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Papal audience: Pope Francis meets Māori King

WelCom June 2019: Pope Francis and Māori King, His Majesty Kiingi Tuheita Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, met at a private audience at the Vatican on 26 May 2019. Kiingi Tuheita Pōtatau Te Wherowhero was accompanied by his wife Makau Ariki Atawhai and his daughter Te Puhi Ariki Ngā Hono i te Po. It was his first visit

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Survivor Advisory Group appointed

WelCom June 2019: The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in Care has announced the appointment of a Survivor Advisory Group. The group will represent survivors of abuse in State care and those from faith-based institutions. Commission Chair Sir Anand Satyanand says survivors are at the centre of the Royal Commission’s work and it is

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New Zealand Bishops support Pope’s call for mandatory reporting

WelCom June 2019: In early May, Pope Francis issued a landmark decree making it mandatory for clerics and religious to report incidents of sexual abuse or cover-ups to church authorities and allowing anyone to complain directly to the Vatican if needed. By publishing this decree, Motu Proprio – ‘Vos Estis Lux Mundi (You Are the Light

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Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants

WelCom June 2019: Te Rā Karakia mō te Hunga Rerenga Rāhui me te Hunga Manene Sunday, 23 June 2019 | Rātapu, 23 o Hune 2019 Helping new families in our communities Dave Olivier One of the main areas in which Catholic Social Services in Tory St Wellington are blessed to have received support from many parishes

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Catholic Enquiry Centre Reaches Out on Trinity Sunday

WelCom June 2019: Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday after Pentecost, celebrates the Holy Trinity – God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This year, Trinity Sunday is on 16 June. Neil Vaney sm Trinity Sunday is a powerful reminder of mission. It helps us remember that Jesus emptied himself. He stepped out of the

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What does it mean to be a ‘missionary disciple’?

WelCom June 2019: Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has encouraged the Church to go out to the world. In The Joy of the Gospel, he spoke of his dream of a ‘missionary impulse capable of transforming everything’. ‘We are all missionary disciples striving to lead all people to the Kingdom of God.’ – EG

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Suzanne Aubert’s Birthday Mass

WelCom June 2019: Rā Whānau Suzanne Aubert – the Sisters of Compassion and the Catholic Parish of Wellington South invite everyone to come to Suzanne Aubert’s Birthday Mass, to be celebrated by Cardinal John Dew, 6pm, 19 June, at St Anne’s Church, Newtown. For details email heritagecentre@compassion.org.nz or ph (04) 282-1953. All welcome.

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Awards for Wellington Catholic Architecture

WelCom June 2019: The New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Wellington branch announced the winners of their local awards on 8 May, at Parliament Buildings. Twenty-five projects were commended that ‘have changed the face of Wellington city and other regional centres.’ Included were work on St Mary of the Angels Church for the Heritage Award and the

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National Māori Pastoral Care Hui

WelCom June 2019: Mynetta Erueti The inaugural National Māori Pastoral Care Hui was held on 9 May 2019, at Connolly Hall, Wellington. Te Ohu Kai Manaaki, the Māori Pastoral Care Team of the Archdiocese of Wellington, organised the Hui. The bishops nominated the participants as those Church members who are working in Māori pastoral care and

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Clergy Jubilee Celebration

WelCom June 2019: The annual clergy jubilee celebration for the Archdiocese of Wellington is being held on Thursday, 4 July, with Mass at 11am at St Patrick’s Church in Kilbirnie. All are welcome to attend the Mass. Presbyterial ordination anniversaries 60 years Cardinal Thomas Williams Fr Michael Stieller Fr Denis Collins Fr Peter Conaghan sm Fr

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Prayers for Monsignor Brian Walsh

WelCom June 2019: A message from Bishop Charles, 22 May 2019 Dear Everyone, As many of you will or may have heard Mons Brian Walsh, our Vicar General, some days ago had what was described as a ‘cardiac event’ while returning from his holiday in South Africa. He collapsed at Sydney Airport and was taken to

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Kāpiti Parish Benefit Impact 2019

WelCom June 2019: Lisa Beech Our Lady of Kāpiti Parish will host a Benefit Impact from 22–26 July at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Waikanae. People from Kāpiti Coast are invited from Tuesday 23 July, to come and check entitlements with trained benefit advocates. As with the Archdiocese’s Benefit Impacts hosted by parish communities in Upper

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2019 World Communications Day

WelCom June 2019: he Vatican and many dioceses mark World Communications Day on the Sunday before Pentecost; which in 2019 is 2 June. In September last year, the Vatican released Pope Francis’ theme for the 53rd World Communications Day, for 2019 – ‘We are members one of another: From network community to human communities’ (Eph 4:

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Caritas Internationalis General Assembly, Rome

WelCom June 2019: Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has been re-elected as president of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of Catholic charities around the world. The cardinal was confirmed for a second four-year term on 24 May, at the 21st Caritas general assembly in Rome. The meeting, held every four years, brought together some 450 representatives

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Archbishop of Canterbury interviews Pope Francis

WelCom June 2019: Justin Welby has become the first Archbishop of Canterbury to interview a pope in a symbol of the warm relationship shared by the two Church leaders. In a significant moment for relations between the Anglican and Catholic Church, the interview with Pope Francis was recorded on the Archbishop’s mobile phone during a recent

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O’Shea Shield 2019

WelCom June 2019: Congratulations St Patrick’s College – Wellington O’Shea Shield 2019 Winners Congratulations to St Patrick’s College Wellington, the winners of the 2019 O’Shea Shield. The 73rd O’Shea Shield was held at St Peter’s College, Palmerston North, over the weekend of 11 and 12 May. The O’Shea Shield is a public speaking competition contested for

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He Hīkoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom June 2019: Our Hīkoi of Faith this month journeys to The Catholic Parish of Whanganui – Te Parihi Katorika Ki Whanganui, an area rich in history and culture with a strong Catholic background dating back to the early 1850s. Today the parish includes the River Māori Eucharistic Communities of Hāto Hōhepa Hiruhārama-Jerusalem, Te Rongo o

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Learning Through Play

WelCom June 2019: Annette Scullion Learning Through Play sessions, which put students at the centre of learning, are a big success at St Benedict’s School, Khandallah. The sessions provide students opportunities for conversations and skills around thinking and encourage them to make decisions around special needs learning activities and the way they engage with others. With

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Hawera farewells two outstanding educators

WelCom June 2019: Pauline Annabel and Susan Bradley St Joseph’s Catholic School, Hawera, farewelled two long-serving and much respected members of the school and parish community last December, at a special Liturgy at St Joseph’s Church. Mrs Cath Clough and Mrs Jude Fevre were retiring after each giving 33 years of dedicated service and leading the

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Fr Gregory Lakra returns to India

WelCom June 2019: Colleen Restieaux Capuchin Friar Fr Gregory Lakra OFM CaP returned to India earlier this year after working for the past 10 years in the Wellington Archdiocese. Most recently he has been assistant priest at Holy Trinity Parish, Wellington East. Over 300 parishioners gathered in St Patrick’s Church, Kilbirnie, for a special Sunday Mass

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Catholic Thinking – Synodality and Canon Law

WelCom June 2019: In this month’s Catholic Thinking series, Brendan Daly, Judicial Vicar and lecturer in canon law at Good Shepherd College – Te Hepara Pai, discusses synodality and canon law and the problems of sexual abuse that have occurred because of a lack of synodality. Synodality and Canon Law In recent times there has been

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Befriending the Old Testament: Part 4

WelCom June 2019: In part 4, Dr Elizabeth Julian rsm continues her series about the Old Testament. Dr Elizabeth Julian rsm So far we have considered the Old Testament as the story of God’s love affair with a particular group of people; as a library rather than a book, other names used to describe it, the

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Gospel Reading: Sunday 2 June 2019

WelCom June 2019: Ascension Sunday: Lk 24:46-53 Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these

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New Bible website for New Zealand Catholics

WelCom June 2019: The Bible Society has launched its new scripture-based website, The Word, the first Catholic Bible-engagement focused website of its kind in New Zealand. Mass readings are also delivered every day, thanks to a partnership with the Marist Messenger. The site delivers inspirational stories through video and word from Catholics for whom the Bible

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Matariki: Te Tau Hou Māori 2019

WelCom June 2019: Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars which is visible in our night sky at a specific time of the year. In 2019, the cluster sets on 27 May and from 25 to 28 June, Matariki will re-appear in the dawn sky – signalling the start of the Māori New

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World Environment Day

WelCom June 2019: For World Environment Day – Wednesday 5 June, all parishes and schools are invited to plant a tree as a symbol of solidarity with the people of the Amazon and a response to the call of Pope Francis to ‘care for our common home’. Be part of a world-wide movement to protect the

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