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St Gianna’s home welcomes first baby

By NZ Catholic Staff | September 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

A very special occasion has happened at the recently-opened St Gianna’s Home for Mothers and Babies in Auckland – the first resident of the home has given birth to her first baby.  The news was shared in a message sent out by Family Life International’s Dame Colleen Bayer last month, … Read More about St Gianna’s home welcomes first baby

Vinnies see sharp rise in requests for help

By NZ Catholic contributor | September 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

by MIKE FITZSIMONS  The Covid-19 lockdowns have resulted in a sharp rise across the country in requests for support from the St Vincent de Paul Society.   The response from volunteers and donors has been tremendous, said Marlena Hoeft-Marwick, national president of the St Vincent de Paul Society.  “Some people have donated money, others have given food items and essential household goods. Our ongoing efforts to support … Read More about Vinnies see sharp rise in requests for help

Chch diocese buys former Copthorne Hotel site

By NZ Catholic Staff | September 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

Christchurch diocese has bought the site of the former Copthorne Hotel in the central city to use in the planned cathedral parish precinct project. The purchase of the 2154 square metre site at 776 Colombo Street was announced last month by Millennium and Copthorne Hotels NZ Ltd (MCK).  According to … Read More about Chch diocese buys former Copthorne Hotel site

Akld Catholic housing providers facing soaring demand

By Rowena Orejana | September 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

Catholic emergency housing providers in Auckland are struggling to cope with increased demand for shelter as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on employment.   Monte Cecilia Housing Trust chief executive officer Bernie Smith told NZ Catholic that some people are having to face reduced hours of employment, or are losing their jobs as a result of the first lockdown.   “In the … Read More about Akld Catholic housing providers facing soaring demand

Kiwi version of Christian song popular online

By Rowena Orejana | September 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

More than a quarter of a million people have viewed “The Blessing Aotearoa New Zealand” within a week of the music video being uploaded on YouTube.  More Than Music Mentor founder Grant Norsworthy, who produced the music video, said the New Zealand version of the song – based on Numbers 6:24-26 – is the offering of Kiwi … Read More about Kiwi version of Christian song popular online

Blessings at City Rail Link project

By NZ Catholic Staff | September 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Bishop Michael Gielen has blessed a statue of St Barbara – the patron saint of miners – that has been placed near the entrance of a new phase of the Auckland City Rail Link project.  An August 21 note on the City Rail Link facebook page stated that Bishop Gielen was invited to bless a … Read More about Blessings at City Rail Link project