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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH-PASTORAL VISITS. (CONTRIBUTED.)

On Wednesday last, the Right Rev. Dr. Pompallier, Bishop of Auckland, acoompanied by his VioarGeneral, the Rev. Dr. McDonald, made a pastoral visit to St. Mary's College, North Shore. Having arrived there he was hospitably received by the manager (Mr. Mcllhone). In making bis inspection of the institution, his Lordship was very much pleased "Kith the interior < of the building, and especially with the dormitory of the pupils. The children were resembled in the school-room, < where his Lordship addressed them in a paternal! manner, and distributed to them, and to the other 1 members of the college, many religious presents, as a token of his great solicitude for their spiritual good ; and gave them his episcopal benediction. Indeed, this \lsit of his Lordship to the college will be cherished by the children with much gratitude. Dur'ng the Bißhop's stay on this occasion at the North Shore, his old and respected ft lend, Mr. Ihomas Poynton, made a donation of land to his Lordßhip for religious purposes. The gift is very estimable for an educational establishment, having a frontage to the Lake. We are happy to say that this is not the first time that Mr. Poynton and his kind family have manifested their great devotednrss to the Bishop, for it is about 29 years since Mr. Poyaton gave to his Lordship a most filial welcome at flokianga. On the Bishop's arrival from Europe, Mr. Poynton gave him the vie of his own house drring the time that a residence was being built for bis Lordship. On Saturday, the 9th, the Bishop, accompanied, by his Private Secretary, the Very Rev. Walter McDonald, left Auckland for Waipipi. His Lordship engaged for the journey one of Mr. Quick's carriages. On ari.vlng at Dru.y, he was met, according to appointment, by the Rev, J. McEntegart,' rector of the Catholic station of Tuimata. His I ordship and company, hawng been hospitably entertained by the proprietors of the Drury Hotel —Mr.i and Mrs. Oastledine— left again, en route for Waipipi,; a distance of about 25 miles, and arrived at Mr.' Campbells hotel, Waiuku, at 9 o'clock p.m. His Lordship remained at the above hotel during the' night, where the kindest attention was given to 1 him. On the following morning (Sunday) he pror^eded on his journey, accompanied by many of the' fAitbfpi of Mauku. On arriving at the Waipipi settlement, Us Lordship was mo^t cordially received by the pastor of the d'Strict, and the faithful who had assembled to assist at the imposing ceremony of the blessing of the neat little church just finished. Its dimensions are as follow : —Length, 36 feet ; breadth, 16 feet; and height of studs, 9 feet. It is well ventilated, having three windows on each side. The sacristy is 16 feet by 7 feet, with two windows. There is immediately over the front door a very neat cross, which gives the church a very religious appearance. Ihe building indeed reflects much credit on the contractor, Mr. Twambley. Immediately after his Lordship's arrival the blessing of the ohuroh commenced. His Lordship was assisted on the occasion by the Very Rev. Walter McDonald, private secretary; and Rev. James MoEntegart. The oeremony of blessing being over, mass of the day (coram Pontifice) was celebrated by Father Walter McDonald, his Lordship being assisted by Father McEntegart. After the Gospel the Bishop delivered a very eloquent and pastoral discourse, taking for his text, " Ecclesia Dei veri columna et firmamentum veritatis." His Lordship at the conclusion of his sermon imparted his episcopal benediction. After mass, the faithful presented the following address to his Lordship, which was read in their name by the Rev. Father McEntegai i, in an impressive and audible manner: — "My Lord Bishop, —lmpress-1 ag we no doubt feel with the high appreciation of the honour conferred on our district by your Lordship visiting us in this remote place, and performing in person the ceremony of the blessing of our new church, we come now to meet your Lordship, and tender our sincerest thanks to you. We frelthe more grateful when we take into consideration the venerable old age and aspect which we truly see in your parson, and 'must feel ourselves stimulated to exertion in our different callings in life when such a brilliant example is set us by your Lordship, the Apostle of New Zealand. We congrahilate you on the excellent state of health you are in after a very laborious stewardship of thiity years in the cause of our holy religion. It is needless to say much about our new church, as its exterior is rather humble; but, to say that which is true, it far exceeds the expectation of those you see before you. Ita commg into existence is to be attributed primarily to the exertions of Father McEntegart, next to your Lordship, who sanctioned our petition; and lastly through, in faot, those Christians who have contributed their mite with cheerfulness and willingness—through them we have a house in which we can meet to pay our tribute of respeot, love, and adoration to our Creator, I sheltered from the wind and the raia ; through tliem the education of our children will be rendered a matter of no great difficulty, and a home provided for our priest when he visits our district. Our wants are now nearly supplied. The fact of your visit to us will be always fostered in our nrnda and those of our children. On* devotion and attachment to the herd of our Church, the representat'Ve of the good Pius TX. in New Zealand, will be cemented and augmented to stand,the test of equality in Christendom. You will, then, accept the goodwill and thanks of our district, the only and best tribute we can confer on you for the honour bestowed on us. We wish you a continuation of the good health you now enjoy, and a safe return to Auckland, many years presiding over us in t'^is diocese. From the faithful of Waipipi." - The Bishop replied to this address in words ex-[ preisive of his great appieciation for the filial sentiments therein contained, and fervently wished to the pastor and flock in the Waipipi district all spiritual and temporal blessings, and imparted to the whole assembly his episcopal benediction. The edifying ceremonies of the Church being ended, his Lordship, aeoompanied by his clergy and many of the faithful, returned to Mr. Campbells hotel, where the greatest kindness awaited him. Next day (Monday), the Bishop visited Tuimata, and was most cordially received at the Presbytery by the Rev. Father McEntegart; and after partaking of some refreshment, his Lordship returned to Auckland, where he arrived at half-past 9 o'clock p.m. Much credit is duo to Mr. John Connolly, who, during two days of continual rain, to ably conducted the carriage for his Lordship. a The road in many places, and especially some bridges, were in a very bad state from the inclemency of the weather. It is, indeed, due to his very judicious management of the horses, and his active exertions, that this journey has been so successfully performed. We are sure that the good people of Waipipi, and other districts so kindly visited by the Bishop on this happy occasion, will remember with deep sentiments of fi'ial gratitude his Lordship's salutary visit. ___—

From Dunkeld, a correspondent writes to the Argus:— "Out grain crops are all in, and are equal to our most sanguine wishes. Potatoes, lacking moisture, are mostly a failure in our immediate neighbourhood. The weather has changed to a delightful degree of coolness. None of the stations have suffered anything from fire around Dunkeld, that I have heard of, and I hope they \i'A\ nut. There was a heavy fire raging U Viotoria .Ranges last week, but it is now extinguished."

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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH-PASTORAL VISITS. (CONTRIBUTED.), Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXIII, Issue 2983, 15 February 1867

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