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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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Caritas Lenten appeal

WelCom March 2017: Caritas_Lent

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Lent! It’s back again – and so is our need of it!

WelCom March 2017: Diocesan News Fr James Lyons Some years ago at a theology refresher course, the lecturer asked us this question: What does God do? How would you reply? God creates, God loves, God forgives…. Yes, God does all of these things, but there is one continuing action of God in which he does all

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ADW Synod ‘17

WelCom March 2017: Diocesan News Preparation work is well underway for the Archdiocese of Wellington’s Synod in September this year. The committee has been progressing decisions and actions and the first update has been sent to parish leaders. Cardinal John Dew said in the Decree of Convocation for the Synod: ‘In convoking a Synod I am

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Island Bay’s Blessing of the Boats

WelCom March 2017: Diocesan News Every year, on the second Sunday of February, the picturesque seaside suburb of Island Bay on Wellington’s south coast sees a flotilla of fishing boats and other sea-craft of all shapes and sizes arrive to take part in the ‘Blessing of the Boats’ by local clergy. This traditional ceremony, which offers

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Religious Enriching Communities

WelCom March 2017: Parishes, schools, and chaplaincies that have the support of religious communities living amongst them are enriched. These stories are just some of examples of the many good works undertaken by religious through prayer, hope, retreats, education and other professional activities and support for people everywhere. Benemerenti Medal to Br Doug Dawick Esther Saldanha

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A Renewed Vision for the Catholic Enquiry Centre

WelCom March 2017: National News When announcing their appointment of Fr Neil Vaney as Chaplain to the Catholic Enquiry Centre late last year, the New Zealand bishops said, ‘Fr Neil brings with him significant experience in and commitment to the work of evangelisation, with a particular gift in enabling young people to hear and respond to

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Catholic College Dux and Special Catholic Character Awards 2016; and Student Leaders 2017

WelCom March 2017: Youth, Schools, Education Archdiocese of Wellington Bishop Viard College, Porirua St Patrick’s College, Wellington St Bernard’s College, Lower Hutt Chanel College, Masterton St Patrick’s College, Silverstream Garin College, Nelson Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt St Mary’s College, Wellington St Catherine’s College, Kilbirnie Diocese of Palmerston North St Peter’s College Palmerston North St Joseph’s

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Budget 2017 must prioritise community wellbeing say Archdiocese and Caritas

WelCom March 2017: National News Lisa Beech ‘Kaikōura social services are anticipating significant hardship over the coming winter’, Te Tai o Marokura social services manager Riria Allen told the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee in support of the Archdiocese of Wellington’s submission on the government’s 2017 Budget policy statement. Speaking to the select committee by phone

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Institutional Abuse ‘Staggering’

WelCom March 2017: International News ‘Ashamed. Humiliated. A kick in the guts.’ They’re some of the words Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher op used to describe his reaction to the extent of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church [in Australia], reported Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, after The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released figures

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Focus on Youth

WelCom March 2017: Focus on Young People and Faith: Synod of Bishops 2018 Chris Duthie-Jung With the dust still settling from the stirring appeal of Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love, excitement is once again building over what the next Synod of Bishops in Rome will recommend. About every three years the

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Mind over Matthew: Part 1

WelCom March 2017: Reflections Dr Elizabeth Julian rsm Last month in an article in WelCom on the liturgical calendar I pointed out this year is Year A of the Liturgical Cycle and that we are following the Gospel of Matthew on Sundays during Ordinary Time. I suggested two short videos on YouTube provide an excellent way

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Mary and the Reformation, 2: Zwingli Pt 1.

WelCom March 2017: Reflections This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which brought the Catholic Church into deep conflict and schisms. Kieran Fenn fms continues his series on Mary and the Reformation in which he explores some of the key reformers of the sixteenth century. This is the first part about Ulrich Zwingli.

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Gospel Reflection: Sunday 5 March

WelCom March 2017: Reflections Parishioner of The Immaculate Conception Parish Stratford and retired Taranaki dairy farmer, Tom Gibson, reflects on this Sunday’s Gospel. Matthew 4:1-11 1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the desert to be put to the test by the devil. 2 He fasted for forty days and forty nights, after

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Tūranga Māori Appointment Announced

WelCom February 2017: News Annette Scullion Danny Karatea-Goddard of Maniapoto, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whatua, has been appointed the Tūranga Māori in the Archdiocese of Wellington, Cardinal John Dew announced on 25 January this year. Danny will be officially welcomed to the Archdiocese with a pōwhiri on Monday 27 February, at the Cathedral of the Sacred

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Faith, Politics and Elections

WelCom February 2017: Diocesan News and Views Bishop Charles Drennan stirs the political pot Keep religion out of politics. As a catch-cry it is nonsensical. Religions and faith have always been in the politics game and vice versa. The Sanhedrin, the body which oversaw the trial of Jesus, was political. And civic institutions which support and

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A Journey of Faith: He Hikoi Whakapono

WelCom February 2017: Feature WelCom brings stories and news about and from the Catholic communities that make up the Archdiocese of Wellington and the Diocese of Palmerston North. In this issue we begin a faith journey to visit each of the many pastoral areas and parishes that form the two dioceses, to learn more of their

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Lent and Easter 2017

WelCom February 2017: ‘So it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead’ Luke 24:46 Ash Wednesday 1 March: Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday. It is a season of penance, reflection, fasting and prayer. Palm

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Cardinal John’s Column – A place for social media

WelCom February 2017: Cardinal John Dew For a long time I was often asked the question, ‘Are you on Facebook?’ I used to answer by telling people I was and had been for quite some years, but that I never actually used it. However, a couple of years ago I was convinced by others I should

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Five Good Men: RIP

WelCom February 2017: Diocesan News The dioceses and New Zealand sadly lost five priests who passed away in November and December last year. They represent a huge loss for their families and for the Church, parishes, schools and other ministries they have served. May they rest in peace.

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2017 Clergy Shifts for the Archdiocese of Wellington

WelCom February 2017: Diocesan News Cardinal John Dew announced at the end of last year the following clergy appointments for 2017 to take effect from 1 February. Our Lady Star of the Sea, Marlborough Fr John Pearce cp, parish priest Fr Pat McIndoe cp, assistant priest Catholic Parish of Wellington South Fr Dennis Nacorda, administrator (May–September)

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Archdiocese Synod 2017

WelCom February 2017: Diocesan News One of the major challenges this year brings the Archdiocese of Wellington is the work on the synod to take place in September. The Synod Planning Committee’s work is underway and Cardinal John Dew has asked each parish to pray the synod prayer at every Sunday Mass between now and 24

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Cardinal John takes Pope Francis’ prayer message to Kaikōura

WelCom February 2017: Diocesan News Lisa Beech On a pastoral visit to Kaikōura in December, Cardinal John Dew brought a message of Pope Francis’ prayers for people affected by November’s severe earthquake. The 7.8 quake particularly affected the Marlborough parish of Star of the Sea – Te Whetu o Te Moana, which includes Kaikōura, Seddon, Ward

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Kaikōura – Watching the mountains fall

WelCom February 2017: Diocesan News Riria Allen, Te Tai o Marokura After the earthquake hit Kaikōura on 14 November, I climbed high to try to contact whānau by cellphone. From the top of the hill, I could see the dust from the mountains around Kaikōura, as landslides continued. And I could see the rocks and land that

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Kaikōura – Challenge 2000

WelCom February 2017: Diocesan News A Challenge 2000 young team of eight spent a week in working alongside Whakatu Rangatahi to deliver a holiday programme for children in the area. Lisa Beech from CSS and Fr Jeff Drane from Wellington were also in Kaikōura to support the community. Whakatu Rangatahi is a partnership between Te Tai

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Gospel Reflection: Sunday 5 February

WelCom February 2017: Reflections Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time , Matthew 5:13-16 13 You are salt for the earth. But if salt loses its taste, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled under people’s feet. 14 You are light for the world. A

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All sorted: Making sense of the Lectionary and the Liturgical Calendar

WelCom February 2017: Reflections Liturgy comes from the word ‘leitaurgia’ meaning the work of the people. It’s what we do when we come together as a Catholic community to worship publicly. This happens in the Mass and the other Sacraments as well as in the Prayer of the Church. There is a particular pattern and rhythm

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