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Sadness at Msgr Browne’s death

Hamilton Bishop Stephen Lowe expressed sadness over the passing away of Msgr Michael Browne, brother of Bishop Emeritus of Hamilton, Bishop Denis Browne. Msgr Browne was 85.

“The Lord has called Michael home at 10.20pm. May he know the fullness of God’s love,” Bishop Denis said in a text message to Bishop Lowe on March 3, 2020.

Msgr Browne’s roles in Hamilton diocese included being vicar for administration, Clergy Trust Fund secretary, treasurer of the CTF and Medicare Fund, member of the DFC, confessor for the Tyburn community, member of the Priest Council and College of Consultors, member of the Appointments Committee, Dean of the Hamilton North Deanery, convenor of the Boundaries Commission – being a sub-committee of the Priest Council – and chancellor for diocese.

He retired in 2013, residing first in Papamoa and then moving to Auckland.

Msgr Browne was ordained as a priest in 1959 by Archbishop James Liston, having been trained at Holy Name Seminary, Christchurch and Holy Cross College, Mosgiel.

He was assistant parish priest in Onehunga (1959-1971) and Tauranga (1971-1975). He was then assigned as parish priest of Tokoroa (1975-1981), Gisborne (1981-1987), Matamata (1987-1997), Fairfield (1998-2002), Fairfield and Te Rapa (2002- 2006) and Tauranga (2007-2012).

A requiem Mass was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary on March 6, followed by burial at the Ohaupo Catholic Cemetery.

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A different kind of Holy Week

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn said this year’s Holy Week celebrations may be different but can be “a time of great blessing”.

“I’m very conscious that on Palm Sunday, we are moving into Holy Week. And it’s certainly going to be a different kind of Holy Week, with none of the large gatherings and the beautiful liturgies that we usually associate at this time of the year,” he said in a video recorded at the Pompallier Diocesan Centre and posted on St Patrick Cathedral’s Facebook page.

“But instead, it is going to be a personal private journey as it is for many people at different times. “

Bishop Dunn said on Palm Sunday Mass and a Good Friday liturgy, will be broadcast on Shine TV, channel 25 on Freeview (Channel 201 on Sky TV).

The Palm Sunday Mass will be shown on Sunday at 1.35 pm while the Good Friday liturgy will be at 8.30 am on that channel.

Bishop Dunn also announced there will be a 3 pm national Catholic liturgy available in all the websites of the different dioceses of New Zealand.

Each diocese had already linked resources such as prayers and reflections on their websites for Holy Week.

“I pray that Holy Week this year will be a time of  special blessing and I wish you a very happy Easter even if we are going to celebrate it in our bubbles and in the middle of a pandemic. Our forebears in faith endured similar challenges and survived and flourished. And I’m sure, we will, too. So, God bless you all,” Bishop Dunn said.

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Catholic prayer app launched in NZ

You often hear “there’s an app for that!”

Now New Zealand Catholics have an app for prayers with the launch of the NZpray2day app for their Android mobile phones.

The Church’s National Centre for Religious Studies (NCRS) — part of Te Kupenga-Catholic Leadership Institute — announced on March 11 the launch of “NZpray2day” on Google Play for Android devices.

NCRS director Colin MacLeod said “NZpray2day” is designed to support young and old in Catholic schools and parishes to enter simply into the richness of the ancient Christian cycle of seasons, saints and readings.

“It’s not an exhaustive source of all information in these areas,” Mr MacLeod said.

“But rather, it takes ‘snapshots’ and encourages people to seek a moment to reflect, pray and respond. It also brings in pieces of history to link this liturgical journey with aspects of the story of
New Zealand and the wider world.”

So far NZpray2day is only available for Android devices; simply go to Google Play Store, search for NZpray2day, and install. But it could be available for Apple devices by mid-year. Mr MacLeod said the app is free — and is a gift to people from the National Centre for Religious Studies.

“We hope it will be an inviting and useful tool for individual, class and staff prayer in schools, and for whānau and parishioners throughout Aotearoa and abroad,” he said.

Mr MacLeod added that the project has been a major labour of love and “was deceptively complicated to create”. He gave special acknowledgment to Jo Bell and Pierre Schmits as primary writer and designer on the NCRS team.

“Our simple hope is that . . . NZpray2day helps people become more easily aware of the gentle cycle of days and months which link us to creation, the life of Jesus and the shared journey of the Church. It is a journey we walk together.”

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