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AHC G Association of Hebrew Catholics - Hebrew Catholics

Association of

Hebrew Catholics

New Zealand Branch

Association of Hebrew Catholics

 

 

guy-wailing-wallA devout Jewish young man at the Western Wall in Jerusalem

 

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An Invitation

We invite you to explore the wonderful harmony between Jewish culture and the Catholic Faith; and to learn about the emerging presence of Hebrew Catholics growing within the Church.

Who Are We?

We are an association of Catholics, proudly loyal to the Magisterium of the Church, dispersed throughout our society, some who are Jews by birth and some from other cultural backgrounds, together with friends and supporters.

What Is Our Mission?

Together, we are helping to restore within the Catholic Church, a Jewish presence analogous to that which flourished for the first few centuries in the early Church.

Our times call for us to work together to present the precious Catholic Faith in a world that is finding it so hard to hear, understand and value the glories of our Lord’s teaching.

Our Aims

The Association of Hebrew Catholics is a voluntary association of Catholics (Jewish, and non-Jewish) who seek to do a number of things:

  • assist Jews to settle within the Church;

  • encourage Jews who become Catholics to preserve their heritage and let it become transformed in the light of Christ;

  • help them share their heritage and culture with their fellow-Catholics;

  • work together to promote a true understanding of the Church and the importance of remaining loyal, of keeping informed about the Faith, and passing it on to others;

  • enjoy sharing the richness of Catholic-Jewish culture.

 

The Holy Family

Fellow Catholics

  • We hope you will consider joining us in this work. There is a place in the AHC for any Catholic (whether of Jewish or other background) to take a full part. Besides wanting to support the AHC in some way, the only condition is loyalty to the Sacred Magisterium of the Church.People who are not Church members are also welcome.
  • We live in exciting times, and our work is at the forefront of the growth of the Church in the world today.

Pope John Paul II

“The Jewish religion is not ‘extrinsic’ to us, but in a certain way is ‘intrinsic’ to our own religion. With Judaism, therefore, we have a relationship which we do not have with any other religion. You are our dearly beloved brothers and, in a certain way, it could be said that you are our elder brothers.”

(At the Synagogue of Rome).

Pope Benedict XVI

“The faith witnessed in the Bible of the Jews, is for us not a different religion but the foundation of our own faith.”

(The Heritage of Abraham — December 2000)

Western Wall: Jerusalem

What We Do

  • We meet in groups which are practical for people to get to. Each group is called a “havurah”, which is Hebrew for a “gathering”.

  • Our first priority is warmth and hospitality!

  • We spend time in a range of activities, e.g.:

    —  prayer  —  study    —  discussion

    —  song    —  dance   —  and yes, eating!

  • We learn about both Catholic and Jewish customs,many of which correspond in their spiritual roots, e.g:— Holy Water and Mezuzah.— Torah and Gospel meditation.

  • All are invited, if they wish, to learn the meaning of, and how to use the skull cap, prayer shawl, and the lighting of a menorah in one’s home, and other customs.

  • We celebrate together the highpoints of the Catholic Jewish Calendar.

What We Love About the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church is our home. Holy Church has welcomed us and very graciously received us as members of a family re-united. For that warmth and hospitality we are eternally grateful. As full members of the Church — the Body of Christ, we rejoice in the wonderful treasures of Catholic teaching and culture. We gladly offer our own Jewish culture, its customs and ancient teaching, in support of everything the Church believes and stands for in the world. It is in the light of Christ that we continue to love and share our customs.

 

Church of the Holy Sepulchre: Jerusalem

The Challenges Facing Us All As Catholics

No one who is informed of events in the world today, is unaware of the constant destructive attacks against Christian values and teaching — in fact against the whole of Christian culture. The call of the Popes over the last 60 years rallies us to action. We must challenge the ever present pressure from the pagan atheism all around us. We must show by both deed and word that we value our holy Faith above all else and do our best to uphold all that our Lord’s Church teaches and stands for!

Be Not Afraid!

Our modern society can be a frightening place in which to live. But our Lord Himself told us, “Be not afraid, little flock”. The Holy Fathers in recent times have roused us all to contribute in some appropriate way to the “New Evangelisation”. This is a renewed outreach to the world around us. We, as members of the Hebrew Catholic Association give every possible priority to this call to action and join our fellow Catholics in reaching out to modern humanity, many of whom are lost, tragically, in the confusion and preoccupations of our modern world.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

“The glorious Messiah’s coming is suspended at every
moment of history until His recognition by ‘all Israel’……..”

(Paragraph 674)

May our efforts hasten the day when ‘all Israel’ shall
proclaim: “Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.”

Baruch haba b’Shem Adonai.

Will You Help Us?

In obedience to the Magisterium of the Church we do not proselytise Jews; but we do stand ready to help those who are searching or who have made a choice to enter the Church.

We invite you to help build an understanding in which Jews who have made this choice, together with their fellow Catholics, share in the enrichment of each other’s culture to the glory of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit! Blessed be His Holy Name.

We need your help! — Shalom!

The Western Wall: Jerusalem


Morning Prayer

Pope Benedict XVI

 Our New Zealand Centre

Association of Hebrew Catholics
New Zealand Branch
P.O. Box 35 935
Auckland 0753
E-mail: ahc-nz@hebrewcatholic.org.nz

Our International Centre

Association of Hebrew Catholics
4120 W. Pine Blvd.
St. Louis MO 63108-2802, U.S.A.
Email: ahc@hebrewcatholic.org

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