Sunday, January 29, 2023

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NZ CATHOLIC BISHOPS' CONFERENCE



** Br Peter Bray FSC's national tour on Palestine began well in Napier with a good crowd of people on Tuesday, then similarly tonight at Te Rau Aroha-Diocesan Centre in Palmerston North. Br Peter -- who hails from Waitara -- is Vice-Chancellor of Bethlehem University in the occupied West Bank, and is here talking about the issues faced daily by his students, and what we can do to help. Details of his tour are here ...

** Bishop Michael Dooley of Dunedin will perform a pre-dawn blessing of the renamed Trinity Catholic College this Saturday, 28 January, accompanied by the college Kaumatua. 

** Grow your faith and understanding of the Scripture with these courses offered in Wellington by Te Kupenga-Catholic Theological College. Details ...

** Pope Francis has warned against communications that promote toxic relationships and hatred, appealing to communicators to always speak from the heart and find the right words to build a better civilisation. "All belligerent rhetoric must be rejected, as well as ever

** Catholic Discovery has a fascinating article on why Catholic beliefs in creation do not clash with scientific discovery, but work together.

** Te Kupenga-Catholic Theological College offers online courses that let you study from anywhere ...

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'NZ CATHOLIC' 


In issue no. 653, January 29 - February 11 2022:  'A humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord', five pages of articles about the late Pope Benedict XVI ... NZ proposes several priority areas for synod ... Several Catholics in New Year Honours List 2023 ... Editorial: Love seeks the beloved ... Top scholars 2022 (cont) ... Polish connection to Otago church celebrated .. Church commitments in response to Royal Commission ... Rejoicing at taonga homecoming to former Hato Petera site.

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FROM THE SECULAR PRESS

Blessing of school to mark new beginnings
A blessing is set to signal the start of a new chapter at a Dunedin school with a dark past. The Catholic Bishop of Dunedin, Bishop Michael Dooley, will perform a pre-dawn blessing of the renamed Trinity Catholic College this Saturday, accompanied by the college kaumatua. The former Kavanagh College became Trinity Catholic College on January 1, following years of lobbying from survivors of sexual abuse.

'Hope peace will eventually come' between Palestine and Israel
A Kiwi priest based in Bethlehem in the West Bank hopes to one day see the end of the conflict between Palestine and Israel. Brother Peter Bray, who is originally from Taranaki, is the vice-chancellor of Bethlehem University in the West Bank. At the invitation of the New Zealand Catholic bishops, he is doing a speaking tour around New Zealand, talking about Palestine and how Kiwis can help bring peace to the area. 

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FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - A  

New Zealand Commentaries on the Readings for the Second Sunday of the Year:

Inspired Word: A video reading and commentary on the gospel of the day, by Sister Stephanie Kitching.
Matthew 5:1-12  The Sermon on the Mount


Marist Laity NZ. Living the Word: Sundays of the Year: Discussion Guide
4th Sunday Yr. A – 'Be' like Jesus

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


Holy Land church leaders condemn settler attack in Jerusalem's Christian quarter
After an assault by Israeli settlers on an Armenian restaurant in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem on Thursday, Christian leaders in the Holy Land have condemned the violence, urged greater protection of minority groups and warned of "radical aggression" by forces determined to impose an exclusively "Jewish character" on the city ...

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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND


The six dioceses:

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New Zealand Catholic 
Periodicals & Newsletters
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'NZ Catholic' is a national newspaper published by the Catholic Bishop of Auckland. https://nzcatholic.org.nz/

Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. 'Kete Korero'. 

Catholic Dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. 'Wel-com'  http://www.wn.catholic.org.nz/welcom/

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform'  
https://chchcatholic.nz/?sid=25 (Latest news - Latest Inform)

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. Newsletter

The Nathaniel Centre. The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. 'The Nathaniel Report' http://www.nathaniel.org.nz/

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

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger' 

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul NZ. 
https://www.svdp.org.nz/resources/  Newsletters. News in Brief:  

'Tui Motu Interislands'. An independent Catholic magazine. 
https://tuimotu.org/   Scroll down to Articles, Explore More

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Catholic Discovery NZ (Catholic Enquiry Centre)

'NZ Catholic' newspaper

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand

Catholic Theological College

Holy Cross Seminary

Marist Seminary, Auckland NZ

Society of St Vincent de Paul NZ

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News of the Church 
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Sunday, January 22, 2023

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NZ CATHOLIC BISHOPS' CONFERENCE


Details of NZ speaking tour on Palestine by Brother Peter Bray FSC, Vice-Chancellor of Bethlehem University (18 Jan 2023)
Taranaki's Brother Peter Bray FSC, Vice-Chancellor of Bethlehem University, is making a speaking tour of Aotearoa-New Zealand's Catholic dioceses talking about how Kiwis can help bring peace to the Holy Land. Br Peter has been invited by the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference for a speaking tour of the six dioceses between 24 January and 9 February ...

NZ Catholic response to Synod's Continental Stage document published
The New Zealand Catholic Church response to the "Document for the Continental Stage" of Pope Francis's Synod on Synodality has been published. The Catholic world is now in the Continental Stage of the Synod process, in which each "continent" will produce a response to the continental document that was approved by the Vatican's synod office last October ...



** Te Kupenga-Catholic Theological College has a Safeguarding course that starts on the first day of every month, specifically for all those involved in ministry in the Catholic Church, whether in a paid or voluntary role.

** Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference. Some members of the Discernment and Writing Group from the four episcopal conferences of Oceania and the Eastern Catholic Church share their thoughts and hopes on the synodal process as experienced in their own Catholic communities ...

** Here's a video from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference showcasing the work undertaken last week in Melbourne in preparation for the Oceania Synod of Bishops discussion in Suva next month ...

** With Word of God Sunday this Sunday, Cardinal John suggests giving a Bible to a child, grandchild or even an adult for any upcoming birthday. It could become a treasured family possession 

** Caritas Aotearoa NZ says Caritas Tonga is still working hard with the relief effort in Tonga, one year on from the eruption of the Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai underwater volcano. Can you help by donating to the Caritas Pacific Relief Fund? 

** From the BBC: French Catholic Nun Sister André (Lucile Randon) -- the world's oldest person -- has died peacefully in Toulon aged 118. 

** Taranaki's Brother Peter Bray FSC, Vice-Chancellor of Bethlehem University, is making a speaking tour of Aotearoa-New Zealand's Catholic dioceses from 24 January to 9 February talking about how Kiwis can help bring peace to the Holy Land. 

** The Aotearoa-New Zealand Catholic Church response to the "Document for the Continental Stage" of Pope Francis's Synod on Synodality has been published

** Vatican News has an article about the meeting in Melbourne last week on the current Continental Stage of the Pope's Synod on Synodality. Three New Zealand representatives were there, and the article quotes one, Dr Thérèse Kiely (Lautua). 

** his coming Sunday, 22 January, is Word of God Sunday. The National Liturgy Office has published handy resources, with a special focus on "Scripture as the Word of God as a nourishing and prayerful way to begin our year ahead.

** An album from last week's 185th commemoration in the Hokianga of Bishop Pompallier's first Mass celebrated in this country, in January 1838.

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THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - A  (Word of God Sunday)

New Zealand Commentaries on the Readings for the Second Sunday of the Year:

Marist Messenger. Daily Reflections: https://www.maristmessenger.co.nz/

Marist Laity NZ. Living the Word: Sundays of the Year: Discussion Guide
Third Sunday, Year A : "Follow me".

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STATION XV (podcast)


Episode 181 — Pope, Pell, Pledges, Pilgrimage (January 18, 2023)

2023 starts off on a fairly sombre note, with the panel covering the deaths of two Church heavyweights — Pope Benedict for the Church globally and Cardinal George Pell for the Church in Australia and New Zealand (and beyond). The panel reflects on their legacies, which many are saying are mixed. Anna, Don, James and Gavin also discuss pledges from the Church in New Zealand in the area of abuse, the missionaries who died in 2022 while serving the Church and Lionel Messi's plans for a pilgrimage to thank Our Lady for Argentina winning the Football World Cup.

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Anti-Christian assaults in India reflect growing Hindu nationalist threat
Two separate incidents of harassment in mid-January, just 48 hours apart, offered vivid reminders of the threats faced by India's small but vibrant Christian minority, which increasingly finds itself menaced by a strong nationalist wave within the country's Hindu majority ...

Ahead of Africa trip, pope dismisses security fears and condemns exploitation
Ahead of a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan later this month, Pope Francis has condemned exploitation of the African continent and said he's not afraid of the security situation despite the fact that his travels will take him near active war zones.

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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND


The six dioceses:

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New Zealand Catholic 
Periodicals & Newsletters
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'NZ Catholic' is a national newspaper published by the Catholic Bishop of Auckland. https://nzcatholic.org.nz/

Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. 'Kete Korero'. 

Catholic Dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. 'Wel-com'  http://www.wn.catholic.org.nz/welcom/

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform'  
https://chchcatholic.nz/?sid=25 (Latest news - Latest Inform)

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. Newsletter

The Nathaniel Centre. The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. 'The Nathaniel Report' http://www.nathaniel.org.nz/

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

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger' 

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul NZ. 
https://www.svdp.org.nz/resources/  Newsletters. News in Brief:  

'Tui Motu Interislands'. An independent Catholic magazine. 
https://tuimotu.org/   Scroll down to Articles, Explore More

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Society of St Vincent de Paul NZ

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Sunday, January 15, 2023

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NZ CATHOLIC BISHOPS' CONFERENCE


Fr John Panamthottathil appointed Bishop of St Thomas the Apostle Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Melbourne
Father John Panamthottathil CMI has been appointed Bishop of the Saint Thomas the Apostle Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Melbourne, which covers Australia and Oceania including Aotearoa New Zealand ...

NZ Catholic Church leaders publish statement of commitments to abuse survivors
The bishops and the leaders of religious orders of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand have published a statement of commitments adopted in response to the continuing work of the Royal Commission on Abuse in Care. The statement is signed by Father Thomas Rouse SSC, President of the Congregational Leaders Conference of Aotearoa New Zealand, and Cardinal John Dew, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, on behalf of their respective members ...



** Fr John Panamthottathil CMI (pictured) has been appointed Bishop of the St Thomas the Apostle Syro-Malabar Catholic Eparchy of Melbourne ...

** In Melbourne this week, Fr Dennis Nacorda  (Levin), Thérèse Lautua (Auckland) and Anne Dickinson (Wellington); Kiwi representatives at a meeting  discussing the current Continental Stage of Pope Francis's global "Synod on Synodality" ...

** Representatives of the four bishops' conferences of Oceania and the Eastern Catholic Churches in our part of the world are meeting in Melbourne this week to prepare a document for the next phase of the global "Synod on Synodality" ...

** The bishops and the leaders of the religious orders of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand have issued a statement of commitments adopted in response to the continuing work of the Royal Commission on Abuse in Care ...

** The Sisters of Compassion have posted this timely, interesting story about Bishop Pompallier, who arrived in this country on this day in 1838, and celebrated the first Catholic Mass three days later ..

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FROM THE SECULAR PRESS

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New Years Honours List 2023. 
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Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit

NAKHLE, Mrs Henriette Michel, QSM
Mrs Henriette Nakhle has more than 40 years' experience in business and cultural advisory for the Lebanese people and has been Honorary Consul for Lebanon in New Zealand since 2017. Mrs Nakhle established the Lebanity Trust in 2018 to promote and preserve the Lebanese culture and heritage in New Zealand, including education in language and the arts. Through the Trust, she arranged for two Melkite Catholic nuns, from Lebanon, to travel to New Zealand in 2020 to teach the Arabic language ...

ROONEY, Mr Christopher Stephen
Christopher Rooney has worked at Liston College in Auckland for 45 years and has been Principal since 1999, overseeing growth and high achievement. Mr Rooney has overseen increased academic success of Maori and Pacific students, with Maori the highest achieving group in the school, as well as significant expansion of facilities and upgrading of sports fields ...

Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit

PIO, Professor Edwina
Professor Edwina Pio is an internationally respected management expert in the field of diversity and is New Zealand's first and only Professor of Diversity at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Business School, where she has impacted policies and practices since 2002. Professor Pio is Chair of the academic advisory board of Te Kupenga Catholic Theological College ...

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Catholic Church in NZ commits to sexual abuse changes, including mandatory reporting
The Catholic Church in New Zealand says it will change the way it responds to sexual abuse, including mandatory reporting to police in cases involving young people. It will also ask all Catholic institutions to audit their buildings, portraits and prizes in an apparent bid to prevent the honouring of alleged or confirmed abusers. The church's leaders today outlined a series of commitments they would make in response to an ongoing inquiry into abuse in state care and religious institutions ...

Catholic Church doing opposite of public statements on abuse safeguarding - advocate
The leader of a network for survivors abused by priests says the Catholic Church's new promises to change are not genuine. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests Aotearoa leader, Dr Chris Longhurst, told RNZ: "What the bishops and the congregational leaders of the Catholic Church are saying in public is not what's happening behind closed doors" ...

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SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - A

RNZ. Hymns on Sunday, (audio and text)
A setting of Psalm 23, a hymn by New Zealand writer Joy Cowley and a confirmation hymn - just some of the listener requests in this week's programme. 

New Zealand Commentaries on the Readings for the Second Sunday of the Year:

Marist Messenger. Daily Reflections: https://www.maristmessenger.co.nz/

Marist Laity NZ. Living the Word: Sundays of the Year: Discussion Guide
Second Sunday, Year A : Be a light to the nations

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


At funeral, Pell hailed for bearing 'unjust condemnation' with dignity and peace
At his Vatican funeral Saturday, the late Cardinal George Pell was praised for his "greatness of intellect and heart," and, in an allusion to his conviction followed by eventual exoneration on sexual abuse charges in his native Australia, for bearing an "unjust and painful condemnation" with "dignity and interior peace." For decades Pell was an influential, tone-setting figure both in Australia and the Vatican. Pell died unexpectedly Tuesday due to heart complications after a routine hip surgery at the age of 81 ...

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Job vacancies in the Catholic dioceses of ...


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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND


The six dioceses:

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New Zealand Catholic 
Periodicals & Newsletters
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'NZ Catholic' is a national newspaper published by the Catholic Bishop of Auckland. https://nzcatholic.org.nz/

Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. 'Kete Korero'. 

Catholic Dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. 'Wel-com'  http://www.wn.catholic.org.nz/welcom/

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform'  
https://chchcatholic.nz/?sid=25 (Latest news - Latest Inform)

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. Newsletter

The Nathaniel Centre. The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. 'The Nathaniel Report' http://www.nathaniel.org.nz/


Sunday, January 8, 2023

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NZ CATHOLIC BISHOPS' CONFERENCE


Bishop Lowe celebrates 185th anniversary of first NZ Catholic Mass at Totara Point
Update 8am Sunday 8 January: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Totara Point Anniversary Mass has been moved to Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church at 193 Motukaraka Point Road, Motukaraka, at the same time of 11am followed by a shared kai down at Ngai Tupoto Marae. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding ...

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI 1927-2022
Catholics around New Zealand are offering prayers for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who has died in Rome aged 95. Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington and President of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference, said each of the six New Zealand dioceses would likely have a memorial Mass for Pope Benedict.



** Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Totara Point Anniversary Mass has been moved to Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church at 193 Motukaraka Point Road, Motukaraka, at the same time of 11am 

** Bishop Steve will celebrate a special Mass at 11am this Sunday [at Totara Point on the Hokianga Harbour - but see above], marking the 185th anniversary of Bishop Pompallier celebrating the country's first Catholic Mass there in 1838

** The Requiem Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has just finished. This link will take you to a Vatican News report on the service, which was celebrated by Pope Francis.  The report includes video highlights of the funeral.

** Morning Report on Radio NZ today had an eight-minute segment on the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, including an interview with Cardinal John Dew

** In this article, Fr John O'Connor, co-director of the National Liturgy Office, gives a perspective on the legacy of Benedict XVI.

** The National Liturgy Office has created substantial resources for this Sunday, 8 January, celebrating the Epiphany.

[Many other posts follow about the life of the late Pope Benedict XVI]

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FROM THE SECULAR PRESS

NZ archbishop's tribute to late pope: A 'kind and cultured gentleman'
The Catholic metropolitan archbishop of New Zealand has paid tribute to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, saying he will be remembered as a "very kind and cultured gentleman". Benedict, born Joseph Ratzinger, led the Catholic Church from 2005 until his resignation in February 2013, becoming the first pope to do so in 600 years. He died at 9.34pm New Zealand time on Saturday in the Mater Ecclesia Monastery in the Vatican.

Editorial: The three popes
Some priests may be content to spend their life tending to the needs of their flocks. Others bury themselves in the arcane history and teachings of the 2000-year-old Catholic Church. Others have a burning passion either for reform or preservation, a drive that makes them ambitious to become leader of the world's 1.3 billion Catholics. Pope Benedict XVI, who died on the last day of last year aged 95, appeared to be one of the latter, although some have also called him the "reluctant pope" ...

'This is for you': 24 Pasifika New Year's honours recipients
The first Pacific Priest ordained in Rome in 1990, Father Paulo Filoialii of Samoa, has been recognised for services to the Pacific community.

Queen's Service Medal (QSM)
Lynore Ann Farry Dunedin For services to the community
Otago Daily Times 31 Dec 2022
For Lyn Farry, community service started as a way to stay connected with her family. Now with over 30 years of experience she has been recognised for her services to the community with a Queen's Service Medal, an honour she called ''humbling.''

Retired NZ bishop: "most Maori would not feel at home in our parish"
Diocese of Parramatta, Australia
Developing a sense of inclusiveness does not come about by running parallel Maori and European churches, says retired Bishop Peter Cullinane of Palmerston North. 

Wreys Bush Cemetery and its connection to Galway
Wrey's Bush at one time had a very large Catholic population, most of them coming from Galway. The first Catholic Church opened in 1884 and in March 1899 a convent and school were begun by four Sisters of Mercy. Wrey's Bush then supposedly became the only community in the country where the only school was a Catholic one ...

The near 50-year friendship forged on the first day of primary school
On Friday, Lisa Gibson (née King), Mary Kleinsman-Powell and Cheryl Soffe (née Thurlow) were given a special tour of the classrooms and grounds of their old stomping ground – St Joseph's School in Waitara.

Ecclesiastical designs Petre's hallmark
Otago Daily Times 3 Jan 2023
Francis William Petre (1847-1918) was a preeminent early contributor to New Zealand's architectural scene. He completed more than seventy religious, residential and commercial commissions between 1875 and 1910, but is most loved and bestremembered for his ecclesiastical designs — including many in Dunedin and Otago ...

A rare opportunity to turn historic Christmas Day church into a home (text and video)
The little church on the corner of Main and Kuratawhiti Sts in Greytown, Wairarapa, has served the community faithfully for more than 140 years – almost to the day. Built by Wellington architect, Thomas Turnbull, the church was opened on Christmas Day in 1880. The Catholic archdiocese has put the church and its 1090m² corner section on the market, for sale by tender. "The reason that we've chosen tenders in the past is that the tenderer wanted to keep the church intact, they weren't going to move it away or destroy it," says spokesman John Bunny of the Wairarapa parish finance committee.  [We'll be hoping for] somebody that hopefully will love and retain the church" ...

Kavanagh College drops disgraced bishop's name
The name of a disgraced bishop has been scrubbed from the Dunedin secondary school that bore it. It was announced in March that Kavanagh College would rebrand to Trinity Catholic College, a change which would be made by the new year ...

Northern Ireland mother and baby homes criminal inquiry reaches New Zealand; victims urged to come forward
A criminal investigation into physical and sexual abuse over decades at Northern Ireland homes for unmarried mothers and their children has reached New Zealand. The institutions - run by the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, the Salvation Army and the state - housed thousands of people, including pregnant women, girls as young as 12, and rape and incest victims, from 1922 to 1990, who often felt coerced into giving up their child. Now, the dedicated investigators believe there could be more victims and witnesses yet to come forward, with many moving or being adopted to countries overseas like New Zealand ...

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THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD  2023

New Zealand Commentaries on the Readings for the Epiphany of the Lord:

Marist Laity NZ. Living the Word: Sundays of the Year: Discussion Guide
Epiphany of the Lord : What Star is Guiding You?


Fr Kevin Waldie SM. 

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Debunking three bits of papal poppycock amid Benedict XVI commentary
An inexorable media dynamic occurs whenever a major public figure dies: During the gap between the death and the funeral, journalists scramble to fill column inches and airwaves with something – anything, really – to sustain interest in the story until there's actual news to report. In keeping with that rule, the last 48 hours have brought an avalanche of commentary, analysis and dissection of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. Much of that output has been thoughtful and constructive. Yet a few instances of what we've seen have been downright silly, at times almost self-parodying. Herewith three such claims one can find currently making the rounds ...

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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND


The six dioceses:

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New Zealand Catholic 
Periodicals & Newsletters
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'NZ Catholic' is a national newspaper published by the Catholic Bishop of Auckland. https://nzcatholic.org.nz/

Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. 'Kete Korero'. 

Catholic Dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. 'Wel-com'  http://www.wn.catholic.org.nz/welcom/

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform'  
https://chchcatholic.nz/?sid=25 (Latest news - Latest Inform)

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. Newsletter

The Nathaniel Centre. The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. 'The Nathaniel Report' http://www.nathaniel.org.nz/

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

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger' 

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul NZ. 
https://www.svdp.org.nz/resources/  Newsletters. News in Brief:  

'Tui Motu Interislands'. An independent Catholic magazine. 
https://tuimotu.org/   Scroll down to Articles, Explore More

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Society of St Vincent de Paul NZ

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Dear readers,
this is the final Kiwicath News & Notes for 2022. I will restart the series in January when there is something to report.

Happy Christmas and every best wish for all God's blessings in the New Year.

Mike Leon


NZ CATHOLIC BISHOPS' CONFERENCE


A Bethlehem Christmas message from Br Peter Bray about his NZCBC speaking tour
As Bethlehem University Vice-Chancellor Brother Peter Bray FSC prepares for his New Zealand speaking tour, he has sent a Christmas message to Kiwis from Bethlehem asking how we can help bring peace to the Holy Land ...



** Christmas Greetings from Cardinal John Dew

** Caritas Aotearoa NZ wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.

**  A Christmas Day podcast from Catholic Discovery.

** Greetings from Bishop Michael Gielen and the Diocese of Christchurch

** Christmas greetings from the Sisters of Compassion

** As Bethlehem University Vice-Chancellor Brother Peter Bray FSC (pictured) prepares for his New Zealand speaking tour, he has sent a Christmas message from Bethlehem asking how Kiwis can help bring peace to the Holy Land.

** Father Neil Vaney SM brings us the latest of his Christmas Podcasts.

** The National Liturgy Office has published material for Christmas Day, the Nativity of the Lord, including prayers, psalms and the latest Homily Studio podcast for a conversation on this week's scripture readings

** With Christmas upon us, Father John O'Connor, co-director of the National Liturgy Office, reflects on a particularly moving but nonetheless normal 24 hours in the life and work of a priest

** Te Kupenga Catholic Theological College and Te Kupenga Catholic Leadership Institute thank everyone for the invaluable support  given this year, and wish you a blessed Christmas and a grace-filled 2023.

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CHRISTMAS 2022

Christmas Season 2022: 'We can become God's presence to others'
At Christmas, we remember that "the Word became flesh and lived among us," says Cardinal John Dew in his Christmas message for 2022. The Archbishop of Wellington, who also serves as President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference, reminds us that God's Word, God Himself, is at the heart of our lives and of our journey of faith. "We have God with us, Emmanuel, God, Who is passionately concerned about our lives and engaged in them." 

A Christmas invitation: the Christmas message of Auckland's Church leaders
We love the beauty and simplicity of the first Christmas. We find ourselves in a cave filled with sheep, with Mary and Joseph pondering the mystery of the baby Jesus lying in the manger, trying to make sense of what the angel had said to each of them about the promised child ...

Flavours of Philippines
Otago Daily Times
Filipino couple Dan and Ana Valencia are on a mission to expand Kiwis' knowledge of the sweet and savoury delicacies of their homeland and provide the desserts their fellow countrymen love at Christmas, they tell Rebecca Fox ...

Local Focus: Multicultural merriment for Rotorua migrant families embracing Christmas traditions
In this interview (video and text) members of several migrant families - some with Christmas traditions and some with none - speak about celebrating Christmas in New Zealand ...

Also ...
Temuka's Anakin Gillies loses locks he's been growing for seven years to raise money for charity
After growing his hair for seven years, a Timaru student from Roncalli College will be cutting it all off for charity and in memory of his late sibling.

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CHRISTMAS DAY 2022

Today's Mass, celebrated by Bishop Steve Lowe in the Chapel of St Benedicts parish, Newton, Auckland can be viewed at:

Sunday Mass is also broadcast on Shine TV (Freeview channel 25) at 2 pm  and live streamed at: 
https://www.shinetv.co.nz/videos/live  (only viewable in New Zealand). 


RNZ. Hymns on Sunday, 25 December 2022 (audio and text)
Lots of well-known favourites in this Christmas Day edition of Hymns on Sunday. Sing along with choirs from New Zealand and around the world ...


New Zealand Commentaries on the Sunday Readings:

Inspired Word: A video reading and commentary on the gospel of the day, by Sister Stephanie Kitching.
Matthew 1:18-24   How Jesus Christ came to be born

Sunday homilies of Fr Anthony Trenwith (audio): http://station15.co.nz/

Marist Messenger. Daily Reflections: https://www.maristmessenger.co.nz/

Fr Frank Bird sm. Living the Word: Sundays of the Year: Discussion Guide - https://livingtheword.org.nz/

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

Vacancies at Caritas Aotearoa: 

Job vacancies in the Catholic dioceses of ...


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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND


The six dioceses:

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New Zealand Catholic 
Periodicals & Newsletters
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'NZ Catholic' is a national newspaper published by the Catholic Bishop of Auckland. https://nzcatholic.org.nz/

Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. 'Kete Korero'. 

Catholic Dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. 'Wel-com'  http://www.wn.catholic.org.nz/welcom/

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform'  
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Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. Pastoral Newsletter

The Nathaniel Centre. The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. 'The Nathaniel Report' http://www.nathaniel.org.nz/

NZ Catholic Education Office. 'Lighting New Fires' 

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

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger' 

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul NZ. 
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Sunday, December 18, 2022

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NZ CATHOLIC BISHOPS' CONFERENCE


** Happy Birthday Pope Francis, 86 today. 

**  Christmas tree blessing from Catholic Discovery... and links to Christmas podcasts by Father Neil Vaney SM

** The Marist Brothers from 11 Pacific nations including New Zealand and Australia have amalgamated to become the Star of the Sea Province

** Catholic Discovery has posted links to its Christmas podcasts, and reflects on Pope Francis' weekly general audience plea for us to think of the freezing people in Ukraine and "let's have a more humble Christmas, with more humble gifts

** Catholic Discovery discusses this coming Sunday, the Fourth Sunday in Advent.

** Here's the second of Brother Peter Bray FSC's videos on the current situation of Palestinians in the Holy Land. 

** On this morning that President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the NZ Parliament by video link, here is a video of a visibly moved Pope Francis praying for the  people of Ukraine, and urging the faithful to invoke the Virgin Mary in praying for peace: 

** We're counting down till 24 January when Waitara's Br Peter Bray FSC (pictured) starts his NZ speaking tour about life today in Palestine, where he has lived and worked as vice-chancellor of Bethlehem University since 200

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FROM THE CATHOLIC MEDIA

Peter Cullinane: Eucharist and Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Bishop Emeritus Peter Cullinane writes in the Tui Motu InterIslands Magazine that actions such as using te reo during Eucharist would lead to greater inclusivity ...

Ministers to seafarers celebrate their pastoral efforts
Dozens of people who minister to seafarers on behalf of the Catholic and Anglican churches gathered in Sydney recently for the Oceania regional conference of Stella Maris and Mission to Seafarers. More than 60 people were at Mary MacKillop Place for the event, which allowed managers, chaplains and ship visitors from Australia and New Zealand to meet in person for the first time since the pandemic began ...

FROM THE SECULAR PRESS

Christmas gifts tinged with sadness
"It was thinking from another time. He believed women created drama and chitter-chattered too much," says Brenda Anderson of her Dad Des. She laughs about it now, and forgives him, because despite that thinking, Des raised his four daughters to be headstrong, opinionated, no nonsense go-getters ...

Catholic precinct's long history with little change over years
Waikato Times17 Dec 2022
Staying with Taumarunui after last week's look at the Regent Theatre, I was excited to discover a part of the town previously unknown when I got slightly lost on my way to the petrol station the other day. Locals reading this will wonder where on earth I was going but having missed the turn into the forecourt I had to double back and figured I might as well follow the 'Catholic Church' sign in doing so ...

Disappointed At Govt's Announcement That Half-price Public Transport Fares Will End On 31 March
The Ecology, Justice and Peace Commission of the Wellington Catholic Archdiocese is very disappointed at today's government announcement that half-price public transport fares will end on 31 March ...

Pompallier Catholic School Colour Run event celebrates physical and spiritual wellbeing
Kaitaia literally erupted in colour earlier this month thanks to a local school fundraising event. Pompallier Catholic School held its inaugural Colour Run at Kaitaia's Te Ahu Loop on December 2 as a way to celebrate the year that was while raising funds for new playground equipment storage.

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FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)  

Today's Mass, celebrated by Monsignor Bernard Kiely at the St Vincent de Paul centre in Onehunga, Auckland can be viewed at:

Sunday Mass is also broadcast on Shine TV (Freeview channel 25) at 2 pm  and live streamed at: 
https://www.shinetv.co.nz/videos/live  (only viewable in New Zealand). 


RNZ. Hymns on Sunday, 18 December 2022 (audio and text)
Carols for the Fourth Sunday in Advent include Love came down at Christmas and It came upon a midnight clear. And we remember New Zealand hymn writer and composer Colin Gibson MNZM.

New Zealand Commentaries on the Sunday Readings:

Inspired Word: A video reading and commentary on the gospel of the day, by Sister Stephanie Kitching.
Matthew 1:18-24   The ancestors of Jesus Christ

Sunday homilies of Fr Anthony Trenwith (audio): http://station15.co.nz/

Marist Messenger. Daily Reflections: https://www.maristmessenger.co.nz/

Fr Frank Bird sm. Living the Word: Sundays of the Year: Discussion Guide - https://livingtheword.org.nz/

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Episode 180 — Pastors, Pew, Pope, Prayer, Poland (December 17, 2022)

For the Christmas episode, it's a typically international look at the life of the Church. The panels globetrot from Australia, where hard choices are being made on pastoral care for those accessing euthanasia, to the Christmas scenes in Rome and a call to prayer in New Zealand. A new Pew Research report assesses how religious practice was affected during COVID, including through violence, and we end with some more violence — by someone dressed up as a Christmas tree. No, seriously. We wish the Station 15 family a happy and holy Christmas.

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Congo bishops call for mercy, peace ahead of pope's visit to 'bruised' country
Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo have called for reconciliation and peace in the country ahead of the apostolic visit of Pope Francis early next year. Francis is scheduled to arrive in Kinshasa, the Congolese capital, on January 31 for a five-day visit that will also take him to South Sudan ...

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Catholic Dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. 'Wel-com'  http://www.wn.catholic.org.nz/welcom/

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform'  
https://chchcatholic.nz/?sid=25 (Latest news - Latest Inform)

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. Pastoral Newsletter

The Nathaniel Centre. The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. 'The Nathaniel Report' http://www.nathaniel.org.nz/

NZ Catholic Education Office. 'Lighting New Fires' 

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

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger' 

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul NZ. 
https://www.svdp.org.nz/resources/  Newsletters. News in Brief:  

'Tui Motu Interislands'. An independent Catholic magazine. 
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Sunday, December 11, 2022

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NZ CATHOLIC BISHOPS' CONFERENCE


** Catholic Discovery has some lovely things to share about  this coming Sunday, the Third Sunday in Advent

** The December issue of the Holy Cross Seminary Newsletter has just been published. Articles include Fr David Dowling looking at the future of diocesan priestly vocations; the installation of new acolytes ...  Read here in PDF: 

** A joyous story about the end-of-year concert at St Patrick's School in Waimate

** Advent suggestion from Catholic Discovery: Good Deeds Chain

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'NZ CATHOLIC' 


In issue no. 651, December 4-17 2022: Shake-up in Rome does not affect local Caritas ... Hato Paora college celebrates 75th Jubilee ... Bishop wants thriving parishes of faith (Bishop Michael Gielen) ... Synod is like a hui, Bishop Lowe tells Shine ... Editorial: What can spiritual fatherhood look like ... CEC launches podcasts with a Christmas focus ... Top scholars 2022 (photo feature) ... Dr Sr Mary Glowrey JMJ: 'God's Good for Nothing' ... Helen Luxford: Approaching Advent.

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FROM THE SECULAR PRESS

Former Greytown church offers potential
The Dominion Post 10 Dec 2022
A former Catholic church on a main street corner site on the fringe of the Greytown retail precinct, offers potential buyers a host of exciting opportunities. The property is zoned residential and includes the Sacred Heart Church, which opened on Christmas Day 1880 and was closed in 2020. The church is not earthquake prone, but was closed and slated for sale as part of the ongoing rationalisation of church resources within the district in order reinvest funds in other areas to meet modern demand ...

More photos of Sacred Heart Church, Greytown: 

Stratford Christmas Parade brings plenty of Christmas cheer to town
Broadway was awash with red, gold and plenty of tinsel and Christmas cheer on Friday night when the Stratford Business Association Christmas parade rolled through town. St Joseph's School took out first place in the Education category, with judges saying they were won over by the clear effort put into the float decoration, and the consistency with this year's red and gold theme ...

Waimate school's concert reflects its cultural diversity
A 142-year-old school in Waimate celebrated its end of year concert recently with a performance that reflected its cultural diversity. St Patrick's School, which has provided Catholic education in Waimate since 1880, now has a role that features children from the Philippines and Fiji, and this year's concert reflected this cultural identity with song and dance items and costumes from these nations ...

Black Ferns face questions from young Taranaki fans
Black Ferns players Kendra Cocksedge and Amy Rule found there was plenty of excitement for their visit at St Joseph's Catholic School in New Plymouth ...

'Sociable' swimmer with Williams syndrome chasing gold at Special Olympics
Iris Hanley is known as a social butterfly with an affinity with water. The 15-year-old from Auckland's Greenlane will be competing at the New Zealand Special Olympics National Summer Games on Thursday. Hanley attends Baradene College of the Sacred Heart in Remuera and, outside of swimming, she enjoys singing in a choir and kapa haka.

Invercargill teen surprises himself on national speedway stage
16-year-old Finn Reed finished third in the New Zealand Solo Speedway Championships at the Oreti Park Speedway on Saturday. The Verdon College Year 11 pupil admitted he surprised even himself with his performance in the senior ranks against some seasoned campaigners on the bike.

St Joseph's school blue light film award (photo caption)
South Taranaki Blue Light Chairperson Sergeant Kayanna Holley was honoured to present the NZ Blue Light Short Film Award $1,000 school prize to these creative St. Joseph's School Hawera students. Judges said their winning submission showed a good ethical stance on social acceptance.

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THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT (A)  (GAUDETE SUNDAY)

Today's Mass, celebrated by Father Craig Dunford in the parish of  St Luke's, Flatbush, Auckland can be viewed at:

Sunday Mass is also broadcast on Shine TV (Freeview channel 25) at 2 pm  and live streamed at: 
https://www.shinetv.co.nz/videos/live  (only viewable in New Zealand). 


RNZ. Hymns on Sunday, 4 December 2022 (audio and text)
Rejoice! It's Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday in Advent (Gaudete is 'rejoice' in Latin). Hymns include Tell out my soul, the Pohutukawa Carol and an arrangement of The First Nowell for brass band ...


New Zealand Commentaries on the Sunday Readings:

Inspired Word: A video reading and commentary on the gospel of the day by Very Rev. Frank Nelson and Rev. Dr Raymond Pelly at St Paul's Cathedral, Wellington.
Matthew 11:2-11   The messengers from John the Baptist

Sunday homilies of Fr Anthony Trenwith (audio): http://station15.co.nz/

Marist Messenger. Daily Reflections: https://www.maristmessenger.co.nz/

Fr Frank Bird sm. Living the Word: Sundays of the Year: Discussion Guide - https://livingtheword.org.nz/

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Tearful Pope marks Immaculate Conception praying for 'martyred' Ukraine
A visibly moved Pope Francis Thursday marked the Marian solemnity of the Immaculate Conception by praying for the "martyred" people of Ukraine, and urging faithful to invoke the Virgin Mary in praying for peace ...

Catholic academic blasts Vatican's Academy for Life as 'embarassing'
A Catholic academic participating in a Rome conference this week, which intentionally rivals one held by the Pontifical Academy for Life earlier this year, has voiced concern over the body's recent activities, saying he believes they are "embarrassing" the church by failing to uphold core moral teachings ...

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The six dioceses:

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New Zealand Catholic 
Periodicals & Newsletters
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'NZ Catholic' is a national newspaper published by the Catholic Bishop of Auckland. https://nzcatholic.org.nz/

Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. 'Kete Korero'. 

Catholic Dioceses of Palmerston North and Wellington. 'Wel-com'  http://www.wn.catholic.org.nz/welcom/

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. 'Inform'  
https://chchcatholic.nz/?sid=25 (Latest news - Latest Inform)

Catholic Diocese of Dunedin. Pastoral Newsletter

The Nathaniel Centre. The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre. 'The Nathaniel Report' http://www.nathaniel.org.nz/

NZ Catholic Education Office. 'Lighting New Fires' 

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

Society of Mary. 'Marist Messenger' 

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul NZ. 
https://www.svdp.org.nz/resources/  Newsletters. News in Brief:  

'Tui Motu Interislands'. An independent Catholic magazine. 
https://tuimotu.org/   Scroll down to Articles, Explore More

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