Marriage educators meet in Chch

by WAYNE McTAGUE Christchurch diocese hosted the biennial Marriage Educators Training Weekend at the Chateau on the Park on May 18-20. The venue opposite Hagley Park superbly complemented the keynote speakers, format, personal testimonies and fellowship for those involved in the ministry of marriage education. As an initiative of the Catholic Network of Marriage Educators (CNME) , the conference sought to form

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Sacred Heart Cathedral closed due to earthquake damage

Sacred Heart Cathedral in Thorndon closed its doors on July 13,2018, in the interest of safety for parishioners and the public, following a structural engineer’s report confirming it presents a significant risk to occupants in the event of an earthquake.Following a verbal report from structural and civil engineers, Dunning and Thornton, the Parish Committee has

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Child forgoes birthday gifts for cathedral

Her birthday was fast approaching when nine-year old Marsy Irinco decided to ask her friends and family not to give her gifts but instead raise funds that would be donated to help work being done on the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Sacred Heart’s rafters. “I kind of thought of doing something that might be generous,”

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Theology can’t be same after sex abuse crisis

Given the sexual abuse crisis in which the Church is embroiled, theologians need to rethink a faith-based response to sexual violence. Systematic theology lecturer at Good Shepherd College Dr Rocio Figueroa said theologians “are conscious that theology cannot be the same following the severe crisis of sexual abuse that has happened in our Church”. “We

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Engaging with people on the problem of evil

It is not often that St Augustine and his wisdom are subjects of everyday conversation, but his thinking might be given more of an airing after US Christian apologist Mary Jo Sharp visited New Zealand. Mrs Sharp, a Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, spoke in Christchurch, Auckland and Tauranga recently, courtesy of Thinking

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Migrant communities fear for kids in secular NZ

Catholic migrant communities in Auckland diocese have been telling their bishop about their fears for their children growing up in secular New Zealand. Bishop Patrick Dunn shared a couple of examples of this during a “bishop’s forum” at St Columba Centre in Ponsonby on May 27, one of several such events in the diocese this

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Joint sacraments in Mangere

On Sunday, May 27, Bishop Patrick Dunn visited St Therese parish, Mangere East, to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation for 57 children from the two parishes in Mangere, St Therese and St Anthony’s parish, Mangere Bridge. All of the children were also to receive Holy Communion for the first time. The children were active participants

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Northern pilgrims honour Our Lady in Hokianga

by WIGA AUTET In spite of the threatening clouds — huge and heavy with rain — gathering on the horizon of the Hokianga sky on the morning of Saturday, May 26, a group of more than 30 pilgrims from Te Tai Tokerau also gathered, with trust and hope that Our Lady of the Highway —whom

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Religious, consecrated persons thanked at Mass

A “Thanksgiving Mass for Religious and Consecrated Persons” was celebrated at Christ the King church in Owairaka on May 26, the feast day of St Philip Neri. A similar Mass for religious was celebrated at the same venue last year, but this year consecrated lay people were officially included. The Mass this year was celebrated

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Tertiary chaplaincy leaves Newman Hall for new base

The Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy team has left its home at historic Newman Hall on Waterloo Quadrant for a new base on Symonds St. Auckland Catholic diocese sold the Newman Hall property last year after it was put up for sale in late 2016. According to the qv.co.nz website, the property was sold in May,

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