Posts Tagged ‘Community’

Five reasons John Henry Newman is a saint for our times Comments 0

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

When people today hear that John Henry Newman is being named a saint, the first question that likely comes to mind is: What can I take away from the example of a 19th-century priest and intellectual? Not only did he live in a very different time, but his day-to-day existence was quite different from what Read more

Survey shows sports clubs in fight for survival Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018
sports clubs

A survey of sports clubs in New Zealand has revealed nearly two-thirds of them are either losing money or breaking even. And in the New Zealand Amateur Sport Association’s inaugural national survey of clubs, 22 percent of respondents said their memberships had fallen over the past five years. The survey was undertaken by the Association Read more

Olive Leaf Centre – Arrowtown inspiration Comments 0

Thursday, September 6th, 2018
Olive leaf

After nearly three years of design, planning and consultation, an application has been lodged with the Queenstown Lakes District Council for consent to build a parish and community centre on land adjacent to the historic St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Arrowtown. Already the project has created considerable national and international interest and offers of support. Read more

Is NZ as friendly as we like to think it is? A question for Social Justice week Comments 0

Thursday, September 7th, 2017
Social Justice

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops are inviting people to act on the challenge issued by Pope Francis this coming week – Social Justice week: “Weave bonds of belonging in our local community.” New Zealanders pride themselves on being friendly, but not everyone experiences a sense of community or connection. The 2016 Quality of Life survey reveals Read more

Building community bonds in Dunedin South Comments 0

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Dunedin South has its share of challenges. Last Saturday over 50 people gathered at the Mercy Parish community centre in Dunedin South to discuss how they could  empower their communities to respond locally and ‘weave bonds of belonging’. They heard about what one participant described as an oncoming “demographic tsunami” of an aging population. Other Read more

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook can play a role that churches once filled Comments 0

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg says he wants Facebook users to start playing a similar role to pastors in churches; bringing communities together. “People who go to church are more likely to volunteer and give to charity — not just because they’re religious, but because they’re part of a community,” he said. “A church doesn’t just come together. It Read more

Why are Catholics bad at fellowship? Comments 0

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Recently I was asked to speak at a local Catholic women’s group. It had been awhile since I’d put on my speaking shoes, and I was genuinely excited. That is, until I was given my topic. Fellowship, they said. Fellowship? I couldn’t help but wince. Not suffering? Prayer? Family discord? Keeping the faith during crisis?? Nope, Read more

Exiled inner-city parish celebrates its diversity Comments 0

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
St Mary of the Angels Wellington Ave Maris Stella

The diversity of Wellington city and mid-winter were celebrated by St Mary of the Angels parish in Wellington on Saturday. Well over a thousand people attended the event called “Festival of the Stars – Ave Maris Stella,” held at St Patrick’s College, Wellington. Sponsored by St Mary of the Angels, the singing, music, dance and food Read more

Community groups fear losing grants if they speak out Comments 0

Friday, November 21st, 2014

A claim has been made that community groups are being muzzled by fears that speaking out against Government policies will result in funding cuts. An  organisation, which wished to remain anonymous, has  told Radio New Zealand about subtle threats from a cabinet minister it refused to name. It said the fear of being punished financially Read more

The power of community organising Comments 0

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

While growing up in the Dominican Republic, Ana Garcia-Ashley lived on a dirt road that always had plenty of traffic, making it too dangerous a place for neighborhood children to play. One morning, her grandmother got fed up with the situation and decided to take action. She went door to door, rounding up other concerned Read more