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March 15, 2021

Pope Francis is calling for us to be a church of missionary disciples.

This Pastoral Day will be an opportunity for nominated Lay Leaders to gather with Clergy from the Diocese of Palmerston North to explore what this means for us and our mission.

We invite you to come and explore a key tool for evangelisation, meet with others from around the Diocese and discover more about your role in leading in your local community as we all respond to the Great Commission to go and make disciples.


Friday 18th June (Clergy & Diocesan Staff)

Forming Missionary Disciples: Pastoral Day
Te Rau Aroha Diocesan Centre
9:30am to 5:00pm

Followed by Mass and Evening Programme with Lay Leaders.

Friday 18th June (Clergy/Lay Leaders/Staff)


Celebration of the Eucharist
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit


Evening Programme – The AlphaExperience
Te Rau Aroha Diocesan Centre
6:30pm to 8:30pm (approx.)

Including dinner, a short presentation and discussion 

Saturday 19th June (Clergy/Lay Leaders/Staff)

Morning Programme – Tools for Mission: Pastoral Conversation
A deep dive look at ALPHA as a tool for evangelisation.


Te Rau Aroha Diocesan Centre
9:00am to 11:45am

Including morning tea and concluding with Mass beginning at 12noon. A light lunch will be provided after Mass.


What is a Pastoral Day?

Pastoral days have a been held annually in the Diocese of Palmerston North for a number of years.

Pastoral Days offer a collective place of discussion for people from various ministries, communities, regions and walks of life, and to give insights into specific pastoral needs.

Who is invited?

Participants attending a Pastoral Day may differ somewhat each year. In 2021 clergy from the Diocese of Palmerston North will nominate several lay leaders from their Pastoral Area to join them in attending the Friday Evening & Saturday Morning Sessions.

Some Diocesan Staff will also be part of this years gathering.

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith.

Each session looks at a different question and is designed to create conversations. There’s no pressure, no follow-up and no charge; it’s just an open, informal, and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together. Alpha is currently used as a key tool for evangelisation in many parishes.

Find out more about Alpha as a tool for evangelisation here.

Listen to some stories about Alpha and its impact on some Catholics and New Zealanders here.

Want to find even more about Alpha? They’re running a online Leadership Conference in May. You can register for free here!

Where is it held and where can I park?

The Pastoral Day is being held in Palmerston North, between The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit and Te Rau Aroha – The Diocesan Centre (which are both on the same site). 


There is limited parking at the Diocesan Centre (carparks 21-23 & 35-49). There maybe parks available in the ‘Wilson’s’ car park on the corner of Amesbury and Broadway. There are also parks available behind the Cathedral, where you can park in the white lined carparks. You could also enquire at your accommodation if you can park your vehicle there before check in.

Privacy Statement for Registration for Pastoral Day 2021.

We collect personal information from you, including information about your: name and contact information. We collect your personal information in order to organise the event you are registering for and communicate with you. Providing some information is optional. If you choose not to enter contact details, we’ll be unable to communicate with you.

We keep your information safe by only using it for the purpose of this event and to communicate with you afterwards.

You have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information we hold about you, and to ask for it to be corrected if you think it is wrong. If you’d like to ask for a copy of your information, or to have it corrected, please contact us at communciations@pndiocese.org.nz

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