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Weekly Update | Friday 8th May 2020

Kia ora koutou.

This edition of our weekly newsletter has a set of resources for parishes to stay 'mission-focused' during such a unique time, and a special focus on Mary, whom the Church traditionally venerates during the month of May. We also have a prayer video from the girls at Sacred Heart College in Napier and our usual prayer resources.

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Sunday Mass from the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit presbytery

Every Sunday at 10:00am we will be streaming a live Mass. The video will be available to watch on our Diocesan Youtube page live or at your convenience.

Click here to view the livestream, or search for 'Manawatu Mass' on YouTube.

Prayer & Reflection for this Sunday

'United in Prayer' is a prayer & refection resource that we develop every week, with variations for families, teenagers, children, and individuals.

Download prayer resource >

Sunday Liturgy at home

A weekly prayer form, using a Psalm, the Sunday Gospel, a Seder Table Blessing, the Benedictus and Prayers of Intercession followed by the Our Father and the final prayer and blessing.

Download prayer resource >

Prayer from Sacred Heart College in Napier

The student leaders from Sacred Heart College in Napier have put together a video in multiple languages, praying for their community and people around the world.

Pray with the students from Sacred Heart College >

Resources for Parishes

The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has been developing a great collection of resources to help us - as parishioners, parish staff, lay ministers, clergy - rise up in the midst of this crisis and become effective, hope-filled communities. Here we have some of their best articles.

Strategies for parishes during a crisis

How can we lead positively and creatively through these times, when so many of the things we normally do as a parish have been suspended?
Read the tips and strategies now >

Becoming a mission-driven parish

Pope Francis is challenging us to make forming missionary disciples our core activity as parishes. We might ask though: is this even possible?
Learn more here >

May: a month for Mary

It can be hard to know what's going on in our wider diocese without the regular catch ups at Sunday Mass, school drop-offs, or our other normal social times. But there's still a lot happening! Here are just some of the stories from our communities.

Letter from Pope Francis

Pope Francis has released a letter addressed to all the faithful of the world, discussing Mary and the Rosary: "I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May."
Read full letter online now >

Learn more about the rosary

The rosary is a powerful prayer. Of course, in order for the rosary to start working in your life, you have to start praying it! This guide has been put together to help you give the rosary a try and discover the power of the rosary for yourself.
Learn more here >

Helping children celebrate their mother - and Mary!

The Catholic Education Office have continued to update their 'Prayer & Witness Challenge', and this month have options of prayers & activities to help children celebrate their mothers.
View online now >
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