Thematic Resources

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.

  1. Laudato Si’ – Care for our Common Home

    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.

    Please, First Read the introduction information to these resources, which includes details about our wee COMPETITION!
    (Feedback welcome.)


    PowerPoint Resources:

    Video Clips:



    Gleanings from the Web:

  2. 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

    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:

    Background information:


  3. Suzanne Aubert

    Great information on the national and Home of Compassion sites. (Including a pdf version of the Suzanne Aubert booklet.)
    A set of activities for years 9 & 10.
    Check out a range of clips about Suzanne on the Aotearoa Catholic YouTube channel.


  4. Jubilee Year of Mercy


    Click here for a single PDF resource document loaded with Jubilee Year of Mercy Resources for all levels.

    • MUSIC: The students at Carmel College have written a great Year of Mercy song for our schools. Click:
    • CARITAS: The Caritas Lenten Resources for 2016 have also been sent to your school providing more good ideas and resources for the Year of Mercy. Check out your pack or visit
    • Click here for the YouTube video of Pope Francis opening the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica for the Jubilee Year of Mercy 8 December 2015 (30mins)
    • For something a little different – see below for a The Year of Mercy in 60 Seconds – a Lego version!