Sunday, October 14, 2012



* Daily blog from the Synod in Rome (12 Oct 2012)
Archbishop John Dew and Bishop Charles Drennan are attending the Synod on the New Evangelisation in Rome throughout October. Keep up to date with the discussion by following the blog...

* Catholics around the country celebrate Respect for Life Sunday (12 Oct 2012)

* Remembering 50 years since the Second Vatican Council (11 Oct 2012)

* 50 years since Second Vatican Council; the beginning of the Year of Faith (10 Oct 2012)

* Growing diversity and secularism – challenges for evangelisation in Oceania (9 Oct 2012)


'NZ CATHOLIC' - No. 401, October 7 - 20 2012

News-making school sticks to Church line ... Church can still teach on marriage if Wall bill passes ...Ethically compromised vaccines named Joys and trial of a same-sex apostolate ... The gift of life is not up for negotiation .. Decision leaves disabled with disturbing message ... The Bible, evolution and the Catholic faith / The beauty of Genesis ... Vibrant message of love at Lifefest (1) ... The secret excursions of John Paul II ... Advertising feature: Family First



Vatican II showed power, wisdom
Fifty years ago today, on October 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council of the Catholic Church. Father John O'Connor looks back on the half century since the Council...

For synod members, media part of the problem, part of the solution
Archbishop John A. Dew of Wellington, New Zealand, told [the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelisation] that even the secular media have helped Catholic evangelization through the attention they have given the declaration of saints from the region.

Becoming fonder of biography (photo)
Retired Catholic Bishop of Dunedin Len Boyle is growing fonder of his biography, published earlier this year. A humble man, he had brushed aside calls through the years to write an autobiography and initially resisted when it was suggested a writer work with him on a biography. Others, such as his friend and neighbour Bill Brown, persisted, insisting he had a story worth sharing...

Street history: Hawker St (Wellington)
St Gerard's church and monastery are Hawker St's crowning glory. The concrete and brick church was built in 1908 for the Catholic Redemptorists, and the three- storeyed monastery followed in 1932. Funds were raised by public subscription, though it was at the height of the Depression...

Paul Delaney a humble one-man-band (photo)
Paul Delaney lived his life as a humble one-man-band plumber but in July 1965 he was part of Wellington rugby's finest-ever victory.

Great Riverton man gave his all (photo)
The Southland Times
Many Riverton mourners could have been excused for wondering if a part of their seaside settlement itself had died when one of its long-standing identities, Tom White, died last month, aged 95.

Churches' future still uncertain
Work on identifying the earthquake repairs required to the Temuka and Pleasant Point Catholic churches is ongoing, but there is still no indication of when the churches might reopen.

Old cemetery becomes dumping ground (Video report. Link to the right of the photo) 
An old Roman Catholic cemetery in Otahuhu, South Auckland, has become a dumping ground for 900 cubic metres of dirt and rubbish, after efforts to fill in a gully went horribly wrong.

News of the Schools

John Paul College, Rotorua: 'Families separated' as pupil numbers capped

St John Bosco School, New Plymouth: Retiring head keen to help families (photo)



Mark 10: 17 – 30: Come Follow Me, a reading and reflection with Rev. Canon Jenny Wilkens and Rev. Alister Hendery at St Paul's Cathedral, Wellington.



LIGHT OF THE WORLD - Otago Catholic Access Radio

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

7 October – Fr Peter Stravinskas reflects on Vatican II; and Elizabeth Lev explains how the papacy changed Rome.

SOUNDS CATHOLIC - Christchurch Catholic Radio

October 7 2012 - We again feature visiting priest, Fr Paul Check, who teaches moral theology and is the Director of Courage, the Church's apostolate for people with same sex attraction.  With the current debates going on in New Zealand, this programme has particular relevance.


'BEING FRANK' - New Zealand Catholic blogs

** Bishop movement (the choice of a bishop; the Arise young adult Catholic conference in Christchurch)

** A ray of objective truth in a pool of opinion… (the difference between opinion and truth)

** The Bish (Hamilton's Bishop Browne on his successor)

** Dances with wolves (active homosexuality in the priesthood)



'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.



An Asian plea for humility at the Synod of Bishops

Anybody who's seen the movie "Pulp Fiction" probably recalls the scene where John Travolta explains to Samuel L. Jackson that in France, McDonald's calls the quarter-pounder a "Royale with cheese" because the French wouldn't know what a quarter-pounder is. There's a missionary insight here: Whether we're talking about cheeseburgers or eternal salvation, the same product often has to be packaged in different ways for different audiences based on the languages they speak and the cultural worlds they inhabit. That, believe it or not, is a way of introducing a report from the Oct. 7-28 Synod of Bishops in Rome on the new evangelization...



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)



[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 ]

Archdiocese of Wellington. Office for Catholic Ministry with Young People (3 positions)
Details in 'NZ Catholic' October 7 - 20 2012 p.28, in Wel-com October 2012 p. 18, on and from Lorraine McArthur tel. (04) 496 1706 or   Applications close 19th October 2012