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Remembering Aotearoa’s First Mass

Remembering Aotearoa’s First Mass

This year will mark the 183rd Anniversary of the first Mass celebrated in Aotearoa. On 13th January 1838 Bishop Pompallier led the celebration in Hokianga on the property of timber merchant Thomas and Mary Poyton. The tradition to gather, remember and worship on the...

New Year’s Resolutions for Catholics

New Year’s Resolutions for Catholics

Are you tired of the same old New Year’s goals? Studies have shown that most people choose “eat healthier”, “do more exercise/lose weight” and “save money” as their top 3 New Year resolutions. While there’s nothing wrong with these, here are some alternative goals...

Christmas Family Movie Night? – Your Guide

Christmas Family Movie Night? – Your Guide

You can't get away from them at this time of year - Christmas movies are everywhere! But which ones are worth watching and which are just too cheesy to bear? The Comms team decided to embark on a Movie Marathon and have come up with a list of family movies to watch...

Looking back over the past 40 years

Looking back over the past 40 years

We asked several people who had been close to Bishop Peter and/or significantly involved with Diocesan projects over the past 40 years to share some memories of their experiences. These are their stories.  I was asked to be the Deacon who proclaimed the gospel at the...

Reflections from a Bishop’s PA

Reflections from a Bishop’s PA

Margaret Broderick began as Bishop Peter’s typist in 1986 and took over as secretary from Carol Myres several years later. She has many memories of the formation of the Diocese, and of working for Bishop Peter until his retirement in 2012. I remember I sang in the...

Joyful Expectation  | Celebrating the Season of Advent

Joyful Expectation | Celebrating the Season of Advent

Advent - Te Wā o Aweneti   The significance of Advent The New Zealand National Liturgy Office says that Advent has a twofold character: "as a time to prepare for the solemnity of Christmas when the Son of God's first coming to us is remembered, and as a season...

Roadmaps for Transformation

Roadmaps for Transformation

In November, a small team delivered the 'Diocese of Palmerston North 2020 Update' in various locations around the Diocese. As part of this 'Update', I delivered a short presentation called 'Roadmaps for Transformation'. This article is a summary of that presentation....

The Meaning and Importance of the Nativity Scene

The Meaning and Importance of the Nativity Scene

APOSTOLIC LETTER ADMIRABILE SIGNUM OF THE HOLY FATHERFRANCISON THE MEANING AND IMPORTANCEOF THE NATIVITY SCENE Abridged Version 1. The enchanting image of the Christmas crèche, so dear to the Christian people, never ceases to arouse amazement and wonder. The depiction...

This is your Diocese:  Celebrating 40 years

This is your Diocese: Celebrating 40 years

What is a Diocese? The meaning of "diocese" is to be found in the meaning of "Church." The meaning of Church is to be found in the mission of the Son and the mission of the Holy Spirit, who were sent to make known the Father's love for his creation. That's where it...

World Mission Sunday  I  Message from Pope Francis

World Mission Sunday I Message from Pope Francis

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCISFOR WORLD MISSION DAY 2020 Here am I, send me (Is 6:8)   Dear Brothers and Sisters, I wish to express my gratitude to God for the commitment with which the Church throughout the world carried out the Extraordinary Missionary...

Valuing the Vulnerable – Respect Life Sunday

Valuing the Vulnerable – Respect Life Sunday

In the Gospel for Respect Life Sunday, 11 October 2020, some who are invited to a feast prioritise their farm or business work over the invitation, and refuse to come. The King instead fills his hall with all he can find, regardless of their status, worth and...

To be human is to be vulnerable

To be human is to be vulnerable

I am a palliative care nurse practitioner, and so work with the terminally ill every day. Approaching the end of one’s life is a highly vulnerable time, whether you are old, ill or marginalised. Yet, it is clear to me that to be human is to be vulnerable. However,...

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