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The Lenten season seems to have flown by and we are nearing Holy Week, which starts with Palm Sunday this Sunday.

This time last year we were entering into lockdown, so it’s exciting to (hopefully) be able to celebrate this most holy of seasons as Diocesan and parish comminities once again!

Scroll down for Easter resources, mass times, articles and more.

Entering into Holy Week & Easter

A year ago we were preparing for a Easter that was unprecedented.
This year, in the Diocese of Palmerston North, we are lucky enough to be in the position to hopefully be able to celebrate Easter face to face in our local communities.

This resource provides suggestions for how you might like to celebrate Easter in 2021, reflecting on what you learnt during this season in 2020 and recognising that many around the world will be facing very different circumstances to us.

Easter Mass Times

If you’re looking for times for Holy Week liturgies, take a look at the Diocesan website this Easter. Particularly helpful if you’re travelling!

Read more here >

Considering the impact of Easter chocolate

Like it or not, chocolate is a big part of Easter! Unfortunately not all chocolate is ethically sourced or slavery-free.

There are a number of brands that have made positive commitments to sourcing cocoa from fairtrade and slavery-free sources. Consider getting your hands on this chocolate instead this Easter.

View the full article online >

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International Day of Happiness

Happier • Kinder • Together

March 20th is the UN International Day of Happiness. With our world facing unique challenges, wellbeing matters more than ever.

Find out more >
Download a Happiness Calendar for April >

Mass of the Oils

This Monday, at midday, representatives from across the Diocese of Palmerston North will gather at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit for the Chrism Mass.

Given that last year we were unable to celebrate this liturgy in this way, it is set to be a great celebration and high point of our liturgical calendar.

“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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