Saturday – 3 October 2020

Saturday 3 October 2020

Surviving a Homily - giving and receiving


John O'Connor

John is a priest of the Diocese of Christchurch, ordained in 1985. He has an MA in Spirituality and offers spiritual direction, retreats and spiritual formation seminars around the globe. John is the creator and author of the website and online ministry.


  1. What has been my understanding of the homily?
  2. What is something John said that has helped my understanding of the homily?
  3. What benefits might we gain from discussing the homily after Mass?
  4. How comfortable am I disagreeing with what the priest has said?

A Eucharistic People

When Jesus broke the bread, he did it in order to share it. Jesus met his community through meals; meals at which all were invited. He wanted this image – the meal - for the central act of worship.


Rocio Figueroa

Rocio is a lecturer in theology at the Catholic Theological Institute, Auckland. She specialises in issues related to woman’s studies, and reciprocity between men and women.


  1.  What does it mean to live a Eucharistic life mean?
  2. Jesus was concerned with his own cultural circle – the poor and vulnerable of his cultural circle he put at the centre. Who are the poor in our cultural circle?
  3. Why did Rocio quote St John Chrysostom?
  4. what does the Holy spirit seem to be saying to us in this time?

Sacrosanctum Concilium and its value for today

Written 60 years ago, is this document still relevant, what does it say, how can we listen to it and apply its principles more fully?

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Joe Grayland

Joe is a member of the Pastoral and Liturgy Commission with the Diocese of Palmerston North, Parish Priest, Our Lady of Lourdes Palmerston North and St Mary's Foxton. He has a Ph D in Liturgy & Sacramental Theology.


  1. Real participation is about people knowing they are engaged in the work of God. It’s not about making people comfortable to be there. It’s about making people ready to be somewhere else. To what extent do we think this is understood and appreciated?
  2. The struggle or challenge that we have is that as we want to make liturgy more authentic and more contemporary we run the risk of creating bad liturgical expressions which then take many generations to work through the system. People need to be informed and instructed on the deeper meaning of the liturgy. What can we do to be better informed and instructed?
  3. Before you can animate a liturgy, you need to ask, do I know the people who gather? If we don’t know the people, we risk inflicting a rigid uniformity. How well do I know the people who I gather with?
  4. The biggest challenge we face in a multi-lingual, multi-ethnic community is discerning how to become one, rather than having ion the liturgy, a sequence of bits from different cultures. How can we do this?

Images of God

An exploration of the images of God, the images we have, and how expanding our set of images might our appreciation of the mystery that God is.

Lyn Smith

Lyn is a Religious Education Adviser to Secondary Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland.


  1. What is your favourite image of God and why?
  2. Have your images of God changed over time? What factors contributed to these changes?
  3. Muslims pray with 99 names for Allah, what would be the your own list of 99 names for the God who has touched your life?

If one member suffers, all suffer together with it (1 Cor 12.26)

Looking back to past, no effort to beg pardon, to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient. Looking forward to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening.


Jane O’Carroll

Jane is a Marist sister, experienced Spiritual Director and Supervisor, and Retreat Director.  She is currently Bishop’s Pastoral Assistant and Vicar for Religious in the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. She has a background in teaching and leadership.


  1. What am I feeling as this topic is raised?
  2. What other questions do I have at this time?
  3. What else is needed?
  4. What do I hope for?