Sunday, December 2, 2001

"He will wield authority over the nations
and adjudicate between many peoples;
these will hammer their swords into ploughshares,
their spears into sickles.
Nation will not lift sword against nation,
there will be no more training for war."
(The vision of the prophet Isaiah 2:4)

Dear friends,

A special word of thanks to Pauline Macintosh for the Scripture
commentary from Marist Messenger posted to the 'kiwicath' forum during
the week. Pauline: would it be possible for you to post the commentary
for each Sunday?

Every best wish and all God's blessings,
Mike Leon
'kiwicath' forum manager

Three Catholic viewpoints

Decent Films:
Summary: Some frightening scenes and menace; a few gross images; some
crude and derogatory language; fantasy presentation of magic. Engaging
fun, not for everyone perhaps, but nothing to worry most parents either.

US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Summary: Due to some menacing situations and scary images with an
instance of crass language, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. Despite its
shortcomings, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is a magical
adventure few would want to miss.

Catholic Film Review
Summary: I (a mother of three school-age children) went with my kids to
see the movie. It was OK, nothing great, I can't really recommend it.

(From 'NZ Catholic' 2 December 2001 p.21)

"I would like to correspond with a fellow-Catholic from a parish in New
Zealand. I am female, mid-50's, married with grown-up children, a
retired primary school teacher. I have recently moved house to the north
of England on the Scottish borders. If there are any "letter-writers"
out there who would be interested in corresponding with me then please
contact me at the address below" :
c/- 'NZ Catholic'
PO Box 147-000
Ponsonby, Auckland


Current links on the bishops' What's New page at include ...

John Paul II has called on Catholics the world over to fast for peace on
December 14, and invited representatives of world religions to meet in
Assisi on January 24, 2002, in order "implore from God the gift of
mutual understanding, harmony and peace" ...... Caritas Pakistan is
assisting an estimated 80,000 refugees in Jalozai, south of Peshawar,
who are ignored by the Pakistan government and therefore ineligible for
aid from the UNHCR ...... "Afghan refugees are terrorism victims too": a
dossier of reports by Fides Missionary News Service


Interviews with Cheryl and John O'Connell, New Zealand founder-members
of the Teams of Our Lady, an international movement for married couples;
and with Joanne Oliver, a member of the Magnficat Community which
operates a farm and a 20-bed retreat centre in Southern Wairarapa.


'NZ Catholic' No 127, December 2, 2001

'Mercy Hospital to sell its surgical services '
The Sisters of Mercy have decided to sell the surgical services of
Auckland's Mercy Hospital - an icon of Catholic health care for 101
years - to the city's most modern private hospital...... [Related Link:
Mercy Hospital and Hospice ]

'National gathering of priests '
A national gathering of Catholic priests, the first event of its kind in
New Zealand, is planned for 2003. "Its purpose is to affirm and support
clergy," says the secretary of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops'
Conference, Bishop John Dew.... [Related Link: 'Renew' in Hamilton
diocese ]

'Pope calls for new effort to evangelise Oceania '
The Holy Spirit is calling the Church in Oceania to embark on "the great
task of a new evangelisation", Pope John Paul II said when he signed his
exhortation concluding the work of the 1998 Synod of Oceania.....
[Related Links: "Ecclesia in Oceania"(full text) ... The Synod of
Oceania ]

>From the Think Page for young Catholic adults:
'Success in relationships '
This boy-girl thing of relationships, who really understands it? What is
a successful relationship?.....


Catholic Church to renovate priory exterior; tenants told to go (photos)
Otago Daily Times 26 Nov 2001 photos\

Dunedin sculptor Wayne Evison has been asked to leave the city's former
Dominican Priory, in Tennyson St, after 12 years living on the top
floor. Mr Evison and his partner Zan, the sole tenants of the priory,
are searching for new space after the owner, the Catholic Church, said
they could not stay on while the building was renovated....

'1000 hampers planned'
Otago Daily Times 21 November\

Dunedin's four foodbanks will, between them, distribute more than 1000
food and gift hampers to needy individuals and families this Christmas.
Managers from Anglican Methodist Family Care, Catholic Social Services,
Presbyterian Support and the Salvation Army met Dunedin Mayor Sukhi
Turner and events unit staff to discuss the mayor's Community Can Help
appeal for this year........

'Lessons to learn in Pacific education'
Otago Daily Times 23 11 01\

The country faces significant long term problems if it does not put a
robust plan in place to systematically raise the education outcomes of
Pacific Island school students. Some hard-headed analysis and strategic
planning is required, writes Pat Lynch, chief executive of the Catholic
Education office.....


(Vacancies in New Zealand Catholic schools are advertised in the
Education Gazette: )

Hostel Manager, St Kevin's College Hostel, Oamaru..
St Kevin's hostels provide accommodation and pastoral care for up to 230
male and female high school students. Further information in 'NZ
Catholic' 18 November 2001 p.20 and from the College office, PO Box 444
Web page: Applications close
Monday 3 December 2001

Communications Officer, Catholic Communications' national office,
Full time position assisting the National Director and the Catholic
Diocese of Auckland in preparation and distribution of media releases
and other materials, as well as some administration and clerical duties.
Further information here:
and in 'NZ Catholic' 2 December 2001 p.20 , and from: Applications close Tuesday 11 December 2001.

Prison Chaplain, Catholic Diocese of Palmerston North
Details in 'NZ Catholic' 2 December 2001 p.20 and from the bishop's
office, tel (06) 357 1980, fax: (06) 359 0091 Applications close 14
December 2001

Tertiary Education Chaplain, Diocese of Palmerston North
Details in 'NZ Catholic' 2 December 2001 p.20 and from Bishop's Office,
Private Bag 11-012 Palmerston North. Tel: (06) 357 1980 Applications
close 14 December 2001

Diocesan Manager, Catholic Diocese of Palmerston North
The appointee will be responsible for all the administration functions
of the diocese. Further information in 'NZ Catholic' 18 November 2001
p.20 and from the Bishops' Office, Private Bag,11-012, Palmerston north.
Tel (06) 356 1980. Applications close 22 January 2002