Sunday, July 16, 2017



In issue no. 519, July 16-29 2017: Three different paths to the priesthood .. Step Out and Vote: the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' 2017 Election Statement ... Gordon Copeland: Time for compassion and love (abortion law reform) ... Bishop Patrick Dunn: My biggest worry, the lack of priestly vocations in NZ ... Experts rebut pro-euthanasia arguments ... A joyful day in Christchurch: photo spread of the triple ordination ... Friars seek help for friary renovation (Hillsborough Rd Retreat Centre) ... Dunedin parish uses more Te Reo at Mass ... Communities under siege from predatory lenders ... Lay evangelist issues a missionary call.

Caritas Calls For Halt To Deep Sea Mining
We call for an immediate halt to all deep-sea mining including exploratory testing as this will undermine the ability to achieve sustainable development goal said Julianne Hickey, Director of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, speaking in New York.

Hundreds gather to farewell Auckland politician Frank Ryan
Several hundred people gathered in Glendowie today to farewell Frank Ryan, the father of actress Lucy Lawless and a long-time Auckland politician.

Tauranga priest sues Catholic Church for racial harassment & exploitation (video, photo)
A Tauranga priest is suing the Catholic Church over claims of racial harassment and exploitation. Father Alex Kapiarumala left India to work as a priest in Bay of Plenty nine years ago.

Community raises funds for New Windsor house explosion victims (photos)
 The community has started a Givealittle page to collect funds for the Indian couple injured in the New Windsor house fire on Tuesday, July 4. Geena Dominic and her husband Biju lived in the rented property on Mary Dreaver St in New Windsor and survived the blaze that happened just after 6 a.m. The investigation revealed that the fire started with an explosion caused by a gas leak.

Church heritage confirmed
Northern News
St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, a historic Northland church that was deconsecrated and sold to private owners as a result of a dwindling congregation is enjoying a second life.

News Of The Schools

Hato Petera College community worried as accommodation lease given to charity (photos) 

John Paul College, Rotorua: JPC student takes top Rotorua speech and drama prize (video) 

Roncalli College, Timaru / St Mary's, Northcote: Children at Auckland school will be singing song by Timaru singer-songwriter  (video) 

Roncalli College, Timaru: Jaxson Whyte flies in for gold at South Island schools cycling (photo) 

Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt: Lower Hutt students combine nuns and nurses in original play (photo) 

St Bernard's College, Lower Hutt: St Bernard's students have their say ahead of election (photo) 

St Mary's, Gisborne: School seeks help to end burglaries (photo) 



Matthew 13:1-9,18-23 The parable of the sower

A reading and reflection with Sister Stephanie Kitching and Stephen Ready.


CRUX - Edited by John L. Allen Jr. and Inés San Martin

** Pope: Caring for creation means caring for your brother and sister
In a message to participants in an international congress about his 2015 environmental encyclical "Laudato Si" and the challenges of those dwelling in large cities, Pope Francis said these challenges need to be met with "three Rs:" Respect, responsibility and relationship.

** Conley: Evangelizing includes thinking outside the bureaucratic box
Catholic bishops may have a lot of bureaucratic duties to perform, but that doesn't mean bishops believe the solution to the Church's problems is always bureaucratic. Pressed for an example of evangelical creativity, for instance, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, points to a lawyer who sets up tables at football games every weekend, handing out rosaries and answering questions about Catholicism.



'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.



Catholic Enquiry Centre. Reflections on the Sunday Gospel

Fr Frank Bird sm. Living the Word -

Marist Messenger. Daily Reflections (right-hand column)



The Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand

'NZ Catholic' newspaper

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand

Holy Cross Seminary

Marist Seminary, Auckland NZ





Director, Catholic Enquiry Centre, Wellington.
Details at and from Gerald Scanlan, (03) 474 5753 or  Applications close 22 August.

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

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