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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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