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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End of Life Choice Bill

End of Life Choice Bill

The Justice Select Committee have extended the deadline for submissions to 6 March. 

If you have not made a submission you still have time.

Every submission counts – so make your voice heard today.

You can view this on the Parliament website here

The link includes information on how to make a submission which you can also do online.

Please remember to put a stamp on the envelope before posting your submission.

Save the date : March for Life Hamilton | 11 March 2018

Save the date : March for Life Hamilton | 11 March 2018

The March For Life began in 2014 as an opportunity to march in support of all areas of life, from conception till natural death, for the poor and the vulnerable, for families, for women, for those trapped in modern-day slavery such as prostitution and human trafficking, for the elderly, for an end to abortion and for the rejection of Euthanasia.

Making a stand is especially important during this time of decision-making for our communities and politicians so as to continue to raise awareness of a people who are FOR life.

In 2018 we will march again, beginning at 12.30pm at Memorial Park on Sunday 11 March.

Please join us if you want to speak for the weak and vulnerable. Please tell your friends, families, co-workers about this important event, and spread the word.

The March will feature a guest speaker who will join us for the event

For more information follow the March For Life Hamilton Facebook Page @marchforlifehamilton 

If you are interested in helping organise, please contact Alex Bailey at


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Valentine's Eve Day celebration of Marriage : a Diocese wide celebration of marriage and family life with Bishop Steve

Valentine's Eve Day celebration of Marriage : a Diocese wide celebration of marriage and family life with Bishop Steve

Venue : Hamilton Catholic Cathedral.

Time : 6pm.

Date : Tuesday 13th February

 All the life that marriage brings to couples, families and the whole community.

 Please all come as couples, as a person now on your own and as people whole value family life.

 There will be a light refreshment afterwards in the cathedral foyer.

 All welcome. Any queries, please contact Anne and John Griffin; 07-8564331 or  027-4754178.

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Interfaith and Trans-Faith Partnership for Social Justice - February 21, 2018

Interfaith and Trans-Faith Partnership for Social Justice - February 21, 2018

The Anglican Action’s Centre for Social Justice, in conjunction with the Religious Diversity Centre in Aotearoa New Zealand, the Waikato Interfaith Council, and the University of Waikato Islamic Studies Group, is going to hold the 2nd seminar on interfaith partnership for social justice.

 The seminar is going to be held in Hamilton on February 21, 2018 at the Anglican Action’s conference room.

Last year representatives from Catholicism, Islam, Judaism, Anglican Church, LDS, Baha’i Faith, and Methodist Church presented their traditions’ creedal perspective on social justice. This year all traditions, except the above mentioned, are welcomed to present their creedal perspective on interfaith and trans-faith partnership for social justice. Unlike creedal perspectives, presenting topics on partnership projects is open to all traditions and non-religious regardless of them being represented in the first seminar or not.

Professor Douglas Pratt will be chairing the event and maximum of 12 presenters are going to discuss different aspects of “interfaith and/or trans-faith partnership for social justice” form their own creedal perspective. The presentations may alternatively focus on a specific partnership project between one religion and others in fighting poverty, corruption, injustice, environmental pollutions, human trafficking, or promotion of fair trade, human rights, gender equality,  and so on.

Details and flyer available for download at