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6th Auckland World Youth Day Experience

ACYM is pleased to invite you and your group for the 6th Auckland World Youth Day Experience. We welcome participation in this event by young people aged 13-35 and their leaders and supporters. The aim of the Auckland WYD Experience is to provide young people with a taste of the International World Youth Day right here in Auckland. This event is free. Young and old are welcome to attend.

Please join us - for the whole event, parts that are of interest to you or for the Diocesan Youth Mass celebrated by Bishop Patrick Dunn, Bishop of Auckland

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

How many of us have come to a fork in the road? No car map, no coverage for the GPS to work, we find ourselves seeking direction.

As the journeys and detours of life present themselves we have the opportunity to take up challenges of life and quest forward or we can become like the preacher and as such wearily lament "in my opinion, nothing is worthwhile; everything is futile."

I recently had a birthday. Not a big "0" birthday but certainly a road bump in life. As I look back on the journey and detours thus far I see both success and failure but generally speaking I can be quite content where life has had me arrive at today.

But life is more than achievements and qualifications. Life is more than landmarks and beautiful visages. Life is more than what I can look back in satisfaction to or even foresee for the future.

A prominent US politician has said "Christianity is not the faith of the complacent, the comfortable or of the timid. It demands and creates heroic souls like Wesley, Wilberforce, Bonhoeffer, John Paul II, and Billy Graham. Each showed, in their own way, the relentless and powerful influence of the message of Jesus Christ."

We need to be relentless in our labours to meet the needs of this life and to build towards the values and virtues that are eternal.

We need to rise in the morning and aspire to live as Jesus Christ or indeed all in vanity.

Phillip Hadley


The Law of Love

Christ proposed as the distinctive sign of his disciples the law of love and the gift of self for others (cf. Mt 22:39; Jn 13:34)

"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends" (Jn 15:13)

Love also bears fruit in mercy and forgiveness.

Amoris Laetitia #27


Let us pray for the victims of gratuitous violence in the world today,

but let us not think of revenge but of understanding, mercy and forgiveness.

If we think revenge and hatred then evil has triumphed. We pray also for the perpetrators.

The Year of Mercy – The Pastoral Plan in Action

"But go and learn what this means 'I desire mercy not sacrifice'".a 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

Bishop of Auckland to highlight social justice week with own migration story
28-07-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand 28 July 2016 At a time when the number of international migrants is growing faster than the world’s population (according to the UN), the theme of migration for the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ annual Social Justice Week is very pertinent. Held from 11-17 September in 2016, Bishop Patrick Dunn and Caritas […]

14-07-2016 | Karen O'Connell

Support the Red Cross at this movie fundraiser “The Innocents”. Based on a true story from post-WW II Poland, this drama follows a young French Red Cross doctor who finds herself caught up in the lives of nuns, traumatised and shamed by their wartime suffering. When: Wednesday 27 July 2016, 6.15pm Where: Civic Theatre 269 […]

100 quality, warm & weatherproof coats for the homeless gifted to Auckland Diocese
06-07-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

  One hundred high quality coats, specially tailored to fit a wide range of sizes, have been gifted to the Diocese of Auckland for distribution to the city’s homeless by one of the oldest institutions of Western & Christian civilisation, the Sovereign Order of Malta, through its Sydney members. The coats are being distributed by […]

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 […]

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