Posts Tagged ‘Parish’

Dublin parishes to discuss family issues ahead of synod

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Parishes in Dublin in Ireland are determining for themselves how they discuss family issues ahead the synod in October. The Irish Times reported an invitation by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to priests and parishioners to hold meetings on the subject. In a letter to priests and parishes, Archbishop Martin stated that Pope Francis wants Catholics around the Read more

St Michael’s Remuera plaza project

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

St Michael’s Parish in Remuera, Auckland, is planning to develop its amenities to provide a gathering space and safer traffic movements around the church and the adjacent parish school. The proposed project has three components: An addition to the front of the church with a new ‘gathering space’ The creation of a plaza which would connect Read more

Ten ways to revitalise the Catholic Church

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Reform is afoot in the Vatican. Pope Francis has tightened the reins on the Vatican bank, worked through a gruelling visit to Brazil, named a new secretary of state, and is now busy preparing for the October meeting of cardinals who will advise him on how to breathe new life into the Catholic Church. The Read more

Archdiocese set to merge parishes

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Catholics in the Archdiocese of Wellington diocese were asked, Sunday, to consider merging some parishes. The church held a hui in Porirua on Sunday and plans another in the South Island next weekend to discuss issues such as it having fewer clergy, less money and earthquake-prone buildings that need repair. Archbishop John Dew says some Read more

Man in same-sex marriage wants to keep parish posts

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

An openly homosexual man who was removed from his positions of reader and religious-education instructor in his New York parish after he entered into a same-sex marriage is petitioning to be reinstated. Nicholas Coppola has presented a petition signed by 18,000 people to Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Center diocese. The diocese released a statement Read more

A cherry-picking PP serves 6 Westland parishes

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

South Westland might have some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery and one or two mountains to climb, however the territory is rather isolated. There is just one priest for six parishes and since returning to New Zealand Michael Mahoney accepted the challenge to minister to them all! There is also quite a bit of Read more

Karori parish community garden a winner

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

St Teresa’s Parish in Karori, Wellington, started a community garden in 2010. This year has been its most productive year The garden works with the stages of the moon and they are currently readying the planter boxes for winter, says regular gardener Janet O’Reilly. The garden has brought many community members together as volunteers. “Symbolically Read more

West Auckland Catholic Church dubbed neighbour from hell

Friday, February 24th, 2012

A West Auckland Catholic Church has been dubbed the neighbour from hell after a stoush with a  medical centre escalated.

The church has employed a security guard to stop the medical centre’s patients and staff using a right of way at the centre of the scrap.

The access connects the Westview Medical Centre in Glen Eden and Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes with Glendale Rd.

The church says it owns the land where the right of way is built and wants a payment of $3000 a year from the medical centre for staff and patients to use it.

GP Eric Horn says the right of way was used for years before the medical centre opened in 2004 and should remain as that.

Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes chairman John Whitcombe wants an official agreement with the medical centre, like it has with the Glen Eden RSA, over use of the right of way.

”All we’ve asked for from them is for them to negotiate to pay an amount of money.”

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Redevelopment of a Dunedin church may provide a public park

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

A public park may be created as part of a $2.6 million redevelopment of a Dunedin church. “The idea of creating a space for our parishioners and the community is very appealing … We envisage it would be somewhere for our congregation to gather, and also a place where a worker from [nearby businesses] could eat Read more

How parish life has changed

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

While the following article concerns the US, much of what is reported here is reflected in Catholic parish life in Aotearoa New Zealand: A lot has changed in parish life in a quarter-century, yet American Catholics are still predominantly attached to territorial parishes headed by a priest pastor. The model is being stretched and transformed, Read more