TH206c : The Reformation Period

TH206c : The Reformation Period

Exploring the History of the Reformation in its 16th century context

Details about this course on the Poster below.

For more information, call Cynthia Piper on 0 800 217 411 or email


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Positions Available in the Diocesan Pastoral Team

Positions Available in the Diocesan Pastoral Team

Are you passionate about Jesus, His Church, and the New Evangelisation?

Join the dynamic team that works for the Bishop of the Hamilton Diocese in New Zealand.

Three FULL-TIME positions are available.

Job Descriptions available on the links above

Contact Alex Bailey (Pastoral Services Manager) for an application form.

Applications close 6 October 2017

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The Waikato Jewish Association & the Waikato Interfaith Council present:

The Waikato Jewish Association & the Waikato Interfaith Council present:

Who: Dr Tomek Wiśniewski
What: “Polish-Jewish History: A Christian documentary filmmaker’s view of the Holocaust”
When: Tuesday 29 August, 7:00-8:30pm
Where: Chartwell Room, Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, Hamilton
Cost: koha gladly appreciated to help with Tomek’s travel costs while in New Zealand
RSVP: limited seating available, so please email RSVPs with name and numbers to

Come enjoy a delightful evening with us as Tomek shares his stories and snippets from his films.

More info on the poster below


About Tomek:
Tomek was born 1958 in Olsztyn, Poland and is a Christian Polish journalist who was jailed by the Communists during martial law in the 1980s for his dissident activities and, while in prison, researched Poland’s Jewish heritage and learned Hebrew. Tomek holds a PhD in Cultural Studies and works as a journalist and an academic lecturer. He has co-directed dozens of documentary films, is the author of eight books including Jewish Bialystok and Surroundings, runs several websites, and founded the ‘Film, Photography and Sound Workshop’ in Michalowo, Poland. Over several decades, Tomek has meticulously documented Polish-Jewish history, has written numerous books and articles, and produced a number of stunning documentary films. He has worked tirelessly, as he puts it, “to ensure the past is not forgotten.” Tomek pioneered the documentation of Jewish cemeteries in shtetls of the Podlasie region of Poland, including several thousand photographs of Jewish gravestones. Much of his work can now be viewed at <>, a website named after the Bialystok district which includes adjacent Jewish, Catholic, Muslim and Christian Orthodox cemeteries—a visible reminder of the region’s rich multicultural heritage nearly obliterated by the Holocaust. That these lie peacefully next to each other in Bagnówka provides a potent symbol of what Tomek is seeking to achieve in the spirit of partnership and tolerance, as illustrated in his films. 

Bishop Emeritus of Hamilton Denis Browne Jubilee in September 2017

Bishop Emeritus of Hamilton Denis Browne Jubilee in September 2017

Bishop Steve Lowe and the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton invite you

to join us for the celebration of Mass on


Friday, 8 September 2017

at 6.00 pm


for the Most Rev Denis Browne

Bishop Emeritus of Hamilton


as he reaches the combined milestones of his

80th birthday, 55 years ordained a priest

and 40 years as Bishop


To be held at the

Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary

494 Grey Street

Hamilton East 3216


A light supper will be served in the church foyer after the Mass


Assumption Day Masses

Assumption Day Masses

Below the Assumption Day Masses for the Amalgamating Parishes along State Highway 3 :

  • Saint George's Te Kuiti:
    • 5.30pm Monday 14th August 2017 (Vigil Mass)
    • 9.15am Tuesday 15th August 2017
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Otorohanga:
    • 5.30pm Tuesday 15th August 2017
  • Saint Patrick's Te Awamutu:
    • 6.15am and 9.15am Tuesday 15th August 2017

For more information about the other parishes, please contact them directly. Parishes details avaialble on the Directory here 

FREE Youth Workshop Sat 29 July 2017

FREE Youth Workshop Sat 29 July 2017

The purpose of this workshop (part of a series run nationally) is to explore some of the barriers youth face when accessing social services particularly when they require assistance. The workshops will provide a positive environment to interact, discuss these issues and mutually educate and inform. 

The youth will also contribute to developing a Youth APP – YouthAoteaReo funded by New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. This will serve as an ongoing national resource to support youth.

NZ Human Rights Commissions is seeking your assistance to promote the workshop amongst our communities. Please can the attached information be shared through your community networks and youth encouraged to register and attend.

The workshop is FREE to attend, includes meals and wifi.

Open to all youth and adults that work with youth. 

Date: Saturday 29 July 2017

Time: 10.30am to 4.00pm

Venue: Settlement Centre Waikato, 46G Boundary Road, Claudelands, Hamilton


Post Abortion Seminar : register today

Post Abortion Seminar : register today

Interested in understanding the impact of abortion and the guideposts for healing after an abortion experience? 

This Seminar is for you if you are involved in 

  • Health Care and social services
  • Pastoral Care and counselling
  • or anyone having an interest in finding a way forward after the loss and grief of abortion / termination of pregnancy

Register now for Post Abortion Seminar, facilitated by Carolina Gnad, P.A.T.H.S ( ) on 12-13th August in Hamilton.  

Option to attend Saturday only or both days. Billets are available.

For more information, please contact Dawn at or call 0 800 217 033

DOWNLOAD programme here

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Scripture and Theology workshops in Hamilton

Scripture and Theology workshops in Hamilton

You chance to explore and enhance your faith

Explore The Letters of Saint Paul with Br Kieran Fenn FMS

DATES : offered over

  • 2 Friday evenings on 18-19 August 2017 from 6pm to 9pm
  • 2 Saturdays on 1-2 September 2017 from 9pm to 4pm

LOCATION : Chanel Centre, Catholic Diocese of Hamilton, 51 Grey Street, Hamilton 

COSTS : $100.20 including course materials and admin fees

The course explores 

  • Saint Paul's Life and Letters
  • 1-2 Thessalonians and Philippians
  • The Corinthian Correspondence
  • Galatians and Romans
  • The Deutero-Pauline Letters Part 1 : the Pastoral Letters
  • The Deutero-Pauline Letters Part 2 : Colossians and Ephesians


What is Theology

DATES : a six evenings course 

  • starting 2 August 2017 from 6pm to 9pm

LOCATION : Chanel Centre, Catholic Diocese of Hamilton, 51 Grey Street, Hamilton 

COSTS : $100.20 including course materials and admin fees

The course explores 

  • What is Theology ?
  • The Sources of Theology
  • The God of Jesus Christ
  • God's Good Creation
  • Being Human
  • Theology in Context (Liberation and Feminist Theology)

ENROLMENT form available for download here.

For more information, please email

Say No to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Say No to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Voice it To Parliament by sending a postcard (Free Post) to your MP : download it here

The Care Alliance is mounting a campaign against David Seymour’s Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Bill, which is about to come before Parliament.

The first reading of David Seymour's bill is likely to be read on July 26. With this in mind the Care Alliance have developed a 'public postcard campaign’.

The postcards will need to be posted on the 17/18th July. It only requires your 's name, electorate, and an MP to address it to (free postage).

David Seymour’s bill is extremely dangerous in that it will allow those 18 years old or over to have access to euthanasia and assisted suicide for non-terminal conditions, including mental illness or disability.

Check the 10 key questions MPs need to ask about David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill here. From 12 July 2017, the 10 questions will be published daily here, along with its answer...

For more info please go

Social Justice Week Workshop

Social Justice Week Workshop

Weaving Bonds of Belonging - 12 August 2017 in Hamilton 

As part of Social Justice Week 2017, Hamilton Diocese's Social Justice Offie, Saint Vincent de Paul and Caritas New Zealand are joining to facilitate workshops to help people recognise disconnection in society and the local context, share ideas on how we can rebuild community, and discuss concrete actions we can take towards weaving bonds of belonging.

We will be reflecting on disconnection and connection in our community through the lens of Catholic social teaching. 

Where: Gerry Sullivan Centre, Marian School, 30 Beale Street, Hamilton East

When: Saturday August 12th, 9am – 2pm

Entry to the workshops is free, a koha is welcome, lunch is included and all are welcome!

Register your interest by filling out the online form here, or email Joanna Viernes or call 0800 22 10 22


SPORTS NIGHT 2017 by the Hamilton  Catholic Youth Office 

SPORTS NIGHT 2017 by the Hamilton  Catholic Youth Office 

SPORTS NIGHT 2017 by the Hamilton  Catholic Youth Office 

Congratulations to 'The Aerobics' team from the St. Columba's parish who took out first place at the Catholic Youth Office Sports Night for 2017.

They took home the Sports Night cup and some awesome prizes. Teams gathered from Putaruru, Rotorua, Tauranga and Hamilton to compete in 6 different sports on Saturday 24 June.

It was an awesome night and the costumes this year were top notch.

Congratulations to the 'Deadbeats' from the St. Thomas More parish who took out best dressed!

More photo here