NZBC, Decree Establishing Norms for Lay Preaching, October 1994.


The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference hereby decrees that members of the lay faithful, certified by the local Ordinary to be doctrinally competent and of exemplary Christian life, may be authorised by him to preach in a Church or Oratory in the following circumstances:

— when there is no priest or deacon who can converse in the language of the people;

— when the Liturgy of the Word is celebrated without a priest or deacon;

— when seminarians who have completed their studies in theology are sent to parishes as part of their pastoral formation;

— when the Diocesan Bishop judges it opportune.

In conformity with c. 767, §1, the homily is always to be given by a priest or deacon: for children’s Masses, however, the norms contained in the Directory on Children’s Masses continue to apply.




NZBC, October 1994, Gen. Decr., Code of Canon Law Annotated (Montréal: Wilson & Lafleur Limitée, 2004): 1715.