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Weekly Update | Friday 15th May 2020

Kia ora koutou.

Welcome to Alert Level 2! We hope your whānau and community have had a smooth transition, and that a more familiar pattern of life is starting again.

This week we have a small Frequently Asked Questions section on celebrating our faith in Level 2. The NZ Catholic is also available online again, Life Teen has prepared a weekly playlist on the themes of the Sunday liturgy, and there are more great resources to help you continue growing in your life with Christ.

Don't forget to connect with us on Facebook and Instagram for updated information throughout the week, and encourage others to sign up for these updates at

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 >

Celebrating our faith in Alert Level 2

Our country is now in Alert Level 2. Life at Level 2 means you can resume many of your everyday activities — but you have to do so safely. There are still a number of restrictions, including religious services being limited to 10 people. Below are answers to basic questions about what this means. More info on Level 2 here >

Are churches open?
Some of them are open for limited times - but it's difficult for parishes due to cleaning requirements, contact tracing, and the restrictions on numbers. Check your local parish website or Facebook page.

Are we able to receive any Sacraments?
The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing are able to be offered, especially for those who are particularly unwell, and priests are allowed to visit people in hospitals or rest homes. It might not be possible for every priest or parish to offer these, so please contact your local priest if you wish to receive these Sacraments and discuss your options.

Can we attend Sunday (or weekday) Mass?
Sadly, not yet. The bishops have reluctantly agreed that the 10 person restriction doesn't allow for parishes to offer public Masses. There are still a number of livestream Masses available, and we encourage you to connect with other small bubbles to pray and share your faith.

When will we know more? 
The Bishops have indicated that the Government will reconsider this restriction in two weeks. However, they have joined with the Anglican Church asking the Government to look again with urgency the restrictive numbers permitted for religious gatherings. If anything changes, local faith communities will be updated.

Quality content to keep you connected

We can't gather for Sunday Mass yet, but there are loads of great ways to stay connected to the weekly liturgy, your community, and all that's happening in the church in Aotearoa! Here are just a couple of those resources.

NZ Catholic newspaper

The latest issue of NZ Catholic is available online, with articles on Bishop Peter's 40 year celebration as bishop, the celebration of Mass during lockdown, COVID vaccinations, and more.
Read online now >

Music for prayer & worship

A playlist curated for the upcoming Sunday liturgy, with songs focused on the themes of the Scriptures and the season. Updated every week!
Listen with Spotify >

Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Trung Nguyen

Deacon Trung Nguyen will be ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Palmerston North on Saturday 6 June at 11am. Cardinal John Dew will preside.

Numbers attending will probably be limited due to Covid 19 restrictions, but details about this will be made known as soon as possible.

Please continue to  pray for Deacon Trung in his preparation for priesthood.

Hit the ground running as we leave lockdown

Lockdown's over, but taking time to grow in your faith doesn't have to stop! These weeks at home have given many people a unique opportunity to learn new things, and the opportunities are still available. Check out these options over the coming weeks.

'A Catholic Millenials Guide to Adulting' with Paul J Kim

The Catholic Young Adult Community from Auckland is hosting one of America's most sought after Catholic speakers, Paul J. Kim live from the USA! Saturday May 23rd on Zoom.
Register now to secure your spot >

Is your parish ready for the new reality?

Revive Parishes is offering a free online course, 'Advancing Your Parish Through a Time of Crisis'. Get equipped, gain clarity, and create a plan for parish mission success!
Learn more and sign up here >
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