1 September to 4 October

Season for Creation – month of Care for Creation.

Thursday 9 September

Quiet Day with Suzanne Aubert ‒ life and works of Venerable Suzanne Aubert, 10am‒2pm, The Chapel of Our Lady of Compassion, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay. Registration required, email or ph (04) 383-7769. Simple lunch provided or bring own. Koha.

Saturday 11 September

Legion of Mary centenary – Wellington Comitium (assembly) of the Legion of Mary invites past and present members to celebrations at St Anne’s parish church and hall, Newtown, Wellington. Mass 10am, followed by lunch and entertainment. Contact Maria Vito-Tupai or ph 021 057 6551. 

Sunday 12–Saturday 18 September

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand – Social Justice Week.

Friday 17 September

Compassion Soup Kitchen Street Appeal – volunteers invited to hold collection buckets in Wellington, Hutt City Area, or Porirua City. To get involved throughout September sign up or find out more at: or contact Scott ph: (04) 385 9299 or

Sunday 19 September

Shoes event for suffrage – on the 128th anniversary of the day women in New Zealand won the right to vote. A group called ‘Be the Change’, working for gender equality in Catholic Church leadership, invites women to send in their old shoes with a ticket attached giving a brief outline of the owner’s ‘work and walk’ for the Church. Churches in Wellington will have a shoe collection box in their foyers. The shoes, some painted pink, will be placed from Parliament steps up Molesworth and Hill Sts to Sacred Heart Cathedral. People are invited to come and read the stories in the shoes and support the action. Contact Cecily McNeill, or 021 2356996.

Friday 24 September

Wellington Vinnie street-day appeal for Vinnies supported-employment programme for a team of adults with intellectual disabilities who bake, cut and pack altar breads for New Zealand. Collection areas in Wellington central CBD and surrounding suburbs, 7am–6pm. To volunteer as a collector contact Millie: or call (04) 389-7122.

Sunday 26 September

Archdiocesan Mass for Feast of St Vincent de Paul – 9am, Our Lady of Kāpiti Church, Paraparaumu, celebrant Cardinal John Dew, hosted by Kapi-Mana conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. Email for more information.

Sunday 26 September

Kaitaiaki at Ōtari – prayers for protecting God’s Handiwork. Season of Creation ecumenical prayer service. Join us for a reflective walk into the Troup Picnic area along an easy flat track, 2pm, at Ōtari/Wilton Bush northern picnic area, Wilton Bush Rd, 40m in from the northern carpark entrance, Churchill Drive Rd. Includes a Treasure Hunt for creation stones for tamariki. Finish at the Troup Picnic Lawn. Bring kai for afternoon tea to share. Details: or ph (04) 476-6131. Postponement date Sunday, 3 October, 2pm.

Friday 1 October

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

Sunday 3 October

Annual Suzanne Aubert-Meri Hōhepa Celebration Sunday ‒ new materials produced for parishes include a poster, and a short video to be played at Masses or to put on parish Facebook pages. For a copy of the new poster or more prayer cards, please contact Sr Josephine Gorman dolc at:

Friday 22–Sunday 24 October,

Catholic Social Services – Seasons for Growth weekend programme for adults touched by change, loss, bereavement, separation, divorce, redundancy, to process what has happened and gain skills to respond. Friday, 6pm–8pm; Saturday 9am–6pm; Sunday 12.30–3pm. Venue, Johnsonville (details on application). Cost, $40. Registration closes Monday, 4 October. For more information and registration, contact Katrin Eickhorst, trainer-coordinator, Seasons for Growth: or ph (04) 385 8642 or 021 374 405.

Tuesday 26 October and Saturday 30 October

Historical Walking Tour of Suzanne Aubert Meri Hōhepa’s Wellington – led by Sr Sue Cosgrove, 10am‒3pm. Begin at Pukeahu Education Centre, 18 Buckle St, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Limited spaces, register by 23 October, email: or ph (04) 383 7769. Koha appreciated.

Saturday 30 October

Home of Compassion Crèche – stories of crèche founded 1903 by Suzanne Aubert Meri Hōhepa. Learn from historians about social conditions of early 1900s and hear from Sisters of Compassion about care provided, plus tour of historic premises. First tour: 11.30am; second tour: 1.30pm, Pukeahu Education Centre, 18 Buckle St, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Limited spaces, register by 23 October, email: or ph (04) 383-7769. Koha appreciated.


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.