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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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1867–2017: Celebrating 150 Years

WelCom November 2017: This year marks 150 years in New Zealand for a number of Catholic and community organisations. Celebrating their histories and jubilees in October were the Society of St Vincent de Paul, St Joseph’s Māori Girls’ College and Sacred Heart College Napier. St Joseph’s Māori Girls College 150th Jubilee Deacon Danny Karatea-Goddard St Joseph’s Māori

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He Hikoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom November 2017: This month WelCom’s journey of faith visits the Parish of Our Lady of the Valleys, which combines the Catholic communities of Heretaunga and Stokes Valley. Our Lady of the Valleys Parish is a mixture of suburban and rural lifestyles including Heretaunga, Trentham, Silverstream, Pinehaven, Whitemans Valley and Stokes Valley. The parish connects to Lower

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First World Day of the Poor

WelCom November 2017: “Let us love, not with words but with deeds” – 2017 World Day of the Poor, theme The World Day of the Poor is a new celebration on the Catholic calendar. Pope Francis created it at the end of his 2015‒2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy. In the document concluding the Jubilee year, Misericordia

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Look around and act

WelCom November 2017: “The king will say, as often as you fed the hungry, gave water to the thirsty, visited the shut in, welcomed the stranger, you welcomed me!” – Matthew 25:34-36 This November, Pope Francis has called for the First World Day of the Poor, on Sunday 19 November, and we will celebrate the feast

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The Spiritual Dimension of Suicide Prevention

WelCom November 2017: “People who are deeply depressed are transformed when they know they are really loved.” – Jean Vanier World Mental Health Day is observed annually on October 10. This year, the Church sought to celebrate this day as an opportunity to encourage a truly pastoral view that embraces our total community as the living

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Memorial Mass for loved-ones

WelCom November 2017: On Saturday morning 14 October, to coincide with national Mental Health Awareness Week last month, 100 people from the Catholic Parish of Whanganui – Te Parihi Katorika a Ki Whanganui – gathered around the altar in St Anne’s Catholic Church for a Memorial Mass. Celebrated by parish priest Fr Marcus Francis and assisted by

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Holidays and Holy Days

WelCom November 2017: Some readers may recall the unexpected and exciting days when a Church dignitary, perhaps a bishop or head of a Religious Order, came to visit your school. There was that anticipation marked by sweaty palms and racing pulse as you awaited the proclamation of a half holiday. A shared history We have left behind

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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ: 26 November 2017

WelCom November 2017: The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the final Sunday of the Liturgical year, is a feast day that focuses on the authority of Christ. The earliest date on which this feast can occur is 20 November and the latest is 26 November. This year, it is on Sunday

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Action for World Peace

WelCom November 2017: During the week prior last month’s Week of Prayer for World Peace, on Tuesday 10 October a group of about 300 anti-weapons protesters demonstrated outside the annual New Zealand Defence Industry Association at Wellington’s Westpac stadium. They were protesting about weapons production and the destruction they bring to people, other countries and the

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‘What kind of country do we want to be?’

WelCom November 2017: Two Immigration NZ representatives spoke about modern slavery and exploitation, particularly in Aotearoa New Zealand, to about 70 people at the Anglican Annex in Tawa on 25 September this year. The evening was organised by ANZRATH. They are a group of religious and friends from the Archdiocese of Wellington who work to increase awareness

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Shelter the Homeless

WelCom November 2017: To mark World Homeless Day more than 130 people slept rough or in their cars at Mt Cook School in Central Wellington overnight on October 13 for the annual 14HoursHomeless event. The aim was to experience, in a small way, and better understand what it is to be homeless and, through sponsorship, to

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Jubilarian Mass for Priests and Brothers

WelCom November 2017: Several priests and two brothers from the Palmerston North Diocese were joined by family and friends to celebrate significant jubilees at a special Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit on Tuesday 10 October 2017. The priests included: Fr Joe O’Sullivan (60 years); Fr Fergus Reeves (55 years); Fr Terry Carr (50 years);

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Bishops appoint chair for new Council for Young People

WelCom November 2017: The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) announced on 27 September 2017 the appointment of David Mullin as Chair of their Council for Young People. The first meeting of the Council will be held 6 November this year. The Bishops established the council to work with the Church, young people and with those who

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Faith Community Nurse Conference

WelCom November 2017: As a Parish Nurse working within our rural area in Marlborough I was privileged to be able to attend the NZ Faith Community Nurse Association Conference and AGM, held this year in Auckland on 8‒9 September and attended by approximately 30 nurses. This conference, open to not only Parish Nurses working within church and

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Liturgical Workshops

WelCom November 2017: David Haas, composer of contemporary liturgical music, presented three workshops in Wellington in October. Participants, deeply impressed by David’s passion for liturgical music, described the workshops as inspirational and informative. David played and sang his music supported by Michael Mangan. The music created an incredible atmosphere of prayer and unity in singing. When

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Vinnies sleep out for homeless

WelCom November 2017: Spring is here and that means it is time for our St Bernard’s College Year 12 retreat. For the second year running we took part in 14hours Homeless – held overnight on Friday 13 October. The event asks participants to sleep outside for a night, in solidarity with those who sleep rough every

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Religious Diversity Day

WelCom November 2017: On Wednesday 27 September a group of Sacred Heart College and St Mary’s College girls spent a day at the Jewish Community Centre in Webb St, Wellington, to learn more about New Zealand’s growing religious diversity and the charity ethic in a selection of religions. The visit was between the high holy days of

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Honouring Suzanne Aubert

WelCom November 2017: As part of our Religious Education programme, students at St Joseph’s School, Waitara, have been studying the life of Suzanne Aubert. Our staff’s professional learning with Sr Anne Skleners throughout this year has included information about Suzanne Aubert’s life. This has prompted us to look at aspects of her life that the children

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Makeover for relocated classroom space

WelCom November 2017: Earlier this year, St Matthew’s School Marton gave one of their relocatable classrooms to St Mary’s School in Whanganui. But the space left behind at St Matthew’s was not a nice area, Palmerston North Diocese Property Operations Manager, Corinne Richdale, said. ‘So we decided to put a deck and a roof over the empty

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KPF Youth joins Caritas Challenge

WelCom November 2017: On Saturday 8 July, 25 members of the KPF Youth Wellington took part in one of this year’s Caritas Challenges. The group chose to do the ‘Move It’ challenge, as a 10km walk from Ss Peter and Paul Church in Lower Hutt to Stokes Valley. It was a fundraising activity to support the Caritas

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Social Justice Outreach

WelCom November 2017: Students at St Peter Chanel School in Motueka, finished off Term 3 by learning about social justice and actions they can take to improve community relationships and lives in our own community. The focus was ‘Knowing Your Neighbours’. Senior students planned an event to celebrate this learning, and to share it with our community

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Te Awakairangi Parish hosts schools’ staff Mass

WelCom November 2017: “For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20 Maria O’Flynn At Lower Hutt’s Te Awakairangi parish meeting in July, the idea was discussed for the staff of all five schools of the parish – St Bernadette’s, St Michael’s, Ss Peter and Paul, St

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Gospel Reflection: Sunday 5 November 2017

WelCom November 2017: Gospel, Matthew 23:1-12 1 Then addressing the crowds and his disciples Jesus said, 2 ‘The scribes and the Pharisees occupy the chair of Moses. 3 You must therefore do and observe what they tell you; but do not be guided by what they do, since they do not practise what they preach. 4

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Luther and Rome: Pastor, Pamphleteer, Prophet

WelCom November 2017: Fr James B Lyons Part Five There are links between Luther and Francis that help convince me we are now entering God’s time for healing and reconciliation between our two communities. Both Luther and Francis are extremely pastoral in their approach to ministry. They would seek to bring people closer to God by

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Dialogue for Unity as Reformation Remembered

WelCom November 2017: In June this year, Cardinal John Dew and Bishop Mark Whitfield of the Lutheran Church of New Zealand led an ecumenical service at Sacred Heart Cathedral attended by Catholic, Lutherans and several other Christian denominations, formally opening the New Zealand dialogue between the Catholic and Lutheran Churches. On Sunday, 29 October, Cardinal

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Pope’s statement on liturgical text translations welcomed

WelCom November 2017: At their recent meeting in Wellington, the New Zealand Catholic Bishops discussed Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio ‘Magnum Principium’ (the great principle), which lays out the procedure for preparing translations of liturgical texts from Latin into local languages. The Bishops released the following statement on 26 October 2017. During our recent meeting in Wellington,

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