Meditation in May on Fr. Roger (Taizé), Mother Teresa, and Jean Vanier (L'arche). May 9, 16, 23 from 6:30-8pm at Mercy Parish. Lead by Gerry O'Farrell, a parishioner of Mercy Parish who has spent time in all three of these communties.
Sign up for Bushy School Day in Gore on Sunday May 20th. Bushy Schools is for families with children at State Primary Schools who want Catholic education days for their children (years 1-8).
MARRIAGE PREPARATION WEEKENDS for the Diocese of Dunedin: 2-3 June at Mercy Parish Centre, South Dunedin and 3-4 November at Tirohanga Camp. Click here for registration and details.
Oamaru Holy Shop is having half price sales this month!
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.