Rejoice with the Lord and with One Another
Somebody asked me, “Father, why are you always smiling?” My answer was simple, “because I got three beautiful, understanding and reliable friends, Mercy, Grace and Joy!”
We had just ended the Jubilee Year of Mercy, and we have experienced so much the effects of mercy in our Christian life. This is a graceful moment to enjoy the loving and compassionate care of God for us. In this third Sunday of Advent, which we call “Gaudete Sunday”- Joyful Sunday, the church invites us to celebrate with JOY.
J = we are preparing for the three-comings of Jesus. Jesus coming in history! Jesus coming in mystery! Jesus coming in majesty! Jesus is the centre of all our celebration. Let us focus on Him and let us know more about Him by prayer, and listening to His words. Let Him lead us in all our endeavours! He should always be the priority in our lives.
O = we need people in our lives! We have our neighbours and the nearest neighbours we have are the members of our family. Are we building bridges among them or we build walls? Let us also open ourselves to others so that we really create a community built in love, understanding and acceptance. Remember that acceptance breeds understanding; understanding breeds love; and when there is love, there are always great miracles!
Y = what kind of personal preparation you are doing at the moment? You are so much gifted and God has blessed you with so many graces! How will you translate them into good deeds and create a beautiful you! “Aspire to inspire before you expire!”
Placing Jesus as the focus of everything we do, then creating an awesome community or family as our significant others and yourself at the end, will make Advent a real JOYful celebration!
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.
Christmas Novena 15 – 23rd December - St Patrick’s Church 7.30pm
All are welcome to come join us praying a novena for the nine days leading up to Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve Children's Mass at Holy Cross
There will be a music practice for this Mass at 7.30 pm on Wednesday the 14th of December in Holy Cross Church. All singers and musicians who wish to take part are very welcome.
St Patrick’s Church - If you are able to do a ministry ----Reader, Offertory, Eucharistic Minister, altar server at the Christmas Masses of 11.30pm Christmas Eve or 10am Christmas Day please fill in the sheets in the Church porch this Sunday or next Sunday so the roster can be prepared. Thank you
St Patrick’s School end of year Mass Wednesday 14th December 6.30pm (St Patrick’s Church – Fr Gregory)
St Anthony’s School end of year Mass Thursday 15th December 6pm (St Anthony’s Church – Fr Sanele)
Singing practices for anyone thinking of attending the 11.30pm Christmas Eve Mass at St. Patrick's Church (and the preceding carol service at 11pm). These will be on Thurs 15 Dec and Thurs 22nd Dec, 6-7pm at St. Patrick's Church (prior to Reconciliation and Novena). You don't have to be a fantastic singer - if you enjoy singing, please come along, you'll be warmly welcomed.
St Patrick’s Children’s Christmas Eve Mass 5.30pm if you have a child that would like to actively participate in this Mass and the Play please contact Clare Lundon – (04) 934 2981
Final Life Teen Mass – 11 December at 5.30pm at St Patrick’s
The Life Teen Youth Ministry warmly invite you to come and share in a final Mass and some refreshments on the 11th of December at 5:30pm at St Patrick's church, Kilbirnie, to thank the Parish for the 15 years of support. We also take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us in so many ways over the years: for saying Mass, helping us with food preparation, giving rides to our youth, praying for us and encouraging us with words and smiles. You have meant so much to us and we are so grateful for each one of you!
We are hoping to still be able to collaborate with Holy Trinity Parish in the future as Wellington South Parish is only just over the hill. Thank you again for all your support and we hope to thank you in person on the 11th of December at 5.30pm. The Life Teen Leadership Group
Fr Gregory’s timetable 11th – 17th December
Sun 11th – 7.30am & 10am Mass St Patrick’s, 5.30pm Lifeteen Mass St Patrick’s
Mon 12th – 9am Mass St Patrick’s
Tues 13th – 9.30am Mass St Patrick’s
Weds 14th – 9.30am Mass St Patrick’s, 6.30pm Mass for St Patrick’s School
Thurs 16th – 9.30am Mass St Patrick’s, 11am Mass Rita Angus, 7.30pm – Novena St Patrick’s
Fri 16th Dec – 9am Mass St Patrick’s, 10 – 12.30pm Holy Communion Rita Angus, 6 – 7.15pm Reconciliation St Patricks, 7.30pm Novena St Patrick’s
Sat 17th – 9am Mass Holy Cross, 9.30am Legion of Mary Holy Cross, 6 – 7.15pm Reconciliation St Patricks, 7.30pm Novena St Patrick’s
Christmas Appeal. St Vincent de Paul Society Seatoun & Miramar Conference
Place donated items - food items, toiletries, treats and gifts in or beside sign-posted boxes in the foyer any time of the week when the Church is open. You might even like to make up a hamper. On Friday 16 December 2016 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
Publication for sale in the Parish
St Patrick’s Church – Tui Motu $7 each and NZ Catholic $4 each
Holy Cross Church – NZ Catholic $4 each
Columban Calendars available through the office $12 each
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: 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.
or for sale at the back of St Patrick’s Church after Mass in November.
Andrew will be selling calendars from the cabinet at the back of the Church. Cash or cheque please. Please make cheques out to Holy Trinity Parish.
To celebrate Christmas and the end of another year, Joshua Catholic Men’s Fellowship Wellington extends an open invitation to men and women both older and younger for Mass followed by supper (Please bring some food to share!) on Thursday 15th of December 2016 at 7:30pm in CONNOLLY HALL, Guildford Terrace, Thorndon Celebrant: Fr Peter Ewart (Joshua Wellington Chaplain) Want to know more? contact John Taylor (04) 389-8915, 021-107-8538 or email@example.com
Christmas Carols for Life – Wellington Voice for Life are hosting a Christmas Carol service outside the Parliament Buildings on 20 December. Please come along and bring your friends and family. There will be treats and the evening will be a blessing for all. Date: Tuesday 20 Dec 2016 Time: 7pm - 8pm Location: Outside Parliament Buildings - Seddon statue
Notices from the Filipino Pastoral Council:
The Filipino Chaplaincy Pastoral Council invites you all to the celebration of the Traditional Filipino 9 Day Simbang Gabi from
Dec 15 – 23 at 7PM Sacred Heart Church in Petone,Lower Hutt.
KPF Youth Camp:You are all invited to join us for a KPF (Kapatiran) Youth Camp on January 20-22,2017 at the Magnificat Retreat Centre, Featherstone, Wairarapa. Please call Joel Macaranas 029 5764713 or Ogie Dado 020 40793698. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the Cathedral Choirs, Cathedral Orchestra supported by members of other local choirs for a magical Christmas fundraising concert in the Metropolitan Cathedral Wednesday 14 December at 7:00pm.
We’re fundraising to kick-start the muchneeded work on the Cathedral’s 111 year old Hobday pipe organ which over the years has developed intermittent electrical issues, and wind leaks which affect the usability and reliability of the instrument, and most recently sustained damage in the earthquake.
Our programme includes much loved Christmas works such as Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Shepherd’s Pipe Carol by Rutter and a stunning arrangement of the Twelve Day of Christmas by Bob Chilcott and much more.
So, please join us an enjoy a truly special concert to usher in the Christmas season. Tkts $30/$25 and $20 concession.
The Missionary Sisters Of St. Peter Claver are now preparing for their Annual Mission Fair which will be held on Saturday 18th February 2017 from 10am to 1.00pm at St. Francis de Sales Church Hall. We will be most grateful for your support and contributions of goods for our stalls and rapid raffles, for children's clothing, fancy goods, crockery, plants, jam, cakes and groceries and especially gift stall goods or a donation towards the Fair. We will be most grateful for your support to make the Mission Fair successful to help Missionaries and the People they serve. Be assured of our prayers asking Our Lord to reward you a hundredfold with His blessings.
Christmas Mass Times
Holy Trinity Parish
St Patrick’s Church, Kilbirnie
15 – 23 Dec 7.30pm Christmas Novena
Christmas Eve 5.30pm Childrens Mass
11pm Carols followed by 11.30pm Mass
Christmas Day 10am Mass
Holy Cross Church, Miramar
Christmas Eve 6.30pm Childrens Mass
Christmas Day 9am Mass
St Anthony’s Church, Seatoun
Christmas Eve 11.30pm Carols followed by
Christmas Day 10.30am Mass
Mass Times Holy Trinity Parish
26 December 2016 – 4 February 2017
All Churches - Confession by appointment
St Patrick’s Church, Kilbirnie
31st Dec 10pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by 11pm Mass
Weekdays 9am Monday & Friday
9.30am Tuesday & Thursday
Weekends 5.30pm Saturday Vigil
There will be no Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during this holiday period. Exposition will resume Tuesday 7th February 2017 after 9.30am Mass
Holy Cross Church, Miramar
Weekdays 9.30am Wednesday & Friday
Weekend 9am Sunday
St Anthony’s Church, Seatoun
31st Dec Midnight Mass Tongan Community
Weekdays 9am Tuesday - Thursday
Weekend 10.30am Sunday
Good Shepherd Hall, Strathmore
Weekend 8.30am Sunday
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