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Cardinal John’s Newsletter 12 March 2020

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Kia tau te rangimarie ki a koutou,

“To be a missionary disciple means to have had an encounter with MERCY and to lead others to it.” (Pope Francis)

Recently I read a book entitled “Tattoos of the Heart”. It is a book written by a Jesuit priest in the United States who for many years worked with drug addicts, street kids, gang members, the poor and the struggling. I found it a wonderful book with some incredible stories of love and forgiveness, stories of seeing the best in people who would often be ignored by society. One story was of a young man who had been in and out of prison, he had no confidence in himself, no self-esteem at all and thought of himself as worthless. One day a woman who was working with Fr Greg told the young man she had found a job for him, she welcomed him and treated him as he had never been welcomed or accepted before. He asked Fr Greg why she was doing this. His answer was “because she saw you as somebody, she recognized you as the shape of God’s heart.” His life was never the same again. Someone recognised him as the shape of God’s heart.

Over these next two weekends as we celebrate MISSION EXPOs at Viard College this Saturday and at Garin College next Saturday we are trying to put the Mission of Jesus at the heart of the Church, at the very centre of who we are. The mission of Jesus was to give others the chance to encounter the mercy of God, and then to lead others to experience that same mercy.

Mission Expo will display the many many efforts all around the Archdiocese that help and enable people to encounter God’s mercy. It is to give thanks for the many wonderful things that are happening and to help every one of us to reflect that through our Baptism we too do not just have a mission, but in the words of Pope Francs “I am a Mission.”, and celebrate that fact.

When we see every other person as having “the shape of God’s heart” we are living our mission.

With every blessing
Naku noa. Na + Hoane

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Cardinal John’s Newsletter 27 February 2020

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Kia tau te rangimarie ki a koutou,

Last Saturday, 22nd February, was the Feast of the Chair of St Peter, a feast once described by Pope John Paul II as “shedding light on the special ministry of Peter strengthening and guiding the Church in the unity of faith which the Lord entrusted to the head of the Apostles.” he went on to say that this mystery of unity comes from “Fixing our gaze on Christ.”

The Lenten journey we have begun is all about “fixing our gaze on Christ.”

Lent is a time to hear again the call of Jesus to “repent and believe the good news.” The call to personal conversion is at the heart of the message of Jesus and is clearly at the heart of the ministry of Pope Francis. The Pope is very clear about the fact that ALL of us are constantly called to conversion of heart. In his first year as Pope, on the Feast of St Ignatius Loyola, he said in a homily: “The question ‘is Christ the centre of my life?’ is for us, for any of us, the ques-tion that cannot be taken for granted. It cannot be taken for granted because there is always the temptation to think that we are the centre; and when we put ourselves and not Christ at the centre, we err, we go astray”.

I think that sometimes the temptation for us is also to think that the call to personal conversion, to “fix our gaze on Christ” is for others and not for me. In this time of Lent when we are invited to pay closer attention to the Word of God, we know that is so we can personally focus on our relationship with Jesus, and not on all the other things that worry, distract or preoccupy us.

One of the strategies of Pope Francis in his work to reform the Church, and especially the Roman Curia (which was asked for in the Cardinals’ meetings leading up to his election) is to keep emphasising that this is always about per-sonal conversion. It is about a change of heart, putting Jesus at the centre of life and fixing our gaze on him. When Jesus is at the centre and the focus of our lives the relationships that we have with others improve, the things that worry us fall into place – even things like the question of Mass times, what will happen with “MY” parish, and how to cope with the many questions we are faced with today seems to fall into place.

The questions for Lent therefore are:

  • How do I keep my gaze fixed on Jesus?
  • How do I make Jesus the centre of my life?
  • How do I focus on Jesus in the days ahead?

Naku Noa,


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Cardinal John’s Newsletter 13 February 2020

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13 February 2020
Issue 215

Kia tau te rangimarie ki a koutou,
It was an honour to be invited to preach at the interdenominational service at Waitangi last week. I was conscious of standing in the footsteps of my tūpuna in faith, Bishop Jean-Baptiste Pompallier, who 180 years earlier had taken the opportunity at the Treaty/Tiriti negotiations to ensure freedom of religion.

It was disappointing that another speaker at the service used that sacred moment to denigrate immigrants, and to advocate religious intolerance, rather than the message of religious acceptance and religious inclusion which is our true Waitangi heritage.

However, I was glad that many people present acknowledged the value and importance of the Catholic contribution, which stretches back to Bishop Pompallier. As New Zealand approaches the first anniversary of the March 15 Christchurch mosque attacks, it is important that the most vulnerable members of our communities feel safe and supported in the practice of faith.

I also enjoyed being part of the opening and blessing of Te Rau Aroha, the new museum at Waitangi which acknowledges the contribution of Māori armed forces. There was a special moment when one of two surviving members of the Māori battalion asked us to join with him in singing the Māori battalion marching song, which everyone was delighted to do.

Waitangi Day is a reminder to all New Zealanders that every day we continue to seek right relationships and partnership in everything we do. Our own Archdiocesan Synod 2017 recommendations include ten actions under the goal “Go you are sent to deepen your bicultural relationship”. I look forward to seeing the different ways that these will come to fruition in the many communities of the Archdiocese.

Naku Noa, +John


As the new academic year gets under way please remember in prayer the three seminarians the Archdiocese have at Holy Cross College in Auckland, Matthew White, Emilo Caplin and Kinh Nguyen. Please also pray for Alfred Tong who is on Pastoral placement this year in Our Lady of the Bays Parish. Gerson Badayos has arrived from the Philippines to discern further a calling to priesthood for the Archdiocese, please also pray for him.

What’s Happening

Father Cirilo Barlis

After a period of further reflection and one-on-one consultation with him, Father Cirilo has decided not to travel to Australia to discern a call to become a Jesuit. He will remain in priestly service in the Archdiocese. In conversation with him we have decided that it will probably be beneficial for him to accept another appointment after four years in Te Awakairangi. Please keep him in your prayers

Feb 2020
21 Teachers Commissioning Mass – (South Island) Garin College 5.30pm
25 Teachers Commissioning Mass – (North Island) Sacred Heart Petone, 5.30pm
27 Marriage Enrichment Evening – check your parish noticeboard rsvp marriage@wn.catholic.org.nz
March 2020
14 Mission Expo – Bishop Viard College, Porirua 10am – 4pm
21 Mission Expo – Garin College, Nelson 10am — 4pm
April 2020
Chrism Mass
7 South Island – Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Richmond
8 North Island – St Teresa’s Pro-Cathedral, Karori
20 – 24 Clergy Assembly – Tatum Park
The date for the Clergy Assembly was incorrect in the last newsletter.

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