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 National Liturgy Office Review

National Liturgy Office Review

Are you involved in Liturgy in the Diocese of Dunedin?  The National Liturgy Office (NLO) is currently having a review by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.  To have your input into this review click here.  To see what resources the NLO has to offer click here.

 Chris Skinner SM concert in Bluff

Chris Skinner SM concert in Bluff


Chris Skinner 2018 Dunedin Diocese Tour 25th June - 4th July. "Making Room for God: Praying the Liturgy". Click here for full tour details.

Below Father Chris Skinner sings with the children and parishishoners at St John's School, Ranfurly


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Wanted: volunteers to be part of a team who welcome former refugees and migrants to our city.

We are partnering with Araiteuru Marae, the Red Cross, Dunedin Multi-Ethnic Council and other community organisations to create a uniquely Dunedin welcome for newly-arrived former refugees and migrants. This will involve hosting four powhiri (Maori welcome) a year. We need 10-15 volunteers from our community to be part of this important venture. Even if your knowledge of the Maori language and Maori customs is very limited you are still very welcome to be part of this. Click here for more information.


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MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSES 2018 for the Diocese of Dunedin:  Click here for dates and registration details.



What's happening

Watch the Ordination of Bishop Michael Dooley Here:

Bishop Micheal Dooley's Installation at St. Joseph's Cathedral, Dunedin on 27th April 2018

Bishop Michael Dooley's Ordination as the seventh Bishop of the Dunedin Diocese on 26th April in the Dunedin town hall



Combined Youth Adoration/Reconciliation Event

Who says the youth can’t sit in silence and pray?  We held our second annual Combined Youth Adoration and Reconciliation Event on 4th March. Youth groups and the young at heart from around the city gathered for a special time just to be with Jesus and one another.  It was moving to watch some of the children (as young as four!) praying creatively through play dough and colouring in front of the altar.  Reconciliation was available with several priests available for those who wanted to receive this sacrament.  Following our reflective hour, we gathered socially to share food and time with one another.

St. Valentine's Day Mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral

The Spirit of Love was present as couples, singles, religious, and children all gathered on the eve of St. Valentine's Day in St. Joseph's Cathedral.  There was beautiful music lead by Couples for Christ and Holy Name Parish evening choir, a touching anointing of the hands, and delicious fellowship over champagne and nibbles, which made for a special celebration.  Fr. Michael Dooley presided, reminding us that true love requires not only romance but also courage, as St. Valentine's martyrdom exemplified. It was a fitting feast to end ordinary time, before entering the more penitential season of Lent.  "And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13


Filipino Sinulog Festival, honouring the Holy Child

The “Sinulog” Festival is one of the ways Filipinos venerate the image of the child Jesus which is also called “Santo Nino” (Holy Child). This is a popular festival that is not only a religious but also a cultural event reminding Filipinos of the birth of their faith as it has been introduced to their ancestors by the Spaniards. The word “Sinulog” is from the Filipino dialect called Cebuano and  loosely translates to “a current passing through water.”  This describes the dance movements. The Dunedin Filipino Catholic community with the help of the Youth and Couples for Christ has brought this festive event to Mercy Parish on the 27th January 2018. To watch the dance, check out https://www.facebook.com/angela.llamoso/videos/1967525766621121/


Congratulations to Jaewoo Lee on his Ordination as Deacon in the Dunedin Diocese, 4th December 2017


David Haas (with Michael Mangan) at Holy Name in Dunedin North

David Haas delighted the people in Dunedin on October 11th with two sessions.  The afternoon session was an interactive session on supporting ministers in music which attracted an ecumenical crowd.  In the evening David shared his gifts of music and spirituality which enriched us all.