Sunday, January 13, 2019

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Kiwi Bishop invited to lead Catechesis at World Youth Day 2019 (10 Jan 2019)
The Vatican has requested Bishop Charles Drennan of the Palmerston North Diocese to lead one of the three Catechesis sessions for English speaking pilgrims at January's World Youth Day in Panama...

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Professor emeritus led university's code of ethics
Manawatu Guardian 10 Jan 2019
The late Professor Emeritus Ivan Snook was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for service to tertiary education. He established and chaired the first Massey University human ethics committee, and led the development of the university's code of ethics for human subject research. Professor Snook died in October 2018. His wife Josie gave the Manawatu Guardian her late husband's Reflections on a philosophical life written for the Philosophy of Education Society. We print excerpts from his autobiography ...

Vatican considering defrocking 
The defrocking - or laicisation - of Fr Magnus Murray has been referred to the Vatican, where it is being considered under the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, ODT Insight understands ...

Obituary: Ken McGifford, the Mayor of Aramoho 
The death of 85-year-old Ken McGifford has ended the era of a popular former businessman nick-named the "Mayor" of Aramoho.

Thirty years of success for St Joseph's community Christmas lunch 
For three decades Carol Fisher has served at the community Christmas lunch in New Plymouth but this year was the first time she got to sit and eat with the crowd. Fisher was among the group of volunteers who, inspired by a similar event in Auckland, organised the first ever Christmas meal at St Joseph's Church and has been involved ever since. 

Going blind: A mother's anguish living with retinitis pigmentosa 
A New Zealand mother's eyes welled up with tears as she spoke about the possibility of not being able to see her children grow up, get married or having grandchildren. Karen Chong, 48, suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, often simply called RP, a rare hereditary retinal disease. She is legally blind, has very limited vision and could go totally blind any time.

Liam Hehir: We are better off than ever before, but we've lost something important
Rongotea can put on a Christmas parade, but its Catholic church almost didn't have mass on Christmas Day.

Sexual abuse survivor Darryl Smith to share his story at the Vatican
A survivor of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church will share his story at the Vatican. Dunedin man Darryl Smith will meet with Catholic bishops, and potentially Pope Francis, during a global summit on clergy sexual abuse in Rome in February.

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New Hato Paora principal has desire to maintain school's legacy
New Hato Paora College principal Nathan Matthews wants to maintain the tradition and the legacy of the Manawatu school. Hato Paora is one of four Maori boarding schools left in New Zealand – there are three others in Hawke's Bay. The only other Maori Catholic boys boarding school was Auckland's Hato Petera College, which recently closed. 

'Working' on new name for Kavanagh 
The Catholic Bishop of Dunedin is still not ready to decide on a name change for Kavanagh College, but insists he is ''working quite hard'' on the issue.

At 7, Whangarei schoolgirl Maddison Macmillan is published author 
At just 7 years old, Madison Macmillan, a student at St Francis Xavier Catholic School in Whangarei, is already a published author, with the release of her children's book The Good Baby and the Bad Hippo that encourages youngsters to be truthful and kind.

Napier St Joseph's Maori Girls' College's kapa haka performance in Barcelona warms hearts around world 
It is a sight not many would expect in a Spanish city, but one that has captured the hearts and minds of those all over the world. Hundreds gathered on the cobblestone streets of Barcelona to watch students from Napier's St Joseph's Maori Girls' College perform a kapa haka routine, with waiata and poi.

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INSPIRED WORD 

Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 The baptism of Jesus
A reading and commentary with Fr David Kennerly SM and Suzanne O'Rourke.

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John L. Allen Jr: How to know if reform in the Vatican Press Office is real
In the celebrated 1958 novel Il Gattopardo, a young noble trying to make his way in the new order, delivered the novel's epigrammatic line: "Everything must change, so that everything may stay the same." That phrase leapt to mind on Friday, when the Vatican announced a series of new appointments to the Press Office following the New Year's Eve departures of former spokespersons Greg Burke and Paloma Garcia Ovejero ...

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Catholic Dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. 'Wel-com'  http://www.welcom.org.nz

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform'  https://chchcatholic.nz/?sid=25 (Latest news - Latest Inform)

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. 'The Tablet' https://catholic-diocese.squarespace.com/back-issues

The Nathaniel Centre. The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. 'The Nathaniel Report' http://www.nathaniel.org.nz/

NZ Catholic Education Office. School News Update  http://www.nzceo.org.nz/news/ 

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger' http://www.maristmessenger.co.nz


'Tui Motu Interislands'. An independent Catholic magazine. http://www.tuimotu.org/

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New Zealand Commentaries 
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Sunday, December 23, 2018


Dear Readers,

This is the last News & Notes for 2018.  I'll restart the newsletter in January as soon as there is something to report.

A happy Christmas to you all, every best wish and all God's blessings.

Mike Leon

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CHRISTMAS 2018

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Caring cards flood in for the lonely
Eight hundred Christmas cards will be delivered to people in rest homes across Wairarapa this week as part of the nationwide Sending Love initiative. St Patrick's School was a major contributor ...

Bishop Charles Drennan: This Christmas, whatever your faith, let's be stirred into action by hope and goodness
"Faith shows us that beyond natural justice there is something more," says Bishop Drennan.

Auckland Churches' Christmas message: Waiting for Christmas 
The four weeks immediately preceding Christmas Day have for centuries been celebrated as Advent - a time of waiting in eager anticipation as we look forward to the day when we celebrate the birth of a baby: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, born into the world as one of us...

Prof. Tim Cooper: Society has lost sight of reason for the season 
Amid all the tinsel and wrapping paper, Christmas is also a religious festival, writes Tim Cooper. 

What's Christmas like for a single parent, a Buddhist or a parish priest? 
[The parish priest is Fr John Adams at St Joseph's in Christchurch]

Surviving Christmas: 'It doesn't have to be a stuff buying fest'
The New Plymouth Community Christmas Charitable Trust puts on a Christmas lunch for about 200 people at St Joseph's Church.

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Sexual abuse survivor to visit Vatican
A Dunedin survivor of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church is heading to the Vatican in the hope of meeting the Pope, helped by the Catholic Bishop of Dunedin. Darryl Smith yesterday told ODT Insight he would fly to Rome in February to spend six days at the Vatican, coinciding with a gathering of the leaders of bishops' conferences from around the world.

Anniversary of architect's death commemorated
Australian choral and orchestral group Artes Christi performed in Dunedin yesterday to mark the anniversary of the death of one of New Zealand's great church architects. The Sydney-based ensemble performed at St Joseph's Cathedral, which was designed by Francis William Petre.

St Andrew's Catholic Church at Whangaehu, Rangitikei, moves to new site to protect against flooding (video of church speeding down the road)
St Andrews Catholic Church at Whangaehu is being relocated. It is currently in flood-prone area and is being moved next to the community hall.

People soar to new heights in support of Sacred Heart Basilica
Fundraising for the $3.9 million upgrade of Timaru's Sacred Heart Basilica got a boost on Saturday when people soared to great heights for charity.

At home with a 104-year-old (lots of interesting photos)
Christina Woollard has lived on her own in a studio apartment in Blockhouse Bay, Auckland for six-and-a-half years. Before that, she lived in Dunedin. She moved to New Zealand from Ireland [Britt thinks] with her husband in 1955. Lifewise support workers assist her with daily tasks. She is 104 years old. 

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St Bede's College: Christchurch Catholic school refuses to release details of sex abuse investigation

St Brigid's, Dunedin: Awards recognise pupils' harbour health efforts

St Joseph's Maori Girls' College students perform stunning kapa haka in Spain  (text and video, informal but first-class)

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INSPIRED WORD 

Luke 1:39-44 Mary visits Elizabeth
A reading and commentary by Sister Stephanie Kitching.

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Episode 133 — Christ, Christmas; Jesus, Justice (December 17, 2018)

In our December episode, there's a little Christmas spirit, but there's a little bit of the Grinch as well. In New Zealand, new research has found that churches — Catholic and Protestant — aren't all that popular, but Jesus remains so. In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte is trying to find out if suggesting people kill Catholic bishops is popular. But don't worry; it's just "hyperbole". On either side of the Tasman Sea, justice is being considered following an overturned conviction for an Australian Catholic bishop and in New Zealand on abortion laws. But, as Christmas approaches, shouldn't we all be worrying about whether Santa is real or not? Just another month — and another year — for The 15th Station.

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** Being holy is what brings joy, pope tells Vatican employee
This Christmas will people go to adore and be amazed by Jesus, or will they let themselves be detoured by distractions? Pope Francis asked.

** In spirit of Christmas giving, Pope opens medical clinic for the poor
In the spirit of Christmas giving, Pope Francis on Saturday opened a new medical center for the poor and homeless near the Vatican, offering emergency and first aid services to pilgrims and needy persons who find themselves in need of medical help.

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Catholic Dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. 'Wel-com'  http://www.welcom.org.nz

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform' http://www.chch.catholic.org.nz/?sid=25

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. 'The Tablet' https://catholic-diocese.squarespace.com/back-issues

The Nathaniel Centre. The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. 'The Nathaniel Report' http://www.nathaniel.org.nz/

NZ Catholic Education Office. School News Update  http://www.nzceo.org.nz/news/ 

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger' http://www.maristmessenger.co.nz


'Tui Motu Interislands'. An independent Catholic magazine. http://www.tuimotu.org/

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NEW ZEALAND COMMENTARIES ON THE SUNDAY READINGS

Fr Frank Bird sm. Living the Word: Sundays of the Year: Discussion Guide - http://livingtheword.org.nz

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

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New interfaith booklet promotes peace and understanding (10 Dec 2018)

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Committee for Interfaith Relations (NZCBCIR) has released a revised booklet promoting Interfaith Relations in Aotearoa New Zealand - Te Whakatairanga i te Nohotahitanga o nga Whakapono i Aotearoa ...

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Gordon Copeland: A life of achievement, driven by faith (obituary)
Such was Gordon Copeland's personal charisma, business and political acumen that many who knew him well believed that, had he chosen to stand for one of the major parties, he would in all likelihood have become a Cabinet minister – or even prime minister ...

Breaches 'technicalities'
The leaders of several southern schools which appeared in an Auditor-general's report for being in financial difficulty, say they are on the list for ''mere technicalities'' rather than anything serious...

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The following two articles describe horrifying abuse at Catholic institutions in Invercargill and Dunedin.  The first details the abuse of schoolboys by Charles Afeaki, a former Marist Brother, at Invercargill's Marist Primary School. The second describes the mistreatment of children at St Joseph's Boys Home, Doon St., Dunedin and the St Vincent de Paul Orphanage for Girls in South Dunedin - ml
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Invercargill man who was sexually assaulted by Marist Brother shines light on dark past 
Windows covered by a psychedelic paint job concealed a dark secret in Invercargill. Now one victim of a Marist Brother who raped children is letting the sunlight in. Chris Morris reports.

Sisters of Mercy a dark misnomer (text and video)
A Dunedin boy dumped at a Catholic orphanage by his father endured five days of violence at the hands of the Sisters of Mercy. Half a century later, he is still searching for answers. Chris Morris reports.

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INSPIRED WORD 

Luke 3:10-18 The preaching of John the Baptist
A reading and commentary by Sister Stephanie Kitching.

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** Dutch Church is facing an uncertain future, but new bishop is up for his task
The cathedral in Roermond, in the Catholic southeast of the Netherlands, was filled to the last seat. More than twelve hundred people were there to see Harrie Smeets receive his episcopal consecration on Dec. 8. "The Church in all times, but especially in these times, should not let itself be put in a museum cabinet, as if it were a relic from a bygone era. Nor should the Church protect itself with bulletproof glass, being all too well pleased with herself. Instead, she should be out there in the world," the new bishop said ...

** Jesuit author: Pope Francis inspires faithful to practice mercy
Jesuit Father Thomas Massaro is Professor of Moral Theology at Fordham University. He writes and lectures frequently on such topics as the ethics of globalization, peacemaking, environmental concern, the role of conscience in religious participation in public life and developing a spirituality of justice. His most recent book, 'Mercy in Action', analyzes the social teachings of Pope Francis...

** John Allen: A reality check on expectations for February child abuse summit
Under any circumstances, the announcement in September that Pope Francis plans to convene a summit Feb. 21-24 for all the presidents of bishops' conferences around the world, along with the Vatican's senior leadership, to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandals in the Church would have been big news. After the Vatican invoked that summit in November in instructing the U.S. bishops to stand down in adopting new accountability measures, however, it was foreordained that American analysts will treat February like Roosevelt and Stalin at Yalta - a high-stakes, history-making exercise. Before expectations spiral completely out of control, however, it's important to say for all kinds of reasons, this is not going to be Yalta on sex abuse, and to hope that it will be is a fool's errand. Let's lay out the reasons why, and then touch on what would actually count as success...

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Catholic Dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. 'Wel-com'  http://www.welcom.org.nz

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform' http://www.chch.catholic.org.nz/?sid=25

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. 'The Tablet' https://catholic-diocese.squarespace.com/back-issues

The Nathaniel Centre. The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. 'The Nathaniel Report' http://www.nathaniel.org.nz/

NZ Catholic Education Office. School News Update  http://www.nzceo.org.nz/news/ 

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger' http://www.maristmessenger.co.nz


'Tui Motu Interislands'. An independent Catholic magazine. http://www.tuimotu.org/

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NEW ZEALAND COMMENTARIES ON THE SUNDAY READINGS

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Marist Messenger. Daily Reflections https://www.maristmessenger.co.nz/category/features/

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

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Schools help make Christmas better for families in need
Nelson Mail 1 Dec 2018
Richmond Catholic schools St Paul's and Garin College are collecting donations for the St Vincent de Paul's Christmas appeal. 

Big man brings sunshine to parade (text, video with brief glimpses of Nativity scenes)
A dose of seasonal good cheer helped dispel memories of recent flooding in South Otago on Saturday. Following some of the most severe flooding in 20 years in Balclutha late last month, Santa brought the perfect sunshine tonic with him to his annual parade and street market in the town.

RNZ. Pre-Christmas pamper for those in need
A group of volunteers at St Joseph's Church New Plymouth washed hair, painted nails and gave massages to people unable to afford the full salon treatment ahead of the big day.

Hundreds of meals for St Vincent foodbank 
Photo caption: Volunteer Vince Jones scoops cottage pie filling from a huge pot yesterday to create hundreds of meals for the Dunedin St Vincent de Paul foodbank.

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RNZ. Checkpoint. Iraqi priest in NZ: 'Please save our people' (audio)
Auckland-based Catholic priest Fr Douglas Al-Bazi was tortured by terrorists in Iraq and sheltered thousands of people fleeing from Islamic State. He tells Alex Perrottet his harrowing story and says New Zealand should be taking more refugees suffering genocide in the Middle East.

Gordon Whiting: A life defined by enduring principles
Obituary of Gordon Whiting, former Environment Court judge: b March 16, 1942; d November 6, 2018

Hundreds of pro-life advocates take to Wellington's streets in opposition of abortion reform (text, video)
Several pro-life organisations have joined forces to ensure their voices are heard when it comes to the hot-button topic of abortion. Organised by five groups, the March for Life – touted as a counter-protest to a similar pro-choice event earlier in the week – drew a large crowd to Wellington's Te Ngakau Civic Square on Saturday.

Abuse survivor complained to school and was told to leave or be expelled
An abuse survivor molested at a Catholic college says when he alerted the school, he was given five days to leave or be expelled.
St Joseph's Catholic church in Hawera celebrates its 25th year anniversary
A South Taranaki church with a 143-year history is celebrating a milestone anniversary.

More than a moral dilemma: The religious and community views on euthanasia
Just over 12 per cent of the New Zealand population identify as Catholic and yet their view has been one of the most prominent – and well-covered in the media – when it comes to the euthanasia debate.

St Peter's golden generation proud to do it their way, as well as the honourable way
Someone, somewhere was looking down on St Peter's College first XV this year as they negotiated a precipitous path to the national schools rugby title. St Peter's, in many ways, stands as the shining example for the right way – the honourable way – to achieve success in first XV rugby at a time when the spotlight on the schools game has never shone brighter. 

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INSPIRED WORD 

Luke 3:1-6 The preaching of John the Baptist
A reading and commentary with Canon Deborah Broome and Rev. Alister Hendery at St Paul's Cathdral, Wellington.

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Why a 14th-century mystic appeals to today's 'spiritual but not religious' Americans

The history of organized religion is full of schisms, heresies and other breakaways. What is different at this time is a seemingly indiscriminate mixing of diverse religious traditions to form a personalized spirituality, often referred to as "cafeteria spirituality." At the heart of this trend is the general conviction that all world religions share a fundamental, common basis, a belief known as "perennialism." And this is where the unlikely figure of Meister Eckhart, a 14th-century Dominican friar, famous for his popular sermons on the direct experience of God, is finding popular appeal...

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NEW ZEALAND CATHOLIC PERIODICALS & NEWSLETTERS 

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Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. 'Kete Korero'. https://issuu.com/search?q=%22kete+korero%22

Catholic Dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. 'Wel-com'  http://www.welcom.org.nz

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform' http://www.chch.catholic.org.nz/?sid=25

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. 'The Tablet' https://catholic-diocese.squarespace.com/back-issues

The Nathaniel Centre. The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. 'The Nathaniel Report' http://www.nathaniel.org.nz/

NZ Catholic Education Office. School News Update  http://www.nzceo.org.nz/news/ 

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger' http://www.maristmessenger.co.nz


'Tui Motu Interislands'. An independent Catholic magazine. http://www.tuimotu.org/

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NEW ZEALAND COMMENTARIES ON THE SUNDAY READINGS

Fr Frank Bird sm. Living the Word: Sundays of the Year: Discussion Guide - http://livingtheword.org.nz

Marist Messenger. Daily Reflections https://www.maristmessenger.co.nz/category/features/

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EMPLOYMENT 

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Job vacancies in the Catholic dioceses of Auckland: http://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/category/vacancies/

Sunday, December 2, 2018

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In issue no. 554, December 2 - 15 2018: New president for Vinnies NZ ... Gender diversity issues guide for schools ... Wgtn goes all out for World Day of the Poor ... New priest ordained for Dunedin diocese (Fr Jaewoo Joseph Lee) ... Robert Consedine: Recognising clericalism ... New full biography a milestone in Colin cause ... Schools feature: Lighting New Fires, news from Catholic schools across NZ ... Top scholars 2018 ... Filipino priest brings faith and food together ... 

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RNZ. Lately, with Karyn Hay
Church stays silent as survivors support group reveals more victims (audio, after 13 minutes)
RNZ senior raporter Phil Pennington on his investigation into abuse in faith-based institutions.

Govt officials: Minister has no power to intervene in Catholic cathedral demolition
Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods does not have the power to intervene and stop possible demolition of the city's earthquake-damaged Catholic cathedral, according to official advice.

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St Mary's, Foxton: Principal brings compassion
Horowhenua Chronicle
Foxton's St Mary's School Principal Mary KleinsmanPowell was born and grew up in the Taranaki township of Waitara. After school at Sacred Heart College in New Plymouth, completing sixth form certificate and passing UE, Mary decided on one of two careers, nursing or teaching. Mary chose these as she felt both required her to be a compassionate person, as well as a people person ...

St Patrick's, Taupo: Taupo team scores first place in Police Fear Factor
Taupo & Turangi Weekender
29 Nov 2018
St Patrick's Catholic School students showed they have what it takes to join the police with a shared first place at the 2018 National PCT Fear Factor competition at the Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua.  

St Peter's College, Gore: Award-winner's story of tragedy has positive effect
Ella McGuigan has shown that sometimes, something good can come from a deeply traumatic experience. The St Peter's College pupil has won the 2018 Otago Daily Times Secondary Scene Award for Excellence in Writing, for a piece she wrote after her brother had been in a serious car accident.

St Peter's College, Palmerston North: Manawatu's town crier making her last calls as cancer takes hold
Caroline Robinson has muted the clapper of her bell and stilled her hearty signature hail of "Oyez". Palmerston North's town crier has been an endearing and ebullient personality, offering proclamations at public events from graduations to conventions since 2000. But the the multi-award-winning colourfully liveried character will be absent from Sunday's Christmas parade through the city.

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INSPIRED WORD 

Luke 21:25 28; 34 36 Jesus speaks of the destruction of Jerusalem
A reading and commentary with Canon Deborah Broome and Canon Jenny Wilkens at St Paul's Cathdral, Wellington.

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In response to global warming, the idea of personal sacrifice resurfaces
A major scientific report by 13 US federal agencies that concludes that climate change poses dire economic consequences to the United States and already is affecting the well being of people serves as a warning that demands action to protect the earth, Catholics working on environmental concerns said.

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NEW ZEALAND CATHOLIC PERIODICALS & NEWSLETTERS 

'NZ Catholic' is a national newspaper published by the Catholic Bishop of Auckland. http://www.nzcatholic.org.nz 

Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. 'Kete Korero'. https://issuu.com/search?q=%22kete+korero%22

Catholic Dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. 'Wel-com'  http://www.welcom.org.nz

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform' http://www.chch.catholic.org.nz/?sid=25

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. 'The Tablet' https://catholic-diocese.squarespace.com/back-issues

The Nathaniel Centre. The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. 'The Nathaniel Report' http://www.nathaniel.org.nz/

NZ Catholic Education Office. School News Update  http://www.nzceo.org.nz/news/ 

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger' http://www.maristmessenger.co.nz


'Tui Motu Interislands'. An independent Catholic magazine. http://www.tuimotu.org/

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NEW ZEALAND COMMENTARIES ON THE SUNDAY READINGS

Fr Frank Bird sm. Living the Word: Sundays of the Year: Discussion Guide - http://livingtheword.org.nz

Marist Messenger. Daily Reflections https://www.maristmessenger.co.nz/category/features/

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EMPLOYMENT 

Teaching vacancies in New Zealand Catholic schools are advertised on the Website of the Education Gazette: http://www.edgazette.govt.nz

Vacancies in the Catholic Overseas Volunteer programme, contact: volunteers@caritas.org.nz 

Job vacancies in the Catholic dioceses of Auckland: http://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/category/vacancies/

Sunday, November 25, 2018

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Guidance for Catholic schools on gender diversity in schools (23 Nov 2018)
The National Centre for Religious Studies is providing guidance to Catholic schools throughout New Zealand on gender complexity.  The guidance, endorsed by the NZCBC, is for Principals, Boards of Trustees, staff and whanau and provides a point of reference in the support and accompaniment of children and young people who may be experiencing gender dysphoria in our schools ...

Ecclesia in Oceania (22 Nov 2018)
Today marks twenty years since the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Oceania, which was held from 22 November - 12 December 1998 ...

National Centre for Religious Studies provides 'Blessed to be family' booklets celebrating joy of love (19 Nov 2018)
First published in 2016, Amoris Laetitia, which simply means 'The Joy of Love', is a post-synodal apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis addressing the pastoral care of families including marriage and the day to day challenges faced by families throughout the world. The National Centre for Religious studies (NCRS) has produced a group reflection and discussion resource based on teachings of Amoris Laetitia ...

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'NZ CATHOLIC' 


In issue no. 553, November 18 - December 1: NZ faith-based institutions included in royal commission ... Pro-life rosary crusade for NZ next month ... New religious education secondary curriculum guide ... $12.6m development will help homeless families ... Mass for peace on Armistice centenary ... Variety of ways that faith can be 'embodied' ... Synod's words on 'synodal church puzzle some people ... Helping the needy and the earth: Students sewing for good in south Dunedin.

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FROM THE SECULAR PRESS 

Catholics eye central city site for possible new Christchurch cathedral (photos)
The Catholic church is eyeing a large central Christchurch site for a possible new cathedral, and could use emergency powers to demolish its Barbadoes St basilica.

Minister seeks advice on intervention options for Catholic cathedral demolition
Christchurch regeneration minister Megan Woods is seeking formal advice on whether she can intervene in the possible demolition of the city's catholic cathedral.

RNZ. Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan
Professor Peter Lineham: the future of religion in New Zealand (audio)
Professor Peter Lineham has been writing and teaching about New Zealand's religious history for several decades. He's retiring from Massey University at the end of this year, but not before he gives one final lecture about the state of religion in the country - its decline, evolution, and future here. The lecture titled In Search of church - does religion have a future in Godzone? is the tenth and last in this year's Our Changing World Series and will be delivered tonight. Professor Lineham joins us now to tell us about the topic, and leaving teaching behind.

'Gentle soul, full of kindly feeling' brought down by ill-timed venture north
The 1918 influenza pandemic was no respecter of rank and on November 22, 1918 it claimed its most notable Dunedin victim — Roman Catholic Bishop of Dunedin Michael Verdon. Mike Houlahan looks back at his career and death...

Life Story: Sister Beverley Grounds never lost her grounding in faith
Sister Beverley Grounds read newspapers in Italian, translated religious scripture from French to English and keenly studied te reo Maori and German. Grounds spent most of her life teaching in Christchurch but sharpened her linguistic skills during extended stints living around the country and overseas in Paris, Rome and Germany.

St Patrick's Basilica Waimate provided ideal acoustics for choir (text, video)
Visiting choir Schola Cantorum filled St Patrick's Basilica in Waimate with the music that the group's president says was made to be played in it.

Funds sought for church
A landmark Riversdale Beach building, more than twice the age of the community it serves, is in line for a much-needed spruce up – if funding can be found. Built in 1881 in Tinui, St Joseph's Catholic church didn't find a home at the Wairarapa holiday hotspot until 100 years later when it was relocated 30km down the road to the coast.

'Shaken trust': Auckland Council apologises to churches over handling of rates hikes
Auckland Council has apologised for what one councillor is calling "appalling" treatment of the region's churches.
Religious leaders on Tuesday ripped into the council's controversial, and "badly flawed", move to rate church properties, which saw one church's rates bill increase from $400 to $21,000.

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News of the Schools
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Francis Douglas Memorial College: Teachers grow moustaches for Movember to encourage students to talk about mental health 

St Columba's, Hamilton: Good Sorts: The Hamilton school teaching girls it's what's on the inside that counts  (text, video) 

St Peter Chanel, Te Rapa: Science box experiments lift lid on kids' curiosity 

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INSPIRED WORD 

John 18:33-37 The high priest questions Jesus
A reading and commentary by Sister Stephanie Kitching.

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CRUX - Edited by John L. Allen Jr. and Inés San Martin


'Pope's composer' says music shows man the face of God
Monsignor Marco Frisina, dubbed by some as "the pope's composer" due to the number of his scores played during papal liturgies, has said music is key to evangelization, since, as an expression of beauty, it can help people to experience God....

Cupich calls February abuse summit start of a 'worldwide reform'
Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, named Friday by Pope Francis to the planning committee for February's high-stakes Vatican meeting on sex abuse, says the pope is seeking the "full involvement of the global Church in assuring the protection of children around the world from clerical sexual abuse."

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NEW ZEALAND CATHOLIC PERIODICALS & NEWSLETTERS 

'NZ Catholic' is a national newspaper published by the Catholic Bishop of Auckland. http://www.nzcatholic.org.nz 

Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. 'Kete Korero'. https://issuu.com/search?q=%22kete+korero%22

Catholic Dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. 'Wel-com'  http://www.welcom.org.nz

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform' http://www.chch.catholic.org.nz/?sid=25

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. 'The Tablet' https://catholic-diocese.squarespace.com/back-issues

The Nathaniel Centre. The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. 'The Nathaniel Report' http://www.nathaniel.org.nz/

NZ Catholic Education Office. School News Update  http://www.nzceo.org.nz/news/ 

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger' http://www.maristmessenger.co.nz


'Tui Motu Interislands'. An independent Catholic magazine. http://www.tuimotu.org/

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NEW ZEALAND COMMENTARIES ON THE SUNDAY READINGS

Fr Frank Bird sm. Living the Word: Sundays of the Year: Discussion Guide - http://livingtheword.org.nz

Marist Messenger. Daily Reflections https://www.maristmessenger.co.nz/category/features/

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FACEBOOK

The Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand

'NZ Catholic' newspaper

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand

Holy Cross Seminary

Marist Seminary, Auckland NZ

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NEWS OF THE CHURCH IN NZ AND THE WORLD







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EMPLOYMENT 

Teaching vacancies in New Zealand Catholic schools are advertised on the Website of the Education Gazette: http://www.edgazette.govt.nz

Vacancies in the Catholic Overseas Volunteer programme, contact: volunteers@caritas.org.nz 

Job vacancies in the Catholic dioceses of Auckland: http://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/category/vacancies/

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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NZ CATHOLIC BISHOPS' CONFERENCE


New Zealand contingent to attend World Youth Day in Panama 2019 (16 Nov 2018)

A contingent of 21 New Zealanders will attend the international celebration for 2019 World Youth Day (WYD2019) in Panama.  The event will be attended by thousands from around the world in January next year...

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SECOND WORLD DAY OF THE POOR: 18 November 2018

The World Day of the Poor is being observed today, Sunday 18 November. The Archdiocese of Wellington is one of 12 Dioceses in the world who have been asked to join together in promoting this day. A number of events have been organised for the lead up to it. Please visit the Website shown above for details.

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FROM THE SECULAR PRESS 

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Royal Commission into child abuse
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Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care will now include churches, PM Jacinda Ardern says (text, video)
An inquiry into the historic abuse of children in state care has been expanded to include abuse in the Church.
Speaking at her weekly post-cabinet press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it is important that the Government listened to the submitters who urged the Government to include faith-based institutions in its inquiry.

Bishop considering public 'full disclosure'
The Catholic bishop of Dunedin says he may not wait for a royal commission before lifting the lid on the sexual abuse of children by men of the cloth within the diocese.

Editorial: It's right to open doors on churches' dark past

Gordon Campbell on why the Royal Commission into child abuse needs to change its timeframe

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Jail for burglar who forced his way into five churches
Gilbert Stuart McAlister, 58, targeted churches around the country, breaking in, looking for money, making himself coffee or drinking their milk.
Warkworth struggles with mounting homeless
Six emergency housing units, which opened in Warkworth last month, are already full and still more families in the area are pleading for urgent accommodation. De Paul House opened six homes in Warkworth during October, but within two weeks the homes had reached their capacity, accommodating 17 children and six adults.

Join us to pray tribute to Saint Mother Teresa
On behalf of the Saint Mother Teresa Interfaith Committee based in Auckland, I have the pleasure and honour of inviting you to attend the Ninth Annual Saint Mother Teresa Interfaith Meeting scheduled to be held at 2 pm on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Christ the King Church located at 260 Richardson Road in Mount Roskill, Auckland...

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News of the Schools
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St Bernard's College: Lower Hutt students band together for mental health 

St Joseph's School Opunake take part in a world record speed stacking attempt 

St Joseph's, Temuka: New classroom block means Temuka school almost doubles in size 

St Kevin's College: Others did the work, says Levi 

St Mary's, Rotorua: Rotorua science teacher getting real world practice on science programme 

St Michael's, St Mary's, Rotorua: Rotorua's Local Heroes recognised at annual awards 

St Patrick's College Wellington: Wellington Catholic school has no records of sex abuse 

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INSPIRED WORD 

Mark 13:24-32 The coming of the Son of Man
A reading and commentary by Sister Stephanie Kitching.

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STATION XV


Episode 132 — Investigation, Implementation, Immigration and Invocation (November 16 2018)

After lobbying from the Catholic Church and others, the New Zealand Government's inquiry into child sexual abuse in institutions will include faith-based organisations. In the US, the Bishops have delayed implementing new abuse protocols after the Vatican asked them to wait until after the February gathering of presidents of bishops' conferences. Also in Rome, the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment concluded with calls for the Church to listen more carefully to youth and for young people to trust Church leaders — despite acknowledgements some leaders haven't always been worthy of that trust. Anna, Gavin and James also consider the case of a Melbourne mum in immigration detention that can't have her child baptised in a nearby church. In Florida, meanwhile, a church has been barred from serving as an election place in future after the pastor got a bit too political. All in a month's work for the 15th Station crew!

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Theologian-craftsman works to put 'sacred' into sacred space

Geoffrey Keating is a fifth generation craftsman. Before founding Keating Woodworks, he earned graduate degrees in Theology from Yale University and the University of Notre Dame. He has often worked on the interiors of Catholic churches, and spoke to Charles Camosy about how his faith has influenced his craft...

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NEW ZEALAND CATHOLIC PERIODICALS & NEWSLETTERS 

'NZ Catholic' is a national newspaper published by the Catholic Bishop of Auckland. http://www.nzcatholic.org.nz 

Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. 'Kete Korero'. https://issuu.com/search?q=%22kete+korero%22

Catholic Dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. 'Wel-com'  http://www.welcom.org.nz

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform' http://www.chch.catholic.org.nz/?sid=25

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. 'The Tablet' https://catholic-diocese.squarespace.com/back-issues

The Nathaniel Centre. The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. 'The Nathaniel Report' http://www.nathaniel.org.nz/

NZ Catholic Education Office. School News Update  http://www.nzceo.org.nz/news/ 

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger' http://www.maristmessenger.co.nz


'Tui Motu Interislands'. An independent Catholic magazine. http://www.tuimotu.org/

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NEW ZEALAND COMMENTARIES ON THE SUNDAY READINGS

Fr Frank Bird sm. Living the Word: Sundays of the Year: Discussion Guide - http://livingtheword.org.nz

Marist Messenger. Daily Reflections https://www.maristmessenger.co.nz/category/features/

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FACEBOOK

The Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand

'NZ Catholic' newspaper

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand

Holy Cross Seminary

Marist Seminary, Auckland NZ

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NEWS OF THE CHURCH IN NZ AND THE WORLD







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EMPLOYMENT 

Teaching vacancies in New Zealand Catholic schools are advertised on the Website of the Education Gazette: http://www.edgazette.govt.nz

Vacancies in the Catholic Overseas Volunteer programme, contact: volunteers@caritas.org.nz 

Job vacancies in the Catholic dioceses of Auckland: http://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/category/vacancies/