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        26 February 2020
Family of God & Followers of Christ

About 1500 years ago Pope Gregory is credited with the phrase that accompanied the ancient ritual of signing people with the cross: Memento, homo, quia pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris." ("Remember, man, that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return"). Here in 2020 at an all-girls school, that carries an unhelpful emphasis. There is however, a beautiful alternative: "Repent and believe in the Gospel."
But it is only beautiful if people also know what it means. 
Too many of our young people associate "repentance" with sin, guilt, and shame. In fact, it is much more helpful to think of repentance as 'turning away from the things that harm us.' We need to encourage our young people to turn from feelings of self-loathing and anxiety toward the love of God. That is an opportunity to turn away from thinking we are ugly or stupid to instead embrace the God who has made us "wonderfully and powerfully" (Ps 139). 
In the same way, we need to find the right words to explain a Gospel which many young people believe is a fairy story. It is up to us to communicate the Good News and invite people to participate in the kingdom. As followers of Christ, we aspire to the words of Isaiah (58.6-9): to break the chains of injustice, eradicate exploitation, free the oppressed, and cancel debts; to feed the hungry, welcome the homeless, clothe the cold, and make authentic relationship. 
Therefore, to "repent and believe the Gospel" is not just accepting that God has undertaken a costly cosmic reconciliation, but that now we have a responsibility to keep that work going. We are to build a world that confronts climate change, shares its food and wealth resources abundantly, and rejects discrimination of all kinds - for any injury caused to another is a desecration of the name of God (Lev). 
So, repent, believe the Gospel, and choose to wear the sign of Christ on your forehead this Ash Wednesday, that all might see you belonging to the Family of God.

Bishop Waitohiariki and Bishop Philip Richardson
Te Pīhopa o te Ūpoko o te Ika and the Bishop of Waikato and Taranaki
The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
Te Hāhi Mihinare ki Aotearoa, ki Niu Tireni, ki Ngā Moutere o te Moana Nui a Kiwa
Ko Meri Tapu Te Whare Karakia o Taranaki
The Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary
“Kia whai korōria ki te Atua i runga rawa, kia mau te rongo ki runga ki te whenua, me te whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa.” Ruka 2:14
Ko Taranaki maunga e karanga atu nei naumai whakatau mai, whakakīa tēnei tūranga rangatira o tā tātou Whare Karakia. Me pēnei te kōrero haere ngā mate, haere ngā mihi, haere te kaupapa e tū nei tīhei mauriora.

Consecrated as a Church in 1864 serving both Māori and Pākehā, and as we approach the 10th anniversary of the consecration of Taranaki Cathedral, it is with delight that we announce the appointment of Jacqui Paterson and Jay Ruka as joint Deans of Taranaki Cathedral. Jacqui will also serve as Archdeacon of Parininihi and Jay will also serve as the establishment Director of the Paul Reeves Education Centre.

This joint appointment reflects the commitment of Taranaki Cathedral to the journey of reconciliation and to being a centre of leadership for both Te Hui Amorangi o Te Upoko o Te Ika and for the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki.

As Bishops we know that Treaty-based, Gospel shaped relationships are a deep intergenerational commitment of our Church and that Taranaki Cathedral has an important part to play in leading us all on this journey.

As Bishops we want to walk humbly and care-fully with each other and we call on all our people to join us. We welcome Jacqui and Jay into this shared leadership with us in Taranaki. Along with the other members of the Cathedral team we have confidence that Taranaki Cathedral will be well placed to embrace the opportunities that lie ahead.

More details of this appointment, which will be unique in this Church, will be shared in the near future. In the meantime please mark 11 am on Saturday April 4th into your diaries. Our special guest and preacher will be Te Pīhopa o Aotearoa, The Most Reverend Don Tamihere. We invite you to join us as we celebrate this renewed beginning.

Korōria ki te Atua!
Philip Richardson                         Waitohiariki Quayle
Bishop of Waikato and Taranaki       Te Pīhopa o te Ūpoko o te Ika
We are delighted to have welcomed the Very Reverend Wendy Scott (and family) to the Waikato Cathedral Church of St Peter. It was terrific to host the Diocese of Wellington in a full Cathedral with outstanding singing. We were honoured to offer hospitality to guests, friends, and family from across the country as well as our Hamilton Mayor, Paula Southgate, and the MP for Hamilton East, David Bennett.
Te Manawa o te Wheke and her Bishop, +Ngarahu, played a central role in the commissioning and installation of our first Māori Dean of the Cathedral. Wendy is of Ngāpuhi descent and is excited about this opportunity to work alongside our brothers and sisters.
Please pray for Wendy and her family as they adjust to life in the Waikato and respond to God's call.  
The St John's College Trust Board provides scholarships to Ordained Clergy, Candidates for Ordination and Lay Members of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia pursuant to the provisions of section 7 and section 3(1)(c) of the St John's College Trusts Act 1972.
The 31 March 2020 funding round is now open.
To apply for a scholarship see here.

The Diocese is full of Good News stories and we want to celebrate all that is happening in our shared life. We rely on each Parish or Ministry Unit taking the time to share what is going on in their community with us. If you want to share what's happening in your space please email

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The first lay training day for 2020 will be held:
  • Saturday, February 29
  • St Luke's, Te Kuiti
  • Tea and coffee from 10am, worship from 10:30am, concluding at 3pm.
Please register to ensure we can cater for you on the day. Sessions will include:
  • Anointing
  • Parish Administration (where to find things, how to do things, and an opportunity to ask questions)
  • Stewardship motivation (including a fund-raising strategy)
  • Evangelism (Part Two)
The first clergy training day for 2020 will be held:
Saturday, March 14
All Saint's, Piopio
Tea and coffee from 10am, worship from 10:30am, concluding at 3pm.
Please register to ensure we can cater for you on the day.
Women Clergy and women lay leaders are warmly invited to an evening with the Anglican Women's Studies Council. This is a rare opportunity to meet and talk with this three tikanga group. 
The Anglican Women's Studies Centre was set up by General Synod to advance and service the needs of the women of this Church, particularly those engaged in theological training. 
Last year there were three separate tikanga hui, and this year will see a large combined three tikanga hui. Program ideas welcome!We are currently publishing a book ' Telling Our Stories', marking the 40 years since women ere ordained to the priesthood. Do feel welcome to come , or to get in touch. 
When and Where? Thursday 5 March 7.30 at St Matthews, Morrinsville. Nice people, nice supper, great discussions. RSVP and enquiries to Ceridwyn Parr: Phone 0275 73 80 73.
RETREAT: Beloved - March 27 to March 29. Tyburn Monastery (Rotorua). Jan Sampson: 
Holy Trinity, Fitzroy (12 Henui St, New Plymouth) - 175th Jubilee! 6-7 June
Installation of the new Deans of Taranaki Cathedral: Saturday, April 4, 11am. Jacqui Paterson and Jay Ruka. Most Rev Don Tamihere to preach. 
RETREAT: The Anglican Church of the Ascension, Cadenabbia (Italy) -
International Churches Rural Association: Longreach, (Queensland, Australia) (23-28 Aug, 2020) "Bringing Hope in Challenging Times" Event. Gathering people from Oceania.
TAIZE SERVICE: Friday,  6th March at 6.00pm - St James', Nixon Street.
Diocesan Dates
Please remember that the Diocesan Calendar is available here, and is constantly updated.
Friday  31st January Installation of New Dean  - Waikato Cathedral
Saturday 29th February Bishop’s Training Day - Lay
Saturday 14th March Bishop’s Training Day - Clergy
Tuesday 7th April Chrism Mass – New Plymouth
Thursday 9th April Chrism Mass - Hamilton
Saturday 18th April BMA Training Day
Saturday 9th May – Friday 15th May General Synod - Nelson
Saturday 23rd May Bishop’s Training Day - Lay
Wednesday 10th – Thursday 11th June Clergy Conference
Saturday 13th June Standing Committee
Saturday 20th June Bishop’s Training Day - Clergy
Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th July Te Manawa o te Wheke: Winter Kura
Friday 7th –Sunday 9th August Diocesan Formation Retreat
Saturday 12th September Bishop’s Training Day – Clergy
Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th October Synod
Tuesday 27th October Readiness for Ordination Interviews
Thursday 26th -27th November Pre-ordination retreat
Saturday 28th November Ordinations

Communications Advisor Role | Taranaki Cathedral

Taranaki Cathedral is seeking multi-talented, flexible communicator with good community networks to help share the stories of this much loved community asset.

  • 15-20 hours per week
  • Flexible working arrangements

Help tell the stories and shape the future of Taranaki Cathedral in a varied role that includes internal and external communication, media liaison, stakeholder management, event promotion, social media and website administration.


Contact Taranaki Cathedral for more information 06 758 3111.

Interchurch Council for Hospital Chaplaincy (ICHC) 

  • Waitemata DHB, North Shore Hospital (1 x FTE)
  • Whangarei DHB, Whangarei Hospital (0.7 x FTE)
  • Hawke's Bay DHB, Hastings Hospital (Two roles)
  • ICHC National Office, Wellington - National Office Administrator (0.6 x FTE)
For more details please see the ICHC website.

Diocesan Prayers

Family of God | Followers of Christ
Marked by Gratitude
  • The Dean and Deans-Elect of Waikato and Taranaki: Wendy Scott, Jacqui Paterson and Jay Ruka
  • The new Manukura of the College of St John the Evangelist, Rev Katene Eruera
Growing Disciples
  • All confirmation classes, homegroups, Lenten study groups, 'Sunday Schools', Pukeko Stomp, Youth Ministries ...
  • New Anglican Communities in the Diocese: The Workshop, The Neighbourhood
Transforming Communities
  • Selwyn Groups, Seasons for Growth, Meal delivery, Community Gardens, Foodbanks, Food Together ...
  • Our Deacons - Heralds of the Kingdom - and agents of change
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