Dear brothers and sisters,
The whole Book of Revelation is the study of how the stars and planets reveal, when look at in a certain way, the struggle between good and evil, between God and human selfishness and violence. This battle would be entered and won by this Messiah, Jesus.
The belief in the Assumption of Mary is a “fact-faith”, that is, something we Catholics believe, because it was held early as a fact, handed across to us, even though we do not have any evidence except the experience and faith of our early companions in the Christian Community. It was only right that the body which bore Christ be taken into heaven incorrupt by the world.
Mary was asked to hear, trust, travel, and live fully what she heard, or believed she heard. Maybe the angel wasn’t real and she just imagined that, or wished it were true. Reality did set in and within her womb and that of Elizabeth’s. Reality came forth in Bethlehem and throughout Israel in the life of Jesus and to His Death.
All of us are made for heaven and asked to emulate Mary. Am I ready to bring forth Christ into the world? Fr Ephrem
HOLY TRINITY PARISH MASS - 10AM SUNDAY 18th September
AT ST PATRICK’S COLLEGE HALL
Mark the date in your diary as we come together to celebrate Sunday Mass together
at St Patrick’s College Hall. For those unable to be at this Mass, there will be the 5.30pm Vigil at St Patrick’s Church. We will be having morning tea afterwards at the back of the hall, so please bring a plate of food to share.
Proclaimers of the Word and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
There will be a workshop for all those involved in the above ministries on Sun 14th August
in Holy Cross Church.
This is a wonderful opportunity for those of you wanting to begin ministering as well as a refresher for those of you already ministering in these areas.
The workshop for the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist will commence at 2.30pm followed at 3.30pm for the Proclaimers of the Word. Both sessions will be approximately one hour in duration.
YOUTH COORDIATION TEAM
The parish is in the process of establishing a Youth Ministry and is seeking to identify a small group of volunteers to assist in both the establishment and organisation of this most important function. We are currently in the process of identifying and employing a Youth Pastoral Worker in a 20 hour paid role to lead youth activities within our Parish. The role of volunteers in the Youth Coordination Team is to set guidelines, tasks and scope to both the Youth Pastoral Worker and the members of the Youth Ministry. Responsibility for the employment function lives with the Parish Priest and the accountability is through the Parish Pastoral Council.
Ideally we are looking for parishioners or other like-minded Christian members for this Youth Coordination Team. Youth is the future of our parish and if you can help or if you know of someone suitable who may be able to help the parish run a successful Youth Ministry then please contact Fr Ephrem or a member of the Parish Council for further details.
Assumption Mass Monday 15th August - Holy Cross School Hall
Parishioners are invited to join Holy Cross School for Mass at 9.30am in the School Hall
for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Available for purchase from the Parish Office
Amoris Laetitia and Laudato Si
We have limited copies of each of these available in the office for $5 each.
If you would like to a copy of either or both of these, either pop in to the Parish Office, phone 388 6953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mass rosters for Holy Cross Church are on the back table. Please take your copy.
Some rosters are available for St Patrick’s but some are still being completed. Until then, keep an eye on the newsletter to see if you are rostered on the following week. If you would like your roster emailed to you, please email the office email@example.com
St Catherine's College Open Day
Tuesday 16 August 2016
11.30am - 1.00pm & 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Come and have a look at our new building.
The 5 Love Languages:
“For love, we will climb mountains, cross seas, traverse desert sands, and endure untold hardships.
Without love, mountains become unclimbable, seas uncross able, deserts unbearable, and hardships our lot in life.” It will be presented by 5 couples on Sunday 28th August 11.30am – 4.30pm at St Thomas More Church, 30 Worchester Street, Wilton. It is important to come for the whole day. A light lunch will be provided. For catering purposes please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org by 19 August.
2016 ADW Young Catholic Leader programme will again be held at Forest Lakes Camp Otaki and will run between Saturday Dec 10 – Wedsnesday Dec 14.
The cost is $180 per student (incl GST) which includes accommodation, meals sessions, required materials and session manual. Registrations close Friday 18th November 2016. And is for students who are currently Year 12 but will be entering Year 13 in 2017. If you are interested in attending contact the Parish Office holytrinity.wgtn @xtra.co.nz for a registration form.
Caritas Social Justice Week – 11 – 17th September 2016
We all have a migration story: Fostering a Culture of Encounter
At a time when the number of international migrants is growing faster than the world’s population (according to the UN), the theme of migration for the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ annual Social Justice Week is very pertinent. “We are also encouraging people to think about how we can all be more open to one another by listening to how we came to live in Aotearoa New Zealand. These might be very recent journeys or over generations. It helps us to know the story of our nation.” (Bishop of Auckland, Patrick Dunn)
Joshua Catholic Men’s Fellowship Wellington Come along and join us on Thursday 18th of August 2016 at 7:30pm for prayer, praise and social time in CONNOLLY HALL, Guildford Terrace, Thorndon (behind Sacred Heart Cathedral). Theme: "Open the eyes of my heart, Lord" Guest speaker: Fritz Mascarenhas (ICPE) Want to know more? Ring John Taylor 389-8915 or 021-107-8538 email@example.com
Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust
This has been endorsed by Cardinal John Dew especially as this is the year of Mercy. A letter to parishioners is available at the back of the churches. Please take a copy and see what a wonderful service this trust provides and how you can donate to this cause.
Challenge 2000 has been working with children, young people and their families in our Archdiocese since 1988. We work with hundreds of families and thousands of children and young people every year. We strive to transform lives so that all our brothers and sisters can have life and have it to the full. As you know life is very difficult for many people in our communities. More than ever we need your commitment and help. PLEASE put your hand up and do something about the poverty and desperation in our society. Say YES to doing your bit wherever and whenever you can. How? Our Annual Street Day Appeal is Friday 2nd September 2016.
o Can you collect - stand in the cold and ask your fellow citizens for money for an hour or so?
o Put some money in a bucket when you see our collectors
o Email your friends/business colleagues/family pleading with them to support our work
o Pray for the poor and the struggling and those who journey with them
Please help: Call Megan Ratuki on 04 477 6827 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on our work or how you can help, view our website www.challenge2000.org.nz
From the Archdiocesan Justice Peace and Development Commission
Let us never forget that authentic power is service. Pope Francis. Ngā mihi nui
The Hibernian Society has embroidered sashes that are no longer used and wonder if descendants of the following names that are on the sashes would like them? M. V. COMBER, T. J. TILLER, J. J. TROY, M. McELLIGOT, H. McKEOWEN, P. RYAN , R. L. B. TAYLOR, J. McGASON. Please contact Ian Bailey (06)356 7517 email@example.com if you want further detail.
“NPH NZ is running a volunteer trip to their Catholic children’s home in Mexico, Feb 2017. firstname.lastname@example.org or 09 216 0635 for more information.”
Deaf Cafe - for Deaf and hearing impaired people. Deaf Cafe is for anybody – just turn up. You can meet and chat with new people or catch up with old friends over a cuppa and cake and biscuits. Deaf Cafe is free. When: Wednesday 17th August. Time: 10am to 12pm. At: St Peter and Paul’s Hall, 60 Knights Road, Lower Hutt.
Vigil for the Unborn: Saturday 20th August 2016. St Anne's Catholic Church, Emmett Street, Newtown. 10 am Mass. Followed by Exposition & Rosary Procession to front of Hospital. Ends at Noon with a shared lunch.. "When we pray, we remind them of God and bring God's presence to that place which will change everything." Mons. Reilly. Enquiries: Family Life International Ph. 2378343
Cleaner required for the Capuchin Friars
Cleaner required to on a regular basis to clean the presbytery.
Contact Fr Gregory 387 2102 for further details.
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