Contact details: Wiga Autet; Phone: 09-401 7420, 021 230 4059; Email: [email protected]
The Catholic faith has remained strong and present in this area enriched and deepened with Maori and multicultural heritage. Today there are seven Catholic parishes together with many local communities of faith across the mid and the far north of Northland/Te Tai Tokerau. Three diocesan priests and a team of Marist priests look after their spiritual & pastoral needs and ensure their continued growth in faith.
St Joseph in Kaitaia and communities in Mangonui, Ahipara, and Awanui (Fr Carlo Cruz based in Kaitaia).
North Hokianga: St Peter in Panguru, St Gabriel in Pawarenga, and communities in Whangape, Herekino and Mitimiti (Fr Richard Cortes based in Panguru).
Mid-North Pastoral Area: Bay of Islands (St Therese in Moerewa, the National Shrine of St Peter Chanel in Russell and the community in Paihia); South Hokianga (Rawene, Whirinaki, Waiwhatawhata); St Anthony in Kaikohe (Fr Maliu Otuhaha Parish Priest and Administrator – Fr Sean O’Conner).
We aim at making our Catholic faith come alive in the hearts, minds and actions of children, young people, adults and families. We seek to form a partnership with families connecting faith to people’s everyday lives.
Together we work towards vibrant, welcoming and caring parishes which worship together, share scripture, traditions, and prayers; communities that promote and encourage a deeper understanding of our faith; that support existing religious education initiatives and programmes and offer new ones.
Religious Education for Children and Youth: within catholic schools (Waitaruke, Kaitaia, Pawarenga) or at parish-based faith formation programmes (resources for catechesis of children; training & forums for leaders); support of families to prepare candidates for Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, 1st Eucharist) and 1st Reconcilliation (training of leaders, providing of resources); workshops for children and youth (eg “Called to be Saints”, “Life of love and service”); Youth Groups, camps and
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