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This is Migrant & Refugee Week

We will be asked if we have helped others to escape the doubt that causes them to fall into despair and which is often a source of loneliness;

Or if we have helped to overcome the ignorance in which millions of people live, especially children deprived of the necessary means to free them from the bonds of poverty

Pope Francis MV16


How have I recognised and helped these people?

How have I been alongside those who are struggling?

How have I helped children to learn more easily?

How often have I visited a person trying to cope in a new culture?




13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

It has become somewhat of a custom, at this of time of year in New Zealand, to sit down with family and friends for a mid-winter Christmas dinner. I suppose it is the secular aspects of Christmas, so much associated with winter, even when we celebrate Christmas in the summer, that make us want to re-create the trappings and trimmings of the festive season in our mid-year winter.

The timing of all this coincides with two Christian festivals – the beheading of John the Baptist (June 24) and that of Peter the leader in faith and Paul the preacher to the world (June 29).

John the Baptist lost his head as did Paul for responding to the call of God, and Peter was crucified by tradition upside down.

On the Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time we are called to set out and not look back.

What might this mean for us? For John the Baptist, Peter and Paul, there was also no turning back.

In recent times we have seen scenes of beheadings as conflicts continue in the region where Jesus trod. In the face of fear, the cause of peace, blood has been spilt. Do we have such resolve in following Jesus?

Are we ready to follow the path of the disciple and go? As Jesus said to Peter:

Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” (He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

(John 21:18-19)


The Year of Mercy – The Pastoral Plan in Action

"But go and learn what this means 'I desire mercy not sacrifice'". Matthew 9:13

The Year of Mercy invites us to walk into the challenge of living the Christian life. To be forgiven and to forgive others. It is a year of reflection and action as we implement the Diocesan Pastoral Plan – Fit for Mission The first priority of Fit for Mission is Go! Parishes, communities, and schools are asked to focus more specifically and practically on reaching out to those outside our communities. To find ways and means to draw them more fully to know and love Christ Jesus. This is what the Church calls mission ad extra (to those beyond our normal boundaries).
A framework for mission and mercy is to explore the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

Let us abandon all
and dread, for these
do not befit men and
women who are loved.
Instead, let us live the
joy of encounter with
the grace that
transforms all.
Pope Francis

Diocesan News

New Zealand Catholic Bishops welcome increased annual refugee quota
14-06-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

The President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, Bishop Patrick Dunn, said that the bishops are pleased the government has announced our refugee quota will be increased to 1,000 from 750. “For an additional 250 people every year who are granted acceptance to make a new home in New Zealand it will be life changing, for […]

Franciscan Vocation Reflection Day. 10th July 2016
14-06-2016 | Karen O'Connell

Vocation Discernment Retreat Sunday 10 July 2016  10.00am-4:00pm A reflection day intended to help young men discover if they have a calling to Religious Life Led by Fr. Anthoni Selvaraj ofm, Vocation Director for the Franciscan Friars in Australia & New Zealand Who is this retreat for? Young Men aged 18-35 who may be considering religious life Where is it being held? St […]

Principal of Catholic Colleges receives Queen’s Birthday Honour and reflects on his long service to boys’ education
08-06-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

Long serving Catholic educator and Principal of several Catholic Colleges, Mr Kieran Fouhy, received an honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to education. He is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM). Tributesto his outstanding contribution to Catholic education have been received from many quarters.  “As a Catholic community, […]

26-05-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

The Justice & Peace Commission of the Auckland Catholic Diocese has issued the following news release regarding the 2016 Budget 26 May 2016 Budget 2016 Housing Recent publicity has again highlighted the desperate situations of many vulnerable families living in overcrowded houses, garages and cars, especially in Auckland. While more funding for emergency housing is […]

Greater need for funding received by Catholic Caring Foundation
23-05-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

  The Catholic Caring Foundation has received an unprecedented number of applications from community agencies seeking funding for their work with the homeless, refugees, families suffering from issues of violence, hunger and addictions as well as other critical social services within the Auckland diocese. “The Caring Foundation is witnessing applications from groups who may not […]

Magic of the mystics revealed in new book
06-05-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

  An inspiring, user-friendly book on the mystics by well-known Marist priest Craig Larkin is soon to be published. An Inner Music provides a fascinating introduction to 20 mystics and spiritual teachers. It also offers a series of down-to-earth reflections on how the profound insights of the spiritual masters can relate to and transform our […]

NPH – Latin American Market
18-04-2016 | Karen O'Connell

  Please join us at the NPH market to help raise funds for the NPH Catholic orphanages in Latin America. The market will be Sunday 1st May 3 – 7pm Freemans Bay, Community Hall. NPH – Latin American Market is published on 2016-04-18T09:44:06+12:00 and last modified: 2016-04-29T11:05:15+12:00 by Karen O’Connell

New Zealanders welcome Pope’s document on Marriage & the family
11-04-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

On 9 April,Pope Francis released his much anticipated document on marriage and the family, following two gatherings of bishops and various lay persons and extensive consultation with Catholics everywhere to discuss the challenges facing families. The document formally called an Apostolic Exhortation and entitled Amoris Laetitia – the Joy of Love, signals the Pope’s vision […]

Launch of biography of Bishop Pompallier
09-04-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

pomp book launch invite for email Launch of biography of Bishop Pompallier is published on 2016-04-09T07:16:42+12:00 and last modified: 2016-04-09T07:16:42+12:00 by Lyndsay Freer

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