In this edition of the official magazine of the Hamilton Catholic Diocese, we :
. headline the response of St Vincent de Paul and the parishes to the devastating floods in the Eastern Bay of Plenty region,
. feature the ordinations of three deacons at St Mary's Church in Rotorua,
. celebrate the youth event SetFree,
. and run a two page feature on a pilgrimage up the Whanganui to Jerusalem.
Thursday 25 May, 7pm - St Mary's Star of the Sea, Gisborne.
Friday 26 May, 7pm - St Patrick's Taupo.
Saturday 27 May, 2pm - Te Manawa Hall, St Columba's, Hamilton.
Founder of Blind Eye Ministries Brisbane (blindeyeministries.com), Roby Curtis, will be touring the diocese to speak on 'Journeying with the Most Vulnerable'. Blind Eye Ministries is a grass-roots Catholic ministry, its current areas of focus are; Homeless, Indigenous and Pro-life issues. This is a free, family-friendly event open to anybody, so start spreading the word!
Checkout the video of Kristian, a Kiwi who met Blind Eye Ministries https://youtu.be/rSmLsdiu4xs
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Ben Pomare, John Limrick andDoug Rewi were ordained to the Diaconate at St Mary’s, Rotorua on Saturday , April 29 2017 at 11.00am.
The latest edition of the Hamilton Catholic Diocese magazine Kete Korero is now available from the back of the church or the parish office. Articles in this edition include: Joe Hogan’s role animating marriage and family; social justice animator raises questions about our legacy; a new era for the diocese following the Miha Māori at the Cathedral; the Catholic Development Fund – business as usual; and the religious life celebrates Tyburn.
A great opportunity to help out in our community and to become a Refugee Support Volunteer (RSV) is coming up. The role 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. 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, 14th March to prepare volunteers for the refugees arriving in Hamilton in April. In five training sessions, you hear about the refugee experience and how we can help with resettlement in Hamilton.
The schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, 14th March,
Tuesday, 21st March,
Tuesday, 28th March,
Tuesday, 4th April and
Tuesday, 11th April.
Timing: For all five sessions you can choose to come either in the morning from 9:30am-12:30pm or in the evening from 6-9pm.
Location: NZ Red Cross building on 422 Te Rapa Road.
Document : Volunteer Info Sheet
If you are interested and available to support a refugee family for at least 3 months (up to six), please contact Hana Schmidt via email: Hana.Schmidt@redcross.org.nz or phone/text at 027 8012022.
If you live too far from Hamilton and it wouldn’t work for you to be a Refugee Support Volunteer, please contact Hana to ask for the information sheet “Other ways to help Refugees”.