THIS MONTH, APRIL 2024, IT IS 30 YEARS SINCE OUR FIRST AUCKLAND CONVENTION

In that time we have promoted the Sacrament of the Real Presence in the Eucharist

We have promoted this Eucharistic Presence both online and in person, bringing guest speakers to New Zealand from around the world to share their insights with those gathered to hear them on an annual basis.

Since COVID it has been difficult to continue with the annual events, and so, for the meantime, we will continue to promote this beautiful sacrament through our online facilities.

To start with we will upload appropriate videos or other Eucharistic Promotional material that we believe will be helpful to some of our website visitors.

Please enjoy this first video presented by
DANIEL – THE JEWISH CATHOLIC

In this video, Pastor Benny Hinn talks about the healing power of the Catholic Eucharist

 

Bishop Barron explains this mystery of the Eucharist so well, this is definitely worth a viewing

 

18 June 2024:  Some sad news:

A family well known to Eucharistic Convention attendees has been met with tragedy this weekend. Monica Reid who went missing is the youngest daughter of Gabriele and Nicholas Reid. They brought up 9 children (I think it was 9), one of the youngest was Monica. They were in Northcote parish, Auckland, when we were bringing up our kids and we interacted frequently. They were both regular attendees at the conventions. Nicholas is a very intelligent man who wrote the book about Bishop James Liston. He interviewed Monsignor Paul Cronin, and other local priests about their experience with Bishop Liston.

Here’s what happened to Monica

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/519688/auckland-woman-monica-reid-who-went-missing-on-friday-found-dead

This is the book her dad Nicolas wrote

https://smithsbookshop.co.nz/p/nz-north-island-james-michael-liston-a-life

Nicholas taught at St Peters for a short time

Monica’s sister, Henrietta, sang at our 2014 Convention

https://youtu.be/Qh27K7AQHr8?si=OynzNLSaIqWjoXz3

Sometimes life just isn’t fair, is it? Please offer some prayers for the repose of the soul of Monica Reid.

St Michael the Archangel please bring some peace to the Reid family at this difficult time for them.

John Porteous

 

THE EUCHARISTIC CONVENTION  –  UPDATE  –  MAY 2024

PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THESE CONVENTIONS

The conventions certainly are missed, I hear that from many people. It was lovely to get together every year and listen to great speakers talk about their faith journey. It lifts the soul, doesn’t it? At least the videos of many are still online, and still getting a lot of views.

Deacon Mark Rivalland and I have had many discussions about what could be done to rejuvenate these events, and we both agree it would be wonderful to make it all happen again. Realistically though, that is simply not possible for a number of reasons.

Deacon Mark is a very busy man now-a-days, with most of his spare time being taken up with his work as Catholic Chaplain at North Shore Hospital, the training of Deacons for the Auckland Diocese and much more. When he met with Bishop Steve some time back to discuss “where to from here” in regards this convention, Bishop Steve suggested that a smaller event may be the way to go. That idea among others is in the think tank for future consideration.

The convention website still has a good following, so I have offered to monitor it in the short term, adding content as time allows. There are still a lot of visitors coming to the website so it makes sense to us to keep it going as an evangelical online tool, if nothing else. So that’s what we’ll do. Down the line, who knows, perhaps we could bring people together for a one day programme or similar. It would be lovely to catch up with each other again.

SOMETHING NEW: Bernard Moran, long time NZ Catholic journalist and I are working on an online outreach called The Michael’s Arrow Project. It is coming along well. Our objective is to target the young ones who have lost their way and are in danger of losing their souls. Michael the Archangel will help them, but they first need to know about him. This project is also for parents and grandparents who see their young family members, or their friends young ones going off the rails. Most say, “what can we do about it”. We say, “we must do something about it”, we need to put something out there to catch the eyes of the young ones that will hopefully lead them back to the right path.

In the news every day now there is violence, hatred, murder, robberies, ram raids etc. It was not like this when the early conventions were happening, but look how far we’ve fallen from truth.

As it is turning out, this is a very important work. Many will remember the prayer to St Michael being said after Mass in most parishes in our country. Sadly, in our day and age, devotion to Archangel Michael has been put on the back burner, perhaps it’s time to bring him back into the consciousness of Catholic culture.

We will also talk to any interested groups about the project, especially young people’s groups. In a Catholic setting, though, the parish priest would need to agree to us talking about the project in his parish.

Nice catching up again

John Porteous

Custodian of the Michael’s Arrow Project

Email: [email protected]

PS: Below is an article about the project written by my colleague, Bernard Moran.
Have a read and see what you think

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The Michael’s Arrow Project

Adolescents, teenagers and young adults live out their lives in social media these days. Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Tik Tok are each in their own ways fascinating and addictive.

In a recent interview with the Catholic Herald (UK), Catholic convert George Farmer, the founder of Parler, described modern social media:“If you put someone in a room with a drug, eventually they are going to take the drug. We are expecting people who are poorly formed from a virtue perspective to be highly virtuous online. Social media is not the problem. Social media is a catalyst which then causes systemic problems. The fundamental problem is that people who are using this type of communication do not have Christ as their centre. If I look at the social media of some people in our community back home in the US, it is centred around Christ. These people are well-formed and have a scriptural understanding. And you contrast that with other people who clearly do not have Christ at the centre of their lives; well, it is often obscene. They know that the Internet wants this, so they put it up because they have no inner spiritual life. If you sign up to Big Tech, you sign up to being connected, and ifyou have Christ at the centre of everything you do, you can use it as a force for good. But if you sign up and you have nothing inside of you, then you inherently take in what is out there, which is often evil, so you become a consumer and you cultivate your own internal life and become formed by what is out there.”

That last sentence captures the spiritual dangers for the unwary, especially when so-called “influencers” are so attractive and well, influential. Have you heard of “Jazz”? He or she, is a major influencer advocating that you can find true happiness through “transitioning” to a new gender. Jazz is a social media version of the Pied Piper, reaching out to those adolescents who are experiencing loneliness and dissatisfaction with their own body and gender. I’ll give you an example of what can happen. One of my daughters had a visit from a distraught neighbour whose 18-year-old son arrived home on holiday from Victoria University. Whilst there, he had come to believe that he needed to transition to become a female. His friends (mainly girls) encouraged him. He went to see a university counsellor who approved and arranged for him to embark on medical treatment. His mother was horrified at the physical changes to her beloved son and because of his age, her powerlessness.

In New Zealand, schools can sign up for the Inside Out sexuality and diversity education programme run by Rainbow Youth and funded by the Ministry for Social Development. Ostensibly it’s about bullying, but the real agenda is promoting transitioning to students who could be vulnerable to gender dysphoria. I was reading about the plight of parents in the USA who have lost their teenage sons or daughters to suicide, influenced by dark forces on social media. It’s tempting to throw up one’s hands and cry: “It’s all too hard Lord! What can I do? I can’t protect my children, or grandchildren from this stuff!” Yes, the modern world can seem like Gotham city and we need a Batman to fightthe evildoers.

This is where St Michael the Archangel comes in and the battlefield on which he seeks to wield his mighty sword, is social media. St Michael knows all about Satan and his legions of demons, how they operate, their snares and their wiles. God chose St Michael to command the good angels and drive the rebellious evil ones from Heaven. Jesus stunned his apostles with this revelation of his Godhead: “I saw Satan fall like lightening from the sky.” Satan and the demons fear St Michael and his terrible sword. The times are such that St Michael is ready and willing to help vulnerable youth in a new way. We believe that the website “michaelsarrow.com” can serve as his lighthouse tothose in peril. When they learn about St Michael, if they so choose, they can seek his help and be rescued to reach a safe harbour.

There is more good news. Thanks to the amazing technological advances now available through Artificial Intelligence (AI) we can act as St Michael’s agents, making him known on a global scale. The Michael’s Arrow project has the potential to be an outreach to the whole of our common humanity, as is written in Genesis 1:26: “Let us make human beings in our own image, after our likeness.”

It is reported that Our Blessed Mother Mary recently warned the seers at Medjugorje: “Satan is growing in strength…” It is likely that she is referring to the contemporary evidence of godliness and sinful rebellion among young people as they embrace the occult, drugs, pornography and abortion on an unprecedented scale.You may remember the popular Pan paperback novels of the British author Denis Wheately in the 1950s. They featured occult themes, although he strictly warned his readers to avoid any involvement out of curiosity. His most famous novel was The Devil Rides Out, with its lurid cover of Satan and his demons on horseback riding out of Hell. Well, Satan has ridden into New Zealand, Australia, Britain, Europe, America and the rest of the western worldand we are witnesses to the result.

God has given us St Michael for spiritual warfare in such a time as this, under the banner of Michael’s Arrow. We invite you to look at the website, see foryourself the new wonders of artistry made possible through AI and (if you feel so inclined) join “michaelsarrow.com”.

Bernard Moran

Custodian of the Michael’s Arrow Project

Email: [email protected]

michaelsarrow.com

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Pope Francis

Apostolic blessings to EC

Most Reverend Denis Browne DD CNZM

Founding Bishop of the Eucharistic Convention
Bishop Emeritus of Hamilton
“Concentrate on the Eucharist and you can’t go wrong”
(Bishop Denis to Eucharistic Convention organisers in 1994)

Most Reverend Patrick Dunn DD

Bishop of Auckland

“I would welcome really strong teaching on Eucharist for this Eucharistic Convention”
(January 2018) 

Deacon Mark Rivalland

Director of the
Eucharistic Convention

News & Updates

Notice from DEACON MARK RIVALLAND

Wishing you all a happy and holy Christmas, and a fruitful new year.   Dear supporters of the Eucharistic Convention It is timely for me to update you as to the future of this convention. After meeting with Bishop Steve some months back it was concluded that a smaller type of event would probably be more effective going forward rather than the large and rather costly events that have graced the convention over what is now twenty nine years, excluding the Covid years where it couldn’t be held. For my part, I am now heavily involved in the training of Deacons for the Auckland Diocese, in addition to my role as the Catholic Chaplain at North Shore Hospital. I also need to spend time with my family, which is so necessary in this day and age. Given my current workload, I will not be able to dedicate the time required to any other apostolate. This will mean, of course, I will not be involved in any revamp of a Eucharistic Convention style event. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support over the years that I have been director of the Eucharistic Convention, especially during the covid years when positive planning was impossible. It has truly been a privilege to spearhead this wonderful event. There is light at the end of the tunnel, though. Over the last few months I have been meeting with your previous convention director, John Porteous, and Bernard Moran, who with his wife Annetta have been heavily involved in “VOICE FOR LIFE” for many years. Some of you may remember the publication NZ TABLET which was discontinued in 1996, Bernard was a journalist for that publication. As concerned grandparents, given the pressure placed on young people in our secular world today, John and Bernard want to bring St Michael the Archangel back into Catholic consciousness. In years past the prayer to St Michael was said after each Mass, perhaps it’s time to re-establish this practice?  One of St Michael’s titles is Guardian of the Blessed Eucharist, and so re-establishing devotion to this magnificent Archangel would seem to be an appropriate activity as a follow-on from these Eucharistic Conventions. To that end, I have invited John and Bernard to update you on their plans, and if you like what they have on offer you might like to support their new venture as you have supported the convention over many years. Next year it will be thirty years since the first Auckland Eucharistic Convention, which seems to be an appropriate anniversary to launch a similar apostolate configured for the current age. John and Bernard will send out a notice of their St Michael’s Project early in the new year. With every Blessing Deacon Mark Rivalland 18 December, 2023   PS: Tomorrow will be the 13th anniversary of the sudden death of our initial spiritual advisor to the Eucharistic Conventions, Monsignor Paul Cronin. Please remember him in your prayers.

St Joseph, Terror of Deamons

Church grants plenary indulgence for year of St. Joseph The Apostolic Penitentiary issues a Decree granting plenary indulgences for the year of St. Joseph proclaimed by Pope Francis on Tuesday. The special year will last from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021. By Vatican News staff writer Pope Francis on Tuesday announced a special year dedicated to St. Joseph starting from 8 December 2020 until 8 December 2021, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church, as well as the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. The Apostolic Penitentiary also issued a decree granting special indulgences for the duration of the special year to celebrate the anniversary and “to perpetuate the entrustment of the whole Church to the powerful patronage of the Custodian of Jesus.” During this period, the faithful will have the opportunity to commit themselves “with prayer and good works, to obtain, with the help of St. Joseph, head of the heavenly Family of Nazareth, comfort and relief from the serious human and social tribulations that besiege the contemporary world today.” Devotion to St. Joseph The decree signed by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, and the Regent, Fr. Krzysztof Nykiel, notes that devotion to St. Joseph has grown extensively throughout the history of the Church, “which not only attributes to him high reverence after that of the Mother of God his spouse but has also given him multiple patronages.” At the same time, the Magisterium of the Church continues to discover “old and new greatness in this treasure which is St. Joseph, like the master in the Gospel of Matthew who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” Therefore, the gift of indulgences granted through a decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary by mandate of the Holy Father “will be of great benefit to the perfect attainment of the appointed purpose.” Conditions for the plenary indulgence The plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the Pope’s intentions) to Christians who, with a spirit detached from any sin, participate in the Year of St. Joseph on these occasions and manners indicated by the Apostolic Penitentiary: –       The plenary indulgence is granted to those who will meditate for at least 30 minutes on the Lord’s Prayer, or take part in a Spiritual Retreat of at least one day that includes a meditation on St. Joseph. “St. Joseph, an authentic man of faith, invites us”, the decree reads, “to rediscover our filial relationship with the Father, to renew fidelity to prayer, to listen and correspond with profound discernment to God’s will.” –       The indulgence can also be obtained by those who, following St. Joseph’s example, will perform a spiritual or corporal work of mercy. St. Joseph “encourages us to rediscover the value of silence, prudence and loyalty in carrying out our duties,” the decree notes. –       The recitation of the Holy Rosary in families and among engaged couples is another way of obtaining indulgences, in order that “all Christian families may be stimulated to recreate the same atmosphere of intimate communion, love and prayer that was in the Holy Family.” –       Everyone who entrusts their daily activity to the protection of St. Joseph, and every faithful who invokes the intercession of St. Joseph so that those seeking work can find dignifying work can also obtain the plenary indulgence. On 1 May 1955, Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of St. Joseph “with the intent that the dignity of work be recognized by all, and that it inspires social life and laws, based on the fair distribution of rights and duties.” –       The plenary indulgence is also granted to the faithful who will recite the Litany to St. Joseph (for the Latin tradition), or the Akathistos to St. Joseph (for the Byzantine tradition), or any other prayer to St. Joseph proper to the other liturgical traditions, for the persecuted Church ad intra and ad extra, and for the relief of all Christians suffering all forms of persecution. Because, the decree notes, “the flight of the Holy Family to Egypt shows us that God is there where man is in danger, where man suffers, where he runs away, where he experiences rejection and abandonment.” A universal saint In addition to these, the Apostolic Penitentiary grants a plenary indulgence to the faithful who will recite any legitimately approved prayer or act of piety in honor of St. Joseph, for example, “To you, O blessed Joseph” especially on “19 March, on 1 May, the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, on St. Joseph’s Sunday (according to the Byzantine tradition) on the 19th of each month and every Wednesday, a day dedicated to the memory of the saint according to the Latin tradition.” The decree recalls the universality of St. Joseph’s patronage of the Church, noting that St. Teresa of Ávila recognized him as “a protector for all the circumstances of life”. Pope St. John Paul II also said that St. Joseph has “a renewed relevance for the Church of our time, in relation to the new Christian millennium.” For the sick Amid the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis, the gift of the plenary indulgence is also extended to the sick, the elderly, the dying and all those who for legitimate reasons are unable to leave their homes. They too can obtain the plenary indulgences if they are detached from any sin and have the intention of fulfilling, as soon as possible, the three usual conditions and recite an act of piety in honor of St. Joseph, offering to God the pains and hardships of their lives. The role of priests The Apostolic Penitentiary encourages priests to pastorally facilitate the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance and the administration of Holy Communion to the sick with a willing and generous spirit.  

Beautiful Video from Fr Stan Fortuna & Tony Melendez

Both Father Stan and Tony Melendez (who has no arms and plays the guitar with his feet) have been to our previous Eucharistic Conventions.  They have come together to produce this beautiful video production – “You are my God” I invite you to watch it Deacon Mark  

The Fletcher Family offer a touching tribute to their parents on All Souls Day

Dear Deacon Mark Rivalland On this All Souls Day 2020, could you please ask people to pray for the repose of the souls of our dearly Beloved parents: The late William Livingstone Fletcher who had attended the Eucharistic Convention from 2001 – 2011 The late Noreen Antonette Fletcher had attended the Eucharistic Convention from 2001 – 2018  Could we also ask that people also pray for all deceased souls who have supported and attended these conventions over the past 27 years? Our precious mum and dad loved the Eucharistic Convention. They attended from the time they immigrated to this beautiful country of New Zealand until God called them home. Our whole family has been blessed to attend these conventions, we look forward to them every year. There would be something very special missing in our lives if there were no more Eucharistic Conventions, and we know of many others who feel the same way. Our prayer is that they continue well into the future, the graces that flow from these events are incalculable. We have put together this video tribute to our dear mum and dad; we hope you like it. With grateful thanks Alison, Barrington, Craige and Antonette (The Fletcher Family) St. Annes Parish, Manurewa, South Auckland  

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Fr John Hollowell

Father John Hollowell is a young dynamic Catholic priest who we were lucky enough to have as one of our guest speakers at our 2013 Eucharistic Convention. Here Father Hollowell talks about evangelising through the internet and social media.    

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