Thematic Resources

Welcome to the thematic area of Faith Central. The resources below have been put together to support young people, their families and parishes to delve a little deeper into particular themes in response to requests from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops or schools. If you have resources of your own on particular themes please contact NCRS and we will be in touch.

  1. Encountering the Divine

    This is a wonderful project that was begun in 2017. In the spirit of Pope Francis asking us to share the Joy of the Gospel, those associated with The Catholic Institute (TCI) were asked to share a personal encounter with God. “Encountering the Divine” is the result thus far. It is a collection of simple yet powerful stories of meeting God in everyday life.

    Contributors have bravely and generously given their permission for their reflection to be used with students, teachers and whānau – lessons, meetings, retreats, personal reflection etc.

    And… we are also inviting others to contribute. We would love this to grow. If you choose to join the journey:

    • The story needs to be focused on a personal experience, or observation, of “God’s presence” or “Encounter with Jesus”
      • It must be experiential (An account of real events and actual personal impact – with names changed as appropriate.)
    • It needs to be quite short. (400 – 600 words)
    • The aim is for it to be very accessible. Non-academic (No overly BIG words, lists of references, or theological treatises.)
    • The director NCRS will be the editor – and will co-opt support as needed. (Nothing will be changed without the authors permission – publication is at the discretion of the editor.)
    • The story will be shared. (And, we’re doing this for love not $)
    • Submit to Colin MacLeod (current Director NCRS)
  2. Promoting Interfaith Relations

    The NZ Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations has released a revised booklet to support promoting interfaith relations. Hard copies have been sent to all Catholic secondary Schools to support their Year 12 World Religions unit and copies will also be available in dioceses and parishes after Easter in 2019.

  3. Laudato Si’ – Care for our Common Home

    In 2015 Pope Francis wrote an amazing letter to the world – Laudato Si’ – challenging us to face up to the harm we are doing to our Earth and to our responsibility of being better stewards of God’s creation. Here are some resources and links to help parishes and schools better engage with this letter.

    Please, First Read the introduction information to these resources. (NB. The competition has now closed.)
    (Feedback welcome.)


    PowerPoint Resources:

    Video Clips:



    Gleanings from the Web:

  4. 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

    The reformation was a time of conflict and challenge. 500 years on there is still healing and hurt between Christians and it is good for Catholics to acknowledge this anniversary and revisit some of the history. Therefore, a range of materials are provided below for primary, secondary, parish and other individuals to support knowledge, prayer and reflection (it’s FaithCentral’s first venture beyond just secondary – feedback welcome):

    Please, First Read the introduction information to these resources, which includes details about our wee COMPETITION!

    A prayer service to commemorate the reformation on the 31st of October.

    Four PowerPoint resources:

    A range of activities:

    A range of Video links:

    Background information:


  5. Suzanne Aubert

    Great information on the national and Home of Compassion sites. (Including a pdf version of the Suzanne Aubert booklet.)
    A set of activities for years 9 & 10.
    Check out a range of clips about Suzanne on the Aotearoa Catholic YouTube channel.


  6. Jubilee Year of Mercy


    Click here for a single PDF resource document loaded with Jubilee Year of Mercy Resources for all levels.

    • MUSIC: The students at Carmel College have written a great Year of Mercy song for our schools. Click:
    • CARITAS: The Caritas Lenten Resources for 2016 have also been sent to your school providing more good ideas and resources for the Year of Mercy. Check out your pack or visit
    • Click here for the YouTube video of Pope Francis opening the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica for the Jubilee Year of Mercy 8 December 2015 (30mins)
    • For something a little different – see below for a The Year of Mercy in 60 Seconds – a Lego version!