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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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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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Suzanne Aubert – Meri Hōhepa – declared ‘venerable’

WelCom February 2017: Diocesan News and Views Annette Scullion The founder of New Zealand’s Sisters of Compassion, Suzanne Aubert, has been declared ‘venerable’ by the Catholic Church. The declaration by Pope Francis, announced early last December, is a major milestone on the path to sainthood being bestowed on Aubert, who came to New Zealand from France

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Suzanne Aubert presented to Iwi Chairs’ Forum

WelCom February 2017: Diocesan News Hēnare Walmsley Last December I attended the Iwi Chairs’ Forum held in Grovetown, near Blenheim, to present about Suzanne Aubert. The forum is a six-monthly conference for Māori leaders from all over Aotearoa. The three-day manuhiri (event) was hosted by a small but important subgroup of Ngai Tahu Iwi. The impressive

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Raa Kawemate – A Day of Remembrance

WelCom February 2017: Diocesan News A Raa Kawemate (a day to remember those who have passed on) was held at Te Kāinga, last year on Saturday 3 December. Over 100 people attended. Te Kāinga is a Catholic Māori community in Wellington. Twenty whānau brought framed photos of their loved ones who had passed away, to hang

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Holy Family Deputy Principal Wins National Award

WelCom February 2017: Diocesan News Porirua’s Holy Family School deputy principal Gina Lefaoseu won a national award for leadership in education at the SunPix Pacific People’s Awards, held in Auckland last November. The awards recognise achievements of those with Pacific backgrounds who are making a substantial impact on the lives of all Pasifika peoples across the

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Preparing for refugee arrivals in 2017

WelCom February 2017: Diocesan News Lesley Hooper, Director, CSS Catholic social services are gearing up for the arrival of six more intakes of former refugees to Wellington during 2017. Through our partnership with Red Cross and the Anglican Diocese of Wellington, last year 115 volunteer teams from our communities stocked and prepared 89 homes for 311 former

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Catholic Foundation Scholarships Awarded

WelCom February 2017: Youth, Schools, Education Kathy Whelan The Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of Wellington congratulates the eight students who have received its scholarships for the 2017 tertiary studies year and beyond and wishes them all well in their chosen courses. The Foundation also recognises the applicants who were not successful but who were of

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2017 Suzanne Aubert Tertiary Scholarship Recipients

WelCom February 2017: Youth, Schools, Education Ruchika Jayatilaka The Sisters of Compassion Island Bay have congratulated the three students who have been awarded tertiary scholarships for 2017 from the Suzanne Aubert Tertiary Scholarship Grant. The recipients are: Sinead Frances Lynch, Sacred Heart Girls College, New Plymouth; Caitlyn Rose Winchester, Central Hawke’s Bay College, Waipukurau; and Lakan

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Building Young Catholic Leaders

WelCom February 2017: Youth, Schools, Education Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision passes the time. Vision with action can change the world’ – Joel A. Barker Young Catholic Leader (YCL) is a five-day Catholic leadership course run in December each year in Wellington, Palmerston North and Hamilton dioceses. A limited number of

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Everything is Connected

WelCom February 2017: Youth, Schools, Education Liz Keane A 10-year journey of environmental learning and growing at St Patrick’s School in Masterton was recognised with a Green-Gold Enviroschool award in September last year. Enviroschools is a nationwide programme that supports young people plan, design and implement sustainability actions in their communities. It works in partnership with

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St Patrick’s School 1954–2016: End of an era – start of the new

WelCom February 2017: Youth, Schools, Education Martin Elms, Principal The time has come at St Patrick’s School, Paraparaumu, to transition to our new Our Lady of Kāpiti School, and forge a new story and a future, based on what has been and what has made us a successful Catholic character school. Our school holds many precious memories,

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A New Year’s Resolution? Reduce Plastic and Care for our Common Home

WelCom February 2017: Diocesan News Sr Natalie Murphy rsm Last year Pope Francis’ announced an 8th Work of Mercy: Care for our Common Home. He said, ‘As a spiritual work of mercy, care for our common home calls for a grateful contemplation of God’s world. As a corporal work of mercy, care for our common home requires

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‘Make your voice heard’ Pope tells young people

WelCom February 2017: International News Catholic bishops are being asked how to better address young victims of extreme violence and drug addiction as part of a global youth survey supported by Pope Francis. The survey of bishops and pastors includes questions that are specific to each continent and is part of the preparation for the 2018

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Otari CWL Hosts St Margaret Clitherow Liturgy

WelCom February 2017: Diocesan News Karen Saunders Otari (Karori) Catholic Women’s League, hosted 25 members at a meeting last September at St Thomas More Church, Wilton, on behalf of the Wellington Archdiocesan Council. The meeting included a Liturgy prepared by Ethne Wyndham-Smith, President, and Vonnie Nunns, Vice-President. Anne Lumb spoke about her recent visit to the

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Mary and the Reformation 1: Erasmus

WelCom February 2017: Reflections October this year will see the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The Catholic Church today is not the same as the Church with which Martin Luther and the other Reformers came into such deep conflict in the sixteenth century. Luther wanted to reform his own church and not to split it.

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The Catholic Institute 2016 graduation

WelCom February 2017: Diocesan News Catherine Gibbs, TCI Close to 30 graduates joined academic staff from The Catholic Institute’s Wellington and Palmerston North sites at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Thorndon, on 29 November last year for the 2016 graduation. A theme for the ceremony was ‘Blessed with eyes to see and ears to hear’ taken from Luke’s gospel of

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Mercy in our Sacred Scriptures

The Wellington Abrahamic Council of Jews, Christians and Muslims hosted a discussion about ‘Mercy in our Sacred Scriptures’, at St Joseph’s Church, Mt Victoria, in May. On the panel were JoEllen Duckor (Jewish), Sr Elizabeth Julian rsm (Christian) and Sultan Eusoff (Muslim). Sr Elizabeth Julian’s presentation is reproduced in three-parts: a key understanding of mercy

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Cardinal John’s Column – Mercy in action

WelCom December 2016: Cardinal John Dew At the end of the very wide and long street leading up to St Peter‘s Basilica in Vatican City are 13 letters, each of which are 15 feet high, spelling out the word MISERICORDIA, which is of course MERCY in English. Not only do they spell out the word, there

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