Opinion

New Our Lady of Kāpiti church and centre opened

By NZ Catholic contributor | June 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

by GLEN McCULLOUGH The new Our Lady of Kāpiti church and parish centre was blessed by Cardinal John Dew on the morning of Saturday, May 30. It marked the end of one journey and the beginning of another. The journey began in 2014 with the merging of two parishes — … Read More about New Our Lady of Kāpiti church and centre opened

Dunedin return like start of a school year

By NZ Catholic Staff | June 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

by Jeff Dillon Pentecost Sunday witnessed the return to celebration of the 10am Mass in St Joseph’s Cathedral in Dunedin after many weeks of enforced abstinence from receiving Holy Communion in physical form. It was a tentative return, being in the middle of a long holiday weekend, and the need … Read More about Dunedin return like start of a school year

People return to churches in new Chch parishes

By NZ Catholic Staff | June 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

by Mina Amso It was a doubly special Pentecost Sunday for the newly-formed Christchurch South Parish. Parishioners finally returned to two of their four churches for Mass after about two months of the churches being closed. It was also officially the beginning of the new parish. “It was a wonderful … Read More about People return to churches in new Chch parishes

Masses resume in parishes at level two

By NZ Catholic Staff | June 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

The following are snapshots of the resumption of Masses at level two at the parish level. Public gatherings were still limited to 100 at the time, but local churches found a way to accommodate parishioners in excess of a hundred. Attendances were lower than usual as people cautiously found their … Read More about Masses resume in parishes at level two

New vocations director for Chch

By Rowena Orejana | June 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Christchurch Bishop Paul Martin, SM, has appointed Fr Tien Cao, assistant parish priest at St Peter Chanel, Waimakariri, as the diocese’s new vocations director. Fr Cao said as the new vocations director, he is looking forward to accompanying men “who have received even the slightest call from God to priesthood”. … Read More about New vocations director for Chch

Caritas Aotearoa NZ Lent Appeal funds down 30 per cent on past years

By Rowena Orejana | June 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

Update (as of June 26, 2020): Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand Lent Appeal funds has recently surpassed $757,000, up from the $683,000 the organisation managed to raise during the Covid- 19 lockdown. Caritas Communications director Rebecca Sees said thanks to “the generosity and support of our communities, as well as our renewed … Read More about Caritas Aotearoa NZ Lent Appeal funds down 30 per cent on past years