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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...

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...

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...

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...

A Universal Church | Stories from World Youth Day

A Universal Church | Stories from World Youth Day

Every two, three or four years an international gathering of young people from all over the world is held in a city chosen by the Pope. It is a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church and an intense moment of evangelization. It brings...

Growing in Synodality

Growing in Synodality

Kia tau te rangimārie ki a koutou,   Over the last few months thousands of people throughout the world have responded to the invitation of Pope Francis to be involved in building a more Synodal church. Through the Synod process, people expressed gratitude for being...

Life’s truth and beauty really does lie in giving

Life’s truth and beauty really does lie in giving

I adore the Easter season in the Catholic Church. Steeped in tradition and solemnity, the 6.5 week period of penitential preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ jolts my ‘Catholicism’ into action, prompting me to reflect on my own actions, intentions,...

A Meeting Point | Unpacking Synodality

A Meeting Point | Unpacking Synodality

In 2020, after 22 consecutive years as the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport dropped to number two, as Covid-19 changed the way we travel. I arrived at this airport eight years earlier for the first time. I had been told,...

Sow seeds of goodness  |  Message for Lent

Sow seeds of goodness | Message for Lent

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCISFOR LENT 2022 “Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest,if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity,let us do good to all” (Gal 6:9-10)   Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is...

Let’s make it an adventure  |  Homily for Opening of Synod 2021-23

Let’s make it an adventure | Homily for Opening of Synod 2021-23

Homily given at st teresa's pro-cathedral, karori & Cathedral of the Holy spirit, Palmerston North Cardinal John Dew   Six years ago today I heard Pope Francis say something I have never forgotten and hope I will never forget. On 17th October 2015 I was in...

Synod 2021-2023

Synod 2021-2023

Ehara taku toa, i te toa takitahi, ēngari e toa takitini. My success is not mine alone, it is ours. The greatest success we will have is from working together. Pope Francis has invited the Catholic Church to embark on a journey together. Through listening and...

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