The Vicariate for Catholic Social Services
is the social outreach agency of the Archdiocese of Wellington. https://wn-catholicsocialservices.org.nz/ was launched last month and contains information about our counselling and social work, prison and hospital chaplaincy, support for refugee resettlement and community advocacy. All our services are available to people of all backgrounds and beliefs. Please note, our office will close for the Christmas break from Midday, Friday 22 December and reopen on Wednesday 3 January 2018.
Food for Faith – online prayer support for ADVENT
During Lent this year Father John O’Connor of Christchurch provided “daily email encouragements” through his website Food for Faith to people who signed up for them. The programme was very successful and in response to the enthusiasm, Food for Faith is offering an opportunity for daily reflection during ADVENT. Every day of December 2017 those who sign up will receive an email encouragement, perhaps a paragraph or two, or brief video clip or podcast. If you would like to sign up for the daily Advent emails, visit Food for Faith www.foodforfaith.org.nz and look for the purple sign-up box.
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Update
At the time of writing this, David Seymour’s ‘End of Life Choice’ bill is about to have its first reading and vote in parliament (Wednesday 13 December). The bill seeks to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide in New Zealand for those over 18 years with a terminal illness or an irremediable condition. At the time this notice is in your parish newsletter, the result will be known.
If the majority of MPs voted 'no', the bill will have been defeated and will not progress any further. If the majority of MPs voted 'yes', then the bill will go to Select Committee where the public can submit their views on it. This Select Committee process will be specifically about Seymour's bill.
The Health Select Committee conducted an inquiry last year about the issues of euthanasia and assisted suicide, releasing their report in August 2017. With over 21,000 unique submissions, 80% of those were opposed to the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Legalising euthanasia or assisted suicide would endanger the lives and wellbeing of people who are vulnerable, including those suffering from mental health issues, our elders, and the disabled.
Regardless of the outcome of Wednesday's vote, this issue is important and will continue to be a topic of public debate.
More information and resources on this issue will be provided in January. You can also check out www.nathaniel.org.nz/euthanasia.
Sun, 17 Dec 2017 - Carols @ Cedarwood 2017
An Invitation to Carols @ Cedarwood 2017. 17 Parata St, Waikanae, Sunday 17 December 2017 @ 6:30pm. Entry – Can of FOOD to support the Christmas Foodbank Appeal
Graeme and Loris Rolston, owners of Waikanae Funeral Home are delighted to once again host this annual event for the community at Cedarwood. The programme will feature
- Kapiti Brass Band
- Levin Salvation Army
- Male Voices Mike the Storyteller
- Logan the Magician
- Carol singing by us all
- Commencing at 6:30pm.
We invite you and your families to join us for ‘Tea in the Carpark’ following this event.Food and drinks may be purchased from ‘The Dukes of Sandwich’ Food Truck and ‘Coffee Guy’
Change of E-mail Addresses
We advise that Our Lady of Kāpiti Parish email addresses have been changed due to closure of the Vodafone facility as at 30 November. Our new email addresses are:
- Office: email@example.com
- Roster: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Finance: email@example.com
Please ensure our details are changed in your Contacts/Address Book.
Fundraising initiative for
Our Lady of Kāpiti Parish Church and Administration Centre. A Prayer Book entitled: Morning and Evening – New Zealand at prayer. by Nancy Hill.
Nancy's inspiration was to write something accessible to New Zealanders, as she found a lack of prayer books available in NZ for New Zealanders. She has considered the fast pace of modern life and provides a simple, clear and concise path with simple daily prayers. She also honours our Catholic prayer traditions by including things like the sign of the cross, lighting candles and Glory be to the Father…This book is suitable for any age or for anyone who may have trouble reading for long periods of time.
They would also make a lovely gift! COST $30-00.
To get your copy you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or give your details at the produce table at the back of Mass. We also have blank order forms you can take away with you to help you collect orders from your social, work and family groups!
Holy Cross Seminary
www.holycross.org.nz Vocations to the Priesthood. Holy Cross Seminary (HCS) is the national seminary for the education and formation of diocesan priests for the Catholic Church in New Zealand. Established in 1900 by Bishop Verdon of the Diocese of Dunedin, it was sited at Mosgiel (just outside Dunedin) for nearly 100 years. At the end of 1997 the seminary moved to Auckland and a year later was established on the present site of 44 Vermont St, Ponsonby. It is located in close proximity to the Ponsonby Parish church, the St Columba Conference Centre, and St. John Vianney rest home for retired priests. Nowadays the student body reflects the increasing diversity of peoples for whom New Zealand is home and is comprised of men from a wide range of countries and cultures, age and life experience.
Become a Seasons for Growth Volunteer with Catholic Social Services
What is Seasons for Growth? Seasons for Growth is based on the belief that change and loss are part of life and grief is a normal response to these losses. The Seasons for Growth Children and Young People’s Program runs over 8 weeks with groups of 4-7 children. It aims to:
- Supports children and young people to understand and respond well to the issues they experience as a result of death, separation, divorce or other significant change and loss in their lives.
- Develops skills for coping, problem solving and decision making.
- Builds a peer support network.
- Educates children and young people about the grief process.
How can you help?
- We are seeking volunteers to run this programme in a number of schools in the Wellington/Porirua and Hutt area.
- You will need to be available to attend training sessions and run 2-3 courses a year.
What skills are required?
- The ability to work confidently and effectively with groups of 4-7 children.
- The ability to listen deeply and effectively.
- Is able to affirm others and respect differences of culture, belief and lifestyle
What support will I get?
- You will be funded to attend a training workshop on the 29th and 30th of June 2017
- Another trained volunteer or staff member from Catholic Social Services will run the courses with you.
- You will receive ongoing support from Catholic Social Services
How can I apply? Email or call Lesley Hooper at Catholic Social Services. email@example.com or phone 04 385 8642
Morning and Evening
New Zealand at prayer by Nancy Hill. Nancy's inspiration was to write something accessible to New Zealanders, as she found a lack of prayer books available in NZ for New Zealanders. She has considered the fast pace of modern life and provides a simple, clear and concise path with simple daily prayers. She also honours our Catholic prayer traditions by including things like the sign of the cross, lighting candles and Glory be to the Father…This book is suitable for any age or for anyone who may have trouble reading for long periods of time. They would also make a lovely gift! Orders for books will be gathered over the next three weeks, with a final date of 15th June. COST $30-00. To get your copy you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or give your details at the produce table in the foyer after Mass. We also have blank order forms you can take away with you to help you collect orders from your social, work and family groups!
Holy Land pilgrimage
Enquiries are invited for a Holy Land pilgrimage in September-October 2017, led by Pat McCarthy, former editor of NZ Catholic, and with Bishop Steve Lowe of Hamilton as chaplain. The 20-day pilgrimage will visit holy places in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem, around the Sea of Galilee and in Jordan (including Petra). For a free brochure, email Pat on email@example.com or ring him on (09) 480-4463. You can see more than 100 sacred sites in the Holy Land on Pat’s website, www.seetheholyland.net
Study with the Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand
Seeking qualifications in Religious Education, Theology, Scripture, or Pastoral Ministry? Enrol now in a New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies (NZCCS) or a New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (NZDCS). These courses are level 5 and level 6 on the national qualification framework. The 2017 Prospectus will be out soon. Visit the website for more information www.tci.ac.nz Or contact the Wellington site coordinator, Catherine Gibbs firstname.lastname@example.org (04) 4965184
The Missionary Sisters Of St. Peter Claver
are now preparing for their Annual Mission Fair which will be held on Saturday 18th February 2017 from 10am to 1.00pm at St. Francis de Sales Church Hall and grounds - . 173 Clyde Street, Island Bay. We will be most grateful for your support and contributions of goods for our stalls and rapid raffles, for children's clothing, fancy goods, crockery, plants, jam, cakes and groceries and especially gift stall goods or a donation towards the Fair.
Monthly $10 Lunch Club
Our lunch Clubs are growing in popularity. So far we have raised over $6,600. Of course, we welcome newcomers warmly and would love to add to our present numbers. If you are interested in meeting fellow parishioners in their own homes and making a small contribution to the Church fundraising effort, please contact one of the Leaders below.
- Nicola Curtis 299 4300 1st Monday
- Faye Doyle 902 3017 4th Tuesday
- Helen Lambert 902 2246 2nd Wednesday
- Velma Knight 299 1539 3rd Wednesday
- Lynare Lower 905 1329 variable Thursdays
- Lorraine Gaffaney 905 2402 variable Wednesdays
Prison Fellowship NZ (PFNZ)
is an organisation full of volunteers and we want you! Our volunteers are enriching lives by assisting with children’s camps, monthly family activities, Christmas meals, Angel Tree Christmas wrapping and delivering and simply journeying with some of the most marginalised families in your area. Or you may feel a call to prisoner visiting, assisting with practical matters such as budgeting advice, accommodation support, job seeking, or transport. Contact Suzanne Wright at email@example.com or 04 5285419 to find out how you can become part of PFNZ. Check out our website www.pfnz.org.nz
is a weekend experience for couples intending to be married. Weekends in 2016 are 16 - 17 July, & 12 - 13 November. Registrations close 2 weeks before. Venue: Pa Maria, 78 Hobson Street, Thorndon, Wellington. For more details go to the website at http://www.ceewellington.org.nz or phone Kate & Simon Olsen Telephone (+64 4) 801 6192, or email Simon and Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rugby Patricians – A New Book Celebrating Catholic College Rugby
The Rugby Patricians tells the life stories of fifty St. Patrick’s College Old Boys, from the period 1885 to 1935, who went on to achieve prominence in the game of Rugby Union following their time at the College. The book is a celebration of their lives and a fitting conclusion to the College’s first 130 years of rugby in 2015. It comprises 120 pages of text and illustrations & is being launched on ANZAC Day.
If you are an Old-Boy of the College, or interested in the history of Wellington Rugby, hurry to obtain your copy of the limited 130 numbered copies being printed in the First Edition. E-Mail, email@example.com, or call 021 140 6118, to order your copy for $50. All proceeds (less costs) will be paid to the St. Patrick’s College Sports Foundation for the advancement of rugby at the College.
St Pats Town Yearbooks 1936-40
are available from Michael Moroney Ph 904 2900
Welcoming Refugees – Urgent - Red Cross Refugee Support Volunteers Needed
Volunteering is a fun and rewarding experience. Our refugee support volunteers help families start again, while learning about new cultures, meeting new people and changing lives (including their own!). Hutt Valley and Porirua are wanting volunteers to welcome the refugees who will arrive in mid—April. Training due to begin 29th March. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Or Phone 04 805 0304
Greece and Turkey pilgrimage
Enquiries are invited for a 19-day pilgrimage to Greece and Turkey in the Footsteps of St Paul, leaving on September 22, 2016. It will be led by Pat McCarthy, former editor of NZ Catholic, with Msgr Bernard Kiely of Auckland as chaplain.
Highlights will include ancient Athens, Corinth, Philippi, Thessaloniki, Patmos, Ephesus, Izmir, Pergamum, Troas, Troy, Gallipoli (with Mass at Anzac Cove) and Istanbul. A 4-day optional Rome extension will include an audience with Pope Francis. For a free brochure, email Pat on email@example.com or ring him on (09) 480-4463.
Traditional Latin Mass
From January 2016, there is Latin Mass on 1st, 3rd, and 5th (if any) Sundays of the Month 12.30nn at San Antonio Church in Eastbourne. For Enquiries, ring/text Neil at 021896924.
English lessons in Kapiti and Horowhenua for adult migrants and refugees
1.5 hour daytime classes. Individual tuition by trained volunteers for 1-2 hours week. These services are free for permanent residents. Holders of work visas can often qualify for help on payment of a small fee. Contact David at English Langauge Partners Horowhenua Kapiti Inc. Ph (06) 368 6062 from Horowhenua and Otaki Ph 0800 639 5494 from Kapiti Address: Upstairs NZ Post Building, cnr Queen & Oxford Streets, Levin www.englishlanguage.org.nz
100th JUBLIEE 2017
Marist Centennial Committee is seeking historical information on the Marist Rugby Clubs formation and it’s early years of development – 1920-1930-1940. If you had family that were involved during this early formation we are eager to hear from you. Photos, Icons, memorabilia, cups, badges and newsworthy papers etc, we will record and photocopy and return them to you as soon as possible.
Please contact Brian Vaughan at the following address: Springvale Bookshop, 40 Fitzherbert Ave, Whanganui 4501 Ph: 06 3442656