Following is the statement from Fr Anthony Walsh O.P. Prior Provincial of the Dominican Fathers in Australia and New Zealand following media publicity about child sexual abuse by the late Michael Shirres. “The Dominican Friars, and myself as Provincial, express our deep sorrow and heartfelt apology to those who have suffered, and continue to suffer, because of Michael Shirres’ actions and the betrayal of the trust placed in him by his victims and their families. They have been subjected to this terrible experience by Michael Shirres whom they had an absolute right to expect integrity, decency and impeccable behaviour. This abuse will also have had an impact on the members of the Shirres family. “These victims have shown great courage in coming forward in 1992 and telling their stories. I encourage any other victims of Michael Shirres to come forward (National Office for Professional Standards, ph. 03 365 1993). We …
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13 July 2018 Wellington’s Sacred Heart Cathedral in Thorndon closed its doors today, in the interest of safety for parishioners and the public, following a structural engineer’s report confirming it presents a significant risk to occupants in the event of an earthquake. Following a verbal report from structural and civil engineers, Dunning and Thornton, the Parish Committee has been working through a process of due diligence regarding the structural condition of the Cathedral. Yesterday, it received a peer review of the detailed seismic assessment (DSA) that recently advised that the Cathedral was ‘earthquake prone’ under the Building Act 2004. Both reports have confirmed that the Cathedral currently presents a significant risk to occupants in the event of an earthquake. The Cathedral, designed by architect Francis Petre, was opened in 1901. In contrast to most other Wellington churches it’s classical rather than Gothic styling has made it a prominent building on …
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CATHOLIC BISHOPS EXPRESS CONCERN AT PROPOSED ABORTION LEGISLATION CHANGES A joint submission by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) to the Law Commission last Friday argues that the State has an essential responsibility to protect and care for all human life, born and unborn, which it would abdicate by making abortion solely a matter between a woman and her doctor. See full statement here. Media statement – Catholic Bishops lodge submission to Law Commission on proposed abortion legislation changes
The Auckland Catholic Diocese Commission for Justice and Peace believes it is the responsibility of Government to foster the common good and support the poorest & most vulnerable in society rather than just building a more productive and competitive economy to the possible detriment of the wider community. Budget 2018 takes some measures to reset the country’s direction in this regard. Housing the Homeless It is encouraging that today’s Budget provides the resources for Housing NZ to better maintain existing housing stock and increase it by up to 1600 more State houses per year to provide for those in greatest need. The decision to provide $100m for more emergency housing will provide immediate assistance to help mitigate the effects of an escalating homelessness crisis while more long-term measures are put in place. Caring for Families We welcome the boost in funding to special education, the $490m increase in provision for …
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Can’t remember what or when Pentecost is? If you want a little more info on this celebration of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church, take a look at Busted Halo’s two-minute video.
The story of Pentecost which we find in Acts 2 for children. The Coming of the Holy Spirit. (2 mins).
Animated Story Telling The Christian life is explained in narrative. We remember the richness of both Tradition and Scripture through telling stories. Plotagon provides the opportunity to tell animated stories and share them with others. You might use it yourself to tell an important story. A contemporary version of the Good Samaritan for example, or set your participants a home task. They might tell the story of their Confirmation hero or summarise the parts of the Rite of Reconciliation.
Children like to play games – they love quizzes. Quizizz is an easy to use site that allows you to create multi-choice games. A great way to find out what participants are familiar with and check that they have learnt the basics. Another plus is that you can search a term such as Eucharist and find a number of quizzes created by others. Note: Use quizzes you find on this site with discretion!