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Being ‘Father’ means being close to people

By Michael Otto | November 2, 2022 | 0 Comments

The courage of lay people standing up to their priests for the good of the priest and his ministry was one of the themes Auckland Bishop Stephen Lowe drew from the readings at the Auckland Clergy Jubilee Mass 2022.  At the Mass celebrated at Immaculate Conception church in Ellerslie on … Read More about Being ‘Father’ means being close to people

New church for South Canterbury parish

By NZ Catholic Staff | November 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

A new Catholic church at Pleasant Point in South Canterbury was packed with parishioners for its dedication by Christchurch Bishop Michael Gielen on October 8.  The new St Mary’s Church replaces the original church, built 132 years ago and damaged beyond repair in the 2011 Canterbury earthquake.  The small Pleasant … Read More about New church for South Canterbury parish

‘Take into our hearts the meaning of mission’

By Rowena Orejana | October 31, 2022 | 0 Comments

The theme of Mission Sunday this year, “You shall be my witnesses” (Acts of the Apostle 1:8) is meant to emphasise God’s call for us to be missionaries and that we are not just witnesses but we are God’s witnesses.  Pontifical Mission Societies national director for New Zealand Fr Bernard … Read More about ‘Take into our hearts the meaning of mission’

New Pukekohe kids’ choir makes beautiful sounds

By NZ Catholic contributor | October 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

by Fr ROBERT STEELE  A Pukekohe parish project for Divine Renovation, St Patrick’s Kids’ Choir, proposed by parish music leaders, was sadly put on hold on the eve of their debut at Mass way back in 2021 when the country went into lockdown.    Prior to the lockdown, some 35 children … Read More about New Pukekohe kids’ choir makes beautiful sounds

St Mary’s head girl reads at Queen’s service

By Michael Otto | October 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

The head girl of St Mary’s College, Wellington, was on the national stage during the state memorial service for Queen Elizabeth II on September 26.  Erana Ngarimu read the Gospel reading – John 10:11-16 – at the service celebrated at St Paul’s Cathedral (Anglican) in Wellington. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, … Read More about St Mary’s head girl reads at Queen’s service

Mass bags for little parishioners at Christchurch pro-cathedral

By Michael Otto | October 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Christchurch has introduced “Mass bags” to keep young ones engaged and entertained during the liturgy – and the initiative has proven to be very popular. In August, the pro-cathedral newsletter stated that the Mass bags would include books, colouring, flip cards and some rosary beads. The … Read More about Mass bags for little parishioners at Christchurch pro-cathedral