Sunday, April 17, 2011


LENT 2011

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand

Resources for Lent 2011: Online donation link ... Lenten resources for schools, parishes and groups ... Caritas Lenten Reflection Programme in English, Samoan, Tongan and (coming soon) Tokelauan ... List of contacts

Caritas's Lenten theme for 2011 is 'United by Our Common Humanity'. It derives from the New Zealand Bishops' statement 'A Consistent Ethic of Life – Te Kahu-O-te-Ora' which says, “A Consistent Ethic of life proclaims the dignity of every person. We are united by our common humanity, created in the image of God, and called to live in active love and tolerance of all who are different from ourselves.”

Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and sharing resources. Caritas' Lent Appeal is a practical way to give to those in need. The Lent Appeal is Caritas' most important of the year, raising funds to support relief and development programmes overseas, as well as education and advocacy for social justice in Aotearoa New Zealand. In view of the severe impact of the Christchurch earthquake, this year, 25 percent of the Lent Appeal will go towards helping people most affected by the Christchurch earthquake.



Updated information on Catholic parishes and Mass times in Christchurch and the status of Christchurch Catholic Schools



** News **
Working for the common good - being salt and light Social Justice hui through the eyes of those who came ... Christchurch quake a Wellington response ... Archbishop John Dew: An archdiocesan plan for managing change ...

** Columns **
Archbishop's column: A Shoreless Ocean ... Verbum Domini - the word of God and the Holy Spirit, a continuing analysis of the document from last year's Synod, by Kieran Fenn FMS ... Editorial: discrimination continues in new law: The Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill passes into law, by Cecily McNeill ...

** Features **
In the wake of a quake 'I will never forget you' ... Answers to questions I don't have - the new translation ... SS Agape, Chionia and Irene, virgins and martyrs killed for hiding the scriptures AD 304

** Palmerston North **
A Scandinavian celebration ... Prayer for Scandinavian migrants ... New bishop coming but not quite yet




Key backs Easter trading
Prime Minister John Key wants the rules around Easter trading liberalised and he says it is a conscience vote and people need to vote that way. He believes if MPs voted on Easter trading based on what their conscience told them the bill would pass.

Caritas maintains relationships in face of Govt funding drop
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand maintained most of its international partnerships in 2010, despite a difficult financial year.

Caritas & St Vincent de Paul Society bring winter warmth to Christchurch residents
Caritas is helping provide warm winter clothing for Christchurch residents left out in the cold following the February earthquake. Caritas is partnering with the St Vincent de Paul Society and a Christchurch clothing company for the project.

Recycle shop makes a move (photo)
Waiheke Marketplace
A community recycling shop is looking forward to moving into its new premises. The New Hope Shop and timber store will be moving from Tahi Rd into the new Transfer station on Ostend Rd as soon as works are completed within the next few weeks.

Messiah returns for Christchurch fund
Waiheke Marketplace
A performance of Handel’s Messiah will raise funds for Christchurch earthquake relief. The Waiheke Island Choral Society will reprise its successful 2009 performance at St Peter’s Catholic Church in Little Oneroa on Saturday at 7pm.

Bells saved before full toll known (photo)
The Press
Century-old bells have been saved from a collapsed tower of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Christchurch

A hundred years later
Upper Hutt Leader
St Joseph’s School and church are having their centenary celebrations at Queen’s Birthday Weekend, June 3 to 5.

Half century for a sporting couple (photo)
Upper Hutt Leader
Concussion is credited with bringing two national sports players back together and leading to 50 years of marriage. Rugby player Russell Watt met hockey player Betty Thorner in the bar on the interisland ferry Maori, which travelled nightly between Lyttelton and Wellington.

Doing God's work (photo caption)
Timaru Herald — News — 13 Apr 2011 — 1
Top job: Timaru men Chris Clark and Brett Jenkins have a job with a spectacular view of the city. They have been treating the Craigie Avenue Catholic Basilica for moss, then water-blasting the sandstone structure before applying a sealer to the exterior. The work is being done by Grant Jenkins Contracting.

Seven honoured by Pilot City Trust (photos)
The Napier Mail
Seven worthy citizens who personify the true meaning of community spirit by effectively providing a service that benefits everyone will be honoured at an awards ceremony next week.....

News of the Schools

Red Cross announces new grant for quake victims
Radio New Zealand Newswire — 14 Apr 2011 : 13:57:15
The Red Cross has announced it will create a one-off 500-dollar grant to help children displaced from schools in Christchurch following the earthquake in February.

De La Salle College, Auckland / Francis Douglas Memorial College, New Plymouth: FD teams knmock over La Salle Taranaki Daily News

Garin College, Nelson: A modern twist on Shakespeare The Nelson Mail

Hato Paora College, Feilding: Students trained in Brazilian martial art (photo) Manawatu Standard

John Paul College, Rotorua: Schools `free to decide' on facial piercings (photo)

John Paul College, Rotorua: Student numbers to remain stable _ report The Daily Post (Rotorua)— A003 — 14 April 2011

Marian College, St Bede’s College, Christchurch: Parents give school sharing a pass mark

Roncalli College, Timaru: State schools left in the cold

Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt: Enoka hopes advice will do the trick (photo) The Dominion Post

Sacred Heart Girls College, New Plymouth: Facial piercings now part of school uniform (video)

St James' School, Palmerston North: Lunchtime drinks strictly old-school (photo)

St Joseph’s School, Nelson: Pupils clean graves in leadup to Anzac Day (photo) The Nelson Mail

St Patrick’s School, Taupo: Students lunch in solidarity (photo caption) Taupo Times

St Peter's School, Cambridge: St Peter’s tennis winners Cambridge Edition

St Thomas of Canterbury College, Christchurch: 'Predatory' woman scams boys

St Thomas of Canterbury College, Christchurch: Web predator's new victims
Verdon College, Invercargill: Heroes' welcome (photo captions) Southland Times Http://



Matthew 21: 1-11 - a reading and reflection by Sr Stephanie Kitching.



** Station XV ** Episode 43 Thu, 14 April 2011 - Prosecution, Persecution and Publication
From the persecution of Christians around the world to the burning of the Koran in Florida to episcopal memories from the South Pacific, the Station 15 team travels the world in this month’s episode

** Ignition ** Talk 2, Part 3 Mon, 11 April 2011
In part three of his talk on evangelisation from the 2010 Hearts Aflame Summer School, Fr Michael Gielen tackles the question "Who are we fighting with?" in the battle to be good Christians. This is the third of six episodes that comprise Fr Gielen's two-hour lecture.

** Ignition ** Talk 2, Part 2 Mon, 4 April 2011
In this week's episode, Fr Michael Gielen continues his talk on evangelisation and the challenge to all Christians to strive to be saints. This is the second of six episodes serialising this two-hour address given at the 2010 Hearts Aflame Catholic Summer School. Come back next week for the third instalment.


'BEING FRANK' - New Zealand Catholic blogs

** Cohabitation… (a pastoral letter on the pastoral care of couples who are cohabitating)

** More politics…. (conservatism and Christianity)

** St Martin I (the life and death of St Martin I, Pope from 649-653AD)

** Beauty in the Liturgy (an interview with Msgr Guido Marini, the Papal Master of Ceremonies.)

** The Times They Are a-Changin (a Family First poll on abortion law reform)

** Paying your loans before entering the vineyard (student loans, obstacles to religious vocations)

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



Living the Word - Fr Frank Bird sm

Reflect - Veronica Lawson rsm

Daily Reflections (right-hand column)



Thoughts on post-tribal Catholicism

Tensions surrounding Catholic identity are very much in the air these days, and when they erupt they’re always a prescription for heartburn. People who regard themselves as authentically Catholic rarely enjoy being told they’re not, or that they’re only selectively so. Likewise, people who believe the faith they treasure is being misrepresented, or distorted, or eviscerated from within, typically get their Irish up. A key question facing the church, therefore, is how to manage those tensions constructively. I offered some thoughts on that subject on Wednesday, at a conference in Chicago sponsored by DePaul’s Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology and titled “The Discourse of Catholicity” ...



Eucharistic Convention 2011
April 29 - May 1 2011, Westlake Boys High Auditorium, Takapuna, North Shore, Auckland

Jesus 4 Real Camps, 2011, Palm Grove Christian Camp, Paraparaumu
Years 11 - 13 : Wednesday 27 April - Sunday 1 May
("Early Bird" Registrations close 16 March, All Registrations close 13 April)

Years 9 - 10 : Wednesday 12 - Sunday 16 October
("Early Bird" Registrations close 31 August, All Registrations close 28 September)



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:



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