Sunday, August 5, 2001

aug 5 2001

"But God said to him: 'Fool! This very night the demand will be made for
your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?' So it is
when a man stores up treasure for himself in place of making himself
rich in the sight of God."
(St Luke's Gospel 12:20-21)

Dear friends,

I have re-made the Overseas Catholic Press page on the bishops Website.
The direct link is: The page has
direct links to three Catholic weeklies - L'Osservatore Romano's English
edition (Vatican), National Catholic Reporter (U.S.) and The Tablet
(U.K.). I have replaced the other links that were formerly on this page
with links to four directories of Catholic periodicals in the United
States, Australia, and worldwide. The latter directory lists 1200
catholic periodicals, the most extensive online list I have been able to
find. Unfortunately it doesn't include many of the publications'
Websites, but on the revamped page I have explained how you can search
for a particular Website, and I'm always happy to respond if anyone asks
me to locate a Catholic site.

The changes reduce one of the major headaches of managing a Website: the
fact that links to other sites are constantly changing or disappearing.
The more links you have the more time you have to spend checking them to
see if they still work! By linking to a few directories instead of lots
of individual sites, I can simplify the task of keeping the bishops'
pages up-to-date while making available a much wider selection of
Catholic reading on the Internet. I wish you many hours of rewarding

God bless,
Mike Leon
'kiwicath' forum manager


'NZ Catholic' No 118, July 29, 2001

'Keen interest in journey to accompany Pompallier '
Potential travellers have been quick to inquire about places on the
sacred journey to bring Bishop Pompallier's remains back to New Zealand.
The level of interest following the announcement of the journey earlier
this month means only those who were in quickly are likely to get
Related Links:
St Joseph's Cathedral, Dunedin. 'Pompallier: history and monuments' ...
Historic Places Trust: 'Pompallier House', Russell (1841-1842) view and
description ... 'Pompallier - New Zealand's Oldest Factory' (Schools

'Debt will be in spotlight in September '
Mortgage repayments, credit card statements, student loans, rates,
insurances, bills for power, gas, water and repairs, school fees, car
and dog registration -- debt is something most people understand and it
is this year's topic for Social Justice Week, September 16-22.......
Related Link:
Caritas NZ: Social Justice Week 2001

'Auckland cathedral to get major renovations '
Conservation and renovation of St Patrick's Cathedral and surrounding
church property planned to begin next July will be a major project. The
most dramatic change proposed for the outside of the Auckland cathedral
is a new annex on its northern side. It will include reception area and
offices, social space for the congregation, a choir practice room and
storage. A major interior change will be the placement of the tabernacle
in the middle of the cathedral's back wall and a suspended crucifix
above the altar. ....
Related Link:
Catholic Diocese of Auckland

>From the 'Think Page' for young adults:
'Finding your roots'; for some people this is not a pleasant experience…
it's that awful feeling you get when you look in the mirror and say,
"Crap, my roots are showing again" and you realise it's time to fork out
for another packet of do-it-yourself hair-dye. But those aren't the
roots I'm talking about. I'm talking about your ancestral roots....


'Nun's tramping* habit inspired teens '
Evening Post 27 July 2001,1008,881459a1938,FF.html
For Sister Marie Gabrielle the point of tramping wasn't so much getting
where you were going as what you did along the way. The Duke of
Edinburgh Award excursions into the countryside she led for years were
like outdoor botany classes for her students at Lower Hutt's Sacred
Heart College. She encouraged them to appreciate nature by helping them
identify the region's plant and wildlife but always with the proviso
that they had fun.......
* 'tramping' = hiking

'Highly regarded classics scholar '
The Press 02 August 2001,1008,887667a2726,FF.html
Professor Kevin Lee was known in Christchurch as a man of wit, warmth,
and wisdom. He was known internationally as a scholar and held in high
regard for his research, writing, and teaching in classics. He was a
staunch Catholic who took leadership roles on many church groups,
including the board of Rochester and Rutherford Halls and the Board of
Trustees of St Bede's College, and was an adviser to the Catholic Bishop
of Christchurch. He also did a great amount of quiet work for social
justice organisations...........


8-12 August 2001
Healing Crusade with Fr John Rea SM, Glenfield, Henderson, Pakuranga,
Manurewa and Epsom. Details in 'NZ Catholic' July 29 p.21 and at:

Visit of Diarmuid O'Murchu, author of 'Reclaiming Spirituality: A New
Spiritual Framework for Today's World'
25 August: at St Columba's Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby. Open
session hosted by the NZ Catholic Insititute of Theology: 'How do we
live spirituality today? Spirituality for the new millennium'.
29 August: at St Mary's Cathedral, Grey Street, Hamilton, 7.00 pm.
'What is it like to be a Catholic in the new millennium?'.

31 August 2001 (Closing Date)
'Art and Faith' Competition for paintings of a spiritual nature
sponsored by 'NZ Catholic' newspaper, Lillias McLean and Creative
Communities [Auckland City] Committee. Details in 'NZ Catholic' May 20
2001 p.23 . Entry form from NZ Catholic, PO Box 147-000, Ponsonby,
Auckland 1034. Email: or Fax:
(09) 360 3065 or (09) 524 8322