Friday 4 June
Taizé Prayer ‒ reflective time, songs, scripture to bring stillness and silence, 7pm–8pm, The Chapel of Our Lady of Compassion, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay. Ph (04) 383-7769.

Wednesday 9 June
St Catherine’s College – Te Kāreti O Hāta Kataraina – open night, 6pm-8pm, 14 Upper Bourke St, Kilbirnie, Wellington.

Saturday 12 June
One-Day Poetry Studio with Anne Powell, Cenacle Sister, guided opportunities for reading, reflection, and writing. No writing experience necessary, 10am–3.30pm, The Chapel of Our Lady of Compassion, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay. Complimentary tea and coffee, refreshments can be purchased from Cloister Café. Koha appreciated. Registration required, email or ph (04) 383-7769.

Saturday 19 June
Rā Whānau Suzanne Aubert ‒ the Sisters of Compassion invite everyone to celebrate Suzanne Aubert’s Birthday with Mass celebrated by Cardinal John Dew, 2pm onwards, The Chapel of Our Lady of Compassion, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay. All welcome. Enquiries to or ph. (04) 383-7769.

Saturday 19 June–Sunday 11 July
In 2021Matariki will be celebrated between 19 June to 11 July. Whakanuia te tau hou Māori, 19 o Pipiri ki 11 o Hōngongoi 2021. Matariki is named after the bright stars of the Pleiades star cluster, which rise in the winter night sky each year.

Sunday 20 June
Day of Prayer for Refugees – ‘Forced Like Jesus Christ to Flee’.

Sunday 20 June
Concert – 17th Century Octogenarians: Henrich Schultz and John Jenkins, polyphony, performance by Baroque Voices and Palliser Viols with Rebecca Strutters, CJ McFarlane, violins; Malcom Struthers, double bass; Douglas Mews, organ, 7.30pm, St Mary of the Angels Church, Boulcott St, Wellington, Door sales $30; $15 students.

Sunday 27 June
Peter’s Pence Collection.  

Sunday 27 June 
Musical evening – Fr Chris Skinner and supported by St Catherine’s College singers, 7pm St Joseph’s Church, Ellice St, Mt Victoria, Wellington. $20 cash at door or book online at Proceeds for college. Fr Chris’ cds on sale at event (      

Friday 6–Sunday 8 August
Waypoints to Freedom Retreat with Raymond Pelley ‒ silence and music, prayer and story. Retreat and meals $100 pp; or retreat, meals and accommodation $200 pp, 8pm Friday to 12.30pm Sunday, The Chapel of Our Lady of Compassion, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay. Registration at or ph (04) 383-7769.

Thursday 8 – Saturday 10 July
‘Alive in the Spirit’ – online conference.

Sunday 11 July
Sea Sunday – Day of Prayer for Seafarers.

Friday 30 July
UN World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

Thursday 2 September
Association of Christian Spiritual Directors is offering an Open Day in Wellington with a choice of four workshops: Film – Fr Brian Cummings SM; Integration with our Body – Ferrell Irvine; Interactive Drawing – Mary Brownlow; Music – Rachel Austin. It is not necessary to be a member of ACSD to attend. For more information and

Saturday 11 September
Legion of Mary centenary – Wellington Comitium (assembly) of the Legion of Mary is celebrating the Legion’s centenary this year and invites all past and present members to celebrations at St Anne’s parish church and hall, Newtown. Holy Mass at 10am, followed by lunch and games and entertainment. For more information, please contact Maria Vito-Tupai at or 021 057 6551.

Friday 24 September
Wellington Vinnie street-day appeal – Vinnies supported-employment programme. Volunteers invited. Collection areas will throughout the Wellington central CBD and surrounding suburbs, 7am–6pm, 24 September. If you would like to volunteer as a collector, please contact Millie at nz or call 04 389 7122.

Friday 22–Sunday 24 October 2021
Sacred Heart Girl’s College Ashburton reunion – Labour Weekend. Enquiries and registrations to Audrey on email or ph 027 292 4443, 11 Parkdale Close, Ashburton 7700.

December 2021–January 2022
‘Michelangelo – A Different View’ – works of Michelangelo, the originals of which adorn the Sistine Chapel at a height of 22m, will be exhibited in the Aotea Centre, Auckland over Summer. Under license of the Vatican Museums, the images have been reproduced using a special technique to allow a close-up viewing of the works, which, apart from Michelangelo, has so far been given to only a few people.

General events

Christian Meditation ‒ Mondays 7pm-8pm, Thursdays, 11am‒12pm. The Chapel of Our Lady of Compassion, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay, ph (04) 383-7134 or (04) 383-7769.

Craft Gathering at the Home of Compassion – bring own handheld craft project, Wednesdays 12pm, Suzanne Aubert Heritage Centre, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay. Bring lunch, or Cloister Café open. Ph (04) 282-1953 or email for information.

Miha ‒ Māori Mass, Sundays 11am, The Chapel of Our Lady of Compassion, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay. Ph (04) 383-7769.

Church Calendar: June

6: Feast of Corpus Christi.

11: Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnity.

24: John the Baptist, Solemnity.

29: Peter and Paul, Solemnity.

30: First Martyrs of the Church of Rome Opt. Mem.


3: Thomas, Ap Feast.

22: Mary Magdalene, Feast.

26: Joachim and Anne, Parents of Mary, Memorial.

29: Martha Memorial.

31: Ignatius of Loyola, P Memorial. b