"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

4 days ago

Yesterday we were welcomed to Pukekaraka Marie, into the meeting House Te Hine Nui o Te Ao Katoa. There was a special emphasis on welcoming Archbishop Paul and he celebrated Mass in St Mary’s Church. After Mass we went back to the meeting house, and there was a presentation about how Pukekaraka was a marae with a Church, not the other way around, as the People of Ngati Kapu Manawawhiti welcomed the Gospel and the Church and provided land. Oriwia spoke about the renewal of the Covenant last year and the symbolism of the two pieces of wood that come together as one, and then we had Kai together. A memorable experience for us all, particularly in the light of the Covenant signed last year. ... See MoreSee Less

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Uncertain future for landmark church

St Gerard’s Church is to be closed. The last Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal John Dew on Pentecost Sunday, 24 May 2021. St Gerard’s Church, which is part of…