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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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Suzanne Aubert Celebration Day: 1 October

WelCom October 2017: Cardinal John wrote for Sunday 1 October 2017: “The venerable Suzanne Aubert died here in Aotearoa New Zealand ninety-one years ago. She gave sixty-six years of her life showing the compassionate face of Christ to some of the most neglected in society. It is quite remarkable when you consider that as a young

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Jubilee Mass

WelCom October 2017: Ordination anniversary Archdiocese 2017 The Archdiocese celebrated a Jubilarian Mass on Tuesday 20 June, honouring priests who celebrated their ordination anniversaries in 2017. They included: Frs Brian Wysocki SM, Donald Morrison, Joseph O’Sullivan (60); Frs James Lyons, John Mori SM, Peter Ewart SM, Rodney Smyth SM, Terence Carr (50); Frs Gregory Lakra OFM

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Catholic Bishops urge care for the sea

WelCom October 2017: The Executive Committee of the Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania (Australia, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, New Zealand, CEPAC – the rest of the Pacific) met in Auckland during August to focus on the place of the sea in the lives of the peoples that they as the Bishops of

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CSS director leaves; new CSS director appointed

WelCom October 2017: New stage in a journey After 10 years working for Catholic Social Services, and the last four as its director, Lesley Hooper retired from the Wellington Archdiocese at the end of September. She is confident in the knowledge CSS has grown on its journey that this year has taken it to its new

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NGOs, Unions, Maritime on both sides of Tasman unite to help Seafarers

WelCom October 2017: A multi-organisational group representing both sides of the Tasman met in Wellington in mid-July to discuss and agree to improving services to seafarers, fishers and their families in the South West Pacific. Initiated by the Apostleship of the Sea (AOSNZ) – also known internationally as Stella Maris – the group representing both side

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State of the Environment for Oceania Report 2017

WelCom October 2017: Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand will launch its State of the Environment for Oceania Report 2017: Turning the Tide, on Wednesday 4 October. The report covers findings related to environmental impacts on the people and the region of Oceania. Caritas will present the report at Te Ngākau Tapu Parish – Tū-Hono Committees, 20 Kenepuru

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‘Benefit Impact’ for Naenae

WelCom October 2017: Announcing the first World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said, ‘It is my wish that, in the week preceding the World Day of the Poor, which falls this year on 19 November, the thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and

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Ambassador for Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust

WelCom October 2017: For Dame Therese Walsh DNZM, the decision to become the Ambassador for the Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust was an easy one. Having seen how the Trust successfully transforms the lives of homeless women so they can get their lives back on track, start again and plan for the future, Dame Therese knew she wanted

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Papal medal for loyal Upper Hutt parishioner and musician

WelCom October 2017: A prestigious papal honour has been bestowed on Mrs Josephine Eynon of Upper Hutt for services to the Catholic Church. At the July 30 Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, Heretaunga, Cardinal John Dew presented Mrs Eynon with the Benemerenti Medal and a parchment from Pope Francis. Josephine has served as

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Profession of Lay Carmelites

WelCom October 2017: History was made when three Lay Carmelites made their professions in the Third Order of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. The Lay Carmelite community, with seven members now professed and another two in formation, is the first and only presence of this (the original) Carmelite Order in New Zealand. On Friday 4 August

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Historic Gift to Garin College

WelCom October 2017: At our Garin Day Mass this year, Tuesday 15 August, Garin College school community gathered to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, and our founder Fr Antoine Marie Garin. Fr Seph Pijfers, Parish Priest for Holy Family, Nelson-Stoke, presided and students and staff participated with prayer and song. The celebration was

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Myanmar Bishop visits Nelson

WelCom October 2017: Bishop Felix Lian Khen Thang, Bishop of Kalay Diocese in Myanmar, visited New Zealand for the first time in July this year. He spent a week in Nelson to give pastoral and spiritual support to families from Burma and Myanmar who are now living in the Holy Family Parish Nelson-Stoke. On 11 July

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Ohakune and Raetihi Mass

WelCom October 2017: In a letter to our parishioners recently, Bishop Charles Drennan said, ‘As an Iwi whakapono or community of faith we are called to always look beyond “ourselves”. Your parish sits within a very beautiful part of New Zealand and you are blessed with two historic churches. Therefore, your community has a particular mission to

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He Hikoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom October 2017: WelCom’s journey of faith – he hikoi whakapono – this month visits the very active parish of St Joseph’s Parish of Upper Hutt, based in Pine St. Geographically, Upper Hutt City is about 30km north-east of Wellington and has a population of around 40,000. The city is centred on the upper-northern valley of the

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Challenge Marist Gap Year 2018, applications invited

WelCom October 2017: Megan Ratuki Challenge 2000 is a Youth Development and Social Agency that provides a wide range of programmes, projects and services across the Wellington Region. Established in 1988, Challenge 2000 has been helping young people ever since. One youth development programme we offer is the Gap Year project. Each year the programme provides

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New Catholic Scout Group for Wellington South

WelCom October 2017: Brian Tindall The combining of four parishes into the Catholic Parish of Wellington South – soon to be Suzanne Aubert Parish – has provided an opportunity to form a new Catholic Scout group for the parish and community. Scouting itself has dramatically changed over the years. Today all boys, girls and young adults

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Young Vinnies New Plymouth

WelCom October 2017: Young Vinnies, Myah and Hugo, Year 6 students at St Joseph’s School, New Plymouth, on their Friday visit to the New Plymouth Foodbank. Over the last few years, St Joseph’s Young Vinnies have developed a strong relationship with the New Plymouth Foodbank. Each Friday, two Vinnies pay a visit to the foodbank as

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Caritas Challenge Cheque

WelCom October 2017: Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Director, Julianne Hickey and Community Engagement Manager, Roger Ellis, with a cheque for $3100 from St Peter’s College in Palmerston North. St Peter’s students took part in the Caritas Challenge earlier this year and raised funds for our Pacific neighbours suffering from climate-change impacts. Ninety-six junior students and 30

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Local business developed by students and inmates

WelCom October 2017: Six students from Mr Ivory’s senior Commerce class at St John’s College, Hastings, have gone in a business this year with six youth inmates from Hawke’s Bay Prison. The inmates are 16 to 19-year-olds who are serving either 6‒12 month, or life sentences. Their company called ‘Just Boards’, produces wooden serving platters under

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Students ‘recreate’ Parliament buildings

WelCom October 2017: Dave Lamont In a joint project between Parliamentary Services, Microsoft NZ and three Wellington primary schools, a group of 12 talented St Benedict’s School students recreated Parliament buildings ‒ with some improvements ‒ using Minecraft and technology provided by Microsoft. The students had about four weeks to research, plan and create the buildings

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Youth Sport

WelCom October 2017: Wgtn Catholic Colleges Under-18s Wellington Catholic Colleges Under-18 rugby team with coaches on right, Brendan Reidy and Glenn Donaldson and managers Tony Meachen, Aaron Bouzaid and Jeremiah Afoa. The players were selected from Wellington’s four Catholic Colleges ‒ Viard, St Bernard’s, St Patrick’s Silverstream and St Patrick’s Town. All players, coaches and managers

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Mind over Matthew: Part 7

WelCom October 2017: This is Year A of the Liturgical Calendar, which follows the Gospel of St Matthew on Sundays during ordinary Time. Dr Elizabeth Julian rsm addresses some basic questions about Matthew’s gospel to show how it is relevant to our lives today. Last month I discussed Matthew’s portrayal of the disciples. In this article

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Gospel Reflection: Sunday 1 October 2017

WelCom October 2017: Matthew 21:28-32 28 ‘What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He went and said to the first, “My boy, go and work in the vineyard today.” 29 He answered, “I will not go,” but afterwards thought better of it and went. 30 The man then went and said the same thing

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Luther and Rome: Pastor, Pamphleteer, Prophet

WelCom October 2017: Part 4 ‘…neither Erasmus, Luther, nor Calvin had any notion of the transformation they would bring about. They said repeatedly they had no intention to dissociate the Church from Christ – only to reform her, to guide her back to her sources, so to speak, and make her young again.’ ‒ Jean

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Celebrating 60 Years Marriage

WelCom October 2017: Nellie and Tony Rutten celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at a special Mass and a parish event on Saturday 22 July. Held in high regard for their long and faithful love for each other and their commitment to St Columbkille’s parish in Woodville, they were joined by family, friends and St Columbkille’s parish

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Building bridges of trust, friendship and love

WelCom October 2017: More than 100 people attended a women’s interfaith event on 24 August at the Palmerston North city library, organised by the Palmerston North Interfaith Group. Entitled ‘Interfaith women resist the culture of hatred and fear’, seven women from different faith traditions spoke about ‘Sharing different faith perspectives on building bridges of trust, friendship

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