Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of BVM on 27 March 2018 at 6pm

Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of BVM on 27 March 2018 at 6pm

This year's Chrism Mass will be held at 6pm on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Two meaningful rituals occur during this gathering of the entire diocese - bishop, priests, deacons and lay faithful. The first is the renewal of their promises to serve God and his people by all the priests and bishops. The second is the blessing and distribution of the Holy Oils. Here Bishop Steve blesses three oils — the oil of catechumens, the oil of the infirm, and sacred chrism — which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the diocese for the year.

The Chrism Mass only happens once a year – the Tuesday of Holy Week, and only at the Cathedral. Come celebrate one of the most solemn and significant liturgies of our church.


Rite II Reconciliation - Lent 2018

Rite II Reconciliation - Lent 2018

Times and places of Rite II Reconciliation leading up to Easter below (starting at 7pm unless otherwise noted) :

  • Monday 12 March : Taumarunui

  • Tuesday 13 March : Matamata

  • Wednesday 14 March : Mount Maunganui at 3pm - Tauranga at 6.30pm

  • Thursday 15 March : Putaruru and Te Kuiti

  • Thursday 15 March : Frankton

  • Friday 16 March : Tokoroa

  • Monday 19 March : Cambridge

  • Tuesday 20 March : Huntly and Te Aroha

  • Wednesday 21 March : Te Awamutu

  • Thursday 22 March : Fairfield and Taupo

  • Thursday 22 March : Te Puna at 6.30pm

  • Friday 23 March : Rotorua

Holy Week Book - Te Wiki Tapu : now available to order

Holy Week Book - Te Wiki Tapu : now available to order

This book is a compilation of readings and texts from the New Zealand Roman Missal, the Jerusalem Bible Lectionary, texts from the Roman Pontifical and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Texts for Palm Sunday, Chrism Mass and the Paschal Triduum are included.

Useful for priests, liturgy committees, catechists and musicians involved in preparing the ceremonies for this sacred season.

$42.00, plus postage.

Reprint available 16th March 2018.  Pre-order your copy today from the National Liturgy Office. Email:


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End of Life Choice Bill

End of Life Choice Bill

The Justice Select Committee have extended the deadline for submissions to 6 March. 

If you have not made a submission you still have time.

Every submission counts – so make your voice heard today.

You can view this on the Parliament website here

The link includes information on how to make a submission which you can also do online.

Please remember to put a stamp on the envelope before posting your submission.

Save the date : March for Life Hamilton | 11 March 2018

Save the date : March for Life Hamilton | 11 March 2018

The March For Life began in 2014 as an opportunity to march in support of all areas of life, from conception till natural death, for the poor and the vulnerable, for families, for women, for those trapped in modern-day slavery such as prostitution and human trafficking, for the elderly, for an end to abortion and for the rejection of Euthanasia.

Making a stand is especially important during this time of decision-making for our communities and politicians so as to continue to raise awareness of a people who are FOR life.

In 2018 we will march again, beginning at 12.30pm at Memorial Park on Sunday 11 March.

Please join us if you want to speak for the weak and vulnerable. Please tell your friends, families, co-workers about this important event, and spread the word.

The March will feature a guest speaker who will join us for the event

For more information follow the March For Life Hamilton Facebook Page @marchforlifehamilton 

If you are interested in helping organise, please contact Alex Bailey at


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Valentine's Eve Day celebration of Marriage : a Diocese wide celebration of marriage and family life with Bishop Steve

Valentine's Eve Day celebration of Marriage : a Diocese wide celebration of marriage and family life with Bishop Steve

Venue : Hamilton Catholic Cathedral.

Time : 6pm.

Date : Tuesday 13th February

 All the life that marriage brings to couples, families and the whole community.

 Please all come as couples, as a person now on your own and as people whole value family life.

 There will be a light refreshment afterwards in the cathedral foyer.

 All welcome. Any queries, please contact Anne and John Griffin; 07-8564331 or  027-4754178.

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Interfaith and Trans-Faith Partnership for Social Justice - February 21, 2018

Interfaith and Trans-Faith Partnership for Social Justice - February 21, 2018

The Anglican Action’s Centre for Social Justice, in conjunction with the Religious Diversity Centre in Aotearoa New Zealand, the Waikato Interfaith Council, and the University of Waikato Islamic Studies Group, is going to hold the 2nd seminar on interfaith partnership for social justice.

 The seminar is going to be held in Hamilton on February 21, 2018 at the Anglican Action’s conference room.

Last year representatives from Catholicism, Islam, Judaism, Anglican Church, LDS, Baha’i Faith, and Methodist Church presented their traditions’ creedal perspective on social justice. This year all traditions, except the above mentioned, are welcomed to present their creedal perspective on interfaith and trans-faith partnership for social justice. Unlike creedal perspectives, presenting topics on partnership projects is open to all traditions and non-religious regardless of them being represented in the first seminar or not.

Professor Douglas Pratt will be chairing the event and maximum of 12 presenters are going to discuss different aspects of “interfaith and/or trans-faith partnership for social justice” form their own creedal perspective. The presentations may alternatively focus on a specific partnership project between one religion and others in fighting poverty, corruption, injustice, environmental pollutions, human trafficking, or promotion of fair trade, human rights, gender equality,  and so on.

Details and flyer available for download at

New Zealander to attend international meeting of young people in the Vatican

New Zealander to attend international meeting of young people in the Vatican

In March, New Zealand will take part in an international meeting in Rome of young minds on youth and their faith in preparation for the October Synod of Bishops on Young people, faith and vocation discernment.

The gathering will be unique in that it will be made up of a wide range of young people from around the world. They come from Church movements, associations, Christian and other Churches and communities of other religions, schools, universities, work places, sports, arts and volunteering associations. Attending the meeting will also be experts, educators and trainers who are engaged in helping young people to discern their life choices.

Joining the meeting, which will take place over four days in the Vatican, will be Wellingtonian, Isabella McCafferty who has been appointed by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) as the New Zealand Catholic Church’s representative at the meeting.

Serving on the newly established National Council for Young People, Ms McCafferty works with the Church’s Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Archdiocese of Wellington, developing pastoral ministry and supporting families and young people across 22 parishes.

NZCBC President, Bishop Patrick Dunn, said on the announcement that “following on from last year’s national survey of young people and the church and the Aotearoa Catholic Youth festival, there is a real ground swell of support for this Synod.”

“Isabella is a passionate and dedicated advocate for young people in the Catholic Church in New Zealand. We are delighted she as accepted our invitation to represent the New Zealand voice at this important meeting with the Holy Father.”

Ms McCafferty said she felt honoured to have been asked and was looking forward to engaging with other young people from around the world, and felt heartened by the move of the Vatican to seriously listen to young people.

“The voice of young people within the Catholic Church is crucial, if the Church wants to move forward in an enlightened and informed way. I’m excited to have the opportunity to bring Aotearoa New Zealand’s voice to this meeting, reinforcing the learnings we shared from our 2017 Youth Survey. My hope is that we come away with a real sense of ‘yes, our voices have been heard and here’s what the Church, with your help, plans to do.”

The outcome from this gathering will be presented to the synod fathers, together with other documentation, for their reflection and study. The date for the meeting was chosen to enable all participants to take part, at the end, in the celebration of the Eucharist on the Palm Sunday with the Holy Father in Saint Peter’s Square at the 33rd World Youth Day 2018 on the theme “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God”

Findings from the 2017 VoicetoVatican Youth survey can be found on the NZCBC website.

Ko te Huinga Pīhopa o te Hāhi Katorika o Aotearoa (NZCBC) te kāhui whakahaere o ngā mahi whakapono a-motu me ngā rōpū minita o te Hāhi Katorika. Otirā ngā rōpū mātauranga, tika me te pono, kaitohutohu Māori,

whakapaoho whakawhiti whakaaro me te toro atu ki te iwi nui tonu, ritenga o te Hāhi,
whakawhanaungatanga o ngā Hāhi, matatika koiora, whakawhanaungatanga o ngā whakapono, mahi minita ki ngā whareherehere me ngā hohipera, oti atu.

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) is the assembly of the Catholic Bishops of New Zealand coordinating national activities and ministries of the Catholic Church. These include education social justice, Māori advisory, communications and engagement with the public, liturgy, ecumenism, bioethics, interfaith relations, pastoral work in prisons and hospitals, and more.

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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Your Voice Counts: Calling for Submissions on the End of Life Choice Bill.

Parliament’s Justice Select Committee are calling for New Zealanders to submit their views on David Seymour’s ‘End of Life Choice’ Bill, which seeks to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide in New Zealand.

While many of you will have made a submission to the Health Select Committee inquiry about ‘Ending Life in New Zealand’, this is a different inquiry specifically about the ‘End of Life Choice’ Bill.

On the weekend of the 27 and 28 January, the New Zealand Catholic Bishops have sent a letter (see below) to all parishes in New Zealand for Masses, encouraging everyone to make their voices heard on this crucial issue by making a submission.

This letter is accompanied by a fact sheet on euthanasia and assisted suicide, and a submission guide providing information on how to make a submission (see below).

The Health Select Committee inquiry demonstrated the power of individual voices for affirming life. Because of the overwhelming number of submissions against euthanasia, parliament took notice. Your voice counted then. But it’s important to do it again.

The submissions are a chance for you to have your say and to affirm life by taking a stand against David Seymour’s Bill. They will inform the Justice Select Committee’s report and provide an important gauge of public opinion on the Bill. This, in turn, will inform what MPs think of the Bill and how they may vote at the Bill’s second reading.

To quote from the Bishops letter to all Catholics: “It is a powerful witness when the entire Catholic community is united around a point of belief and action – the upholding of the dignity of human life - which is so central to our faith and pivotal to an inclusive and caring society.”

 Submissions close very soon on 20 February 2018 so it’s important to act now.

Submissions can be made online at the Parliament website, by email, or by post.

 This is about your voice. Make it heard. Make it count.

 For more information about making a submission, and to access the fact sheet online, visit the website of The Nathaniel Centre – the New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre – at -

Useful video to watch here : What is Euthanasia ?

  • View and Download Quick Facts : Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide (EAS) here
  • View and Download NZ Bishops Letter to Parishioners on Euthanasia Bill here
  • View and Download Information Sheet re:submissions here