New Zealand

Collar-gate: Covering up a logo causes a wave of moral indignation Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

When Sony Bill William covered up a BNZ logo on his rugby shirt he crossed a line that few have crossed in New Zealand; he made a public display of his religious convictions. It was a move that made world-wide headlines and it was not received well by all. It even merited a comment from Read more

St Mary of the Angels – same but different Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
st mary of the angels

The most notable aspect of the restored St Mary of the Angels church is that it looks the same as it always did. The church was reopened and blessed by Cardinal John Dew, the Archbishop of Wellington, last week. It had been closed for almost 4 years to undergo earthquake strengthening. At the completion of Read more

Split Enz bass player helps his old school establish School of Imagination Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017
school of imagination

Mike Chunn, the original bass player in Split Enz, and an alumnus of Sacred Heart College, has been one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the School of Imagination at the college. He was present at the recent official opening of a digital recording studio will allow the teaching of NCEA Level 3 Read more

Cardinal Dew – We must speak up about our housing crisis Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Statement on Housing Crisis issued by Cardinal John Dew and Archbishop Philip Richardson If you give New Zealanders the facts, most of us know what’s a fair deal. Most of us have a gut instinct that owning a home makes us more secure and stable. And if we were pressed, we’d say that home ownership Read more

Proposed Marriage Amendment aimed at preventing forced underage marriages Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Underage couples would need court approval to marry under a private members’ bill that aims to crack down on forced marriages. National List MP Jo Hayes said she believes forced marriages between teenagers are “slowly creeping into New Zealand society” and that the problem exists primarily in Pacific and Asian communities, where parents can pressure Read more

New funeral policy recognises challenges and sensitivities Comments 2

Monday, April 10th, 2017

The  New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has published a new national liturgical policy on the order of Christian funerals and guidelines for tangihanga A media release announcing the publication of For Those Who Believe: Life is Changed not Ended says the policy recognises the challenges and sensitivity required of those involved in pastoral care for the one Read more

Good Friday collection for holy places falls short Comments 1

Monday, April 10th, 2017
Good Friday Collection

The Good Friday collection for the holy places is taken up in every Catholic parish in New Zealand. Catholics in New Zealand have given more than $840,000 to the upkeep of sacred sites in the Holy Land over the past six years, but contributions to the annual collection are falling. In 2012 the collection raised Read more

Anglicans elect Dr Eleanor Sanderson Assistant Bishop for Wellington Comments 0

Monday, April 10th, 2017

The Reverend Canon Dr Eleanor Sanderson has been elected to serve as the Assistant Anglican Bishop in Wellington. Her ordination as a bishop will take place at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul on the evening of Friday the 2nd of June. Sanderson was nominated at a Diocesan electoral college held in Palmerston North’s Convention Centre Read more

Shortage of priests leads to amalgamation of five parishes Comments 0

Monday, April 10th, 2017

The amalgamation of five Catholic churches across the Tasman District  into one “Our Lady of the Bays” parish took place on 1 April. While there will still be distinct church communities in each area, the come under centralised leadership. Father Seph Pijfers is overseeing the amalgamated parish and will be assisted by priests and lay-pastoral leaders based in each Read more