In today’s Gospel, John the Baptist announces to the people the “Good News” the long-awaited day of salvation is about to dawn upon them. He urges the people to ‘prepare a way for the Lord’. Does the Lord’s coming depend upon us? It is very clear that the Lord’s coming does not depend on our efforts. The Lord comes not because we love him but because of his great love for us sinners. So, the coming of Christ is a purification of life. And the World (we) need that purification. John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sin, is also the part of our purification. People of Judea and Jerusalem flock to him and confessed their sins. Our Mother Church too calls us all for the purification (confession) of our sins. The sacrament of reconciliation is available at St Patrick’s Church at 7-8pm every day from 15th – 23rd December. Let us confess our sins and prepare the way of the Lord so that when he comes he may find us all worthy of his love. Fr Gregory
Holy Cross Christmas Eve Children’s Mass 6.30pm
The parish finance committee and parish pastoral council have made a decision to hold the Miramar Children’s Christmas Mass on 24 December at the Holy Cross School hall. This decision has been made after much prayerful reflection and consideration. The reasons for the decision are:
It is appreciated that moving the Children’s Christmas Mass is a break from past traditions but we ask for your prayerful support.
We are also aware that this change in venue increases the workload for those volunteers organising this Mass at the Holy Cross school hall. It would be much appreciated if some other parishioners could assist with these tasks as appropriate.
Parish Pastoral Council and Finance Committee (4 December 2017)
Holy Cross Childrens Mass at Holy Cross School Hall – Musicians needed. If anyone is able to help out with the music for this Mass, if you could contact the Parish Office or David Sullivan on 388 9001.
HOLY TRINITY PARISH SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 2018
Children in year 4 or older 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, the Parish Office 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 18th February, 2018 to the School Offices, the Parish Office in Miramar or by email email@example.com
Christmas Appeal - St Vincent de Paul Society Seatoun & Miramar Conference
Please note: Last collection is Sunday 10th December
Boxes for your donation of food items, toiletries, treats and gifts in the foyer of the churches. You might even like to make up a hamper. On Friday 15 December 2017 our team of drivers and helpers will deliver the boxes of food and items to over 50 families in the district.
If you wish to provide a gift could you please wrap it and place a note as to the age and gender the gift would suit.
This collection is a practical way we can reach out to bring Christ’s love to the homes of our neighbours who are really struggling and for whom this extra help will alleviate their burden. Clare Maddock: 388 8548
St Patrick’s Church Christmas working bee Saturday 16th December between 9 – 12pm. Parishioners are welcome to come and help us spurce up inside and outside the church in preparation for Christmas. Just turn up - many hands make light work.
For parishioners of St Patricks Church. Roster for Christmas Masses
If you would like to volunteer to be a Minister of the Eucharist at the Children's Mass, Readers, Offertory , Collectors and Ministers of the Eucharist at the 11.30pm Mass or at 10am Christmas morning please contact Patricia O'Donnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 934 3179. Please contact me by 12 December.
Christmas Novena 15 – 23rd December - St Patrick’s Church 7pm
St Patrick’s Children’s Christmas Eve Mass
If you have children that would like to be part of the Christmas Play, please contact Clare Lundon 021 227 8363.
News and Views The last news and views for 2017 is ready to be delivered. A big thank you to all those who have been delivering during the year. Next issue out Feb
Assistance Needed for Craft Project I have available some peggy squares knitted by a special-needs lady. These need to be joined up into a blanket, which will be donated to charity. If this appeals to you, please contact Margaret Mansell, 3882 840. Wool is available, and project can be delivered.
Flowers for Christmas – St Patrick’s Church. If someone would like to volunteer to do the flowers for Christmas please contact Andrew 0274385393
St Catherine’s College is looking for additional Directors to serve on the Board of Proprietors. We are responsible for the major maintenance, capital works of the property and supervising, preserving and safeguarding the special character of the school. We are looking for Directors with strong property, development, legal, marking/brand or accounting skills. Please email Catherine Fyfe, the Chairperson, on email@example.com
Fr Paul Martin SM has been appointed the new Catholic Bishop of Christchurch.
A Double Bill of Music for the Season of Christmas at St Mary of the Angels. Sunday December 17th La Nativité Olivier Messiaen Performed by Bruce Cash Pre-concert talk 1:30pm Performance 2:30pm Koha
Wednesday Dec 20th 7:30pm Gaudete Verse anthems by Tomkins, Byrd & Gibbons with a world premier of Gaudete Ross Harris Especially written for this concert Palliser Viols Baroque Voices $30/$15
10 copies of Len Fifield playing the Southward Car Museum Wurlizer Organ have been generously donated to sell with all proceeds going to the Parish. CD’s - $20 each. Contact Andrew Greening at St Patrick’s Church if you would like to purchase a copy.
Accommodation request: Three bedroom rental accommodation for myself and two daughters. We would be long term, exceptionally careful tenants with financial dependability. We are committed Catholics, active in many areas of Church life, which includes my role as a full-time teacher and Assistant Director of Religious Studies at St. Mary's College. Please contact 021 060 8650 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 17 December. Family Day at Our Lady’s Home of Compassion. Join us to put up the crib in the Chapel at 12.30pm. Nativity activities for children will follow in the Heritage Centre.12noon - 3pm. Contact: email@example.com or (04) 282 1953 for more information.
Each Monday evening Christian Meditation Group. Join us each Monday evening for an hour of Christian meditation in the ancient form of contemplative prayer. All are welcome. 7pm, Crombie Chapel, Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington. Ph. 04 383 7134 or 04 383 7769.
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