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Love and marriage in the time of lockdown

By Rowena Orejana | November 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Jesicka Goei and Yun Wang thought lockdown had put paid to their plans to have an October wedding. It turns out, they were wrong.    With Covid-19 level 3 step one restrictions in play, there were only ten people in the church in Auckland: the couple, Fr Tony King-Archer, Ms Goei’s parents, Mr Wang’s mother, their … Read More about Love and marriage in the time of lockdown

Acknowledging the pain of the long lockdown

By Rowena Orejana | November 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

By ROWENA OREJANA   People can have everything going well for them during this lockdown, but still feel unsettled and have mental health issues.   Christchurch-based behavioural expert Michael Hempseed told NZ Catholic the number of people that had reached out to him from all around the country to seek help is higher now than it was in the … Read More about Acknowledging the pain of the long lockdown

Catholic churches in NZ will offer Mass for all under “traffic light” plan

By Michael Otto | November 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Catholic bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand will ensure vaccinated and unvaccinated people can safely attend Mass when the Government’s “traffic light” Covid-19 system starts. Each parish will be asked to provide at least one weekly Mass for people with the “My Vaccine Pass” required for unrestricted gatherings under the … Read More about Catholic churches in NZ will offer Mass for all under “traffic light” plan

National gathering planned in synod process

By Michael Otto | November 17, 2021 | 1 Comment

A national gathering is being planned for next year at the conclusion of the diocesan discussion and reflection stages of the Synod of Bishops 2021-23 process, said Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe.  The synod theme is: “For a synodal church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.”  During a homily at a Mass celebrated at his chapel because of … Read More about National gathering planned in synod process

Maori leadership needed in vaccination drive

By Rowena Orejana | November 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Relationships are key to ministering to Māori, particularly when discussing getting vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus.   Auckland Vicar for Māori Manuel Beazley said that many of the Catholic parishes in the region are actively promoting vaccination, and were involved in the Super Saturday Vaxathon held on October 16.   “There is a big push in south Auckland, many of the Catholic … Read More about Maori leadership needed in vaccination drive

Mission, ministries and co-responsibility (part two)

By Bishop Peter Cullinane | November 15, 2021 | 1 Comment

(This is the second part of a two-part article.)   Part IV     Where to start?   I referred to the increasing gap between the number of our parishes and the number of priests. Simply combining parishes, whether for the sake of having a parish priest in every parish, or out of due … Read More about Mission, ministries and co-responsibility (part two)