"Pour out upon us the power of your love.." LS 246
"For all things speak of you..." Laudato Si 246
“The world is a joyful mystery." Laudato Si 12
“We journey through this land seeking God" LS 244
Photo of the ADW Thinking Stone - carved in Oamaru stone by Master Carver, Lou Kereopa, it is rich in Christian Māori symbolism

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Cardinal John Dew

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This is nearly the end of the first week of Advent, the first week of the Church’s year. This year I feel haven’t had the time to prepare well for Advent and I don’t want to lose the opportunities these Advent days offer with their powerful Scriptures which give us so much material for reflection and prayer. Our environment is speaking to us of the waiting and anticipation which are so much part of Advent. The flower buds on the Pohutukawa are moving towards that moment when they come forth as beautiful red flowers. With the emphasis everywhere on the COVID-19 changes and the new variant, it is easy to overlook the presence of Advent. Leave aside the news cycle and be refreshed by this loveliest of liturgical seasons. ... See MoreSee Less
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Pope opens landmark Synod

WelCom November 2021 At the formal opening of the Synod of Bishops on Synodality on October 10, Pope Francis expressed his desire that it be an experience in which everyone…