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:  27 July,3 & 17 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.




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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