Praying through Covid

Following the government announcement about Alert Level 2, we are now able to have gatherings of up to 100 people.

Read Archbishop Paul’s message below and view a summary of the Alert Level Guidance below.

With gatherings of up to 100 people we continue to need to provide the following requirements:
• A means for people to record their visit
• Physical distancing of 2 metres between bubbles
• Clean and sanitise shared surfaces before and after use

If parishes are able to meet the government requirements then they are able to celebrate Sunday Masses for up to 100 people for each Mass.

Online Mass registrations:

  • For those parishes undertaking online registration for weekday Mass – this will not be required from Wednesday onwards.
  • Some parishes will require online Mass registration for this coming Sunday and bookings will go live Wednesday at 5.00pm
  • The link to the online registration is here

The Covid 19 website indicates for churches that people are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering (masks).

Message from Archbishop Paul

Greetings to you as we continue our journey of Level 2 of our Covid-19 journey.

It is good news that we are able to move around more freely after these last couple of weeks of restrictions. While we are still not completely free to do as we would hope we do acknowledge all the sacrifices that people have made in order to maintain the good health of the population. We continue to remember and pray for those who are living in the Auckland region.

The limitation of 50 people in a gathering indoors, with a 2-metre distance between bubbles, is very limiting for us in terms of our Eucharistic gatherings. This is especially so for Sunday when most parishes have many more people than this at Mass. It is important that all people are able to attend Mass on Sunday and so, given the restrictions, we do not consider that this is possible for us to offer at this stage. Therefore, there are to be no Sunday Masses in the diocese at the present time while we are in Level 2. On-line Mass will be available on Sunday from the diocesan website and other parishes who are offering Mass on-line can do the same.
There is the possibility though of having Mass during the week for those who wish to attend. This will provide an opportunity for those who wish to receive the Eucharist to be able to do so during the week. All of the necessary steps required of a gathering at Level 2 must be followed, therefore it is up to parishes to consider this option beginning next Monday 13 September where Masses may be offered in our churches from Monday to Friday.
Let us pray that this situation will not continue too long.

Blessings to you all.

+Paul

Alert Level Guidance

Following the government announcement about Alert Level 2, we are now able to have gatherings of up to 100 people.

With gatherings of up to 100 people we continue to need to provide the following requirements:
• A means for people to record their visit
• Physical distancing of 2 metres between bubbles
• Clean and sanitise shared surfaces before and after use

If parishes are able to meet the government requirements then they are able to celebrate Sunday Masses for up to 100 people for each Mass.

Online Mass registrations:

  • For those parishes undertaking online registration for weekday Mass – this will not be required from Wednesday onwards.
  • Some parishes will require online Mass registration for this coming Sunday and bookings will go live Wednesday at 5.00pm
  • The link to the online registration is here

The Covid 19 website indicates for churches that people are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering (masks).

Liturgy guidelines
Holy Communion is under one kind (no chalice), no shaking of hands during the Sign of the Peace, no communion on the tongue and no holy water available in stoops.

Contacting Your Parish

While our parish buildings are currently closed, priests and parish staff can still be contacted by phone or email. Parish contact information can be found here or contact us

For the latest information about the resumption of Mass and access to churches please refer to our Facebook page

Online Masses

There are a number of opportunities to participate in prayer with online Masses this coming Sunday:

Weekday Masses are now being celebrated by some parishes. See the information at the top of this page.

Mass on Shine TV

Sunday Mass can be viewed on Shine TV at 2.00pm Free-to-air TV Channel 25, Sky TV Channel 201

Prayer of Spiritual Communion

During the online Masses (or at other times) we are invited to pray a prayer of “Spiritual Communion”. This is where we unite ourselves to God through prayer, our desire to be united with him when we are unable to receive Holy Communion.

Prayer Resources

During the last lockdown when we could not gather as a community of faith to celebrate Mass, a number of resources were developed across the world and made available online to assist people in their prayer. A few are offered below

Lectio Divina for Sunday 20th September can be downloaded below. This is a means of reading the scriptures are reflecting on it. Download the file here

Pope Francis

In last Sunday’s homily, Archbishop Paul Martin encourages us to take this time of lockdown as an opportunity to deepen our relationship with the Lord. Among other things, he suggested that we read the letters of Pope Francis so that we know what he is asking us to be and to do.

Rejoice and Be Glad – Gaudete et Exsultate

With that in mind, here are some resources to help guide you in your study of Pope Francis’ letter Rejoice and Be Glad. In this letter, Pope Francis reminds us all of our call to grow in holiness. He shows that holiness is not an impossible task.

With that in mind, here are some resources to help guide you in your study of Pope Francis’ letter Rejoice and Be Glad. In this letter, Pope Francis reminds us all of our call to grow in holiness. He shows that holiness is not an impossible task.

Here is the document Rejoice and Be Glad

Here is a 30-day prayer journal that you can use for your personal daily prayer

Here is a study guide that you can use either in a small-group setting or as your personal reflection

Year of the Family and Amoris Laetitia

Pope Francis established the Year of the Family on March 19, 2021, the Solemnity of St. Joseph. This marks the fifth anniversary of the publication of his Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, which means “The joy of love” and explores the beauty and joy found in family life. The National Centre for Religious Studies (NCRS) put together a resource booklet for reflection and discussion called Blessed to be Family / He Mea Whakapai Te Whānau. This resource can be downloaded here

Below is a short video about Amories Laetitia and more information can be found on the Amories Laetitia Vatican website

Sunday Prayer at Home

The Church has gathered on Sunday from the earliest days. Sacred Scripture speaks of Sunday as the 1st day of the week, the day for the community to gather.
When one cannot gather with the parish community, the prayer of the
Church continues and you can join your prayer to that of the Church. Click here for Sunday Prayer at Home

Drawing Near to the Saints

Drawing nearer to the saints through their prayer strengthens our communion in the Lord. One of the best ways to come to know the saints, and to grow into the love of Christ with them, is to actually practice praying the way the saints themselves prayed.
It is both nourishing and enlivening to know something about the saints, to learn more about their lives and their deeds. If we really want to know a saint on his/her own terms, then we need to enter into the place where the saint themself was most at home. That place is in their life of prayer.
Why are saints most at home in their prayer? That is where each saint came to share themselves fully with the One they love, the One whose love makes them who they are. Over the course of their life, each saint returned over and over again to seek and share themselves with their Lord in prayer. As they did so, the Lord shared himself with his saints.
The prayer of the saints is a dialogue of love. It is a most intimate sharing between the Lord, who calls, and his disciples who respond. Here, perhaps, is the most wondrous part: the saints teach us how to pray. They show us how we too can enter into this dialogue with the Lord. The saints might first draw our attention because of what we have learned about them, what others have told us about them, or we felt ourselves be claimed by one saint or another at some point in our lives. The saints to not want us to stop at them, they want to share with us the life and the communion they themselves have found in Christ.
(Source: Praying with the Saints by Leonard DeLorenzo. McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame)

Prayer and Witness for Children

The Catholic Education Office team has created a Prayer and Witness challenge for students and families, at primary and Years 9 & 10 secondary levels. This resource is designed for you to modify, differentiate and use as you see fit.

Prayer for the sick, dying and deceased

During this time of lockdown our loved ones could be in the situation of being sick, dying or pass away. Below are some prayers for each of these situations.

Creating a Prayer Table at home. Some suggestions about creating a prayer table in your home

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The Word Among Us Online www.wau.org provides free access to daily Mass readings and meditation. Click here to access

Pray as you go – daily prayer from the Jesuits that lasts about 10 minutes. Click here to access

Liturgy Training Publications is providing a multitude of resources for adults, teens and children. These can be found at: www.ltp.org/resources-during-crisis

These resources include:

  • Daily prayer : includes Psalm, Gospel, Reflection and Prayer
  • Children’s Daily Prayer: resources with prayers, Grace before meals, Prayer at the end of the day, Blessing for birthdays, sad days and home prayers
  • At Home with the Word © gives reflections on the Sunday Scriptures:
  • Liturgy of the Hours: daily prayer throughout the day and night.
  • Ideas for Teens and Youth Ministers

Faith Formation

There are a number of video resources on our website to help grow your faith!

My Catholic Faith Delivered is an online subscription-based faith formation hub for Catholics from all walks of life. There is a variety of resources for parishes, families, adults and children. The Faith and Life programme is a fun, interactive programme for children. MCFD is offering all courses free for three months. Click here to access

General Resources

Michael Hempseed has provided the resource below to schools called “Filling in the boredom with things that don’t cost much money”.Filling-in-the-boredom-Michael-Hempseed-260320Download