Sunday, July 4, 2010



Bishops provide parish councils with cultural diversity resource (June 29, 2010)

New Zealand's Catholic bishops hope a new formation booklet will help parish councils to respond to the increasing cultural diversity in parishes. Copies of the booklet 'Creating inclusive and connected communities' will be sent to New Zealand Catholic parishes over the next week...



In issue no. 344, July 4-17 2010 ... NZ entry rules may change for clergy ... St Joseph and child Jesus statue desecrated in Howick ... Life petitions knocked back ... Porn real problem, says Family First ... Catholic media face challenges ... NZ does okay in justice World Cup ... Small scale, huge help: the South Pacific Business Development Microfinance Network ... Advertising features: Catholic Caring Foundation: Caring Sunday; Serra Club of Auckland



Radio New Zealand. Saturday, with Kim Hill
10:05 Father Michael Mahoney: mountainous priest
Father Michael Mahoney is a Marist Father who was based in Brazil for the last 30 years. He was also a member of the first New Zealand expedition to Mount Everest in 1977. In Brazil, he was a parish priest in the semi-desert region of Bahia, where he was involved in a multitude of local community projects. Father Mahoney is currently writing a history of Arthur's Pass and is parish priest of South Westland from Ross to Haast.

Metro Names The Best Schools In Auckland
The best high schools in Auckland are Marist College in Mt Albert and Macleans College in Botany, according to the annual list just published by Metro magazine. Metro editor Simon Wilson says the rankings are unique. "We've gone much further with our analysis than you will usually find," he says. "It's notable that many of the top schools are Catholic. "There's obviously something many of them are doing that the other schools could learn from," he says...

Matters of the principal (photo)
Paul Ferris was 10 when first put in charge of a classroom. Fifty-two years later the retiring Kavanagh College principal still remembers the thrill and the terror of it all.

Pupils ponder future of pool (photo)
East and Bays Courier
St Michael's Catholic School principal Carolynn Phillips and the Board of Trustees asked room 8 to do some research into removing or maintaining the school pool.

Father Ryder remembered
Papakura Courier
Papakura's St Mary's Parish is holding a special mass on July 19 to honour the life of Father Tom Ryder on the tenth anniversary of his death.

Course teaches boys parenting lesson (photo)
Year 12 students at Rosmini College know all about the responsibilities that parenting brings. That's because they have just taken part in a Plunket facilitated Tots and Toddlers programme as part of their Catholic religious education course.

Energy and passion show in ASB Stage Challenge
The Daily Post (Rotorua) - A013 - 01 July 2010
John Paul College took out first place in the open division with its performance 'Together As One' for the Rotorua ASB Stage Challenge and J Rock...

Burglars stoop to new low at church
Thieves have stooped to a new low by breaking into a church and stealing sacred vessels. Now the parishioners of Kerikeri's Catholic church are appealing for the return of the stolen property, saying it is worth little in monetary terms but has huge sentimental and religious value.

Church prays for return of items (photos)
The Bay Chronicle

Police warn sacred items may be for sale
Northern Advocate - A004 - 29 June 2010

Walled garden idea in `open space' angers councillor
An Auckland City councillor is outraged that land bought by the council to expand ``open space'' in Monte Cecilia Park could be turned into a ``walled Chinese garden''.

Between the brawls (photo)
The Hutt News
The cold has finally got to Bernie Fraser. Last Friday he bid farewell to many of his former team-mates at Hutt Old Boys Marist's (HOBM) centenary celebrations.

Nuns' mission marked (photo)
Franklin County News
Catholics from all over the country converged on Pukekohe in the weekend to celebrate the arrival of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions and 125 years of Catholic education in the town.

High-powered Kiwis unite to push for tougher liquor laws
One of the highest-powered delegations ever to petition Parliament plans to speak out at the Beehive tomorrow in support of tougher drinking laws. Three knights and two dames, including two former Governors-General, will be joined by three archbishops, leaders of the Maori and Pacific communities and sports icons in a call to raise the drinking age, raise alcohol prices and implement other recommendations from a recent Law Commission report.

Star-studded group after tougher drinking laws

Students sew love for Luke
The Daily Post - A003 - 28 June 2010
Students at John Paul College are setting new standards for generosity with their kind efforts to raise money for child cancer sufferer Luke van der Leeden. The ``Young Vinnies'' are a group of students who spend their extracurricular time knitting and sewing winter woollies to be sold to raise money for Luke...

Budget cooking classes prove hit (photo)
The Southland Times
Think there's no such thing as a free lunch? Think again. Social and funding agencies throughout Southland have got behind budget cooking classes run by Bernice Debono, ensuring that help is available where needed and for free. At this month's kindy mothers' wind-up class in St Patrick's School canteen, one mother of three showed how she's shaved $100 a week off her food budget.



** Tramping Mission **
Experiencing God in New Zealand's back country

** Tasked for the Future **
Luke 10: 1-12, 17-20 - a reading and discussion with John Teariki and Simon McLellan.


'BEING FRANK' - New Zealand Catholic blogs

** Potential for great harm looms in NZ's future. and no, it is not the 2012 disaster! (a bill for abortion on demand)
** Caught between a rock and a hard place. (in the aftermath of the Budget)
** Lord Byron the Heroic, Noble, and Inspiring (an essay on Byron by Jacques Barzun)
** Home sweet home! (travel and horizon-broadening)
** 41,111 and counting (comments rolling in to 'Being Frank'; next week, the Maid of Orleans



Living the Word - Fr Frank Bird sm

Reflect - Veronica Lawson rsm

Daily Reflections (right-hand column)


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

Benedict struggles to squelch 'blame game' among bishops

In my "All Things Catholic" column on Friday, I offered a rundown of stories over the last week which shook the Vatican. One item I left off that list, but which deserves to be recorded, was Pope Benedict XVI's July 1 meeting with German Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg, whose resignation was accepted on May 8. Senior Vatican sources told me this week that the statement issued after the meeting was almost unique in that, even though it was released by the Vatican Press Office, it was more or less directly written by the pope himself. In effect, the Mixa affair offers a glimpse of Benedict struggling to keep his bishops on the same page in a time of crisis, rather than playing the blame game by pointing fingers at one another...



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

St Patrick's College, Wellington

John Paul College, Rotorua


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



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