Post Abortion Seminar

Post Abortion Seminar

Project Rachel is pleased to be able to once again offer Carolina Gnad's / P.A.T.H.S. POST ABORTION SEMINAR - as well as Advanced Training for those who have already participated in the P.A.T.H.S 2 day seminar.

Attached both flyers with full details

Mass Times for the Solemnity Assumption of the BVM

Mass Times for the Solemnity Assumption of the BVM

This 15 August 2018 in the Hamilton Diocese

Kaimai Collegial Area

  • 10am St Joseph's, Morrinsville
  • 10am St Mary's, Paeroa
  • 7pm St Joseph's, Te Aroha
  • 9am St Patrick's Whangamata
  • 12pm St Joseph, Waihi
  • 5.30pm St Pius X, Katikati

Te Akau ki Mauao Collegial Area

  •  7pm Vigil (Tuesday 14th) 7pm, St Joseph’s, Te Puna
  •  9.15am, St Therese, Bethlehem
  • 10.15am, Aquinas College Gymnasium 
  • 12.05pm, St Mary Immaculate, Tauranga 

Central Lakes Collegial Area

  • 12pm  Mass at St Mary’s, Rotorua
  • 5.30pm Mass at St Michael’s, Rotorua.
  • 7pm Vigil (Tuesday 14th) St Patrick's, Taupo
  • 9am St Patrick's, Taupo
  • 12pm St Joseph's, Turangi

Eastern BOP/East Coast Collegial Area

  • 11am St. Peter Chanel, Whakatane

Waikato Central Collegial Area

  • 9am St Joseph's, Fairfield
  • 7pm St Joseph's, Fairfield
  • 9am St Columba's, Frankton
  • 3pm Holy Name of Jesus, Raglan
  • 6.30am Cathedral, Hamilton
  • 12.05pm, Cathedral, Hamilton
  • 9am Sacred Heart, Hamilton
  • 7pm St Anthony's, Huntly
  • 7am St Pius X, Melville
  • 9am St Pius X, Melville
  • 12.10pm Waikato University Chaplaincy, Hamilton

Waikato South Collegial Area

  • 12.05pm St Pius X, Tokoroa
  • 12pm Vigil (Tuesday 14th) St Peter's, Cambridge
  • 5.30pm St Peter's, Cambridge
  • 9.15am Holy Angels', Matamata

King Country Collegial Area

  • 6.15pm Vigil (Tuesday 14th), St Patrick's, Te Awamutu
  • 9.15am St Patrick's, Te Awamutu
  • 12pm St Georges, Te Kuiti
  • 6.15pm Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Otorohanga

Retreat in Everyday Life : Opportunity for SILENT Ignatian Retreat

Retreat in Everyday Life : Opportunity for SILENT Ignatian Retreat

  'Being a Christian is not just about following commandments: it is about letting Christ take possession of our lives and transform them' - Pope Francis

'Being a Christian is not just about following commandments: it is about letting Christ take possession of our lives and transform them' - Pope Francis

Fr. Richard Shortall SJ, Papal Missionary of Mercy, is coming back to the Hamilton Diocese to offer a Directed Retreat.

If interested, please register the soonest. A reasonable level of fitness may also be required. Thanks to Bishop Steve for this initiative. Please find the details of retreat further below:

Directed Retreat at Tyburn Monastery, Ngakuru:

Beginning Sunday August 26 at 6pm and finishing on Friday August 31 after breakfast.

Cost: $55/night ($220).

To register contact Robert- or call 027-6274475.

Enabling Communities : a Social Justice week workshop

Enabling Communities : a Social Justice week workshop


For Social Justice Week this year, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and the Hamilton Diocese are holding interactive workshops on disability and participation in our community, through the lens of Catholic social teaching.

These workshops will look at disability and participation in the local context, using the process of See, Judge, and Act. The purpose of these workshops is to bring together different parts of the Hamilton Diocese to discuss how we as the church can become more informed, inclusive in attitude and active in making our communities truly welcoming and accessible to all people.


  • Saturday 4th August, 2018: Mt Maunganui

St Thomas More Church, 17 Gloucester Road,  Mt Maunganui 10:00am to 3:30pm

  • Saturday 11th August, 2018: Taupō

St Patrick’s Church, 88 Acacia Bay Road, Nukuhau 10:00am to 3:00pm

  • Sunday 12th August, 2018: Hamilton

Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 494 Grey Street, Hamilton 11:30am to 5:00pm


Registration for the workshops can be done by calling us at 0800 22 10 22, emailing Joanna Viernes at, or registering directing using Google Forms:


In August, a workshop kit will be available to download on our website for your community to take and use, as well as our other Social Justice Week


SJW 2018

Study With The Catholic Institute

Study With The Catholic Institute

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SC502 Interpreting the New Testament:  Six week evening course starting 23 July, 6pm at Chanel Centre Hamilton 


The New Testament witnesses to the life and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth and the beginnings of the Christian church. It was written (in the light of faith in the Resurrection) by a number of people using a variety of literary forms. This course is designed to familiarise students with the content and world of the New Testament. 

(Image: Amiens Cathedral West Facade. Central Portal Tympanum  Wikimedia Commns) 


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SC612 The Letters of Paul:  3 August, 9.00am – 4.00pm at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Gisborne. 

The Letters of Paul arose from the real needs of his audience as well as the triumphs and tribulation of his ministry. This course will examine the historical circumstances that gave rise to ‘the Pauline corpus’ and explore the use of Paul’s writings in contemporary liturgical settings as they speak to the Church of today. The form, content and authorship of these letters will form an essential part of the course. 





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TH102 What is Theology? Evening course,23, 30 Aug; 20,27 Sept;18,25 Oct;  6pm -9pm at Chanel Centre Hamilton 

St Anslem claimed that Theology is ‘faith seeking understanding’. This course will explore questions about God, Jesus Christ, creation and being human in light of scripture, tradition and experience. Students will be encouraged to explore the Christian theological Tradition and examine the contexts in which theology is done. (Image:

Interested? For more information contact: Cynthia Piper, or call: 0800217411  

MAX18NZ National Catholic Men's Event

MAX18NZ National Catholic Men's Event

MAX18NZ is a National Catholic Event for Men, 28-30 September 2018, Kings College, Auckland. 

Great line up of international speakers, single room accommodation, excellent food, not to be missed. 

Details available at   or by email or phone Jim Gribble on 027 249 5378

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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 25-26th 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 or text 021 704 402

DOWNLOAD programme here

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Pray-A-Thon 2018

Pray-A-Thon 2018

A New Initiative for Families To Prepare for World Meeting Of Families 2018 in the Home!

The Pray-A-Thon is an initiative for children, adults and families. It is an invitation to reach out to family members/friends and pray for them and any special intentions they might have. Similar to the aim of read-a-thons of fostering the habit of regular reading, the Pray-A-Thon can also encourage children in the practice of praying within the family home.

Easily downloadable, the prayer card can be printed by schools, parishes or parents, and given to children to fold into a booklet, bring home and fill in individually. The card has space for up to 20 names and the children write down the names of family members/friends for whom they will pray on each day of their Pray-A-Thon. Individual lists can be as long or as short as each child decides; the Pray-A-Thon is a personal commitment and not a competition! Children are invited to pray using the words “please, thank you and I am sorry” that Pope Francis encourages us to use within our family life. On the last day, the children pray for family members or friends that have died as well as for families around the world in need. 


The Pray-A-Thon is not only for children: it is for everyone! Parishes from around the country are photocopying the Pray-A-Thon and making it available to all their parishioners; chaplains will be making them available within hospitals, universities and schools. We have also sent a special invitation to religious and missionaries of Ireland to join us in this initiative. We are calling on international pilgrims, youth groups, parents, grandparents, and you too, to join our Pray-A-Thon as a way of preparing our hearts for August 2018.  

Download your Pray-a-Thon here!

"The key to opening the door to faith is prayer." Pope Francis



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Pa Ivan Sergy RIP

Pa Ivan Sergy RIP

Funeral Mass, Tuesday 29 May, 11.00am Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Hamilton  

Thereafter internment at Ohaupo Cemetery

Eternal rest grant to him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him

May he rest in peace, Amen.


The Vigil Mass and Funeral Mass are streamed Live on Facebook. You can view them here :

You don't need a Facebook account to view the videos. However if you "Like" the Diocesan Facebook page (existing user) or create an account as a new user  (in 2mn), then you can follow the Diocese News, Events and information.

There are photos of Pa Yvan as well on the Diocesan Facebook page sent from his Parishioners in Marquesas Island.