Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women

Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women

“Gifts -Given and Received”

Christmas meeting on the feast of St Nicholas with excellent speaker : Anne Claessens (Tauranga).

Final meeting of the year so women do come and be blessed!

DATE: Thursday 6 December 2018

TIME: 7.30p.m. – 9.30 p.m.

VENUE: St Joseph’s Parish Centre

86 Clarkin Road, Fairfield, Hamilton

All women, all ages, all walks of life, welcome. A small plate of food for supper is optional.

For more information or transport please contact Raewyn 07 856 8321 or Nancy at

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2018 Symposium on Faith and Society

2018 Symposium on Faith and Society

ALl WELCOME to attend the 2018 Symposium on Faith and Society which is going to be held at the University of Waikato S black on Thursday November 22nd 2018 from 8:30 am to 1 pm.

The Symposium is co-hosted by the University of Waikato Islamic Studies Group and the Anglican Action Centre for Social Justice. 13 scholars and practitioners are covering a wide range topics on “Faith and Society”.

 Below program for the “2018 Symposium on Faith and Society”

The event is free and open to the public.

However, for catering purposes, RSVP via would be highly appreciated.


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Cathedral Organ and Variety Concert

Cathedral Organ and Variety Concert

2 December, 2018 at 2 pm at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Hamilton East. All are welcome. Items for the Food Bank will be much appreciated.”

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Inclusion of faith-based institutions in Royal Commission of Inquiry

Inclusion of faith-based institutions in Royal Commission of Inquiry

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The New Zealand Catholic Bishops and Catholic Religious orders have welcomed the inclusion of faith-based institutions in New Zealand’s Royal Commission into Abuse in State Care.


The Catholic Church sought to be included in the Royal Commission. Bishop Patrick Dunn, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference says, “The view we expressed during the consultation was that it would be wrong if some individuals were excluded from the Inquiry simply because their path of referral to an institution was different from someone else’s. We reaffirm our support and our desire to learn from this national undertaking which we are confident will contribute positively to the strengthening and safeguarding of our families, communities and society.”


The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference – Te Huinga o ngā Pihopa Katorika o Aotearoa (NZCBC) and the Congregational Leaders’ Conference Aotearoa New Zealand (CLCANZ) have appointed a new group to ensure that the Catholic Church provides a co-ordinated and co-operative response to the Commission from all the many dioceses, congregations and institutions of the Church in this country.  The new group is called Te Rōpū Tautoko.


Chair of the support group, Te Rōpū Tautoko, Catherine Fyfe said, “The way that lessons are learnt for today and the future is to examine, understand, acknowledge and address what has occurred. We will collectively work towards healing. To do that, we will support the Royal Commission with the information they need.  We will review the Terms of Reference and look forward to working with the Commission as it progresses the next steps in this process.”

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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