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Catholic Diocese of Hamilton Easter a.d. 2013

In this issue... Read it online! Features

7 Fr Michael Gielen reports from Rome 8 Marriage bill ‘bizarre’ 11 Monsignor Trevor Murray 12 Good Shepherd Sunday 23 Easter Feature 31 Book Review

Year of Faith

5 Pilgrimage to Whakatane


Good Shepherd Sunday

Diocesan News 4 Euphrasie House 22 Fr John Bergin

Our Parishes

6 Catholic Women’s League, Turangi 9 Citizenship Ceremony 10 St Vincent de Paul, Waihi 22 Risen Christ in Katikati

Young and Catholic

16 SetFree Catholic Youth Festival 14 Crossroads 15 Youth Office News

Our Schools


St Peter Chanel in Solidarity

18 Relay for Life 19 Shave Off 20 Caritas at Campion 21 Solidarity Day 26 Josephite Schools Celebrate 27 Cluny Sister Visits Tauranga 27 Cardboard City 28 St Patrick’s Day The Kete Korero is an official publication of the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. Deadline for contributions to the next issue is 12 July Kete Korero Magazine c-/ 51 Grey St, P.O. Box 4353, Hamilton East 3247 Tel: 07 8566989 Sponsorship and advertising: David Barrowclough, c-/ Chanel Centre 0800 843 233 Fax 07 8567035 or email: Printed by APN Print, Wanganui


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Easter Celebrations

Cover: SetFree Catholic Youth Festival See page 16-17 for more photos from the weekend.

Bishop Denis’ Message My brothers and sisters in Christ,


n the last few months we have seen amazing change in the Church, a change that underlines the fact that the Holy Spirit is still giving life to the Church in abundance.

7 Election of Pope Francis


SetFree Catholic Youth Festival

I think it is true to say that all of us were shocked and surprised with the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Nevertheless, we all felt for him and we continue to pray that the Lord bless him during his time of retirement. Pope Benedict XVI has reminded us through his pontificate of the need to be aware of the needs of the world, including the needs of the Church. He was called to be the Holy Father during a time that was not easy and he gave himself completely to leading the Church and sharing his gifts that the Lord has blessed him with. What a difference there has been as a result of the election of Pope Francis as our new Holy Father. He has already reminded us of the fact that we all need to be open to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In just simple ways, he has shown us that the life of the Church is not about power but about poverty and simplicity and prayer. The example of Pope Francis in seeking the blessing of all people before granting his first Papal blessing to the world reminds us of those gifts that he brings. He now needs our full support as he answers the call of the Holy Spirit and sets about the task of summoning all of us to be new evangelists, prayerful people and people endowed with the realisation that the Church is called to commit itself to the welfare of the poor. Let us all pray for Pope Francis that the Lord will bless him. He is one who will lead us to understand once again that we are “PROUD TO BE CATHOLIC”. God bless you Yours sincerely in Christ


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Euphrasie House Developments in Hamilton East


he Catholic Diocese of Hamilton purchased an historical site from The Institute de Notre Dame des Missions Trust Board in 2012, which had been in Catholic ownership for approximately 130 years. The site situated in Clyde Street Hamilton East contains the St Mary’s Covent Chapel, Euphrasie House (past convent and hostel) and a Hall at the rear of the property next to Marian School. The property is at the heart of a group of Catholic activities which includes the recently refurbished Cathedral, Marian Catholic Primary School, the Mission Sisters’ retirement units and Sacred Heart Girls’ College. The Mission Trust Board were forced to close the Hostel in 2011 and the Chapel is closed to the public after both have been found to be extreme earthquake risks. Diocesan General Manager Greg Schmidt reports that the expert engineering reports obtained indicate that there is no guarantee the building can be made completely safe. The lessons learnt from the Christchurch earthquake show that unreinforced masonry is ‘brittle and has no flex’ and no amount of strengthening will change that. The costings received for the hostel building (3 stories high) put the strengthening work, upgrading the building to current building code and outfitting between $7 and $8 million. The smaller single storied St Mary’s Convent Chapel is considered to have a higher national heritage value and is the only building on site to have a Historic Places Trust ranking, being classed as a Category 2 building. The Diocese plans to reinforce this building and has set up a charitable trust for this purpose and to meet its maintenance obligations in the future. The Chapel is an important link to the Mission Sisters and the legacy they have provided in the Hamilton Diocese, particularly in regard to Catholic schooling in the Waikato and beyond. The Hall at the rear of the property is to be used by Marian School and fundraising has begun. After considering all options, the Diocese went through a publically notified resource application seeking permission to demolish Euphrasie House. This application was supported by the Hamilton City Council and in April 2013 an independent commissioner approved the application.


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Rototuna Land After the sale of Chanel Park in 1999 the Diocese purchased land in Rototuna, Hamilton North as part of its long term planning. Planning for parishes and schools has a long time frame and the Diocese has identified the forecasted high growth areas throughout the whole diocese, such as the Western Bay of Plenty. Approximately one third of the land in Rototuna will retained for a possible parish and school and the balance of the property is to be sold to fund other land purchases in the identified growth areas. The land has been put up for tender.

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St Peter Chanel Pilgrimage Year of Faith: Coming Events 8 June

A Moot on the Year of Faith St Mary’s, Rotorua 9.30am-4.30 pm David Beirne: 07 856 6989

28 July

Taumarunui Pa Wiremu Te Awhitu SM.

15 August

Feast of the Assumption Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary

26-28 October

Motuti Pilgrimage

24 November

The end of the Year of Faith Feast of Christ The King

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embers of the Hamilton diocese gathered at St Peter Chanel church in Whakatane on Friday 26 April to celebrate the missionary life and faith of St Peter

The Year of Faith pilgrimage marking the anniversary of St Peter Chanel was a joyful, reflective occasion thanks to the efforts of Brother Gerard Hogg SM, Sister Anne Sklenars RNDM and others who gave the opportunity for discussion and questions about missionary life and experiences. Brother Gerard’s description of the life of Peter Chanel reminded us all about the purpose of the Year of Faith to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and renewed conviction. The legacy of courage and perseverance lived by Peter Chanel and countless other missionaries to the islands of Oceania is the gift of faith we enjoy today. Sr Anne’s reflection on the mystery of the Trinity concluded with the reading of a prayer created by the grace of God using the collected wisdom of the participants. A panel discussion and opportunity to hear stories, recollections and local history finished the afternoon activities. Bishop Denis celebrated mass with other priests from the diocese before a shared meal concluded the days events. Lyn Lander

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40 Years of Faith and Service


n Wednesday 10th of April 2013 eight members of the Turangi Catholic Women’s League celebrated the League’s th 40 Birthday with a Mass at midday. Our Parish Priest, Father Leonard Danvers, offered the Mass for all our past and present members at St Joseph the Worker, Turangi. Afterwards Father Leonard and 3 other male guests joined us at the River Vines Restaurant in Graces Road, Turangi, where a delicious lunch was served. Shirley Fisher, the only Founding Member, and Clare Burns, long time member who had come down from Auckland especially for the occasion, cut the cake which was made by Joyce Ranger, our Taupo member.

Back row: Mary Anderson, Joyce Granger, Maria van der Aa, Evlyn Vince, Wendy Johnson. Front row: Judith Norton, Clare Burns, Shirley Fisher.

A most enjoyable day was had by all. Maria J van der Aa

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Reporting from Rome Fr Michael Gielen is currently studying in Rome. He was in St Peter’s Square when Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope. He spoke to us about his experiences over the last weeks... How did you hear about Pope Benedict’s resignation? FrM: I was in the Chapel when a friend of mine came in and said “Pope Benedict has renounced his papacy!”. Because he said it in Italian (and his Italian wasn’t very good- we tend to speak a bit of pidgin Italian here) I thought “he’s died!”: it took quite a while to understand. In hindsight people remembered that Pope Benedict had said in an interview a couple of years earlier that if he thought he couldn’t fulfil his duties he would resign. We had a couple of seminarians who were serving him at a Mass who said he was going blind in one eye and was extremely slow and laboured: they could see that he was unable to perform his office. How did the election of the new Pope unfold? Leading up to the conclave we had a Cardinal come here [to the student residence], Cardinal Sean Brady of Ireland. That was really impressive and really brought it home because he was quite sombre. I was praying with him in the Chapel one day and it was pretty eerie thinking; “I’m sitting with one of the Cardinals who is going to be in the conclave in a few days time, choosing the next Pope- it could be him!” There was a very active following of the conclave: every time the smoke went up guys would be watching and anticipating. When it came to the actual period of voting guys were going down every vote, but I told everybody, “Look, it’s going to be a long conclave- it obviously won’t be quick!” I was going to be interviewed by Radio Live from Auckland: they said they wanted to interview me on the Wednesday night (Thursday morning NZ time) to see how things were going and what it felt like, so I thought; I should be down at St Peter’s Square so I can give them a real sense of it. So there I was standing in the Square and I saw the conclave smoke for the first time in my life. It looked a bit gray at first then there was a gasp in the crowd as it just billowed white smoke. I was really emotional, I couldn’t believe it. Then there was a massive rush, people were just pouring into St Peters, hundreds of thousands of people arrived. The atmosphere in the square was jubilant and there was an air of expectation. It was raining which added to the occasion, high energy, with lots of people pouring in.

Pope Francis at the Inauguration Mass

Usually the new Pope comes out within an hour, but it was an hour and a quarter; apparently it was because he was trying to ring Pope Benedict, and Pope Benedict was watching the TV waiting for the new Pope and didn’t answer the phone. The story going around Rome is that they rung the Pope 6 times and Pope Emeritus Benedict just wasn’t answering his phone, I mean, what’s more important than the new Pope being chosen- and it was the Pope trying to ring him! And then Pope Francis came out; you’d remember the pictures and how he was shocked, just standing there in shock at this massive crowd. He spoke very friendly and in a sort of one-to-one basis. The Italians absolutely loved that. The crowds are still turning up: on Sunday I went to the audience and I couldn’t get into the Square, so there were two or three hundred thousand people in there, and the majority of them were Italians. What has made an impression on you so far in Francis’ Papacy? How different he is to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Pope Benedict was very profound in his messages and Pope Francis is very simple and uses strong imagery which the people love. And that’s the thing, Pope Benedict in many respects knew when he was renouncing the papacy that he was in a sense, taking with him the suffering of the Church through the sex abuse crisis, so the new Pope could come in and give a new image of the Church’ and that is what he has done. ketekorero Easter 2013 7

Marriage bill “bizarre” H

ow can you be such a nice person and be against gay marriage?

A friend was recently asked this question via social media. She is a beautiful young woman, one of a small but courageous minority of under 25 year olds who do not fit into the media’s caricature of ‘gay marriage’ opponents. Shockingly, we who are part of this minority do not hate people with same-sex attraction: we aren’t foaming-at-the-mouth bigoted prudes who scream about hell and damnation. We are intelligent students and young professionals who take seriously Jesus’ command to love our neighbour, so much so that we refuse to bow down to social pressure to support something we see as neither loving nor logical. The debate over the last few months about the meaning of Marriage has seen a lot of name calling, but not a lot of intelligent engagement with the issues. Experience has taught me that when the Catholic Church says ‘no’ to some act, there is always a bigger ‘yes’ behind it: in this case a ‘yes’ to affirming the “physical, moral and spiritual difference and complementarity” of men and women (CCC* 2333), ‘yes’ to the importance of a child’s mother and father, ‘yes’ to a love that is both self-sacrificing and life-giving. Homosexual persons “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity” (CCC 2358) but are we showing ‘respect and compassion’ by ignoring deeper questions about what marriage is? Is equality really about ignoring differences and making everyone the same? My generation has grown up in an environment saturated with pre-marital sex, selfishness and the disintegration of families. This is a tragedy, but even more tragic is that we have stopped asking the questions about what is truly good for us as human beings, instead focusing on what is good-for-me, what feels the best, what hurts the least. Loving a person doesn’t mean you have to approve of everything they do, in fact, ignoring what someone is doing for fear of offending them can hardly be called loving. In a world that has confused love with warm feelings, we need to help rebuild a culture of life and love- true, life-giving love- which seeks what is best for a person and doesn’t shrink from asking the hard questions. Jessica Jackman *CCC= Catechism of the Catholic Church


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New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Statement: New Zealand Catholic Bishops who consistently opposed the Marriage Definition Bill throughout the Parliamentary process have expressed their deep sadness that, despite the fact that such a large percentage of the public are opposed to this, it has become law. “We find it bizarre that what has been discarded is an understanding of marriage that has its origin in human nature and common to every culture, and that almost all references to husband and wife will be removed from legislation referencing marriage. We know many New Zealanders stand with us in this,” said Archbishop John Dew, President of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference. “Marriage is the essential human institution that predates religion and state. It is a committed union between a man and a woman which has a natural orientation towards the procreation of new human life,” Archbishop Dew said. “Marriage is founded on sexual difference and the traditional definition of marriage reflects this unique reality,” “This uniqueness requires a name and definition which distinguishes marriage from any other form of relationship,” he said. “We’ve been assured that our religious freedom to teach and practice marriage according to our religious beliefs is protected and we will continue to ensure that this freedom is upheld.” Archbishop John Dew said.

Citizenship Ceremony


most memorable thing happened on 23rd of March 2013. We, as the leaders of St Patrick’s Catholic school Taumarunui were given the honour of going downtown to the council chambers for Father Joseph’s citizenship ceremony. Rose Mills and Pirihira Hudson (pastoral leaders), head boy Mason Beard and I, were driven down by private vehicle to the council chambers; we were just in time to escort Father Joseph inside where we were asked to move around some chairs until we were all seated comfortably. The ceremony began with one of our local Maori elders. It was beautiful and he spoke with such meaning that I was truly inspired. There were several people receiving their citizenship but it was Father that stood out to me; in elegant white silken robes, he looked very smart indeed. One by one the families went up to the front of the large room to receive their packages for citizenship.

After a speech from the respectable looking mayor there was food and drinks brought out for everyone including us children. It was a very memorable occasion for us. Arley Gower

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St Vincent de Paul Waihi


aihi’s Stella Maris St Vincent de Paul Conference has had a very busy start to 2013.

After a demanding request for Food Parcels prior to and after Christmas our Foodbank was depleted, so we decided to have a monster Garage Sale. President Jill Davenport said she was overwhelmed with the untiring work of our members and the response of our community, helping us to raise over $2000. Some of the money will go towards rebuilding our Foodbank. On top of this we have been to Ohakune to collect a ute and trailer load of carrots which we have distributed around to needy in the communities of Paeroa, Katikati and Tauranga. Between these things, a group of us have spent many hours cleaning an elderly Parishioners unit, taking away a lot of rubbish and unneeded items. We have managed to furnish two houses, one for a young woman who removed herself from a violent situation with only the clothes for herself and her children, the youngest being only five weeks old, the other for a young woman who had retuned from Australia after losing everything in the recent fires. We have also helped a young couple, the wife having been paralyzed from the waist down after an accident, supplying her with a mobility scooter which had been donated to our Western Bay Area of SVDP. Finally, yes we have also been doing our regular visiting to the elderly and sick, as well as communicating with our Community Groups such as Budget Services and WINZ. Our Parish Priest Msgr Trevor Murray as well as the Waihi Parishioners have been very supportive of us in our work. Jill Davenport

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A group of us with buckets and mops

We travelled to Rotorua for the SVDP Waikato Region Mass

Monsignor Trevor Murray


any years of hard work, tricky translations and perpetual proofreading have been recognised by awarding the title of “Monsignor” to Rev Trevor Murray, Parish Priest of Waihi, Waihi Beach and Whangamata. Msgr Trevor grew up in Rotorua and was ordained a Priest there 1982. He has served in Parishes in Whakatane, Gisborne and Hillcrest, as well as at the Cathedral. In between serving in Parishes, Msgr Trevor studied Liturgy in Rome and he has been Director of Liturgy for the Hamilton Diocese for a number of years. It was his expertise in this area that led to him being made director of the National Liturgy Office, overseeing the introduction of the New Translation of the Roman Missal in New Zealand.

Monsignor is an honorific title, and the New Zealand Catholic Bishops put his name forward to recognise Msgr Trevor’s hard work with the introduction of the new translation of the Mass and especially for his work as part of the team that worked on the new translation of the Mass into te Reo Maori. The honour came as a surprise to Msgr Trevor: “I hadn’t expected it, it was a big surprise when [Bishop Denis] told me about it. I was really chuffed to have received it and my family were really grateful that I had been given it too.” Congratulations Monsignor Trevor!

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The Good Shepherd


ood Shepherd Sunday reminds us of the urgent need to pray for vocations, particularly to the Priesthood, so we may have enough Priests to be shepherds following Our Lord. The need is great and the Lord’s request is urgent. “Pray to the Lord of the harvest to provide shepherds for his people.” Good Shepherd Sunday is not a one-off opportunity to pray and promote vocations for the Priesthood, but it is a reminder that fostering and praying for vocations to the Priesthood is an ordinary part of parish and family life. We continue to pray that the “Lord of the Harvest” will provide more vocations for our diocese, for New Zealand and for the world. We pray that men who are discerning their vocations will have the courage to say “Yes” and we especially pray for our seminarians as they journey towards the Priesthood, discerning God’s will for them. Thank you for your assistance, for your continuous prayer for vocations and your generosity towards the Seminary Appeal. Kind regards and God bless, Fr Eamon Kennedy Vocations Director

Prayer for Priestly Vocations O Lord of the harvest, inspire in many men the desire to serve you in the Priesthood. Give them courage and wisdom to respond to your invitation by saying: “Yes Lord, I am here, I have come to do your will.” We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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Holy Cross Seminary


or approximately one hundred years, the national diocesan seminary for New Zealand was in Mosgiel, near Dunedin. It was established in 1900 by Bishop Verdon and called Holy Cross College. In 1998 the seminary moved to Ponsonby Auckland and was renamed Holy Cross Seminary. The students who enter the seminary are called seminarians. A seminarian is a student studying for the Priesthood. The seminary’s job is to plant seeds that will grow. The first seminary is the family, where the parents teach their children about the Catholic Faith by word and example. Seminarians normally study for six and a half years (which includes a pastoral year) before being ordained as a deacon and then a priest. During their training, with the assistance of a spiritual director and the seminary staff, the seminarians will discern their vocation. Not all men who enter the seminary will become priests. The seminary gives seminarians an opportunity to discover what God’s plan is for them.

Our Seminarians


he end of the 2012 academic year marked the end of my fourth year at Holy Cross, our national diocesan seminary. I am grateful that Bishop Denis has accepted me as a seminarian and I am conscious of the fact that I am privileged Danny to be able to devote this time to discovery Fraser-Jones and drawing closer to God, made possible by the generosity of all the people who contribute to our training. As someone who began this journey in my early thirties I have enjoyed the variety in both the academic and the community life. One of the exciting aspects of the seminary programme is that this year I will be back in the diocese spending time in both Gisborne and Rotorua. This will be an opportunity to live in a parish and experience some of the highs and lows that a priest faces in daily life.


y first year at the seminary was the year I was invited to step back and take a look at myself. I quickly learned of my worries, my setbacks and faults, but also of my strengths, my capabilities, and my potential. The seminary challenged me not to be like Christ, as if inferring Mark Bond that Jesus was a model I had merely to imitate, but to be in Christ, to deepen my knowledge of Him, to hold Him at the center of my actions, so that in time, I could know myself all the better. The first year was academically light, which I enjoyed – it gave me time to focus on spiritual growth, and an increased prayer life. Of course, there was also free time to enjoy with my brother seminarians! Movies, airsoft shooting, van trips and video games made sure that we remained “in the world” between our holy hours and pastoral assignments. What I found was that I didn’t have to give up who I was to be a seminarian. I simply had to adjust some things, take out a few things here and there, and put a lot more of Jesus in their place. And I’ve never felt more blessed because of it. Sure, some days in my first year were harder than others, but there were no days where I didn’t feel at home. God definitely has His plans, and I trust He’ll lead me on wherever those plans must be fulfilled.

Seminary Appeal The Seminary Appeal for 2013 was launched on Good Shepherd Sunday.

What it Costs

Costs for the Seminary are substantial: This year, costs are expected to be around $50,000 per seminarian. This is to cover Seminary/ Good Shepherd College overheads, plus seminarians’ board (meals, accommodation), text books, course fees, telephone/internet, power, insurance, day trips. These costs are funded largely by the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton, plus any donations (including the Seminary Appeal). However, this funding is not sustainable. For this reason the diocese is undertaking this additional request for funding now.

Please Help Us: • •

Pray for our seminarians (and for more young men to answer the call for vocations). Financially support this appeal by making a regular or one-off donation: see the diocesan website or call 0800843233 for details. Remember the “Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton – Seminary Account” in your Will.

Mir Pilgrimages 2013 HOLY LAND

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MEDJUGORIE - 2 - 19 September (with Philip Sherry) SOUTH ISLAND ROAD RETREAT - 10 - 17 November (with Joy Cowley)

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Crossroads Young Adults


his year marks a new direction for Crossroads, as they launch spiritual discussion groups to celebrate the Year of Faith!

2012 saw the formation of ‘Crossroads’ a young adults group in Hamilton. The group gathered for the first time on 10 March 2012, and since then have been meeting regularly. Crossroads aims to bring single and married young adults together to grow in faith and friendship. Last year Crossroads organised a line-up of social activities that offered opportunities for fun and fellowship. Happy Hour On the last Thursday of each month from 6pm onwards, the group meets for a meal and a drink at a restaurant in Hamilton to ‘let off steam’. Through these gatherings we have come to know other young catholic adults, and have found that sharing friendship and companionship has brought us closer together. Our Happy Hour events where we share food and drink are the ‘vehicle’ whereby we build relationships of trust so we can come to know people better, and share our life experiences. Reflect Crossroads recently introduced “Reflect” an inhome discussion forum to discover again the teachings of Vatican 2 and discuss the Year of Faith that began on October 11th last year. Over the course of the year, Crossroads will be organising monthly spiritual talks to help enrich our understanding of the second Vatican Council. We hope this will enable young adults to look again at the teachings of the Church regarding Liturgy, Scripture and the role of the Church in today’s world.

Grateful thanks to all those have who joined and supported us so far. We look forward to another exciting year ahead that promises to bring us to a closer understanding of the Year of Faith and help us “participate more fully in the life of the Church”. To find out more, visit or email the team:

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News and Events SetFree 2013 was an AWEsome FAITHfilled event! 200 young people gathered to celebrate World Youth Day on a diocesan level. Checkout the following pages for photos and feedback from the weekend! Congratulations to the newly married Karen Stuart! Karen now works in Tauranga in Aquinas College, St Thomas More Parish and St Mary’s Parish. Thanks for all your hard work with the Catholic Youth Office Karen, all the best in your new position!

This year CYO has added ‘Regeneration’, to the events calendar! Regeneration is a leadership retreat designed to help Year 7 - 9 (ages 11-14) develop and reinforce their faith life as they move into secondary school. Check out the other awesome upcoming events in the calendar to the right!

CYO Events Calendar Young Adults Catholic Young Adults Weekend July 5 - 7 World Youth Day July 16 - August 3 Frassati Men’s Weekend August 23 - 25 Philippines Service Trip December


Farewell John de Vega! Thanks John for your help with St John’s Campus Ministry. All the best with your studies.

Seven young people will join the combined Hamilton Christchurch pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2013! Beginning in Chile with a mission experience, the high point of the pilgrimage will be Mass with Pope Francis on Copacobana Beach. Please pray for the Hamilton pilgrims: Maggie Jaques, Brianna Morgan, Maneka Fernando, Josiah Kilkelly, Conan Brolly, Owen Kowalewski, and Danielle Carpenter.

Sports Night June 23 12 Hourathon October 10 Regeneration November 8 - 9

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I had an AMAZING time at SetFree!! The whole experience has t

This was my first year and I really enjoyed it! One of the best experiences ever for me and I really feel more confident in myself and who I am as a Catholic. Next year here I come!


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truly changed my life. I feel my faith has been really strengthened.

The inspirational speakers we had were fantastic, I learnt so much from them all. I also found the singing/worship sessions, the Masses and Adoration to be great, as it felt like you belonged somehow and that you could just completely open yourself to God.

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Relay for Life


wenty-two hours of music, heat, cold, fun, ice, injuries, blisters, bruises, cuts, junk food, piggy-back rides, hopping, limping and sweat is what you get when you decide to take part in ‘Relay for Life’, the annual Cancer Society fundraiser that takes place in March at Ruakura. Unbeknownst to us, we were yet to find out that the next 22 hours would be some of the most testing and eye opening experiences we’d ever had. Six hours in, the atmosphere of it all was slowly starting to sink in. Amongst all the excitement and smiles there was a slight tinge of sadness that did not fade even as the sunset did, but this sadness did not overpower the celebration of life that this time was dedicated to, but it was a reminder to be thankful for the life of the loved ones we have. As the night wore on, the silence grew as our eyelids drooped despite the loud music and bright lights of the field. We were all feeling the energy drain from our bodies but whatever we were feeling, Kate was feeling a hundred times over. Kate had decided to walk non-stop for the whole relay and by this time she had been on the track ten hours: her walk had become a shuffle and her fatigued body was telling her to stop. But she didn’t. She kept going and going and going. By the time we reached day break it had been 16 hours, Kate was being sustained by a much needed hot chocolate from Miss Cotton, and it was only another hour and a half till breakfast. That was ALL I could think about. With only two hours left to go time seemed to slow down. If anything the last ten minutes of the event were the most intense: students and teachers included were reddened by the sun and hobbling from walking on the uneven ground. We were all together, all walking and all supporting each other. As the clock hit zero a range of emotions washed over us all - relief, happiness, sadness, joy. It was over. Kate had walked for the ENTIRE relay, 22 hours without stopping. Amongst the ten team members, none of us had walked less than 40km and few of us had got more than 4 hours sleep! Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to enjoy life or to have life given to us. Relay for Life is about celebrating the life that we are lucky enough to have and the lives of the wonderful people that have gone. It is also an active symbol of support for all the survivors and sufferers of cancer and it is a celebration of their strength, courage and resilience.


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The team at the end of the event. Back row: Monika, Maggie, Laura, Savanah, Victoria. Front row: Maddi, Rebecca, Kate, Rita. In front: Nadia (team captain)

No matter what happens in life we should always remember to ‘celebrate, remember and fight back’, because life is a gift and we should learn to treasure it. Savanah Edwards

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Schools Shave Off

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Sacred Heart Girls’ College


n Friday the 8th of March, seven lovely ladies dyed their hair, three cool chicks cut off their super long ponytails and four brave girls shaved their hair as part of Shave For A Cure, a charity event run by Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand. The lunchtime event ran according to schedule with practically the whole school turning up to watch. Ms Allen, our principal, even made a deal with us that if we raised $1000 on the day that she would give her own precious ponytail the chop. We raised $1700 on the day. Snip snip went the scissors and off came the silky ponytail of the lovely Ms Allen in a glorious cheer the entire school body participated in. Alice Prendergast, Tyler Hutchby, Sashini Fernando and Emilie Hope were the four brave girls who went the full nine yards and shaved their heads. We were also in an unofficial duel with St Johns; to decide who won the duel only the money that was raised on the day would be counted. Showing off the competitive nature of Sacred Heart, we blew them out of the water with our $1700 as they raised just under half that amount: a respectable $817. We congratulate our St Johns brothers but of course, we won the bragging rights. The day was extremely successful. We have to thank Jingles Hair Design on Grey Street who gave us eight vouchers for $25 off one’s next cut or style, Rose Lund and Annette Hutchby who came in and helped us out, as well as the Sacred Heart ladies without whom we could not have had such a successful day! There were a few tears, yes, but also a lot of smiles and laughs as the atmosphere was filled with excitement, awe and love. Thank you all for a great day! Emilie Hope


pproximately 30 St John’s College students had their hair shaved to raise funds for Canteen. One student had his chest waxed and another his legs and armpits waxed in an effort to raise money!


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Caritas at Campion


he Campion College branch of Caritas (2013) has an ambition; to raise awareness in our community about the dire needs of those who inhabit the third world. As a branch of the Catholic Charity we strongly believe in the concepts of human dignity and justice; concepts that are fundamental to the organisation’s beliefs. We can see that these people are living in conditions so harsh; their quality of life is abysmal. However at Campion College, we are determined: where we see a need, we also see a solution. To bring these issues that plague our world into context, we held an assembly where we played a video of impoverished African people speaking of ‘First world problems’, whilst still in their current homes, which were obviously, far from first world. Through this video we wished to promote the trait of selflessness and make the students at our college realise how simple it is to make a positive impact. We have encouraged the Campion community to donate $2 to our Lenten appeal in return for a Lenten themed bracelet. This bracelet is comprised of three colours intertwined, and a brown bead: The three colours are symbolic to us as Catholics through the period of Lent: white (For prayer), Blue (For fasting) and Purple (For almsgiving). The brown bead has been a particularly important feature to the bracelet; as it symbolises humility, selflessness and the earth that binds all humans together.


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Campion College students making the lenten-themed bracelets.

Our aim at Campion College is to make as large and positive an influence as we can this year. We endorse selflessness and almsgiving wholeheartedly; and hope that this attitude is adopted by all of those that we speak to, work with and pray alongside. Our wish is to spread these good deeds to the point where we can restore the world to how God created it to be: one of love, purity and justice. No reira ma te runga rawa koutou e manaaki. Katie Finegan

In Solidarity


esponding to the invitation to share Solidarity Day with us, representatives from St Pius, St Columbas, St Josephs, St Patricks Te Awamutu, St Johns and Jubilee were warmly welcomed by the Marian Kapa Haka group on Thursday 14th March. Many had walked led by a cross bearer as an outward witness to this day. Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr Phillip who enthusiastically announced Pope Francis as our newly elected Pope. Students offered their compassionate ideas for a letter he will soon write to a prisoner. We are grateful to those who prepared the rice and to the young men from St John’s who served everyone seated around the school field. Following grace, purple balloons were released as a visible sign of outreach and hope.

Our love is not just to be words or mere talk, but something real and active. 1 John 3:18

Canned food, generously brought by Marian pupils, and surplus rice were given to the Christian Food Bank and Salvation Army Night Shelter, with the monetary donation for the simple rice meal sent to Caritas. It is evident that children truly understand the significance of this day. Barbara Brown, Marian School Librarian


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Requiescat in Pace Fr John Bergin was a Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton. He passed away peacefully at Atawhai Assisi Home and Hospital on Saturday 9th of March 2013, aged 87 years.


ather John Bergin was born into a large Irish family including four brothers and three sisters to parents Bridget and Michael Bergin on the 7th of November 1926 in Callan County, Kilkenny, Ireland. He was educated at a Christian Brothers School. He was ordained in Saint Patrick’s College Thurles and left shortly afterwards (1955) for Auckland, New Zealand. He was a keen sportsman, especially the Irish game of Hurling and fondly followed his native team Kilkenny throughout his life. His sister Bridie kept him up to date by supplying him with video tapes and newspaper reports which he loved to receive.

Fr John loved to travel when he was more able and we all have fond memories of his visits to Ireland and London. He often celebrated Mass in our homes which we all enjoyed. On some occasions he would give his unique version of the classic song Galway Bay and loved playing his harmonica. We were all lucky to have spoken with him recently following his bout in hospital. He was well cared for at the Assisi Rest Home but he was an independent man. Eternal Rest grant to him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.

Risen Christ


t Pius X Parish in Katikati had a special event during the Easter Saturday Vigil Mass. It was the unveiling of a metal sculpture of the Risen Christ, which was donated to the parish by the late Egan and Sylvia Ogier and their family. The sculpture was dedicated by Pa Hemi Hekiera SM. We have attached a photo of the Risen Christ now installed in the Church. Lawrie & Colleen Gibbons Photo: Wedding of Anita Gorringe & Yaw Asumadu on 5 April 2013 at St Pius X Church, Katikati – the first wedding in the church with the new depiction of The Risen Christ.

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e at St Mary’s Tauranga had an inspiring and spiritually-rich time in preparing for the great feast of Easter. Our year six classes each attended a one day retreat at St Joseph’s Te Puna and our year 5 and 6 students celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We had a special day of prayer which included each class spending time in our Cluny Chapel in front of the Blessed Sacrament and concluded the day with Benediction. During Holy Week we held a special liturgy each morning recalling the Passion of Jesus. Our liturgies culminated in the praying of the Stations of the Cross. This year we prayed the stations journeying in the grounds of our school. All staff, teachers ,students and some parents took part. Our year six students from Room 14 re enacted the events of each station. This re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross enabled all our students to reflect in a very prayerful ,reverent and meaningful way on the last days of Jesus’ life on earth. We gathered together as a school when we returned after the Easter holiday to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead and to proclaim Christ is risen, Alleluia! Sally Washer

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St Joseph’s Morrinsville

e had the Stations of the Cross at 6.30am on Good Friday morning. We walked from the Anglican Church up to Colson’s Hill, a look out point here in Tokoroa. We had the Stations along the way at various points. The Anglican Church joined with us. We ended the walk at our Church with breakfast provided by the Catholic Women’s League.


aint Joseph’s Catholic School children in Morrinsville re-enacted the events that took place in Holy week each morning of Holy week. Classes worked in pairs, all giving outstanding performances. We all wore costumes and made props. Mr McPhillips was amazed at what we could do with a tea towel and a few sheets. As the week went on more parents and friends of the school came and joined us in the hall each morning to watch us. We all learnt so much more about Holy Week and how special it is. Annalise Mulgrew and Amy Hutton, St Josephs Catholic School, Morrinsville.

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t Paul's Catholic School, Ngaruawahia celebrated Easter with re-enactments of Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, the Washing of the Feet and the Stations of the Cross.

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Jill Seerden, St Pius X Tokoroa

Aquinas College


tarting at 8 o’clock on Holy Thursday morning, a group of thirty students walked with the Cross through the streets of Mount Maunganui and Tauranga. From St Thomas More Church in the Mount, they walked across the Railway bridge to the centre of Tauranga. From there they carried the Cross to Aquinas College, a total distance of about 20km. They took part in the devotion of the Stations of the Cross. They sung hymns in praise of God, thanking him for the wonderful redeeming gift of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. And all of this they did in full sight of people in town, and on the route back to Aquinas College. It is called giving witness to their faith, and we can be proud that we have students of faith and of courage and of determination who are willing each year to take part in this tradition of the College. On their return to the College the whole school then took part with them in a remembrance of the events of Holy week. Our staff leaders and student leaders washed the feet of 12 representatives as a sign of servant leadership; there followed the reading of the Passion, Stations of the Cross, and Veneration of the Cross. Vince Shaw

St John’s College Violinst, Aldrich Cecilio played whilst St John’s College students gathered in silence around the foot of the cross.

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Josephite Schools Celebrate


rian Belczacki (Principal), Raewyn Jackman (DRS) and the St Patrick’s Te Awamutu staff welcomed St Joseph’s Te Kuiti and St Mary’s Otorohanga on Tuesday, 19th of March. We filled St Patrick’s Church with children and celebrated the Mass for St Joseph, the patron Saint of our Josephite schools which were founded by Saint Mary MacKillop. After Mass our children were divided amongst the eleven St Patricks classes and they worked with them and played games outside in those groups. We all had lunch together, explored the playground and left at 1.45pm to be back at school by 3pm. It was a very uniting day and we should never underestimate the value of Catholic Schools gathering together. For me it was a mini, child version of World Youth Day! Suzanne Downey.


St Patrick’s Te Awamutu, St Joseph’s Te Kuiti and St Mary’s Otorohanga celebrated St Joseph’s Day together.



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Cluny Head Visits Tauranga


t Mary’s Tauranga were very privileged to have Sister Joan from the Cluny Motherhouse in Paris visit us on Friday 12th April. Sister Joan is in charge of all the English speaking Cluny communities in the world! We were delighted to meet her and show her our beautiful school. We welcomed her with a powhiri and the Liturgy that followed gave us an opportunity to share with her our learning of our school’s charism as given to us by our Cluny Sisters through their foundress, Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey. We at St Mary’s are continuing to pray that Blessed Anne Javouhey will soon be canonised by our Holy Father Pope Francis. Sally Washer

From right: Ben Fuller, Sister Joan, Sister Alison (Provincial for NZ province) and Sally Washer.

Cardboard Slums


n 22nd March 2013 St Peter Chanel School, Te Rapa, held Solidarity Day by building slum homes out of cardboard boxes. As we solemnly built our homes, we remembered the millions that call these boxes home. The things we take for granted like getting a glass of water from a tap; they have to walk far and when they eventually reach water it’s not even clean, but if that is all you’ve got, what choice do you have – either drink it or get dehydrated and die of thirst!!! Eva Z, Year 8 SLUMS Grey sickly air, mud, dirt, poor hygiene, rubbish for homes, not enough food, clumps of dirt in water, millions call this home, horrific conditions…. Easy going, clean refreshing water, plenty of food, fun, working showers, proper toilets, soft beds with lush duvets, life and comfort, YOUR HOME Riona F, Year 7 We made a cardboard city and we ate rice in it to feel like poor people. Kemp W, Year 1

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St Patrick’s Day O

n the 15th of March 2013, St Patrick’s Catholic School Taumarunui celebrated St Patrick’s Day. Everyone dressed up in green clothes and we all wore a wacky green hat we had made ourselves. There was a green parade, a giant delicious green cake and green-themed games like paperscissors-shamrock and the green child. All of the games were organised by the new 2013 house captains. Everyone had a great time and we are all looking forward to next year’s St Patrick’s Day. Olivia Collier


arch the 17th is the day the world celebrates the good deeds of St Patrick. St Patrick was born to a wealthy English family. He was kidnapped and taken to Ireland and made a slave, herding sheep. He then had visions from God that he had to teach the Irish about the Holy Trinity, which he did using a shamrock, bringing about Christianity to Ireland. He then died in 460 AD. St Patrick is a very important man to St Patrick’s Catholic School, Taumarunui. We are named after the loyal man who listened to God every day, and we are grateful for that privilege. Anahere Iwikau-Shannon


n St Patrick’s Day the whole school had a liturgy in the library and learnt that the shamrock has three parts representing the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Then we went outside for our parade. Everyone was wearing green costumes and homemade hats – they looked extremely funny! For morning tea we had green cake, then we did activities in our house groups. Marewa’s favourite activity was the obstacle course, led by the leaders of Nazareth House. Alys’s favourite activity was basketball with Bethlehem House. Galilee House made frittatas for everyone to eat at lunchtime, they were delicious. We ended the day with Stations of the Cross at Church. We had a great day and can’t wait until next year! Marewa Hudson and Alys Hewison


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Celebrating St Patrick in Taupo


hildren dressed up in green, a parade with a mail drop around the neighbourhood, green Mr Whippy ice creams, Irish Jigs at lunchtime, bouncy castles and part two of our school’s Harlem Shake! The turnout of kids wearing green costumes was great. There must have been over 100 shades of green in the school! The Special Character leaders led the school parade around the neighbourhood and dropped cards into our neighbours letterboxes to wish them a Happy St Patrick’s Day. The Mr Whippy truck serving green ice creams was a great lunch-time treat. The bouncy castles were a great choice of entertainment for the day and on Monday we celebrated our Patron’s Feast Day with a School Mass in our church. Molly from Room 6 said, “It’s fun to bounce with my friends and we have been learning lots about St Patrick.” These are the activities we enjoyed as a school to celebrate St Patricks Day in Taupo. It is our favourite school day of the year!! James Carroll & Jivades Despojo

Getting ready for the ‘Harlem Shake’.

Support Staff Grainne Simmons, Kaylene Carson and Sandra Ogilvie getting into the spirit of the day.

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Book Review Henare Tate, He Puna iti I te Ao Mārama: A Little Spring in the World of Light, Libro International, Auckland: 2012. RRP $75.

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ver the years Pā Henare Tate has shared his knowledge of Māori spirituality with people who were privileged to attend his courses. He Puna iti I te Ao Mārama is the result of Pā Henare’s cultural heritage, decades of theological study, evangelisation and pastoral care among Māori resulting in a highly regarded PHD thesis, and now this important book.

Catholicism in New Zealand is based on a Western European form of Christianity. Its theology, introduced to Māori in the 19th Century, was a theology from above, from elsewhere. As Pā Henare explains, it was a form of Christianity that was already imbued and inculturated with its own cultures and thought forms from places such as Ireland and France. (p.19) The early part of the book discusses the relationship between theology and indigenous cultures. He reminds us of the importance of acknowledging the ‘faith-filled contemporary experience’ of the people; of including significant aspects of their culture. He defines Māori theology as ‘Māori faith seeking Māori understanding. It is a theology developed by Māori for Māori in the first instance, and in the second instance for all those who share the same land and context, and thirdly for all others.’ (p.21). Three foundational concepts of Māori life, AtuaGod, Tangata-People and Whenua-Earth are explained in detail, as is their relationship with Mana and Tapu, which are aligned with the virtues of Pono-integrity and truth, Tika- what is fair and correct, and Aroha – love and compassion. The relationships between these pivotal concepts helps explain the holistic nature of Māori spirituality and theology. On a personal level this book touched something deep within my understanding and experience of being Catholic. It enhanced my sense of the sacred inherent in all things. The exploration of the concepts was familiar yet Tate manages to develop deeper multi-layered meanings that draw out the core spirituality of being Catholic. I believe that this has something to do with the richness, intensity and intrinsic spirituality of Te Reo. Cynthia Piper

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