Upcoming Events in the Archdiocese

Sunday 6–Saturday 12 September  

Social Justice Week – this year’s theme is Easy as CST: Unlocking the Church’s Potential. The focus is on Catholic Social Teaching. Resources have been sent to parishes, schools and colleges are on Caritas’ website: caritas.org.nz/parishes/social-justice-week 

Tuesday 8 September 

Kāpiti Dove Fellowship for Women, 7.30pm, Our Lady of Kāpiti Parish Meeting Room, Presentation Way, Paraparaumu. Speaker Clare Borst on The Gifts of the Holy Spirit – The Gift of Wisdom 1 Cor 12:4-11. All women welcome. Further information: Anna (04) 902-6330. 

Thursday 10 September  

Quiet Day with Suzanne Aubert ‒ gentle reflection on life and works of Venerable Suzanne Aubert.  Simple lunch provided or bring own. No fee, but a koha appreciated, 10am‒2pm, The Chapel of Our Lady of Compassion, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay. Registration: email sr.sue@compassion.org.nz or ph (04) 383-7769. 

Thursdays 10 September–12 November 

Spiritual Theology Course  ‘The Matthean Beatitudes: The Prophetic or Summoned Road’. Presenter Michael Young sm, 10 sessions, 7.30pm, Pā Maria Marist Spirituality Centre, 78 Hobson St, Thorndon. Cost $50. Email Brian Cummings sm at bgcummings@xtra.co.nz or ph (04) 212-4691 or 021 703 580 for more information and to register. Registration closes 3 September.  

Sunday 13 September

Collection for the Holy Land – Fr Anthony Malone OFM, Commissary of the Holy Land for New Zealand advises that because of the effects of Covid-19, the annual Good Friday Collection was transferred to the Sunday closest to the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, 13 September 2020. If Sunday Masses are suspended in the Archdiocese on 13 September, Cardinal John Dew will advise parishes of a new date for the collection.

Friday 18, Saturday 19 September 

Mary Potter Hospice annual Street Appeal in Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti. If you can help by volunteering at this year’s street collection, please register online at: marypotter.org.nz/events/street-appeal/ 

Saturday 26 September  

Recycling our Rubbish – day retreat led by Joy Cowley. In parable of wheat and tares, we learn the shadow cannot be discarded – it is light unborn and a valuable teacher. How do we bring it into the light? Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay. Registration: spirituality@compassion.org.nz or ph (04) 383-7769. 

Sunday 27 September 

106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2020. 

Trusting Goodness – day retreat led by Joy Cowley. On our faith journey we learn ‘all things work together for good to those who love the Lord’. When faith is a journey of love and trust in God’s goodness, we learn to love and trust ourselves. Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay. Registration: spirituality@compassion.org.nz or ph (04) 383-7769. 

Friday 2 October  

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

Monday 12-Friday 16 October 

‘Be Holy, for I am Holy’: non-residential Ignatian-based retreat, presenter Brian Cummings sm: ‘What does if mean to be “holy” in a Covid-19 World?’ Pa Maria Marist Spirituality Centre, Hobson St, Thorndon. Cost $200. Limited number of participants due to Covid-19 Levels. Registration required, email Brian Cummings: bgcummings@xtra.co.nz or ph (04) 212-4691 or (021) 703-580 by 5 October. 

Thursday 15 October   

Sacred Heart Girls’ College, Ashburton, has rescheduled their planned reunion luncheon, to Hotel Ashburton, 12.30pm, Thursday 15 October 2020. The lunch was postponed from the 2020 Feast of the Sacred Heart in June, due to Covid-19 restrictions. Former students are invited to attend and share memories. Please email Mary Schmack for enquiries and registrations at: mdsmck27@gmail.com or ph (03) 932-7502. The major reunion to celebrate 50 years since SHC was closed, will be celebrated next year over Labour Weekend, 2021. 

Saturday 31 October 

Concert by singer and composer Fr Chris Skinner SM, in support of fundraising for the restoration of Sacred Heart Cathedral, 2pm–3.45pm, St Mary’s College Hall, Guildford Ter, Thorndon. Cost $25, for ticket payment details email Josie at: 31octconcert@gmail.com or call 021 066 8538. wn.catholic.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Chris-Skinner.jpg  

General events 

Christian Meditation ‒ Mondays 7pm‒8pm, and 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 Home of Compassion ‒ bring your handheld craft project and own lunch, or Cloister Café open, 12pm, Suzanne Aubert Heritage Centre, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay, contact heritagecentre@compassion.org.nz or phone (04) 282-1953. 

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