Interested in knowing what our Diocese has planned for Young Catholics in 2017? Would you like to have a part in what happens for the youth in our Diocese? Please 'like' our new Dunedin Young Catholics Facebook page to keep informed and also respond to our Hunt For the Jesus People follow up form. To read a more in depth report on how our diocese is responding to the voice of our youth please click here.
The long awaited sequel to Called By Christ home reflection group is here! This is a wonderful faith enriching opportunity in this Year of Mercy. It is a four week, home grown programme for meeting up in a small groups to reflect on how Christ sends us out to be his disciples in this world. For further information and to sign up for this programme on-line click here.
Social Justice Week at St. Patrick's Georgetown in Invercargill
In keeping with the Caritas Social Justice Week, St. Pat's Georgetown held a Multi-Cultural Mass and Entertainment Evening to celebrate the diversity that comes from our migration stories. The community celebrated mass with hymns in Maori, Gaelic, Keribati, Tongan, and the prayers of the faithful were in several languages including Filipino with several families in their native dress. The Keribas community did a stunning gospel procession and Fr Vaughan Hook encouraged everyone to say the Our Father in their own language which resulted in a moving experience of cultures praising in their own way but together - very much the theme of the event. After mass around 60 people went to the St Patricks School Hall for a feast of foods from all around the globe. Then award winning singer Jacinta Kerepeti from the parish set off a night of self-entertainment with some stunning Gospel numbers. The event was run by the St Patricks Community Group and achieved its main aim - minority cultures were given a strong and sweet voice within the parish community.
Bishop Colin's Birthday
St Theresa's school, Invercargill shared their talents with Bishop Colin as part of a surprise celebration of his 75th birthday. The school performed waiata, the choir sung and a slide show of significant times in history over the past 75 years formed part of the acknowledgment for Bishop Colin.
Check out the brand new website from St Patrick's parish in Oamaru - click on the image
Michael Mangan Travelog: Michael Mangan has just finished touring our diocese giving a retreat, workshops on liturgy and school concerts delighting the masses. Click here to see photos of all his diocesan events.
Survey Report on the Future of Catholic Schooling in the Wakatipu Basin
Click here for a copy of the findings from a recent survey of parish and school communities in the Arrowtown/Frankton/Queenstown area on future options for Catholic primary schooling. Click here for a copy of the covering message from the Queenstown Catholic schooling working group.