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Towards October 2024 | Phase 2 of the Synod on Synodality

Towards October 2024 | Phase 2 of the Synod on Synodality

The Second Session of the Synodal Assembly will take place from Wednesday 2 October to Sunday 27 October 2024. The purpose of this session will be to continue the work of the Synod on Synodality around the theme "For a Synodal Church: communion, participation and...

National Vocations Awareness Week 2024

National Vocations Awareness Week 2024

The 61st World Day of Prayer for Vocations, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday, falls this year on Sunday, 21 April. It is a day dedicated to recognising the role of Jesus as the Good Shepherd, and to praying for more people to answer the call to religious and...

Hui Aranga 2024

Hui Aranga 2024

The Hui Aranga has been going since 1946. It is a special time for Māori Katorika to come together over Easter to celebrate in kapa haka, kai, whakawhanaungatanga, and te Wairua Tapu o te Hahi Katorika. Fr Chris Martin SM was involved in organising this year's Hui...

Celebrating our Young People

Celebrating our Young People

Young Church is alive and well in the Diocese of Palmerston North!  From learning about servant leadership at YCL to having fun at Life Teen Summer Camp and celebrating our epic youth ministers, have a read of what's been going on for our young people over the past...

Becoming Catholic | Ko te Hīkoi ki te Hāhi Katorika

Becoming Catholic | Ko te Hīkoi ki te Hāhi Katorika

Becoming Catholic - he Hīkoi Taumano involves immersing oneself in a community of believers who embrace the presence of God by opening their hearts and minds to the teachings of Jesus Christ found in the scriptures, celebrating their faith through liturgy, and...

Love Beyond Words | World Marriage Day 2024

Love Beyond Words | World Marriage Day 2024

World Marriage Day is celebrated in Aotearoa on 13 February 2024. Linked with the Catholic Marriage Movement, it aims to honor the foundational role of husbands and wives in families and society, emphasising values such as faithfulness, sacrifice, and joy in daily...

Something great is about to happen | Advent 2023

Something great is about to happen | Advent 2023

The Church welcomes her children to prepare for Christmas each year with a four-week season called Advent. The word 'Advent' comes from the Latin word 'adventus,' which means 'coming.' Perhaps, then, we might ask ourselves who or what is coming in four weeks' time. My...

Half-time for Synod on Synodality

Half-time for Synod on Synodality

After a month of meetings in Rome, the Synod of Bishops' Synod on Synodality has reached half-time, with delegates departing Rome to bring the experience of synodality back to their home countries. In 11 months time or so, the assembly will reconvene. As they headed...

United in compassionate love  |  Kua kotahi i roto i te Puaroha

United in compassionate love | Kua kotahi i roto i te Puaroha

Celebration Sunday is a day when parishes and communities in Aotearoa New Zealand are invited to pause, reflect, pray and remember Venerable Meri Hohepa Suzanne Aubert. We especially remember on this day, her spirituality, good works and compassionate love for those...

From Flames to Restoration: Cleanup of the Cathedral

From Flames to Restoration: Cleanup of the Cathedral

On April 27 2023, a fire was lit in the day chapel of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Palmerston North.  Despite being quickly extinguished, it caused significant damage to some of the furniture in the day chapel: namely the presider’s chair, the altar, a small...

Journey of Faith | Conversations with WYD23 Pilgrims

Journey of Faith | Conversations with WYD23 Pilgrims

Eleven young people from the Palmerston North Diocese experienced the trip of a lifetime when they attended World Youth Day in August this year. Their pilgrimage took them to sacred sites around France and Portugal before attending the week-long Days in the Diocese...

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