Sunday, February 20, 2011


'WEL-COM' - February 2011

** News **
Our Kitty awarded a gong: Challenge 2000's Kitty McKinley in New Year's honours ... A change at the helm: Challenge 2000 director steps back ... Challenge College shuts down

** Columns **
Editorial: Beatitudes support child welfare, by Cecily McNeill ... Verbum Domini: The word of the Lord from the Pope, by Kieran Fenn FMS ... Archbishop's column: social justice on sacred ground: The Social Justice hui, by Archbishop John Dew

** Features **
Nurturing students to think creatively ... Israeli obstruction hampers Christian university in Gaza ... Liberal Jews also struggle against state

** Palmerston North **
Palmerston North prepares for Lent, by Lisa Beech ... The blessings of change, by Fr Kevin Neal


RADIO NEW ZEALAND - 'Spiritual Outlook'

Southern Star (13 February 2011)

A smart twist on a centuries-old tradition of hospitality and refuge is providing a new lease of life for a community of Cistercian monks at a monastery in Hawkes Bay. They're reaching out to formally include lay people in the daily life of the abbey, but don't be fooled into thinking it's a holiday. Monastic life has challenges the everyday person can scarcely imagine. Justin Gregory investigates...



Girl Talk Column, Eva Bradley
[Dear readers: In this article about 'Confession: A Roman Catholic App' for the iPhone, I cannot figure out whether Eva really thinks its a portable confessional or whether she is joking. Can you? - ml]

In peace after battle with cancer (photo)
North Shore Times
Long-time Devonport resident Eric Otis Charnley died on Valentine’s Day, aged 67.

Young dads 'need more help' (photo)
Teen dads need more support to take active and positive roles in their children's lives, Dunedin social workers say. Fathers who were little more than boys themselves faced extra challenges when it came to parenting, Catholic Social Services (CCS) social worker Mike Tonks said.

Baby brings new maturity to teenage dad (photo)

Kevin Barry Snr farewelled in Christchurch (photo)
A crowd of about 500 gathered today to celebrate the life of New Zealand boxing icon Kevin Barry Snr.

Filipino Catholics tell their story (illustration)
North Shore Tim,es
A just-launched coffee table book captures in words and pictures the 40-year history of Filipino Catholics in Auckland. 'Faith Bearers: The journey of Catholic Filipinos in the Diocese of Auckland' is a concise account of the community’s history from the point of view of its members, lay leaders and the clergy...

Archbishop angers Samoan Catholics (photo)
The Dominion Post
Angry Samoan Christians are calling on the Pope to help mend a rift that is dividing Wellington's Catholic Church. Many of the 6000 Samoan Christians in Wellington have branded their archbishop arrogant and culturally insensitive over the replacement of a priest who returned to Samoa last May...

News of the Schools

Aquinas College, Tauranga: College Sport

Garin College, Nelson: Students enjoy wild time at camp (photo)
The Nelson Mail

John Paul College, Rotorua: Popular teacher drowns on Coromandel (photo)

John Paul College, Rotorua: Tributes pour in for a top teacher

John Paul College, Rotorua: Rip too powerful for popular teacher

Liston College, Henderson: Top mark in divinity comes as a surprise (photo)
When 16-year-old Michael Ryu learned he had topped New Zealand in one of the Cambridge International Exam A Levels, he was surprised to hear it was divinity ...

Pompalier College, Whangarei: Students gain black belt status

Roncalli College, Timaru: Players call for pitch improvement

Sacred Heart Girls' College, New Plymouth: Scholarship win is 'just huge'
Taranaki Daily News

St Bernard's College, Lower Hutt: High school pupils given alternative to study trade (photo)
The Dominion Post

St Bede's college, Christchurch: Tribute to son: ‘Hardest day since he died’ (photo)
Christchurch Mail
The father of Pike River mine building contractor Michael Monk, killed in the blasts which took the lives of 29 men, said Monday was one of the hardest days since he died. Bernie Monk, a Paroa publican, spoke to a full house at a requiem mass in memory of his son at St Bede’s College...



'Loving Enemies'
Matthew 5: 38-48 - a reading and reflection with Very Rev. Frank Nelson and Rev. Canon Jenny Wilkens at St Paul's Cathedral, Wellington.



** Station XV ** - Episode 41 - Popes, Presidents and PMs (14 February 2011)

This month we discuss the upcoming beatification of Pope John Paul II, the "early days" of Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate, the Prime Minister at a Christian Music Festival, Jesus vs. Barack Obama and the iPhone app for Confession. Follow us at or


'BEING FRANK' - New Zealand Catholic blogs

** A Major Pro-life Victory in the U.S

** Mr. Simpson, don’t you worry.... (Do we really need Canon lawyers?)

** The little ones (views on abortion in NZ and Australia)

** Bigger picture, please! (how well are the fundamentals of the Catholic faith being taught?)

** A day in the life (a visit to the home of Pope Benedict XVI)

** Come back Jones, all is forgiven (the rehabilitation of Shane Jones)

** Vocation Vocation Vocation (discerning a call to religious life: a progress report)

See also Gavin Abraham's blog 'The Catholic Soapbox:



A Catholic contribution in Egypt

For better or worse, Egypt is now a bellwether of the struggle for the soul of global Islam. While a great deal is up in the air, one point seems crystal clear: If the post-Mubarak choice comes down to Islamic militants on one side and Western-style secular liberals on the other -- what we might call the "Facebook crowd" -- then the militants are going to win, and they're going to win huge ...



Pompallier's People: The Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand

Catholic Discipleship College

'The Fifteenth Station'

SMNZ Marists - the Society of Mary in New Zealand


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



Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference: "Put out into the deep" (Lk 5:4)
Friday 4 March - Sunday 6 March 2011
Barrycourt Quality Hotel Conference Centre, 20 Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland, NZ
Details in 'NZ Catholic' December 19 - 24, p.9, at and from Conference Secretary, St Joseph's Centre, 1 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna, Auckland 0622, NZ; tel: (09) 835 1396 (ask for Anil Baptist); fax: (09) 489 3021; e-mail:



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

* Pastoral Ministry to the Catholic Deaf Community, Catholic Diocese of Auckland
Details in 'NZ Catholic' Feb. 13-26 2011 p.22 and from Michael Beaumont, Pompallier Centre, tel: (09) 360 3051; fax: (09) 376 2829; e-mail: Applications close 11 March 2011

* Lay Pastoral Leader, Hutt Valley Pastoral Area, Archdiocese of Wellington
Details in 'Wel-com' February 2011 p.9, and from The General Manager, Archdiocese of Wellington, PO Box 1937, Wellington. E-mail: Applications close 25 February 2011

* Assistant, Parish Pastoral Support Group, Catholic Diocese of Auckland
* Executive Secretary, Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Bishop of Auckland
Details in 'NZ Catholic' Feb. 13-26 2011 p.8 and from Pat Lythe, Pastoral Office, tel: (09) 360 3004; e-mail: Applications close 23 Feb. 2011.