WelCom News

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.

Contact us
Sending copy to WelCom
Content deadlines 2019

Vatican Meeting on the Protection of Minors

WelCom March 2019: Pope Francis summit on ‘The Protection of Minors in the Church’ held at the Vatican, 21 –24 February 2019, was in response to his deep concerns to ‘a global problem can only be resolved with a global response’. The Holy Father opened the meeting with a challenge to the 200 Church leaders gathered

Read more »

The Season of Lent – Te Wā o te Reneti

WelCom March 2019: Lent is the season when Christians reflect on the marvellous mystery of the passion, death and fullness of life in the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, through a devotion known as the Stations of the Cross. The six-week season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, this year on 6 March. Joy and gladness

Read more »

The Power of Prayer

WelCom March 2019: Our thoughts and prayers have been with the people in the Nelson-Tasman area affected by the raging forest fires, which started on 5 February 2019. Hundreds of anxious families and individuals were evacuated from their homes, notably from Pigeon, Eves, Teapot and Redwood Valleys and the township of Wakefield. Our Lady of the

Read more »

The Pope’s Monthly Intention

WelCom March 2019: During the month of March 2019, the Pope’s prayer intention is Evangelisation – Christian Communities: that Christian communities, especially those who are persecuted, feel that they are close to Christ and have their rights respected.

Read more »

Whanganui Lenten seminars for all

WelCom March 2019: Sue Seconi Fr Marcus Francis, Parish Priest of the Catholic Parish of Whanganui – Te Parihi Katorika ki Whanganui, is offering a series of five Lenten seminars to explore the fundamental aspects of being formed as a Christian in society today. Lent covers the 40 days from Ash Wednesday (this year 6 March)

Read more »

Shane Shames Waitangi Spirit

WelCom March 2019: On the eve of Waitangi Day, Regional Economical Development Minister Shane Jones spoke about the Provincial Growth Fund at Mangahoa Station, a Landcorp farm near Kaikohe. Fr James Lyons responds to some of the Minister’s comments. An outburst of divisive rhetoric just ahead of Waitangi Day, by Regional Economic Development Minister, Shane Jones,

Read more »

‘Farewell – but not to Mission’

WelCom March 2019: Annette Scullion A Mass of farewell and thanksgiving for 11 years of service to the Cathedral Parish by Fr James Lyons was held on Sunday 17 February. The occasion was to honour and celebrate Fr James’ retirement as parish priest of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Thorndon. The Mass was celebrated at

Read more »

The Pope’s Astronomer and Observatory Director to visit New Zealand

WelCom March 2019: ‘Our God is too small’ Annette Scullion Internationally acclaimed astronomer and director of the Vatican Observatory, Br Guy Consolmasagno SJ, will be visiting New Zealand from 25 April to 9 May this year, with support from the Catholic Enquiry Centre. Br Guy Consolmasagno’s visit will take in a trip to Tekapo’s University of

Read more »

‘Significant changes’ needed to Tomorrow’s School’s discussion document

WelCom March 2019: The Ministry of Education published a report last November written by Tomorrows School’s Independent Taskforce, entitled: Our Schooling Futures: Stronger Together – Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini. The Taskforce, appointed by Ministry of Education Hon Chris Hipkins in April 2018, was charged with undertaking the biggest review in 30 years of the way our

Read more »

Te Rā o ngā Whāea o te Ao 8 Maehe 2019 – International Women’s Day 8 March 2019

WelCom March 2019: ‘Better the balance, better the world’, is the theme for International Women’s Day, Friday 8 March, supporting women’s advancement and celebrating women’s achievements while calling for a more gender-balanced world. The inspiration of Mary among women is reflected in the following articles. NZ Sister supporting women in London Cardinal John Dew stopped in

Read more »

Call for conversion

WelCom March 2019: In his Letter to the People of God, 20 August last year, Pope Francis wrote to all Catholics about the crises within the Church and of the deep wounds and pain caused to victims of sexual abuse. Pope Francis calls on us to bring about change, a ‘conversion’ within the Church, and to

Read more »

Respect, Memory and Gratitude

WelCom March 2019: Fr Michael Gormly Retired Filipino professional couple, Drs Carmenciita and Leonardo Fulgado from New York, visited Wellington in late January. They came with some purpose. They hold a long memory and deep respect for a New Zealand Columban missionary, the late Fr Arthur Price who spent close to 60 years in the Philippines.

Read more »

Manus Island – depression, self-harm, suicide attempts

WelCom March 2019: Manus Island detainees must be released. Mental illness among those incarcerated on the island are rife, says the bishops conference of Papua New Guinea. The general secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG, Giorgio Licini, wrote at the end of January to PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill saying PNG leaders should negotiate

Read more »

Papal trip ‘wrote a new page in history’

WelCom March 2019: Pope Francis travelled to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, 3-5 February this year, to participate in an international interfaith meeting. Making the first ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula the aim was to demonstrate the importance that Pope Francis gives to inter-religious dialogue. His theme was ‘Make Me a Channel

Read more »

Catholic Thinking – A Bridge between Rome and Beijing

WelCom March 2019: Catholic Thinking Series presents articles about theology, morality, ethics and faith heritage written for WelCom by lecturers from New Zealand’s Catholic Tertiary Education Providers: Good Shepherd College – Te Hēpara Pai; and The Catholic Institute of New Zealand – Te Pūtahi Katorika ki Aotearoa. Here Fr Tim Costello sm of Good Shepherd College

Read more »

Befriending the Old Testament

WelCom March 2019: Dr Elizabeth Julian rsm As a child growing up in the 1950s and early 60s, I listened to the same two readings at Sunday Mass and feast days every year. There were few Old Testament readings. All this changed dramatically with Vatican II and the introduction of the three-year liturgical cycle in 1969.

Read more »

Gospel Reading: Sunday 3 March 2019

WelCom March 2019: Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. Luke 6:39-45 39 Jesus told his disciples a parable, ‘Can one blind person guide another blind person? Surely both will fall into a pit? 40 No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained every disciple will be like his teacher. 41 Why do

Read more »

St Teresa’s Church, Karori, becomes Wellington’s Pro-Cathedral

WelCom March 2019: Fr Ron Bennett Because Wellington’s Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is closed for earthquake strengthening, St Teresa’s Church in Karori officially became the Pro-Cathedral of the Archdiocese at a special ceremony on Saturday, 8 December. Significantly the date being the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, patron of the Archdiocese of Wellington. Cardinal John

Read more »

Ecology, Justice and Peace Commission

WelCom March 2019: Lisa Beech A new name, mandate and structure has been given to the Commission of the Archdiocese of Wellington charged with ‘promoting care for our neighbours and all of creation’. The former Justice Peace and Development Commission is now named the Commission for Ecology, Justice and Peace. This follows recommendations of the Archdiocesan

Read more »

Feilding Parish Community Supports Kerala Flood Relief

WelCom March 2019: Tom Roche In August last year, severe floods, caused by unusually high rainfall during the monsoon season, drastically affected the south Indian state of Kerala. It was the worst flood there in nearly a century. Over 483 people died and about a million people were evacuated. According to the Kerala government, a sixth

Read more »

Mission Sisters’ jubilees of religious life and service

WelCom March 2019: In January, Our Lady of the Missions Sisters from the Palmerston North Diocese – Sr Constance Hurley, Sr Ann Martin and Sr Therese Kowalewski – celebrated jubilees of religious life and service – Sr Constance, 75 years; Sr Ann, 60 years; and Sr Therese, 70 years. At a Eucharist in Christchurch, Sr Constance

Read more »

Farewells and welcomes to clergy

WelCom March 2019: Sue Seconi The Catholic Parish of Whanganui – Te Parihi Katorika Ki Whanganui gathered on Sunday 27 January to thank their much loved and respected priest Fr Adonis Rancho – affectionately known as Fr Don Don. It was his final Mass with the parish before taking up his new appointment in the Stratford Parish

Read more »

Indonesian end-of-year Mass

WelCom March 2019: Michael Danusantoso The Indonesian Catholic Community in Wellington (KKIW – Keluarga Katolik Indonesia di Wellington) celebrated their monthly Eucharistic Mass at St Joseph Church, Mt Victoria, Wellington, with Fr Carl Telford sm and Cardinal John Dew late last November. Also invited were the wider Indonesian Christian Communities from other denominations around Wellington, St

Read more »

New leader at Bible Society

WelCom March 2019: Bible Society New Zealand has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, Neels Janse van Rensburg. Neels will take over from on 1 April from Francis Burdett who is retiring after nine years. Neels obtained his Licentiate in Theology (LTH) in 2002 and Bachelor in Ministry in 2006 and has been involved in Christian

Read more »

World Day of Prayer Aotearoa New Zealand

WelCom March 2019: World Day of prayer is observed by women worldwide every year on the first Friday of March. This year it is on Friday 1 March, with the theme, ‘Come, everything is ready’ for informed prayer and action. World Day of Prayer unites women in the world to call out to God for people

Read more »

Stronger together for action on climate – Porirua

WelCom March 2019: You are invited to a series of talks, discussions and reflections leading to local action. From 7.30pm–9pm, Thursdays, 7, 14 and 21 March, St Theresa’s Parish Hall, 210 St Andrew’s Rd, Plimmerton, this ecumenical climate and environmental series is open to all. There will be guest speakers followed by questions and reflection. People

Read more »