Hui Ahurei Katorika - Rejoice Auckland Catholic Festival
"Whether you're seven or seventy Jesus loves you!
Jesus will never leave you alone.
Jesus has amazing things in mind for you whatever your age is if you trust him and ask him into your life".
Bishop Michael Gielen DD
You will be the face of hospitality and welcome at the Rejoice Auckland Catholic Festival!
You are our versatile problem solvers, our runners and guides, our first line of engagement with participants. If the experience of interacting with you is a good one, that’s what they’ll remember!
Being a volunteer, you won’t miss out on any element of the Festival – in fact it means that you will be more involved than almost anyone and we reckon you’ll find yourself rewarded in ways you didn’t see coming!
What have you signed up for?
- To be the friendly welcoming face of the Rejoice Auckland Catholic Festival
- To be willing to become familiar with some pre-festival preparations.
- To commit to the festival team you are allocated with.
- To be willing to listen carefully and then put into action what you are asked.
As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, let’s gather together again to be inspired, encouraged, and strengthened as Catholics to love and serve as missionary disciples in parishes, schools, and our communities.
The Festival will provide an opportunity to come together to rejoice in the Lord – the source of our Joy. “Now, more than ever…we need a movement of people who know we need each other, who have a sense of responsibility to others and to the world.” (Let us Dream, Pope Francis)
Let’s turn to encounter Christ afresh.
“Rejoice in the Lord Always. I shall say it again: rejoice!”
In these times of challenge, a festival to encounter Christ as the source of our joy, and to rejoice in and celebrate our Catholic faith as we live and proclaim the Gospel.
By gathering as a Diocese to be inspired, encouraged, and strengthened as Catholics to love and serve as missionary disciples in our parihes, schools, and ethnic communities.
For one day of talks, workshops, prayer and fellowship.
Meaning behind the Logo
Mission Map - we are journeying together towards the Kingdom.
Christ never leaves us. He guides us and directs us on our Mission.
We are the body of Christ, and we journey together, as families, as communities.
People on the Waka
We are the family of God. Jesus calls all of us to be his disciples, young and old.
Amoris laetitia - Year of the Family.
The people on the Waka were inspired from the jumping shot of people that we took for the Mission Map image.
Christ calls us to drop our nets, to say yes. This surrender leads us to an encounter. When we ‘drop our nets’, we enter a new season in our friendship with Christ. The Festival seeks to fuel our faith, and when we say ‘yes’, we are able to share our faith, our love and transform the lives of others.
Missionary Discipleship: Jesus tells us to cast our net on the other side. To do this is to trust Him. It’s also to open our hearts to let God’s Spirit work through us.
The joy of knowing Christ overflows in us, attracting others to Him.
The Koru Sea
The symbol of new life, growth, strength and peace. Also a symbol of family: mother and child. The Spirit works in the world, but also works in us.
The waves carry a huge significance for Ngapuhi and Hokianga mythology.
We speak of the three sacred waves, Te Ngarunui, Te Ngaruroa, Te Ngarupaewhenua - The great wave, the long wave and the wave that lands upon the shore (respectively). The first, Ngarunui being to decide to begin a journey or task. The second, Ngaruroa being to stick with the journey and do the hard yards. The third wave, Ngarupaewheuna being to see that journey through to its completion. This speaks both to what we are wanting to achieve in the mission map and to what we are wanting to achieve with a trilogy of festivals.
‘M’ for Mary
Mary helps to direct us towards Christ and His Will for us.
At the helm of the Waka. The Bishop shepherds and guides his flock in the ways of Christ, articulated in the Diocesan Mission Map. The crozier represents our unity as a Diocese in this great work and joyful festival.
Holy Spirit Sky - Circle logo
We are surrounded by the love of the Holy Spirit.
Circular logo, indicative of the Eucharist.