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Easter hui not possible so Māori Catholics gather online

By Michael Otto | May 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

Covid-19 alert level 4 restrictions meant the 2020 Hui Aranga scheduled to be based at St Patrick’s College, Silverstream, over Easter did not take place physically – but Māori Catholics still came together using modern communications tools like Zoom and Facebook. Tomairangi Mareikura and Rāwiri Tinirau – the vice-chair and … Read More about Easter hui not possible so Māori Catholics gather online

PM asks for more patience

By Rowena Orejana | May 16, 2020 | 1 Comment

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern asked religious communities “for patience for a little longer” hinting that the limit of 10 on public gatherings may be expanded, but probably not up to 100. This was revealed by Auckland Bishop and NZCBC president Bishop Patrick Dunn who was among the religious leaders who … Read More about PM asks for more patience

Keeping rest home residents safe and happy

By NZ Catholic contributor | May 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

by Jeff Dillon “Making the elderly happy, that’s what counts.” That quote from St Jean Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, is of paramount importance at the Sacred Heart Home and Hospital at Brockville in Dunedin during the current Covid-19 pandemic. The facility went into a voluntary … Read More about Keeping rest home residents safe and happy

Catholic agencies continue to serve in NZ

By NZ Catholic Staff | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Catholic agencies and individuals around the country were busy working from home and providing still-open “essential services” supporting communities in need during the Level 4 Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown. Ingenuity was used at a time when essential Catholic spiritual work such as attending to the sick and dying was severely restricted … Read More about Catholic agencies continue to serve in NZ

PM firm on limits to gatherings

By Rowena Orejana | May 12, 2020 | 1 Comment

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern remained firm on keeping the number of people gathering under ten, effectively barring public celebrations of weddings, tangihangas as well as public Masses. “You’ve heard me clearly outline them. This is only intended, we hope, to be a very, very, very short period that we are … Read More about PM firm on limits to gatherings

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