Is 6, 1-8; 1 Cor 15, 1-11; Lk 5, 1-11
Find your reason for believing Christ.
Dear sisters and brothers, the disciples in the gospel story today have spent the whole night “toiling and had caught nothing." As professional fishermen, they must have been very disappointed. Peter didn’t even care what Jesus was doing on the shore. Fishing in the right places at the right time, they should have seen big results from their labours; but no! Still, now they had a tale to tell afterwards, but the story had much deeper implications for them and for others.
Jesus had been preaching to the crowd and, because of their great number, they crowded him further towards the waters of the Sea of Galilee. To alleviate the situation, Jesus stepped into Simon’s boat and asked him to go out a bit from the shore. There he preached to the people from the boat in the shallow waters. Afterwards, he turned to Simon, “go out into the deep water and lower the nets for a catch”.
Most often we try to please ourselves, we are just not connected with our deeper true self and look our life in shallow living. Today Jesus teaches us to go out into the deep. But time and again we resist to go into deep. Simon the pro fisherman, must have resisted the request because he had just done battle with the sea and had caught nothing. But ultimately, when he obeyed Jesus, he found himself; he was overcome by the great number of fishes that their nets were bursting.
Jesus promises us saying, “do not be afraid from now on you will be catching people.” Our call into service is a call to trust in Jesus’ promise, that despite my status paralleling Simon Peter’s “I am a sinful man,” we too are invited to give in to following him more closely. And the joy of Christ is ours to take.
Are you happy the you are connected with Christ? Fr Ephrem
Holy Trinity Parish Vision
We are a prayerful and diverse Catholic community in the Eastern suburbs of Wellington,
drawing strength from one another to grow and become fully alive as missionary disciples.
Masses in Holy Trinity Parish Monday 11 – Friday 15 February
While the Caphuchins are in Auckland the timetable for the parish weekday Masses will be:
Monday 11th – 9am St Patrick’s Church
Tuesday 12th – 9.30am St Patrick’s Church (no Mass at St Anthony’s Church)
Wednesday 13th – 9.30am Holy Cross Church (no Mass at St Anthony’s Church)
Thursday 14th – 9.30am St Patrick’s Church (no Mass at St Anthony’s Church)
Friday 15th – 9am St Patrick’s Church & 9.30am Holy Cross Church (timetable returns to normal)
HOLY TRINITY PARISH SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 2019 Children in year 4 or above who have been baptised in a Catholic Church and would like to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Holy Communion, are eligible to enrol. Enrolment forms are available in the church foyers, School Offices or on the website www.holytrinity.parish.nz All enrolment forms need to be completed and returned including a copy of your baptism certificate by the 15th Feb to the School Offices, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer wanted St Patrick’s Primary School - Do you have some time, energy, creativity, good people skills? You could be perfect to facilitate a Young Vinnies group in our school.
We are looking for a person to work with a small group of eight of our intermediate students guiding them in doing acts of service. We would like the volunteer to facilitate the group in meeting fortnightly to discuss ways they can serve those in need and to take the students out to do acts of service (perhaps four students at a time).
We’d love someone who could help them think of different ways they could serve and help them approach people to set the service up eg. Gardening for the sick or elderly, looking after young children for families, sorting in a charity op shop. Please, consider taking up this role. We would be very grateful. Email Fiona.email@example.com
St Anthony’s School and Parish BAZAAR
Sunday 17 February – 11-2pm
Our famous Farmers Market and Preserve stalls will be in operation, as well as Food Stalls (Pulled Pork, Rocket Burgers, etc), cakes/biscuits/slices, white elephant, etc. Also experience Electric Cars, bouncy castle and games, as well as the opportunity to meet and play against “PHOENIX’ football players (the real ones!).
Thank you to all those people selling raffle books for the St Anthony’s Bazaar. Please return your raffle book butts and ticket sales monies to the St Anthony’s School office as soon as possible and preferably a week before the Bazaar on 17 February. This is a great fund raiser with half of the funds raised going to painting of the St Anthony’s ceiling and general parish running expenses. The other half of funds raised will be used for purchasing school equipment.
St Patrick’s Church - Marist Messenger promotion Sunday 23/24 February. Kevin Head will be talking at the Masses at St Patrick’s to promote subscribing to the Marist Messenger. Yearly subscription is $50 for 11 issues and subscriptions forms will be available.
The Feb. 10 – 23 issue of NZ Catholic is out now. Some headlines are: Kiwis centre stage at World Youth Day in Panama. Pastoral leader dies on Christmas Day. Seal of confession issues often misunderstood. Women deacons about ministry not power.
Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver - Annual Raffle: In February and March the Sisters of St Peter Claver will be selling tickets for the Annual Raffle. This is an important activity raising a significant portion of the funds needed to support the missionary projects. Please support the raffle through the purchasing of tickets, however we also need people to assist in selling tickets in the parish (after mass) and in the community. If you can assist please contact either the Sisters or Rob McCullough (0221771007).
Mission Fair: 10am to 1pm on Saturday the 16th of Feb at St Francis de Sales Church Hall and Grounds. Come and support the Sisters of St Peter Claver raise funds for Catholic Missionary work around the world. The 2019 Mission Fair has something for everyone with a variety of stalls, raffles, food and entertainment – and a great way for the community to come together. Donations of good quality items for sale at the Fair are greatly appreciated and can be delivered to the sisters at 1 Mersey St, Island Bay, Wellington or phone 383 8401 for collection.
Alpha is an opportunity to explore life, faith and God in a friendly, open and informal environment This workshop ‘Alpha in the Catholic Context’ presented by Lorraine McCarthy (from Australia) is a must for anyone; wanting to know more, wanting to encourage family or friends back into the church, wanting to help make it happen in your parish, wanting to welcome people back into the church community, involved in R.C.I.A. When: February 27th Time: 7.00pm- 9.30pm Venue: St Joseph’s Mt. Victoria. Please register with Ann Williams firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday 25th February.
A Good Friday Liturgical Workshop on Thurs 14th March 14th 6.45pm-9pm at the Catholic Centre. This will
be an interactive workshop, with Fr Patrick Bridgman, Archdiocesan Liturgy Advisor. Fr Patrick will help us unpack
the symbolism and rituals associated with Good Friday. Everyone welcome. Please register with Ann Williams
before Friday 8th March at email@example.com
Michael Mangan Workshop : This We Believe: Music for Sacraments of Initiation with Children. Songs for the preparation & celebration of Baptism, Confirmation & First Communion and Reconciliation for children. Tuesday 26th Feb 7pm-9pm Ss Peter & Pauls Church L. Hutt. Please register before Mon 18th Feb with Ann
Williams firstname.lastname@example.org Entry by Koha.
Joshua Wellington extends an open invitation to men and women both older and younger for Mass followed by supper (Please bring some finger food to share!) on Thursday 21st of February 2019 at 7:30pm in St Joseph’s Church, 42 Ellice Street, Mount Victoria.Celebrant: Fr Peter Ewart (Joshua Wellington Chaplain)
Want to know more? Ring David Monastra on mobile 027 4477 280 or e-mail: email@example.com
Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women. Our meeting is on Saturday, 16th February at 1:30pm at Connolly Hall, Guildford Tce, Thorndon. Come and make a joyful sound before the Lord, the King. All women welcome. Enquiries Shura 3899938
'Stronger together for action on climate - Porirua' This series runs over three weeks each Thursday 7, 14, 21 March from 7.30 - 9pm. Venue: St Theresa’s parish hall, 210 St Andrews Rd, Plimmerton. All welcome. Each week there will be a special guest speaker followed by the opportunity for questions and reflection. There will be time for people to consider realistic action they could take in response to the challenge we all face. Contact: Catherine Gibbs firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the parish office 04-2331279.
ROSARY BEADS FOR SEAFARERS. There is at present a high demand for rosary beads from seafarers calling at NZ ports. Do you have any spare rosary beads you would like to donate to the Apostleship of the Sea? If possible please post to: AoSNZ National Office, PO Box 25-563, Wellington 6146. Or contact Fr Jeff Drane: email@example.com; or Denise Shirley: firstname.lastname@example.org (phone 388 8448) on behalf of Fr Jeff.
CELEBRATE LOVE ON ST VALENTINES DAY! Monsignor Gerard Burns on behalf of Cardinal John Dew invites you to join in a celebration of love this St Valentine’s Day, Thursday 14th February 2019, 6pm at St Joseph’s Church, 152 Brougham Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington. For further details please contact Felicity Giltrap at ADW Marriage Ministries (04) 496 1719 or email email@example.com
Practical Actions Ideas from the 2017 Synod: Go you are sent …to the peripheries of society (1) Parishes identify and promote social justice activities which parishioners can be involved in.
Are you new to the Parish? Have any of your details changed? Don’t forget to get in contact with the Parish Office and update your details. Forms are available at the back of the churches, on the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We pray for the members of our Parish families who have died and those whose anniversaries occur around this time including Vaea Leota, Peter Dunn, Agnes Dooley, John Butler, John O’Brien and Margaret Gilmore. Our prayers are also with those who are unwell especially John Rogers, John Cairns-Cowan and Graeme Adams and for the wonderful people who are caring for the everyday needs of the sick in our Community.
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