Sunday, July 17, 2011


In Issue No. 370, July 17 - 30 2011 : Bishops set new RE hours ..NZ-developed marriage preparation course launched .. WYD gathers pace in NZ ... Dallington parish loses priest, church, school and people... Catholics seen as up to speed about abuse ... Chaldean Catholics celebrate ... Advertising features: Catholic Roundup (schools and services) ... Auckland Diocese (4 pages)


The call of the priesthood (photo)The Wellingtonian Patrick’s College rector Fr Paul Martin talks to Joseph Romanosabout living near Alice Springs, school balls and why he became apriest.

Archbishop Redwood’s big day (photo caption)The Wellingtonian 1924, Archbishop Francis William Redwood had been head of theWellington Catholic Diocese for 70 years. His many achievements were marked by several days of grand celebration. This Robert Percy Moore panorama shows the ceremony of the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the grounds of ( long demolished) St Patrick’s College, opposite the Basin Reserve...

Waikato Foodbanks face escalating costs to feed desperate people
With rising food costs foodbanks are constantly struggling to meet the growing need to provide families with essential food items.

Safe haven planned (photo) (2 pages)
The Hutt News
Inner city churches hope a new venture called The Anchorage will be a safe haven for youngsters dropped off at a short-term care creche, and elders looking for a cuppa and company.
Robot reveals cathedral quake damage
Interior footage beamed back to laptop (photo)
A robot was sent into Christchurch's Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament this morning to assess earthquake damage.

Robot to assess quake damage in Catholic basilica

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament: Quake report - June 14
Unfortunately the Cathedral has sustained substantial damage in yesterday's earthquakes. Concrete floors on the outside of the basilica have collapsed on to the floor below, damaging the north and south arches that help support the dome.

$900,000 raised for Christchurch,nrhl
The $900,000 raised by Catholics across New Zealand and the world for Christchurch is being put to good use in the city.

News of the Schools

Christchurch pupils ready to get back to normal
End of site-sharing for schools
Life for hundreds of Christchurch pupils will return to normal next term as tomorrow marks the end of site-sharing for two city secondaryschools.

MAGS intercept breaks St Pauls' hearts (Auckland secondary schools'sports summary) (photo)

Silverdale feature: School plans
Rodney Times
The Catholic Diocese of Auckland has consent and land for a secondary school near Stella Maris PrimarySchool in Silverdale ...

Francis Douglas Memorial College / Sacred Heart Girls' College, NewPlymouth: Gold for Fusion at band event Taranaki Daily News
Francis Douglas Memorial College, New Plymouth: College XV wins SouthTaranaki Star

Kavanagh College, Dunedin: Kavanagh takes trophy

Roncalli College, Timaru: Teens in line for award

Rosmini College, Auckland: Ex-head boy hobbles home (photo, video)North Shore Times Peter's College, Auckland: St Peter’s soccer teams continue to setpace Waikato Times

St Bede’s College, Christchurch: Ruthless St Bede’s on top

St Dominic's College, Auckland: Teens obsess over weight despitesociety's taboo (photo caption) Sunday Star Times

St Joseph's, Queenstown: St Joseph's School powhiri (slideshowcaption)

St Joseph's, Queenstown: The winning touch (photo)

St Joseph’s, Paeroa: Taiwan students hosted (photo) Hauraki Herald

St Joseph’s, Picton: Facing down a fear of heights (photo) TheMarlborough Express

St Kevin's College, Oamaru: Rugby: O'Malley key in St Kevin's upset win (photo)

St Marcellin's School, Wanganui: Principal who's keeping the faith(photo)

St Patrick's Colleges: Silverstream ready for Town's challenge



'Sorting Out'
Matthew 13: 24 - 30, 36 - 43: a reading and discussion with Sister Stephanie Kitching and John Teariki.


** 15 Minutes with the Bishop: New Mass translation (July 15, 2011)

Last month, some parishes in Australia started to introduce the new English translation of the Mass. New Zealand was several months ahead, introducing the people’s parts of the new translation last November. Bishop Patrick Dunn talks about the implementation of the new translation, how it’s been received and when we should expect to hear some of the other parts of the translation. He also talks with Gavin about the decision to return to the use of the “old” Our Father for Masses in New Zealand.

** Station XV: Episode 46 — Vatican III, Vatican Tweet and VaticanScent (July 15, 2011)

A prominent New Zealand lawyer calls for a “Vatican II-type council”, Pope Benedict sends his first tweet and a perfumier in the United States launches “Benedictus” cologne to mark the 60th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s ordination to the priesthood. Those stories, plus a bishop’s quest for vocations and a government official sticking up for Christians in this month’s episode of The 15th Station.

** Catechiwi: The Commandments, Episode 3 (July 15, 2011)

Fr Merv Duffy, SM, and Gavin continue to work through the Ten Commandments in the July episode of Catechiwi. This month, it’s commandments five and seven: Thou shall not kill and Thou shall not steal. As we’ve found with the other commandments, there’s often a lot more to them than meets the eye.


'BEING FRANK' - New Zealand Catholic blogs

** Chinese concerns (the Catholic scene in China)
** The burden of resting (the sabbath rest)
** What is Marriage? (Let's do something to save marriage)
** The Trouble with Priests… (how, at times, our priests let us down)
** PM’s musing signals time to strike (the Prime minister on euthanasia)
** Is “Fundament@l#$m” a bad word? (Do some people confuse orthodoxywith fundamentalism?)

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)


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

Bishop Patrick Dunn

Catholic Discipleship College

'The Fifteenth Station'

SMNZ Marists - the Society of Mary in New Zealand


NEWS OF THE CHURCH IN NZ AND THE WORLD (video) (video news of Pope Benedict)



8 - 10 August 2012, Wellington Convention Centre
Registration opens on 1 October 2011
Further Details in mid-August.

A note about the Catholic Education Convention 2009 with a link to photos:


[Teaching vacancies in New Zealand Catholic schools are advertised onthe Website the Education Gazette: ]

Parish Pastoral Co-ordinator, Cathedral Parish of Palmerston North
Details in 'NZ Catholic' July 17 - 30 2011 p.27 and from Fr PeterFahy, Saint Patrick's Parish, tel. 06 357 2891, Applications close 1 August 2011