New Zealand

Abortion law change does not change hearts and minds Comments 0

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
abortion law change

The New Zealand Parliament has passed legislation which has removed abortion from the Crimes Act. It also removes the legal test for the procedure up until 20 weeks. The New Zealand Catholic Bishops are deeply disappointed with the abortion law changes. “This Bill totally ignores the fact that there are always at least two human Read more

Lay led video Sunday reflection launches in NZ Comments 0

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
Pray Today NZ

Pray Today NZ, a service of the Word using the Sunday readings began on the Internet in New Zealand yesterday. The lay-fronted reflection is designed for use on social media and is very ‘home-grown’ and ‘raw’. Work on the initiative ‘Pray Today NZ‘ began early last week, however, the decision to record and release the Read more

It’s OK to be politically incorrect about religion Comments 0

Friday, March 20th, 2020
the book of mormon

Religion as a whole is “ruthlessly mocked” in the musical comedy The Book of Mormon which has begun playing in Auckland. Richard Hunter, communications director for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Pacific region has questioned why Mormons were frequently the butt of jokes about religious groups. “The opportunity for the Read more

Sister Catherine Hannan RIP Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Sister Catherine Hannan, a well-known Sister of Compassion, passed away last Friday after a short illness. Her funeral took place at the Sisters’ motherhouse in Island Bay on Monday. In the New Year Honours List, she had been awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for services to the community. Read more in NZ Catholic

Shaping the Mission conference postponed because of Covid-19 Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

The Takirua 2020: Shaping the Mission conference planned for Wellington from 24 to 26 April has been postponed till later this year because of uncertainties caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. The decision to postpone has been made before setting a new date, to provide clarity and certainty for people around the April dates in the face Read more

Virus causes cancellation of Sunday Mass Comments 0

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
Sunday Mass

With Sunday Mass suspended at least one venue more suspensions are likely to follow as the Catholic Church responds to the coronavirus. The dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland, Father Peter Tipene has already announced that he is suspending all Sunday Masses. He says the 7 am and 12.15 pm weekday Masses will continue Read more

Masses continue: parishioner with Covid-19 presented minimal risk Comments 0

Monday, March 16th, 2020
Covid-19

On Saturday The Catholic Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn, confirmed he had been advised that a parishioner at St Mary’s Church in Papakura was diagnosed with the Covid-19 coronavirus. Dunn said the 5 pm Vigil Mass at St Mary’s on Saturday and the 8.30 am and 10.30 am Masses on Sunday would go ahead Read more

Priests compose songs to commemorate Christchurch Mosque tragedy Comments 0

Monday, March 16th, 2020
song

To mark the first anniversary of the Mosque shooting tragedy, Father James Lyons and Fr Chris Skinner have worked with each other to record two commemorative songs. Lyons sent a link to the songs to the prime minister with a note saying: “We think these songs could play a part in this current time of Read more

A time of solidarity and reflection – Cardinal Dew Comments 0

Monday, March 16th, 2020
Covid-19

There’s a whole range of things that people can do, both to prevent the Covid-19 virus from taking hold, but also to be supportive of people who might contract the disease.” Cardinal John Dew the archbishop of Wellington told Vatican News. He said this is a time when people need to be ready to help Read more

Catholic Church in NZ restricts some Mass practices Comments 0

Monday, March 16th, 2020

The National Liturgy Office and NZ Catholic Bishops, Friday, received new important from the Ministry of Health. This advice specifically says the Church should desist with “the sharing of communion cups and shared holy water, and handshaking.” Having received this, the NZ Catholic bishops are now updating their previous advice and  ask that: At the Read more