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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.

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Pope Francis calls for Extraordinary Month of Mission

WelCom July 2019: ‘Baptised and sent: the Church of Christ on mission in the world’ – theme for Extraordinary Mission Month, October 2019. Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington This year marks the 100th anniversary of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter Maximum illud (November 30, 1919) on the activities carried out by missionaries around the world. Pope

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End of Life Choice Bill passes Second Reading

WelCom July 2019: The End of Life Choice Bill is a bill before the New Zealand Parliament that seeks to give people with a terminal illness or a grievous and irremediable medical condition the option of requesting assisted dying. The first reading of the bill was in December 2017, after the bill entered the ballot in

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Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand – Caritas Aotearoa Niu Tīreni

WelCom July 2019: 50 years of ‘love in action’ – kua 50 ngā tau ‘whakaatu i te aroha me te manaakitanga’. This year marks 50 years since the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference – He Huinga o ngā Pīhopa Katorika o Aotearoa established national bodies for Catholic overseas aid, justice and peace, and provision of lay

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A Hopeful Start – Budget 2019

WelCom July 2019: New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services The Coalition Government’s first Wellbeing Budget was unveiled in Parliament on Thursday May 30, 2019. ‘We are encouraged by the 2019 Wellbeing Budget and see hopeful signs for the future if this beginning is more strongly built on in future Budgets,’ said Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer,

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Contradicting ourselves with well-being

WelCom July 2019: Opinion Fr James Lyons Well-being and being well have surfaced as priorities for policy makers in the current New Zealand government. The biggest ticket price in the ‘Wellbeing’ 2019 Budget is for mental health, a clear indication that New Zealanders are not functioning or managing in a well state. This realisation is surely

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Te Rōpū Tautoko

WelCom July 2019: Catholic Support Group for the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care Message of Support for the Royal Commission into Abuse in Care from Te Rōpū Tautoko on behalf of the Catholic Bishops and Religious Congregational Leaders Catherine Fyfe Chair, Te Rōpū Tautoko 28 June 2019 The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse

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New safeguarding lead for national roll out of training

WelCom July 2019: The Catholic Church’s National Office of Professional Standards (NOPS) has welcomed Pamela Arthurs as its new National Safeguarding Lead. Pamela is providing support to Catholic dioceses, congregations and organisations throughout New Zealand in the continued implementation of the NOPS safeguarding practices. Bishop Steve Lowe of the National Committee for Professional Standards said, ‘all

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Invitation to focus on mission in everyday lives

WelCom July 2019: At the 2017 Archdiocesan Synod the need for a ‘spirituality of service’ to address some of the issues raised was expressed strongly. Elizabeth Julian rsm has developed a short course of sessions to help people understand how their call to holiness, their mission – as explained by Pope Francis in Gaudete et Exsultate

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Jesus’ message in our society

WelCom July 2019: Mary-Ann Greaney The Sunday readings after Easter have given us a sense of the excitement the disciples felt as they organised to establish the new Christian church – sharing everything and debating how best to help those among them in need. How can we as Church 2000 years later capture that same excitement

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Befriending the Old Testament: Part 5

WelCom July 2019: Dr Elizabeth Julian rsm continues her eight-part series about the Old Testament. So far we have seen the Old Testament, describing God’s love affair with a particular group of people, follows a basic storyline involving many different characters, places and events, spread over 46 books. This month we will consider the tricky subject

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Service to Seafarers

WelCom July 2019: Jeff Drane Sea Sunday occurs on 14 July this year and it is a good time to remember the dedicated volunteers and workers in the ports of Wellington and Napier. Twelve Wellingtonians of whom four are ship visitors in Wellington devote their time to serving the needs of seafarers and fishers when they

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Act on climate crisis now: Pope

WelCom July 2019: Many of the world’s leading oil producers announced their support for carbon pricing schemes following Pope Francis’ plea for a ‘radical energy transition’ during a climate summit at the Vatican June 13‒14, on ‘Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home.’ The Vatican joined oil companies, investors and environmentalists in signing a statement

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Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong calls for restraint

WelCom July 2019: The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong has called for the government and public to exercise restraint and seek a peaceful resolution to a controversial bill that if passed into law would allow Hong Kong citizens’ extradition to mainland China. The bill has resulted in massive protests. Church leaders are supporting the protests, which

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Regional seminars to revitalise Vinnies

WelCom July 2019: Mike Fitzsimons A series of regional seminars are being run throughout New Zealand focusing on spiritual renewal and the recruitment of new members to join the Society of St Vincent de Paul. The seminars, run by the Society’s National Spiritual Adviser Fr Jeff Drane, are being held in the coming months in response

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A saintly man committed to peace and justice

WelCom July 2019: Zachariah Duke Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche Community, passed away on 7 May 2019, aged 90. As someone who was blessed to share a friendship with Jean Vanier over a number of years, it seems almost unimaginable to accept that he is no longer with us. It has been difficult for me

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Joy Cowley a Finalist in 2019 Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards

WelCom July 2019: One of New Zealand’s best-loved writers, Dame Joy Cowley – a regular contributor to WelCom – is a finalist in this year’s Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards’ Book category for her non-fiction work Veil Over Light. Joy joins four other authors from all over the country writing about issues as wide-ranging

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The Size and Shape of Parables

WelCom July 2019: “Parables of sight, parables of hearing, they can nourish us in so many ways.” As we get older, we tend to lose sharpness of sight and hearing, but those same inner senses can become more acute. It’s as though life experience teaches us to see and hear new truth beyond the surface of

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Papal honour for exceptional stewardship

WelCom July 2019: Brendan Quirk A joyful Mass of love and thanksgiving was concelebrated on Sunday 26 May 2019, at a packed-out St Anthony’s Church, Seatoun, Wellington, of the Holy Trinity Parish. Mrs Julie Marshall was presented with a Benemerenti Medal and framed scroll, which Pope Francis had awarded in January this year. Fr Ephrem Tigga

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Sr Joan Manson celebrates her 90th birthday

WelCom July 2019: Ethne Maher A large group of family, Sisters of Mercy and friends gathered in Palmerston North to celebrate Sr Joan Manson’s 90th birthday on 28 May this year. Sr Joan was born in Whanganui where she spent her childhood years as well as in Palmerston North. After leaving school she worked as a

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Supporting better connections and communication

WelCom July 2019: ‘Come to the Water, You Who Are Thirsty’ – Isaiah 55:1 Kelly and Luana Durston Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME) team members invited Bishop Charles Drennan to their monthly meeting, in Pahiatua in April this year, to share their WWME mission and experience. The team is grateful for Bishop Charles’ support for their planned

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Seasons for Growth

WelCom July 2019: David Olivier, Director Catholic Social Services Many in our community suffer loss and grief in different forms, which often take time to heal and, in some cases, do not quite heal. For young people of school-going age, when a family separates it is often the first time they feel the loss of a loved

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On a Mission

WelCom July 2019: Marlene Richards My involvement with St Vincent de Paul, through our parish of The Holy Spirit Te Wairua Tapu, Lower Hutt, and my various charity works, prompted me to arrange a visit to two charities while holidaying [with husband Mike] in India during Lent this year. Our Lenten intention was ‘help in anyway

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Whanganui marks Venerable Suzanne Aubert birth date

WelCom July 2019: ‘I believe Mother Aubert was no social worker, but rather a Jesus worker,’ Fr Nathaniel Brazil said in his homily at midday Mass celebrating her birth date on 19 June 2019. Parishioners were involved in the ministries and Mass concluded with Fr Chris Skinner’s song With our Mother Suzanne and a reading of

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Outstanding educational leader farewelled

WelCom July 2019: Emma Dodsworth Close to 100 of Lynette Roberts-King’s family members, friends and work colleagues gathered in Palmerston North on May 10, 2019, to farewell her as manager of the Diocese’s Catholic Education Office. Celebrations included Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit followed by lunch and shared stories about Lynette’s 18 years

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He Hīkoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom July 2019: The Parish of Patea and Waverley serves the Catholic communities of these two South Taranaki rural towns and their surrounding farming areas. To the North are Mt Taranaki, Mt Ruapehu and Tongariro and to the South is the rocky coastline and long, black sandy beaches of the Tasman Sea. Patea, the third-largest town

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Caring for our common home – Te manaaki i to tātou ake kāinga

WelCom July 2019: The weeks around Catholic Schools’ Day, 28 May 2019, World Environment Day, 5 June, and World Oceans Day, 8 June, saw Catholic students in our two dioceses responding to Pope Francis’ call to care for the earth and care for the poor; and to celebrate who we are as Catholics. Cardinal John Dew

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