Sunday, July 9, 2006



Media Releases:

French pilgrims arrive in New Zealand to follow footsteps of illustrious
Bishop and Nun (05 Jul 2006)
A group of 30 pilgrims from Lyons and Paris has arrived in Auckland to trace
the footsteps of two illustrious compatriots...

Catholic Church issues bird flu protocols (05 Jul 2006)
The Catholic bishops of New Zealand have released a document to parishes
throughout the country setting out protocols for dealing with an outbreak of
Avian Flu. These documents outline action that can be implemented
immediately, such as signs illustrating hand-washing techniques for those
distributing Holy Communion.

Caritas calls for Kyoto co-operation (06 Jul 2006)
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, the Catholic agency for justice, peace and
development, believes the Government should not play down the importance of
the Kyoto protocol in reducing global climate change...

Rome appoints Coadjutor Bishop for Christchurch (05 Jul 2006)
The Holy See has appointed Monsignor Barry Jones, currently parish priest of
Greymouth, to be the Coadjutor Bishop of Christchurch. The title ‘Coadjutor’
carries the right of succession on the retirement or death of the incumbent


FROM THE SECULAR MEDIA,2106,3721468a10,00.html
Bird flu plans may force churches to axe communion (photo)
Communion wafers, drinking wine from the chalice, and even public services
in the Catholic Church could face the chop in the latest response to the
threat of a flu pandemic. The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has
written to parishes this week outlining both immediate changes to holy
communion and wider plans if a pandemic hits...

Council answers prayers on parking,2106,3724998a6002,00.html
People power has forced the New Plymouth District Council to rethink its
unpopular Sunday carparking charges...

Churchgoers up in alms over Sunday parking fees,2106,3719364a6002,00.html
New Plymouth churches could have fewer pennies on their plates on Sundays
now that members of their congregations have to fork out for parking...

Benora keeps mate's memory alive,2106,3724572a6469,00.htm/
Ben Valeni was more than just a highly respected rugby league player and
teacher. He had special qualities which endeared him to most of the people
he came into contact with and he was universally regarded as a gentle giant.
His sudden death at rugby league training last July at the age of 33 left a
massive gap in the lives of those who knew him...

Bells ring out for Rita for the last time (photo),2106,3723747a6010,00.html
The bells tolled for Timaru's leading lady Rita Minehan as her life was
celebrated at the Sacred Heart Basilica yesterday morning -- the church she
had served so devoutly for many decades. Mrs Minehan was born in Timaru on
August 8, 1906, and died here last Sunday just six weeks short of her 100th

Quirky Rita shone out like a beacon,2106,3719311a6010,00.html
Timaru lost one of its most colourful characters yesterday. Rita Minehan
QSM, renowned for her flame-orange hair, spectacles to rival Elton John's,
and a clothing style all of her own, died six weeks short of her 100th

Francis Douglas hosts rugby (full text)
Taranaki Daily News, 6 Jul 2006, Edition 1, Page 14.
New Plymouth's Francis Douglas Memorial College will host the North Island
Catholic under-15 rugby tournament this weekend. Teams from De La Salle
College (Mangere), St Bernard's College (Lower Hutt), St Patrick's College
(Silverstream), Sacred Heart College (Auckland), St John's College
(Hamilton), St John's College (Hastings), St Peter's College (Auckland),
Aquinas College (Tauranga), John Paul College (Rotorua) and Francis Douglas
will compete. New Plymouth's Spotswood College has also entered a team to
fill in for the late withdrawal of Wanganui's Culinane College.

Growing pains for college
Stuff Eastern Courier Auckland 5 Jul 2006
(not available on the newspaper's free Website)
Population growth is putting pressure on one of Flat Bush's new colleges.
Sancta Maria College principal Paul Daley says the Catholic school's
enrolments for next year have closed and they received 327 applications for
145 places...

Three nuns tackle burglar,2106,3720278a6009,00.html
Three crime-fighting nuns at Nazareth House in Christchurch did not wait for
divine intervention when a female burglar raided the convent on the day of
the Lord -- they caught her and held her until police arrived...

Bold nun gets her burglar\

A daring nun who tackled a burglar invading the sanctity of her convent was
unwilling to let the invader get away without facing judgment...


WORLD NEWS OF THE CHURCH (Regularly updated)



From the July 2006 issue (full text) ...

The Love of God and Contemplative Prayer
When Vatican II deals with the universal call to holiness in its Document on
the Church, it identifies holiness with growth in love or charity. Charity,
which is the unselfish commitment to pleasing God in all our voluntary acts,
is the one absolute value in the Christian life. It alone gives value to all
the activities of the Church...

Muddied Water
The writer reflects on ancient forgeries and recent obsessions with biblical
conspiracy theories

Happiness is Not a world away
Many years ago Radio New Zealand invited listeners to send in letters
describing their personal definition of happiness. Eventually the responses
to that interesting request were broadcast in special weekly afternoon

She never learned to read, and didn’t know Scripture but as she sat in her
wicker chair, mending her family’s clothes, she murmured, “Thank you God.
Praise you, Jesus,� and somewhere far away, her prayers stitched up a tear
in the fabric of the planet.

Also in this month's Marist Messenger ...

* French Pilgrims honour compatriots * Sonnet of Mary * The Rosary and
Psalms * On being tired * Benedict Speaks * July Feasts * July Saints * Can
You Bear It? * A Minute of Two * Children's Corner * Crossword



'Lighting New Fires'
A newsletter for integrated schools, with a Catholic schools' supplement

In the July 2006 issue of the newsletter ...

Editorial ... Conflict of interest for school trustees circular 2006/07 ...
Information on pandemic planning ... ERO access to schoolsmart information
... Draft national curriculum due in schools in late july ... Progress of
roll out of ENROL ... Achievements of integrated schools throughout New
Zealand ... Congratulations ... ASG national excellence in teaching awards
... Secondary futures evaluation released ... NCEA results and single sex
education ... 2006 International Year of Deserts and Desertification ... An
idea to build children’s wellbeing ... Chess in schools makes kids smarter
... Did you know? Government help to ensure that students stay at school
until 16 ... New Zealand educators do well ... Children learn better on
healthier food ... Effective teachers make a difference ... Unesco predicts
a global shortage of 18 million teachers ... A useful Website: suicide
prevention resources ... Industry training increases ... Great jobs don’t
necessarily require a degree ... Facts on youth, from the Auckland region
... New Zealand resources: biographies of famous New Zealanders ...
Malaysian educationists admire NZ e-learning

In the July 2006 Catholic schools' supplement ...

Editorial ... Catholic Education Convention, Wellington, 31 August â€" 2
September 2006 ... Building information about teachers who might be suited
to senior management positions in Catholic secondary schools ... St Teresa’s
School, Karori: 75th Jubilee ... Congratulations to dioceses instituting new
forms of professional support for principals ... A new publication by Bishop
Peter Cullinane: ‘I believe in the Church â€" a personal witness’ ...
Beatitudes for Teachers ... Congratulations ... Useful resources ...
Publications available from the Catholic Enquiry Centre ... An interesting
thought ... Good ideas


ALL THINGS CATHOLIC (formerly: 'The Word from Rome').
A weekly column by John R. Allen

This week: Pope's Spain trip promises drama; The Holy Chalice of Valencia; A
summit on religion in Moscow; Missionary attacked; Jesuits on liturgy



New Zealand Catholic Education Convention 2006
Wellington Convention Centre, 31 August - 2 September 2006

Theme: Radiating hope, challenging our times

Full details on the Website.



[Teaching vacancies in New Zealand Catholic schools are advertised in the
Education Gazette: ]

[Vacancies in Catholic Youth Ministry are advertised on the Job Bank page of
the National Council for Young Catholics: ]

Chaplain, Auckland Women's Prison, Wiri, Auckland
Details in 'NZ Catholic' July 2-15 p.22, and from Eric Allan, Director,
Catholic Family and Community Services, 79 Kelmarna Ave, Herne Bay, Auckland
1002; tel. (09) 378 9650.

Archdiocese of Wellington, Financial Services. Accounts payable - part time
Details in 'Wel-com' July 2006 p.15 and from Financial Services, Archdiocese
of Wellington, PO Box 1937, Wellington 6011 ; e-mail:; tel (04) 496 1333 Applications close
31 July 2006