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.
- Wings Ngā Parirau (Formally Walk By Faith) – 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.
Alpha Course in Parishes Near You
The Alpha Course Program is now picking up speed in our diocese. This is a wonderful way of connecting or reconnecting personally with Jesus.
Would love to see you there. For further information please see https://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/the-alpha-program/
St Josephs Takapuna
Alpha Course starting on Tuesday evening 3rd of March 2020
Contact Engelbert D’Souza – 021 0234 6853
St Marks Pakuranga
Alpha Course starting on Thursday evening 19th of March 2020
Mr Mike Lobo – 021 2809285
5th Sunday of Lent Reflection
I love this story – it is one of my favourites. Have you ever noticed that two sisters could ask their good friend Jesus exactly the same question and Jesus gives one a theological dissertation and the other, he just breaks down and cries. Such is the emotional affect Mary and Jesus shared as compared to the relationship Martha had with Jesus.
As we have journeyed, Jesus has been drawing us to Him. Jesus wants us to draw us into an intimate relationship with Him. One where there is emotion, not just intelligence – where there is experience, not just understanding. The raising of Lazarus from the dead, shows us that death is subject to Jesus. This is the strongest clue yet that we are journeying with Jesus to the death a death we will share with Him, that he will overcome for us so that we can live in glory with Him
For our catechumens, the story of the creed is foremost in the mind. That Jesus will die and 3 days later he will rise from the dead having descended into Hell beforehand. That he will go to the Father the creator of all things, only begotten Son, Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. In these dark days, they will pray with us for our healing.
For us the journey of preparation is ending, the chrysalis is has changed colour now and showing the colours of the butterfly inside it. There is movement in the Chrysalis and transformation of life is occurring as we speak. In all this there is the fear of death, and no one will fear more than Jesus as we head into Easter. The question for us is – will we stand with Him. We have an opportunity anew to take Jesus back into our heart in that personal way.Will we complete the race to the end. If we do, then our salvation assures our presence with Him and the Father in Heaven as it was then, is now and will forever be – Amen
Wings Ngā Parirau – Formally Walk By Faith?
This Faith Formation program (Wings Ngā Parirau ) aspires to build confidence in people to be active in the life and Mission of the Church in the 21st century by fostering personal and spiritual formation, deepening understanding of Church teaching and Scripture and integrating this with faith and life experience
We will be presenting this to you, our parishes ad our schools over the year and look forward to helping you as missionary disciples journey in developing you faith. More information on https://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/re/wings-parish-program/
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