Sunday, June 20, 2010


KIWICATH NEWS & NOTES - 20 June 2010

A weekly snapshot of Catholic life in New Zealand



New Zealand Catholic among Australia's top 100 brightest young minds (June 17, 2010)
Canberra-based New Zealander Areti Metuamate has been selected as one of 100 young people in Australia to participate in the Brightest Young Minds Summit 2010...


'NZ CATHOLIC' No. 343, June 20 - July 3 2010

In the current issue: Common baptism certificate for NZ churches possible ... Educator and author honoured ... Pro-life activist spins 'pro-choice' website ... Church adviser meets Pope's spokesman at Vatican City ... St Pat's Town celebrates 125 years ... Three priests reach 180 years of service ... Aristocratic author's Catholic upbringing is still lingering ... NZ teens hear call to live chastely ... Advertising Features: NZ Forum on the Family ... Funerals



Ngapuhi wanted helmsman for ship - letter to bishop
The Waitangi Tribunal has heard evidence that Maori who signed the Treaty of Waitangi expected the British to help them build a state, rather than seize power.

Desecration of holy statue (photo)
Parishioners might no longer be able to use their church during the day thanks to vandals. Our Lady Star of The Sea Church on the corner of Picton St and Parkhill Rd has had some unsavoury visitors in the past fortnight, prompting church staff to question if they can leave it open during the day.

Good genes led to a long life (photo)
Good Irish blood, a strong Catholic faith and never marrying may be the secret to longevity for Mary Walsh. Landsdowne Resthome's oldest resident celebrates her 105th birthday tomorrow.

Immigration rules for religious workers under review
Immigration rules that cover religious workers are being reviewed, the Government said today.

Authority Must Reject Spend-Up On Monte Cecilia
The decision by the Auckland Transition Authority (ATA) to reduce the $14 spending plans of North Shore City Council by almost $5million because the public was not consulted has implications for the Auckland City Council's recent $25million purchase of land from the Catholic Diocese which evicts Monte Cecilia School, say City Vision Councillors Glenda Fryer and Cathy Casey

St Joseph's turns 100
Upper Hutt Leader
Planning is under way to mark the centenary of St Joseph's School and the establishment of a separate parish for the neighbouring Catholic church.

Gala to fund musical instruments (photo)
Hauraki Herald
The music tuition group run by the Hauraki Resource Centre is to benefit from a gala at St Joseph's School in Paeroa next week.

Holy to home
Kapiti Observer
The former Catholic church at Paekakariki, known as Our Lady of Lourdes, sold at auction and will become a home.



** Generosity **
A reflection on generosity - including generosity of spirit - by Jenny O'Brien, the DRS at St Catherine's College, Wellington.

** Who is he? **
Luke 9:18-24 : a reading and reflection by Sr Stephanie Kitching.



** The Fifteenth Station **
In the podcast of 18 June 2010 ... With the (Football) World Cup on in South Africa, we could hardly ignore it. But in this month's episode we also mark the close of the Year for Priests, a time of great joy -- and a few challenges -- for the priesthood. We also talk about hell, chastity and work, three topics that don't always follow on from one another with much ease.


'BEING FRANK' - New Zealand Catholic blogs

** "The communion of saints." (... and the Apostles' Creed)
** "It's all here - fast-kicking, low scoring, and ties"
** Going Gaga over Lady Gaga.
** The 'God Particle'?
** As opposed blooded? (on the colour of Shane Jones's blood)
** Is prostitution getting worse?



Living the Word - Fr Frank Bird sm

Reflect - Veronica Lawson rsm

Daily Reflections (right-hand column)


ALL THINGS CATHOLIC, by John L. Allen, Jr.

Elephants in the room of the Catholic health care debate

Psychology 101 tells us that traumatized people are often brittle, overreacting to stress and struggling to keep things in perspective. That's an insight worth bearing in mind as the U.S. bishops and the leaders of Catholic health care in America work to overcome the rift that opened up during the recent national debate over health care reform...



Bishop Pat Dunn's diary

Catholic Discipleship College

'The Fifteenth Station'

Hato Hohepa / St Joseph's Maori Girls' College

Youth for Family and Life (YFL) New Zealand

SMNZ Marists - the Society of Mary in New Zealand

The Way: youth group of Waiwhetu Parish, Lower Hutt


WORLD NEWS OF THE CHURCH (video) (news of Pope Benedict - video)



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

Archdiocese of Wellington. Youth and Young Adult Ministry (one-year fixed-term position)
Details in 'Wel-com' June 2010 p.5 and from Lorraine McArthur, Director, Archdiocesan Pastoral Services, tel: (04) 496 1706; email: Applications close 25 June 2010.