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The Newsletter of theCatholic Bishopof ChristchurchCHRISTMAS ISSUE 91 : DECEMBER 2012The Newsletter of the Catholic Bishop of ChristchurchWINTER ISSUE 93 : JULY 2013Each life is a precious gift fromGod. Sculpture centrepiecein the John Paul II Centrefor Life children’s Garden ofRemembrance. Page 16.FaithfestPage 13Year of FaithPage 11Earthquake recoveryPage 19INFORM JULY 2013


E hoa ma, Dearfriends in Christ,When I wasan altar boy, theparish priest of thetime would tendthe red sanctuarylamp with greatcare. He did notuse the electricversion but preferred the age old customof lighting a wick which floated onolive oil in a transparent red vase. Thesanctuary lamp, burning day and nightin our churches, reminds us and teachesus that here, in this place, the BlessedSacrament is reserved in the tabernacle– so that it can be taken to the sick andthe dying, and so that we can adoreJesus.This presence of the risen Christ iscalled the Real Presence. It begins at theconsecration of the Mass, through theaction of the Holy Spirit and the efficacyof the words of Jesus. It remains foras long as the forms or species of theconsecrated bread and wine remain. TheChurch teaches us to acknowledge thepresence of Jesus in the Eucharist bygenuflecting - which means bending ourknee in adoration.FROM THE BISHOPPerpetual Adoration of Christ in theHoly Eucharist is soon to begin at St.Gregory’s chapel, Bishopdale. The venuehas been carefully assessed and hasmany advantages. Careful arrangementsfor security and safety have been made.To succeed, this holy project willrequire two persons to committhemselves to being present for onehour each week. This works out at 336adorers per week, two for each hour, dayand night, seven days a week.What is the purpose of this majorundertaking? Closeness to Jesus.Website messagesThe diocesan website: www.chch.catholic.org.nz advertises eventshappening within the diocese.As a parish, school, or church groupyou are welcome to advertise events.You can list your event from the linkon the home page under ‘events’.LOLThe PPRE teacher was telling her classthe story of the Good Samaritan. Sheasked, “If you saw a person lying onthe roadside, all wounded and bleeding,what would you do?” Little Jenny said,“I think I’d throw up”.Issue 93. 7 JULY 2013FROM THE EDITORWhen I read the story of Jesus’s first public miracle at the wedding feast inCana, where his Mother points out that they’ve run out of wine, he appears to bereluctant to step into the limelight. I felt even more hesitant when Bishop Barryinvited me to be editor of his newsletter starting in January 2009.Since then Inform has grown from 8 pages to 20, reflecting the abundant life inthe diocese.As I return to Wellington, leaving the editor’s chair to Brendan McMahon, Iam so grateful for the chance to have served in this role. It has given me a deeperunderstanding of the Church, and my faith has grown through sharing thestories of so many faithful people. This is what our Year of Faith is about - faithin action.And isn’t it wonderful that Jesus changed the water into wine, and not theother way around?Thanks to all contributors to Inform … and to you for reading it. Please pass iton!Gerard DuignanDeadline for next issue: Friday 9 August, 2013 INFORM JULY 2013


NewsTiger’s Tale A WinnerKen Joblinand TigerA heart-warming programme whichoffers insights into Christian ways ofdealing with grief has won SoundsCatholic a prestigious 2013 NZ RadioIndustry Award for the second yearrunning. It was named best spokenprogramme in the Community andAccess category.The winning episode features KenJoblin of the Christchurch DioceseCatholic Tertiary Chaplaincy recountingthe passing of his treasured retiredguide dog Tiger. Ken takes the listeneron his last visit to Tiger, after he heardthat he was dying of cancer.“Being a blind person, audio is crucialto me so I spent some days with myrecorder to hand, ready to get thefamiliar bark or growl.” Ken broadcast itafter Tiger died.Tiger’s voice features in thedocumentary, which is a tribute to allworking dogs and animals who havespecial bonds with their human owners.Ken asks, “What happens to animalswhen they die?” He includes an organmeditation recorded in a Taurangachurch with Tiger on the floor besidehim.“I have had more response to thisprogramme than any other thus far.Pictures speak a thousand words, butaudio of our friends who do not usewords is very powerful.”The award recognises the bestamongst 12 community access stationsthroughout the country partly fundedby NZ on Air. Hundreds of programmesare broadcast daily, produced by localcommunity groups and individuals,especially for women, children andyouth, ethnic groups and otherminorities.Sounds Catholic, a magazine styleweekly programme funded by BishopBarry Jones, has been produced for fouryears by Ken. It is heard Sundays atNoon and repeated at 10pm on PlainsFM 96.9 and via online podcast http://www.chch.catholic.org.nz/radioProgramme: http://www.chch.catholic.org.nz/?sid=3618First HolyCommunionGifts“If I haven’t got it, I’ll get it for you!”says Bernard Wilkins, from the CatholicShop at 79 Forfar Street St Albans. Giftsfor Confirmations and for first HolyCommunicants; Sunday and Weekdaymissals, rosaries and crucifixes. New in stock:framed pictures of Pope Francis.The shop has EFTPOS and a reasonablypriced courier service. Please call 366 2853before you arrive.INFORM JULY 2013


Bishop’s Pastoral OfficeNew Parish Patronal NamesAs part of the new amalgamation of parishes, Bishop Barryhas approved the following new patronal names of parishes:ParishFerrymeadComprises Former Parishes/MassCentresWoolston, Sumner, Lyttelton(Diamond Harbour)Patronal NameStella MarisHokitika Hokitika and Ross St MaryMid CanterburyAshburton, Methven, Rakaia andTinwaldSt Augustine ofCanterburyWaimakariri Kaiapoi, Rangiora (Oxford) St Peter ChanelAt the request of parishioners, the church at Methven willchange from Holy Family to Our Lady of the Snows (the samename as the school).Strategy Committee UpdateAt the request of the Diocesan Strategic Planning Committee,a survey was undertaken at all Masses in the Diocese on theweekend of 11/12 May, to profile attendees’ age, ethnicity andtravel mode.Results will complement data the committee already hasregarding demographic changes, population statistics, schoolrolls, Mass counts, status of buildings and church capacity.The Committee hopes to present a draft report to the Bishopin July for his consideration. Consultation is part of theprocess before a final report is produced.Murray Winder, chair of theDiocesan Welfare Council, sharesa story with Bishop Barry Jones.Murray resigned in March after20 years of faithful service to theCouncil, seven of those as chair.While chair he oversaw thesignificant task of allocatingmoney provided by the TindallFoundation to the Diocese (via theNZ Catholic Bishops’ Conference).A lovely initiative has been theannual gathering of the recipientsof the Tindall funding to talk about their work. The WelfareCouncil has governance responsibility for Catholic SocialServices. Murray was closely involved in two CelebrationExpos that were held at St Bede’s College, to showcase themany Catholic welfare organisations.New Clergy HealthCare CoordinatorBishop Barry has created a new role ofClergy Health Care Coordinator to carefor his priests. He has appointed AnneEmery to fill this role. Anne will bringher nursing expertise to the role as shemeets the priests. The primary focus isto coordinate the health care of Diocesanpriests to ensure their medical welfareand general well-being is supported.Catholics Returning Homewelcomes people backThe annual CatholicsReturning Homeprogramme was againheld in Christchurchthroughout April. It randirectly after Easter in Burnside and Bryndwr parishes, andthere was a great response. “Those who come are wonderfulpeople who just needed some support and encouragementto put their hand back in the hand of the Lord, says MelaniePerry, from Holy Trinity Parish, Bryndwr.” “There is no barrierto Jesus Christ except our own fears. We can say to friends andfamily that it is easy to come back, they just need to get in thecar and drive to their local church.”The programme will run again, after Easter in May 2014.Meanwhile, Timaru is preparing to host the CatholicsReturning Home programme in August 2013. For moreinformation visit www.catholicshomenow.co.nz or contactMary Brosnahan on 03-686 2384Church Architecture FormationBishop Barry has invited Dr Denis McNamara to provideformation to the Diocese in Catholic church architecture.He is assistant director at the LiturgicalInstitute of the University of Saint Maryof the Lake, a graduate programme inLiturgical Studies founded by CardinalFrancis George of Chicago in theyear 2000. He teaches courses on theLiturgical Movement, Liturgical Art andArchitecture, Liturgical Inculturation,and Sacramental Aesthetics. Hisproposed programme is:Tuesday 30 July – Clergy DayWednesday 31 July – Day for key parish lay peopleThursday 1 August – Public LectureFriday 2 August – Sessions for architects and engineersSunday 4 August – workshop for parish leadersADULT EDUCATION COURSESTaught by staff of the Catholic Education Office for The CatholicInstitute of Aotearoa, New ZealandWant to learn more about your faith? Ongoing faith formation?Apocalyptic Literature (Christchurch)15-17 July, 2013Introduction to New Testament (Christchurch)31 July - 4 September 2013The Liturgical Year (Christchurch)12 August - 16 September 2013These courses can be taken for NZQA credit or for interest only.For more information view the websitewww.chch.catholic.org.nz/tcior contact Charles Shaw phone 03-353 0751email cshaw@chch.catholic.org.nz INFORM JULY 2013


SchoolsCatholic CathedralCollege’s newprincipal Tony Shaw“Being welcomed into CatholicCathedral College as the fifth principalwas a very special start to the first termof 2013,” says Tony Shaw. The Powhiriinvolved the ‘handing over’ by VillaMaria College where he had spent theprevious 13 years in senior leadership.It was also a welcome back to the sitewhere he attended Xavier College, andlater taught for 16 years, including theperiod of amalgamation to form CatholicCathedral College in 1987. On leavingCanterbury University he first taught atSt Patrick’s Silverstream.“My journey started in the brand-newparish of Bishopdale. After attendingLoreto College with the Mercy Sisters,I moved to Xavier and was stronglyinfluenced by the Marist Brothers,” hesays.“It is a privilege to work with thiscommunity once again. What was oncea concrete desert overshadowed by thegasworks today has large green sportsfields, beautiful gardens and modernfacilities catering for a wide range ofcurriculum choices. But the real treasurehere is the people,” he explains.“I am committed to Catholiceducation and confident that thenetwork of Catholic schools we have inthis diocese is the ‘jewel in the crownof the Church’, as described by PopeBenedict. He said, “Education is integralto the mission of the Church to proclaimthe Good News. First and foremost everyCatholic school is a place to encounterthe living God who in Jesus Christreveals his transforming love and truth.”Consecratedto Our Lady“We consecrate ourselves and our families to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, OQueen of the most holy Rosary”, pray, left to right, Fr Antoine Thomas CSJ, Parish Priest ofSt Teresa’s parish Riccarton, Bishop Barry Jones, and Fr Antony-Mary Prendergast CSJ.The consecration followed a special Mass for Our Lady Mother of the Church on the lastSaturday in Lent. The parish was consecrated to her, praying that parishioners, familiesand the Community of St John will be conscious always of Mary, and of her intercession.Children from the St Theresa’s school choir, led by Diana Sim, sang devotedly.In his homily Bishop Barry explained that “Mary is Mother of Jesus, who is God. Sheis mother also of all those who have been made one with Jesus through faith and throughholy Baptism”.New Home and Tour of Australia for CBSConstruction will begin later this year ona new musical home for CBS musicians,alongside St Mary’s pro-Cathedral,Manchester Street, Christchurch.It will provide rehearsal, library,and administrative spaces.It is also hoped that theSteinway grand piano, crushedduring the earthquake, will bereplaced. A benefit concert forthese causes, at 3pm, Sunday,25 August, will feature Mozart’sRequiem. Soloists include MadelineBender, Margot Button, Simon O’Neilland Paul Whelan.Following the great success of lastyear’s Asia tour, a tour to Melbourneat the end of September will includesolemn High Mass in St Patrick ’sCathedral, and the usual ChristmasMessiah will be presented on 15December.The Harmoniemesse, Joseph Hayden’slast Mass, was performed on 22CBS MUSICJune by the Cathedral of the BlessedSacrament Choir and Orchestra led byDavid Williams. Soloists Sue Densem,Louisa Pilkington, WallyEnright and Chris Whelanperformed superbly. Also onthe programme was Bruckner’smagnificent Mass in E Minor,acclaimed as the finest pieceof liturgical music from theromantic era.Cathedral musicians singeach Sunday at the 10:30am SolemnChoral Mass. New members, who cansight read music, are welcome to the7:30pm Wednesday evening rehearsal atChristchurch Boys’ High School.Vacancies exist for choral leaders andsolo roles in significant Mass and motetsettings with the orchestra and choir.Leadership awards and scholarshipsworth up to $2000 per year are available.For details contact Musical Director DonWhelan Tel. 03 358 5873 / 027 458 5873INFORM JULY 2013


Joint Catholic Kapahaka WanangaTeenaa koutou, teenaa ano taatou e te hungawhakapono, nau mai.Around 25 enthusiastic participants,including Pihopa Barry Jones and Pa KevinFoote, gathered at Te Rangimaarie Centre,Christchurch, in April to take part in awaananga on liturgical Maori.It was led by Richard Puanaki, the Principal ofSt Joseph’s School, Wairoa, and composer ofthe much loved waiata “Ka Waiata ki a Maria”.Richard is a member of Te Runanga of Te HaahiKatorika ki Aotearoa (The Maori CatholicPastoral Council of New Zealand). Attendeeslearnt chants, responsorial psalms, traditional,and new waiata for use at Miha Maori.“It was one of the best retreats I haveattended,” said Pa Kevin later.Whakapiri!(Come together!)Kapahaka groups of four ChristchurchCatholic secondary schools met as ajoint kapahaka wananga in March atTe Rangimarie Centre. Maori chaplainPa Kevin Foote (centre front) isflanked by staff and students fromVilla Maria College, St Bede’s College,Catholic Cathedral College andMarian College.David Brennan, kapahaka tutorfor the schools, taught the whakaeke(entrance), poi, and waiataringa(action song), supported byKaumatua Henare Edwards, MarianCollege singing teacher Naomi Vanden Broek, and Robert and Barbara TeMiha.A time of whakawhanaungatangais a key part of their time together,especially through shared kai atlunch.INFORM JULY 2013


Congratulations to HalswellParish on their 45th anniversary.Celebrations held in April includedMass celebrated by Bishop Barry,followed by morning tea and gamesfor the children of the parish.Christchurch Interfaith Societyexplored the Hindu faith with a visitto the Hindu Temple, BAPS ShriSwaminarayan Mandir, Papanui. InMay, the group were welcomed onto Rehua Marae by kaumatua TerryRyan. Contact Bertha Hurley smsm355 0959 or Dianne Downward 3489579.A Mass for Life was celebratedby Bishop Barry at Christ the KingParish, Burnside. The CatholicWomen’s League hosted thisopportunity to thank God for thegift of life.Dr Chris Pemberton was specialguest speaker at the Right To LifeAGM in April. Chris is researchassociate professor at the Universityof Otago, Christchurch School ofMedicine. In 2011 he received theHealth Research Council of NewZealand Liley Medal for recentoutstanding contributions tobiomedical science.People come from all over NewZealand to attend the Stayin’ AliveAutumn Pro-Life Training Day,which has run since 2009.www.stayinalive.org.nzThanksgiving is part of our faithjourney was the topic for the JoshuaCatholic Men’s Fellowship in April. InMay, the group examined, “How theSpirit of the Lord is Upon Me”, witha discussion led by John Kennedy onthe Theology of the Body. Tel. Johnon 960 1595.Catholics Returning Home ran itsfour-week programme for nonpractisingCatholics interested inrenewing their life in the Church.The programme was hosted by HolyTrinity Parish, Bryndwr and ChristHAPPENINGSthe King, Burnside. For advice onhow to invite someone: www.catholicshomenow.co.nzInner Peace in Darkness and Lightretreat in daily life was facilitatedby Kevin and Lyn Gallagher atRosary House. The retreat focusedon deepening prayer life in thetradition of St Ignatius of Loyola.Divine Mercy Sunday wascelebrated at Christ theKing Parish, Burnside withReconciliation, Chaplet of Mercyand Mass. In the words of PopeFrancis, “Only someone who hasencountered mercy, who has beencaressed by the tenderness ofmercy, is happy and comfortablewith the Lord.www.divinemercy.co.nzA Mass of Thanksgiving celebratedby Bishop Barry Jones at St Mary’sPro-Cathedral, Manchester St, inMay marked the 100th anniversaryof the death of Mary Potter, thefounder of the Little Companyof Mary. Next year they willcelebrate 100 years since theSisters first arrived in New Zealand,established Lewisham Hospital,and began their care for thesuffering and dying here.Does this world need arevolution? This question wasexplored at the Year 9 & 10Revolution Camp held at WoodendChristian Camp. Held in May, it wasa weekend of games, fun, musicand prayer.A Candlelit Family Prayer Vigilwas held at Holy Trinity Parish,Bryndwr. Three Masses wereoffered throughout the night:opening Mass to celebrate faith inall generations, 7pm Mass to prayfor marriage and the priesthood,and 7am Mass for faith growing inour youth.Prayer for Christian Unity wascelebrated in May with anecumenical prayer service jointlyorganised for Christian unity at StMary’s Pro-Cathedral, Manchester.Representatives from Anglican,Methodist and other churches,including Bishop Victoria Matthews,were hosted by Bishop Barry Jones.Our Lady and the Earthquakes wasthe theme of a retreat on seekingthe help and protection of theBlessed Virgin Mary. Run by Fr RickLoughnan, it was an opportunityto reflect on Mary’s comfort andprotection through the earthquakesand time of recovery.Sounds Catholicbroadcastsonline and onairSundays at noon and 10pm onPlains FM 96.6. Recent programmesinclude an interview with Fr ChrisOrr, Diocesan Vocations Director,music with a “sheep” theme andreflections on God, the Holy Trinityfrom Fr Robert Barron. You can findthe podcasts of programmes atwww.chch.catholic.org.nz/radioA weekend for couples was held inJune at the Methven Resort. Couplestook time out to invest in their mostprecious asset, relax and renew theirmarriage.Mass of the Neophytes wascelebrated by Bishop Barry for thenewly initiated on the Feast ofthe Most Holy Trinity, at St Mary’sPro-Cathedral, Manchester St. TheChurch rejoices in those who havecommitted their lives to Christ andnow share with us the mission of theChurch.The first Faith-and-Chips night forCatholic Secondary schools washosted by Catholic Cathedral Collegeand led by Fr Chris Orr.The dangers of legalising euthanasiawere explored in June in St Teresa’sChurch Hall, 8 Puriri St, Riccarton. INFORM JULY 2013


Around the Parishes“Bravo! trèsbien!” Fr PeterCostello, ParishPriest ofthe CatholicParish ofGreymouth,completes the2013 ParisMarathon … injust two hoursand 209 minutes(or more than5 hours). MonDieu!More computersarrive in Tonga“You should see the delight in the eyesof the technician when he received thespare parts you sent,” says Soane Vahe,as he took receipt of 82 more computersfrom Canterbury. Another 40 have beensent since, and are now on the islands ofHaapai, Vavau, Tonga and schools on themain island.Rugby jerseys are being used at aMarist brothers school in Haapai, wherepreviously they used to play topless, andat Chanel College at Vavau.“I am sure they are saying theRosary for you and St Vincent de Paul,Christchurch, for your continuedkindness especially now in the month ofthe Rosary,” writes Soane.Children in Sancta Maria Montessori preschooljoin Fr Antione Thomas CSJ, parishpriest of St Teresa’s, Riccarton, in adoration,using the approach he brought from the US.They sit in an atrium featuring a miniaturealtar, pulpit, tabernacle, furniture and sacredvessels, created locally for the children toexplore Catholic sacramentals and beliefs.The original Montessori philosophy wasSt Augustine Continues Watch Over Mid-Canterbury“The amalgamation process in Mid-Canterbury has gone very smoothly,thanks to the hard work and good willof those involved,” says parish priest,Fr Geoff Gray. “It’s a big milestone inthe life of the Church in the Canterburyplains between the Rakaia andRangitata rivers,” he says.The former parishes of Ashburton,Methven, Rakaia and Tinwald, wereformerly constituted as one unitedparish on 1 April, 2013. “We now livein different times, so need to do thingsdifferently,” says Fr Geoff.Bishop Barry Jones has named StAugustine, Apostle of the English,as the patronal saint. “It’s a veryCatholic. It is now realised in the ‘lifelong’dream of Roshen Rayen and his wife,centre manager Jayanthe, in the brand-newarchitecturally-designed pre-school at 60Curletts Road, Sockburn.The fully licenced centre, with three NewZealand qualified early childhood teachers,has spaces available for 2 ½ - 6 year olds.Contact: 359 1604 or 021 055 4566.appropriate choice,” says Fr Geoff, hewas the first Archbishop of the See ofCanterbury, and the first Catholic churchin Ashburton bore his name. Augustinedied in 604 on 26 May, which willbecome the parish Feast day.INFORM JULY 2013


The Opihi Parish fair atTemuka raised $17,000,a huge effort for a schoolof just ninety students.“It showed what can beachieved by the parishand school combiningforces,” says Principal ofSt Joseph’s School, BernieLeonard.The fair forged schooland parish relationships,alongside raising moneyfor projects in both theparish and school. JanineSteinman organised acollection of numerouswhite elephant goods oversix months. And a monsterFor a good cause: TeacherKate Gallagher is dunked atthe Opihi Parish fair.raffle raised $7000 with Janine and her dad Jim Fitzgeraldselling door to door. Each class sold products they had made,as well as donated foods. Local musical talents, including Suzythe Clown, entertained.Aussie-boundTemuka was the first New Zealand foundation of the Sisters of StJoseph. St Mary MacKillop made it her base during three of her visitshere. In March some parishioners, with former Parish Priest Fr BrianFennessy, went on a second St Mary MacKillop Pilgrimage to Sydney.They discovered places where St Mary MacKillop worked with herSisters from the 1880s. Another Pilgrimage is planned for 2014.Sr. Lorraine Gaines RSJand Rosanna Munro enjoy aluncheon in their honour atSt Mary MacKillop Parish.Sr Lorraine has movedto Whakatane for herhealth after 17 years inTemuka. She has been amusic teacher, organist, andmember of the Temuka Choral Society. She ran the prayercentre in the old Temuka Convent for many years.Rosanna has played the organ for over 40 years. “She hadmade a huge contribution to the life of the church and thecommunity,” says former Parish Priest, Fr Brian Fennessy.FaithFest Celebration Concludes YearThree events, one Church, in one place, on one day. Plans arewell advanced organising the huge Diocesan day to celebratethe Year of Faith on the Feast of Christ the King, on Sunday 24November, 2013.Bishop Barry has called for this significant event in theDiocese as an important part of the Year of Faith celebrations.Most Masses in Christchurch will be transferred to the CBSCanterbury Arena in Addington, where Bishop Barry Joneswith his fellow priests, will celebrate Mass at 11.00am.There will be a Cultural Festival from 2:30pm, featuring therich diversity of our ethnic communities. Throughout the daythe expo continues, celebrating Catholic life.To cap it off, from 7pm combined choirs from manyearthquake-damaged churches will sing together.“Being on the feast of Christ the King, the theme of our dayis ‘Christ the King of all peoples’,” says Director of the Bishop’sPastoral Office, Mike Stopforth. “We look forward to 9000people coming together to celebrate the Mass at the beginningof the day, and then celebrations will unfold throughout theremainder,” he says.For more information visit www.chch.catholic.org.nz/faithfest or tel. 366 9836Perpetual Eucharistic AdorationPerpetual Adoration, where Jesus - reserved in theBlessed Sacrament - is exposed in a monstrance,helps people grow deeper in their relationshipwith him. It will be provided 24 hours a day, 7days a week, at St. Gregory’s chapel, Bishopdale.“The time you spend with Jesus in the BlessedSacrament is the best time you will spend on earth.” BlessedMother Teresa of Calcutta.“May this Year of Faith make our relationship with Christincreasingly firm, because only He guarantees an authentic andlasting love ... Let us entrust this time of grace to the Mother ofGod, proclaimed ‘blessed because she believed’ (Lk 1:45).” - PopeBenedict XVI (Porta Fidei /The Door of Faith).International VisitorFr Romanus Cessario OP, spoke in Christ the King ParishCentre, Christchurch, St Thomas’Church Centre, Timaru, and St Patrick’s,Greymouth in early June, as a guestduring the Year of Faith.The Dominican priest is professorof Systematic Theology at St John’sSeminary School of Theology, inBrighton Massachusetts, USA,and senior editor of the Magnificatpublication. He talked on The Journey ofFaith in an Unbelieving World.“Today as in the past, [Christ] sends us through thehighways of the world to proclaim his Gospel to all the peoplesof the earth (cf. Mt 28:19)” (Porta fidei 7).More information about the Year of Faith and the variousinitiatives can be found on the website www.chch.catholic.org.nz/yearoffaith10 INFORM JULY 2013


Faith & LightGabrielle Welsh (Christchurch)and Peter and Andrew Foster(Lower Hutt) cut the cake at the25th Jubilee of Faith & Lightin New Zealand. Nearly 200people from all over the countryand Australia, gathered inChristchurch at the end of Mayto celebrate.Faith & Light is an internationalorganisation with 1600communities in 80 countries. Itbears witness that people with intellectual disability have animportant place in our society and in the Church.“What we discover is that the person disabled intellectually isoften “more abled” in the spiritual gifts of joy, love and trueheart to heart friendship,” says Mary de Leijer, (ProvincialCoordinator of Southern Cross Province).Marriage Educators FarewelledA farewell meal in March recognised Suzi and Diggs de Gouveia for their work in marriagepreparation and enrichment, and as members of the diocesan Marriage Educators Committee(pictured). In June they farewelled Gerard and Julia as well. The committee, left to right, includesTherese Roughan, Mike and Jacinta Stopforth, Fr Simon Eccleton, Julia Havell, Simon Roughan,Diggs, Suzi, and Gerard Duignan.Plans are in hand for a training session for parish-based educators who prepare engaged couplesfor the Sacrament of Marriage. First contact is the Parish Priest, who refers couples to educators.Most engaged couples complete Commit, a self-evaluation inventory. For details, contact ThereseRoughan, Tel. 351 8002Volunteers from the Catholic Youth Team, Kolbe House, Catholic CathedralCollege, Marian College and Villa Maria College assisted all day. Not onlycar parking, waiting on tables, or blowing up balloons, “they really gotinto the fun stuff as well,” says Ann-Marie Pike.AnniversariesOur Lady of the Snow School,formerly Methven Convent,celebrates its centenary on 19 October2013. Registrations are now open.Contact Susan Dickson dicksons@mthutt.school.nzPuhoi 150th Celebrations 28-30 June,2013. The North Auckland settlementwas founded by Bohemian Catholicimmigrants from the AustrianEmpire in 1863. Puhoi descendantsand interested friends are invited toview the sesquicentennial programmeon the website www.puhoi150years.org.nzSt Mary’s Parish, Invercargill,celebrates 150 years in October 2013.Contributions, recollections andphotographs are being sought for abook about the history of the parish.Contact: Wendy McArthur wjmca@clear.net.nz or St Mary’s Parish, 65Tyne St, P O Box 837, Invercargill9840 Tel 03-218 4123To mark the 70th anniversary ofthe heroic death of New Zealandmissionary, Columban priest FrFrancis Vernon Douglas SSC,Archbishop John Dew will bepresented with a stone piece tohonour his memory. The carved stonewill first feature at a commemorativeweekend in June in Ss Peter andPaul’s parish, Johnsonville, FrDouglas’s home parish, beforerelocation to the Cathedral ofthe Sacred Heart, Eccleston Hill,Wellington.12 INFORM JULY 2013


AppreciationSr Mary ClementHurley RSM.Sisters of Mercy Jubilarians of 2013 (left to right) MariaO’Connell, Rosemary O’Malley, Anna Clarke, Raylene Dwyer,Leonie O’Neill and Diana Thomas RSM. They gathered to prayat the Eucharist then a celebratory meal to honour Srs Leonie,Rosemary and Maria (Diamond - 60 yrs); Srs Anna and Diana(Golden -50 yrs); and Sr Raylene (Silver- 25 yrs).Their Mercy ministry has included many aspects ofeducation - communication, drama, writing, and tutoring newmigrants; religious education; spirituality, youth and parishministries; pastoral work with prisoners; and communitysupport, here and in Tonga.They continue alongside others giving expression to thespiritual and corporal works of Mercy.Class of ’73 Together AgainOver 50 old girls of St Mary’s College who started in 1973 meet in Mayforty years on. They celebrated Mass at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral thenenjoyed lunch at the Curator in the gardens. They were joined by a muchloved former teacher, the then ‘Sr Joy Ryan’, now Joy Ryan Bloore.”We had a great time recounting memories of the school and touredwhat is left of the grounds. We reconnected with friends we hadn’t seensince schooldays,” says Gabrielle Moore.100 fullyearsSisters and friendsgathered at MercyHouse in UpperRiccarton on 10 May,2013, to celebrate the100th birthday of SrMary Clement RSM.Mary Clementwas born in Limerick, Ireland, and with three companionstravelled by boat to Villa Maria College, New Zealand in 1930.She made her vows on 11 May 1933 and so this year alsomarks her 80 years as a professed Sister of Mercy.Her sister, Margaret, known as Sr M Helen, also became aMercy Sister in New Zealand; and Fr Ivan, a loved youngerbrother and Redemptorist priest, lives in the Philippines. Aniece from England travelled via the Philippines to join in thecelebration.Her life of service includes 42 years as teacher and Principalthroughout the Christchurch diocese, including time inGeraldine and Lyttelton. At Villa Maria College she alsosupported the boarders. Even while Principal at St Joseph’sSchool in Papanui, she still found time to walk the streetsvisiting the elderly who loved her company.In Cobden during a flood she was rescued into a boatthrough a school window.Sr M Clement is honoured as a loved member of the Hurleyfamily, and a faith-filled and faithful Sister of Mercy. She isknown for her faithfulness to prayer and always showingkindness with extraordinary anticipation of others’ needs.The first Mass of Good Shepherd Parish, the new Catholic Parishof Hurunui, is celebrated by Bishop Barry Jones and Parish PriestFr John O’Connor at the end of May in Our Lady Help of ChristiansChurch, Culverden.INFORM JULY 2013 13


SchoolsAs triennial elections for schoolboards are completed, and manydeparting trustees are thanked for theirgenerous work, one stands out. KeithYardley is retiring as a Proprietor’sRepresentative on the Board ofTrustees of St Thomas of CanterburyCollege, after an extraordinary tenure.Keith was originally on the CollegeBoard of Governors, then from thecommencement of the ‘Tomorrow’sSchools’ in 1989, on the Board ofTrustees, which he chaired from 1997until 2005.“He was a logical choice having beenclosely involved, since he was a first daypupil at the College,” says Br Joe Lauren,former Province Leader of the ChristianBrothers New Zealand, and currentLong-serving Trustee Steps Downmember of the Leadership Teamfor Christian Brothers Oceania.Keith helped establish andchaired the St Thomas ofCanterbury Foundation. Hisinterest in Special Character asa board member led him on acollege immersion trip to India.He advocated for fair enrolmentschemes among the Catholicschools of Christchurch. Formany years he chaired the Disciplinecommittee, the Lands and Buildingscommittee, the funding of buildings,and negotiated with the Ministry ofEducation.He currently represents the Proprietoras shareholder of NZCEO Ltd., for bothSt Thomas of Canterbury and St Kevin’scolleges. “As Proprietor, Ihave total confidence inKeith’s wisdom, balance andcommitment to the College’sSpecial Character,” says BrJoe.“Keith’s considerableknowledge of the school’shistory, strong promotionof the Special Character,and deep sensitivity to theEdmund Rice charism have been majorassets to the board”, say Marie Stribling,ex-chairperson of the Board of Trustees,and current Chair MargaretMary DeGoldi. They thanked Keith’s family, inparticular to Jo, for supporting him toassist the College so generously for solong.“We had a fabulous day!” St Peter’s School,Christchurch, celebrates national CatholicSchools Day along with schools acrossthe diocese. Many people popped in for anOpen Day and for Mass in the morning.“They looked at us working in ourclassrooms and joined a special studentled liturgy in the afternoon,” says Principal/Tumuaki, Pamela Arthurs. “We enjoyeda shared lunch of healthy ‘hot’ colouredfoods and we dressed up in bright ‘hot’Pentecost colours”.Pasifika students from Marian College and Catholic Cathedral College perform atPolyfest in the CBS Canterbury Arena. It was dedicated to the late Tominiko Pelenato(pictured on the large screen).Coached by Mr Dallas Seinafo, they were scheduled last on the programme, areflection of the very high standard expected of this very talented group, becauseorganisers anticipated the audience would stay to see them perform.Although each school had a strictly enforced 12 minute slot, organisers allowed asecond entry from Catholic Cathedral College. The Filipino community’s traditionaldance using large bamboo poles. They performed so well they were invited to otherschools and the Erin Simpson Show.14 INFORM JULY 2013


SchoolsMarist Network Schools ForumRoncalli College hosts a forum for the head and deputy head students andPrincipals from eight Marist Network schools throughout New Zealand.Facilitated by Fr Mark Walls SM, the focus was “The Care of Young Leaders”, achance to share ideas about effective leadership.Jordan Hooke, Head Boy of RoncalliCollege, came from Gleniti primaryschool. He has represented the collegefrom year 9 in cricket, rugby, basketball,croquet, swimming and tennis. Hismain goal is to raise the school spirit sothat every student feels proud to go toRoncalli.“One of my most special memoriesfrom starting high school is when Year13’s would talk to me and know myname,” he says, that he believes bestsums up Roncalli’s ‘Special Character’.Stephanie Workman, Head Girl, knewonly one other person at Roncalli Collegewhen she started in Year 9. “Since thenthe Roncalli family has continued toamaze me, and the sense of communityis something I would love to developthis year,” she says. She is working atbecoming an Associate with SpeechBoard New Zealand, and hopes to attendOtago University next year to studyHealth Science.A “life-changing”Outreach to NepalIn pursuit of the Roncalli Collegemotto ‘to Seek Truth and Peace” twelvestudents and six adults spent threeweeks in Nepal during the term oneholidays. This outreach was basedon the Caritas Lenten focus for 2011:Reforestation in Nepal. “Our Outreachbalanced exposure to projects withencountering the local culture,” saysRose Struthers.On arrival in Kathmandu, they werewelcomed by head of Caritas NepalManindra Mahla. Students paintedschools, planted trees, visited hospitalsand recycling sites, enjoyed local festivalsand trekked in the Royal ChitwanNational Park. “Horizons were stretched,physically, culturally, emotionally andspiritually,” says Rose.New Rehab Centre OpensThe Granada Centre, a new $4 million multi-disciplinaryrehabilitation and therapy centre, opened in June is asignificant development for St John of God Hauora Trust.The innovative centre at 26 Nash Road, Halswell isavailable for outpatients, including adults experiencingage-related issues. It includes expansive clinical spaces, atraining bedroom, bathroom and kitchen, state-of-the-artequipment, and a 570sqm outdoor sensory courtyard.Contact: Paul McMahon 027 224 3125 or 03 386 2159www.sjog.org.nzINFORM JULY 2013 15


Life MattersAn Oamaru limestone sculpture is the centrepiece of a memorial garden at the Centre. Thispeaceful outdoor space is a place for grieving families to sit and reflect, and to acknowledge the deepemotional pain which accompanies the loss of a child who did not reach birth.In the tranquil chapel in the Book of Life Memorial they may inscribe the name of their little onewho died in the womb or at birth. These children and their families are remembered at each Mass.WOOMB NZ and John Paul II Centre for Life are runningComprehensive Billing Ovulation Method training. Thisis suitable for those wishing to teach the method and forcouples using the method. This exciting opportunity willrun 3 full days 19-21 July. Contact: Clare clare@jp2.org.nzTel (03) 351 3225 or info@jp2.org.nz Facebook 0508HERE 4 U PREGNANCY CENTRE & www.jp2.org.nzLOL The PPRE teacher was describing how Lot’swife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt. LittleJason interrupted, “My Mommy looked back once whileshe was driving, and she turned into a telephone pole!”Website messagesThe diocesan website: www.chch.catholic.org.nzadvertises events happening within the diocese.As a parish, school, or church group you are welcome toadvertise events. You can list your event from the link on thehome page under ‘events’.Changes at John Paul IICentre for Life“The team welcomes anyone who would like to pop intothe Centre at 88 Idris Road, next to St Matthew’s church,”says Clare Bell, the new director of the John Paul II Centre forLife. “Hear about the work we do, or celebrate Mass with uson Tuesdays at Noon”.John and Celia Kennedy, who have shared the director’srole since 2007, are not disappearing but have decided tofocus their energy and gifts in education, and particularly theChurch’s teaching on marriage.Meanwhile, Judy Toimoana has recently joined the teamin administration, and the centre has farewelled BrendanMalone, who is working in education with several pro-lifeorganisations.16 INFORM JULY 2013


Revolution CampThe Annual CYT Revolution camp was held on the 10th– 12th May at Woodend Christian Camp. 30 young peoplefrom around the diocese had a weekend of fun, prayer,discussion and praise and worship as they exploredmore deeply the life changing love of Jesus and how torevolutionise the world through living out the Catholicfaith.Theology on Tap25 young adults gathered together on a chilly Monday eveningfor last month’s ‘Theology on Tap’ at Robbie’s Bar & Bistro,Elmwood. Guest speaker Fr Filippo Maria CSJ answered someof the controversial questions people have about the Catholicfaith, from the rejection of so called ‘gay marriage’ to why theChurch cannot ordain women.The next Theology on Tap was held on Friday 7 June, withU.S. Priest Fr Romanus Cessario as guest speaker.In August 2013‘Antioch’ camp will beheld for over 150 youngCatholics from aroundthe South Island. Thisyear will see the returnof Emmanuel Worshipfrom Australia as wellas the appearanceof guest speaker JoeZambon from Canada.This weekend, full ofprayer, music, games,discussion and theSacraments, is thehighlight of the year formany young people.Please pray for thosewho will attend.If you would like tosponsor a camper to help those that cannot meet the financialcost of attending Antioch, then please contact Jason atjmctague@chch.catholic.org.nz Tel. 03 353 0705.Upcoming Events21 June Fuel up: an evening of praise andworship and adoration for those aged 15 - 2526-28 July Journey to the Father: A retreat forthose 18 – 359-11 August Antioch – Years 11 - 13INFORM JULY 2013 17


NewsRosary House Spiritual LifeCentre Day Programmes• A Prayer Day with St Teresa of Avila. Fr John Adams.Saturday 29 June, 10am - 3pm, Mary Potter CommunityCentre, 442 Durham St North,Christchurch.• Celebrating Ordinary Timeand Hildegard of Bingen’sBiblical Homilies. Sr KathleenRushton RSM. Tues 30Jul, Tues 27 Aug, Wed 25Sep 5.30 - 6.45pm. RosaryHouse 22 Gracefield Avenue,Christchurch.• Memories, Dreams,Reflections - reflecting onone’s own history in the lightof Carl Jung’sautobiographical insightswith Allan Bloore Jungian Analyst.13 and 20 September, 2013, 6.45- 9.00pm. Mary PotterCommunity Centre.• The disciple’s journey from servant to friend. Guided /Directed five-day retreat (non residential). Fr Jim DooleySM. Mon 20 Sep - Fri 4 Oct. Villa Maria College, Peer St,Upper Riccarton, Christchurch.Bookings Rosary House 03 379 1298 or roho@xtra.co.nzNew Catholic Parish of GreymouthBishop Barry Jonesconcelebrates Mass withMsgr Gerry O’Connor(left) and Parish PriestFr Peter Costello, atthe inauguration of thenew Catholic Parishof Greymouth in May.Many parishioners fromthe former parishesof Kumara, Runanga/Cobden, Grey Valley andGreymouth attended.Four small candleswere arranged arounda larger candlerepresenting the newCatholic parish ofGreymouth. The smaller ones were extinguished at the end ofMass, leaving the one bright candle. Catherine Creagh sangPanis Angelicus during Holy Communion accompanied by SueFalvey on piano.“The amalgamation is not a closing of churches but alogical opportunity to progress the Sunday Mass,” said BishopBarry. The special ministry of Priesthood is fundamentalto preserving the Sunday Mass. It is through the Apostles,Gospel, and Sacraments that will allow the outreach of theChurch. “Make the Sunday Mass first priority and plan yourweekend around it, as this is what is really important,” hesaid.Ecumenical Prayer& Praise“Join us in an ecumenical hour of prayer, praise, scripturestudy and fellowhip,” says Anita Stocks. “We meet everyMonday afternoon, 1:30 to 2:30pm at139 Innes Road, StAlbans - near the Rutland Street traffic lights.Four years ago after a charismatic renewal conference inDunedin, Fr Jack O’Connor, Sr Elizabeth Fitzgerald RSMand Anita formed a prayer group, which met weekly inthe chapel of Good Shepherd House. They were forced toleave after the earthquakes and moved along Innes Roadto 139, where they still gather.People from all parishes and other denominations areinvited to come and be filled with the Spirit. ContactAnita, Tel. 355 6263.New Little Companyof Mary FoundationTrustees of the newly formed Little Company of MaryFoundation, left-right, Gerald Ryan (Chairman), Tom Doocey,John Shingleton, Sr Raye Boyle LCM, Anne Millar and SrHelen Barry LCM.Inaugurated in January 2013, the Foundation will managethe Mary Potter Courts and the Mary Potter CommunityCentre, to ensure the mission of the Sisters of the LittleCompany of Mary is carried into the future. Gerald, Tom andJohn previously formed part of the Mary Potter Hospital TrustBoard. Sr Raye Boyle, LCM Regional Leader was present forthe inaugural Meeting.18 INFORM JULY 2013


Earthquake Recovery UpdateUpdate on the CathedralMany people continue to ask “what is happening with theCathedral?” The Bishop has made no decision yet and has notreceived any recommendation from the Cathedral ManagementBoard. In December 2012 there was some drilling on theCathedral of the Blessed Sacrament site to test the land. Thisinformation has been received and has now been sent by theDiocese for independent peer review.Earthquake Recovery Fund UpdateThe Christchurch Diocesan Earthquake Recovery Fund continuesto help those people affected by the earthquakes. Set up byBishop Barry Jones to distribute monies donated to him followingthe earthquakes, it has entered its second year. So far, sinceJanuary 2013, 27 projects have been funded. Eleven of these havebeen run in parishes. Full project details and application formsvisit www.chch.catholic.org.nz/eqrecovery.Please contact the Earthquake Recovery Coordinator, MattO’Connell, for advice or ideas to help you with an application.Contact 03 366 9869 moconnell@chch.catholic.org.nzParish Bus TripsNine parish bus trips so far, and more on the way.“They have also been a great tool to bring people together andto get to know each other, especially in parishes that have beenmerged,” says Matt O’Connell. “They’re are an excellent way ofbuilding community spirit and resilience, one of the key goals ofthe Bishops Earthquake Recovery fund.Spiritual RecoveryFollowing the success of Fr John O’Connor’s reflection eveningon February 22, 2013, two more half-day retreats have helpedpeople recover spiritually.In April the focus was on searching for and maintaining interiorpeace in the midst of suffering. The thirteen who attended heardhow the Lord grants us peace that is not of this world.In May, Fr Rick Loughnan led 35 people on the topic of “OurLady and the Earthquakes”. The Blessed Virgin Mary continues tointercede for us and protect us two years after the earthquakes.More retreats are planned for later in the year.All Aboard! Our Lady of Victories Parish, Sockburn, comments say itbest: “… a wonderful opportunity to renew friendships, make newfriends, having an enjoyable day out of the city and a break fromearthquake anxiety”. “A healing experience”, “relaxing and renewingthe spirit”, “a happy and fun day”, “thank you for the generositygiven to us”, “a real treat for us ’oldies’”.Parish Earthquake Liaison Gathering“How can parishes use the remaining funds in the Bishop’sEarthquake Recovery Fund best to help our people continue torecover from the earthquakes?” was the question for 22 parishrepresentatives at St Teresa’s parish, Riccarton.Over a working lunch, hosted by the Earthquake RecoveryCoordinator, pastoral workers and parish council membersgenerated plenty of enthusiasm and new ideas. “Further meetingsfor parishes are coming,” says Matt O’Connell.Parish meetings for Church repair andstrengtheningMany of our churches have undergone checks by engineers tolook at damage or whether they require any strengthening.The strengthening standard we are aiming for is 67% NBS(new building standard). There have been nine meetingsinvolving priests and their advisors, Diocesan personnel andOPUS engineers. These havelooked at specific churches withRepair andan initial concept for repair andStrengthening processstrengthening. For the majority ofthese churches the parish has given Concept designthe approval to go to the next stageof a detailed design.Detailed DesignWhy are these churches on alist to be scoped for repair andstrengthening? There are fourRepair andfactors which influenced whether a strengthening workchurch was on this list:begins1. The church is on a main road2. It has a school next to it3. It has some significant heritage status4. From an initial investigation, it is deemed repairable.INFORM JULY 2013 19


What’s on?Enjoying Polyfest in the CBS Arena, left-right,Stephanie Seinafo, Falanika Lui, Madeleine Frew fromMarian College. Full story page 14.WOOMB NZ and John PaulII Centre for Life are runningComprehensive Billing OvulationMethod training with teachers comingfrom Melbourne. It is suitable for thosewishing to teach the method and forcouples using the method. This excitingopportunity will run 3 full days, 19-21 July. Scholarships available onapplication. Contact Clare clare@jp2.org.nzCatholic Family Camp will run 27-29 September at Waipara Riverside Park.A weekend of faith, fellowship, andfamily arranged by John Paul II Centrefor Life. Spaces are limited. Register:info@jp2.org.nz tel. 03-351 3225Catholic people, Catholic thought,Catholic action, Catholic prayer, Catholicmusic on air.Sounds Catholicis heard twiceevery Sunday - midday and 10.00pmon Plains FM, 96.9. On-line www.chch.catholic.org.nz/radioIf you’re thinking about thepriesthood meetings are held on thefirst Tuesday of the month, 7.30-9.00pm,88 Idris Road, Bryndwr. For furtherinformation phone Fr Chris Orr 3775610.P.A.T.H.S. Post AbortionTrauma Healing Service is asupport group for those struggling aftera termination, providing a welcomingand safe place to talk. It can becomforting to be with others who havesimilar experiences and can understandand empathise. The group meets inChristchurch on the third Tuesday of themonth, from 10.30am to midday. Formore information phone 0800 728 470or admin@postabortionpaths.org.nzLOL Sunday dinner at Grandma’shouse, and when little Joe received his plate,he started eating right away. “Joe, please waituntil we say Grace,” said Mum.“I don’t need to,” he replied. “Of course, youdo,” Mum insisted. Johnny explained, “Butthis is not our house, it’s Grandma’s. Sheknows how to cook.”Faithfest - CBS Arena, Sunday 24November. Details on pages 10 & 11and Diocesan websitewww.chch.catholic.org.nzThe Newsletter of the Catholic Bishop of ChristchurchA quarterly newsletter published by the Catholic Bishop of Christchurch.Ensure any photos are ‘attached’ to the email rather than embedded in thearticle. JPG format is most suitable for photos.Deadline for next issue: Friday, 9 August 2013Contributions may be sent at any time to:The Editor, Brendon McMahonP O Box 4544, Christchurch 8140(03) 366 9869Email: inform@chch.catholic.org.nz • Website: www.chch.catholic.org.nz20 INFORM JULY 2013

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