Upcoming Events

What’s on in the Archdiocese of Wellington


Sisters of Compassion new exhibition: discover rich story of Aotearoa’s home-grown order of women. Founded by Suzanne Aubert in 1892 in Hiruhārama-Jerusalem, new permanent exhibition explores living legacy of Sisters of Compassion. Suzanne Aubert Heritage Centre, Home of Compassion, Island Bay. Tue–Sat, 10am‒3pm; Sun 12noon‒3pm. Email: heritagecentre@compassion.org or ph (04) 282-1953.

Burying a Poet: photographic exhibition of the tangihanga of James K Baxter on display at the Suzanne Aubert Heritage Centre. Open Mon-Sat 10am-3pm; Sun 12 noon-3pm. Email: heritagecentre@compassion.org or ph (04) 282-1953.

The Sister & The Poet: Jerusalem – on display at Suzanne Aubert Heritage Centre from 22 July. Open Mon–Sat 10am‒3pm; Sun 12noon‒3pm. Email: heritagecentre@compassion.org or ph (04) 282-1953.


Christian Meditation Group – all welcome to join an hour of Christian meditation as contemplative prayer, Monday evenings, 7pm, Chapel, Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington. Ph (04) 383-7134 or (04) 383 7769.

2nd Monday of every month

Greenstone Doors Charitable Trust – provides education, counselling, and practical support for woman and their families during and after pregnancy. Second Monday of each month a short prayer evening, 7pm, at Greenstone Doors, 15 Dudley St, Lower Hutt, to pray for Trust work, clients and volunteers. All welcome. Contact Wendy at: info @greenstonedoors.co.nz for information.

1st Friday every month

Taizé Prayer hour of meditative singing, reading, spoken prayer and silence, 7pm–8pm, all welcome. At Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington. Ph (04) 383-7769.

Wednesday 3–Thursday 18 October

15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, ‘Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment’.

Friday 5 October

Taizé Prayer hour: meditative singing, Psalms, prayer, silence. First Fridays, 7pm–8pm, Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington. Ph (04) 383-7769.

 Sunday 7 October

Day of celebration for Suzanne Aubert.

Rosary Aotearoa: parishes and groups to gather at different locations around the country at 3pm to pray the Rosary. See www.rosarynewzealand.nz for information and to register a group and location.

Young Church Mass, celebrated by Cardinal John Dew, 7pm, St Mary’s College Hall, Hill St, Thorndon.

Sundays 7 and 14 October

ADW Catholic Marriage Preparation course: ‘Love is a Decision’ (also November 18 and 25). Contact Felicity Giltrap at Family and Young Church Office (04) 496-1719 or marriage@wn.catholic.org.nz for more information or to book. 2019 courses start March.

Thursday 11 October

Quiet Days with Suzanne Aubert, 10am‒2pm, Chapel, Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay. Lunch included. Registration required, email: retreat@compassion.org or ph (04) 383-7769.

Friday 12 October

XLT Young Church Worship Night, 7pm, St Anne’s, Newtown.

 Saturday 13 October

Community Fun Day raising awareness for World Homeless Day. A Community Fun Day, at 132 Tory Street, 10am–3pm. Collaboration between Wellington community organisations. Come along for social enterprise market stalls, kids’ activities, face painting, live music, community speakers, kai and much more. Entrance free. For more information ph (04) 385-9299. Postponement date, Sunday 14 October.

Sunday 14 October

Day of Prayer to Respect Life.

Sunday 14–Sunday 21 October

Week of Prayer for World Peace.

Palliser Viols concert, Hall of Memories, National War Memorial, Buckle St, Wellington. Advance bookings essential, door sales not permitted. Check Facebook for details, email chant4robert@gmail.com for tickets.

Friday 19–Sunday 21 October

Bishop Viard College Jubilee – weekend celebrations for all past pupils, staff and friends of the college. Programme and registration available on the college website: www.viard.school.nz

Sunday 21 October

World Mission Sunday – Propagation of Faith Collection.

Friday 26–Sunday 28 October

Weekend of celebrations with Our Lady of Kāpiti Parish. Contact OLOK Parish.

Saturday 27 October

Stewardship retreat day, Petone, contact Lorraine McArthur ph (04) 496-1796 or l.mcarthur@wn.catholic.org.nz for advice about Stewardship for parish councils and Stewardship Committees.

Sunday 28 October

St Benedict’s Khandallah school fundraiser fair.

Wednesday 31 October

Application closing date for The Suzanne Aubert Tertiary Scholarship – offers financial assistance to tertiary students from Wellington and Palmerston North Dioceses for third year of tertiary studies. Apply to: www.compassion.org.nz/latest-news or Facebook page. Contact Sr Lusiana Raratini at sr.lusi@compassion.org.nz for more information.

Friday 2 November

St Patrick’s College Old Boys’ Stream and Town annual gathering, 6pm. The Boatshed. Entry by ticket only. See Facebook for details.

Friday 2–Sunday 4 November

Weekend retreat: ‘Pilgrimage – ups and downs of our faith journey’. Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, Island Bay. Retreat leader Raymond Pelly. Residential and non-residential. Email retreat@compassion.org.nz or ph (04) 282-195.

Sunday 4 November

Young Church Mass, 5pm, St Mary of the Angels.

Saturday 3–Sunday 4 November

Billings Ovulation Method™ (Natural Fertility) training seminar, Mercy Conference Centre, Thorndon. Email info@billingslife.org.nz or visit billingslife.org.nz or ph 0800 693 378 for more information.

Saturday 10 November

Fr Leo Patalinghug, celebrity chef, author, TV host and founder of PLATING GRACE, a keynote speaker at Family Banquet Conference, Wellington, organised by Centre for Marriage and Family. Fr Leo will speak on importance of family meal and give a cooking demonstration. Celebrity chef Martin Bosley will present about his ‘Gate to Plate’ voluntary culinary work mentoring prisoners. Day begins with 9am Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 169 Main Rd, Tawa; 10am‒5pm Conference at St Christopher’s Church, Main Rd, Tawa. Registration: eventbrite.co.nz. Ph 0220289737 or email patricia@marriageandfamily.org.nz for more information.

Friday 9‒Sunday 11 November

Marriage Encounter weekend, Our Lady Home of Compassion, Island Bay, phone 0800 362 686 or go to www.marriageencounter.org.nz for more information.

Thursday 15 November

Challenge 2000 Street Day Appeal in Wellington area. Challenge 2000 works with many people on the peripheries of our communities. If you can donate to our work or collect please contact Megan Ratuki on (04) 477-6827 or check out our website to see how you can get involved: challenge2000.org.nz

Sunday 18 November

World Day of the Poor – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Sundays 18 and 25 November

ADW Catholic Marriage Preparation course: ‘Love is a Decision’. Contact Felicity Giltrap at Family and Young Church Office (04) 496-1719 or marriage@wn.catholic.org.nz for more information or to book. 2019 courses start March.

22‒27 January 2019: World Youth Day Panama – contact youth@wn.catholic.org.nz for more information.

22‒27 January 2019: World Youth Day Panama – contact youth@wn.catholic.org.nz for more information.

What’s on for Young People – Wellington Archdiocese

Wellington Archdiocese Youth weekly events

Kapiti – Thursdays: Music Jams (year 5+), 7pm–8pm. Fridays: Fun-Time Music (pre-school) 10.30am–11.30am. Fridays: J-Team (yrs 5‒7), 5pm–6.30pm (1st and 3rd Fridays); and Gravitate Youth Group (yrs 8‒13), 7pm–9pm (1st and 3rd Fridays). Contact Jacqui McLaughlin at kapiti.youth@gmail.com or 022 675-7357.

Tawa – Fridays: Xavier Youth (yrs 9‒13), 8pm‒10pm, Leo Connor Hall, 71 Main Road. Contact Paul Mcardle 027 304-0712.

Porirua – Mondays: Youth Group, 6pm–8pm. Contact Sr Hannah, Missionaries of Charity, (04) 235-5373.

Te Awakairangi – Fridays: Taita Youth Group, 6.30pm‒8.30pm, St Michael’s School library. Contact Maryanne Pereira at mary.pereira@hotmail.co.nz or 021 107 7248.

Blenheim, St Mary’s – 2nd and 4th Mondays: Singles for Christ, contact Joanna Viernes joanna.viernes@hotmail.co.nz. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays: Youth for Christ, contact Marc Arcellana marc_arcellana@hotmail.com. Wednesdays: Junior Youth Group (yrs 9‒10), 5.30pm–6.45pm; Senior Youth Group (yrs 11‒13), 7pm–8.45pm, contact Maurice and Mieke Davies at stmarysyouthgroup@xtra.co.nz or (03) 578-6772.

Focolare – Mondays: Young adults meet, 6pm, Hub of Victoria University, Kelburn Campus. Sharing our living faith and respond to the challenges of today. Contact Philip Wakelin 022 622-0174 or Miriam Vender 021 143-9855.

LifeTeen – Sundays: Youth Night, 5pm‒8pm, St Anne’s, Newtown. Contact Rain Forest at agent.c.rocks@gmail.com

Contact your local parish or Isabella at youth@wn.catholic.org.nz for more information on local events and activities.