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Te Koropiko

Te Koropiko –  September 2018

Please pass this newsletter on, where appropriate, to liturgy committees, parish council and finance members, and interested parishioners, particularly those in liturgical ministries.

Common Prayer – From Conflict to Communion
Lutheran–Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  The NZCBC Committee for Ecumenism has made available the prayer resource above.   The text of this prayer was prepared at the level of the Holy See by the (international) Task Force of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity.  It will be an invaluable resource for those parishes or dioceses wishing to commemorate this event with local Lutheran parishes.

Lutheran Bishop Mark Whitfield advises that the New Zealand  Lutheran community will begin their New Zealand anniversary  at dawn 1st January 2017, on the site of the first Lutheran mission in New Zealand   …  at Te Whakaru on the north-eastern tip of the Chatham Islands.

Pope Francis, with the Catholic and Lutheran Churches will commemorate the 500thanniversary of the Reformation on 31 October 2016 in Sweden. The Catholic-Lutheran commemoration of 500 years of the Reformation is structured around the themes of thanksgiving, repentance and commitment to common witness. The aim is to express the gifts of the Reformation and ask forgiveness for division perpetuated by Christians from the two traditions. More information

Br Michael Herry fms & Tricia Walsh have just released their newly composed Hymn For Christian Unity: That They May Be One. The sheet music and audio are free to download but please acknowledge public use via your usual church music copyright licences.

National Liturgy Office Newsletter

Kia ora tātou katoa,


September – springtime provides the environment for celebrating the Season of Creation, one of 3 key items of interest in this NLO Quick Guide.


  • 2 practical templates to assist with guidelines and preparation for Celebrating Masses with Children
  • Resources to support the Season of Creation
  • A collection of prayer resources for use In Times of Trial Around Sexual Abuse

NLO Quick Guide September 2018

Some of you forward on this email, others cut and paste items into clergy, parish or school newsletters. Thank you for everything you do to keep others in the ‘liturgy loop’!  New directions are being sought for the work of the National Liturgy Office.  I am signing off for the last time; retirement beckons.


With heartfelt appreciation for our connection over the years,




The document below is an explanation of copyright from the Liturgy Centre to the Auckland Diocese.

Copyright Explanation 2018

This letter has been sent out from Australian Pastoral Musicians Network August 2018. This gives a clear indication of our responsibilities here in New Zealand as regards to Copyright which you may find useful.

APMN Letter on Copyright


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The March issue of Liturgy has been mailed out to all parishes of the Auckland Diocese and other subscribers from throughout New Zealand and internationally. Contents this issue include a farewell to Teresa Wackrow on her retirement from the Liturgy Centre.

Also included is an article on Good Liturgy by Prof. Thomas O’Loughlin.


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