

WelCom May 2017: 1 May: Parish representatives selected and others who will be attending the Synod will be notified. 7 May: Diocesan-wide participation process for the Synod begins. 17‒18 May: Clergy Assembly, which will include section on the Synod. 20 May: Upper South Island Synod meeting with Cardinal John Dew (1.30pm‒4.30pm) at Parish Centre, Richmond, Nelson.

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He Hikoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom May 2017: We continue our journey of faith visiting another of the many pastoral areas that form the two dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. This month we profile The Catholic Parish of Hastings – Te Parihi Katorika ki Heretaunga. Good Things Are Happening In Our Parish Fr Vince Onesi, Parish Priest As with many parish

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Healthy youth relationships benefit from CWL donation

WelCom May 2017: The Sophie Elliott ‘Loves-Me-Not’ education programme has been the 2016 beneficiary of the Catholic Women’s League ‘Mission at Home’ appeal. During the League’s recent annual conference in Alexandra, Central Otago, CWL National President Kay Blackburn presented a cheque of $10,766 on behalf of the 70 CWL branches throughout New Zealand who had raised

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Amoris Laetitia – one year on

WelCom May 2017: Sharron Cole – It is now one year since Pope Francis released Amoris Laetitia, the apostolic exhortation that brought together the discussion and results of the 2014 and 2015 Synods of Bishops on the Family. It is interesting to reflect on how the Synod process and exhortation are influencing the Catholic community regionally

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Should we be embracing victimhood?

WelCom May 2017: Fr Neil Vaney sm – Images of Violence In recent years our television has provided us with some graphic and disturbing images of teenage bullying. We have watched girls and boys lying on the ground being kicked and punched. The Bible sometimes speaks of Jesus as a victim, ‘bearing our burdens’. This can

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Chrism Masses

WelCom May 2017: The Palmerston North Diocese celebrated the Mass of the Oils on Tuesday 11 April at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. Cullinane College students proclaimed the readings, brought forward the oils and led the offertory procession. Pā Steve Hancy proclaimed the Gospel in Te Reo. During his homily, Bishop Charles said it was

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Our Lady of the Bays

WelCom May 2017: On Saturday 1 April, the three parishes of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Richmond, St Peter Chanel, Motueka, and Sacred Heart, Takaka, became Our Lady of the Bay’s Catholic Parish – Te tatou wahine o ngā whangapariha Katorika. Parish Priest Fr Seph Pijfers said, ‘Our journey to amalgamation, along with many other parishes,

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30th Anniversary of Napier Covenant

WelCom May 2017: Thirty years ago an ecumenical ‘Convenant’ was established between four inner-city churches of Napier to forge a stronger Christian church for the city through working together. The churches involve St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Trinity Methodist Church, and the Waiapu Cathedral of St John the Evangelist. The four churches celebrated

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Mary and the Reformation: Zwingli Pt 2

WelCom May 2017: This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. In his series on Mary and the Reformation Kieran Fenn fms explores some of the key reformers of the sixteenth century. This third article of the series is the second part about Ulrich Zwingli. For Zwingli, father of the Reformation in Switzerland, Mary’s

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Women’s World Day of Prayer

WelCom May 2017: Fr David Grushow –  A large crowd from all of Ōtaki’s church congregations came together in the Presbyterian Church on 3 March to observe the Women’s World Day of Prayer. This day is celebrated annually on the first Friday of March. Each congregation supplies representatives to actively take part in the liturgy. The

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What The Earth is Asking of Us

WelCom May 2017: Mary Eastham – At their recent presentation in Palmerston North, visiting Srs Margaret Galiardi op and Sharon Zayek op from the United States reminded the audience there is hope in our environmentally-devastated world. Thirty-five people from Hastings to Wellington gathered at the Diocesan Centre to learn how we can develop sustaining relationships with

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‘Why are abortion advocates afraid of informed choice?’

WelCom May 2017: The issue of abortion has again generated debate, prompted by the Abortion Supervisory Committee’s annual report for 2016, tabled to Parliament in February this year. The following article by Cynthia Piper and Dr John Kleinsman, published in the April issue of The Nathaniel Report, is reprinted with their permission. The polarising issue of

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Mind over Matthew: Part 2

WelCom May 2017: On the liturgical calendar, this year is Year A of the Liturgical Cycle, in which we are following the Gospel of Matthew on Sundays during Ordinary Time. In a series of articles over the next few months Dr Elizabeth Julian rsm will be addressing some basic questions about Matthew’s gospel to show how

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Pope Francis to visit Fatima for 100th anniversary of Marian apparitions

WelCom May 2017: In the year which marks the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions to three shepherd children, Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia, in Fatima, Portugal, Pope Francis will go on a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, on 12‒13 May, to observe the anniversary of the apparitions, which began 13 May 1917.

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New school opens for Our Lady of Kāpiti Parish

WelCom April 2017: Annette Scullion, story and photos After two years of planning, fundraising, design and construction, Our Lady of Kāpiti Parish’s new school and hall, at 3 Presentation Way, Paraparaumu, were formally opened on Friday 17 March. Hundreds of students, parishioners, guests and project operators were on site to enjoy the realisation of their magnificent

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Cardinal John’s Column – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil

WelCom April 2017: Cardinal John Dew We know the stories of the coming Easter Triduum very well; they are our most important days of the year. As I reflect on these days I offer a few simples ideas about how we might make the most of these celebrations and enter deeply into the Paschal Mystery. On

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Lent and the Essentials of Our Faith

WelCom April 2017 Diocesan News and Views Bishop Charles Drennan Lent is often described as a time of getting back to basics. A kind of autumn pruning when we focus on the essentials of our faith. Focusing should not be confused with narrowing down. Our Lenten Sunday readings are big picture. The Genesis creation story –

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Petone priest remembered on centenary of his Messines battleground death

WelCom April 2017 Feature Sharron Cole On 8 June this year, commemorative services will be held in Messines, Belgium, Nieppe, Northern France, and at Sacred Heart Church, Petone, to mark the centenary of the death of army chaplain and Petone Parish Priest, Fr James Joseph McMenamin. He was killed while burying the dead during the Battle

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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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