Sunday, August 5, 2012


'NZ CATHOLIC' - No. 396, July 29 - August 11

FT = full text on the Website under 'Latest News and Events'

In this issue: 10 ordained together ... A decade of deacons for Auckland, 4 more to come ... Auckland diocesan priests get together ... ProLife club wins the day at Auckland University (FT) ... Caring is the key for top Aussie coach ... Survival is Bethlehem University's miracle ... Mayor looks to church leaders ... Advertising feature: Priestly & Religious Vocations (8 pages)



Bishop opposes abortion clinic (photo)
The Roman Catholic Bishop of Dunedin, Colin Campbell, is urging his flock to oppose a new abortion clinic in Invercargill, saying Catholics "must do all we can to prevent this culture of death spreading in our country". In a letter to be read to more than 8000 parishioners at services in the Otago-Southland diocese tomorrow, Bishop Campbell said the pleas of concerned Southlanders opposed to the Southland District Health Board's plans to establish abortion services at Southland Hospital had gone unheeded...

Catholics urged to protest abortion

'Off with her head' (photo)
The Wellingtonian
The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will provide a fitting setting for a lethal duel between two powerful women next week in Maria Stuarda.
Soprano Lisa Harper-Brown, left, and Rhona Fraser will play the warring queens Elizabeth and Mary respectively in Maria Stuarda at the Basilica.

Hundreds farewell inspirational Erin (photo)
Just two years ago, diminutive Wanganui woman Erin Bartrum received a new pair of lungs after a life-long battle with cystic fibrosis that nearly ended her life several times. Sadly, her new life and lungs didn't rescue this brave and beautiful 42-year-old for long.

Head to head: Same-sex marriage
Catholic priest Father Merv Duffy argues a change is wrong, dangerous, expensive and unnecessary while Presbyterian minister Margaret Mayman says it is equality that most New Zealanders, gay and straight, want.

Natasha fulfils mission to feed hungry kids (photo)
Twice a week a dedicated team of volunteers make ham-and-egg sandwiches in the basement of St Michael's Church before heading out to some of Rotorua's poorest areas to feed hungry children. Loaded in the St Vincent de Paul Full Fill van are trays of sandwiches, fruit, hot soup and Milo.

School home (photos)
The Marlborough Express
Niki Boon home schools her four children in the former St Joseph's High School of St Mary's parish, Blenheim.

Interview: Jacqueline Fahey (photo)
As she releases her second volume of memoir, New Zealand artist Jacqueline Fahey is raging more than ever. "I can now, there's nothing anyone can do about me, is there?" ...

News of the Schools

Sacred Heart College, Hamilton: Hamilton girls win

Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt: Professional aims given a boost (photo) The Hutt News

Sacred Heart Girls' College, Hamilton: SuMin wins bronze in Singapore (photo) Hamilton Press

St Joseph's Rangiora: Raised in Rangiora (photos) Northern Outlook Staff at St Joseph's remember the future gold medal olympian Joseph Sullivan Part one: Part two:

St Joseph's, Nelson: Kids' art weighs oil dependence (photo) The Nelson Mail

St Joseph's, Speargrass Flat: Presentation about campus open to all

St Joseph's, Morrinsville: Grandparents visit (photo) Piako Post

St Joseph's, Nelson: Snail oddities get a 'fluffy kiwi' lift (photo) Nelson Mail

St Joseph's, Pukekohe: Week of Te Reo marked (photo) Franklin County News

St Kevin's College, St Joseph's School, Oamaru: Cherishing Te Reo in our schools (photo) Waitaki Herald

St Michael's, Rotorua: Youngsters boost food bank fare (photo)

St Patrick's, Te Awamutu: A boy's big love frees elephant (photos) Manawatu Standard



John 6: 1-15 (mislabeled Mark 6:1-5) Treated with abundance: a reading and reflection with Christine Peterson and Fr James Lyons.


'BEING FRANK' - New Zealand Catholic blogs

** Well done Bishop Colin Campbell and Fr Vaughan Leslie! (Southland abortion service)

** What should I do when Jesus is absent? (when we do lack the consolation of Christ's presence)

** Bible in Schools (should state schools offer Bible lessons)

** Of Muppets and Men (may a haka may be performed during the celebration of Mass?)



'NZ Catholic' is a national newspaper published by the Catholic Bishop of Auckland.

Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. 'Kete Korero'.

Catholic Dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. 'Wel-com'

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform'

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. 'The Tablet'

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

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

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger'

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

'Tui Motu Interislands'. An independent Catholic magazine.



Vatican and LCWR, a fired archbishop and getting Boko Haram right

An old Roman quip holds that the only things moving during August are cani e americani, meaning dogs and Americans. It expresses the city's somnambulant ethos during the traditional ferragosto hiatus as natives head for the hills or the beaches. The summer lull affords a chance to catch up on recent stories that haven't gotten quite the attention they deserve...



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 news of Pope Benedict)



New Zealand Catholic Education Convention 2012
8-10 August 2012, Wellington Convention Centre



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

[Catholic overseas volunteer vacancies are listed on the Vacancies page of ]

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand. Social Justice Educators – Auckland, Wellington
Details in 'NZ Catholic' July 29 - August 11 p.26 and at
Applications close on 17 August 2012.

NZ Catholic Bishops' Conference. Director of the National Liturgy Office.
Details in 'NZ Catholic' July 29 - August 11 p.27 and from Anne Dickinson, tel (04) 496 1747, e-mail:
Applications close 21 August 2012.