And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.” John 21
I love the story from Acts. I've always been in awe of those Apostles who were so filled with the Spirit that they left this humiliating experience of being hauled up before the religious leaders and left rejoicing - seeing it as a privileged opportunity to share an intimacy with their Lord, in the dishonour of it all. For us the joy of Easter doesn't seem to last, nor does its fire and mission.
Jesus re-calls Peter by repeating the way he called him the first time to follow him - after the resurrection - the same way he first called him. Both times, after a night of fishing, when Peter's abilities didn't get any fish, Jesus' simple direction fills the nets to bursting.
I need to be renewed and re-animated by the memory that Jesus has much more power than I do. And, especially when I sense that my nets are pretty empty, I need to jump in the water and swim to the shore to get closer to the One who can fill any empty nets - the Lord who can fill any emptiness.
We congratulate our children who will receive the sacrament of reconciliation
Holy Cross – Saturday 9th 2pm
Maya Rush-Dunn, Lia Leiataua-Rush, Jessica Robinson, Ihaia Masun-Ryan, Sio Telefoni, Tommy Saba, Elijah McKeown, Gem Bouzaid
St Patrick’s – Sunday 10th 1.30pm
Lucy Attard, Joshua Gates, Samuel Gates, Lelani Garnons-Williams, Tyla Gray, Caleb Hope, Ryan Johnson, Rave Kim, Mariana Lealamanua, Thais Meirelles, Tawanda Muteto, Quinsy Peteti, Archie Story, Tyra Tuiavii
St Anthony’s – Wednesday 13th 7pm
Ari Geor, Bella Small, Brianna Smith, Elise McArley, Eve Williams, Fleur Kingston, Fraser Lindsay, Lola McCartney, Ruby McCartney, Seamus Óg Flood, Siobhán Bolger, Thomas Waddington
SURVEY ON MASS TIMES FOR HOLY TRINITY PARISH
The Parish Council will be seeking the views of parishioners on possible changes to the number and times that Mass is celebrated on Sundays and Weekdays. This survey will provide information which will enable the Parish Council to make informed decisions.
This survey will available from next Sunday 17th April
in Church, on the website or via email.
Deadline for returning form: 24th April 2016
“How important grandparents are for family life, for passing on the human and religious heritage which is so essential for each and every society!”
- Pope Francis
Are you a grandparent? Have you ever wondered how you can help pass on the faith to your grandchildren in our world today? The Centre for Marriage and Family would like to invite you to a ministry to promote the role of grandparents and to support and value them in its mission of Passing on the Faith and to Keep Prayer at the Heart of Family Life. There will be a meeting on Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. at 29 Guadeloupe Crescent Grenada Village, Wellington. We hope for your prayers and/or presence as we look towards forming this new ministry to help pass on the faith to future generations of New Zealanders through the ministry of grandparents.
We wish to thank all our parishioiners who generously supported
our Lenten and Easter Appeals.
WELCOMING REFUGEES TO WELLINGTON APRIL 2016
We have just heard that 13 families will be welcomed to Wellington area later in April.
Thanks to the generosity for the families who arrived in February and groups who are already committed, we will not need additional household goods for the April Intake.
We urgently need help with collecting pantry items
There will be collection boxes at the back of each Church from Monday 11th April where you can make your donation.
Interested in helping set up a refugee house? We will be organising a team...If you are available to help or would like to go on our list for helping in the future... contact our Holy Trinity Parish refugee help group co-ordinator Annette Bridgman by the 11th April, phone 3889704 or 021 204 5993, email: email@example.com
Caritas Challenge 2016
Lifeteen organised a group from Holy Trinity Parish to take part in this event last weekend at St Patrick’s where teens lived in a cardboard box city on the school veranda (in the rain) and baked goods in the Parish Centre which were sold at the Masses over the weekend. They raised over $1,700 and are to top $2,000 as their donation to Caritas. We congratulate our Lifeteen group and their leaders.
St Vinnies in Miramar/Seatoun and in Kilbirnie:
The St Vinnies groups meet once a month to pray together and to decide on helping people in need in our community. If you want to join the Miramar/Seatoun Conference, or for more information, contact Brendan Quirk Ph 3889708 or Brendan.firstname.lastname@example.org (next meeting Monday 11 April). If you want to join the Kilbirnie Conference, or for more information, contact Margaret Bearsley 021 344 356 or Margaret.email@example.com (next meeting Thursday 14 April).
St Vincent de Paul Society Book Fair
We have thousands of books for sale and all our books are just $2 or less! We have a huge range of fiction and non-fiction books for you to peruse. You can find a great bargain while
directly giving back to your local community. All the proceeds go towards funding our welfare programs.
vinnies-wellington.org.nz Sunday 24th April 9AM-3PM St Anne’s Hall Emmett Street Newtown
Joshua Catholic Men’s Fellowship Wellington extends an open invitation to both men and women to come along and join us on
Thursday 21st April 2016 at 7:30pm in CONNOLLY HALL, Guilford Terrace, to hear Fr Emile Frische, Mill Hill priest (Ministered to survivors & families in New York City following the “9-11” terrorist attacks in 2001. Also, active in Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement.)
Theme: “Whoever welcomes the one I send, welcomes me” Want to know more? Ring John Taylor (04) 389-8915 or 021-107-8538 or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org. nz
Eco Theology book launch 8pm Sunday 17 April
We are delighted to invite anyone from the parish to attend the launch of ‘ Living in the planet earth: Faith communities and ecology’ edited by Fr Neil Darragh and published by Accent. Some prominent Wellington writers will be in attendance. Guest speaker Professor Jonathan Boston. The launch will follow the 7pm Mass at the Wellington Catholic cathedral in Hill St.
Drinks and finger food provided. Contact Catherine Gibbs email@example.com for more information.
St Anthony’s School Recipe Book
Filled with favourite recipes from our school families, these make a great gift to stash away for Mother’s Day, birthdays and Christmas. A great everyday recipe book to go to when you are sick of cooking the same old things! Only $20 each.
Support the school by purchasing a book and receive a free bag of homemade biscuits.
A sample book and order forms are in the church foyer or contact Kirsten Bouras 3808 856 firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order.
They will also be available to purchase after
10am Mass at St Anthony’s on 10th April.
The Annual Acies (Consecration Service) of the Legion of Mary will take place at
St Joseph's Church Mt Victoria
Sunday 10th April 2016 at 2:00pm.
The Celebrant will be Reverend Father Francis D'Souza, ICPE Mission. All religious, active, auxiliary members and parishioners are warmly invited to attend and once again consecrate themselves to Our Blessed Lady in Honour of the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord.
Dove Wellington welcomes all women to their meeting on Saturday 16 April, 1.15-3pm, at Connolly Hall, Wellington.
We are thrilled to invite Melody Nunns as our guest speaker. Melody is a loving mother with a powerful testimony that shows how, through hearing and being obedient to the will of the God, God can and does make amazing things happen. If you are concerned for your children, if you are searching for hope where there seems to be little, if you long for God to do amazing things in your life; this is a meeting that you do not want to miss.
We look forward to seeing you there. Queries to Rachel Blackaby on (04) 233 2553
St Patrick’s Church Altar Server Training
If you have completed the sacramental programme and would like the opportunity to be an altar server at St Patrick’s Church, the training session is Thursday 28th April at 10am in Church. This session is for new and current servers.
Contact Senior Altar Server Andrew Greening 3861233 for more details
ANZAC DAY SERVICE 25th April
ST PATRICK’S CHURCH 9.30AM
Followed by a cup of coffee and biscuits in the meeting room.
On the day, bring a photo of loved ones to place under the altar during Mass.
Religious Approaches Inequality.
Public seminar Wednesday 13 April, 7pm Wellington Islamic Centre, 7 Queens Drive, Kilbirnie
Inequality has been around since biblical times – based on economic position, gender, race, and other factors. Our Abrahamic religions have approaches to inequality that have many similarities but significant and interesting differences. Come to this public seminar, and learn more about how religions can contribute to the public discourse about inequality, led by our speakers: Carol Ratnam – Wellington Progressive Jewish Congregation Bishop Justin Duckworth – Wellington Anglican Diocese Kerem Caliskan – Pearl of the Islands Foundation All welcome – we look forward to seeing you there! For more information, contact email@example.com or ring Dave Moskovitz on 027 220 2202
New Zealand Community for Christian Meditation
A day of meditation and reflection will take place in The Home of Compassion, Island Bay on Saturday 23rd April from 10 am to 2.30 pm Please bring lunch and a donation for expenses. tea and coffee supplied All welcome.
CHILDREN DON’T ARRIVE WITH AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL
If you would like your family life to be the best it can be, we have a great course coming up. Whatever your situation, the practical tools you will learn can help you to improve and strengthen your family life. Over five evenings you will cover: building a strong family centred on love, meet your children’s needs, set effective boundaries, teach healthy relationships and pass on values that are important to you. This is an international course sponsored by the parish and held in the Gascoigne Room at St Anthony’s 7.30pm from Tuesday 10 May. To enrol call or text Ruth 0276700365 or Kim 0222426288, babysitting is available.
“We need saints without cassocks, without veils - we need saints with jeans and tennis shoes. We need saints that go to the movies that listen to music, that hang out with their friends (...)We need saints that are open, sociable, normal, happy companions. We need saints who are in this world and who know how to enjoy the best in this world without being callous or mundane. We need saints.”
SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY
BENEFIT IMPACT WEEK IN THE HUTT VALLEY
Do you want to lend a hand?
The Benefit Impact Week will be held from the 9th-13th of May and will be hosted at St Joseph’s Church in Upper Hutt. The week will be organised by Benefit Educational Services Trust, Caritas and Catholic Social Services. Benefit Impact Week is when benefit advocates assist people who are on a benefit and Work & Income to check if they are receiving the full benefit they are eligible for.
As a volunteer there are different roles people might consider taking on. They include benefit advocates, runners, supporters and hospitality. Anyone who wishes to volunteer as a benefit advocate will need to commit to the training on the 9th May and have some availability during that week. Experienced Advocates will be available for support. Other roles will require only a briefing on the days you are available from the 10th- 13th May.
If you want to volunteer as a Benefit Advocate contact:
Teresa Homan 529 8108 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to want to volunteer as a runner, supporter or hospitality, contact:
Maria Noonan 385 8642 or 021982167 email@example.com
Please contact us by Friday 22nd April
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