Opinion

Rugby and the Church in NZ

By NZ Catholic contributor | February 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

by MICHAEL PARKER It was the morning during a World Cup rugby test, All Blacks vs. Ireland. The Mass started with the priest praying “let us acknowledge our faults to ready us for the work of worship”. Later, the priest – a true Kiwi – stated that numbers were down … Read More about Rugby and the Church in NZ

Teamwork pays

By Michael Otto | January 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

Amid the hustle and bustle of Christmas Day, those in need of something soothing were able to tune in to Prime TV, which ran a replay – lasting 12 hours – of the acclaimed “slow TV” program “Go Further South”. Viewers were taken – without voiceovers or commercials – on … Read More about Teamwork pays

Dunedin bishop reflects on St Joseph

By NZ Catholic Staff | January 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

by BISHOP MICHAEL DOOLEY Pope Francis has declared a “Year of St Joseph” from December 8, 2020, to  December 8, 2021.  My first thought was, why would the Pope do that now?  On reading his short, but simple, apostolic letter Patris Corde, I understood better his motivation. Pope Francis writes … Read More about Dunedin bishop reflects on St Joseph

Getting ready for Advent

By Michael Otto | December 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

As the season of Advent dawns, we joyfully await the coming of the Lord. Provided we can take the time to reflect, it is useful to do so, even amid the traffic, the noise, the stress, the heat, the crowds and so on. In the lead up to Christmas, many … Read More about Getting ready for Advent

Let the little children cry

By NZ Catholic contributor | October 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

by Michael Parker Just recently, we had a small child crying out in church, and stern looks, shrugs and sighs were elicited from some parishioners. Afterwards, the family seemed to be being avoided, so I went up and said, “what a lovely family you have”, and their faces lit up. … Read More about Let the little children cry

What sort of Catholic media will we see in the future?

By NZ Catholic contributor | October 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

by PAT McCARTHY As we hunkered down to church closures and online Masses a second time, I reflected on a friend’s question: Are we treating this Covid-19 lockdown as a period of hibernation or will we emerge from a chrysalis — and, if so, how will we be transformed? As … Read More about What sort of Catholic media will we see in the future?