Sunday, January 14, 2007

14 Jan 2007


Dear readers,

Welcome to the first 'News & Notes' of 2007.

A very happy new year to you all.

Mike Leon



Restored church to host first union (photo)
When Justin Clayton and Jillian Reid take their vows at Flints Bush today,
they will be marking a new chapter in the life of a century-old church. The
former St Marys Immaculate Catholic Church was decommissioned in 1974, fell
into a state of disrepair and took on various guises, including that of a
shearing shed, during the following 30 years...

Reon Murtha: a calling for the racetrack (photo)
At the end of carnival week, Reon Murtha, 65, one of the most respected
racing personalities in New Zealand, will retire from a profession he has
followed most of his working life...

Wee Tessla a blessing (photo)
Abandoned newborn Tessla Schmid was just a few hours old when a stranger
found her on a convent doorstep in China.
Today, Tessla is the much-loved adopted daughter of United States marine
Lieutenant Colonel Steve Schmid and his wife Loise. The three-year-old got
to meet the Kiwi-based branch over the Christmas period when an assortment
of uncles, aunts and cousins gathered at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic church
in Glen Eden for her baptism on Boxing Day...

Dedicated to people
When Mary-Bernadette Te-Vaine Tura Manumea read the letter awarding her a
New Year honour, all she could think about was her tired feet. The devout
Catholic used to pound the pavements in a bid to strengthen ties between the
Cook Island community and her church...

Long service recognised
Takaka's Marie Reilly, who has served the Golden Bay community for more than
50 years, has been awarded a Queen's Service Medal.

Goodman, principals top local honours list (photo)
Four people in the Nelson region have had their devotion to the community
recognised in Saturday's New Year Honours. Nelson College for Girls
principal Alison McAlpine and former Nelson College headmaster Salvi
Gargiulo have been made Companions of the Queen's Service Order for public
services, while retired Motueka businessman Peter Goodman has been appointed
a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to business and
the community. In Takaka, Marie Reilly has been awarded the Queen's Service
Medal for her efforts...


INSPIRATIONAL TV - NZ's own Catholic Web TV service

New this week: Evolution vs God and man
Professor Vincent Grey tests our belief in science by showing us the stark
facts behind the everyday science we need to know, including Darwin's theory
of evolution...


WORLD NEWS OF THE CHURCH (Regularly updated)


Analysis and commentary by John R. Allen

Weekly Analysis: In Poland, ‘a feeling of a new beginning’
Following the resignation of Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus of Warsaw last
Sunday, the first question I was asked on National Public Radio was: “How
embarrassing is this for Pope Benedict?� As counter-intuitive as it may
seem, this is not generally how things look from Poland...

Other articles and commentary:
** Kentucky lawsuit asks, ‘Is every bishop an ‘agent’ of the Vatican?’
** Trautman says change on 'pro multis' may confuse teaching that Christ
died for all
** Amid new allegations, crisis deepens in Polish Church
** Archbishop of Warsaw resigns, Weigel warns of future 'blackmail'
** Controversy over Warsaw archbishop's Communist-era role deepens
** Cordoba riff shows need for bold gestures in Catholic-Muslim relations



[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: ]

Executive Assistant (part-time), Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary,
Mangere East.
Further details in 'NZ Catholic' December 24 2006 - January 27 2006 p.23,
and from Provincial Leader, 22 Roberston Road, Favona, Manukau 2024