Our People - "Behold, the Lamb of God, behold Him who takes away the sins of the world.  Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb."

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Parish Priest - Father Philip Billing

Father Philip arrived in the Parish 6th September 2019.

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I was ordained in St Mary Immaculate Church Hamilton on 20th September 2002.  In 2016 I spent time in Melbourne studying at the Heart of Life Spirituality Centre, completing the "Siloam' programme, a one year formation programme for Spiritual Directors.  

 


Assistant Parish Priest - Father Arnold Punzalan

Arrived in the Parish 23rd January 2020, from the Philippines.

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Deacon Ricky Kuka

Deacon Ricky Kuka

Tena tatou katoa. Tenei te mihi atu ki a koutou ra i runga i te aroha o to tatou Ariki. Noku te honore ki te mihi atu i tenei wa.
I am most privileged to be chosen by God to serve His people as a Deacon. I hail from Te Puna where I live with my wife Donna, and I have five brothers and one sister. My primary school years were at St Joseph’s Convent in Te Puna, and my secondary schooling was at Hato Petera College in Auckland.
Kia ora tatou! Ma te Atua e tiaki i a tatou katoa i nga wa katoa.

Margie Cooper

Margie Cooper

Parish Administrative & Pastoral Coordinator:
I feel blessed to be a part of the Parish of St Thomas Aquinas community and to be working alongside Father Philip and Father Arnold. Attending a Catholic Primary school I grew up having close connections with the Parish Community. I am a member of All Saints by-the-Sea Parish (St Thomas More Church), am married to Carl and have had a long association with St Mary’s School and Aquinas College through my children. It has been an absolute privilege to serve as a Proprietor’s Representative on the Aquinas College Board of Trustees.
Together with the Parish Pastoral Council and Father Philip, I am looking forward to being a part of the Parish Vision and Mission going into the future.

Mark Hassett

Mark Hassett

I am fortunate to be part of the St Thomas Aquinas Parish staff. I have been part of the Diaconate formation programme since 2019 and our studies should conclude towards the end of this year. On the 11th of July 2021, myself and two other men were installed as Acolytes in Taupo by Bishop Steve.
I am married to Alison and have three sons. We immigrated from South Africa in 2009 and settled in Hamilton. We moved to Tauranga in 2011 with our youngest son Dylan, who attended Aquinas College. We joined the St Thomas More Church until we moved to McLaren Falls. We have been members of St Thomas Aquinas Parish since 2013.
I am a cradle catholic, I attended Christian Brothers College in Bloemfontein for thirteen years.
I am currently studying part -time at Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, doing a Bachelor of Counselling degree.


Leanne Brooks

Leanne Brooks

Hospital Chaplain:
Hi, I’m Leanne Brooks and I am the Catholic hospital chaplain based at Tauranga Hospital.
It’s a great privilege and I feel very blessed to be in this role, as I become involved in the spiritual care of patients in hospital.
Being in hospital can truly be a stressful time not only for the patient but also for family and loved ones, so please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like me to visit, or if you would simply like a listening ear!
A bit about me: I have until recently lived in Christchurch, and moved to Tauranga with my husband Hamish and our daughter Hannah – and we are loving it! I have worked in health and was previously working at Christchurch and Burwood hospitals, which I really enjoyed.
For me my heart has always been my compass, and my heart is fully about caring for people. It’s about being available to help people in a time of need and to help them understand their situation - this is something so very special.
Please say hi and know I am only too happy to come visit you or a loved one should you come into the hospital. You can telephone the Parish Office at 578 6209, or telephone me on 0210563326.

 

Parish Pastoral Council Members:

Father Philip 

TBA(Chair)

Clare Kowalewski

Shona Woodhead

Clare Sokimi

Jo Scott

Gavin Hesqua

 

  

Parish Finance Committee:

Father Philip, Ashley Hayes (Chairman), Andrew Burn, Brendon Bradley.

"In each parish there is a finance committee to help the parish priest in the administration of the goods of the parish..." (Canon Law, p.537)

 


Parish Contacts and Organisations

Parish Priest

Father Philip Billing

578 6209    

 

 frphilip@taurangamoanacatholic.nz

Assistant Priest

Father Arnold

578 6209

 

 frarnold@taurangamoanacatholic.nz

 

 

 

   

Parish Administrative & Pastoral Coordinator

Margie Cooper

578 6209

027 649 0549   

office@taurangamoanacatholic.nz

 

 

 

 

 

Parish Lay Worker

Mark Hassett

578 6209

 

mhassett@taurangamoanacatholic.nz

Parish Finance

Ashley Hayes

578 5190

021 634 786

sartorial@kinect.co.nz

Parish Pastoral Council (Chair)

TBA

 

 

 parishcouncil@taurangamoanacatholic.nz

 Cluny Retreat Centre    578 5220    clunyretreatcentre@gmail.com
 Youth Group Contact

TBA

 

 

 

Matakana Island Catholic Community

Mark & Demita Ngatai

578 7638

027 210 1296

 

Deacon

Ricky Kuka

 552 4149

 

 rickodonna@xtra.co.nz

Organists (Coordinator)

Viviene Stefadouros

544 7271

027 453 2766

tomandviv@xtra.co.nz

Sacramental Programme

Please contact Parish office

 

 

 

Aquinas College Principal

Matthew Dalton

543 2400

 

mdalton@aquinas.school.nz

Aquinas College D.R.S.

Susan Van Zyl

543 2400

 

svanzyl@aquinas.school.nz

St Mary’s Primary School Principal

James Murray

578 8066

 

jmurray@stmarystga.school.nz

St Mary’s Primary School D.R.S.

Teresa Rush

578 8066

 

trush@stmarystga.school.nz

R.C.I.A. (Becoming Catholic)       

Please contact Parish office

578 6209

 

office@taurangamoanacatholic.nz

Baptism Preparation

Parish Office

578 6209

 

office@taurangamoanacatholic.nz

St Vincent de Paul

Shop - Tauranga

 578 8218

   
 

Welfare Office

(Lorna Edlin)

578 3814

Ex. 2

 021 047 7144  
 

Helpline

 

021 0298 7817    

 

 Catholic Family Support Services

 

 07 8563760

 

 referrals@cfss.org.nz

Marriage Preparation

Marriage Preparation (Hamilton Diocese)

For Tauranga Moana / TBA

 

07 8566989

 

 

marriagepreparation@cdh.org.nz

or visit: www.cdh.org.nz/marriage