NLO Quick Guide 12

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patron Saint of Aotearoa New Zealand, August 15

Mary is a pioneer for us in faith. She was first among us to accept Jesus Christ into her life.  In her bodily assumption she is also the first fully to enjoy eternal life at the side of her Risen Son in the glory of heaven. We rejoice in the fulfillment of God’s promise in her, as we turn to her to guide us to the side of her Risen Son who reigns in heaven. The image above is called the Pompallier Madonna and is of special significance to Catholics in Aotearoa New Zealand. Suggested hymns for this day are Mo Maria (text written by Bishop Pompallier) and Ka Waiata Ki A Maria (Richard Puanaki, 1988). For more information contact Ramona Cortes (

Word of Life Copyright Licensing Agency

In 1993, Roger Beckwith pioneered licensing services for congregations in Australia and New Zealand. This mission passed to his son Mark Beckwith, owner of Word of Life, who continued to keep Word of Life services active and available to New Zealand parishes and schools. Now Mark is passing the baton to ONE LICENSE. ONE LICENSE looks forward to serving the needs of local congregations for liturgies and other Church celebrations. For more information visit

RCIA name change

The texts of The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) are currently being revised and are being given a new name, The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults. The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults still comprises all the different Rites that we are familiar with. The title is simply a useful change in language that better describes what the ritual book contains.

Sir James MacMillan coming to Christchurch

World-renowned Catholic composer and conductor Sir James MacMillan is coming to Christchurch for an event on Sunday 23 July 2017, 4-8pm at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. He will also be conducting singers in St Anne’s Mass at 5:30pm Mass in St Mary’s ProCathedral. All parish and school singers and musicians are welcome. For further information or to register interest in attending this event, email

World Youth Day Auckland Experience 2017

The annual World Youth Day Auckland Experience event, organized by the Auckland Catholic Youth Ministry Team, is taking place on Sunday 16 July starting at 1pm with Prayer at St Patrick’s Cathedral and progressing at Victory Convention Centre. For more information visit

David Haas coming to New Zealand

We’re delighted to let you know that David’s visit to New Zealand is confirmed. He will be presenting in three Dioceses.
Dunedin – Wednesday 11 October (contact Amy Armstrong 
Wellington – Evening of Friday 13 October and Saturday 14 October (contact Fr Patrick Bridgman
Auckland – Sunday 15 October (contact Teresa Wackrow
Further details will be provided closer to the dates.

Some useful resources:

Liturgy Magazine
The Liturgy Magazine is the quarterly magazine of the Liturgy Centre in the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. The latest issue is Volume 42 Number 2 June 2017. For subscription information contact Tina Coll (
Singing Welcome: Hymns and Songs of Hospitality to Refugees and Immigrants
This resource was produced by the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada with the belief that “the holy act of singing together shapes faith, heals brokenness, transforms lives, and renews peace”. This resource can be used in various ways by churches and individuals. If you would like a copy email Ramona Cortes (
Leaflet for Copyright in Schools
The National Liturgy Office has prepared a leaflet for information on copyright specifically with regards to schools. It provides information on checking for copyright compliance as well as Diocesan contact people to assist schools with becoming copyright compliant. This leaflet may be distributed freely. If you would like a copy email (

NLO Quick Guide Issue 12, July 2017 - printable version