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Advent Week 3 | Jesse Tree

Advent Week 3 | Jesse Tree

"This Advent let’s remind ourselves of God at work in our world, though the stories of his people in the Bible and their part in the whakapapa (lineage) of Jesus, God’s Big Story that we can be a part of as well. Jesse Trees are a very old Christmas tradition and...

The Jesse Tree | Advent Week 2

The Jesse Tree | Advent Week 2

"This Advent let’s remind ourselves of God at work in our world, though the stories of his people in the Bible and their part in the whakapapa (lineage) of Jesus, God’s Big Story that we can be a part of as well. Jesse Trees are a very old Christmas tradition and...

The Jesse Tree | Advent Week 1

The Jesse Tree | Advent Week 1

"This Advent let’s remind ourselves of God at work in our world, though the stories of his people in the Bible and their part in the whakapapa (lineage) of Jesus, God’s Big Story that we can be a part of as well. Jesse Trees are a very old Christmas tradition and...

Ko te Wā o te Aweneti | The Season of Advent

Ko te Wā o te Aweneti | The Season of Advent

The four-week Season of Advent is a time of prayerful and practical ways to prepare for the celebration of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas Day. Christ was born to bring hope to a darkened world. The Season of Advent offers us a new beginning and a promise of hope for...

Prophecies + Prayers + Poems | Advent Reflection

Prophecies + Prayers + Poems | Advent Reflection

This reflection comes from a homily Bishop Peter gave in Taradale on the First Sunday in Advent in 2018.The beautiful season of Advent invites us to make our own the prophecies and prayers and poetry of the people of old in their longing for the promised Saviour. We...

Continental Stage  |  Synod 2021-2024

Continental Stage | Synod 2021-2024

Some 30 theologians, pastoral workers and bishops gathered from 22 September to 2 October at Frascati near Rome to draft the working document for the continental phase of the Synod. The document is referred to as the Document for the Continental Stage (DCS). It brings...

Celebrating World Youth Day 2022

Celebrating World Youth Day 2022

Parishes may wish to consider including petitions within the Prayer of the Faithful that connect to young people and raise the assembly's awareness of the importance and contribution of youth and young adults to the parish and world.   Prayers of the Faithful for...

Step aside and listen carefully | Season of Creation

Step aside and listen carefully | Season of Creation

We have known from an early age that we have four seasons of the year - spring, summer, autumn, winter. We have known most of our lives that we have liturgical seasons - Lent, Easter, Advent, Christmas. We are currently in the liturgical Season of Creation which will...

He wahine whakapono nui | A woman of great faith

He wahine whakapono nui | A woman of great faith

The Sisters of Compassion are grateful that the National Day celebrating the spirituality and good works of Meri Hohēpa Suzanne Aubert, has become part of the National Liturgy Calendar. In 2022 Celebration Sunday will be held on 2 October. Celebration Sunday enables...

Leadership | Where to from here?

Leadership | Where to from here?

There was a strong call in the submissions for changes to current leadership models. Things that need to be addressed in relation to leadership: representation of diversity in leadership roles co-responsible, shared leadership models clericalism more lay leadership...

Belonging | Where to from here?

Belonging | Where to from here?

There are many diverse experiences of belonging. Many other participants were struck by this - “Our Marae is where we as Maori can go to express every part of our being”, reflecting upon whether they could say the same for themselves in the Church. Often more than...

Inclusion & Welcome | Where to from here?

Inclusion & Welcome | Where to from here?

Submissions pointed to those they feel are being excluded from that journey, including the young; the elderly; women; Maori; migrants; the deaf; the poor; those divorced or separated; those who identify as LGBTQIA+; those who value more conservative or traditional...

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