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Weekly Update | Friday 1st May 2020


Kia ora koutou.

This weekend we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, and this newsletter includes a large feature on vocation: how to understand it, prayers for vocations, and a video from Deacon Trung as he reflects on his vocation to the priesthood.

We also have our regular links to prayer resources, more stories and reflections from our local communities, and some ideas on how to stay connected with friends or family at this time.

As always, please visit our website for updated information throughout the week, and encourage others to sign up for these updates at www.pndiocese.org.nz/newsletter.

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 >

Good Shepherd Sunday: Praying for our vocations

This day flows from the broader culture of vocation, and is when the universal Church asks the Lord to send more labourers to the harvest. Here's what Pope Francis had to say about vocation in his recent writing, Christus Vivit:

The word “vocation” can be understood in a broad sense as a calling from God, including the call to life, the call to friendship with him, the call to holiness, and so forth. This is helpful, since it situates our whole life in relation to the God who loves us. It makes us realize that nothing is the result of pure chance but that everything in our lives can become a way of responding to the Lord, who has a wonderful plan for us.

In the Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate, I spoke about the vocation of all to grow and mature for the glory of God; I wanted “to repropose the call to holiness in a practical way for our own time, with all its risks, challenges and opportunities”. The Second Vatican Council helped us to recognize anew this call addressed to each of us: “All the faithful, whatever their condition or state, are called by the Lord, each in his or her own way, to that perfect holiness by which the Father himself is perfect”.


Deacon Trung's reflections on his vocation [VIDEO] >
Prayers for Vocations >
Pope Francis' Message for the 2020 World Day of Vocations >

New issue of WelCom newspaper

Our Diocesan Newspaper is still available during lockdown, and a new issue is out now! Content for May WelCom includes:

  • Worshipping Together in Faith Communities – Cardinal John Dew.
  • Reaching out to communities during lockdown – various articles.
  • Pray for Vocations – Good Shepherd Sunday, 3 May.
  • Laudato si’ – a local reflection, Peter Healy sm.
  • The cannabis referendum – Nathaniel Centre.
  • The 1918 flu pandemic – Mike Fitzsimons.
  • Breathe Life – Pentecost Sunday, Fr James Lyons.
  • Local and international news and views.

Read double-page version >
Read single-page version >

Stories from our backyard

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.

How our parishes continue to serve

This week we have some more stories of 'Ministry in the Midst of Lockdown', this time from the Young Family Minister and the Office Manager of the New Plymouth Parish.
Read online now >
 

Powerful memories for Hato Pāora student

Manuhuia Bennett, a student at Hato Pāora Catholic secondary school, recently took part in a re-enactment of the Māori Battalion returning home from World War I. His great uncle served as a chaplain in the war and was New Zealand's third Māori Anglican bishop.
Read the full story >
View the documentary online >

 

Keep your community connected!

How are you keeping connected with friends, family, parish, and your local community? Here are some ideas that could give you a reason to catch up for another video chat!

Sunday discussion & reflection resources from Life Teen

Life Teen - a youth ministry from the US with a strong NZ following - is offering resources for families, teens and parishes to stay connected to the Sunday readings.
Visit the website >
 

Ideas for a Catholic Book Club

If you're looking for an excuse to catch up with friends and discuss your faith, why not start an online Book Club? Here's a selection of books that are likely to ignite discussion about ideas that are central to Catholic life.
View online now >
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