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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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Why Resurrection?

WelCom April 2018: “…if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain… If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. (1 Cor 15.14,17) Fr Neil Vaney sm Resurrection in the Gospels A wise commentator observed that if Jesus had not risen from the

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“Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia!” – “Kua ara te Karaiti. Areruia, Areruia!”

WelCom April 2018: Hiruhārama – Jerusalem The Sisters of Compassion have been connected with Hiruhārama – Jerusalem on the Whanganui River since 1883 when Venerable Suzanne Aubert established a convent school there. Later in 1892, she founded the congregation of the Sisters of Compassion and today the Sisters are kaitiaki (guardians) of the church, old convent

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ANZAC Day 25 April 2018

WelCom April 2018: A Prelude to Anzac Day Brian Fennessy On Palm Sunday we commemorate Jesus’ entry, riding on a donkey, into Jerusalem. For us in New Zealand, a donkey doesn’t portray an image of elegance or strength. However, for Jesus, and his contemporaries, the donkey represented an animal of peace, hard work and a fulfilment

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Bishops concern at End of Life Bill

WelCom April 2018: Amanda Gregan In their submission last month, the New Zealand Catholic Bishops expressed their deep concerns about David Seymour’s ‘End of Life Choice’ Bill, currently before the Justice Select Committee. ‘The Catholic Church’s long involvement in the hospice movement and pastoral care of the dying and their families provides us with strong credentials

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Anglican and Catholic Bishops meet in Wellington

WelCom April 2018: Anglican and Catholic Bishops met last month, at the Home of Compassion in Island Bay, as part of the ongoing commitment to dialogue between the two Churches on issues including homelessness, poverty, trafficking and the environment. The Bishops gathered in prayer the evening prior to their meeting the next day, 15 March. Discussions included:

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Bishops of Oceania to discuss climate change and human rights

WelCom April 2018: The Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania will meet in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, 12‒16 April this year, for their four-yearly Plenary Assembly. The Federation is made up of Bishops from Australia, PNG and Solomon Islands, New Zealand and other Pacific nations. The Assembly’s theme is, ‘Care of our Common Home

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Pā Gerard Burns, fêted

WelCom April 2018: Rā Huritau – Birthday Celebration – ¡Feliz Cumpleaños! On Sunday 18 March, parishioners of Te Ngākau Tapu hāhi in Porirua and the wider church community celebrated the 60th birthday of parish priest, Pā Gerard Burns. The hakaari (celebratory meal) was held in neighbouring Tū-Hono hall after the 10am Miha (Mass in Māori). In

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Gospel Reading – Vigil for Easter Sunday 1 April 2018

WelCom April 2018: Gospel, Mark 16:1-8 1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices with which to go and anoint him. 2 And very early in the morning on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3

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Covenant of Napier – Lent and Easter

WelCom April 2018: Margaret von Hartitzsch The Covenant of Napier, comprising interfaith unity between Napier’s Catholic, Anglican Methodist and Presbyterian Churches, held inner-city, ecumenical services on Wednesday evenings throughout Lent. The first, on Ash Wednesday, was at St John’s Anglican Cathedral, followed by services at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Knox Presbyterian Church,

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Pope Francis approves decrees for saints’ causes

WelCom April 2018: Pope Francis has signed the decree paving the way for the canonisation of Pope Paul VI and Oscar Romero. The Vatican published this news on 7 March 2018 after Pope Francis had received Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, in private audience on Tuesday 6 March, during which,

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New Zealand Catholic Education Convention

WelCom April 2018: ‘Christ’s call: to love, to be, to do – Ko Tā Te Karaiti Karanga: kia aroha, kia tūturu, kia ora.’ Annette Scullion Over 800 delegates and presenters involved with Catholic Education throughout Aotearoa New Zealand will come together in Wellington for the eight triennial Catholic Education Convention, 13 to 15 June this year.

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SSVdP provides support after Cyclone Gita

WelCom April 2018: Mike Fitzsimons The Society of St Vincent de Paul has stepped up with financial assistance to help Tonga and Samoa recover from the devastating impact of Cyclone Gita that tore through these Pacific Island nations in mid-February. The Society has forwarded $10,000 to Tonga and $3000 to Samoa from its disaster-relief fund. Tonga’s

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Samoa Voyaging Society visits St Mary of the Angels

WelCom April 2018: Fr Kevin Conroy and the St Mary of the Angels congregation were delighted to welcome a group from the Samoa Voyaging Society – Aiga Folau o Samoa – at 11am Mass on Sunday 25 February. The members were in Wellington in February to take part in ‘A Waka Odyssey’ at the opening of

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He Hikoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom April 2018: WelCom continues its Hikoi of Faith with a visit to the Westport parish and pastoral area of St Canice. It extends along the West Coast of the South Island. It borders Porarari River to the south with the Greymouth parish. To the east it borders with the Reefton parish and to the north,

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What Do We Say to Brokenness?

WelCom April 2018: The Passion of Christ and the Resurrection – the Paschal Mystery in our everyday lives Joy Cowley Whatever we say about suffering will be largely subjective. It will come from our beliefs which in turn, have been shaped by our life experience. My brokenness will relate to the brokenness out there. Some will

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Catholic Thinking – Aiming for Fairer Circulation of Money

WelCom April 2018: WelCom’s ‘Catholic Thinking’ series presents articles by lecturers from Good Shepherd College and The Catholic Institute about theology, morality, ethics and faith heritage. This month Dr Sarah L Hart of Good Shepherd College looks at faith aspects about money. Aiming for Fairer Circulation of Money Dr Sarah L Hart The subject of loans,

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Jubilees for Our Lady of the Missions’ Sisters

WelCom April 2018: In January this year several Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions celebrated their jubilees of dedicated rndm service. Barbara Henley celebrated her 50-year jubilee on Sunday 7 January, the Feast of the Epiphany, with parishioners of Waikanae, several family members who had travelled from across the world and religious sisters. Mass was

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Farewell to Dominican Sisters

WelCom April 2018: David Loving-Molloy Seventy-five years after the Dominican Sisters first began their involvement with the Deaf Community in Wellington, members of the Palmerston North Diocese fare-welled the Dominican Sisters from their diocese at a gathering on Sunday 18 February. The Sisters’ 75 years of commitment to a specialised ministry in the Church is a

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Caritas Lenten appeal

WelCom April 2018: Julianne Hickey This year, during Lent, we reflected on ‘journeying together’, as we contemplated the transformative nature of our relationships with God and with one another. We thank everyone who has joined us in prayer, reflection, almsgiving, and fasting. By joining us in this Lenten journey, together we are able to demonstrate Christ’s

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“Love More. Be More”

WelCom April 2018: The theme for this year’s Caritas SINGout4JUSTICE song-writing competition is: ‘Love more. Be more.’ It is easy to get caught up in pursuit of material success. Christ reminds us the purpose of life is not ‘getting’ and ‘having’, but ‘loving’ and ‘being’; being who we are called to be and reaching out to

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Fr Pat McCullough remembered

WelCom April 2018: The First Anniversary of the death of much-loved Fr Pat McCullough was on Wednesday, 14 March. Masses were celebrated in the Francis of Assisi Chapel, Nelson, and at St Michael’s Church, Taita, for the ‘Happy Repose of his Soul’. Eileen McParland Parishioners and friends and relatives from Ireland gathered on Wednesday 14 March,

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‘If Dominic Came to Visit’

WelCom April 2018: Maggie Johnson It’s 800 years since the Order of Preachers was founded to follow in the footsteps of St Dominic. A year ago, the Dominican Family in Aotearoa-New Zealand celebrated the end of a year of Jubilee. One year later, some 80 junior school children at St Brigid’s in Johnsonville listened with excitement

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NZ Bible Society giving away 100,000 books for children to hear about Jesus this Easter

WelCom April 2018: Sarah Richards This Easter, Bible Society New Zealand is giving away 100,000 copies of The Super Cool Story of Jesus. They want to tell the message of who Jesus is to children nationwide. ‘This opportunity could have a remarkable impact on thousands of Kiwi children in 2018,’ says BSNZ Programme Director Stephen Opie.

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Chanel College at Marist Student Leaders’ Forum

WelCom April 2018: Tara Quinney Seven senior leaders from Chanel College, Masterton, attended this year’s annual Marist Student Leaders’ Forum in Christchurch, 22‒25 February. They joined 36 senior leaders from nine other Catholic secondary schools with a Marist Brothers’ charism. The forum, in its 12th year, is led by Marist Champagnat partnership co-ordinator Dan Dungey and

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Pope asks young to help rejuvenate the church; youth ask church to listen

WelCom April 2018: The Catholic Church needs the enthusiasm, daring and hope of young people so it can preach the Gospel energetically and respond to the questions men and women raise today, Pope Francis told some 300 young adults, on 19 March. He was opening a week-long meeting in preparation for the Synod of Bishops on

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Living Faith at Home

WelCom April 2018: Chris Duthie After a year of trialling how to encourage active faith in parents of young children in Te Awakairangi Parish, Lower Hutt, the Family and Young Church Vicariate now invites Catholic primary schools throughout the Archdiocese to get in touch if they would like to begin shaping something similar in their own

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