Alpha Small Groups and Alpha Retreat Day

Alpha Small Groups and Alpha Retreat Day

Want to run Alpha in your Parish or home?

Come and join our workshop and be trained to facilitate Alpha Small Groups and the Alpha Retreat Day.

Alpha New Zealand will be conducting the sessions with Lorraine McCarthy from Alpha Australia on the 26th-February, 2019 at Gerry Sullivan Centre, (Marian Catholic School) Hamilton East.

 This is a free training for everyone engaged in the parish life. Priests, Parish groups, Alpha hosts and helpers are encouraged to join. Refreshments will also be served during breaks at no costs.

  • Session 1, 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm: Alpha and The New Evangelisation and Facilitating Alpha Retreat Day

  • Session 2, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm: Introduction to Alpha & Facilitating an Alpha Small Group

 Limited seats only, so please email your interest through to robertg@cdh.org.nz for reservation or more details.

Rangiāōwhia Commemoration Thursday 21 February 2019

Rangiāōwhia Commemoration Thursday 21 February 2019

10.00am to 2.00pm, on 21 February 2019.

Gather at Hairini Hall Rangiāōwhia Rd between Cambridge and Te Awamutu.  Rangiāōwhia is the site of the Catholic mission.  This peaceful village was invaded by the Crown on 21 February 1864. A  number of people were killed, some burned alive by the troops.

BYO lunch. Come  to listen, learn and join in the conversation.

Details and program below.

For more information phone Cynthia Piper 0800 217 411

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Support a Refugee Family to settle in Hamilton!

Support a Refugee Family to settle in Hamilton!

Are you interested in supporting a Refugee family?

Now is a great time to join Red Cross and register for a free training course. The role of a Refugee Support Volunteer is to support a UN-quota refugee family during their first 3 months of resettlement in Hamilton: setting up a house, introducing the new arrivals to NZ culture, assisting them with doctor’s registrations, school enrolments, finding their way around their new community etc.

You can find more information on our website: https://www.redcross.org.nz/what-we-do/in-new-zealand/refugee-programmes/volunteer-help-former-refugees/

A free training course with the Red Cross starts on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 to prepare volunteers for the refugees arriving in Hamilton on 1 March 2019. In five training sessions, you hear about the refugee experience, your role as a refugee Support Volunteer and how we can help with resettlement in Hamilton.

The schedule is as follows:

Days: 

Tuesday, 5 February, Tuesday, 12 February, Thursday, 14 February, Tuesday, 19 February, Thursday, 21 February

There will also be a planning meeting on Tuesday 26 February from 6-8pm.

Timing: There will be five evening sessions each Thursday either from 9.30am-12.30pm OR 6 PM – 9 PM.

Location: NZ Red Cross building, 422 Te Rapa Road, Hamilton

If you are interested and available to support a refugee family for at least 3 months (up to six), please contact me via email: linda.weijers@redcross.org.nz or phone 07 850 2191

Here is a beautiful example of how wonderful the experience was for a volunteer and her family. We’ve shared it before but it’s such a great story!

https://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/life-style/94959695/I-cried-more-than-he-did-Refugee-volunteer-cuts-the-cord-at-baby-Mathias-birth

Alpha In Catholic Context Roadshow

Alpha In Catholic Context Roadshow

Want to run Alpha in your Parish or home?

Come and join our workshop and be trained to facilitate Alpha Small Groups and the Alpha Retreat Day.

Alpha New Zealand will be conducting the sessions with Lorraine McCarthy from Alpha Australia on the 26th-February, 2019 at Gerry Sullivan Centre, Hamilton East.

This is a free training for everyone engaged in the parish life. Priests, Parish groups, Alpha hosts and helpers are encouraged to join. 

Limited seats only, so please email your interest through to robertg@cdh.org.nz for reservation or more details.

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TCI Graduates

TCI Graduates

Congratulations to Rhonda McFarlane and Erin Clayton from St Joseph’s Catholic School  Fairfield who graduated on 19 December at the school’s end of year Mass. Rhonda and Erin graduated with the Diploma of Religious Studies – Religious Education stream. 

Erin has now enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Catholic Leadership and Culture through TCI and the Australian Catholic University.

 

Interested ? For more information contact: Cynthia Piper, c.piper@tci.ac.nz or call: 0800217411  

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Recent Catholic Institute Graduates Erin Clayton (right) and Rhonda McFarlane (middle) with Cynthia Piper from the Catholic Institute.

Christmas Message from Marriage & Family Life Animator

Christmas Message from Marriage & Family Life Animator

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Christmas Crib Prayer

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

in you we contemplate

the splendor of true love;

to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

grant that our families too

may be places of communion and prayer,

authentic schools of the Gospel

and small domestic churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

may families never again experience

violence, rejection and division;

may all who have been hurt or scandalized

find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

make us once more mindful

of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,

and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

graciously hear our prayer.

Amen.


iCare from The Care Alliance

iCare from The Care Alliance

The Care Alliance has launched a series of short videos featuring 20 New Zealanders who share their disability, palliative care, medical and legal perspectives highlighting the risks and fallacies of the End of Life Choice Bill.   Please watch them, post them to your social media site and share with others. They are very good indeed

Here is the link to the iCare page: https://carealliance.org.nz/icare/