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The Alpha process is for all parishioners. It is designed as a tool for people to encounter Jesus Christ. One of the crises in the Church is that of identity. We have a missional identity that we have forgotten about. Jesus said, “Go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”. The mission of Jesus Christ has a Church – US! Each one of us must be the change that turns our parish into a discipleship-building parish. Our declining faith communities cannot remain as they are.
Alpha is about catching the evangelising spirit. I invite each one of you to do the course and rediscover your identity as a missional disciple. Fr Simon Story
Programme starts 4th March at 7pm in St Joseph's Hall. Register your interest at the office now - or just turn up and sign up on the night!
St Vincent de Paul Society
We have two conferences in New Plymouth, St Josephs and Fitzroy.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul is a worldwide lay Catholic organisation. In our Taranaki Area we aspire to live the Gospel message of Jesus Christ by meeting Christ in the people we serve with love, respect, justice and joy.
We are inspired by the work of Blessed Frederic Ozanam and St Vincent de Paul. We wish to live out the words of our Servant Song - “Brother, Sister let me serve you, Let me be as Christ to you”
Margaret Roylance - President [email protected]
The Young Vinnies are a group of students associated with St Vincent de Paul Society. They work together to support those in need through fundraising and good works. There is currently a group at St Joseph’s and St Pius X Schools.
Faith and Light
Is a network of Christian Communities for people with an intellectual disability, their families and their friends. The Movement was founded in France in 1971 by Jean Vanier, who died recently. Today there are over 1600 communities in 80 countries.
Our local Community is called Kimi Ora, which means “To seek Wellness”. We meet monthly for a time of Prayer, Sharing and Celebration and for all members, this is the highlight of the month and they wouldn’t miss a gathering for anything. They learn about Jesus in a way they can understand. Singing, dancing, mime, games and activities play a part in the program.
At present, there are 12 members, 4 parents and several friends who attend faithfully to assist at the gatherings. If you know of anyone aged 7 – 50 years who would like to participate, the Kimi Ora group would like to hear from you.
Friendship Group a social group that meets on the second Sunday of each month for a lunch out at a cafe from Feb to Dec each year. New members are most welcome. Check out the New Plymouth Parish newsletters for details of the next outing.
Weekly on a Wednesday, the Young Adults come together for prayers at 6:00 pm in the St Joseph Church and occasionally have social gatherings.
Weekly (except school holidays) there is a Youth Group at 6:30 pm which involves Fun, Fellowship, Faith and Food! In-Service and Team Building the Youth Group host a Youth Mass and cook for those in need monthly. Occasionally there will be retreats and camps to attend!
“Building love and developing Friendship with Christ”
Contact Hika 027 7573612
Come along to our welcoming and supportive Mothers group, bring your children, invite a friend, come and meet someone new over a cuppa! Meet 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Catholic Women’s League
The New Plymouth Branch of the CWLANZ belongs to an international group of women who work together to make a difference in the church, the wider community and the Pacific region.
The New Plymouth branch is part of the national network of Catholic Women's Leagues. We have a strong membership, offer friendship support and the opportunity to be involved in branch and regional activities and celebrations. We meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month at St Joseph's church. On the First Friday of each month, CWL provides a light lunch at a minimal cost to parishioners and friends. Everyones welcome.
Couples for Christ
Couples for Christ
CFC is a Catholic movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. CFC couples have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another so that they may grow in maturity as men and women of God and fulfil their primary vocation of raising families grounded in Christian values, in the service and love of God.
Why such a ministry?
CFC wants to rise in defence of the family, which is God’s work. CFC wants to bring God’s strength and light to those who are struggling to be truly Christian families in the modern world.
Who can become members of Couples for Christ?
Any validly married Catholic couple can become members of CFC. Although a Catholic movement/organization, CFC remains open to having non-Catholic Christians as members. CFC draws its membership from all sectors of society, young and old, rich and poor, etc. CFC transcends all cultural, economic, educational, social and other distinctions.
On the 25th of April 2005, the Vatican, through its Pontifical Council for the Laity granted definitive approval of the statutes of Couples for Christ confirming permanent recognition as a Private International Association of the Faithful.
Family ministries of Couples for Christ
CFC has a "womb-to-tomb" renewal ministry, where persons are evangelized at the youngest age and sustained as they grow through the different stages and states of life. CFC Kids for Christ, CFC Youth for Christ, CFC Singles for Christ, CFC Handmaids of the Lord, and CFC Servants of the Lord provide a supportive environment for every member of the family. A person moves from one ministry to the next, as his state of life changes.