Auckland Catholic
Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Catholic Diocese of Auckland
Pompallier Diocesan Centre
30 New Street, Ponsonby 1144
AKYOUTH.ORG.NZ

Totara Point – Anniversary of First Catholic Mass

When:
January 13, 2014 all-day
Where:
North Hokianga

This year there will be at Mass at 11am on Sunday 12 January at Totara Point to celebrate the anniversary of the first Mass in NZ.

Remembering Jean-Baptiste Pompallier, FIrst Catholic Bishop of Aotearoa New Zealand
1836-1869

13 January 1838 is when Bishop Pompallier celebrated the First Mass at the home of Thomas and Mary Poynton. The Church later acquired ownership of this 1 acre property.

There is an Annual Mass to celebrate the anniversary of this First Mass on the closest Sunday to the anniversary each year. Weather permitting the service is held outside at Totara Point. Alternatively the service will be held at St Mary’s Church, Motuti.

Historic Dates:
21 December 1871
Bishop Pompallier dies in France and is buried at Puteaux, near Paris.

1970-2000
For many years New Zealand Catholics, especially Maori from the Hokianga, request the return of his body to the scene of his missionary labours from 1838-1869.

January 2002
The Bishop’s remains return to New Zealand and begin to journey around the country.

20 April 2002
Reinterment of the remains in St Mary’s Church Motuti.