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.
NCRS has produced a framing document to support the teaching of human sexuality education in Aotearoa.
He Anga Whakamārama – Te Mātauranga Hōkakatanga: He puka ārahi mā ngā hapori Katorika o Aotearoa
Framing Document – Human Sexuality Education: A guide for Catholic communities in Aotearoa New Zealand
This document is endorsed by the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference, and is the result of considerable dialogue and research. We believe it will be particularly useful to schools, and useful to all involved in this important area of education.
It is sometimes said that Catholic Social Teaching is the best kept secret of the church, but how we treat others and what we do or don’t do regarding justice is an essential part ( action! ) of our faith. The best place for up to date and New Zealand specific material is Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand https://caritas.org.nz/.
Catholic Social Teachings Aotearoa
Background of Catholic Social Teaching
Written Resources and Websites:
Lesson Plan Ideas and Learning Activities:
Putting CST into Action:
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 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.
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.
Gleanings from the Web:
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: