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Burying the ‘Alleluia’ for Lent

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

by JEFF DILLON In a lead up to the Lenten season, the Dunedin Latin Mass Society decided to embrace a centuries-old tradition, which is still performed in many places overseas, and carry out a “burying the alleluia” ritual.  A suitably ornate example of the word “Alleluia” was found and printed … Read More about Burying the ‘Alleluia’ for Lent

PM a hit with Hamilton students

By NZ Catholic Staff | March 18, 2020 | 2 Comments

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern were the guests of honour at the opening of the new Marcellin Centre at St John’s College in Hamilton. The new building is made up of a spacious gym arena, weights room and three classrooms. Principal Shane Tong said the centre … Read More about PM a hit with Hamilton students

Basilica damaged

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

by PETER OWENS One of Invercargill’s oldest churches, which is also an Invercargill landmark, remained closed for at least one more week from the end of February after high winds damaged its dome. Invercargill South Pastoral Area parish priest Fr Pat McGettigan said gale-force winds of 150km/h at the end … Read More about Basilica damaged

Deacon Dad proud of his bishop son

By Michael Otto | March 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

For the first time in the history of the Catholic Church in New Zealand, the son of a permanent deacon has been ordained as a bishop. Deacon Henk Gielen acted as deacon during the ordination Mass of his son, Bishop Michael Gielen, 48, as an auxiliary bishop of Auckland, at … Read More about Deacon Dad proud of his bishop son

Anniversary celebration at Jerusalem on the Whanganui River

By NZ Catholic contributor | March 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

by TED DOWNS Bishop Peter Cullinane, retired Bishop of Palmerston North, has kindly agreed to officiate at the celebrations at Jerusalem on the Whanganui River on Sunday, March 15. This day marks the 40 th anniversary of the founding of Palmerston North diocese. It also commemorates the setting up of … Read More about Anniversary celebration at Jerusalem on the Whanganui River

Wgtn conference to look at ministry to youth and families

By NZ Catholic contributor | March 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

by CHRIS DUTHIE-JUNG Pope Francis is calling for us all to rethink the way we go about evangelising in our respective communities. Under his leadership, the Church is specifically addressing issues of ministry with families, marriage and young people.  This year, two agencies of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference … Read More about Wgtn conference to look at ministry to youth and families