NLO Quick Guide 15 - February 2018

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In January, One License welcomed Shirley Erena Murray, New Zealand hymn lyrics writer.

Ending Life in New Zealand

The Human Life Committee of the Justice + Peace Commission, Catholic Diocese of Auckland offers this Prayer For Life. 

Day of Prayer and Penance for victims of abuse and violence in New Zealand

A National Day of Prayer and Penance for victims of abuse and violence in New Zealand will be held on February 16th 2018, the Friday after Ash Wednesday.  Suggestions for Prayer of the Faithful 

Timing of the Easter Vigil – 31 March 2018

The Easter Vigil begins after nightfall and ends before the dawn on Sunday (General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Roman Calendar, 21). This is the weekend that Daylight Saving ends in New Zealand. Therefore, the hours of true darkness fall after sunset, at approximately 7:30 pm and before sunrise, around 6.30am on Sunday 1 April 2018. 

The Blessing of Fire and local Fire bans 

If a blazing fire cannot be lit outside the Church because of local fire bans, the Blessing of the Fire is adapted to the circumstances.  Consider using a doorway of the Church or other safe place with strong lines of visibility for the people gathered (RM 8 &13 pg 287, 289). 

Whats new on the NLO Website

Behind the red buttons on the NLO website you will find resources,  downloads and articles.  New for 2018 – Planning outline for organising a funeral and two music lists for the Order of Christian Funerals. National Repertoire – abbreviated music list for the Order of Christian Funerals. 

RCIA in Aotearoa New Zealand

The Bishops thank the many parishes who participated in the November National Survey.  The National Network for the RCIA meets in February 2018.  Results will be available later in the year.

Some among you will remember Veronica Redding, “Godmother” to RCIA New Zealand.  Veronica passed away peacefully in the presence of family on 23 November 2017.  Her funeral was held at St Mary’s Nelson, the same Church where she received a papal medal for her work with the RCIA, just a few years ago.  May she rest in peace. 

Evangelisation and the RCIA

Ignite the Spark -Australian National Conference, with New Zealand participation, Melbourne, 11-14 October 2018. View the welcome to the Conference here.

Some useful resources:

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. Available for purchase from the National Liturgy Office as a printed booklet for $2.00 (plus postage) or it can be downloaded from the NLO website Contact

Liturgy of the Word With Children

New Zealand Resource:
Brisbane Resource:

NLO Quick Guide Issue 15, February 2018 - printable version