Sunday, February 27, 2011



23 Feb 2011 Catholic Masses and Services for those affected by earthquake
23 Feb 2011 Message from Catholic Bishop of Christchurch
23 Feb 2011 Message from President of New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference
23 Feb 2011 Pope sends message to Catholic bishop of Christchurch
23 Feb 2011 Caritas pledges $25,000 to earthquake recovery
23 Feb 2011 Pope appoints Coadjutor Bishop for Palmerston North
23 Feb 2011 Message from President of Australian Catholic Bishops Conference


'NZ CATHOLIC' - Feb. 27 - Mar 12 - No. 360

In this issue: Stalling of abortion bid cheers pro-lifers ... Stolen sacred vessels found .. Powerful design wins WYD T-shirt competition .. Communities open new churches ... An atheist defends religion ... Methodists and Catholics continue their dialogue ... Special Feature: Caritas - The Lent Appeal 2011 ... Advertising Feature: Josephite Retreat Centre





In Christchurch, New Zealand: shattered churches, grieving parishioners
Members of at least ten damaged Catholic parishes will be celebrating Mass at schools and other Catholic and Anglican parishes.

ll Christchurch parishes closed until engineers inspect them
No Catholic church or school in Christchurch will be used until engineers have declared it safe. Christchurch Bishop Barry P. Jones announced the measure Feb. 25, three days after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake rocked New Zealand’s second-largest city, causing more than 100 deaths and widespread damage.

Strong earthquake puts Diocese of Christchurch 'out of action'
Christchurch, New Zealand — A devastating midday earthquake Feb. 22 caused at least 75 deaths, seriously damaged the Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and put the Diocese of Christchurch "out of action."

Pope Benedict sends message of condolence (photo)
New Zealand Herald
A message from the Pope was read out at a special service to pray for safety in the days ahead at the Our Lady of Victories Church special service last night.

Missio reports from New Zealand quake zone
Within a couple of hours of the earthquake striking Christchurch in New Zealand, Fr Paul Shannahan SM, National Director of Missio-New Zealand, quickly sent a message to all Missio offices around the English-speaking world from Wellington in the North Island and approximately 270 miles away from the epicentre of the earthquake. As he wrote, the full extent of the tragedy was yet to unfold. At time of going to press there are 65 people known to have died with an unknown number buried beneath the rubble of fallen masonry...

Quake: Hope fades after chapel search
Rescuers have failed to find anyone alive after earlier reports of a survivor sparked a frantic search of Holy Cross Chapel in Chancery Lane.

Caritas Pledges $25000 to Relief & Recovery after Chch Quake
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has pledged NZ$25,000 towards relief and recovery following the latest devastating quake to hit Christchurch on 22 February 2011.

Wedding nuptials go ahead (photo; video report)
A groom who feared his bride-to-be would not live to see their wedding believes her survival was a sign the marriage was destiny. Emma Howard and Chris Greenslade tied the knot today at the Christ the King Catholic Church in Burnside, after Howard was rescued from ruins of the Pyne Gould building on Tuesday.

Bride-to-be makes wedding from ruins of building

Australia sends condolences to New Zealand over deadly earthquake

Rest homes evacuated, others need food, water

New Zealand disaster brings grief to Irish border village

Church asks for prayers for Cebu nurses

In other news ...

Pair is still dancing to same tune (photo)
East and Bays Courier
Ted and Kathy Haughey still can’t agree who invited each other to the dance that would lead to their 50-year union. But regardless of who invited who it was obviously meant to be. The Haugheys celebrated their golden anniversary this month.

Church dedication tribute to past and present (photo)
Franklin County News
Dedication of the new St Patrick’s Church in Pukekohe on February 13 made me feel extremely privileged and lucky to be a New Zealander.

Church blessed
The Holy Family Catholic Church in Wanaka was blessed by Bishop Colin Campbell at a special Mass this month to celebrate the opening. Up to 300 people filled the church, which was designed by Sarah Scott Architects and cost $1.5 million-$2 million to build. The Most Rev Campbell, giving a homily to the congregation, described the church as a "family home" for the Catholic faith.

News of the Schools

Catholic school damaged a second time (extract)
Radio New Zealand Newswire — 25 Feb 2011
The chief executive of the Catholic Education Office, Pat Lynch, says so far it appears four of the Christchurch's 24 Catholic schools have significant liquefaction or structural problems. He says the schools might need to relocate in order to reopen.

Carmel College, Auckland: Students spell out desire to win (photo)
North Shore Times

John Paul College, Rotorua: Students' painting tribute to teacher who died

Rosmini College, Auckland: Head boys ready to lead by example (photo)
North Shore Times

Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt: Locals picked for team
The Hutt News

Sacred Heart Girls' College, New Plymouth: Tangi honours a man born to lead (photo)

Sacred Heart School, Invercargill: Pupils show true colours to ease pain (photo)

St Bede's College, Christchurch: Lunch time when earthquake hits at school (full text)
Radio New Zealand Newswire — 22 Feb 2011
A Christchurch school says most of their students were out on the field when an earthquake hit. St Bedes College spokeswoman, Sally Bird, says the earthquake hit during the school's lunch-hour. She says most of the boys at the school were out on the field. Ms Bird says parents have started to pick up their sons, but students who are still there and school borders, are being looked after. Sally Bird says there was no damage to the school - in the suburb of Papanui.

St Joseph's School, Oamaru: Schools take shaken pupils (photo)

St Joseph’s School, Te Aroha: Go by Bike Day attracts large breakfast turnout (photos)
Piako Post

St Kevin's College, Oamaru: Oamaru students open hostel to family fleeing quake



'Don't be anxious'
Matthew 6: 24-34 - a reading and reflection with Sister Stephanie Kitching and Malia Vito-Tupai.


'BEING FRANK' - New Zealand Catholic blogs

** Suffering, frustration and humility (inside the Christchurch Town Hall)

** “What kind of God would allow that?”

** Eternal Rest

** Bringing out the best in the Kiwi spirit

** The Forty Hours’ Devotion

** Shock horror – Catholics prefer priests (The Samoan chaplaincy controversy)

** The pros and cons of being righteous

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



Traditionalists add spice to the Catholic stew

If ever an object lesson were needed in the complexities of running the universal Catholic Church, a recent interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay, the Swiss head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, offers it in living color. It may be an especially apposite read for liberals, both inside and outside the church, who sometimes struggle to grasp that there’s actually Catholic life to the right of the pope...



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) - Morning Catholic must-reads:



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