5 April 2020


I invite you to visit the website of the Auckland Diocese to see Bishop Pat’s message and discover what’s available online during this Easter Season. See link below.

Wishing you a fruitful Holy Week
under lockdown.

Deacon Mark Rivalland






3 April 2020

Those who attended our 2005 Eucharistic Convention will always remember hearing the news that Pope John Paul II died during our weekend programme. That was 15 years ago and is something very special in the history of this event.

That year our guest list included Father Chris Skinner SM, Father David Knight, Father Ken Hannon OMI, Father Neil Vaney SM, Father Rory Morrissey, Elizabeth Nguyen, Annetta Moran and Josephine Reeves.This was one of our very special conventions.  I invite you to consider the talks given by our guests that year, many of whom talked about the great Pope John Paul II.  Visit this page to make your selection:

Kitty Cleveland who spoke at our 2016 Eucharistic Convention talked about Pope John Paul II’s anniversary yesterday. Here’s what she said:

Today is the 15th anniversary of the death of St. Pope John Paul II, and I wanted to share the song I wrote that same night based on his last words, called “Now You Come to Me.”Also: He died at 2:37 PM central time (about 15 minutes from now!), when I will do a live Facebook video with my sung version of the Divine Mercy chaplet. Please join me in asking for his intercession for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for all those who have died and will die as a result. May the angels lead them into paradise…

Here is the song Kitty wrote that year. I invite you to experience it through the link below, I find it truly edifying.


What a beautiful history is embedded in our Eucharistic Convention.

God be Praised.

Deacon Mark Rivalland


Kitty Cleveland’s 2016 Convention talks

Talk One: https://youtu.be/w5oL3S7TflU

Talk Two: https://youtu.be/TUZrxikfhTg



Deacon Mark Rivalland







2nd April 2020

Over the last 26 years the Eucharistic Convention has hosted a lot of international and local guests, many still keep in touch with us and follow how our event evolves year after year.

In 2016 Jim Bertrand came and shared his knowledge about the Shroud of Turin with us, a subject that was most interesting and well received by attendees that year.

Jim sent a “catch-up” communication earlier this week and has asked to be remembered to you all.

Jim thought that during these difficult times some might like to learn about the Centre of Prayer for Peace in Poland. It is a Chapel of Eucharistic Adoration which can be viewed live in realtime on Youtube.

This is how Jim described it:
It is a LIVE stream, so you’ll likely see people arriving and leaving as they visit Jesus, who is there right over the heart of Mary – the original Tabernacle of our Lord.

Here is the link for viewing

Thank you Jim for sending this through to us.

Deacon Mark Rivalland
Director – Auckland Eucharistic Convention


PS: Some information about the chapel:

On 1 September in Niepokalanów, Poland, the inauguration of the World Center of Prayer for Peace was held – “Immaculate Stars” and the consecration of the Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, which began perpetual adoration for peace flowing from Poland to the world. Holy Mass he was presided over by the apostolic nuncio in Poland, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio.

On Saturday, pilgrims from all over the country and from abroad came to Niepokalanów to participate in the celebration of the perpetual adoration and inauguration of the World Center for Prayer for Peace.

During the solemn Holy Mass celebrated by the apostolic nuncio in Poland, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, Homily was delivered by Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, chairman of the Polish Episcopate Conference, who also made the consecration of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel in Niepokalanów.

The Center for Prayer for Peace, opened in Niepokalanow, is part of the great work of creating 12 international prayer centers for peace in the world – the 12 Stars in the Crown of Mary, the Queen of Peace, realized by the Communita Regina della Pace. Niepokalanów was invited to this undertaking because it is a place marked by the presence of Saint. Maksymilian Kolbe. It was he who chose this place – said Father Andrzej Sąsiadek, OFMConv parish priest of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Niepokalanów.




Jim Bertrand’s Talks at our 2016 Eucharistic Convention




Jim Bertrand with Bishop Pat Dunn at the 2016 Auckland Eucharistic Convention

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29 March 2020



The Sacramental Presence of the Eucharist was the centrepiece of the Urbi et Orbi Blessing Pope Francis offered to the world in order to fight the Coronavirus currently ravaging the world.

“Why is this?” we might ask.

The Catholic Church teaches, and although it’s a mystery that we cannot understand, Catholics are obliged to believe that when Jesus said “This is My Body”, that’s exactly what He meant.

Sadly, many Christian denominations do not believe in the real presence, claiming the teaching is too hard to be taken seriously. Thank God our Church has held firm to belief in this mystery, “the source and summit of the Christian life”.. As Jesus himself said: “will you also walk away?”

And so our humble Pope Francis took Jesus to the people to ask His blessing on the world. What a powerful moment.

It is reported that many healings at the Fatima Shrine happen at the elevation and blessing of the Eucharist. This is also true of previous Eucharistic Conventions. It is the Lord who heals, not the Pope, Bishop or Priest who is elevating the Eucharist, it is Jesus Christ Himself.

It is reported that during the Eucharistic Blessing by Pope Francis yesterday that an Italian woman who was agnostic converted on the spot; such is the power contained in this beautiful mystery.

Translated from Italian, Facebook user Lara Eugeni said, “I never believed, I was always agnostic. Yet now I am here with tears praying that all this will end. Lord, protect the people I love. I just want to be able to hug my family again.”

Read the story on this link: https://churchpop.com/2020/03/27/agnostic-converts-on-the-spot-while-pope-francis-blesses-world-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/

What a beautiful faith we have. I am so delighted to be able to do my part as Director of the Auckland Eucharistic Convention in answering our Bishop’s call in carrying on this work. At the moment nothing is certain in regards to this years event as I’m sure you can understand. That said I will update you in the coming weeks as I work with Bishop Pat in deciding what is best in regard to the event this year. At the moment the dates are the same, but that may well change. Watch this space.

During this lockdown we have a great opportunity to communicate convention related matters, the Eucharist is timeless, we have plenty to share.

See below an excerpt from the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, it’s a good read and explains the Eucharistic Mystery well.

Stand by for more convention related emails as we find ourselves shut down.

God Bless

Deacon Mark Rivalland


The Lord Jesus, on the night before he suffered on the cross, shared one last meal with his disciples. During this meal our Savior instituted the sacrament of his Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages and to entrust to the Church his Spouse a memorial of his death and resurrection. As the Gospel of Matthew tells us:
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mt 26:26-28; cf. Mk 14:22-24, Lk 22:17-20, 1 Cor 11:23-25)
Recalling these words of Jesus, the Catholic Church professes that, in the celebration of the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the instrumentality of the priest. Jesus said: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. . . . For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink” (Jn 6:51-55). The whole Christ is truly present, body, blood, soul, and divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine—the glorified Christ who rose from the dead after dying for our sins. This is what the Church means when she speaks of the “Real Presence” of Christ in the Eucharist. This presence of Christ in the Eucharist is called “real” not to exclude other types of his presence as if they could not be understood as real (cf. Catechism, no. 1374). The risen Christ is present to his Church in many ways, but most especially through the sacrament of his Body and Blood.

What does it mean that Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist under the appearances of bread and wine? How does this happen? The presence of the risen Christ in the Eucharist is an inexhaustible mystery that the Church can never fully explain in words. We must remember that the triune God is the creator of all that exists and has the power to do more than we can possibly imagine. As St. Ambrose said: “If the word of the Lord Jesus is so powerful as to bring into existence things which were not, then a fortiorithose things which already exist can be changed into something else” ( De Sacramentis, IV, 5-16). God created the world in order to share his life with persons who are not God. This great plan of salvation reveals a wisdom that surpasses our understanding. But we are not left in ignorance: for out of his love for us, God reveals his truth to us in ways that we can understand through the gift of faith and the grace of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. We are thus enabled to understand at least in some measure what would otherwise remain unknown to us, though we can never completely comprehend the mystery of God.

As successors of the Apostles and teachers of the Church, the bishops have the duty to hand on what God has revealed to us and to encourage all members of the Church to deepen their understanding of the mystery and gift of the Eucharist. In order to foster such a deepening of faith, we have prepared this text to respond to fifteen questions that commonly arise with regard to the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. We offer this text to pastors and religious educators to assist them in their teaching responsibilities. We recognize that some of these questions involve rather complex theological ideas. It is our hope, however, that study and discussion of the text will aid many of the Catholic faithful in our country to enrich their understanding of this mystery of the faith.


13 March 2020


27 Years – the Eucharist is always relevant

What a magnificent mystery we have in the Eucharist, and what a privilege it is for us to support our Bishop’s desire to offer some really strong teaching about this mystery through the Eucharistic Convention. It is Bishop Pat’s heartfelt desire that this convention continues to florish as it seeks to evangelise a society that is now vastly different to that of the year 1994; the year of the first Eucharistic Convention.

Question: why is Bishop Pat so keen to see this Eucharistic Conveniton continue, adjusting to the sociocultural evolution of our Kiwi society of the year 2020 and beyond?
Answer: this is the mission of the Church, and what a privilege it is for us to have an opportunity to celebrate the unique beauty of the mystery of the Eucharist over a weekend programme that holds something special for everyone who makes an effort to attend the event.

We, the organisers, are here to answer our Bishop’s call but we need your help to do justice to the time and effort involved in bringing this magnificent event together in a manner befitting the mystery that we celebrate in the Holy Eucharist.

The Eucharistc Convention, however, is not ours, it’s yours. While we “step out of the boat” in organising guest speakers, the venue, the contributors and everything else associated in bringing this event together, we need you to do your part to help us, as and how you are able. Some may not be able to attend but can offer prayers for the event. Others can decide to come along despite the sacrifices involved; and I know there can be many. Some who are able to come may like to help us by encouraging another person or persons to attend with them, yet others may offer their services in helping us promote the event in their parishes, schools, apostolate groups or other social connections they may be involved in. Contact me with offers of help or for advice if you would like to assist but are not sure where to start.

There is also the opportunity to assist financially for those who have the means and are willing to help us in this way. All donations are tax deductable and are always most welcome. Please be sure to include an ID with your deposit (surname perhaps) and email evidence of the transaction to us so we can apply the appropriate receipt accordingly. Our account details are as follows:




Please don’t hesitate to phone, text or email me if you want to talk or share ideas, I will be delighted to hear from you. My contact details are:

PHONE: 021-482-555
EMAIL: mr.rivec@gmail.com

Thank you for taking the time to read this notification. Together, let us promote this beautiful mystery of the Eucharist as our Bishop, Patrick Dunn has requested.

With a grateful heart

Deacon Mark Rivalland


12 March 2020

Firstly, an apology.

We have just discovered that for some time the Eucharistic Convention mail-out system has malfunctioned. While on the surface it seemed all emails had been sent, the reality is that none had. This problem goes back some time and we are led to believe that some emails sent out prior to last years convention were compromised and never actually went out. This would have had a negative impact on our 2019 event since no one in our database received any promotional emails. Apologies for this, hopefully everything is back in order now

Much planning has been done for our 2020 Eucharistic Convention and after in depth discussions with Bishop Pat it has been decided to change the venue from Sacred Heart College to St Mary’s College, Ponsonby, Auckland. Bishop Pat initiated this idea and after it was discussed in committee the consensus was to make the change.

One of the main reasons is the lack of accommodation around Sacred Heart College as well as the distance from motorway exits etc. It was agreed that St Mary’s College in Ponsonby was the better option.

I have much more to share with you over the coming weeks and look forward to seeing you at our 2020 convention. If any of you would like to help promote the convention in your parish I would be delighted to give you some ideas on how best to do this. Please email me at Mr.rivec@gmail.com if you are able to assist me in this way. Any other ideas will also be gratefully received.

We have some great speakers coming to talk to us over the weekend 10 – 12 July 2020, be sure to mark the dates in your calendar now; a beautiful weekend awaits you.

With a grateful heart.

Deacon Mark Rivalland


St Mary’s College
11 New Street, Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand



Ash Wednesday 2020

Today I want to launch our promotion for the 2020 Eucharistic Convention.

Before I continue I invite you to listen to the Gospel reading for today as a reflection at the beginning of our lenten season.

Recently I met with Bishop Pat who is enthusiastic for the Eucharistic Convention to continue into the future. It is obvious that the world in which we now live is a lot different to that of 1994 when the first Eucharistic Convention took place. Bishop Pat and I discussed many aspects of this event and came up with ideas that we both agree could have a positive outcome for the Eucharistic Convention both this year and those ahead.

At the moment, however, let me share with you the incredible speakers we have coming to share their Faith with us this year.  I think it’s important you know who is coming at this point in time, more information will be made available in the coming weeks

Bishop Patrick Dunn – Bishop of Auckland


Bishop elect Michael Gielen
Auxiliary Bishop of Auckland


Father Matt Crawford SM – New Zealand


Father Bernard Espiritu SVD  –  MissioNZ


Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers     –    USA


Charbel Raish     –    Australia


I hope you will agree, this is an excellent line up of guests who will do justice to the efforts of so many people involved in the organisation and execution of the Eucharistic Convention. All Bishops of New Zealand recognise the immense contribution these conventions have made to the promotion of our Faith over many years. The stories of conversions among attendees from the very start of these events are testament to the powerful activity of the Holy Spirit over the convention weekend; and we know that this will be true again this year. Decide to come along, you won’t be disppointed.

I am looking for promoters of this convention in parishes around New Zealand. If you can offer your services please contact me via the email address below with your offer of help. I would love to hear from you.

Finally, if you are in a position to assist us financially please deposit your donation to our BNZ Bank Account – details below.

Please be sure to input your name and contact details to the donation so that we can issue a receipt accordingly. All donations are tax deductible.




With a grateful heart
Deacon Mark Rivalland
Auckland Eucharistic Convention