NLO Publications, Policies & Guidelines

These documents have been published for the Church in Aotearoa New Zealand by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.


The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference has published the liturgical books listed below. For information about availability, price or purchase, please contact the Director of the National Liturgy Office. These items are now available through the Auckland Liturgy Centre.

NZ Roman Missal and Companion


Holy Week Book (Interim Edition)

This book is a compilation of readings and texts from the New Zealand Roman Missal, the Jerusalem Bible Lectionary, texts from the Roman Pontifical and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Texts for Palm Sunday, Chrism Mass and the Paschal Triduum are included. Useful for priests, Liturgy committees, catechists and musicians involved in preparing the ceremonies for this sacred season. Available for order from the Auckland Liturgy Centre.

Rite of Blessing for Expectant Parents and their Child in the Womb

Ko Te Ritenga Whakapai i Nga Matua Me Ta Raua Tamaiti Kei Roto Tonu i Te Kopu


Aotearoa-New Zealand Ordo

The Aotearoa New Zealand Ordo is a useful tool for those responsible for the preparation of the liturgy. Each day notes the relevant reference to the New Zealand edition of the Roman Missal. This means that the priest or sacristan can mark the specific pages needed for the celebration of Mass on any particular day.

The New Zealand Ordo is one of a number of essential aids in the preparation of good liturgy.

We no longer supply these books. Ordo is now published as a combined book with Australia and New Zealand information. Contact Pleroma for copies or else through Liturgy Brisbane.

Lectio Divina Leaflet

Lectio Divina is a Latin term meaning "reading with God". There are four steps in the traditional practice of lectio divina, which has its origins in monastic life but is now being used by lay people and religious alike to deepend relationship with Christ through the Scriptures. 

Leaflets are available from the National Liturgy Office.

Free, (postage required)

National Liturgy Office

021 444179

Other Essential Aids

The other important aids to the celebration of the liturgy are:

  • The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (see the New Zealand edition of the Roman Missal, 2010)
  • The General Norms for the Liturgical Year (see the New Zealand edition of the Roman Missal, 2010)
  • The General Roman Calendar (see the New Zealand edition of the Roman Missal, 2010)
  • The Proper Calendar for the Dioceses of New Zealand (see the New Zealand edition of the Roman Missal, 2010)
  • The Introduction to the Lectionary of the Mass (The Lectionary, Volume One: 1981)
  • The General Instruction of the Liturgy of the Hours (The Divine Office, Volume: 1971)


These policies have been prepared for use in the Church of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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For Those Who Believe: Life is Changed not Ended

- National Liturgical Policy on the Order of Christian Funerals and Guidelines for Tangihanga

Catholic funeral liturgy is a celebration of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, into whom the one who has died was baptised, and a powerful prayer that this person be welcomed into the communion of the Saints in heaven. This policy is newly published by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC). It recognises the challenges and sensitivity required of those involved in pastoral care for the one who has died and those who mourn within the Catholic community, in a manner that also respects cultural and family traditions.

$6.00 (plus $5.00 postage)


RCIA Aotearoa New Zealand: Welcoming New Members

- National Policy Document for the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults and Model Calendar for a One Year Catechumenal Cycle

What happens in the liturgical rites of the RCIA journey is powerful and important. The candidates and catechumens learn to “turn more readily to God in prayer” as they pray with the community. They walk with catechists and sponsors to come “to a profound sense of the mystery of salvation” and learn “how to work actively with others to spread the Gospel and build up the Church”. – RCIA Policy 9

National Policy Documents available for $2.00 and Model Calenders available for $1.00.


These guidelines offer suggested ways for undertaking the ministries to which they are addressed.

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Hygiene at Mass: Concern For All, Genuine Hospitality

With the change of seasons, it is time to renew our awareness of best possible hygienic practices in the celebration of the Eucharist so we may safeguard the health of all, not just in this season of colds, viruses and other infections but every time we gather to celebrate Liturgy.

We ask that schools, parishes and communities take ownership of these brief reflections and assist members and ministers alike to understand that implementing good hygiene is an act of hospitality to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

A special note for Sacristans: Please read the guidelines for care of sacred vessels in the light of the manufacturer's instructions!

The Universal Prayer, that is, the Prayer of the Faithful - Inoinga A Te Hunga Whakapono

Guidelines for preparing the Prayer of the Faithful - a simple introduction

Through Baptism and Confirmation, Christ has made us part of a believing community who share in the priestly role of Christ (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1546).

One of the ways we step more closely into this priestly role is by praying the petitions for the needs of the Church and the world (General Instruction of the Roman Missal 69, 135). Although the Church prays for the same needs each Sunday, hopefully the language in which they are presented will be new and fresh in the way they reflect and link us to the liturgical feasts, seasons and scriptures of the liturgical year.

These Guidelines offer a simple introduction for those who are called to the ministry of composing the texts for the Universal Prayer, more commonly referred to as ‘The Prayer of the Faithful’. Preparing the intentions for the Prayer of the Faithful is “a craft in the service of the liturgy that requires divine assistance, human skill and the fruitful creativity in which both work together.”

More detailed assistance can be found in reference books such as “How to Write the Prayer of the Faithful, Corinna Laughlin, Liturgy Training Publications 2015. Copies of this book are available from Pleroma Christian Supplies:

Celebration of the Eucharist and Pastoral Care of those with Coeliac or Gluten Intolerance

Coeliac condition is an adverse reaction to gliadin, a protein present in gluten. Gluten is a constituent of common grains such as wheat, including the bread for the celebration of Eucharist.The Coeliac society estimates that 1 in 70 New Zealanders are effected by this disease. 

It is the desire of the Church that as many of the faithful as possible are able to participate in the life giving celebration of the Eucharist. This document  seeks to enable this desire to be a reality for those with Coeliac or Gluten Intolerance. A copy of this document has been made available to parishes and schools to enable them to extend a welcoming and understanding hand towards those who live with these challenges.

Kaupapa Māori

Kaupapa Māori was prepared by Deacon Danny Karatea -Goddard, to support the work of the National Liturgy Office and ensure the distinctive identity of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa-New Zealand with its Māori dimension is present in liturgy. It provides key markers for the use of Māori text, images, music and Māori perspective.

You are welcome to share Kaupapa Māori within your networks. May they may prove to be valuable to you and to others in your work with liturgy and formation.