Sunday, February 17, 2008



Suicide doctor shouldn't be here, says group
North Shore Times
North Shore Hospice is speaking out against Philip Nitschke and his
pro-euthanasia stance ...

Annual pilgrimage (photo)
The Horowhenua Mail
The annual pilgrimage to the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes has special
significance to the Catholic congregation which gathered for the event on
Sunday ...

Church owns land targeted for substation
The land earmarked for a new electricity substation in Rototuna is owned by
the Catholic Church and is part of a block previously set aside for a school
or church...

New Sacred Heart principal still learning (photo)
Rose Sawaya is certainly not the kind of headmistress likely to be seen
sweeping down corridors barking instructions and giving steely glares to
cowering students. She's as lovely as her name suggests, and very passionate
about her new job as principal of Sacred Heart Girls' College.

New facility widens student horizons (photo)
Students of De La Salle College now have a multipurpose facility to match
their achievements. The $2.8 million block which took 10 months to build was
officially opened last week by Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Pacific Jewels (photo)
Upper Hutt Leader
Paea Taulanga leads Tongan group Jewels of the Pacific during entertainment
at Orongomai Marae's Waitangi Day open day. The group is based in Upper Hutt
and most are parishioners at St Joseph's Catholic Church ...

Sex-virus campaign may target girls aged 11
Parents must decide on cancer-preventing vaccine, says church
Girls as young as 11 may be targeted in a Government communications campaign
on vaccination against the sexually-transmitted disease that causes cervical
cancer. The plan is expected to draw criticism from conservative groups and
has already spurred concern from the Catholic church.

School's secret of success revealed (photo)
A student uttering a swear word in the playground doesn't necessarily get a
telling-off at Da La Salle College, the South Auckland school held up for
praise by Prime Minister Helen Clark for its academic success.

Forgiveness has God on its side
A survey of almost 500 people has confirmed what many always suspected -
faith helps believers forgive where secular people continue to hold onto
their blame. The study, published in the journal Australian Psychologist, is
the latest to confirm the raft of physical, psychological and behavioural
benefits of belief...

Ben Turner, by Merilyn F Ragg
Russell Review, 2008; p.29-37
A waterman born in Worcester, England, Ben Turner was convicted of larceny
and transported to Sydney. He arrived in Kororareka in 1832, where he became
a tradesman and landowner from whom Bishop Pompallier purchased land for the
Catholic mission. 'Russell Review' may be ordered from the Russell Museum
Bookshop, ;



Sister Stephanie interviews Mary-Alice Arthur, founder of the 4 Million
Dream Project to help the 4 million New Zealanders to talk to each other
about the direction we want the country moving in..


THE FIFTEENTH STATION - A New Zealand Catholic podcast

'The boys are back in town' (14 February 2008)
In this episode it's just the boys talking about the permanent diaconate
coming to the Auckland Diocese, a Cardinal saying divorced and remarried
people are welcome at Mass, the story of Fr Vincent who was married and is
now a priest, Cardinal Pell and the carbon tax on babies in Australia, and
the strange gifts the Pope has received..



Blogs about Catholic life in New Zealand, sponsored by 'NZ Catholic'
newspaper. Some recent topics ...

'Women and work'
'Can you feel the love?' (Valentine's Day)
'A strange thing called discernment'
'Dr Joan?' (Sister Joan Chittister)
'I like my vegetables organic… but my contraception as artificial as


Analysis and commentary by John R. Allen

Sampling 'Catholicisms' in the Lone Star State
I'm in Texas this week researching a piece for a future edition of NCR about
Catholicism in the Lone Star State, picking up on the fact that Texas now
has a cardinal for the first time, and it hasn't taken me six years to grasp
that generalizations here are usually exercises in futility. Sociologically,
I've discovered, there really is no such thing as "Catholicism" in Texas --
instead, there are multiple "Catholicisms" ...


WORLD NEWS OF THE CHURCH (Regularly updated) (video)



[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: ]

Research Assistant (part-time), Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand
Details in 'Wel-com' February 2008 p.10 and from Caritas Aotearoa New
Zealand, PO Box 12-193, Wellington; Applications
close 18 February 2008.

Catholic Schools Board, Wellington. Executive Assistant
Details in 'Wel-com' February 2008 p.7 and from Jeni,; tel: (04) 499 0184. Applications close 22
February 2008.