Stories of Hope is a quarterly A5 black & white publication distributed free to every Catholic home in Our Lady of Hope Parish. It contains reports of topical events, personality profiles, groups within the parish, testimonies, and occasional general articles of interest to Parishioners.
Our mission To promote a sense of community in the Catholic parish of Our Lady of Hope By publishing the full variety of Catholic life in our parish. Principal source of written contributions is the people in our parish.
A quarterly copy in every Parishioner home.
The production team comprises parishioners Michelle Anthony (editor), Bernie Griffin (feature writer) and Jane Langham (layout design), and Fr John van der Kaa as PP.

Printing is by Parish Secretary Jane Lee, and assembly and distribution by a team of volunteer parishioners coordinated by Jane Langham. The principal sources for copy are our parishioners together with some occasional clergy input, a feature column by Bernie Griffin and some other regular features.

TCN generally contains 32 to 40 / A5 size pages with black & white text and photographs; production batches are usually 650 copies.
Deadline notices for copy are published in the parish weekly Happenings newsletter some time before publication date. Regular contributors are also personally advised by email.

Send e-copy to the parish office or direct to Michelle Anthony, (m.anthony@xtra.co.nz) or leave hard copy at the parish office.

We always like to hear about your group or parish organization. We generally prefer content relating to specific events and persons, 300 – 600 words. Short newsy articles, anecdotes, reflections, poems, and page fillers are also needed. E-copy is preferred for long articles so we don’t have to retype them. Accompanying photos in high resolution are welcome.

We welcome items about your group or parish organisation, personal testimony, or any topical aspect of parish interest; news from ethnic or cultural groups within the parish; items of special family events, anniversaries, baptisms or weddings. Personal testimonies or memories of recently deceased members are also welcome.
In the early days of Our Lady of Fatima parish there was a magazine ‘Gleanings’ which was very popular. Fr Chris Penders and Brian Martin had long been keen to see this, or its successor, reintroduced to the parish.

The prime initiator of Tawa Catholic News was Fr Chris Penders, who called together a team in 2002. He had been encouraging Bernie Griffin to take on this task for some time and Bernie produced the first issue of TCN in February 2003, with the original masthead. A second issue was produced in May 2003. From September 2003 Dave Belz became editor. Since then either 3 or 4 issues were produced each year, until 2011 when Dave stepped down as editor. A new team began production in 2014 with Michelle Anthony as editor.

Over the first few years, then parish secretary Helen Hansen photocopied each issue from an original print-off, occasionally using commercial printing services. A willing band of volunteers collated, assembled and distributed copies under Brian Martin (who was a keen supporter of the TCN from its start) and Ray Harriss until Kevin Mackey took over this task a few years later. Brian also canvassed or shoulder-tapped various parishioners for copy, to assist the editors in their task.

In order to improve photo quality, issues over the last few years have been individually printed from the computer file, so that each copy is now an original print. From the initial 28 pages over the first several years, the size of the magazine has now increased to an upper limit of 40 pages. A copy goes to every family on the parish register.

Magazine highlights include the 20 page Spring 2008 supplement for World Youth Day in Sydney, and a Tawa Community Board Civic Award in 2006. The magazine has been especially commended by Cardinal Thomas Williams and Archbishop John Dew, and reflects well on the parish and those who contribute to its success.

In 2015 the Tawa Catholic News changed its name to Stories of Hope in recognition of becoming Our Lady of Hope Parish.
Michelle Anthony - m.anthony@xtra.co.nz

michelle_anthonyMichelle Anthony moved to Tawa, Wellington in January 1989 from Malaysia, where she was born, with her parents and younger brother at the age of 16. She attended Tawa College and has been a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima ever since.

Michelle is of South Indian ethnicity and naturally loves to cook fiery curries. She also loves reading and makes handmade rosaries in her spare time. She has an adult daughter, Chantelle who is also a member of the Parish community.

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