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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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Cardinal George Pell – trial begins

WelCom August 2017: The most senior Vatican official charged in the Catholic Church sexual-abuse crisis made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday 27 July 2017. Cardinal George Pell appeared briefly at the Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with historic sex offences. No formal plea was entered although Pell’s legal team lead, Robert Richter, told the magistrate:

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Can We Say the Church Is Holy?

WelCom August 2017: In the wake of sexual-abuse and financial scandals within the Church, where is our credibility? Fr Neil Vaney sm Symbols of Hope Some years ago I visited the new cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. What struck me were the multi-coloured woven banners, each about five metres high, decorating both side walls. They depicted saints

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New President of Pontifical Academy of Sciences

WelCom August 2017: Pope Francis has named Professor Joachim von Braun as the new President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Von Braun is the Ordinary Professor of Economics and Technological Change, as well as the Director of the Centre for Development Research at the University of Bonn in Germany. He was formerly the director general of the

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Caritas says ‘halt deep sea mining’

WelCom August 2017: ‘We call for an immediate halt to all deep-sea mining including exploratory testing as this will undermine the ability to achieve sustainable development goal 14,’ Julianne Hickey, Director of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand said at a UN forum in New York in July on sustainable development. Mrs Hickey was speaking for Oceania at the forum

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Say No to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

WelCom August 2017: The Parliamentary Select Committee that investigated into ending one’s life in New Zealand has yet to make its report, but New Zealanders have made it clear they are not in favour of legalising euthanasia. An unprecedented number of submissions rejected the idea by four to one. However, an ‘End of Life Choice Bill’ has been

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Blessing of the Fleet

WelCom August 2017: Nelsonians of all ages turned out on Saturday 15 July for the annual blessing of the fleet. Now in its seventeenth year, the Nelson blessing was for the safe sailing of this year’s fleet and in remembrance of the 140 fatalities over 17 years. Making the blessing were Nelson and Stoke Holy Family Parish Priest

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Free Download Offer

WelCom August 2017: Wellington’s Cathedral Parish of the Sacred Heart has launched a free App with a variety of services. A small team of parishioners have established a smartphone application to help connect the faith community with its members and others interested in the cathedral. The App is compatible with Android (Google Play) or iOS (App Store)

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Māori Pastoral Care Appeal

WelCom August 2017: He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, the people, the people Mō te tika, mō te pono, mō te aroha – For justice, truth and love Rangimoeroa Waikari-Panapa The 2017 Māori Pastoral Care Appeal

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New Zealand National Vocations Awareness Week, 6–13 August 2017

Te Wiki Aroā mō Ngā Karanga Tūranga Hāhi a Motu ki Aotearoa, 6-13 Ākuhata 2017 WelCom August 2017: “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest” – Matthew 9:37-38. Our baptism calls us to holiness. We live out this call through marriage,

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Faith and Light: Kimi Ora and Living waters

WelCom August 2017: Kimi Ora Faith and Light Ireen Crossan Faith and Light is an international network of recognised Christian communities for people with intellectual disabilities, as well as their families, carers and friends. There are six communities in New Zealand, each with their own community name: Arawhata Auckland; Kimi Ora New Plymouth; Shalom Wellington; Cornerstone Christchurch;

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Helping families in need

WelCom August 2017: Children whooped and mothers cried with joy when, in June, St Vincent de Paul volunteers delivered nearly 40 parcels of warm clothing for the families of 130 children in the Hastings suburbs of Camberley and Flaxmere. Mary Fama of the Hastings Parish Environmental and Social Justice Group came up with the idea of providing warm

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Winter Coats for the Homeless

WelCom August 2017: Wellington’s Knights of Malta have donated 50 warm winters coats to the Compassion Soup Kitchen for homeless people, rough sleepers, refugees and others in need in Wellington, to use for winter. The Knights purchased 50 coats at $50 each with money raised by Wellington parishioners. The long-padded coats with lots of pockets, velcro fasteners and

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A pilgrimage to Fatima

WelCom August 2017: ‘We are not tourists, we are pilgrims.’ The mantra taught by our chaplain Fr Peter Stojanovic of Griffith NSW, to three busloads of Aussies – and just three Kiwis – in Lisbon in May this year, prepared us firstly for Fatima, where one hundred years ago three shepherd children beheld, above a holm oak in

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Fatima’s centenary celebrated in Wellington

WelCom August 2017: More than 100 people, including families and children, gathered at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Tawa, in May to  honour Our Lady of Fatima for the 100th anniversary of her first apparition. ‘We wanted to honour our Blessed Mother and give glory to Her Son by marking the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of

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Benedictine Oblates

WelCom August 2017: Some meditators want to support and express their spiritual journey by becoming Benedictine Oblates of the World Community of Christian Meditation (WCCM). Oblation is a traditional form of monastic life that appeals to many on a contemplative path today. Whether single or married, young or elderly, they take monastic promises adapted to their way of

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Where will we go?

WelCom August 2017: A film about climate change and the Pacific debuted at this year’s Palmerston North’s Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival in May. Six Pasifika Massey students from Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, shared personal stories about the devastating impacts of climate change on their homelands and families. The Palmerston North Interfaith

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‘In Our Time’

WelCom August 2017: Nostra Aetate, ‘a Declaration on the Relation of the Church to non-Christian Religions’ was proclaimed by Pope Paul VI on 28 October 1965. Nostra Aetate reflects on the common origin and destiny of the human race, our relationship to non-Christian religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Muslims, Jews, and the brotherhood of all human beings as created

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On Max Harris and ‘The New Zealand Project’

WelCom August 2017: Max Harris is an Oxford-University-based, young New Zealand academic. He has been involved in various campaigning groups, including JustSpeak and Generation Zero, and contributes to a wide range of publications. He was in Wellington in April this year to launch his new book, The New Zealand Project. In The New Zealand Project, Max Harris

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Baptisms for Napier Parish

WelCom August 2017: Napier’s Reignier Catholic Primary School recently celebrated the Sacrament of Baptism for 13 students or their younger siblings, baptised into the Catholic Parish of Napier at St Mary’s Church. Through the document Catholic Education for School Age Children, a need had been identified in the school to encourage and support families to deepen their encounter

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Porirua City awards Holy Family volunteer

WelCom August 2017: Annabell Malaulau, a teacher at Holy Family School in Porirua, is one of a number of volunteers who have been recognised for their outstanding service to the people of Porirua City. Porirua Deputy Mayor Izzy Ford presented them with Civic Awards at Pātaka Museum in June. ‘The Civic Awards are the city’s highest form

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2019 WYD theme song

WelCom August 2017: The World Youth Day of Panama 2019 has a theme song: ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord…’ The song is written by Abdiel Jiménez, a catechist in Panama. He won the contest in which 55 other theme-song proposals were submitted. A music video is being prepared for the song, while a video illustrating

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He Hikoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom August 2017: This month, WelCom’s journey of faith – he hikoi whakapono – visits the archdiocesan Catholic Parish of Wairarapa, a vast and mainly rural area in the lower east North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. The area extends from Masterton, through to Carterton, Greytown, Featherston and Martinborough and down to the coast to Lake Ferry,

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Gospel Reflection: Sunday 6 August

Gospel, Luke 12:32-48s Fiona Rammell We all have those moments. We look around us and are in awe of what is happening to us. We hear ourselves say, ‘I had to pinch myself’. When a group of friends headed to the mountains with Jesus, they too had this experience. They couldn’t believe what they were

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Luther and Rome – Pastor, Pamphleteer, Prophet: Part 2

This is the second part in a series of five presented by Fr James B Lyons, in May this year, for the Lutheran Church in Wellington as part of their commemoration of Luther’s 500 year anniversary. The commemoration goes through to October. Speaking at the time of celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of Luther’s birth

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Mind over Matthew: Part 5

During this Year A of the Liturgical Calendar, which follows the Gospel of Matthew on Sundays during Ordinary Time, Dr Elizabeth Julian rsm addresses some basic questions about Matthew’s gospel to show how it is relevant to our lives today. In the previous two articles in this series I have considered Matthew’s portrayal of Jesus

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Caring for Nature – Reduce Plastic Use

Catherine Gibbs, TCI “Our industrial system, at the end of its cycle of production and consumption, has not yet developed the capacity to absorb and reuse waste and by-products. We have not yet managed to adopt a circular model of production capable of preserving resources for present and future generations, while limiting as much as possible

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