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Dear friends, welcome!

As Bishop of Auckland I welcome you to our website, which is part of our mission to bring and share the Good News of Jesus Christ who said, “I have come that you may have life and have it in abundance.” (John 10:10)

May it assist you to discover the hope, the joy and the peace of the message of Jesus in the worship, the people and the activities of our Catholic community of the Diocese of Auckland.

Above all may you find here the person of Jesus, who is at the very heart of who we are and all that we do.

May God bless you.

Bishop of Auckland

Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus et Sanguis Christi)

In keeping the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus et Sanguis Christi) we recall who we are! In the Eucharist a body broken is broken for a broken people. Participating in the Eucharist and receiving of the consecrated bread and wine nourishes us for the journey, it feeds our hunger and quenches our thirst.

In Catholic churches, basilicas, chapels, monasteries, convents, oratories and schools throughout the world the presence of Christ is reserved in the Tabernacle. As such the presence of God dwelt in the Temple in Jerusalem.

The reservation of the Sacrament for Catholic Christians is firstly to provide nourishment for the sick and then for adoration. In the Eucharist we ideally receive from bread and wine consecrated in that celebration.

Most profoundly Catholic Christians are asked to take the presence of God, made manifest in Jesus, with them wherever they go.

As we recall the sacred and nourishing presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, as we keep the solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus et Sanguis Christi), may we take seriously the commission at the end of our Eucharistic celebration to “Go.”

While the presence of Jesus is reserved in the Tabernacle and we are housed in warmth with the conveniences of modern life, including Internet, mobile phones, and the basics of warmth as well as food and drink, let us pray for the members of Christ’s body who are displaced and made homeless by war, violence, or prevailing economic policies.

As Pope Francis has taught: the Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak (EG 47). May we always in receiving the Eucharist be that medicine and nourishment for the weak. And may we also take heed of Pope Francis when he states: in some people we see an ostentatious preoccupation for the liturgy, for doctrine and for the Church’s prestige, but without any concern that the Gospel have a real impact on God’s faithful people and the concrete needs of the present time (EG 95). Let us be open to the efficacy of God’s grace, love and life recognising the help of the Sacraments for those who human eyes and attitudes might exclude (see AL 305 fn 351).


How is Jesus Present?’ Music & Words: © Cecily Sheehy – Alleluia Aotearoa 64

How is Jesus present?
How is Jesus present?
How is Jesus present today?
Tell me how he’s present.
Tell me how he’s present.
Tell me how he’s present today.


He’s present in the children, present in the family, present in the meal that you share. He’s present when you’re laughing, present when you’re giving, present when you listen and care.

But I cannot see him, but I cannot see him, but I cannot see him today. Are you just pretending? How can it be real? I would like to see him today.

Every time you listen, every time you’re sorry, every time you care for a friend, that is when he’s present, though you do not see him, “I am with you always”, he said.

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


BUDGET 2016
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


Catholic Community Network event 11 April
06-04-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

CCN 11 Apr 2016 – Website-1 Catholic Community Network event 11 April is published on 2016-04-06T09:23:52+12:00 and last modified: 2016-04-06T09:23:52+12:00 by Lyndsay Freer



05-04-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

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St Peter Aloysius Mary Chanel
04-04-2016 | superadmin

Pierre Chanel was a quiet-mannered Catholic missionary who spent three and a half years on the island of Futuna. He was unrewarded by any conspicuous accomplishment except that he was murdered in 1841. Pierre was an unlikely candidate for fame. However, his notability has become deep-rooted and widespread and, above all, remains current today. Chanel’s […]


150 Year Celebration of the Josephites  
19-03-2016 | superadmin

The Sisters of St Joseph, known as the Josephites, will on the 19th March, 2016 celebrate the 150th anniversary of their founding by the now Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop and Father Julian Tenison Woods in Penola, South Australia. The Josephites, are an extraordinary congregation of Sisters affectionately known as the Josephites or the […]

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