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 – 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.
In the last few months, Bishop Patrick Dunn has been encouraging the parishes of Auckland to “go out” and “draw in” those who are disenfranchised with the Body of Christ or who are searching for more in their life. He noted that Pope Francis, reminds us that “In virtue of our baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples” (Evangelii Gaudium, 120).
In light of this, Bishop Dunn has introduced a “new era” helping parishes in the Diocese, to become effective missionary platforms where a non-threatening environment for questions can be asked and conversations had that will help people to understand who Jesus is, and how that effects our salvation and conversion.
The Alpha program is an effective tool for providing such an environment.
It was initially designed by Reverend Nicky Gumbel, an Anglican Minister, in London in the early nineties, and has since become a global program available in most countries and in many languages. Want to know more? Please contact our team.
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.
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 – Auckland