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Weekly Update | Friday 15th May 2020

Kia ora koutou.

This weekend we celebrate the great feast of the Ascension. But we're also looking ahead to next weekend, when the Church celebrates Pentecost and our diocese will be celebrating its 40th year! Special celebrations are starting next weekend, so scroll down to learn more.

The Church is also currently celebrating Laudato Si Week, with a huge wealth of resources on how we can work together to care for our common home. A special message from Pope Francis and other info on this can be found below.

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

Ascension 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 Prayer 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 Laudato Si’ Week: “everything is interconnected”

Five years ago this month, Pope Francis launched his ground breaking encyclical “Laudato Si’ – On Care for our Common Home.” As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the message of Laudato Si’, that all of life is interconnected, is a timely reminder of the need for coordinated action to overcome interrelated environmental, economic and social crises.

From 16 to 24 May, Caritas is encouraging Catholics and all people of goodwill to take greater steps to care for our common home, through online trainings and practical action where possible, to celebrate Laudato Si’ Week. Caritas members and partners around Oceania will join in tree-planting, clean-ups and promotional events during the week.

From the Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand website. Read the full Caritas NZ media release here >

A Message from Pope Francis

Pope Francis invites you to celebrate the #LaudatoSi5 Anniversary! Join thousands of Catholics around the world and unite to protect our common home.
Watch online now >

What is Laudato Si?

The CAFOD group have put out two brilliant animated videos explaining what Laudato Si is about and why it's so important.
View the video for children >
View the video for adults >

Official activities & events to join online

Register online to join for world-class events, discussions and celebrations. Some of these events have already taken place, but there are still some that you can join this weekend!
View the list of events >

Bishop Barron's reflections on Laudato Si

Bishop Robert Barron offers an easy link to download the Pope's document, as well as both a video and written reflection on Laudato Si.
View online now >
I te Wairua o te Kotahitanga - United in the Spirit

Celebrating 40 years of our diocese this Pentecost!

Pentecost is a big deal for the church, it’s an even bigger deal for the Diocese of Palmerston North as we are consecrated to the Holy Spirit. Our cathedral, the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, is a reminder of this consecration.

A special prayer of consecration was written for the diocese and it was renewed last year. You can download this prayer by clicking here.

Now, in our 40th year, we look back with thanks for the good things the Lord has enabled us to do as a diocesan community, and look ahead to dream of what other possibilities God has prepared.

The Upper Zoom: An online Diocesan Pentecost Celebration

As part of our celebrations on Pentecost Sunday there will be an inspiring time of prayer hosted online and led by people from across the whole diocese.

We invite you to gather in groups of 10 with your family, friends and parishioners in your homes and join in this opportunity to be united in the Spirit. Maybe you’d even like to share food together before or after the prayer, making a special moment of this celebration.

This will be a unique opportunity to pray together across the entire diocese, so you won't want to miss out! All welcome. More info and online link will be available next week at Save the date in your diaries now!

'The Upper Zoom': An online Diocesan Pentecost Celebration
4:00pm - 5:00pm on Sunday May 31, 2020
Online via Zoom
(link to join will be released next week)

More events & resources coming soon

As we move into and through our 40th year, we will continue to celebrate and discover ways to renew ourselves as a diocese, a community, and a church. Stay connected through this newsletter and our social media to hear about what's happening.
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