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Seasonal workers honoured

May 2014 Palmerston North Gwen Mardle On Sunday 23 March St Peter Chanel parish hosted a lunch after Mass for seasonal workers in the area. Hastings being the traditional ‘fruit bowl’ of New Zealand, there is always a high demand for orchard workers over the summer and autumn. Most workers come from the Pacific Islands

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World Day of Prayer in PN Diocese

Palmerston North April 2014 Shirley Knuckey and Gwen Mardle The World Day of Prayer was celebrated in New Plymouth and Hastings on 7 March. WDOP is an international movement of Christian people in many different traditions that have a continuing relationship of prayer and service. People from various denominations gather in one another’s churches to

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PN hosts national Living Wage campaigner

News March 2014 On 29 January the Palmerston North Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission, together with Bishop Charles Drennan, hosted the national coordinator of the Living Wage Network, Annie Newman. Representatives from the Anglican and Methodist Churches, together with Union and Employers Representatives, met at the diocesan centre to learn more of the work of

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St Peter’s student addresses work meeting in te reo

Schools October 2013 St Peter’s College student Te Rangioinga Karatea-Goddard spoke in Māori from the floor of the Social Justice Week seminar in Palmerston North: From a Māori point of view, I came to learn that for my work to be meaningful it would consist of three main aspects: To consistently learn something new; For

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The social justice of work for youth

Palmerston North October 2013 A Social Justice Week seminar in Palmerston North on 14 September was an attempt to get politicians and others to walk alongside young people in looking at the issue of meaningful work for the young worker. A Tongan student who came to New Zealand when she was five, said her parents

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Palmerston North’s Year of Faith Mass

Palmerston North Cecily McNeill September 2013 Imagination is key to growth in the diocese and to people becoming what God wants us to be, Bishop Charles Drennan told the more than 2,000 people gathered for a Year of Faith Mass in Palmerston North’s Pascal St Stadium on 4 August. ‘Satisfaction with stagnation is a death

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Lay Carmelites profess

Palmerston North Diocese Julia du Fresne August 2013 The first Lay Carmelites of the Order of the Ancient Observance (O Carm) in New Zealand made their First Profession in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Palmerston North on 20 July, feast day of St Elijah the Prophet, a patron of the order. The ceremony

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QSM for Hunterville parish stalwart

Palmerston North Diocese August 2013 A stalwart of Hunterville which is part of St Francis Xavier parish Marton has been honoured for her services to the community. Maureen Fenton was invested with the Queens Service Medal in May. She has lived in Hunterville for 40 years and is widely respected for her knowledge of the

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A challenging trip through land and heart

Palmerston North Diocese August 2013 On Wednesday 3 July 15 young adults gathered around the fireplace in the front room of Te Ahi Kaa to hear Sam Clear of Harvest Inroads tell of his epic journey of discovery. The journey began in 2002 when, as a member of the Catholic organisation Youth Mission Team in

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Year of Faith Mass in Taranaki

Palmerston North Diocese Louise Pease August 2013 More than 1000 North Taranaki Catholics met in the province’s cavernous sports stadium on a wet and wintry Sunday morning on 30 June to celebrate the first regional Mass in 13 years. Bishop Charles Drennan called for the Mass to give people from North Taranaki the opportunity to

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