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We reflect on the great opening of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament on 12 February 1905. Last Sunday, (12 February) Fr Rick Loughnan and the congregation of St Mary's Pro-Cathedral marked the dedication of our Cathedral with a festive Mass. This "Sounds Catholic" features musical highlights of that Mass and tells the story of week of celebrations around the opening of our cathedral.
We speak with Kaiapoi parishioner Pat Boyle about his faith and works. Pat works with volunteers and his life has been gifted by his disability.
Sounds Catholic February 12 2017.mp3
Sounds Catholic February 5 2017.mp3
Listen to the homily of Msgr Harrington’s funeral homily
We celebrate World Youth Day locally, with interviews from 4 WYD weekend participants. We also feature part of a homily given by Bishop Colin Campbell of Dunedin along with music from Villa Maria college.
Sounds Catholic February 28 2016.mp3
The funeral Mass for Bishop Barry Jones
Sounds Catholic February 21 2016.mp3
The Vigil Mass offered for Bishop Barry Jones in our Pro-Cathedral
Sounds Catholic December 13 2015.mp3
Featuring palliative care specialist, Dr Amanda Landers and geriatrician Dr John Thwaites. They spoke to a receptive crowd about the effect of legalising euthanasia on vulnerable New Zealanders.
Sounds Catholic December 6 2015.mp3
Featuring Wellington barrister, Victoria Casey, who represented the CARE Alliance in Lecretia Seales versus the Crown. Victoria spoke to a receptive crowd about the effect of legalising euthanasia on vulnerable New Zealanders.
We interview Brad Taylor from 40 days for Life.
Sounds Catholic September 27 2015.mp3
In the second of two programmes, we mark the centenary of the death of our first Bishop, Most Rev. John Grimes DD. Art historian Dr Ian Lochhead speaks about the architecture of our Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. We also feature music recorded in our cathedral.
Sounds Catholic September 20 2015.mp3
In the first of two programmes, we feature highlights of a presentation celebrating the centenary of the death of Bishop Grimes, the first Catholic bishop of Christchurch. Fr Neil Vaney SM speaks about the man and his life with contributions from Bishop Basil Meeking and Alice Flett. We also feature audio from the final big Mass held in our Cathedral before the September 2010 earthquakes.
Sounds Catholic September 13 2015.mp3
We feature highlights from the recent choral festival held in our Pro-Cathedral held at the end of August.
Sounds Catholic September 6 2015.mp3
the second part of a presentation on the Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si. Lisa Beech of Caritas aotearoa New Zealand speaks about the practical aspects of this document. Fr Neil Vaney SM speaks about the theological underpinning of it.
Sounds Catholic August 30 2015.mp3
The first part of a presentation on the Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si. Fr Neil Vaney speaks about the scriptural and spiritual underpinning of this document.
Sounds Catholic August 23 2015.mp3
In the second of two programmes, we feature highlights from this year's Rochester Lecture, held earlier in August. Wellington bioethicist, Dr John Kleinsman speaks about the unintended consequences of legalising euthanasia and assisted suicide in New Zealand.
Sounds Catholic August 16 2015.mp3
We feature highlights from this year's Rochester Lecture, held earlier in August. Wellington bioethicist, Dr John Kleinsman speaks about the unintended consequences of legalising euthanasia and assisted suicide in New Zealand.
Sounds Catholic May 31 2015.mp3
International Catholic communicator, Fr Robert Barron, offers some beautiful reflections on God, the Holy Trinity. Prayer and music for the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity will also feature.
Sounds Catholic May 17 2015.mp3
Scripture, prayer, music for the Solemnity of the Ascension
Sounds Catholic May 10 2015.mp3
We refelct on the Easter acclamation (Alleluia)
Sounds Catholic April 26 2015.mp3
We feature a documentary from Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland. Three seminarians speak about their discernment of priesthood. We also highlight music for Good Shepherd Sunday.
Sounds Catholic March 29 2015.mp3
We feature "Theology on Tap" where Fr John O'Connor spoke to students in a university pub about the pontificate of the Pope. Hear his observations along with music for Palm Sunday of a recording from a Catholic youth choir in our Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
Sounds Catholic March 1 2015.mp3
We meet Debbie Garrett from Real Choices Australia. Debbie is not a Catholic. She is a post-abortion counsellor and health researcher who recently showed a university audiencethe ways in which abortion affects the health of women. We also feature music for Lent from the Kolbe Singers,a university-based Catholic choral ensemble.
Sounds Catholic February 22 2015.mp3
We visit the Transitional Cathedral for two events involving Catholics. We feature highlights from a service with visiting brothers from the Taizé Community in France. We also join with the Anglican Cathedral Parish for our ecumenical Ash Wednesday service.
Sounds Catholic February 15 2015.mp3
We hear from two young Missionaries of God's Love. They spoke about intentional discipleship at Arise 2014. We feature highlights of their talks along with music from the Catholic Discipleship College in Auckland.