Sunday, March 25, 2012


LENT 2012

Lent 2012 began on Ash Wednesday 22 February and ends with Easter on 8 April. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand's theme for Lent 2012 is "Called by faith to act with generous hearts". This theme was inspired by the words of Pope Benedict XVI addressed to the Caritas Internationalis General Assembly for 2011.

The Lenten theme is being promoted in schools as "Hearts filled with hope" – recognising that good people everywhere have hopeful hearts. Our schools resource was sent to all Catholic schools in early December and is also downloadable from the Website. Parish Lenten resources are available from the same page and visitors may donate to the Caritas Lent Appeal there.



A teacher with vision and compassion: Claudia Mary Wysocki, 1939-2012 (photo)
The Press
Teaching was a passion for Claudia Wysocki. Throughout half a century, much of it as principal at three schools, she made a notable contribution to education. She introduced the International Baccalaureate (IB) qualification system to New Zealand, in 1989. She lived to see opposition and scepticism towards IB overcome, with universities accepting its worth and 19 schools adopting it. She died recently, aged 72.

Historic Wellington building faces demolition (photos)
Wellington's historic Erskine College could face demolition, with city council moving to red-sticker the historic Island Bay site next month. Constructed in the early 1900s, the former Catholic school is listed as a Category One historic place by the Historic Places Trust, declaring it of 'special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value'.

Months of waiting for Chch church decision,nrhl
It will be several months before any decision is made on the fate of more than 20 Catholic churches in Canterbury.

Hundreds greet Catholic bishop (photo)
Manawatu Standard
Mass was held in celebration for Bishop Charles Edward Drennan at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in the city on Saturday.

Celebrations imminent
About 300 former pupils will gather tomorrow at the former Catholic girls' Teschemakers boarding school to celebrate its centenary.

Convent proposed as Grade 1 heritage site
St Joseph's Convent in Jerusalem/Hiruharama is being proposed for a registration upgrade to a Category I historic place by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT).

'Pin-up' nun gets hero award (photo)
She was attacked by a drug addict at age 84, was back at work the next day to cook for the masses, and knows how to make tripe edible – meet the Wellington soup kitchen's pin-up nun, Sister Felix Breen.

DVD review: When a city falls (includes video)
How do you do justice to the agony and emotion suffered by the people of Christchurch over the past 18 months? What started as a large and scary quake in September 2010, turned into a deadly nightmare just over five months later. Local film-maker Gerard Smyth had his camera at the ready for both quakes and displays heartfelt understanding of what was happening to his city.

News of the Schools

Hato Paora College, Feilding: Piano teacher plays final tune for school she loves (photo)

John Paul College, Rotorua: EnviroLeaders chosen for Pacific forum (photo)

Pompallier Catholic School, Kaitaia: 19 Local Schools Win Big Muffin Break

St Francis Xavier's, Whangarei: Lollies and flax make eco friendly leis for gala (photo)

St Joseph's, Arrowtown: Decision on school pending

St Joseph's, Temuka: Seniors urge juniors to tri their best (photo)

St Joseph's, Te Aroha: Tour of houses raises thousands Piako Post

St Mary's, Hastings: Hundreds of pupils in quake-risk classrooms

St Patrick's College, Silverstream: Four guiding principles for potential (photo) The Dominion Post

St Patrick's, Paraparaumu: Community gets behind schools (photo) Kapiti Observer

St Peter's, Cambridge: Cycling schools rewarded (photo) Cambridge Edition

St Peter's, Cambridge: Fun run attracts competitive field (photo) Cambridge Edition



"Spirit" John 11:17-27, a reading and commentary with Sister Stephanie Kitching.



The View from Down Here

March 20, 2012 - The View from Down Here returns with a full slate of topics to cover, including a quick update on the state of the Republican primary season, the US soldier accused of killing 16 Afghanis and some analysis of President Obama's performance, including his new campaign video outlining his achievements thus far, his role in rising gas prices and the constantly moving HHS mandate on contraception. An action-packed discussion, that's for sure.

LIGHT OF THE WORLD - Otago Catholic Access Radio

2012-03-18 – Sr Mary of the Trinity solt, Jeremy De Satge and Msgr Keith Barltrop recall their Journey Home.

[Choose the "Click to download" link. The sound quality of the other one is terrible - ml]


'BEING FRANK' - New Zealand Catholic blogs

** Priorities ( ... in marriages and parishes)

** Giving thorough journalism "the snip" (an article about castration in the Netherlands)

** The Cross, the Queen, and Dawkins

** The rupture…no, I mean the Rapture…oh, sorry ... (the "five wounds" of the modern Mass according to Bishop Athanasius Schneider)

** Is marriage on the up again? (the end of the decline of marriage)



Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform'

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. 'The Tablet'

NZ Catholic Education Office. 'Lighting New Fires'

NZ Catholic Education Office. 'Good News and the News'

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger'

The Nathaniel Centre. The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. 'The Nathaniel Report'

St Columban's Mission Society. 'The Far East'

'Tui Motu Interislands'. An independent Catholic magazine.



The pope in Mexico and Cuba

Pope Benedict XVI arrives today in León, Mexico, to kick off the 23rd foreign trip of his papacy but his first to Spanish-speaking Latin America. (He visited Brazil in 2007.) Benedict will spend the weekend in Mexico, then move Monday to Cuba before returning to Rome late Wednesday. At one level, this is a tale of two different trips...



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

SMNZ Marists - the Society of Mary in New Zealand


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



Hui Aranga Annual Easter Celebrations
Friday 6 April 2012, 8:00 am to Monday 9 April 2012, 4:00 pm @ Whanganui
Host Club: Te Roopu o te Whetu
Contact: Danny Karatea-Goddard

Eucharistic Convention 2012
April 13 - 15, Westlake boys High School Auditorium. Takapuna North Shore Auckland.
Details in 'NZ Catholic' March 11-24 2012 p.13 and from



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

Manager, The Peace Place, Auckland
Details from: The Peace Place, 2F/22 Emily Place, Auckland Central, 1010; e-mail: Applications close 31 March 2012.