What We Do
Welcome to the Catholic Diocese of Auckland and Faith Formation. The Faith Formation Team is responsible for a range of ministries and programmes dedicated to helping us grow in our Catholic faith and understanding our relationship with our heavenly Father. We work extensively with our Mission and Evangelisation team to ensure the best resources are available to you.
You are welcome to use our resources and access the information as needed.
- Sacramental preparation – Information and resources for Programme Leaders in Parishes and parents.
- Parish Based Religious Education that Explore the Gospel, and Explore Together – A family focused Religious Education programme.
- Family Faith Education – Resources for parents as first educators in the faith
- Adult Faith Education – Resources for small groups and opportunities for parish initiatives and personal faith learning and formation
- Religious Education in Northland Te Tai Tokerau – Information on Whānau Faith Support
- Seasons for Growth – a program for grief, change and loss.
- Walk By Faith – Now Wings – a program for growing in knowledge and faith with dedicated scriptural learning and new understanding in prayer
- Alpha -a Parish program for reaching out to the disenfranchised and unchurched
Please do spend some time looking through our raft of resources that is freely available for children, family and single life and a must for every parish and every family. Significant questions including What We Believe, and understanding the pillars of the Church can be invaluable when preparing and delivering programs in parish, particularly for families and children.
From revitalising his parish in Halifax, Fr James Mallon now spends all of his time helping parishes turn from maintenance to mission. His original parish runs some 90 ministries and provides a clear example of how we can turn our parishes into missionary lead parishes. Fr Mallon’s Parish Transformation ministry now helps may parishes around the world unleash their potential for becoming fully missionary hearted, bring many back to into the family of Christ. These resource can be purchased from the Auckland Diocesan Liturgy Centre or from most other online book retailers.
The liturgical season of Christmastide can be a roller coaster. We ended the liturgical year by celebrating Christ the King and then entered Advent, preparing for the birth of a newborn infant, our king and savior. The Church devotes an entire octave to celebrate this historic birth. And now the roller coaster ride levels off a bit as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Our readings exhibit a tenderness that we sometimes forget is present in Scripture.
How do we receive blessings from the Lord? Do we bless each other with the same tenderness God shows us? God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” How do we receive God in our hearts? Do we receive each other with the same tenderness? And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God. How do we respond to God’s love and blessing? Do we respond to each other with the same tenderness?
As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Mother of God, we are reminded of God’s tenderness. The earthly parental love of God contrasts with the lofty image of Jesus as Christ the King. Both images are important and invite both reflection in our hearts and praise for our God. Yet, the emphasis on parental tenderness raises an important challenge. Just as God shows tenderness to us, we must show tenderness to one another.
As we celebrated the Epiphany we remember that we are Priest Prophet and King for those around us in our daily lives. As we shared the Baptism of The Lord, we draw into our own lives the baptism of Jesus as our own.
After over a month of over-eating, family visits and shopping in crowded stores, we may have tired of the roller coaster ride known as the “holiday season.” So, the importance to treat all with loving tenderness is even greater, as we move into our year ministering to those in our care and glorifying the Lord by our lives. Read More Reflections Here.
Events Coming Up
As part of helping to build missionary discipleships and helping in the endeavour of transforming our parishes, the Diocesan Faith Formation Team, cordially invite you to join us for our inaugural Alpha Network Update. This will be held at the Pompallier Centre on Tuesday 25th February, starting at 6.30pm. This gives us an opportunity to update you with new initiatives and plans from Alpha New Zealand, hear about and question Auckland parishes currently running Alpha courses and chatting with those looking at initiating an Alpha course in the future. We will be introducing a new faith formation program called “Wings” formally Walk By faith that will become available for drawing you on after Alpha.
At the centre of the logo is Te Kahaka, the calabash, bearing the colours of the earth with a symbolic container of stored food, seeds and future sustenance and growth.
It is set against the colours of sea and sky, suggesting a timelessness, permanence and universality which has traditionally presented aspects of eternity and suggestions of a divine presence.
- The central symbol: a carved calabash Te Kahaka
- A motto: “Ki inu kau ahau …” These words (“If only I could drink …”) are attributed to a Hokianga tupuna wahine by the name of Hine-rangi, probably of eleven generations ago. They are an expression of desire, not just for physical water but spiritual nourishment also.
- A Maori name for the Faith Formation Centre: Te Pu Akonga Whakapono Katorika ki Tamaki
- Te Pu – The heart, centre
- Akonga – Teachings
- Whakapono – Faith, religion
- Katorika – Catholic
- ki – Place
- Tamaki – Auckl