Welcome to the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Faith Formation and Sacramental Programs Ministry. Our team is responsible for a range programs and ministry dedicated to drawing us into the family of God and the church and helping us grow in our Catholic faith and mission, understanding our relationship with our heavenly Father in our journey of life. We work extensively with sister ministries including our Mission and Evangelisation, Liturgy and Youth teams to ensure the best resources are available to you.
|An educator of Baptism or Sacraments – Information and resources for Program Leaders in Parishes and parents.|
|An Educator of Catholic instruction on Sunday – Explore the Gospel, and Explore Together are family focused Religious Education programs and activities for children.|
|A mum or dad growing a christian family – Resources for parents as first educators in the faith. Children’s weekly activities on Kidz Korner|
|An adult wanting to learn more – Resources for small groups and opportunities for parish initiatives and personal faith learning and formation|
|A Parish Priest or Administrator – wishing to find help in making change in your parish.|
|On your Parish or Finance Council – wish to become more effective in your role.|
|Faith Formation in Northland Te Tai Tokerau – Information on Whānau Faith Support|
|Do you have a child experiencing loss or grief – a program for grief and loss for children|
|Wishing to journey further into your faith – a program for growing in knowledge and faith with dedicated scriptural learning and new understanding in prayer|
|New to church or just have questions -a Parish program for reaching out to the disenfranchised and those new to church.|
We Must Lead Ourselves Before We Lead Others
Ordinary time is the time in the church’s year where we journey on our way as Christian, Catholic and pilgrim. This is the time in the church’s year where Jesus teaches us, where we experience life as a Eucharistic people, living in the power of the Spirit and being Missionary Disciples.
Being a Missionary Disciple is not an easy life because it involves not just our intellect, but our heart, emotions, and our soul as well. In order to lead people to Christ, that is, being missionary, we must first lead ourselves well. We must be healthy.
Every pilot goes through a check list prior to flight and the crew outline the safety procedures. One of the main points is “only assist others with their mask, after you have put yours on”. This is the same of successful leadership. One of the main difficulties of leadership is distractions. We lead busy lives and leadership is a weight to be borne, a burden to be carried. It can lead to being overburdened. So we must lead from a position of good health.
So what does this look like?
Proverbs 14:8 says “it is the wisdom of the clever to understand where they go – and the folly of fools misleads”. Good self-leadership requires, not just wise choices, but an understanding on your capacity to bear the load. Dr Swenson wrote a book called Margin – It is about how do we help people when we are overloaded. He explains a simple mathematical formula. Power-load = margin. The premise is simple. If we have power to travel 5Kms with a load of 50KG, then if we travel 4KMs with a pack of 35KG, we have enough “margin”. If the distance or the load is to long or too much, there is a cost and that cost leads us to sickness, worry and burnout.
Where are we as leaders? Is there margin or are we functioning on fumes. Over the next weeks we will learn more of this so that our work as Missionary Disciples is healing for those around us.
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.
The Road To Pentecost
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