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Care of Creation Season

The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. #LS21

These problems are closely linked to a throwaway culture … and an industrial system (that) does not reuse waste and by- products. #LS22

For human beings … to destroy biological diversity … to degrade the integrity of the earth by causing changes to its climate, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands … to contaminate the earth’s waters, it’s land, it’s air and it’s life – these are sins. #LS8


Let us reflect on what we can do to limit our participation in the ‘throwaway culture’?




The Year of Mercy – The Pastoral Plan in Action

"But go and learn what this means 'I desire mercy not sacrifice'".a Matthew 9:13

The Year of Mercy invites us to walk into the challenge of living the Christian life. To be forgiven and to forgive others. It is a year of reflection and action as we implement the Diocesan Pastoral Plan – Fit for Mission The first priority of Fit for Mission is Go! Parishes, communities, and schools are asked to focus more specifically and practically on reaching out to those outside our communities. To find ways and means to draw them more fully to know and love Christ Jesus. This is what the Church calls mission ad extra (to those beyond our normal boundaries).
A framework for mission and mercy is to explore the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

Let us abandon all
and dread, for these
do not befit men and
women who are loved.
Instead, let us live the
joy of encounter with
the grace that
transforms all.
Pope Francis

Diocesan News

Auckland diocesan initiative to raise awareness of domestic violence
21-03-2017 | Lyndsay Freer

The Auckland diocesan Justice & Peace Commission’s Social Welfare Anti-Poverty Committee, together with Catholic Social Services, invites people to a one-day workshop to raise awareness of domestic violence issues to parishes and ethnic and cultural communities within the Diocese, with the endorsement of the Catholic Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn. The workshop aims to […]

16-03-2017 | Lyndsay Freer

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Marist Brothers celebrate 200th anniversary
13-03-2017 | Lyndsay Freer

from Brother Richard Dunleavy FMS The caption “Marist Brothers 200” highlights the story of the Marist Brothers, who with their Champagnat associates, friends and ex-students in  80 countries worldwide are celebrating 200 years since St Marcellin Champagnat founded their Congregation on 2 January 1817. Marcellin was one of a number of young priests who, in […]

New National Director for The Catholic Institute
10-03-2017 | Lyndsay Freer

10 March 2017 From Bishop Patrick Dunn, Chair, The Catholic Institute Trust Board I am pleased to advise you that the TCI Council, with the agreement of the TCI Trust Board, has appointed Gerald Scanlan as the new Director for The Catholic Institute. Gerald will take over the Director responsibilities currently held by Professor Anne […]

Fast response to fires in Christchurch
22-02-2017 | Lyndsay Freer

“In response to parishioners around the Auckland Diocese seeking a way to support those affected by the recent fires in and around Christchurch, the Catholic Caring Foundation (CCF), on behalf of Bishop Patrick, was able to quickly initiate an appeal throughout the Auckland diocese,” said Darragh O’Riordan, General Manager of the CCF. Those who would […]

Auckland’s Catholic Caring Foundation thanks Aucklanders for their contribution to last year’s earthquake recovery
16-02-2017 | Lyndsay Freer

A cheque for $65,000.00 was handed over to Cardinal John Dew, the Archbishop of Wellington in whose archdiocese the earthquake occurred, by Anne Marie Parker (left) and Darragh O’Riordan (right) of the Caring Foundation, pictured here with the Cardinal. Thanks to the generosity of spirit demonstrated by Auckland catholic schools, parishioners and religious communities, the Catholic […]

Auckland Catholic Justice Commission supports moves for Indian students to stay
15-02-2017 | Lyndsay Freer

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland calls on the Minister of Immigration to act with compassion and mercy and to drop the deportation orders against the Indian Students who have been granted sanctuary at the Unitarian Church in Ponsonby.  We believe that they should be allowed to stay to complete […]

Church leaders concerned about deportation of Indian students
13-02-2017 | Lyndsay Freer

  To the NZ Government and Public: As leaders in our three Churches we wish to publicly state our concern about the proposed deportation of several students from India for falsification of their visa papers. We do not believe they intended to deceive the NZ government in this way. “Having looked at their situation it seems […]

Major changes at Auckland’s Catholic Cathedral
31-01-2017 | Lyndsay Freer

  First Maori priest to become Dean of a Catholic cathedral in Aotearoa New Zealand On Wednesday 1 February at 7.30 pm, Father Peter Tipene will be installed as Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland in a colourful ceremony conducted by the Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn, in the presence of a large congregation […]

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