Sunday, June 30, 2019



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In issue no. 568, June 30 - July 13 2019: Do young people get cold shoulder in our churches? ... Headmaster speaks out against legalising cannabis ... Good Shepherd College has final graduation ... 'Knockabout' Kiwi bloke ordained in Rome ... Editorial: Victorian law's Church challenge; Rome link to mother Aubert cause is a boost ... Best governance for Catholic organisations ... Tributes flow for remarkable Sr Pauline O'Regan ... Memory of Jean Vanier honoured by communities (photo feature) ... SSVdP seminars to focus on renewal and recruitment ... Helen Luxford: Vocations ... Working together in NZ to better help seafarers ... De La Salle's tercentenary year celebrated.



Christchurch diocese reorganisation

John O'Connor: An opportunity to participate in a new beginning
It is two weeks since Bishop Paul Martin presented his proposal for restructuring the Catholic parishes of Christchurch city inviting Catholics to take this time to reflect and pray before submitting responses. As the bishop reminds us "our immediate reactions are often not our best responses" ...

Mike Yardley: 'Shock and awe' over Catholic plan to axe seven Christchurch parishes
A palpable sense of shock engulfed many Christchurch Catholic churches just over a fortnight ago, as a video played of Bishop Paul Martin unveiling a radical parish restructure. Under the proposal, Christchurch's 12 existing parishes would be amalgamated into just five, with a host of existing suburban churches jettisoned.


Why it's easier for a rich man to get into heaven than a Christian party into politics
The time seems right for a strong Christian voice in Parliament. Our politicians are discussing euthanasia, abortion, cannabis reform, gender issues and freedom of speech. But challenges remain in bringing the voice of God from his house to that representing the people ...

Memorial ribbons trashed at Cathedral next to inquiry into child abuse
Only minutes after a hearing of the Royal Commission into child abuse wrapped up, a man was removing abuse survivors' memorial ribbons at nearby St Patrick's Cathedral. The bizarre incident on Tuesday followed ongoing controversy about the destruction of "loud fences" which commemorate abuse victims.

Delay prompts call for bishop to 'break the cycle' of inaction
Former pupils of Kavanagh College are calling on the Catholic Bishop of Dunedin to "break the cycle" of inaction over historic sexual abuse by committing to renaming the school. The call from Christian Unkovich-McNab and Sam Murphy came after the Roman Catholic Bishop of Dunedin, the Most Rev Michael Dooley, said yesterday he was still to decide if the Dunedin college - named after former Bishop John Kavanagh - needed a new name.

Caritas celebrates 50 years working for justice
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is celebrating its 'Jubilee Year' this year, representing 50 years since national bodies were established for justice, peace and development, including the provision of Catholic volunteers overseas.


Kavanagh College: Erika's simple goal:'do my best'
Imagine being 15 years old and preparing for the prospect of competing against your idol. Would you be excited? Scared? Nervous? All of the above was the answer Erika Fairweather gave.

St John's College: Aiming for the sky at US tramp contest
Hamilton teen Max McQuoid is at the 2019 GRTGames in San Diego, representing Australasia in garden trampolining or GTramp, after finding a sponsor to fund the trip.

St Michael's, Rotorua: Man charged with murder after Rotorua shooting
A 53-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of a 39-year-old man in a firearms incident in Rotorua last night. St Michael's Catholic School in Western Heights posted on Facebook it was a "sad day for the community".

Pompallier Catholic College students spur unisex uniform option
Pompallier Catholic College students Ingrid Tillman and Madeline Bassett always thought the blouses female students had to wear were uncomfortable, unflattering, and tight. So when they casually complained to the Whangarei school's guidance counsellor Damian Pullen, who told them they could petition to get it changed - they did.

St Kevin's hostel upgrade begun
A million-dollar refurbishment of the ageing hostel buildings at St Kevin's College, which will eventually house both boy and girl boarders on the same site, is well under way.

St Kevin's College: Turf opens with celebration
St Kevin's College's new multi-sport turf was officially opened last Friday.



Authority and Obedience (Luke 9, 51-62)
A reading and commentary by Fr Edward J. Tyler, NSW, Australia


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

Pope: Jesus is looking for witnesses, not 'religion editors'
Being a follower of Christ does not mean being curious about who he was or craving religious news, Pope Francis said on Saturday during the Mass for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Jesus, he said, is not interested in polls, nor is he looking for "front page" Christians ...

Farm documentary shows 'Laudato Si' put into practice
"The Biggest Little Farm" opened in theaters in May and will continue its run throughout the summer. The film takes the life cycle seriously and without sentiment - and that applies to people as well as farm animals and predators. Creatures are born, they die; crops sometimes fail; and coyotes who attack the chicken house are only some of the pests with which the Chesters must contend. But some Catholic bloggers also have seen his work as a useful exemplar of the values promoted in Pope Francis's 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si', on "Care for Our Common Home" ...




Eucharistic Convention, Sacred Heart College, Auckland. 12-14 July 2019.

Saints Next Door video competition 2019

The Catholic Enquiry Centre is running a video competition open to all young people interested in sharing Pope Francis' Saint Next Door message. Pope Francis, in 2018, explained that we all can be holy. Being a Saint is not limited to high profile individuals. We all have a part to play in our communities. If we follow the values that Jesus taught, this help can improve the worlds we live in.

We need your help to tell the stories of the Saints that live in your world. Your hero could be a coach, teacher, friend, neighbour or family member. If you can capture the special things they do, then you could win yourself some cool new technology.  Registration deadline: 23 August 2019. Entries must be submitted online by 30 August 2019.


Manager, Catholic Education Office, Catholic Diocese of Dunedin
Details in 'NZ Catholic' June 30 - July 13 2019 p.20, at
and from  Applications close 17 July 2019.

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

Vacancies in the Catholic Overseas Volunteer programme:

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New Zealand Catholic
Periodicals & Newsletters

'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' (Latest news - Latest Inform)

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. 'The Tablet'

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

NZ Catholic Education Office. School News Update

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger'

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

'Tui Motu Interislands'. An independent Catholic magazine.

New Zealand Commentaries
on the Sunday Readings

Fr Frank Bird sm. Living the Word: Sundays of the Year: Discussion Guide -

Marist Messenger. Daily Reflections


Catholic Discovery NZ (Catholic Enquiry Centre)

'NZ Catholic' newspaper

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand

Holy Cross Seminary

Marist Seminary, Auckland NZ

NZ Catholic Bishops' Conference

News of the Church
in NZ and the World
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Catholic Herald. Morning Catholic Must Reads :