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Sea Sunday – 9 July 2017

WelCom July 2017: On 9 July, Sea Sunday is celebrated in the Catholic and Anglican Churches in New Zealand. Parishes will pray for seafarers who take our produce for exports and bring us nearly every thing we use in our lives from the moment we get up in the morning. The New Zealand Government signed up

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Synod ’17

WelCom July 2017: The participation phase of Synod ’17 closed 30 June. Online submissions close on 1 July, but submissions may still be emailed to synod@wn.catholic.org.nz or posted to Anne Dickinson, Archdiocese of Wellington, PO Box 1937, Wellington 6140 during the first week of July.

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Bill will erode end of life choices

WelCom July 2017: Reacting to news that David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill had been drawn from the Ballot on June 9, the New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre argues it will undermine the life choices for many should it become law. ‘We have grave concerns about the unintended consequences of the proposed legislation’, Director of

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Parihaka

WelCom July 2017: Mihi Te maunga tupuna, Taranaki Tū mai, tū mai rā Ngā uri whakaheke Koutou ngā kaikawe o ngā tohutohu a Tohu Kākahi, a Te Whiti o Rongomai Karanga mai, mihi mai, whakatau mai. He rā tino nui tēnei mo te Karauna He rā tino nui tēnei mo te Motu Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou,

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Hawera Mission Centre

WelCom July 2017: A new Mission Centre for St Joseph’s school and parish in Hawera was opened and blessed by Bishop Charles Drennan on Sunday 28 May. Speeches and a performance from the school Kapa Haka group followed. Kaumatua Ray Edwards said whaikōrero and karakia. Bishop Charles said it was a joyous occasion and the Centre is unique

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East Africa in crisis

WelCom July 2017: “At this time, it’s more necessary than ever for everyone to not just stop with words, but to take concrete action so that food aid can reach suffering populations.” – Pope Francis Thousands of households in South Sudan are receiving emergency food supplies from Caritas and other organisations, as food shortages and political instability

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Joyfully together again

WelCom July 2017: Hundreds packed Wellington’s Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sunday 4 June to witness what could be described as a second Reformation. It was New Zealand’s formal commitment to healing the divisions of the Reformation: the 500 year-long separation of Lutherans and Catholics. The atmosphere was joyful, positive and affirming. In response to the karanga, Cardinal

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Luther and Rome: Pastor, Pamphleteer, Prophet: Part One

WelCom July 2017: Martin Luther has been given many titles, complimentary and otherwise. Among the positives, I’m drawn to ‘Visionary Reformer’, ‘The Accidental Revolutionary’ and ‘Resilient Reformer’. His opponents saw none of that, one of them describing Luther as a child of the devil. But both sides would have to agree that Martin Luther was a cleric

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Day of celebration marks Suzanne Aubert’s progress to sainthood

WelCom July 2017: The Sisters of Compassion and the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference have announced the first Sunday of October as a day of celebration in New Zealand for the Venerable Suzanne Aubert. Suzanne Aubert founded the Sisters of Compassion, New Zealand’s only home-grown order of Sisters, in Hiruharama in 1892 on the banks for

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Belgian and French Commemorative Services

WelCom July 2017: Marking 100th anniversary of the battleground death of Fr James McMenamin Sharron Cole In a Mass at the parish church of St Nicolas in Mesen on 8 June, 100 years after the death of Petone Parish Priest and Army Chaplain Fr James McMenamin, his chalice was returned to the place just a few

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National Director of MissioNZ

WelCom July 2017: The NZ Catholic Bishops congratulated Fr Bernard Espiritu SVD on his reappointment National Director of MissioNZ by the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Rome. Fr Bernard Espiritu has been the New Zealand National Director for the Pontifical Mission Societies since 2012. He was born in the Philippines, and following ordination with the

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Being Informed about People Smuggling and Trafficking

WelCom July 2017: Dr Rebecca Miller, Programme Manager for People Smuggling and Trafficking in Persons, Immigration New Zealand, spoke at a recent evening meeting with members of ANZRATH in Wellington. She described the extent of labour exploitation in New Zealand and the intimidation and coercion that often accompany this. ANZRATH is a group of Religious and

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Papal Medal for parishioner

WelCom July 2017: Cardinal John Dew presented Margie Crook a Benemerenti Medal on behalf of Pope Francis at Mass at St Benedict’s Church, Khandallah, on Sunday 23 April. Margie was awarded the papal honour for her services at St Benedict’s parish as secretary for 19 years, from which she retired last year. During those years Margie worked

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Queen’s Birthday Honours for Ohakune Parishioner

WelCom July 2017: Parishioner, Merrilyn George of St Joseph’s Church, Ohukune, and teacher at Ruapehu College, has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours with a Queens Service medal for services to education and the community. Merrilyn has taught at Ruapehu College since 1966 including in areas of technology, art, mathematics, science and Te Reo Māori

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Father Steven Thomas Hancy: 23 September 1953 – 27 May 2017, RIP

WelCom July 2017: Steven Thomas Hancy was born in Wairoa on 23 September 1953. After studying at Holy Cross College Mosgiel from 1981 to 1987, he was ordained to the priesthood on 6 February 1988. He is remembered for his gentleness and quiet faith as he loyally served the Palmerston North Diocese and its parishes in Hawera,

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Pōwhiri for Parish Priest

WelCom July 2017: Parish Priest of Whanganui Pastoral Area – Te Parihi Katorika Ki Whanganui, Fr Marcus Francis, was welcomed on Pentecost Sunday onto Kaiwhaiki Marae, 20 kilometres upriver from Whanganui township. In his welcome, kai korero (speaker of the day) and local historian, Kohunrangi Simon, explained how Fr Lampila sm arrived in 1853 to establish a

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Wellington priest gets city award

WelCom July 2017: Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester, recently presented St Mary of the Angels parish priest Fr Barry Scannell with an Absolutely Positively Wellingtonian Award. The city council’s awards acknowledge members of the community who have made outstanding contributions to the Capital and its people. Mayor Lester said, ‘These awards are about recognising the people who selflessly

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Leadership Formation Programme Re-loaded!

WelCom July 2017: Life looks a whole lot different now for the participants in a re-gathering that took place over Queen’s Birthday Weekend. The Leadership Formation Programme (LFP) ran in the Archdiocese of Wellington between 1997 and 2009. During those 12 years more than 250 young people aged between 18 and 25 years participated in an

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Inspiring Perseverance

WelCom July 2017: Tim Donkin, a year 10 pupil from St John’s College, Hastings, took part in the Junior Prepared Speech section at the O’Shea Shield competition in Lower Hutt over the weekend of 13–14 May. Tim’s speech was titled ‘Perseverance’, which is something Tim knows only too well as he suffers from the genetic, chronic

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What is your armour?

WelCom July 2017: St Michael’s Church Youth Group Taita, of Lower Hutt’s Te Awa Kairangi Parish, hosted their fourth annual youth fellowship over Queen’s birthday weekend. Led by guest MC Viane Makalio of the Christchurch Youth Team, this enjoyable event held in Taita brought together around 80 youth from within our Wellington region. Parish priest Fr Patrick

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Hawke’s Bay RNDM Sisters

WelCom July 2017: Sunday 4 June marked the Church’s ‘birthday’ at Pentecost. It also marks the day the RNDM sisters (Congregation of Our Lady of the Missions) took their vows many years ago. The Special Character Committee at Sacred Heart College in Napier wanted to recognise this by holding a Liturgy at the school’s Urupa (burial

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VR in Religious Education

WelCom July 2017: Garin College in Nelson has found a more affordable option for religious studies’ school trips or pilgrimages. Students are travelling down into the catacombs of Rome or viewing the Blue Mosque in Turkey without requesting any funds from management. Mrs Pope at Garin has introduced virtual reality (VR) pilgrimages using Google cardboard viewers or

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Catholic Colleges in Stage Challenge

WelCom July 2017: Students from Garin College and St Mary’s College were among the performers in the annual student-led dance and music competition called Stage Challenge. The Wellington section was held on 1 June at the Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua. This annual student production aims to motivate and inspire students to lead positive pro-active lives by giving

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Youth Synod 2018

WelCom July 2017: Rome has recently released an online survey for youth around the world to gather feedback for the 2018 Synod of Catholic Bishops in Rome, about young people, faith and discernment. The questions have been designed to help the Church better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16- to 29-year-olds around the world. Answers

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NZ Catholic volunteer in Papua New Guinea deported

WelCom July 2017: Doug Tennent was working in Papua New Guinea with the Caritas Catholic Volunteers Overseas programme when he was deported by the PNG Government on 12 June 2017. He was working on legal issues about traditional land ownership in the East New Britain Province. Doug worked as an administrator in the Archdiocese of Rabaul,

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