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.
Walk Together – Haere Hoa
As we walk – we learn. Sharing the journey brings with it revelation.
Revelation of our history, revelation of our purpose, revelation of our Mahi. Living and sharing together by the journey, by walking together draw us to our creator.
Come walk with us – come and no matter where you are from, learn who you are here and your place in Aotearoa New Zealand in our identity as Catholic as Christian and as people of this nation.
The Journey – Te Haerenga
In 1839, 6months before the Treaty was signed, Pompallier established the headquarters for his Vicariate of Western Oceania at Kororāreka, directly across from the rival Anglican mission at Paihia. The bishop paid trader Benjamin Turner an exorbitant £370 for a cottage and a narrow beachfront section.
Lord of The Forest
The name Tane-mahuta refers to the canoes in which men paddle; they go on board, then speed across the ocean. Then they land (‘mahuta’) from their canoe; they go ashore, joyfully arriving at whatsoever place they wish, and are not wet from the water. As though they were merely crossing a wide path, they travel dry-shod across the ocean. Now this is due to Tane, for canoes are made from the trees of the forest; it is for this reason that canoes are known as ‘the trunk of Tane’.
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/
You should take everything you need to be comfortable for the duration of your pilgrimage. This includes clothes, sleeping gear suitable for the marae (sleeping bag, pillow and under blanket or role. The weather will be warm but pack a sweater or jacket in case of infrequent cold evenings and nights. You should take all items for personal hygiene and daytime comfort.
Northland is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand and the weather in general will be warm to very warm. Casual and comfortable is all that will be needed. Have night-time gear for evenings at the Marae. Bring good walking or track shoes and light comfortable clothing.
Yes, as any food or consumable purchases during the day are at your discretion. Remember to keep money on you safely attached as you will be in public places sometimes.
Staying at the Tauteihihi Marae is estimated to be $20 per person per night which includes breakfast & dinner. Lunch will be at the discretion of your group.
It is expected that we respect the tikanga of the Tauteihihi Marae which includes removal of shoes at the entrance, language, and dress code. On the first evening there may be a formal invitation onto the Tauteihihi Marae. We will be advising aspects of the pilgrimage like this in the registration packs later in the year.