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Alleluia, He is Risen! We are now in the season of Easter, on the road to Pentecost at the end of April.

In this update we’re focusing on vocations, with National Vocations Awareness Week having begun on Sunday 25 April and finishing tomorrow, 1 May.

Scroll down for a message from Vocations Director Fr Trung Nyugen, a reflection on nursing as a vocation (in light of International Nurses Day on May 12), prayer resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and more!

National Vocations Awareness Week

Fr Trung Nyugen, the Diocesan Vocations Director, talks about the importance of discerning a religious vocation.

Their most vulnerable moments

International Nurses Day will be celebrated on May 12. As part of Vocations Awareness Week, in this article neonatal nurse Lara Collins shares why she feels called to nursing.

Read the article here >

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

May 1st is the Feast of St Joseph the Worker. As it is the Year of St. Joseph, many of our parishes are celebrating this Feast Day in a special way.

We’ve put together a simple prayer resource, accompanied by two visual depictions of St. Joseph the Worker with local connections.

View the resource online >

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World Communications Day

Every year, the Pope offers us a message for World Communications Day. In 2021 we will celebrate this day on May 16th. In this article, Isabella McCafferty shares about why communication is so important for all of us and what we can learn from the Pope’s message this year.

View the full article online >

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

During May 16 - 23, Christian churches celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. We are united in our desire for unity, although we know this is a long road.

We are all encourage to take part in the Week of Prayer in some way.

View the resources online >

Let Us Go to Galilee | Holy Week 2021

How wonderful was it to celebrate Easter once more as Church? The Diocesan Comms Team were able to capture some highlights of Holy Week in the Manawatu Pastoral Area.

Read the article here >
View the full album on our Facebook page >

“Joy is the salt of the earth and the light of the world. It is the yeast that leavens society as a whole.”

Pope Francis, Happiness in This Life: A Passionate Meditation on Earthly Existence

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