Respect Life Sunday : Pastoral Letter and Resources for the weekend of 13/14 October 2018

Respect Life Sunday : Pastoral Letter and Resources for the weekend of 13/14 October 2018

A pastoral letter and resources for all parishes in New Zealand are available below.

 Included with the letter are:

  • Prayers of the Faithful, written to complement the Bishops’ letter

  • 2 Powerpoint slides  - Welcome slide or to be shown during the reading of the letter and the Cradlings poem (for display or to print)

This letter has been signed off by the Bishops who ask this to be shared with all congregations during the weekend of 13/14 October in recognition of ‘Respect Life’ Sunday.

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TCI latest courses

TCI latest courses

TH603: Renewing the Church:

The way the Church understandings itself and its mission has varied over the centuries and

reflects the historical context of the time. This course looks at the shift in the Catholic Church’s

self-understanding that occurred with the Second Vatican Council. Beginning with The Dogmatic

Constitution on the Church (Lumen gentium) and related writings, students will consider how the

Church has responded to the ongoing call to renew itself.

Start date: 2nd November 2018

Teaching Style: Distance Learning with Tutorials

Lecturer: Cynthia Piper

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TH501: What Catholics Believe

Catholics hold certain beliefs which shape the way they think about themselves, God, other

people and the world. Those beliefs are found in Scripture and Tradition, celebrated in the

Liturgy, articulated by the Church teaching authority and witnessed to in the lives of Christians.

This course explores the concepts and beliefs that have shaped the Catholic tradition and so

provide a background to understanding Catholic identity

Start Date: 26 th October 2018, starting at 9.00am.

Location: St Patrick’s Parish centre, Putaruru.

Teaching Style: Blended Learning.

Lecturer: Cynthia Piper.

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Family Weekend 2018

Family Weekend 2018

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9-11 NOVEMBER 2018


This November we invite you to step away from the challenges of life and experience the freedom, joy, and unity, of family life refocused on Christ. Big families, small families, single parent families, all welcome!

More information (schedule, registration, etc…) on family



Catholic Fellowship for Women : 18th Birthday Celebration

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Interfaith, sharing our Faith : Islam Awareness week on Monday 17 September 2018

Interfaith, sharing our Faith : Islam Awareness week on Monday 17 September 2018

Here is an opportunity to share our faith with others in an Interfaith setting on Monday, September 17 at 6 pm in the upstairs room at the Mosque on Hukanui Road.  

The Islam Awareness Week is holding a discussion based on a theme "Halal - more than just food" with presentations from various religious communities.

There will also be a couple of songs from the Waikato Interfaith Choir.

The Mosque is also having an Open Day on Saturday, September 22 from 10.30 am to 3 pm .

Please see the poster for details on all this.

Finger foods are served at both events. All are welcome.  Please promote this among your Catholic groups and contacts.


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Qualifications offered by the Catholic Institute

Qualifications offered by the Catholic Institute

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

A reminder that TCI offers qualifications to those who minister and lead in parish communities, chaplaincies and Catholic organisations or who teach in Catholic schools.

TCI values being inclusive of everyone, as our director Gerald Scanlan explained that we want to reflect the rich diversity within New Zealand’s Catholic faith community.

 It is particularly important that Māori and Pasifika students feel welcome at TCI and encouraged to commit to and succeed in gaining qualifications in Christian Ministry or Religious Education.

If interested in studying with TCI, please contact Cynthia on 0800217411

Congratulations to Brigitte Homes who graduated with a Diploma of Religious Studies – Religious Education Stream, on 7 September. Brigitte, pictured below with her class, teaches at St Mary’s Catholic School, Rotorua. She is St Mary’s first TCI graduate.

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Support a Refugee Family settle into Hamilton!

Support a Refugee Family settle into Hamilton!

The NZ Red Cross brings you another opportunity to support a Refugee family. It’s a great time to now 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:


A free training course with the Red Cross starts on Thursday, 1st February to prepare volunteers for the refugees arriving in Hamilton in March. 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:


6th, 13h, 20th, 27th September and 4th October 2018

Timing: There will be five morning sessions as well as evening sessions each from 9.30 AM - 12.30 PM and 6 PM – 9 PM respectively.

Location: NZ Red Cross building on 422 Te Rapa Road.


If you are interested and available to support a refugee family for at least 3 months (ideally up to six), please contact Linda via email: or phone 07 825 0285.

If you live too far from Hamilton and it wouldn’t work for you to be a Refugee Support Volunteer, please contact  Linda to ask for the information sheet “Other ways to help Refugees”.



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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.