NZ Catholic: September 25 - October 8, 2011
A type of poverty needed for evangelisation
n Free from limitations Today, people are hungry for the personal witness of God by Christians. They seek in a seemingly poor, but honest and passionate way, an encounter with Jesus Christ. For this type of preaching, the Church must free herself from her own limitations. Christians and the Church are affected by a tendency to have a condescending look of “condemnation of the world,” from which a false confidence in themselves derives, and a lack of understanding of their own poverty before God. This is an obstacle in the Church’s proclamation, and it reveals a type of poverty — a lack of understanding of
dependence on divine mercy. That is why a profound conversion and evangelisation of Christians themselves is indispensable, so they are capable of giving a humble and passionate witness of Christ as Saviour. Dr Neubauer then described what the Emmanuel Community learned in its attempt to do a parish mission in new ways. First, the community had to learn that “the Lord’s hospitality transforms everything”. The Pilgrims at Castel Gandolfo, Italy, on August 28. (CNS members of the community photo/Reuters) who left their environment to go “to missionary community is to “adore the streets, the squares, homes and Christ in the people we meet in the cafes” were able to experience — with mission”. The invitation to eucharistic a healthy shock — their poverty and adoration has led to new ways of dependence on the Spirit of God. At the worship, geared particularly to young same time, they were able to see how people. Evangelisers should learn “to their “stammering” witness was readily intercede for persons in adoration and received. The evangelisers went out to praise before the Lord, so that they discover the wounds and aspirations can dwell increasingly in our heart”. of ordinary people, and they had to In this way, they will learn how from learn “to proclaim through listening”. this adoring mission and this lived Coming into contact with the needs compassion “men will in some way be and hidden desire of people for God, able to hold on to God, without knowing they changed from hosts to guests him,” he said, citing Benedict XVI’s who looked at themselves no longer as address to the Roman Curia in 2009. “possessors”, but rather as recipients of “a gift” in an unmerited way, the “truth n Compassion needed of the return home”. In this way, their Dr Neubauer pointed to the testimony became more humble and importance of the witness given by passionate. friends and relatives to non-believing In fact, the least loved and despised persons, who in their heart have often people received them with the greater felt a certain secret “nostalgia” for God. kindness. Jesus Christ himself spoke Dialogue and compassion are needed, with the poor and with those in greatest so as to suffer with them the negative need of evangelisers. Dr Neubauer consequences of the denial of God and, summarised the first “step of learning” hence, to prepare them for catechesis. thus: “The new evangelisation needs Thirdly, Dr Neubauer said that above all a genuine contact and, only a community that lives in a through this contact, the experience fraternal manner and cultivates human and witness of the unconditional “yes” and spiritual friendships is able to of God to [people]. And this is Christ!” undertake missionary work. Great The second step of learning for a events, such as World Youth Day, can
bear fruit only if they are lived “in small groups of friends”. Because “we all need this simple food of love, namely concrete fraternity, friendship among ourselves and with the Lord. We need these small cells, these small Christian communities in which the Word of God is prayed, shared and translated into the concrete world. These praying and narrating communities are not places to withdraw to be pampered, but cells planted in the midst of the world. Dr Neubauer deplored the fact that in some dioceses, overly rigid structures have seen many young missionaries left behind, while movements have been under a “wave of clericalism” in the new evangelisation. Laity and clergy must collaborate in the Church in a climate of reciprocal esteem and humble fraternity. Dr Neubauer alluded to the archdiocese of Vienna’s decision to establish “schools of discipleship” that can be managed by the laity, thereby developing new missionary ways.
n Admitting faults The fourth and last step, Dr Neubauer said, is to learn that “humiliations and wounds must be the matter of the new evangelisation”. The Church must admit her faults and failures with humility, without trying to defend herself in a precipitous way. At the same time, the Church in Europe must accept the humiliating fact that she herself is becoming smaller and, increasingly, “growing old”. God, he continued, “chose the socalled pagans to make his Word arise again. That is why I pray to the Lord that we will be able to accept the humiliations of our time in order to be doors of entrance of his presence. “I virtually have the impression that this society can know the light of his goodness only in a small, humbled and pitiful group.”
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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (Zenit) — One of the two scholars chosen to address the Ratzinger “Schulerkreis” in late August was Otto Neubauer, director of the Academy for Evangelisation of the Emmanuel Community in Vienna. Dr Neubauer spoke to the group of about 40 former students of Joseph Ratzinger, who were at their annual meeting, lately being held at Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence. The theme of this year’s summer school was the new evangelisation, which will also be the subject of the synod of bishops next year. In his intervention, Dr Neubauer described the rapid progress of secularisation under way in Europe as an opportunity to spread the Gospel freely and to understand again the “kenosis” (abasement) of the Lord towards the poor and the abandoned. Dr Neubauer explained that poverty could become the necessary link between non-believers and Christians. On one hand, in fact, the denial of God can bring to light the immense hunger for God as “the real and greatest poverty in Europe is the tragic impossibility of being accepted and loved — the lack of experience of the goodness of God”.
NZ Catholic: September 25 - October 8, 2011
RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS PRIESTLY ANDYOUNG ADULTS
Avoiding the unavoidable P
op culture is unavoidable. We are very much exposed to pop songs, celebrities and fashion. We are told to aspire to be like movie stars and to follow their lifestyles. Everything in today’s world is sexualised, so we are encouraged to live our lives in the “now”. When talking to my friends, they tell me if you don’t drink you’re weird, if you don’t party you’re a nerd and if you don’t get with a different guy every other weekend you have no life. These things don’t make us happy in the long run. We are really longing for God. In our society, that which was once considered sick and wrong is now often seen as standard and ordinary.
Our relationships with others need to be based on God and built up around God. To do this we need to hear God’s Word and so be like the wise man who built his house on rock (Matthew 7:24-27). But the influence of pop culture is pervasive. Without a doubt you’ll be humming along to Rihanna when you walk into Glassons or rapping along to Eminem as you enter Amazon or maybe you’re subconsciously judging others according to the fashions on TV and elsewhere. We try to fit in like everyone else. But dealing with the problems posed
by the pop culture is easier than you’d think. Youth groups are plentiful, and there are many good young Catholic guys and girls out there who will be happy to offer friendship and guidance. Of course it isn’t easy for us, but we need not battle the pervasive, all-enveloping pop culture as individuals. We can encourage one another and pray for support. We can check out local youth groups, too. So the choice is ours — conform to pop culture, or follow the culture of truth. Indeed, why not try “Pope” culture, instead of pop culture? — Jola
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What passes as the signature elements of popular culture come and go with some regularity. Hoola hoops, bobby socks and milkbars gave way to skateboards, shoulder pads and discos. Now we have the iPod, smartphones and hip hop. Who knows what will be next? Popular trends seem to follow a distinct pattern. They rise in popularity, everyone has to be in on it, then they drop out of favour, supplanted by something new. But they do reappear as retro fashion some two or three decades later when former teens are hitting their midlife crises. While there is a giddy excitement at being in at the “leading edge” of new trends, there also seems to be something of a fear factor, or an insecurity. The “FOMO” — or fear of missing out. But for those
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who don’t follow the crowd, there can be consequences, as Jesus explained in his great farewell discourse at the Last Supper. Jesus told his disciples that if the world hated them, the world had already hated him first (John 15:18). “A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too.” But Jesus doesn’t leave it at that. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” And that’s very reassuring. — Michael
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n our world, popular culture (pop culture) is a predominant influence. Pop culture is best defined as the totality of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, images and other phenomena that are considered to be preferable through an informal consensus within the mainstream of any given society. So what is pop culture like today? For those still wearing the “MC Hammer pants”, pop culture today often revolves around global communication through social networks; the eclectic arts of today’s music and dance; influences brought about by media (news, gossip, and adverts); the extremes of sports and the latest trend in fashion and toys (gaming). So how does pop culture affect the ethics of the Catholic Faith? There are many problems that arise from today’s pop culture such as the frequent profanity and inappropriate messages portrayed through music, film, and
television; the gossip that is exposed through media; the exploitation of young females and males within the fashion industries — the list is almost endless. As a Catholic it is difficult to counter the effects of pop culture because the world we live in is, as we know, very secular. However, I personally think that the best aspects of pop culture in the terms of music, television and films are the ones that convey strong moral messages. In terms of sports and fashion, it is ideal that they too maintain moral standards. Overall, I highly admire pop culture in the aspect that it advocates creativity that allows us to explore the depths beyond imagination and brings about diversity in culture. Like followers of Christ, it is fair to say that we too are all followers of pop culture by what we wear and eat; how we communicate (the way we live) bearing in mind our faith, too. — Cedric
e all remember our high school days where there were talks about how being seen as “cool” wasn’t as great an idea as we would’ve liked to think. Usually because the idea of cool was to be someone who smokes, drinks a lot of alcohol and sleeps around. It is disheartening to think that the phrase is now interwoven so negatively with actions that are not only physically but emotionally unhealthy — especially for teenagers. After leaving high school, I’ve seen the idea of what is “cool” has changed — for the better. In today’s pop culture, it’s not doing those things that makes a person “cool”. Teenagers are now realising through the Internet and social networking about the consequences of the “bad stuff” for which they were always being told off. I believe the concept of “cool” is still relevant into one’s 20s, because you are still socialising a lot. But, at that age, people see you as “cool” if you are a really good, decent person with many talents and likeable qualities. I’ve seen this in my social circles at university. Popular culture is something that can bring many young people together in their shared interests, and definitely still impacts your life even past 30 or 40 years of age. As a Catholic, you can work out what is good and bad about pop culture from its consequences and offensiveness. There are so many branches and leaves of modern day pop culture that you can dismiss some parts of it and only incorporate what you like from it — and still find many people who agree with you. There are no more leaders such as “the cool kids”, so we can all take our own way into discovering what’s new, fun, hip or exciting. I suggest anyone who is still baffled by what the young kids are into, take a moment and try it themselves. There is plenty out there for people of all ages to enjoy. — Tamsyn
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Insightful reading for time-conscious people 30-MINUTE READ SERIES: 1. HOPE FOR HARD TIMES by Dr Scott Hahn; 2. SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE by Woodeene Koenig-Bricker; 3. WHY ME? When bad things happen by Mike Aquilina (Our Sunday Visitor, 2010, supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $10.50 each. Reviewed by PATRICK COLEMAN. Living the Christian life and dealing with all the trials and tribulations that come our way are the focus of this 30-minute Read Series. They provide insightful reading for the time conscious person who still wants something meaty. Each chapter is well set out ending with a one sentence summary or “Take Away”. Hope for Hard Times is written by former Protestant pastor, and now professor of theology and Scripture, Dr Scott Hahn. Through examples of saints and biblical characters, Hahn demonstrates how hardship need not make us unhappy. Provocatively entitled, “Is this how you treat your friends?” Hahn shows that we endure these hardships for the hope of a heavenly love.
There is also a great little chapter on complaining to God. He cites a statistic that more than 40 per cent of the Psalms do just this. Complaining is only healthy as long as it does not mean grumbling. Woodeene Koenig-Bricker’s Simplify Your Life exhorts us to remove clutter,
buy locally and keep only a minimum of material objects. An initially disturbing chapter, she asks the reader to make priority lists of people who you spend time with and decide whether to reduce time with them. Although uncomfortable reading at times, it does make the reader think about time spent
An attractive series of meditations TO TRUST AND TO LOVE — Sermons and Addresses by Michael Mayne (Darton, Longman & Todd, 2010); $41.40. Reviewed by TIM O’SULLIVAN. From a Catholic point of view, the Anglican Church is somewhat peculiar in the anomalous position it occupies somewhere between continental Protestantism and Catholicism. Anglicanism’s strength resides in its alliance with the English establishment and the vestigial elements of Catholicism that it retains. The author of these pieces was, before retirement, the Dean of Westminster Abbey, the English National shrine and a former Catholic Church. The sermons and addresses in this collection are arranged in two sections, a series mirroring the Christian year with meditations to match, and a collection of sermons on various topics. For one with English heritage these are an attractive series of meditations. They have the charm one associates with the image most people have of England as a “green and pleasant land”. The author is very honest about the trials of his
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with people and the value of accumulating material things. The age-old questions of suffering, pain and “Why does God let all this happen?” are explored in Mike Aquillina’s book Why me? When Bad Things Happen. Part of Aquilina’s thread of argument lies in partnering with God in moving away from just saying “why me” to looking at the good that may come through any suffering. Citing numerous examples of people great and small who suffer yet are happy provides a living testimony to this. Aquilina finishes with some scriptural and traditional prayers to use when you face times of trial. All three books provide enough insight into serious topics so that the reader is provoked into action. You may want to take a little longer if you want to soak in the concepts being considered. These slim and easy-to-carry texts would provide great reading not just for individuals, but also for group reflections. Patrick Coleman is a teacher, historian and reviewer living in Christchurch.
Wise advice for a deeper awareness FINDING YOUR HIDDEN TREASURE by Benignus O’Rourke (Darton Longman & Todd, 2010, supplied by Pleroma Christian Supplies); $34.99. Reviewed by Bishop JOHN MACKEY. This is a book to quieten those devout people who are anxious and scrupulous about their prayer life. Some forget Our Lord’s words: “Do not use a lot of meaningless words, as the pagans do, who think that God will hear them because their prayers are long” (Matthew 6:7). Such anxious people worry about not being able to experience the presence of Christ Jesus, or the good Lord, not realising that Jesus is anxious to come to them more than they are to come to him. “I pray not only for them, but also for those who believe in me because of their message. I pray that they may all be one. Father! May they be in us, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they be one, so that the world will believe that you sent me” (John 17:20). This indwelling caused St Paul to ask, “Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God?”(1 Corinthians 6:19). The wise advice of this book is an exhortation to seek deeper awareness of this indwelling. This awareness is found rather in silence and calmness of mind and heart, than by anxious worrying about how we stand before God. Find a quiet time and place; calm the mind; be silent and be reflective on the indwelling and you should experience peace and calm of mind and heart. For this is the good Lord’s response to our anxieties: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). Even before the advent of Jesus Christ, in whom God’s love for us has been so graphically revealed, the psalmist could write, “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8). The love of the Lord is everlasting and he is full of mercy and compassion on all those called to be his children. As his children we should constantly reflect devoutly on our destiny, namely to be with God in joy for all eternity. Contemplation is the key to this awareness and that is the wise advice of this book. Bishop John Mackey is Bishop Emeritus of Auckland.
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Overcoming the cringe factor on TV by SUSAN FOGARTY There are a couple of channels we’ve started watching that are showing old TV programmes — ones we used to watch way back when. Some of them are funny; the reruns of Shortland Street give a fantastic insight into the upskilling of our actors and writers — the first episode is now hilarious — but also the developing sophistication of the industry as a whole. But back in the 1980s and 1990s, it was scary — frightening even. Sure, back in the day, Kiwis were not big producers of telly, so it was obvious the standard of acting, writing, directing and producing was probably not going to hit great heights. But some of it, including programmes we’ve been watching of late, are awful, and that’s taking into account that “terrible” was once our high standard. One sitcom starring Billy T James and some of New Zealand’s most iconic actors is still one of the worst pieces of telly a person could be subjected to. Even my children can’t be persuaded to watch it. It could be used to punish criminals. Shortland Street is a little different, because, as we’ve watched the reruns, we’ve also been able to see how it’s improved, from very shaky beginnings through to
the slick show it is today. So how do such terrible shows get made? And just to be clear, terrible things are still happening; think Sean Fitzpatrick in that appalling ad telling us to “abstain for the game” debacle prior to the Rugby World Cup. Who in heaven’s name thought that was a good idea? I worked in telly for a few years, and let me tell you making television is not a simple business; quite the opposite, and it’s not complicated because it’s hard to do, or hard for people to come up with
MONITOR great ideas. It’s complicated because of the people behind-the-scenes and the politics that can go on. I worked on one particular comedy show that didn’t succeed and it wasn’t because the idea itself wasn’t good; it was because the “producers behind-the-scenes” kept changing the goal posts. The network representative would turn up every three days with “ideas” that had to be incorporated into the show. These ideas came from a person who had no background in the industry, but had a big salary. Consequently, a show that began as amusing, became “comedy
by committee” as the producers, the executives, writers, actors — anyone really — put in their 10 cents worth. Telly by committee is dangerous. Another show I worked on had script readings once a week. We all sat around a table and read any scripts that had been approved, but we all added what we thought at the time were “improvements”. So our initial reactions of enjoyment were clouded by our subsequent intellectual genius of how they could be made better. This, however, was not the case. They were not made better. It was, in fact, another instance of “comedy by committee” going very wrong. So who told Billy T to make that appalling show? Well, who knows. Billy T was riding high on a wave from his skit comedy show and some producer somewhere or other would have seen him as a great vehicle for a TV show. But, and I’m only surmising from my own experiences, they probably didn’t let him write the show. He was simply the star. Yes, hard as it is to believe, they probably employed him for his comedy genius and then got someone else to write the show. But we live and learn, and now we can see the funny side to shows that used to simply make us cringe.
‘Romcoms’ aim low for highlights to the formulaic Something Borrowed, No Strings Attached and The rush of sumJust Go With It. mery romantic comJulia Roberts and edies in our winter Tom Hanks fell well months is not just a short of their successclimatic contradiction ful pairing in Charlie that reflects their reWilson’s War with Larry lease in North America. Crowne, while Anne It’s also because they Hathaway and Jake Gylremain a box office lenhaal under-prommainstay, despite their ised and over-delivwell-worn plots and ered in Love and Other clichéd characters. Drugs. Still to come Every now and then are Hathaway again in one clicks and becomes One Day, Woody Allen’s highly profitable. That’s Midnight in Paris and because “romcoms” are Friends With Benefits. much cheaper than Against these, the lothe big special effects cal productions Love blockbusters and a few Birds and My Wedding duds are unlikely to and Other Secrets (now affect their enduring appeal. Steve Carell and Julianne Moore star in a scene from the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love. both on DVD) stand up pretty well. What some audienc- (CNS photo/Warner Bros.) Crazy, Stupid, Love es may not appreciate, however, is the drive towards last year’s It’s Complicated and ing Ryan Reynolds, a fellow (Warner Bros) comes with twice the star power you sexual exploitation and offen- The Proposal, combine clever employee. This year has failed to turn would expect and twice the sive content. In some cases, dialogue and situations with such as Bridesmaids, this can plenty of star power. The first up comparable classics — but complications. This makes for be genuinely funny while of those featured Meryl Streep not for want of trying. More a heady mixture that falls into pushing the limits of accept- in a triangle with Steve Martin than a dozen have appeared, equal amounts of geniality and and Alec Baldwin, while in the ranging from the crass Hor- boredom. ability. Steve Carell and Julianne The best romcoms, such as other Sandra Bullock was chas- rible Bosses and Bad Teacher Moore are well cast as a couple whose long-time marriage is unilaterally declared over by her. He takes to the cocktail circuit, teaming up with dating demon Ryan Gosling (Blue Why? In contrast to Back at the dawn of Valentine), who in turn meets 1995, tablets today are the Internet, there was his match in Emma Stone, who increasingly useful not really only one way just happens . . . . let’s forget because of what they to get online; connect the rest. can do alone, but what through a terminal to a Stone’s appearance prolarge, room-sized mainframe computer and they can do when connected to an ever more vides one of the turning points functional Internet. Ironic, really, given the stare at a lot of text. in an aimless and contrived The personal computer revolution of the similarities this model has with the earliest plot; the other is Marisa 1980s then allowed access to the Internet days of terminals connected to bigger comTomei, whose acting talents to people at home through desktop-based puting power off-premise. are shamelessly misused as a And so the race is on. Apple is way out computers. It really wasn’t until the turn of teacher of Carell and Moore’s this century that people started to access in front at this stage, and the racecourse is wayward son. the Internet in a rich format while on the go, already littered with the also-rans and wanAs the plot turns back on as cellphones gave way to smartphones. So, nabes — the most recent casualty being HP, itself, and heads toward the who dropped their vaunted TouchPad not two where to next? standard romcom outcome, Well, unless you have been living under months after launch, causing a stampede here each of the characters reaches a rock for the last couple of years, you have and overseas as they “firesaled” the normally a new sense of self-awareness. probably heard of the Apple iPad. While not $800 device for little more than $100. With Unfortunately, the lofty the first “tablet” or “slate” computer — they Amazon prepping to release a tablet soon, pretensions are exposed in have been on the scene since the mid-1990s and more in development from HTC and otha corny ending to a journey — Apple’s successful execution has proven ers, it’s fair to say that this way of accessing that is made unnecessarily the form-factor’s viability, and started a bit the Internet is probably only going to grow demanding by its length. of a gold rush as everyone chases after the in popularity. Mature audiences (offen10-inch screen. — CATHOLIC.GEEK sive language and sexual references); 118 minutes.
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The vulnerable girl at the centre of Sir Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, Saoirse Ronan, is transformed into a teenaged martial arts expert in this supercharged thriller. The improbabilities in the story rise as fast as the body count, as the action moves from the snowy wilderness of Finland to the deserts of Morocco and then to the
urban jungle of Berlin. There’s also an interlude in Spain, where Ronan joins a family of hippies and makes a friend (Jessica Barden from Tamara Drewe). It’s worth ignoring the story and just enjoying the settings and the non-stop action, which is splendidly mounted by highbrow director Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice and Atonement). The twist is that secret agent Eric Bana has trained his daughter in self-defence, knowing she has been bred as part of a Cold War experiment. The climax in east Berlin therefore provides a frisson of political intrigue as CIA boss Cate Blanchett and her German gunman Tom Hollander meet their inevitable fate. N.G. Mature audiences (contains violence and offensive language); 111 minutes.
The Devil’s Rock (Vendetta)
Normally this sort of horror show, with its mix of witchcraft and Nazism in a World War II setting, would not attract attention. But a local cast, backing of the NZ Film Commission, special effects from Weta and location filming around Wellington (passing for the Channel Islands), make an exception. Craig Hall (Boy, Love
Birds) is one of just three main characters as a Kiwi commando sent to sabotage a coastal bunker on the eve of D-Day. But in the tunnels beneath, another far less worldly drama is playing out as a lone Nazi colonel (Matthew Sunderland) fights off a demon (Gina Varela), who can transform herself into various forms to tempt her victims. The high degree of gore is not for the squeamish, as Weta has excelled in its realism, making this is only for fans of the genre. N.G. R16 (contains violence, offensive language and horror; 83 minutes.
The Double Hour – La Doppia Ora (Rialto)
Unlike Hanna, this euro-thriller seldom moves in a straight line as an expoliceman and a hotel maid meet at a speed-dating venue in Turin, Italy. She (Ksenrya Rappoport) is an immigrant from Slovenia trying to make a new life, while he (Filippo Timi) is a security guard still recovering from the death of his wife. Their relationship begins to blossom until a robbery occurs where he is employed. The maid has connections with those responsible. From here on the plot becomes murky and sinister. The double hour in the title is a reference to the best time to make a wish (eg, 11.11). But even the best wish doesn’t explain some events where it is hard to separate imagination from reality. N.G. R16 (contains violence, sex scenes and suicide); 95 minutes.
The Church year ChristmAs
The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was originally observed as the feast of Our Lady of Victory, its date chosen to commemorate the European victory at the third naval Battle of Lepanto, in 1571. This battle marked the high point of Turkish (Muslim) advance on European soil, with the Balkans and the regions west and north of the Black Sea returning to Western (Christian) hands in the succeeding centuries. This victory, after two earlier defeats at the same location, was attributed to Our Lady of the Rosary, as special processions were made on that same day in Rome for the sake of this crucial victory. FEASTS: Sept. 26, Sts Cosmas & Damian; Sept. 27, St Vincent de Paul; Sept. 28, St Wenceslaus, St Laurence Ruiz & Companions; Sept. 29, Sts Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, archangels; Sept. 30, St Jerome; Oct. 1, St Therese of the Child Jesus; Oct. 4, St Francis of Assisi; Oct. 6, St Bruno; Oct. 7, Our Lady of the Rosary.
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Know what is right and live it To be of a mind to know what is right and then to pursue it is what Ezekiel, Paul and Matthew would have us focus upon today. In the first reading, what is spoken by Ezekiel on God’s behalf orients us to a state of mind. And that state of mind must be coordinated with a right understanding of what God asks from his chosen people. So when the wayward turn back to the good life they become a great example of this knowing. In harmony with God they are primed to bear the fruits of this change of mind. When Paul speaks to the Philippians, his main reference point is Christ the Lord. In the words of today’s second reading, we hear that Christ’s own example is the best model of behaviour we could ever have. For Christ as a humble human being thought not of himself but only of God’s redemptive plan. And so through his death he achieved what the Father willed. Being of a mind to
September 25: 26th Sunday of the Year. Readings: 1. Ezekiel 18:25-28; Psalm 25; 2. Philippians 2:1-11; Gospel, Matthew 21:28-32.
live life in accord with that example thus becomes a serious objective for us all. Thinking of or being mindful of God’s call to every human being is behind Matthew’s story of the man who had two sons. Simple though it is, this story brilliantly illustrates what it means to say and do the right thing in God’s sight. When tax collectors and prostitutes hear the call, change to a new way of thinking, and experience full benefit of the Kingdom of God, we see an even more vivid illustration of this. Our own call to salvation comes with readings of this kind. Welcoming the kingdom is therefore a pressing issue for our daily meditation.
by Fr KEVIN WALDIE, SM
Respect the One who loves In both Isaiah and Matthew today the vineyard is the key image for understanding life as it should be lived under God’s reign. The vineyard imagery is mined in the seven verses from Isaiah. The close connection between the vinegrower and the vineyard he tends is a story of great love, a love that by its nature would bear good fruit. Unfortunately, Isaiah’s role is not a purely positive one. In this, Israel is clearly God’s vineyard. Israel, without producing the expected fruits, was subjected to divine punishment. In the imagery of this text then, Israel is meant to be jolted back into a renewed effort of preparing for a proper and fruitful harvest time. Matthew’s parable functions in a similar way. But the vineyard in its Gospel context takes on a new focus in those sent to check on the tenants and the vineyard’s grapes. Like the prophets of old, the reception given to the landowner’s slaves is
October 2: 27th Sunday of the Year. Readings: 1. Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80; 2. Philippians 4:6-9; Gospel, Matthew 21:33-43. violent, a total rejection of the landowner’s right to demand the fruits of his land. When the son is sent he is given no special treatment whatsoever and is promptly killed. The message of such a Gospel text is sobering. It calls for a response. In today’s second reading Paul’s poetic words to the community at Philippi emphasise what it is to be a fruitful member of God’s Church. When the virtuous life is cherished above all things, closeness to God is experienced in an extraordinary way. So whether it is through the image of the vineyard or the Church, God’s Word declares the goodness of bringing forth fruits that fittingly witness to a community of believers who respect the One who nurtures and loves his people.
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New school hall opened by LYNDSAY FREER AUCKLAND — The St Mary MacKillop Hall at St Michael’s Catholic School, Remuera, was opened and blessed by Bishop Patrick Dunn and parish priest Msgr Brian Arahill on August 19. The occasion was attended by a large gathering of parents, grandparents and parishioners, along with the staff and all the pupils of the school, who provided colourful and spirited entertainment. A special feature of the hall’s entrance foyer is a tiled Family Tree, which the bishop unveiled. This piece of artwork by Peata Larkin epitomises the whole school community and is accompanied by an old Maori proverb, “Ma Whero, ma pango ka oti ai te mahi” — which means “with red and black the work will be complete”. St Michael’s principal Carolynn Phillips said: “The work on our hall is complete, but our work with our children is like a growing tree. Our hall is a welcoming place and St Mary MacKillop would be proud of our little com-
Bishop Pat Dunn, watched by Msgr Arahill, blesses St Mary MacKillop Hall at St Michael’s Catholic School, in Remuera. munity’s generosity and tenacity in its completion after many years of fundraising. “Many happy events will be celebrated here, for the parish as well as
for the school, and may we always live by St Mary MacKillop’s values,” she said. Bishop Dunn is a former student of St Michael’s.
Pompallier painting gets an extreme makeover by NZ CATHOLIC staff RUSSELL — A 19th copy of a portrait of Bishop Jean Baptiste Pompallier has undergone “an extreme makeover” and is now hanging in the printery at the New Zealand Historic Places Trust’s Pompallier Mission in Russell. The copy — of an original by Italian artist Tito Marzocchi de Belluci — is now in a much better condition, thanks to work by Wellington Art Conservators, Studio Carolina Izzo. The conservation work was funded by a grant from the ASB Charitable Trust to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, which owns Pompallier Russell. The painting was originally gifted to Pompallier Mission by Hato Petera College, but had fallen victim to dated conservation practices and some dubious “improvements”. An original, painted in 1848, is in the Pompallier Diocesan Centre in Auckland.
Bishop Pompallier’s portrait after the restoration.
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Going alone was worth it
by DOROTHY COUP None of my friends could, nor wanted, to go. Isn’t it so easy to not bother, to stay at home and just forget about doing some things if you must do it alone, be it karate or knitting classes, learning Italian or Latin American dancing, going to a theology lecture or even a movie? Watching a DVD at home alone is okay for some who would never sit alone in a movie theatre. I like company, especially sharing the journey home from a show on wet, winter nights and discussing the performance afterwards. But years ago I decided I prefer to attend a play, movie or orchestra alone rather than miss out because friends are busy or don’t share my taste in experimental theatre, action movies or music. Still, I was surprised to find myself alone waiting for a train to go to Queen’s Wharf in Auckland for the Rugby World Cup celebrations. “It will be crowded,” friends said. “People will be pushing and shoving to get on to the wharf.” “You can watch the fireworks closer to home.” “You can see the opening ceremonies at home on TV.” “It will take ages to get home on public transport.” They were right. “Are you going to go alone?” asked some, as if the idea was radical and scary. “I have walked alone in Rome and on the streets of Bali, Singapore and parts of Indonesia. I have travelled by myself on the London Underground at nearly midnight on a Friday night, so I think I’ll be fine in my home city.” The wharf celebration was a mixture
of memorable experiences. Some were fabulous, like the fireworks, the opening ceremonies televised on the giant screens, the cheering and excitement of the crowd along with the friendliness of people who talked to one another, especially those who had come from overseas. I didn’t see anyone plugged into an iPad or a laptop, studiously avoiding making eye contact with others. I saw lots of happy people draped in or waving flags of every country having a good time. A lot less fun was experiencing public transport, being packed so tightly in a train carriage that I had to take turns with the other passengers to breathe, and later waiting, while the evening grew colder, for 3½ hours to get a bus home. “Experiencing it” also meant being pushed and squashed in a crowd of thousands even before arriving at the end of the real queue of thousands of more hopeful people eager to be among the selected 12,000 chosen (or first through the gates) at Queen’s Wharf. I could have stayed home and seen it all on the television or gone with friends to vantage points around the city to watch the fireworks. I could have avoided the squashing, pushing and long waits at the train station and bus stop, not to mention walking alone at 1am down deserted streets to home. But I would have missed seeing a crowded and happy Auckland city as I have never seen it before. I loved being a part of a great celebration. Experiencing the excitement and atmosphere of the occasion was worth going alone. You can miss so much if you wait for another’s company or approval to enjoy yourself or take the initiative for your own life.
SALUS POPULI ROMANI Mary is the throne of salvation, for upon her sits the Saviour of the world. She gazes out at the people, as she did at Cana, carrying their need to her Son: “They have no wine.” He gazes at her, for he has come to unite to his bride, the Church, that she may come fully to the Father in him. He is the Eternal Word of God, yet now in two natures, as his fingers indicate. his humanity is our instrument to divine life. Mary is thrice virginal, indicated by the stars on her mantle — she is a virgin before, during and after his birth — for she is perfectly virginal in her single-hearted self-gift to God in grace.
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CRYPTIC CROSSWORD Across 1 The young sister is missing no failing. (4) 3/9 Country mass for the army? (8,7) 10 Tip off the guard to the doorway. (5) 11 Not too bright and skinny but you’ll be constant through ... (5,3,4) 13 The Catholic holds love for the creature. (3) 15 Say it’s a stock of money for the gang. (5) 17 It’s on to board and it’s off to be acquitted. (3) 18 Fully informed and part of the movie. (2,3,7) 21 Bit of credit for the socially acceptable doctor. (5) 22 Supposes the fools hold hesitation. (7) 23 I leave the upset trail boss at the detention centres. (8) 24 The boss initially sees things unduly demanding. (4) Down 1 Callers have eye-shades around it. (8) 2 The dog was found back among the big rocks. (5) 4 A sane form of association of nations. (5) 5 Whatever may happen it will be
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in one of two lawsuits. (2,6,4) 6 The refusal on the object means zip. (7) 7 Puts the cutlery on the table and misses the start of the dramas. (4) 8 Finally give up the punt on the religious garb. (4,3,5)
12 Uptight with the assorted desserts. (8) 14 Beat the horse chestnut I hear. (7) 16 An artist who was an angel. (7) 19 Some scattergun methods were not achieved. (5) 20 The mark of a strike-breaker. (4)
Answers to Crossword 200 Across: 1 Strips, 4 Flicks, 9 Ruffles, 10 Conga, 11 Bless, 12 Outlook, 13 Cover letter, 18 Denmark, 20 Islet, 22 Amble, 23 Install, 24 Sesame, 25 Assess. Down: 1 Scribe, 2 Rifle, 3 Pelisse, 5 Licit, 6 Condone, 7 Shacks, 8 As You Like It, 14 Omnibus, 15 Thirsts, 16 Ideals, 17 Stalks, 19 Abeam, 21 Leave. Answers Explained Across: 1 Strips (Rig-outs; ‘trip’ inside ‘ss’ [on board]); 4 Flicks (flicks = light touches & movies); 9 Ruffles (disturbs composure; ‘truffles’ without first letter [don’t start]); 10 Conga (dance; anagram of can go); 11 Bless (anoint; b = first letter of ‘baby’, less = smaller amount); 12 Outlook (prospect; out = dated, look = appearance); 13 Cover letter (explanatory missive; cover = shelter, letter = landlord); 18 Denmark (country; den = study, mark = biblical book); 20 Islet (inch; sounds like I let); 22 Amble (mosey along; first letter off ‘gamble’); 23 Install (establish; in = in, stall = kiosk); 24 Sesame (oil; found within ‘these same’); 25 Assess (appraise; found within ‘lasses sailing’). Down: 1 Scribe (Jewish record-keeper; ‘ascribe’ without ‘a’); 2 Rifle (rifle = rummage & weapon); 3 Pelisse (cape; anagram of espies & L [learner]); 5 Licit (lawful; first letter off ‘elicit’ [draw out]); 6 Condone (forgive; con = trick, done = finished); 7 Shacks (lodgings; ‘hack’ [journalist] inside ‘ss’ [ship]; 8 As You Like It (a play; as you like it = to suit one’s taste); 14 Omnibus (coach; anagram of ‘bums on & i [one]); 15 Thirsts (hungers; anagram of t-shirts); 16 Ideals (principles; ‘deal’ [trade] inside ‘is’ [island]); 17 Stalks (pursues; sounds like storks); 19 Abeam (at right angles to the ship; a = a, beam = ray); 21 Leave (go; ‘leaves’ [foliage] without last letter).
40 YEARS AGO MIGRATION LAWS HIT MOST NEEDY NEIGHBOURS New Zealand should liberalise the severe restrictions placed on migration here by Pacific peoples, the Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Delargey, said after his return from the regional conference of the Bishops of the Pacific in Papeete. He came away doubly concerned at the restrictions “we are placing on the most needy of our neighbours.” In desperation, many of these Pacific countries are turning to tourism as a source of income. The Pacific bishops tended to see this as a negative influence on their people... He heard too of the growth of genuine ecumenism in the Pacific, in the sharing of educational facilities, in common use of Bibles. There was full discussion… on the changing pattern of ministry in the area… Pacific bishops, he said, were aware of those who suggested that suitably mature married men be ordained… However, rather than emphasise this point of view, the bishops have worked on a scheme to improve the quality of catechists and have undertaken an ambitious scheme for a religious seminary in Suva to train priests. The seminary will open in 1972. Bishop Delargey’s overall impression of the Papeete conference: “A unique grouping taking in so many nations, a microcosm of the whole Church… the conference gave new depth to the thought and meaning of the Church.” (Zealandia, September 12, 1971)
Forthcoming events in New Zealand dioceses: AUCKLAND Sun., October 2: Candlelight Rosary Procession, 7pm, Sacred Heart College, Glen Innes, Auckland. Fri., October 7: Legion of Mary 90th Foundation anniversary Mass, 7.30pm, St Patrick’s Cathedral. Celebrant Bishop Patrick Dunn. All welcome. Every Sun.: Latin Mass at Holy Family Church, 94 Taikata Rd, Te Atatu, 8am. Each Mon.: Christian meditation group, The Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, 5.30pm. Ph. 308 9384 or 021 0296 3069. First Tues.: Dove Fellowship, St Michaels and all Angels Anglican Church Hall at 425 Great North Road, Henderson, 7.30pm: Ph. (09) 832 1155. First Wed.: Taizé prayer, St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Rd, 7.30-8.30pm. First Fri.: Mass and Holy Hour for Vocations. Sacred Heart Church, Vermont Street Ponsonby, 7-30pm. First Fri.: Divine Mercy devotion with Mass, 7pm, St Francis Friary Chapel, 50 Hillsborough Rd. Enquiries (09) 629 4400, Sergio Borges, Divine_ Awakening_Ministry@yahoo.co.nz Second-to-last Wed.: Dove Fellowship, St Joseph Centre, 1 Fred Thomas Dr., Takapuna, 7.30-9.30pm. Jo (09) 424 4122. Third Thurs., Fri.: 40 Hours eucharistic devotion, 5am Thurs. to Fri. evening, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Herne Bay. Fr Rory (09) 376 1737. Last Tues.: Sth Auckland Dove Fellowship, St Anne parish hall, 7.30pm: Ph. (09) 296 2369. Second & Fourth Wed.: Serra Club, Pompallier Centre, Mass 6.30pm. Philip Walley (09) 449 2727. Last Wed.: North Shore Joshua Men’s Fellowship, St Joseph Centre, 1 Fred Thomas Dr., 7.30pm. Last Thurs.: Patricians discussion group, 7.15pm, St John Vianney Church, 317 Hillsborough Rd.
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“Your faith may bend a little, but on your journey keep to the road that is straight and true.” — R. Carrucan, Te Atatu. “Take the next turn and it will lead you to the Pearly Gate, heaven?” — J. Lamb, Napier. “Oh look, someone’s turned the sign upside down. Surely faith is the road to heaven?” — R. Timmins, Te Atatu. “Faith moves mountains! Maybe there’s a high one up ahead!” — J. Leonard, Henderson. “Sharp corner ahead. You’d better believe it!” — T. Davis, Pakuranga. “If faith is just around the bend, what happened to hope and charity?” — P. Foster, Whangaparoa. “True faith — straight ahead!” — C. Stanbrook, Auckland. “It’s a long road but at each end you find hope and charity” — R. Ryan, Christchurch.
Answer to Who Said?: It was said by Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936), a prolific English writer, known as the ‘prince of paradox’.
DIO. DIARY Meet twice a month: Single Catholics 25-45 years, St Augustine Club Friendship Group for Auckland diocese. Chris (09) 837 7835, cvernon@ vodafone.co.nz or Ineke (09) 528 8840. HAMILTON Sat., October 29: The Legion of Mary, Hamilton diocese, celebrate their 14th annual day to Our Lady. Mass at St Joseph’s, 1 Victoria Ave, Morrinsville, 10am, followed by a shared lunch. Finish at 3.30pm with Benediction. Email: email@example.com or ph. (07) 884 9949. Every Thurs.: Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St Matthew’s, Hillcrest, 6.30-7.15pm. First Thurs.: Hamilton Dove Fellowship, St Joseph Parish Centre, Clarkin Rd, 7.30pm: Wilma (07) 829 8616. Second Mon.: Tauranga Dove Fellowship, Aquinas College chapel, 7.30pm, Pyes Pa Rd. Second and fourth Sun.: Life Teen Mass and Life Nights, St Mary’s, Tauranga, 6pm. Last Mon.: Tridentine Mass, convent chapel, Clyde St, Hamilton East, 7pm. PALMERSTON NORTH Every Sun.: Traditional Latin Mass in accord with the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, 11am, 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month, St Columba’s Church, Ashhurst. On 2nd and 4th Sundays at Holy Family Church, Gonville, Wanganui. Every Mon.: Wanganui pro-life Rosary for victims of abortion and to keep Wanganui abortion-free: 7-7.30pm, St Mary’s, Guyton St. Every Wed.: Rosary Exposition at the Cathedral
of the Holy Spirit, 5-6pm. Second Wed.: Dove Fellowship, St Anne, Raine St, Wanganui East, 7.30pm: Margaret (06) 345 7994. Third Sat.: New Plymouth Dove Fellowship, supper room beneath St Joseph, Powderham St, 1.30-3.30pm: Suzette (06) 756 8843. Third Sat.: Hawke’s Bay Dove Fellowship, St Mary Parish Centre, Osier Rd, Napier, 2-4pm: Ph Colleen (06) 844 8797. WELLINGTON Every Sun.: Choral Mass, Sacred Heart Cathedral, 10am. Every Sun.: Latin Mass at St Mary of the Angels’, Boulcott St, Wellington Central, 12.30pm. Third Thurs.: Joshua Men’s Fellowship, 7.309.30pm, Connolly Hall, Thorndon. Third Sat.: Dove Fellowship, St Mary Convent, Guilford Tce, Thorndon, 1.30pm-3.30pm. CHRISTCHURCH Every Thurs.: Exposition, St Mary’s ProCathedral, after 7.30am Mass until 5pm; Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri.: 11am-noon; Sat.: 10-11am. Second Wed.: Joshua Men’s Fellowship, St Gregory’s Parish Centre, 26 Cotswold Ave, Bishopdale, 7.15pm. Second Sat.: Christchurch Dove Fellowship, Christ the King Parish Centre, 90 Greers Rd. DUNEDIN Every Sun.: Light of the World, AM1575, 4-5pm. Notices of church events may be published free in this column. Send details to: contact@ nzcatholic.org.nz or PO Box 147-000, Ponsonby, Auckland 1144.
Venerable Guinio Tinarelli
THE FAITH EXPLAINED
Weak in body but strong in faith him into direct conflict with his father. At age 12, Giunio started work in a printing facIn these days, when many people would consider tory. Two years later, he moved to a lock and key factory. As his skills the onset of an utterly debilitating disease to be the increased, so he “go” sign for voluntary euthanasia, or assisted dying, moved from one if you prefer, it is remarkable that the Church has factory to another recognised the heroic virtues of a man who suffered and later he became a locomotive mechanic. He was just that calamity in his life. Born on May 27, 1912, in Terni, Italy, Guinio was a normal young man who, despite his piety and posthe son of Alfredo and Maria Giorgini Tinarelli. Alfre- sible inclination to religious life, aspired to marry do was an irreligious man who held very anti-Church and have children. His ambitions were stalled, however, when at the opinions, so the baby had to be baptised secretly. As a boy, Guinio showed early signs of piety, which put age of 25 he began to suffer from severe rheumatoid arthritis and spondylitis deformans, diseases that gradually deprive the body of its strength. He was forced to leave work, was soon confined to bed, and within three years was paralysed. His marriage plans ended, Giunio found himself completely helpless. Falling into depression, he began to despair and suffered a severe crisis of faith. He had friends in the local Oratory of St Gabriel. Supported by their prayer and care, he recovered his faith and piety and started looking for a way to serve the cause of Christ from his bed. In 1948, he undertook a pilgrimage to Lourdes. Although he was not physically cured, he experienced a strengthening of faith in that holy shrine. He joined the Pious Union of the Silent Workers of the Cross and worked to help others with severe illnesses so they, too, could gain spiritual advantage from their disabilities. He organised retreats for fellowsufferers and, in 1953, he was appointed lay director of the men’s division of the Silent Workers of the Cross. “In every age, man’s questioning has focused not only on his Crippled as he was, he had still found ultimate origin; almost more than the obscurity of his beginnings, a way to be Church and to bring Church what preoccupies him is the hiddenness of the future that awaits to others. him.” — Pope Benedict XVI from his book, Jesus of Nazareth. He died on January 14, 1956, in Terni, Abraham, our father in faith, placed his future in his faith in God and his heroic virtues were recognised by (Genesis 12:1). We must learn to do the same. — Fr MICHAEL PUI. Pope Benedict XVI on December 19, 2009. by KILIAN DE LACY
LENS ON LIFE
Something to think about
ere is a story adapted from an old Chinese folk tale that shows us how important it is to think of others. A man died and found himself outside the gates of heaven. He asked St Peter: “Where am I?” St Peter answered: “You are in heaven.” “I am pleased to be here,” the man said. “But I have always wondered what hell was like. Could you show me?” “Yes,” said St Peter, and he took the man to the gates of hell. Gently he pushed the gate open, and they could see many people sitting at a large table with large bowls full of rice. The people looked thin and sad and they were holding chopsticks that were two metres long. St Peter and the man watched as they tried to pick up the rice and put it in their mouths to eat. But the long chopsticks made that impossible. Sadly the rice dropped on the floor and all the people could do was squabble and moan in hunger. “So this is what hell is like,” the man said to St Peter as
they headed back to heaven. The man was astonished when the heavenly gates opened and there was a similar table surrounded by people with the same chopsticks and bowls of rice. The man noticed the difference immediately. The people were all laughing and eating and enjoying themselves. “So this is heaven,” said the man. “Yes,” said St Peter. “Can you spot the difference?” “Oh yes,” said the man. “Instead of trying to feed themselves like the people in hell, they are using the chopsticks to feed each other, and you can see it works well; no one is hungry or sad.” St Peter explained: “The people in heaven have lived unselfish lives, always looking out for others, and heaven is their reward. The people in hell have lived selfish lives always looking after themselves first and not caring about others, and hell
Q.: Dear Fr Allan A Protestant, in dismissing the idea of purgatory, says that as a tree falls so it lies. If that is the case, what is the point of praying for the dead? C. O’M., Rotorua. A.: Your friend is right to a point, but not completely right. It is important to pray for those who have died. Those who die without repentance for their mortal sins, reject God’s mercy and condemn themselves to eternal suffering in hell. But those who die in Christ’s grace are destined for eternal life and joy with God even if their venial sins and selfishness pass with them into death. These souls desire to be cleansed and healed “so that they might be released from their sin” (2 Maccabees 12:42-45) and made ready for communion with God. In the doctrine of purgatory, God’s love is compared to a fire that heals and purifies the souls of those who have died claiming Jesus Christ as their “foundation” (1 Corinthians 3:11-15): whereas in the doctrine of hell, fire is an image of the eternal pain and loss suffered by souls who died refusing to repent for their sins (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 21:8). On the feast of All Saints the Church praises God for the souls in heaven. On All Souls Day she begs God to heal the souls in purgatory in the fire of his divine love (Hebrews 12:29) and admit them into his presence.
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Kid’s Corner is where they can continue to do this.” The man thought for a while and asked: “So how you live decides whether you go to heaven or hell?” “Yes,” said St Peter. “Welcome to heaven. Are you hungry?”
Some jokes to make you laugh!
Knock, knock Who’s there? Uriah Uriah who? Keep Uriah on the ball! Knock, knock Who’s there? Dishes. Dishes who? Dishes me. Who ish you?
Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Isabelle. Isabelle who? Isabelle necessary on a door? Knock knock. Who’s there? Olive. Olive who? Olive Harry Potter! Knock Knock. Who’s there? Tank! Tank who? You’re welcome!
TEXT: ANNE KENNEDY ART: RHONWEN GRACE
NZ Catholic: September 25 - October 8, 2011
100 years in Henderson
NZ Catholic: September 25 - October 8, 2011
St Peter’s students pick up awards at Govt House by MARJORIE DAWSON PALMERSTON NORTH — Ten students from St Peter’s College, Palmerston North, received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards at Government House recently in a ceremony made special by the attendance of Peter Hillary, son of Sir Edmund Hillary. The awards represent years of endeavour through all three levels of the award scheme, covering expeditions, service, physical recreation, skills and a final residential course. The students carried out their ad-
venturous journey section with a sailing expedition to Australia in the April holidays. They completed four days sailing on two yachts, working in two groups of six. The first two days provided challenging weather with rain, winds and high seas, but luckily the final two days were much calmer. While in Australia, the group also had the privilege of representing their college and New Zealand, marching and carrying banners in the CoolangattaTweed Heads Anzac parade. They laid a wreath in memory of New Zealand military personnel.
Liston College students Emmanuel Maagdenberg, 12, and his brother Patrick, 14, with Bishop Patrick Dunn after the centennial Mass. They are holding a picture of the old Holy Cross church. by PETER GRACE AUCKLAND — One hundred years ago Holy Cross Parish in Henderson, Auckland, celebrated its first Mass. Two years later the parish’s first church was built. From August 5-7, 2011, the parish celebrated the centenary of its Catholic community beginnings — although it also brings to mind an old saying: “The more things change the more they stay the same”. That is because for the past couple of years the parish has been working very hard to raise $2 million to extend the present church — which is on the same site as the original one. A lifetime parishioner, Peter Turnwald, told NZ Catholic that Holy Cross Parish wasn’t called a parish until 1940. “What we were celebrating was the faith community that built the church and the school,” he said. “So in 2040, we will look forward
to another celebration.” The weekend began with an open day at the adjacent school on Friday, from 9am to 1pm. That was followed by a “Night of Acquaintances” in the hall — between the church and the school. A more formal dinner and dance — “An Evening of Remembrance” — followed on Saturday, at the Croatian Centre in Henderson. The Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn, celebrated the parish’s centennial Mass at 10.30 on Sunday with concelebrants Fr Paul Helsham, OFMCap, Fr Sebastian Fernandes, OFMCap, Fr Venantius, OFMCap, Fr Georgius, OFMCap, Fr Craig Dunford and Fr Ivan Lunjevich, with Rev. Hans Flapper as deacon. The Mass involved many of the parish’s communities and groups, as well as the school. At the end of Mass, a haka was performed by Holy Cross pupils and was followed by a shared lunch in the hall.
Students with Peter Hillary are, back row, left to right, Joseph Nichol, Daniel Rine, Connor Gibson, Kieran Clark, Isaac Harris (head boy) and, front row, left to right, Jill Lynch (teacher in charge of Duke of Edinburgh Awards), Elizabeth Begley, Emily Bills, Elise Judd, Louise Ingram, Charlotte Booker (head girl) and Peter Hillary.
meaning of Christmas
PRINCIPAL The Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand has been created by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference to be a core tertiary-level teaching organisation in the New Zealand Church.
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The institute is to promote intellectual growth and create passionate disciples, able and willing to take leadership in the Church and society. We are seeking a leader of exceptional breadth and vision to direct the institute. The Principal will be both chief executive and academic leader and will be responsible for the development of the Catholic institute to achieve its vision for high quality tertiary Catholic education across Aotearoa New Zealand.
Catholic schools are invited to take part in the “True Meaning of Christmas”, a visual arts competition for students from year levels five to ten.
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Support the education and formation of lay people able to fulfil diverse roles in the mission of the Church;
Provide, in and through a team of committed professionals, education and research that is recognised as being of high quality within the Church and society;
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Create an institute that is highly attractive to young people;
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‘From cabinets to cathedrals’
Artisans in stained glass and leadlights
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You Are Invited . . . . . . to come and experience the joys of the monastic life! This invitation is open to all single women discerning their vocation, or who feel called by God to the religious life.
We are holding a series of Monastic Weekends in two of our Benedictine monasteries in New Zealand. The Monastic Weekend dates for Tyburn Monastery, 100 Chamberlain Road, Bombay, South Auckland are as follows:
7th-8th October; 18th-20th November; 16th-18th December.
Please contact Mother Philippa-Mary on (09) 236 0598 for bookings or for further information. The Monastic Weekend dates for Tyburn Monastery Cor Iesu Fons Vitae, 74 Dods Road, Ngakuru, Rotorua 3077 are as follows: 14th-16th October; 4th-6th November; 2nd-4th December.
Please contact Mother Angela on (07) 333 2378 for bookings or for further information. Staying in the guest houses at all Monastic Weekends will be free.
Participants will have firsthand experience of living with the community, taking part in the Liturgy of the Hours and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, having meals in the monastic refectory, joining the community for recreation and listening to talks on our Monastic Vocation.
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NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF MT CARMEL O most beautiful Flower of Mt Carmel, Fruit of the Vine, Splendour of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me here you are my Mother. O Holy Mary Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succour me in my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. O show me here you are my Mother. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this cause in your hands (3 times).Thank you for your mercy towards me and mine. R.C.
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WALLS, Rev. Father John Henry. Of your charity please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Father John, priest of the diocese of Dunedin, who passed away on August 27, 1996. Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
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AUGUSTINE. Please pray for the happy repose of the souls of James Peter who died on September 12, 1991, and Theresa, who died on September 4, 1999. Dearly loved parents of Dennis, Yvonne and Bernadette and loving in-laws of Marcelle. Cherished and devoted grandfather and grandmother of Melaine and Ronelle and great grandfather and great grandmother of Justine, Cuan, Simone, Camille and Leah. We have loved them in life, let us not forget them in death. May their souls rest in peace.
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Religious writing winners announced by MICHAEL OTTO WELLINGTON — North Island entrants have topped the categories in the Knights of the Southern Cross 2011 Religious Writing Competition. Entrants were asked if they agreed that social justice is at the heart of the Gospel, giving reasons for their position. They also had to give examples of social justice actions they have supported recently and to explain why they did so. Joint prize winners were: (under 14) Katie Pigou, Sacred Heart Girl’s College, Hamilton, and John Richards, St Peter’s College, Palmerston North; (under 16) Josiah Kilkelly and Michael Kilkelly, both home schooled in Rotorua; (under 18) James Finlay, Rosmini College, Auckland, and Ashleigh Fromont, Sacred Heart Girls’ College, New Plymouth; (over 18) Isabella McCafferty, Wellington, and Kathryn Weir, Whangarei. Prize money totalling $1200 was offered. According to a draft report by the Knights, 63 entries were received, which was considered a good result, given the difficulty of the topic. “The standard this year was very high; while we had fewer entries than last year, those that did enter certainly had a sound knowledge of social justice and the Gospels,” the report stated. Entries were submitted by 13 of the 49 Catholic secondary schools in New Zealand. All except one entrant agreed that social justice is at the heart
WIT’S END An Ancient Greek walks into a tailor and holds up a torn tunic. Tailor: “Euripides?” Ancient Greek: “Eumenedes?” u u u
Rosmini College’s entrants in the writing competition: From left, Jacob Holden, Foss Shanahan, James Finlay, Patrick Lalor (Alex de Vries not shown), with principal Tom Gerrard (centre). of the Gospel. Many of the essays highlighted the actions of Jesus and cited Church teaching and tradition. Knights spokesman Patrick Horan said the writing shows Catholic colleges are “strong on showing the link between the Gospels and social justice,” adding that “social justice is an issue that resonates strongly with our youth”. Many of the younger entrants had been involved with the Society of St Vincent de Paul or with projects like Caritas’s “Survive a Slum”. In the latter, participants had to build a dwelling out of cardboard and live in it for a day with only a bowl of rice to eat, thereby
gaining an appreciation of how the poor live in some nations. Many over-18 entrants were also involved with St Vincent de Paul, but had a focus that was closer to home, for example, working with community groups on issues like pensioner housing and protecting the environment. The competition, which is run by the Wellington branch of the Knights, is in its seventh year. Prizes and expenses were donated by other branches. n Year 12 Rosmini College student James Finlay, a joint winner of the under-18 category, plays openside flanker for the school’s first XV rugby team and
MISSION IN AUCKLAND Fr Augustine Vallooran V.C. and his team of Glen and Teresa from the Divine Retreat Centre (Potta) India will conduct a Mission similar to Potta in Auckland from 8th to 13th October
Divine Retreat Centre is the largest Catholic retreat centre in the world. Since 1990, over 10 million pilgrims from all over the world have attended retreats here. Weekly retreats are held non-stop every week of the year. It is truly an achievement possible only by the grace of God. The sick and broken-hearted are healed, sinfulness is forgiven and removed and fetters of vices are broken. I am pleased to welcome Fr Augustine Vallooran V.C and his team once again this year for the “Whoever, is in Christ, is a new creation” 2 Cor 5:17 Auckland 2011 Mission. The Divine Retreat Centre (DRC) is known to people in Auckland. During the previous three Missions, many attended and experienced the spirit of joy in the Lord. Today, the DRC Movement New Zealand is acknowledged as an Apostolate of the Diocese of Auckland. I commend the group for its commitment in spreading the faith and pray that this Mission, which is being held in Christ the King, Owairaka, Auckland, enriches the lives of all who will be attending. +Patrick Dunn, Bishop of Auckland
Mission Venue: Christ the King Church All Days 260 Richardson, Mt. Roskill, Auckland 1041 Date: Time:
Saturday, 8th October, 2011 11:30 am - 5:00 pm Commences with Holy Mass Main Celebrant: Most Rev. Bishop Patrick Dunn
Sunday 9th October - Thursday 13th October 2011 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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plans to enter medical school when he has completed his secondary education. Long serving Rosmini principal Tom Gerrard, who teaches religious education to James and four other entrants in the Knight’s competition, was pleased at the result. Mr Gerrard said this year he has introduced his students to the thought of philosophers like Plato, Socrates and St Thomas Aquinas, who, along with Blessed Antonio Rosmini, “inspired the boys as . . . founding fathers of modern social justice ideologies”. An essay by Patrick Lalor, also in year 12 at Rosmini, was shortlisted in the under-18 category.
A Southern Baptist minister was completing a temperance sermon. With emphasis he said: “If I had all the beer in the world, I’d pour it into the river.” With even greater emphasis he said: “And if I had all the wine in the world, I’d pour it into the river.” And finally, shaking his fist, he said: “And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I’d pour it into the river.” Sermon complete, he sat down. The song leader stood announced with a smile, “For our closing song, let us sing Hymn #365, ‘Shall We Gather at the River’?”
New atheism seminar in Dunedin — in your next issue of NZ Catholic, published on October 9