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The Season of Advent | Traditions for your whānau

The Season of Advent | Traditions for your whānau

Out of all the liturgical seasons in the Church's calendar, I enjoy Advent the most. Not only does it herald the approach of my favourite time of year (hello summer!), I also love the build-up to Christmas and the time spent preparing, planning and reflecting. In the...

In the voice of Young People | Where to from here?

In the voice of Young People | Where to from here?

There was a strong focus on engaging school children, young  people, and their families in the synod process. It was interesting to note that many of the issues raised by these young people were the same ones raised by the older participants. A notable voice came...

Looking Forward | Upcoming Events for Young People

Looking Forward | Upcoming Events for Young People

What's coming up for our young people? Last month brought an end to the Covid-19 restrictions that had been an integral part of our lives for the past 2 years. The government stated it was time to "move forward with certainty" and "turn the page" on this unprecetended...

The Body and Blood of Christ | Feast of Corpus Christi

The Body and Blood of Christ | Feast of Corpus Christi

UNITED IN PRAYER A PRAYER RESOURCE FOR FAMILIES, INDIVIDUALS AND HOUSEHOLDS.The Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord (Year B) Pause Take a moment to still yourself. Take a deep breath and ask God for a renewed sense of presence with you in this moment. Opening Prayer...

The Gift of the Spirit | Prayer for Pentecost Sunday

The Gift of the Spirit | Prayer for Pentecost Sunday

UNITED IN PRAYER A PRAYER RESOURCE FOR FAMILIES, INDIVIDUALS AND HOUSEHOLDS.Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Pentecost is known as the birthday of the church. Pentecost is a particularly special feast for us as a Diocese, because of the...

Lest We Forget | ANZAC Day 2021

Lest We Forget | ANZAC Day 2021

This year, April 25 combines ANZAC Day, Good Shepherd Sunday, the beginning of National Vocations Awareness Week, and the Fourth Sunday of Easter, all on the same day! Below you can read and download various prayers, articles and reflections from different sources in...

Why would we call it Good Friday?

Why would we call it Good Friday?

Even if you’re only remotely familiar with Catholicism, you’ll probably be aware that Good Friday is a special day in the Church’s calendar. In fact, it is one of the most holy days in the entire church year. It is the day where Catholics and Christians around the...

Lenten Reflections – What Does Lent Mean to You?

Lenten Reflections – What Does Lent Mean to You?

We asked a few people to share some personal reflections on what the season of Lent means to them, and how they plan to fast, pray and give alms this year. "I've never really been one to give up something during Lent (like chocolate, sweets, caffine) because I don’t...

Lent Part 2 | Prayer for Sunday, 28th February

Lent Part 2 | Prayer for Sunday, 28th February

UNITED IN PRAYER A PRAYER RESOURCE FOR FAMILIES, INDIVIDUALS AND HOUSEHOLDS.Second Sunday in LentLearn more about Lent > Pause Take a moment to still yourself. Take a deep breath and ask God for a renewed sense of presence with you in this moment. Opening Prayer O...

Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis | March 13, 2021

Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis | March 13, 2021

At 7:06pm on March 13, 2013, white smoke poured from the Sistine Chapel and bells rang out from St Peter’s Basilica, announcing the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as 266th Pope.Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1936, Bergoglio first worked as a nightclub...

Lenten Growth

Lenten Growth

― Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel(quoting Pope John XXIII in 1958)You might not know that the word Lent comes from the Old English “lengthening of days” or springtime. Here in the Southern Hemisphere there’s a touch of autumn in the air so it...

Why do we eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?

Why do we eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?

For many people, the day before Ash Wednesday is marked by over-indulging in pancakes and frantically trying to think of something to give up for Lent. But there's more to Shrove Tuesday than pancakes ... The name 'Shrove Tuesday' comes from the word shrive, meaning...

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