With Bishop Denis Browne's blessing, 'kiwicatholics' Ingrid and Willie Turner - email@example.com - are leading a Married for Life course in Hamilton on 22 February. The courses are sponsored by Marriage Ministries International, a movement for strengthening Christian marriages : http://www.marriage.org/nz (click on 'Groups in New Zealand' for a link to a fine photo of our Ingrid and Willie)
On the New Zealand Catholic Internet this week ...
From 'NZ Catholic', our national fortnightly newspaper
'Abortion review may be accepted by SPUC'
[Philip Lynch of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child believes an announced Government review of abortion law may be acceptable, as long as it looks at making practice consistent with the intent of the lawmakers. Photo. Links to Justice Minister Phil Goff's press release announcing the review, and SPUC's reply to it.]
'Sex-drugs grading called misdirected'
[Brother Pat Lynch, the director of the New Zealand Catholic Education Office says the Government's intention to assess the knowledge of fifth-formers on sexuality and drugs is inappropriate. Photo. Links to NZCEO and the Ministry of Education's new draft health syllabus.]
'Overseas service draws volunteers'
[Article on the work of Catholic Overseas Volunteer Service. Link to the COVS home page and a job description for the (currently vacant) position of National Coordinator]
From 'Wel-com', the monthly newspaper of the Wellington and Palmerston North dioceses http://www.catholic.org/newzealand/cathcom/press/welcom/front.html
'Jubilee pilgrimages to Paraparaumu and Otaki'
[Photos. Link to Wellington Archdiocese Jubilee events calendar]
'Government considering radical rethink of abortion laws',
[Marilyn Pryor, Associate Editor of Wel-com and past-President of SPUC, is confident that the proposed legislative changes can improve the present situation in a pro-life direction. Graph: Abortions in New Zealand 1976-1998. Same links as the related 'Wel-com' story]
'Day for single mothers in Blenheim'
[Report of the day and its aftermath, organised by the Wellington Archdiocesan Family Ministry. Details of Family Ministry training courses in Wellington and Nelson. Link to Wellington Archdio. Commission for the Family]
NEW WEB SITES
On Faith Central, a resource site for religious education in New Zealand
Catholic schools: Biblical Studies - http://www.faithcentral.net.nz/inclass/biblical.htm
Family Life International: http://www.fli.org.nz
"FLI promotes the sanctity of life and the dignity of the family by teaching and fostering chastity, marriage preparation and Natural Fertility Regulation according to Christian morality and the teachings of the Catholic Church."
JUBILEE - NEWS & EVENTS
Links to latest reports on the Jubilee of the Sick and of Health workers (concludes tomorrow, our time), and to Pope John Paul's homily for the Jubilee of the Consecrated Life.
The next major event will be John Paul's pilgrimage to Egypt and Mount Sinai in ten days' time.
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