Gen. 15:2-12;17-18; Phil. 3:17-4:1; Lk. 9:28-36
The readings of this Sunday invite us to participate in the glory and splendour God. Through the covenant God showed the future of Abraham. So too transfiguration for Jesus. Although you and I do not have a role like Jesus or Abraham, we do have a role in the great plan of salvation because we too were called beloved sons/daughters at the time of baptism, of course with a mission.
Lent is all about transforming ourselves and our attitudes so that we can see Jesus more clearly and listen to his voice. The transfiguration of Christ before his disciples is of great significance, and has lots of lessons for us. What is most significant to us in our faith, is the command of God to listen to His Son, the voice constantly encountering us whenever we read/listen to his Word in the Scripture, listen to in the sacrament of reconciliation and heed to the cry of the needy with who Jesus identifies himself. Certainly, many of us lack the willingness and patience to listen to Jesus. Instead we occupy ourselves with listening to all mundane voices contrary to the promises of Jesus. This is a favourable and opportune time to take heed of the invitation our loving Father to listen to His Son Jesus, in the Gospels, cry of the poor, to listen to one another with patience and finally to listen to ourselves as whispered in our innermost conscience. This attentive listening to the Word will surely bring about transformation in us because of its powerfulness (Heb.4:12) and its cleansing power (Jn. 15:3). Let us therefore give yet another chance to an attentive listening to the Word of God during this Lenten season. Besides, it is not enough to pitch a tent after encountering the splendour of God like disciples rather to be missionary disciples and reach out to the people who are in the periphery. Fr Paul
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.
Holy Trinity Workshop: Our Changing Parish “we all have a migration story”
Come and explore the similarities and the treasures everyone’s culture brings.
When Thurs. 21st March 7pm-8.45pm. Where St Patrick’s Parish Centre.
Registrations by Mon.18th March with Chris Walkerdine firstname.lastname@example.org
Stations of the Cross Roster
Thursday 21st March 6pm Tongan Community (Langi Paasi)
Thursday 28th March 7pm Samoan Community (Malia Falanai-Andrews)
Thursday 4th April 7pm The Book Club (Julian Knap)
Thursday 11th April 7pm
The Chote Family would like to thank everyone for their support when their mother Judy passed away in January. They have received many cards, thoughts and prayers and they are greatly appreciative.
Lenten Mass – 6 March – 13 April 2019
6.30am Mass at Holy Cross Parish Centre
Monday – Saturday during Lent
Stations of the Cross followed by Lectio Divina
Thursdays during Lent
Every Thursday at 7pm at St Patrick’s Church
7th March – 11th April 2019 (except 21 March)
Parish Reconciliation – Wednesday 10 April (date change)
7pm at St Patrick’s Church
Please note: 21st March Stations of the Cross and Lectio Divina will be at 6pm to accommodate our Holy Trinity Changing Parish workshop in the Parish Centre at 7pm.
Fr Gregory’s farewell Mass Sunday 24 March 10am St Patrick’s Church. Most parishioners will be aware that Fr Gregory has been unwell for many months but has battled on in the hope of improving health. Unfortunately it has been decided that he should return home to India on a permanent basis and he will depart from Wellington on Monday 1 April 2019.
It will be a really sad occasion as Fr Gregory has been a central part of our spiritual growth for several years. It is most unlikely that a replacement priest will be available.
Fr Gregory will celebrate his farewell Mass 10am in St Patrick's Church on Sunday 24 March. Parishioners attending this farewell Mass are asked to bring a plate of finger food to share after this Mass. Please take to the hall before Mass starts. If anyone is available to help with the morning tea please contact the office.
An opportunity to contribute to a farewell gift will be made at Masses on Sundays 10 and 17 March. Put an envelope in the collection basket with Fr Gregory on it or drop your donation into the office.
Please note: There will be only 3 Masses in the Parish that weekend: Sat night Vigil 5.30pm St Patrick’s Church, 10am Sunday St Patrick’s Church and 5pm Sunday Holy Cross Church.This will allow the priests to all be in attendance for Fr Gregory’s farewell and maximumum number of parishioners to attend while providing options for those unable to attend.
A farewell card will be at the back of each church this Sunday if you would like to sign
or drop into the office during the week.
24 March updated Mass roster St Patrick’s Church, Kilbirnie
Host / Welcomers
Proclaimers of the Word
E & I MacDonald
St Patrick’s Parish/Church Centennial In November 2019 St Patrick’s parish/church Kilbirnie will celebrate its centennial. This is a huge milestone for the catholic community now within the parish of Holy Trinity. It is important that we recognise this important event with a centennial Mass and an invitation has been sent to check on the availability of Cardinal John to participate in this Mass.
A number of events need to be organised around this time and we need to establish a small committee of interested parishioners to facilitate these centennial events.
If you are able to assist in any way by providing your background knowledge of names, events, photographs, or published articles or just have an interest in helping co-ordinate these centennial events then please email your name and contact details to email@example.com This is a great opportunity for you to become involved in a fun but hugely important parish activity.
Cleaning HOLY CROSS Church: We desperately need more people to clean our Church.This involves vacuuming the main part of the church approximately once a month. The more people we have the less often you will be needed. If you would like to help us please contact Ann Nota on 380 9332. Your time and help will be most appreciated. Thank you.
Legion of Mary Wellington cordially invites YOU to a ceremony of Consecration to Our Lady “Acies” Venue: St Anne’s Church, Newtown Sunday 24th March 2019, 2pm “I am all yours, my Queen, My Mother, and all that I have is yours” www.legionofmary.org.nz
CHRISTIAN MEDITATION COMMUNITY DAY The Wellington Region of the NZ Community for Christian Meditation is holding a Community Day of Reflection about SUZANNE AUBERT, on Saturday 23rd March at the Island Bay Home of Compassion, led by Sr Sue Cosgrove, from 9.30am to 1.30pm. A Contemplative Mass will be celebrated by Fr John Pettit at 2pm in the Chapel. Enquiries please contact Elspeth Preddey 04 472 3369, 0274 723 369 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ROSARY BEADS FOR SEAFARERS. Fr Jeff Drane, National Director of Apostleship of the Sea, wishes to thank members of Holy Trinity parish who donated rosary beads for seafarers visiting NZ ports who would not be easily able to obtain them. Be assured of how much they are of comfort to them when at sea especially in storms. Your generosity makes that possible.
Lenten Prayer for Life to Good Friday join us in daily prayer, fasting and reparation for the cause of life. Register your prayer commitment for the campaign's four prayer intentions at fli.org.nz/lentenprayerforlife and receive a free pro-life prayer book. If possible, please also join the prayerful witness to life outside Wellington Hospital on all or any of these Weds March 20, 27 and April 3 and 10. To sign up for an hour txt 021 2317954 email email@example.com For info see the poster in the church porch.
Voices to MP's Rally: Everyone is invited to join and support Pacific People say NO to the End of Life Choice Bill. The Select Committee is due to report back to Parliament at the end of the month so it is time to gather together and urge Member's of Parliament to vote against this Bill. All are welcome. Tuesday 19th March 2019 from 11 am to 2 pm at Parliament Grounds.
CatholicGifts.co.nz After Fri 22 March,religious articles, candles and books from Family Life Catholic Gifts will be available online. Purchases are couriered to your address. See catholicgifts.co.nz or to make phone orders call 09 629 0820 or toll free 0800 354 7467
Go you are sent to use your assets wisely (4) Cooperate with other entities in the community to share/utilize resources.
Cardinal John and the Archdiocesan Stewardship Committee (A.S.C.) invite you to attend a Stewardship Network Meeting at St Anne’s Church, Newtown. Sat 30th March, from 1.30 – 4pm. The purpose of the meeting is to share the great things that are happening in parishes as a result of Parish Stewardship Days, and to discern ways in which the A.S.C. might help resource parishes on their Stewardship journey into the future. Please register by Wednesday 27th at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Healing Service Fr John Rea will conduct a Healing Service at St Pius X Church 63 Te Pene Avenue, Titahi Bay this Wednesday 20 March beginning at 7.30 pm. Everyone is invited. Please bring those who need Jesus` healing.
Abrahamic Meditation Day. Sunday April 7 2019, 9.45am-2.30pm, Pa Maria, 78 Hobson Street, Thorndon. Come join us for a time of meditative prayer together, sharing the practice in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions. Please bring a vegetarian plate for a shared lunch.
About to get Married? Could you successfully run a marathon without preparing for it? Of course not! So too marriage. Engaged Encounter Weekends this year are heavily booked. Weekends are 30 - 31 March 2019 (one vacancy and then waiting list); 3 - 4 August 2019; 9 - 10 November 2019, all at St Teresa's Presbytery, 301 Karori Road, Karori, Wellington For more information phone Kate and Simon on 801 6192 or visit our website at www.cee-wellington.co.nz
Mary Potter Hospice street appeal day – 17th & 18th May. Collectors needed. Can you spare an hour or two of your time? Find out more or register at www.marypotter.org.nz or contact Phillip at email@example.com
UK Pilgrimage - join Msgr David Tonks on a spiritual journey to Ireland, Scotland & England: 25-days departing Sunday 23 June 2019. For further details, please contact Laura on phone +64-9-921 5106 or 0800-277 477 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers Wanted! Do you have a heart for women and children? Greenstone Doors is looking for volunteers who can help us with duties such as reception, sorting baby clothing, pregnancy testing and overseeing our playgroups. If this is something you would like to do please contact Wendy at email@example.com or 027 254 9222
Greenstone Doors 5th Birthday Celebration
Celebrate Greenstone Doors 5th birthday Saturday 13th April 11:30am-1:30pm
Join us for lunch, drinks and a special guest speaker (Founder of Greenstone Doors, Wendy Hill)
Tickets $25 at eventbrite.co.nz or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Euthanasia in Canada – a cautionary tale An honest discussion of the impact on palliative care. Date: Wednesday 27 March Time: 7-8.30pm Venue: Rutherford Room LT1 Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus Cost: Koha is appreciated and can be made at the door. See the notice at the back of the church.
We pray for the members of our Parish families who have died especially Michael McDonagh and those whose anniversaries occur around this time including Maureen Scully, Naureen Colgate, Deirdre Sweeney and Robert Gunn. Our prayers are also 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.
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