Qualifications offered by the Catholic Institute

Qualifications offered by the Catholic Institute

Interested? For more information contact: Cynthia Piper, c.piper@tci.ac.nz 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: 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 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: linda.weijers@redcross.org.nz 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- robertg@cdh.org.nz or call 027-6274475.

Enabling Communities : a Social Justice week workshop

Enabling Communities : a Social Justice week workshop


For Social Justice Week this year, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and the Hamilton Diocese are holding interactive workshops on disability and participation in our community, through the lens of Catholic social teaching.

These workshops will look at disability and participation in the local context, using the process of See, Judge, and Act. The purpose of these workshops is to bring together different parts of the Hamilton Diocese to discuss how we as the church can become more informed, inclusive in attitude and active in making our communities truly welcoming and accessible to all people.


  • Saturday 4th August, 2018: Mt Maunganui

St Thomas More Church, 17 Gloucester Road,  Mt Maunganui 10:00am to 3:30pm

  • Saturday 11th August, 2018: Taupō

St Patrick’s Church, 88 Acacia Bay Road, Nukuhau 10:00am to 3:00pm

  • Sunday 12th August, 2018: Hamilton

Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 494 Grey Street, Hamilton 11:30am to 5:00pm


Registration for the workshops can be done by calling us at 0800 22 10 22, emailing Joanna Viernes at joannav@caritas.org.nz, or registering directing using Google Forms: https://goo.gl/forms/7vPuAw3ODoqMosVB2.


In August, a workshop kit will be available to download on our website for your community to take and use, as well as our other Social Justice Week resources:www.caritas.org.nz/parishes/social-justice-week.


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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:  3 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. 

(Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_the_Apostle




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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: https://www.slideshare.net/stevethomason/omg-week-1-everyone-is-a-theologian

Interested? For more information contact: Cynthia Piper, c.piper@tci.ac.nz 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 www.max18nz.info   or by email enquiry@max18nz.info 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 ( www.postabortionpaths.org.nz ) on 25-26th August in Hamilton.  

Option to attend Saturday only or both days. Billets are available.

For more information, please contact Dawn at  projectrachelhamilton@gmail.com or call 0 800 217 033 or text 021 704 402

DOWNLOAD programme here

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