Ex 17, 3-7; Rom 5, 1-2. 5-8; Jn 4, 5-42
We have the grace of God to reconnect ourselves to Him
Dear sisters and brothers, there is silver lining under the cloud. There is always something for each one of us and never in vacuum. It is a time to let go past and let in the present. The People of Exodus still hang on to the security they had, struggle to let go and loath for crumbs instead of trusting God.
One could very well put himself or herself in the story of the gospel. If we allow Jesus wants each one of us to lead us towards deeper, fuller human life. As the Samaritan woman had resistance to Jesus, so we too have resistance to growth, complacency, evasions giving way to eventual acceptance and journey with Jesus. The very thought of have water that you never have to come to draw water drew her attention more than anything else. She was with mixed feeling and understanding about the motive of Jesus, so are we. We too can be attracted to Jesus by very mixed motives, some of them matters of personal interest: belonging community, security. These are the steppingstone Jesus uses for us to build relationship with Him, a personal relationship. This personal relationship with Jesus enhances the growth in human relationship too.
What is your personal journey and steppingstone for you with Jesus’ story of Samaritan woman?
What have been the motives attracting you to faith, prayer, religion, Church? Fr Ephrem
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.
ADORATION Thursday 6pm, Stations of the Cross 6.30pm, Mass 7pm.
As a preventitive measure due to COVID-19,
the following changes have come into effect:
A note for all Eucharistic Ministers There is hand sanitiser on the table near the altar in all churches. When going up to administer communion, please sanitise your hands first before handling anything. Thank you
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
Father will be meeting with all Eucharistic Ministers after each Mass for the next 2 weekends. Please make sure you attend one of these sessions. Thank you
Holy Thursday - Washing of the feet. 12 people needed please contact the parish office 388 6953 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lenten envelopes available in the church foyers
Stations of the Cross: Lent 2020
at ST PATRICK’S CHURCH 6.30pm followed by Mass at 7pm
Thursday 19th March - Samoan Community (Malia Falana’i-Andrews)
Thursday 26th March - yet to be advised
Thursday 2nd April - Children’s Liturgy (Clare Lundon)
Lenten Mass – 27th February –3rd April 2020
6.30am Mass at Holy Cross Parish Centre
Monday – Saturday during Lent
Reconciliation will be available during Lent
from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday in each of the churches
St Patrick’s Church every Thursday 6.20pm – 6.50pm - 27th Feb – 2nd April
Holy Cross Church every Friday 9am – 9.20am - 28th Feb – 3rd April
St Anthony’s Church every Saturday 5pm – 5.20pm - 29th Feb – 4th April
Holy Thursday: 9th April (no morning Mass at any Church)
St Patrick’s: 7pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday: 10th April
St Patrick’s: 10am Stations of the Cross from All Saints Hataitai to St Patrick’s
St Anthony’s: 10am Way of the Cross starts and finishes at St Anthony’s
3pm Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion
at St Patrick’s Church, Kilbirnie
Saturday Easter Vigil: 11th April
St Patrick’s: 8pm - Please bring your own candle and ensure
it has a protector to prevent wax falling on your hands, clothing or the floor.
Easter Sunday: 12th April
Holy Cross: 8.30am
St Patrick’s: 10.30am
Archdiocesan North Island Chrism Mass – the Mass of the oils, Wednesday 8th April 7pm, St Teresa’s Pro-Cathedral, Karori.
The Season of Lent is the most appropriate time for celebrating the SACRAMENT OF PENANCE.
On Ash Wednesday, the people of God hear the solemn invitation, Turn away from sin and believe the good news. Offering reconciliation during Lent provides all the faithful an opportunity to be reconciled with God and their neighbour and so be able to celebrate the paschal mystery in the Easter Triduum with renewed hearts.
Pope Francis composes a prayer to Our Lady, Health of the Sick, to implore her protection during the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic.
O Mary, you shine continuously along our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross were near to the pain of Jesus, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need, and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that, as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and took up our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Come and join the St Vincent de Paul Society group in our Holy Trinity Parish. Following our appeal for new members at the three Masses on 7/8 March 2020, a number of parishioners are in now contact. They and any other parishioners are warmly welcome to come to our coffee and information session on Sunday 15 March 2020 at 3pm at St Patrick's Church Kilbirnie in the Meeting Room off the foyer. We will answer your questions and give more information about joining in our mission in the eastern suburbs. (SVDP contacts: Brendan Quirk, 021 236 5695, and David Corcoran 027 521 1178).
Interfaith Commemoration of March 15, 2019, attacks on the mosques in Christchurch: The UN Association of New Zealand, in conjunction with various faith communities, has organized an interfaith service to commemorate those who were killed in the Al Noor and Linwood mosques last year. Participating will be representatives of the Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Anglican and Bahai communities as well as the office of Ethnic Affairs and UNANZ. Please note the commemoration will take place 16th March, in the Anglican Cathedral of St Paul, Thorndon, Wellington. Gathering from 5.30pm; service 6pm-7.15pm. All welcome.
40 Days for Life: Be a sign of hope this Lent and help save lives! February 26 to April 5 – Monday to Friday– 8 am to 4 pm and Saturday 8 am to Noon. Vigil runs on hour long slots. Two prayer volunteers are needed for each hour. You might be her last sign of hope or her first sign of mercy. To find out more and sign up for your prayer hour please visit fli.org.nz/40daysforlife or call 021 231 7954 Plus one more chance to see the movie, Unplanned, Thursday 19 March 7.00 pm at St Theresa's Hall, Plimmerton.
JOSHUA MEN'S FELLOWSHIP Come and join other men for fellowship, prayer and a talk on Thursday 19th March 2020 at 7:30pm (Note: fellowship from 7:00pm for 7:30pm start) In CONNOLLY HALL, Guildford Terrace, Thorndon (behind the closed Sacred Heart Cathedral). Talk: Fr Peter Ewart SM, Joshua Wellington chaplain on “How men can grow to know a personal Jesus through Joseph”. Want to know more? Ring Steve Ready 027-356-9555 or email: email@example.com
Living with an ICD? (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) The Heart Foundation is holding FREE information sessions run by Lin Coleman, Specialty Clinical Nurse in Heart Rhythm Management.
You will have the opportunity to share your own experiences and ask questions. Whānau are encouraged to come along and learn more about your heart condition.
5.30 – 7.00pm Wednesday 18 March 2020 Matairangi Room, ASB Sport Centre, 72 Kemp St, Kilbirnie
Please register at icdinfo.eventbrite.co.nz or contact Annette on 04 472 2780 firstname.lastname@example.org
“Creatively Experiencing the Sacred” Come and see how you can make use of over 350 videos on prayer and meditation. An Emmaus online video Prayer and Meditation library Workshop led by Sr. Anne Sklenars and Lynette Roberts-King at St Theresa’s, Plimmerton on Thursday 26th March. 7pm-8.30pm. Please register with Ann Williams at email@example.com or telephone 04 496-1706
New Zealand Catholics have an app for prayers with the launch of the NZpray2day app for their Android mobile phones. The Church’s National Centre for Religious Studies (NCRS) – part of Te Kupenga-Catholic Leadership Institute – has today announced the launch of NZpray2day on Google Play for Android devices.
NCRS director Colin MacLeod says NZpray2day is designed to support young and old in Catholic schools and parishes to enter simply into the richness of the ancient Christian cycle of seasons, saints and readings.
“It’s not an exhaustive source of all information in these areas,” Colin MacLeod says. “But rather, it takes ‘snapshots’ and encourages people to seek a moment to reflect, pray and respond.
“It also brings in pieces of history to link this liturgical journey with aspects of the story of New Zealand and the wider world.” So far NZpray2day is only available for Android devices; simply go to Google Play Store, search for NZpray2day, and install. But it could be available for Apple devices by mid-year.
“It is completely free – a gift for you from the National Centre for Religious Studies,” Colin MacLeod says. “We hope it will be an inviting and useful tool for individual, class and staff prayer in schools, and for whānau and
parishioners throughout Aotearoa and abroad.”
“Our simple hope is that NZpray2day helps people become more easily aware of the gentle cycle of days and months which link us to creation, the life of Jesus and the shared journey of the Church. It is a journey we walk together.”
Bring your children and your grandchildren to the Mission Expo. We have lots of activities and games planned especially for them. There is also a workshop for children where they can make and take home their own planter box, a bird nesting box or an insect hotel. To avoid missing out, please register with Ann Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 496-1783
Cleaner Needed at St Francis de Sales Church, Island Bay. The job typically requires three to four hours to clean the church, sacristy and foyer. Please contact Lucienne on 934 4099 at the Parish Office to apply.
Science Laboratory Technician St Mary’s College is seeking a highly organised, reliable lab technician who shows initiative, works well independently and with others in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. The position requires a mix of practical and administrative tasks completed on a daily basis. Chemistry Lab experience is essential. The job involves purchasing and preparing chemicals as well as maintenance and preparation of science resources to be used in labs and classrooms. An understanding of the Guidance to the Code of practice for School Exempt Laboratories, 2016, and current health and safety standards is an advantage. The position is part-time, in school term-time only, for 20 hours per week. Remuneration is aligned with the NZEI Support Staff in Schools’ Collective Agreement and dependent on the candidates background and experience. Upholding the special character of St Mary’s College as a catholic mercy college and being able to work collaboratively as part of our high performing Sciences team. Applications close Monday 16 March 2020 at 12 noon. Please send a letter of application and your C.V. to Principal@stmw.school.nz with a cc to Head of Science, Trevor Keough at email@example.com.
Jesus’ thirst was not so much for water, but for the encounter with a parched soul. Jesus needed to encounter the Samaritan woman in order to open her heart: he asks for a drink so as to bring to light her own thirst. The woman is moved by this encounter: she asks Jesus several profound questions that we all carry within but often ignore.
Pope Francis: Angelus, 23 March 2014
Kāhui Ako Whanau Hui 12 May 6 – 7.30pm St Catherine’s College Nau mai, Haere Mai - All welcome
Please come along to meet whanau from each of our 13 Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools.
Find out about our Wellington Catholic Schools’ Kāhui Ako. Talk about what is important for our Rangatahi
Please bring kai to share
“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 “
Gluten-free hosts for parishioners with celiac disease
If you wish to receive gluten free host at Communion please advise the Parish Office firstname.lastname@example.org (04) 388 6953 (this also includes weekday Masses)
Finance Committee Meeting March 17th 7.30pm (Holy Cross Parish Centre)
Parish Council Meeting April 1st 7.30pm (Gascoigne Room)
Our prayers are with those who are unwell especially John Rogers, John Cairns-Cowan and Graeme Adams and for the wonderful people who are caring for the everyday needs of the sick in our Community.
We also pray for the members of our Parish families who have died recently especially Marie Thill and those whose anniversaries occur around this time; Maureen Scully, Lauris O’Callaghan, Naureen Colgate and Deirdre Sweeny.
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