6 – 9 January 2022 // Pilgrimage sites across the Far North // Celebration Mass Totara Point
You are invited to register your parish / faith community to join us in this “sacred journey” of our history
SACRED FOOTSTEPS – NGA TAPUWAE. Many of us have lived in this wonderful paradise of Aotearoa New Zealand, a very blessed and beautiful land that did not come to be this way by accident. We have a wonderful heritage of shared stories and living that brings together the blessing of our shared Christian and Catholic history that has been fought over, shared with, lived in and is a part of our very makeup for nearly 250 years.
Come- share a catholic journey with us -share our stories and walk a way in the footsteps of Pompallier and others, who had a part in the making of Aotearoa New Zealand as she is today.
Celebrate History - Whakanuia te Hitori
Pompallier left France in 1836 with four priests and three brothers of the Marist Order to lead a pioneering Roman Catholic mission to western Oceania. His arrival in New Zealand alarmed James Busby, the official British Resident, who feared it foreshadowed a French attempt to colonise New Zealand
Totara Point marks the site of the first Mass on NZ soil celebrated by Bishop Pompallier in the house of Mary and Thomas Poynton on 13 January 1838. The Plinth commemorates 100 years’ anniversary of that event.
HE HĪKOI WAIRUA SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
The physical act of a pilgrimage allows a sacred place to touch the heart and soul of the individual. A pilgrimage is a symbol of the spiritual journey we are on throughout our lives. This coming January we invite you to make a pilgrimage to Hokianga, the cradle of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The Journey – Te Haerenga
Information - Korero
Costs of the pilgrimage are predominantly aligned to your parish and would include the cost associated with travel such as vans , petrol and insurance and consumable that come with you such as clothes, sleeping bag and personal items.
The only costs that you may need external to this are:
Staying at the Tauteihihi Marae estimated $20 per person per night which includes breakfast & dinner.
The Catholic Diocese of Auckland must indemnify itself again your actions on this pilgrimage. In light of that please review and understand the safeguarding policies of the diocese and their relationship with the safeguarding policies of your parish. These are aligned. It is intended that your parish document and notify all elements of risk (Risk assessment management) to yourselves and those who during the pilgrimage will be around.
See Safeguarding policy here https://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/services/safeguarding/