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Catholic churches to reopen doors, but public Mass not possible yet

By NZ Catholic Staff | May 12, 2020 | 2 Comments

The 338 Catholic churches of Aotearoa New Zealand will be able to open their doors from Thursday for individuals to pray in private, but public Mass is not possible under the new restricted Alert Level 2. This is the message sent by the country’s six Catholic bishops in a letter … Read More about Catholic churches to reopen doors, but public Mass not possible yet

Steep increase in demand for food parcels in Hamilton

By Rowena Orejana | May 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Demand for food parcels in Hamilton have quadrupled in the past few weeks, but the Society of St Vincent De Paul Hamilton said they have not seen demand peaking yet. SVDP Hamilton manager Mike Rolton said they are seeing an increase in new clients. “We’ve still got our base customers, … Read More about Steep increase in demand for food parcels in Hamilton

Online messenger scam prompts caution

By Rowena Orejana | May 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Two Catholic bishops have become victims of an impersonation scam on Facebook messenger and have warned people not to fall for this dishonest scheme. Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn and Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe both had people inform them that scammers were asking for money on Facebook messenger pretending to be … Read More about Online messenger scam prompts caution

Several NZ dioceses join wage subsidy scheme

By Michael Otto | May 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Several New Zealand Catholic dioceses have taken up the Government’s Wage Subsidy Scheme to help pay staff. As of April 24, at least three New Zealand dioceses had joined the scheme, with the total support being given amounting to $1.22 million. According to a public register with some search capacity … Read More about Several NZ dioceses join wage subsidy scheme

Honour the Word of God that enlivens daily life

By Fr Kevin Waldie sm | May 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

May 10: Fifth Sunday of Easter. Readings: 1. Acts 6:1-7; Psalm: 33; 2. 1 Peter 2:4-9; Gospel: John 14:1-12. This Sunday, like last week, has for its focus the church of God and the various roles played by its members. The picture of the Church Luke paints in Acts is … Read More about Honour the Word of God that enlivens daily life

Dunedin bishop taking time away from diocese for renewal

By Michael Otto | May 4, 2020 | 1 Comment

Dunedin Bishop Michael Dooley is taking some time away from his diocese for personal and spiritual renewal. In a letter dated May 3 and addressed to his “dear brothers and sisters in Christ”, Bishop Dooley said that he was looking forward to returning after his time away “with new energy … Read More about Dunedin bishop taking time away from diocese for renewal