2Mac. 7:1-2, 9-14; 2Thess.2:2:16-3:5; Lk. 20: 27-38.
As we near the end of the Church's liturgical year, the readings become more eschatological -- having to do with the end times. The main theme of today’s readings is the resurrected life of glory in heaven. The readings invite us to consider the true meaning of the resurrection in our lives. The first reading states the Jewish belief in martyrdom and the resurrection of the just. The intense sufferings to which good Jews were subjected brought them to the conviction that the justice of God would reward the faithful in the afterlife, and would also punish the wicked. The second reading encourages the Thessalonians who were waiting for the second coming of Christ and resurrection of the dead to trust in the fidelity of God and to open their eyes to the fact that the Lord strengthened their hearts in every good work and word. Today’s Gospel affirms the victory of God and God’s love over the power of death. Jesus speaks of God as a God of the living, who promises that the ones who will rise are God’s children. The Gospel shows us how Jesus ingeniously escaped from a doctrinal trap set for him and explained the doctrine about the resurrection of the dead supported by the Pharisees and denied by the Sadducees. Jesus also explained that heavenly life with God in glory is totally different from earthly life and that there is no marriage in heaven in the earthly sense.
The basis of our Christian faith is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. We express in the profession of our faith in creed. As pilgrims heading towards the beatific vision of God, we prepare ourselves equipped with the Word of God, Sacraments and other spiritual preparation. As believers the thought of death never scares. It is like running a race to win the unfading wreath prepared for us. Let the hope of resurrection inspire us to lead a good Christian life. As we are in the month of November let keep in our prayer all dear deceased ones. Fr Paul
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.
We congratulate our children from St Anthoy’s Church
as they make their First Holy Communion today
Isobel Mulhern, Isabelle St. Just, Alina Meech, Abby Johnson, Anneke Handscomb, Tommy Smith, Charlotte Kempton, James Quirke-Killen
St Patrick’s Church Centenary Mass 17th November at 10 am
All parishioners are welcome to come and join in celebrating the centenary of St Patrick’s Church followed by a cup of tea in the Parish Hall.
Please bring a plate of food to share and leave in the hall before Mass.
Please note: the 5.30pm Vigil will be the only other Mass in the Parish
If you can help with the morning tea in the hall,
please contact Ray Whelan firstname.lastname@example.org or 388-3667
Holy Cross Church 9am Mass.
Children’s Liturgy is starting again at Holy Cross 9am Sunday Mass.
In November we Remember
November is the month dedicated to the rememberance of and prayer for all the faithful departed.
Let us pray the good Lord may grant them eternal bliss forever with Him.
Please be aware that names recored in the book of rememberance at St Patrick’s Church are only of those whose funeral was held in Holy Trinity Parish
1 Columban Calendar to give away!
Two Columban Calendars have been very kindly donated by a parishioner – 1 left!
Please contact the Parish Office email@example.com or 388 6953
In the leadup to the St Patrick’s centenary Mass on the 17th November at 10am, we will include an interesting fact about the former Parish each week.
FACT The stained glass windows, gifted to the Parish by the Sisters of Mercy, had previously been in St Catherine’s Convent. The large window in the chapel was gifted by Mr and Mrs Famularo in memory of their 8 year old son Paul who was killed in an accident on Onepu Rd. The carved altar, the font and lectern also came from the St Catherine’s Convent. The altar and the wooden panels had been carved by Sr Mary Chanel Burton in 1916-17. She later died in the 1918 flu epidemic.
Vinnies Food Bank Appeal Saturday 9 November / 11am – 6pm at Pak n Save Kilbirnie
The St Vincent de Paul Society is holding their final Food Bank Appeal for 2019, collecting food to support individuals and families seeking food assistance over the coming holiday season.
Vinnies provide a choice-based food bank, supporting over 2000 people each year – which is only made possible by the generous donations from our community.
If you can afford to drop a few extra items in your trolley on Saturday 9 November, please look out for our Vinnies collection table.
Sunday 17 November 2019. Pope Frances' 3rd World Day of the Poor. The hope of the poor shall not perish for ever Pope Francis calls on Christians around the world to serve people on the margins with practical assistance and to deepen our connection with people living in all forms of poverty. As a parish, we will be offering your donations to the annual Christmas Emergency Food Appeal of the Seatoun & Miramar Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society on Sunday 24 November 2019.
Please bring along a non-perishable food item on Sunday 24 November 2019 such as dry pasta and rice; canned fish, canned veges and fruit; beans and chickpeas; cereal; canned and packet soup; toothpaste and toothbrushes; sanitary items; soap and deodorant. There will be a signposted box in the foyer of each of our Churches where you can leave your donation. May God bless you for what you do.
REAL CHRISTMAS CARDS St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas cards will be on sale soon in our Church foyers after Sunday Masses at Holy Cross, St Anthony's and St Patrick's churches, same price as last year's. Religious-theme cards "Keeping Christ in Christmas", $2.50 per pack of 5 cards with envelopes. Proceeds to our local St Vincent de Paul Conference activities in the eastern suburbs. Contacts: Holy Cross Church (Julian Knap, ph 970 3905), St Anthony's Church (Andrew Monahan, ph 021 772 350), and St Patrick's Church (Frank Quirke, ph 387 4977).
St Patrick’s Primary School Ethnic Food Fair 5.30 – 7.30 Friday 15th November We are about to launch into preparations for our annual Food Fair. We’d love to include the Holy Trinity parishioners as much as possible. Last year we had some wonderful parishioners who cooked for us, helped run stalls and donated Hoopla jars.
The Perfection of Sound’ – the story behind the Maxwell Fernie Organ at St Mary of the Angels is the subject of a new, about to be released book and everybody is invited to the launch. Using the collected correspondence from a parish priest, an organ builder, English pipe-makers and Maxwell Fernie, the book describes in detail how a revolutionary new organ in Wellington was brought to life from a flat in Pimlico, London. The timing couldn't be better – 60 years after the Organ was completed and 20 years since Maxwell's death (and five years since the project started!). The launch will be held in the Crypt, at Saint Mary of the Angels Church in Wellington on Sunday November 10 at 2:30pm, with selected readings, a demonstration of the organ, a glass of wine and an opportunity to purchase the book.
Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women Our meeting will be on Saturday 10th November at Connolly hall Thorndon at 1.30pm. Our speaker will be Maureen Wilmshurst on "How to journey through Advent". All women are welcome. A preparation guided by the Holy Spirit. Contact : Shura ph or text 021 0724042
LUNCHTIME GATHERING AT PARLIAMENT to OPPOSE THE EUTHANASIA BILL
Submissions on David Seymour's euthanasia bill have been written. People from all walks of life have spoken up in record numbers and said NO. Still, a majority of MPs have been voting it through.
Wednesday 13 November is when Seymour's bill is due for its third and final reading. At 12pm we will be gathering peacefully on the Parliament lawns to show MPs how many New Zealanders say NO to this bill.
IT IS IMPORTANT WE TURN OUT IN NUMBERS –
PLEASE SUPPORT THIS GATHERING WITH YOUR PRESENCE
Please share this message with people you know! This is the last chance to let MPs know your view.
WHERE: Parliament Lawn, Wellington WHEN: Wednesday 13 November, 12pm – 1.30pm
Charismatic Mass To be held on Wednesday 13 November 7pm At St Theresa's Parish Plimmerton Celebrant: Fr Kevin Connors ALL WELCOME Prayer Teams & Supper to follow
A Caring Space Quiet Day A Caring Space is an invitation to those who care for a loved one to step away for a few hours to reflect on your role as carer and to explore with God your thoughts and feelings in this role. At Home of Compassion, Rhine St., Island Bay on Friday 15th November 11am to 2.30pm. Please contact Veronica Parton 021 238 6675 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to register.
The Christian Brothers Past Pupils’ Association, Wellington, is holding its Annual Christmas Buffet Dinner on Friday, 15 November, at the Quality Angus Inn, Waterloo Rd, Lower Hutt, commencing from 6.30pm. Our guest speaker is Michael Potts and the title of his address is “From Sutherland Shire to Wellington the Long Way Round.” Those interested in attending please contact Kevin McCormack on 478-6792 or email@example.com
Vigil for the Unborn: Saturday 16th November. St Anne's Catholic Church, Emmett Street, Newtown. Starts at 10 am with Mass. Ends at 12pm. For more information contact Family Life International NZ PH: 021 231 7954
Seatoun Arts & Crafts celebrates its Annual Exhibition and Sale (2019) at the Village Hall, Forres Street, Seatoun Saturday 16th November 10.00am – 4.00pm and Sunday 17th November 10.00am – 4.00pm
Men, come to Joshua's last meeting before Christmas on Thursday 21st November 2019 at 7:30pm (Note: fellowship from 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start) In CONNOLLY HALL, Guildford Terrace, Thorndon (behind the closed Sacred Heart Cathedral). Not to be missed - Silvana Abela, woman of faith from St Gerard's community on "Fundamental Truth about God and me" Want to know more? Ring Steve Ready 027-356-9555 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Future is Accessible: Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Tuesday, 3 December 2019 Join us to celebrate the gift of disability in our lives and society. 12pm-1pm, including light refreshments Connolly Hall, 10 Guildford Terrace, Thorndon, Wellington 6011 Kapiti (Limited accessible parking available on the grounds of Sacred Heart Cathedral School) KEYNOTE PARTICIPANTS: Robyn Hunt ONZM, Members of the L’Arche Community and Mike Gourley An accredited New Zealand Sign Language Interpreter will be interpreting this event. Enquiries: Zachariah Duke, email@example.com
Mass for Life. You’re invited to pray for babies, mums, dads and families at a Mass for Life on Friday 6 December, 7pm at St Mary of the Angels, 17 Boulcott Street, Wellington. Cardinal Dew will be the principal celebrant. Eucharistic Adoration will follow for one hour after Mass to pray in readiness for the National
March for Life. For more information please visit fli.org.nz/prolifeevents or phone Clare 021 231 7954.
National March for Life. You’re invited to love them both by attending the third annual National March for Life in Wellington on Saturday 7 December. Join Kiwis from all over NZ in a family-friendly celebration of life which also peacefully protests the practice and legality of abortion. Gather at Civic Square from 12pm for family-friendly entertainment, sausage sizzle and stalls. March to Parliament Grounds begins at 2pm. Concludes at 4pm. Learn more about this important event at a critical moment in NZ’s history: marchforlife.nz
The 2019 Rosary for Life and Faith is on Sat. 7th Dec. at 3 pm. This Pro-Life Rosary supports the March for Life in Wellington on the same day. Please try and go on the March. If you can't, please organise or join a Rosary group in your parish. For more info www.coasttocoastrosary.co.nz or ph Clare 022 1912886
Homestay Family needed St Catherine's College are looking for homestay families for the international students from Japan in 2020. They are arriving late January next year and staying here for 9 or 10 weeks till late March or early April. The Homestay fee is $280 weekly. If you have a spare room and would like to host a student, please contact Megan Kim.
Phone no is 021 1279 537 Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Catherine’s College Sports Coordinator We are seeking a motived person with a passion for engaging teenage girls in physical activity whilst also striving for excellence. This is a permanent position for 20 hours per week (term time only) commencing 27 January 2020. Good communication and organisation skills, IT skills and basic financial skills are important. Support of the Special Character of the College is essential. For further information and a job description please contact Chris Perry, PA to Principal on 939-8988. Please forward covering letter, addressed to Steve Bryan, Principal, including the names of two referees to Chris Perry email email@example.com
Go you are sent to your own peripheries (7) Offer education and workshops to develop further understanding of Pope Francis’ teaching on pastoral care
Before all else, the poor need God and his love, made visible by “the saints next door”, people who by the simplicity of their lives expressly clearly the power of Christian love. God uses any number of ways and countless means to reach people’s hearts.
Pope Francis: Message for the 3rd World Day of the Poor, November 2019
2020 Columban Calendars available through the office $12 each.
You can either put your money or cheq (made out to Holy Trinity Parish) in an envelope with your details and pop in the collection basket, email, phone or drop into the Parish Office.
Alternatively pay by internet banking to Holy Trinity Parish 02-0536-0185031-00 and use CALENDAR as the reference. When you have paid, email the office firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details: your name, the amount paid, the number of calendars ordered, which Church you will collect your calendars from or if you would like to collect them from the office. Once payment has cleared, the Calendars will be left for you in the back of your chosen Church or in the office for you to collect.
Bernadette Hyland will also have them available for sale at St Patrick’s Church.
Marist St Pats RFC – 50TH Jubilee – You are invited to join with past and current players, coaches, managers and supporters over Queens Birthday Weekend. Friday 29 May to Sunday 1 June 2020. To register, and for more information, check out the webpage www.msprugby.co.nz
Family Reunification We are trying to find suitable accommodation for a couple hoping to be reunited with their family, former refugee living in the Hutt Valley. This request is rather urgent as confirmation of accommodation is an immigration requirement. If you have a one bedroom flat, bed sit, tiny house or granny flat in the Hutt Valley that you could make available for rent please contact Catholic Social Services.04 385 8642 or email
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