Liturgy and Prayer

Lenten Evening Reflection

By Sian Owen / February 28, 2024
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Come along to an evening of reflective prayer with readings, music, and meditative silence to enrich your Lenten journey. Lenten Evening Reflection on Wednesday 6 March 7pm – 8pm. At the Mary MacKillop Chapel in Mission Bay. Light refreshments will be served after this time of prayer.

West Deanery Liturgical Ministry Training

By Sian Owen / February 28, 2024
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The Liturgy Centre is offering liturgical ministry workshops across the deaneries, which will cover training/refreshers for Ministers of the Word and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. These workshops will consist of context, prayer, and practical formation in these areas. Participants will only need to attend ONE of these workshops. All will receive a certificate at completion, which will be posted to their parish and presented at mass on a chosen date/time. Each session will be held on a specific Sunday at a parish within the designated deanery, from 1pm-3pm. Register https://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/liturgy-prayer/formation/ or with your parish office/priest

Palm Sunday

By Sian Owen / February 28, 2024
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Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. Palm Sunday is known as such because the faithful will often receive palm fronds which they use to participate in the reenactment of Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage. This was a customary practice for people of great respect. …
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Chrism Mass

By Sian Owen / February 28, 2024
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The Chrism Mass is held during Holy Week in every Catholic diocese. During this mass, the priests, deacons and representatives of the entire diocesan community gather around the Bishop, who blesses the Holy Oils for use in the coming year. These are: Oil of the Sick Oil of Catechumens Sacred Chrism Whenever the Holy Oils are used in a diocese, the ministry of the bishop who consecrated them is symbolically present. Unity, Renewal of Vows and Promises The Chrism Mass reminds us of our oneness in Christ through Baptism and its holy anointing. The Chrism Mass is also a key …
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Holy Thursday

By Sian Owen / February 28, 2024
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Holy Thursday is the commemoration of the Last Supper. We re-enact this supper each time we pray Mass. During the Passover meal, Jesus breaks bread and gives it to his Disciples, uttering the words, “This is my body, which is given for you.” Subsequently, he passes a cup filled with wine. He then says, “This is my blood…” It is believed those who eat of Christ’s flesh and blood shall have eternal life. These words we hear each time we participate in the Eucharistic prayer.

Easter Mass On Shine

By Sian Owen / February 29, 2024
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On this Holy Day of Holy Days Mass from Holy Cross seminary chapel with Bishop Steve will be broadcast 2pm on Shine TV. He is risen. Alleluia! Alleluia!