Diocesan Announcements

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

URGENT UPDATE ON COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) TO CATHOLIC DIOCESES & PARISHES

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 …
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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 Louisa Rani / 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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