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The Diocese of Palmerston North was founded in 1980. 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.

Weekly Update | Friday 29th May 2020

Kia ora koutou!

Welcome to our new-look weekly update. As we now celebrate Pentecost and recognise the diocese's 40th year, plus move further out of lockdown, we wanted to emphasise the work that the Holy Spirit has done to keep us united. The Te Reo title above translates as United in the Spirit.

This weekend is an exciting moment for our Church: we can return to our liturgical celebrations! Pentecost Masses for up to 100 people will be celebrated across the country. Below we have links to special prayers for Pentecost weekend, the ongoing livestream from the Cathedral, and other special resources.

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
Reminder: the dispensation of attendance at Sunday Mass continues.
This means that there is no obligation attend and celebrate Mass this Sunday. If you're unwell, don't feel comfortable returning to Mass, or aren't able to attend because of restricted numbers or other concerns, we hope the prayer resources offered below keep you connected to our diocese and help you to celebrate Sunday as a holy day.

'The Upper Zoom': this Sunday at 4:00pm

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. This will be a unique opportunity to pray together across the entire diocese, so you won’t want to miss out! All welcome. You can read more info on our website.

The prayer booklet will be available to download on our website later today, so you can pray along with us or pray it at a time that suits you.

Join the Zoom meeting >
View the livestream on Youtube >

Gather for Mass at your local parish

Our Aotearoa bishops have confirmed that parishes can re-open from midday today (Friday 29th), and many parishes will be open for Sunday Mass with appropriate limits.

Please contact your local parish to confirm Mass times and the number of people permitted at each.

Read the Bishop's letter >
View parish Mass times and contact details>

9:30am Pentecost Sunday Mass livestream

Every Sunday we are streaming a live Mass from the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. This will now be at 9:30am with the community gathering at the Cathedral parish. 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.

Prayers for Pentecost

Masses might be starting back, but our regular prayer resources will continue to be developed! Not only will many people not be attending Sunday Mass yet, but these resources are great for praying throughout the week or at special gatherings.

This week we have the 'United in Prayer' and 'Prayer at Home' resources for Pentecost weekend, plus special resources that teachers can use in their classrooms to help their students connect with the meaning of Pentecost.

United in Prayer: Pentecost edition

'United in Prayer' is a prayer & refection resource that we develop every week, with variations for families, teenagers, children, and individuals.
Download now >

Prayer at Home for Pentecost Sunday

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 now >

School Resources for Pentecost

Prayer outline and dynamic Powerpoint that can be used in schools, with variations developed for both primary and secondary.
Download on our website >

Ordination of Trung Nguyen to the Priesthood

Saturday June 6, 11:00am
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit

Livestream link and online booking to attend the Ordination Mass will be available on the Diocesan website next week. All links will be available here >

The Wild Goose: Discover the Holy Spirit!

Have you ever asked 'Who is the Holy Spirit,' or 'What does the Holy Spirit do?' Then this video series is for you: a moving, rich deep-dive into the Church's understanding of the Holy Spirit.
Watch now on Youtube >
Learn more >

WelCom: Monthly Diocesan news

Don't forget to check out the WelCom newspaper online! It's filled with news, stories and reflections from the dioceses of Palmerston North & Wellington.
Read online now >
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