Opinion

Baptism

By Helen Luxford | April 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

Baptism is the formal sacramental initiation into the Catholic Church. In the Catholic Church, we baptise small babies to ensure they are welcomed into the Church and cleansed from original sin as soon as possible. In other Christian churches, people are fully immersed into water as adults. I went to … Read More about Baptism

The challenge to prioritise people over policy

By NZ Catholic contributor | April 14, 2021 | 1 Comment

The Good Samaritan parable is one of the most loved Gospel stories. This is a story I have taught many times in Religious Education classes. It is a story that I often reflect upon in my own prayer. The parable is told in Luke 10:29– 37: A man going from … Read More about The challenge to prioritise people over policy

The Resurrection is not an extra bolted on to an ethic

By Michael Otto | April 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

One of the strategies for parish rejuvenation in some parts of New Zealand is running Alpha courses. These have been described as “back-to-basics” courses on the Christian faith, where people think and reflect on some of the fundamental truths of the Gospel. Occasionally, a sceptic, with a bent for writing, … Read More about The Resurrection is not an extra bolted on to an ethic

Discard the nonsense but keep the Lord’s Day

By Michael Otto | March 31, 2021 | 6 Comments

Many Catholic households will have received, in their letterboxes, a booklet titled “National Sunday Law” — and many of those households will have done with it what Fr Mervyn Duffy, SM, suggested; consigned it forthwith to the recycling bin. Fr Duffy, in comment for NZ Catholic, rightly described the contents … Read More about Discard the nonsense but keep the Lord’s Day

Uncertainty, big time

By Helen Luxford | March 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

The only thing that is certain in life is change. Nothing in this life stays the same forever. At the moment, it feels as if nothing is staying the same, or is guaranteed, from one day to the next. We were having an amazing weekend away with Catholic families, sharing … Read More about Uncertainty, big time

Pastoral care key for academic success

By NZ Catholic contributor | March 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

by Kate Nicholson A few years ago, I wrote a school newsletter piece about the previous Sunday’s Gospel, the well-known Scripture reading “The Vine and the Branches” (John 15:1-17). At the time, when I was listening to this passage and, probably influenced by my plant science background, I remember thinking … Read More about Pastoral care key for academic success