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Exposed to the Light

By Karen / September 10, 2021
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“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention the things done by them in secret; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible,  for everything that becomes visible is light.”  Ephesians 5: 8-14 (NABRE) “You were darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord; behave as children of light, for the effects of the light are seen in complete goodness and uprightness and truth. Try to discover what the Lord wants of you, take no part in the futile works of darkness but, on the contrary, show them up for what they are. The things which are done in secret are shameful even to speak of; but anything shown up by the light will be illuminated and anything illuminated …
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Justice & Peace Commission of Auckland Diocese finds 2020 Budget encouraging, but with some omissions

By Karen / May 14, 2020
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Akl Catholic Justice Peace Commission media release on 2020 Budget

New CEO of Catholic Education Office

By Karen / May 5, 2020
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NEWS RELEASE 1 May 2020 Dr Kevin Shore has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the NZ Catholic Education Office, replacing Mr Paul Ferris QSM, who is retiring at a date to be set later this year. Dr Shore will be Chief Executive of both NZCEO and the Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools (APIS). Dr Shore is currently the Principal of St Peter’s College, Palmerston North, and previously Principal of Cullinane College, Whanganui. He has a Doctorate of Education, a Masters in Educational Administration, a Post Graduate Diploma in Technology Education; and an NZ Civil Engineering Certificate (from a previous life!). His leadership has been in both state and state integrated schools over the past 25 years. Following his doctorate, he has been published in a number of professional journals as he focused on growing leadership in our schools. Dr Shore has a strong commitment to te …
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By Karen / March 13, 2020
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FRIDAY 13 MARCH 2020 URGENT UPDATE issued by the NZ Catholic Bishops under the advice of Fr John O’Connor, Acting Director, National Liturgy Office. Tēnā koutou katoa friends The National Liturgy Office and NZ Catholic Bishops have received important new advice today from the Ministry of Health. This advice specifically says we should desist with “the sharing of communion cups and shared holy water, and hand shaking.” Having received this, we are now updating our previous advice on these matters. We now ask that: At the Sign of Peace, people should avoid shaking hands or other contact with one another, and instead smile, nod or bow to one another. Holy Communion is not to be distributed from the chalice. Communion is only to be distributed in the hand, not on the tongue. • Holy water is to be removed from stoups and containers at the church door. Priests should not …

New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Relations reflects on the tragedy of 15 March in Christchurch last year

By Karen / March 13, 2020
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12th March 2020 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Aotearoa New Zealand, At this time in particular we feel the powerful call to be people of peace. This beautiful concept is foundational in all religions, and in our shared Abrahamic tradition it is richly expressed through words such as Salaam and Shalom. If we allow it, the call to peace crosses all divides and draws not only our thoughts and actions towards non-violence, but also our hearts and prayers towards God. It is at such times as this that as people of faith we particularly consider what it means to be people of God. We are conscious that our Muslim brothers and sisters are asking us to pray, and especially to pray for peace this March. They do not ask that we pray for those they believe have no need of our prayers – such as those who have already gone …
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A Public Lecture on “Governance and Abuse in the Church”

By Karen / February 14, 2020
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A public talk open to all – a talk not to be missed. Get to learn about the latest developments on the latest events in the Church. No registrations required, just turn up and be the first to hear from a female renowned international speaker, who is an expert in the Canon Law of the Church. Dr. Myriam Wijlens, Ph.D, is on several Pontifical Commissions with the Church, and she is a Professor of Canon Law, at the Faculty of Theology, University of Erfurt, Germany. Dr. Myriam also has deep interest on the proposed developments of structures within the Church to increase lay participation.   Come one, Come All.

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