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Coronavirus & Liturgy

By Karen / February 4, 2020
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    National Liturgy Office NZCBC, Wellington 30 January 2020   With New Zealand health officials saying that it is highly likely that the Wuhan Coronavirus will arrive in our country, every institution and gathering place needs to take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of all people. This affects our celebrations of the Mass and other parish gatherings, and especially the reception of Holy Communion. Should outbreaks of the virus be recorded in New Zealand, up to date information and clear procedures will be implemented, but at this time it is sufficient to remind parishioners that: the reception of the Body and Blood of Jesus in communion from the chalice as well as in the host, while a more complete sign of communion, is not necessary in order to receive all the fruit of Eucharistic grace, since each form alone is the complete reality of Jesus Christ. Therefore it …
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NZ Missionaries Share Pope’s Vision in Thailand

By Karen / October 10, 2019
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Two New Zealand missionaries working in Thailand feature in a video marking October as the Pope’s Extraordinary Month of Missions. Father Frank Bird SM and Katie Fisher are volunteer teachers at a Marist school in Ranong, a fishing town in southern Thailand on the border with Myanmar. The town has many Burmese migrant worker families whose children can attend from pre-school right through to university level, the latter online via Australian Catholic University. Pope Francis has called October the Extraordinary Month of Missions because he strongly believes that missionary work is an important part of being Catholic. Father Bernard Espiritu of Missio.NZ asked Catholic Discovery – the Catholic Enquiry Centre’s online resource – to find a story of New Zealand volunteers working abroad. The Ranong video is the result. Father Frank is the Director of the Marist Asia Foundation, an institute that provides education to Burmese migrant children, who can …
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Zero Carbon Submission / J & P Commission

By Karen / August 27, 2019
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SUBMISSION to the Environment Select Committee on Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill. COMMISSION STATEMENT The Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland supports the Bill to be passed into law with some modifications as recommended. To read more Written submission on Zero Carbon Bill Final Oral Submission on Zero Carbon Amendment Bill

Justice and Peace Commission Newsletter

By Karen / February 28, 2019
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Welcome to the first edition of the Auckland Catholic Diocese Justice and Peace Commission’s newsletter.. Please click here to read more

We Are All Called

By Karen / October 8, 2018
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Called by Baptism When people talk about vocations in the Church they are often referring to those who have taken religious or clerical vows; priests, brothers, sisters, nuns. Yet statistically the majority of the People of God do not fit such criteria. Yet all the Baptised are called. The very meaning of the word vocation comes from the Latin vocatio, a calling or summoning. Sometimes it also seems that laity are enabled to take on roles because there are a shortage of priests or religious, as gap fillers. Yet the place and work of the lay faithful in the Church is given directly to them by the Holy Spirit. Paul VI made this quite explicit when he wrote [The laity] are assigned to the apostolate by the Lord Himself. They are consecrated for the royal priesthood and the holy people not only that they may offer spiritual sacrifices in everything …
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The Season of Discipleship

By Karen / October 8, 2018
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‘Ordinary’ Faith? The term Ordinary Time used for the longest season of the Liturgical Calendar can be confusing. When we use the word ‘ordinary’ in everyday language we are usually referring to something normal, unexceptional, commonplace maybe something that’s not that important. Ordinary Time however is none of these things. The name for this season reflects the fact that the Sundays are numbered Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, for example. The word’s origin is in Latin, from ordo, which is also the root of the word order. In the liturgical seasons of Christmas and Easter the emphasis is on celebratory feasting. In Advent and Lent the emphasis is on penance/preparation. In Ordinary Time we are watchful and expectant of the Second Coming of Christ, we are neither feasting nor severely penitent. This is the ‘ordered’ time of the Liturgical Year. Not Just About Colour We know that during Ordinary Time …
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National Liturgy Office Newsletter

By Karen / October 5, 2018
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Kia ora tātou katoa, September – springtime provides the environment for celebrating the Season of Creation, one of 3 key items of interest in this NLO Quick Guide. 2 practical templates to assist with guidelines and preparation for Celebrating Masses with Children Resources to support the Season of Creation A collection of prayer resources for use In Times of Trial Around Sexual Abuse NLO Quick Guide September 2018 Some of you forward on this email, others cut and paste items into clergy, parish or school newsletters. Thank you for everything you do to keep others in the ‘liturgy loop’!  New directions are being sought for the work of the National Liturgy Office.  I am signing off for the last time; retirement beckons. With heartfelt appreciation for our connection over the years, Louise

Te Koropiko September 2018

By Karen / October 5, 2018
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Te Koropiko –  September 2018   Please pass this newsletter on, where appropriate, to liturgy committees, parish council and finance members, and interested parishioners,  particularly those in liturgical ministries.