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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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Christ’s Call: to love, to be, to do

WelCom July 2018: Ko Tā Te Karaiti Karanga: kia aroha, kia tūturu, kia ora Joy and Hope Resonate at Triennial Education Convention Annette Scullion Following on closely from the release of Pope Francis’ latest document Gaudete et Exultate (On the Call to Holiness) this year, the NZCEO Education Convention drew from the wellspring of the Pope’s

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Catholic agencies claim progressive voice at select committee hearing on End of Life bill

WelCom July 2018: Representatives of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) presented serious reservations over David Seymour’s ‘End of Life Choice’ bill, to the Justice Select Committee on Monday 11 June. Speaking were Bishop Charles Drennan and Dr Caroline Newson, who works in acute psychiatry medicine; and representing the Bishops’ bioethics agency, the Nathaniel Centre,

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St Columban’s Missionary Society – 100-year Anniversary 1918–2018

WelCom July 2018: Fr Tom Rouse ssc This year we are celebrating the centenary of the Missionary Society of St Columban. In 1918 two young Irish priests – Ned Galvin and John Blowick – met in Dublin and put together a proposal to establish a missionary organisation whose aim would be to send priests to China

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Day of Prayer for Seafarers – Sunday 8 July

WelCom July 2018: A Prayer for Sea Sunday Be with Seafarers, Lord, on all their voyages, to cheer them and keep them safe in all dangers. Let nothing afloat or on shore cut them off from you. May they please you in everything they do. Bless all on board their ship, whatever their responsibility. Enable everyone

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Memoirs: Sir Brother Patrick Lynch: A life in education and New Zealand Integrated Schools

WelCom July 2018: Cardinal Tom Williams The character, personality and achievements of Sir Brother Pat Lynch KNZM, QSO, certainly justifies the writing and publication of his biography. His fellow teachers and principals will welcome it. However, it is much more than the story of a well-liked and hugely respected educationalist. It records the history of the

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Go, you are sent…

WelCom July 2018: Following the 2017 Synod last September, Cardinal John Dew promulgated 13 key directions late last year defined as priorities for ‘the local Church of Wellington’ for the immediate future. The following developments stem from two of those priorities – 3: Go, you are sent…to find leaders; and 10: Go you are sent…to support

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Unwrapping the Gift

WelCom July 2018: It happened a few years ago at Mass, with a light comment from a reader. She said that all the grey heads in the pews looked like a field of dandelions in late summer. A parishioner sighed, ‘Where are our young people?’ and another man joked that maybe the elderly were catching up

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A letter to St Mary Magdalene

WelCom July 2018: In 2016, Pope Francis set a feast day on July 22 honouring St Mary Magdalene, putting her on a par with the apostles and underlining the importance of the first testimony of the Resurrection and the role of women in evangelisation. A key woman in Jesus’ life, Mary Magdalene was the first witness

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There’s always room for one more

WelCom July 2018: In May this year, the people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to repeal the country’s 8th amendment to their constitution, a move which opens the way for a new abortion law in that country. Later this year, our own country’s Coalition Government will receive a much-anticipated Report from the Law Commission on a possible

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Catholic Thinking – Beauty ‘Neither peacocks, nor soap bubbles’

WelCom July 2018: In this month’s Catholic Thinking feature Dr Christopher Evan Longhurst explores beauty’s theological and aesthetical contexts within the Western Catholic tradition. Dr Longhurst is a lecturer for The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand – Te Pūtahi Katorika ki Aotearoa. Beauty ‘Neither peacocks, nor soap bubbles’ Beauty is one of those multifaceted topics

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The Name of God

WelCom July 2018: Fr James Lyons The biblical story of how sin came into our lives centres on the refusal to take responsibility for what we do or fail to do. Adam blames Eve and Eve blames the Serpent – and so it continues today. When I know I’m in the wrong I look for a

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Responding with compassion

WelCom July 2018: Merrick Mitchell Jairus has asked Jesus to heal his daughter who is very ill. We do not know her name, as she, like the other women in this passage, is not named. Jairus is very definite in believing that Jesus can heal his daughter through laying hands on her, as he has healed

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July is Bible Month 2018

WelCom July 2018: Sarah Richards Starting 1 July, Bible Month 2018 is a time to focus on the Bible and its centrality to your Christian faith walk. Bible Society New Zealand’s key message is, the Bible really is good for life. The organisation has created a range of Good for Life tools, which help people engage

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Confirmations at Kaiwhaiki Marae

WelCom July 2018: Sue Seconi Bishop Charles Drennan confirmed eleven members of Ngā Paerangi whānau at a joyful and warm occasion at Kaiwhaiki Marae, Whanganui, on the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, 3 June. Fr Marcus Francis, parish priest of the Catholic Parish of Whanganui – Te Parihi Katorika ki Whanganui, assisted. Bishop

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Fr John Dykes officiated at St Patrick’s Parish in Kaponga at Pentecost

WelCom July 2018: Fr John Dykes officiated at St Patrick’s Parish in Kaponga at Pentecost and Mother’s Day was also celebrated with a prayer and candles being lit by parishioners in remembrance of their mothers. Three generations of St Patrick’s parishioners lit candles – the Sherman family, back (l-r): Alivia Kells, Roseanne and Kelly Sherman; middle:

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Pentecost celebrated internationally

WelCom July 2018: Pat Rhodes Fr Don Don celebrated the Feast of Pentecost at Vigil Mass, Holy Family Church, Whanganui, with an international theme. Parts of the Eucharistic Prayer were recited in Filipino, the Mihi was issued by John Haami, and Mass began with parishioners carrying in flags to represent their nationalities and introduced themselves in

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Marian Mothers

WelCom July 2018: Sue Seconi Holy Family Whanganui Marian Mothers’ group gathered for the weekend of 19‒20 in May to celebrate the group’s 30-year anniversary. From a beach house at Mowhanau Beach, north of Whanganui, they walked along the coastline, read, prayed, shared, recited the rosary, then returned to Whanganui for Saturday Vigil Mass and some

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Stop Looking Like You’re Sucking a Lemon

WelCom July 2018: David Wells, a keynote presenter at this year’s Catholic Education Convention in Wellington, speaks to WelCom about Pope Francis’ latest exhortation, Rejoice and be Glad. ‘Faith seeks understanding’ St Anselm famously taught. Since then the Church has possessed within her treasure chest a growing library. Rightly so; where would we be without it?

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New Zealand youth sing of justice and peace

WelCom July 2018: More than 120 students took part in Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s SINGout4JUSTICE song-writing competition this year, impressing the judges with their skills in composition and performance. The results were announced in May. The competition is divided into a junior (Yrs 7–10) and senior section (Yrs 11–13). Young people are encouraged to consider ways

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Ngā Manu Korero

WelCom July 2018: Fifty-three excited St Mary’s College girls turned up to the Regional Māori Speech Competition, held at Takapūwāhia Marae in Porirua, on Wednesday 13 June. Our sole competitor, Haylee Van Herpen-Jacobs, won her section in Junior English, which was a great achievement for her as well as our St Mary’s family.

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‘Change as part of a wonderful new-ness’

WelCom July 2018: Aaron Itinteang, Challenge 2000 The famous Joy Cowley spoke to the ‘New Beginnings’ group from St Francis of Assisi Ohariu Parish on Sunday 10 June. Challenge 2000 young people and staff and many local parishioners attended the event. Joy discussed a range of issues and changes in today’s society and facing the Church. Joy

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Coming up – Odyssey Youth Development Programme!

WelCom July 2018: Hannah van Schie The Challenge 2000 Youth Ministry team is running an Odyssey Programme for young people aged 13 and over. The programme is for young people by young people.   It focuses on personal and faith development, and provides a space for young people to learn from each other and discuss issues that

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Cultural Concert

WelCom July 2018: Star of the Sea Parish held a cultural concert in Blenheim on 18 May. The Tongan community graced us with two beautiful dances for the youth; youth workers Mieke and Maurice Davies gave us a soul performance; and a Barbershop chorus, ukulele group and two cast members fresh from the local production of

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Sixty years for St James’ School

WelCom July 2018: Tracey Royds Past and present pupils and families gathered to celebrate the 60th anniversary for St James’ Catholic School in Palmerston North on the weekend of 26-27 May 2018. Principal Teresa Edwards, said past pupils visited the city for the occasion, and many former families popped in to see the school and photo

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The Final Straw

WelCom July 2018: Jessica Reiher A group St Mary’s College students wants to raise awareness about combating the effects of plastic waste on the environment. They have formed a company ‘The Final Straw’ as part of the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES). The scheme allows students to set up and run a real business by

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Student director leads way in choral competition

WelCom July 2018: Rachel Carson A cold winter morning brought 35 choirs together on Tuesday 29 May for the East Coast Big Sing Regionals at Napier’s Waiapu Cathedral. Choirs worked to showcase their harmonies, movement and diction. Sacred Heart Napier had three choirs in the competition. Pictured is Year 13 student Henga Ofa with the SHC

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