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Second World Day of the Poor: 18 November

WelCom November 2018: Parishes around the world will be to observing Pope Francis’ 2nd World Day of the Poor on Sunday 18 November 2018. The Archdiocese of Wellington is one of 12 dioceses worldwide, invited by international Catholic organisation Fratello to lead activities of encounter, dialogue and practical assistance with people on the margins of society.

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Catholic agencies call for action on climate change mitigation

WelCom November 2018: ‘Climate action should prioritise the poor,’ says Caritas Aotearoa NZ Annette Scullion Leaders from the Oceania region gathered in Wellington on Thursday 4 October, for the launch of the fifth State of the Environment report for Oceania – Waters of Life, Oceans of Mercy: Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania 2018. The

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Royal Commission into abuse in state care

WelCom November 2018: Bishop Charles Drennan Sexual Abuse is a particularly abhorrent form of exploitation. Government figures recently released show that in New Zealand last year there were over a thousand [recorded] cases of child sex abuse. In England and Wales figures just released for the year 2016 to 2017, record 6613 cases of sexual abuse

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NZ Catholic Bishops encourage Day of Prayer to Respect Life

WelCom November 2018: The New Zealand Catholic Bishops advocated the Day of Prayer to Respect Life with a letter to the Catholic community on the preciousness and fragility of life. Prayers for intercession and a poem were shared at Masses during that weekend. Respect Life Sunday pastoral letter 14 October 2018 Dear sisters and brothers in

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He Hīkoi Whakapono: A Journey of Faith

WelCom November 2018: The Parish of Our Lady of the Bays is located at the top of the South Island and is bounded by Nelson, Tasman Bay and Golden Bay in the North and Kahurangi National Park and Mount Richmond Forest Park. The economic base includes farming, horticulture, hops, wine, forestry, fishing, tourism and artists. The

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Pope Francis Decries ‘Inhumane’ Violence of Shootings at Pittsburgh Synagogue

WelCom November 2018: Pope Francis has decried ‘the inhumane act of violence’, in which a shooter, on Saturday October 27, killed 11 and injured six others, at the Tree of Life Jewish Synagogue in the United States city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, during a baby-naming ceremony. The shooter, Robert Bowers, is in custody, and according to the

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Kaikōura quake: 2nd anniversary

WelCom November 2018: David Olivier Two years on since the 2016 Marlborough earthquake, the people of Kaikōura are continuing to rebuild their lives. Further north, the parishioners in Marlborough have supported activities to help bring together the Ward and Seddon communities, while community workers from the Blenheim-based Bread of Life ecumenical agency, reached several isolated families

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Gospel Reading: Sunday 4 November 2018

WelCom November 2018: Mark 12:28-34 28 One of the scribes who had listened to them debating appreciated that Jesus had given a good answer and put a further question to him, ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’ 29 Jesus replied, ‘This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one, only

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Commemoration of the Faithful Departed: 2 November 2018

WelCom November 2018: Fr James Lyons The memorial notices in our papers invariably list the names of people close to the one who has died: partner, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, dear friends. It’s a litany of connection, announcing a life shared with many others – and a life that would have less value without them. From

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Education Minister affirms commitment to state-integrated schools

WelCom November 2018: Amanda Gregan Almost 100 proprietors and principals of New Zealand’s state-integrated schools from around the country met in Wellington with the Education Minister Hon Chris Hipkins and Associate Education Minister Hon Jenny Salesa, on Thursday 25 October. The gathering was a welcome call from the state-integrated school representatives to hear first-hand about the

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Law Commission Report on Proposed Abortion Law Changes

WelCom November 2018: Amanda Gregan On Friday October 26, the ministerial briefing paper to the Minister of Justice on proposed changes to the abortion laws in New Zealand was released. The paper outlines three options on a policy shift to treat abortion as a health issue. On the day the report was released, Bishop Patrick Dunn,

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Diaconate Ordination

WelCom November 2018: Fr Simon Story On Saturday 29 September at the Sacred Heart Church in Ponsonby, Auckland, three young men were ordained deacons. Vui Hoang, Martin Wu and Matthew Gibson. The now Reverend Vui will be ordained a priest for the Palmerston North Diocese in 2019. We look forward to his priestly ordination around June

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Bishop Owen Dolan celebrates 90 years

WelCom November 2018: Bishop Owen Dolan recently celebrated his 90th birthday at a gathering in Palmerston North with fellow Bishops, priests, diocesan staff, parishioners and friends. Bishop Peter Cullinane paid tribute to this ‘great and lovable man’. ‘Those of us gathered here are representing many hundreds, indeed thousands, of other people who have known, loved and

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Cathedral Chapel Reopening

WelCom November 2018: The Blessed Sacrament Chapel, cathedral foyer and Connolly Hall are set for reopening this month. Though structurally sound, they are attached to the earthquake-prone Sacred Heart Cathedral, so required some attention. Temporary bracing between the cathedral and the attached buildings is making them safe to use. Connolly Hall has also been given a

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Remembering Parihaka: 5 November

WelCom November 2018: In the 1870s, under the leadership of Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kākahi, the small village of Parihaka in western Taranaki became a place of non-violent resistance to unjust land confiscations and the loss of control over their lives. The people of Parihaka sent men to plough the land and erect fences.

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Rātana Church centenary

WelCom November 2018: The Rātana movement is a church and pan-iwi political movement founded by the prophet Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana in the early 20th-century. About 25,000 people of all faiths are expected at Rātana near Whanganui on 7 November this year to celebrate the day 100 years ago when Tahupotiki Wiremu Rātana saw the vision that

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Sisters of Compassion mark 100 years since 1918 influenza pandemic

WelCom November 2018: The story of the Sisters of Compassion during the influenza pandemic of the early 20th century will be told in a temporary exhibition opening mid-November at the Home of Compassion, Island Bay. The pandemic came at the end of the devastating WWI and struck Wellington between November and December 1918. Wellington had the

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Te Rau Aroha hosts Te Rūnanga o te Hāhi Katorika ki Aōtearoa

WelCom November 2018: Korty Wilson Members of Te Rūnanga o te Hāhi Katorika ki Aotearoa gathered from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 September at Te Rau Aroha, the Palmerston North Diocesan Centre, for their third meeting this year. Te Rūnanga was established to advise the late Bishop Tākuira Māriu (1952–2005) on Māori pastoral care. This advisory

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Darwin Ordination

WelCom November 2018: On Wednesday, 27 September 2018, Bishop Charles Gauci was welcomed at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Cathedral as the new Bishop of Darwin in a ceremony combining Catholic tradition and Aboriginal culture. Bishop Gauci succeeded retiring Bishop Eugene Hurley who had served Darwin for the past 11 years. Deacon Danny and Maru

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Catholic Church in Australia stands with Prime Minister, renews apology

WelCom November 2018: The Australian Catholic Church has welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse and recommitted to working with the community to eliminate child sexual abuse. Leaders of Catholic Religious Australia and the Australian Catholic Bishops released a statement on 22 October 2018 after the prime minister’s address to

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What Does ‘Hope’ Really Mean?

WelCom November 2018: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 “You will have to suffer only for a little while: the God of all grace who called you to eternal glory

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Can Security Be a False God?

WelCom November 2018: It’s interesting that false gods often begin existence as gifts, blessings of one kind or another to help us on life’s journey. So what turns a gift into a false god? When does the blessing become inauthentic? I think the answer lies in the degree of possession. I know that I am given

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The life and legacy of John O’Donohue, an Irish symposium

WelCom November 2018: Pauline Scahill and Peter Gibbs John O’Donohue was an Irish poet and philosopher, and author of many books including Anam Cara, To Bless the Space Between Us and Divine Beauty. His writing has touched many people throughout the world. ‘At the heart of John’s awakened belief was the premise that ancient wisdom could

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For real change, we must get at four roots deeper than church structures

WelCom November 2018: The following article by Joan Chittister was published in National Catholic Reporter 20 September 2018 and has been reprinted in WelCom with permission of the author. In the midst of the angst that has accompanied the revelation of unparalleled amounts of sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, the cry for reform

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Tawa school receives award for imagining the future

WelCom November 2018: Sharon O’Meagher Make Your Mark – Young Minds Young Dreams! Students from St Francis Xavier School, Tawa, have won an at award in the ‘Make Your Mark’ national challenge to imagine a better education for the future. The winners and their families gathered at parliament for the awards ceremony, hosted by the Hon

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Popular Waiwhetū Teacher Retiring

WelCom November 2018: Annette Scullion After 29 years at Our Lady of the Rosary School, Waiwhetū, Lower Hutt, much-loved teacher Mrs Jo Louden is retiring at the end of this year. Jo joined the school in 1990 and has been new entrants’ teacher for the last 24 years and deputy principal for several years. Jo says

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