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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for February 2016
"Mary is also the one who obtained mercy in a particular and exceptional way, as no other person has. At the same time, still in an exceptional way, she made possible with the sacrifice of her heart her own sharing in God’s mercy. This sacrifice is intimately linked with the cross of her Son, at the foot of which she was to stand on Calvary."
John Paul II, Dives in Misericordia
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Obituary notice for Pa Hemi SM
It is with a heavy heart that I need to inform you Pa Hemi passed away Friday afternoon 5 February 2016 Read more →
Rangiaowhia Commemoration, A Door of Mercy
Sunday, 21 February 2016
Gather at the Hairni Hall, Rangiaowhia Rd, at 2pm.
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Ash Wednesday Masses for 2016
Cathedral 6.30am, 9.10am & 12.05pm.
Fairfield, St Joseph’s: 9.00am and 7.00pm.
Frankton, St Columbas: 9.00am.
Gisborne, St Mary Primary School: Read more →
- Irreplaceable – documentary film from Focus on the Family
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Obituary Notice for Fr Dan Johns
As we passed from one year to another so Fr Dan Johns passed from this life to the next.
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The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
A Pastoral Letter from the Catholic Bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand
Second Sunday of Advent, 6th December 2015
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6 View on FacebookBishop Steve Lowe shared The Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand's photo.February 13, 2016 at 6:26pm25 1 View on FacebookBishop Steve LoweFebruary 13, 2016 at 10:47amThe NZ Catholic Bishops' Conference press release on the passing of Bishop Barry Philip Jones...
“It is with great sadness that we heard today of the passing of Bishop Barry Jones. My brother Bishops and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to Bishop Barry’s siblings and extended family, close friends and the Christchurch Diocese who will be mourning the loss of a loved brother, friend and servant leader.” Said Cardinal John Dew, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.
Bishop Barry died peacefully at 3.30am this morning surrounded by family. He was readmitted to Christchurch Hospital on Friday 29th January after suffering a heart attack. Prior to this he has had some months of ill health due to several strokes.
“Bishop Barry was a man of great and unwavering faith in the Lord, he was a humble and stoic man and this was particularly so in the face of his recent illness,”
“We know that he was well cared for by the medical professionals, his family and friends in recent months. We know he would want us to pray in gratitude for their care of him.” said Cardinal John.
“A proud Canterbury man, he was especially fond of his home town of Rangiora in North Canterbury. The suffering and distress of those living in Christchurch during and after the earthquakes was always close to mind for him and he would often express to those of us outside of Canterbury the kind of challenges and daily stresses that the people of Christchurch were experiencing.” said Cardinal John.
Bishop Barry was ordained close to 50 years ago, in that time he served as priest in Timaru North, Cathedral, Christchurch Hospital, Kumara, Akaroa, Sockburn, Te Rangimarie, Burnham, Vice Rector Good Shepherd House, Riccarton and Greymouth. He was ordained Coadjutor Bishop in 2006 and later was install as the ninth Catholic Bishop of Christchurch Diocese in 2007.
“As Bishops we will greatly miss his dry sense of humour at our meetings, and in our work together we will miss his wisdom and his pastoral insights. He would often be mindful and express the needs of those that were most vulnerable, such was his empathy and pastoral nature.” said Cardinal John.
“He was a man of few words, but unafraid to speak his mind and always with wisdom. He had an incredible sense of social justice, a grasp of tikanga Maori and fluent in te reo.”
“He had chosen for his Bishop’s motto – ‘The Lord delights in his people’ - an apt phrase for a leader who expressed his love for the Lord through his service to His people, and in turn was beloved by so many.” said Cardinal John.
Haere atu e te Rangatira o te Hahi, i roto i te korowai o te Atua.
Moe mai e Pa, moe mai.62 9 View on FacebookBishop Steve LoweFebruary 13, 2016 at 7:04amI have received news this morning that Bishop Barry of Christchurch passed away peacefully at 3.30am this morning.
His episcopal motto was "The Lord delights in his people." Let's pray that Bishop Barry may now delight in his Lord for all eternity as he is received into the Lord's mercy to share his glory.
Eternal rest grant to him O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him
May he rest in peace. Amen.34 2 1 View on FacebookBishop Steve LoweFebruary 8, 2016 at 10:09amPa Hemi's funeral will be at St Joseph's, New Plymouth on Tuesday at 11.00am from where he will be buried at Parihaka43 15 View on FacebookBishop Steve LoweFebruary 5, 2016 at 7:58pmIt is with a heavy heart that I need to inform you Pa Hemi Hekiera SM passed away this afternoon after having a stroke this morning.
We remember Pa David Gledhill, the Marist Fathers and Pa Hemi's family at this time.
Eternal rest grant to him O Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon him
May he rest in peace
✠ Steve Lowe
Bishop of Hamilton