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Sir Bill and Lady Mary English speakers for inaugural Cardinal’s luncheon

A regular gathering for Catholic business and community leaders is one of many new initiatives stemming from the 2017 Archdiocese Synod, to particularly engage with new future leaders. Primarily this initiative aims to: find leadership in the Catholic community; create new environments where business and community leaders can engage with the Church; provide opportunities for

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Homilies and Reconciliation

Ngā Mihi Nui ki a koutou katoa This is the time of the year when the Clergy of the diocese gather, diocesan clergy and religious order clergy, to celebrate with and honour those who have reached Ordination Jubilees. Yesterday we gathered for Mass and a luncheon to honour Fr Pat McCann SM who celebrated 65

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Walking the Camino

Greetings and all good wishes from Portugal, where I am walking the Potuguese Camino, from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostella in Spain. I have been on the road for 11 days now and have arrived at a small town called Mealhada, having now walked 284 kms. I have been reminded again, as I was reminded

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018

Resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018 (13-20 May) Introduction to the Resources Order of Service for an ecumenical parish or diocesan celebration (2 options) Liturgy 1 Liturgy 2 Liturgy Leaders Guide Prayers 8 days Eight Days of Prayer for Christian Unity Single Prayer for Christian Unity Prayers for use at Mass

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The mystery among us

I am always amused when at Christmas and Easter so many people say, “This is of course your busy time of the year.” I am amused because for me it is not. I celebrate the liturgies, prepare many homilies, but I never see it as busy. I see it as an incredible privilege to be

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Finding our way

I invite you to look at the Holy Father’s prayer intentions video for this the month of March. He tells us in this short video clip “the time in which we live calls us to develop a deep capacity for discernment.” www.thepopevideo.org Last year in the process leading up to our Archdiocesan Synod we used

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Lent and the 16th February

Dear Friends This time next week we will be in Lent and Pope Francis has told us in his 2018 Lenten Message: “Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.”  He went on to say, “I would like again this year to help

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Thank you!

As the year draws to a close – Thank you!  It will take me more than two words to say a sincere thanks to so many of you for so many things this year. Throughout the year we have been working on firmly establishing Stewardship in the Archdiocese. This has involved a number of very

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Young Catholic’s success in public speaking

The Stockley Cup is the premier public speaking competition for high school students in the Wellington region. Held annually, the competition brings together the best public speakers and orators from dozens of schools to speak on ideas such as racism, feminism, the relationship between parents and kids, and religion. Last year in 2016, talented young Ohariu parishioner,

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Lectio Divina in parishes

On Sunday 29 October people attending Mass in the Archdiocese took part in a Lectio Divina exercise, designed to introduce them to this form of prayer if they have not encountered it before. The Gospel of the day was used as the Scripture, and a leader took the congregation through the Lectio Divina process in

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