The main theme of today's readings is that true religion is not in scrupulously performing certain rituals and participating in stereotyped prayers, but in loving God, recognizing His presence in our neighbours and offering them loving service. The first reading is an attempt to reinterpret the spirit of the ancient legal traditions codified by Moses and given to the Israelites to keep them together as God’s Chosen People. Moses assures the people that their God-given Law will serve two purposes: a) it will simply let the people live because the Law helps Israel survive as a people and b) it will make the people proud of their God and religion. The observance of the Law was considered as a sign of commitment and obedience to God, enabling them to lead lives better than their 'pagan' neighbours. In the second reading, James reminds us that keeping the Word of God is not just keeping the letter of the law. Rather, it is to glorify God by caring for those who are unable the care for themselves. The letter captures the spirit of traditional Jewish piety, in which love of God is to be translated into deeds of loving kindness toward the vulnerable members of the community. In today’s Gospel our attention is drawn to a debate between Jesus and the Pharisees on the subject of "Tradition." Jesus blames the scribes and the Pharisees for giving undue importance to the external observances in the name of tradition, ignoring the real spirit. He also criticizes Pharisaic observance and clarifies that it is our inner motivations and dispositions that reflect our purity or impurity.
Let us observe the Word in spirit as psalmist says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path”. (Ps. 119:105). Let us give priority to interior cleansing of thoughts, intentions and attitudes rather than exterior cleansing of our bodies.
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.
We wish all the Dad’s in our Parish
a very happy Fathers Day
Weekday Mass Times Holy Trinity Parish 10th – 14th September
Our priests will be at the Clergy Assemby in Christchurch from the 10th – 14th September
During their absence Fr Denis Collins has kindly agreed to say weekday Masses
on the 11th, 12th & 14th
Monday 10th 9am St Patrick’s Church (Capuchins will celebrate before they leave)
Tuesday 11th 9.30am St Patrick’s Church
Wednesday 12th 9.30am Holy Cross Church
Friday 14th 9am Holy Cross Church
Parish Manager—Holy Trinity Parish Wellington
Holy Trinity Catholic Parish is seeking applicants with time, energy, motivation and good communication skills to fill a newly created role of Parish Manager. A practicing Christian currently participating in a parish would be a preferred applicant.
A key role of Parish Manager is to assist the Parish Pastoral Council to review and assist with implementation of the Annual Parish Plan, objectives and priorities and to assist the Parish Priest with some administrative activities. A working knowledge of modern communication platforms and an ability to relate to parishioners and the wider community with compassion and integrity is a key requirement. Working within a team environment to support harmonious relationships across all parish groups is an essential skill.
This is a fixed term, part-time, paid position of up to 24 hrs per week with a finishing date of 20 December 2019
To apply for this valuable role, please send your CV and reference contacts to
Parish Priest, Holy Trinity Parish, PO Box 15-256, Miramar, Wellington 6243.
Closing date for applications is Friday 21 September 2018.
Sunday 2nd September: The Legion of Mary invite you to a talk Mary, Our Advocate, given by Father Linus Clovis, archdiocesan spiritual director of the Legion of Mary in St Lucia. Venue: St Patrick's Church, 3 Childers Tce, Kilbirnie. Time: 2 pm All welcome.
Found in Holy Cross Church. A ring was found after Mass a few weeks ago at Holy Cross. If this is yours please contact the parish office.
2019 St Anthony's Bazaar Meeting We are looking forward to our biennial Bazaar in early March 2019 (exact date TBC). We have set a meeting for Monday 3 September at 7pm in the Gascoigne Room to start the planning and organisation of this significant fundraiser for our school and Church. All welcome!
Pa Maria Marist Spirituality Centre. Winter Film series: Mondays 3 & 10 Sept OR Thursday 6 & 13 September Contact Fr Brian Cummings SM (021 703 580 or email email@example.com)
Social Justice Week – 9 – 15 September As we gather after Mass, please be mindful of the different needs and strengths of each other, and that we each have a unique part to play in this parish. Look out for ways you can enable others; and for ways that you need to be enabled. Jean Vanier said: “Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated. Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-images be transformed.”
So, let us celebrate our individual lives and our life as a community, while always being mindful of those on the edges, who may be waiting for an invitation to belong or to participate in ways we do not expect.
SOCIAL JUSTICE WEEK 2018 is 9-15 September: Enabling Communities: “Each of us has a part to play, a gift to share, a service to offer, for building up the Body of Christ in Love.” Pope Francis, 2013. What can you do during this week, maybe get a group together in your community and use the Resources sent out by Caritas.
St Patrick’s Church is looking for people for ALL roster duties for the 5.30pm Vigil Mass and the 7.30am Mass, this is an opportunity to share your talents with our parish community. Please contact Tricia O’Donnell 934 3179 or Leona Foster 973 3958 from the Liturgy Committee if you are interested.
Annointing Mass at St Patrick’s Church - 11am Wednesday 5th September
Holy Cross Happy Hour Weds 12th September from 11am in the Parish Centre. Come join us for bingo. Please bring a small plate of finger food to enjoy with our tea/coffee. All welcome
Go you are sent to your own peripheries 7(f) Parishes and schools work closely together to reach those on the peripheries in the Catholic community.
Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women. Note venue change. Our meeting is on Saturday, 15 September at 1:15pm at St Joseph's Catholic Church, 42 Ellice Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington. Our speaker is Eileen Romanos. All women welcome. Enquiries Shura 3899938.
The Bach Choir of Wellington 3pm Saturday 15 September St Andrew’s on The Terrace
The choir’s second concert in its 50th anniversary year, and the first concert under its new Musical Director, Shawn Condon, is a concert of “two halves”.
The first half contains two of Bach’s surviving motets, Lobet den Herrn, all Heiden, BWV 230 and Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227. Accompanied by Douglas Mews on the organ, the choir will also be joined by Eleanor Carter, playing cello continuo.
The second half will consist of Monteverdi’s Messa a Quattro voci da cappella (Mass for Four Voices),composed when he was maestro di capella at St Mark’s in Venice. Monteverdi held the post for 30 years, was ordained into the priesthood during that time and is now regarded as a crucial transitional figure between the Renaissance and Baroque periods of musical history.
‘Living the Splendour of Truth’ International pro-life, pro-family conference: This amazing weekend conference will help you, your family and our entire culture rediscover the newness of the faith and its power to enlighten and transform our communities. This is also once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the daughter of St Gianna Beretta Molla – the daughter she gave her life for. Experience beautiful liturgies, pray and learn how we can live of Christ and allow Him to encounter our culture– a culture that is in desperate need of His Love and Mercy. 5-7th October. Epsom Girl’s Grammar School. Early bird rates apply only for a short time. Register now at www.fli.org.nz/prolifeconference2018 or phone 09 629 4361.
LIFEFEST 2018: Attention young people and youth groups! A one day hands-on event providing young people, 13 to 19 years, with important tools to build a new culture of life into the future! Amazing overseas speakers. Formation-Food-Prayer-Prizes. An October holiday day well worth the $20! Sponsorships available. Thursday 4th OCTOBER: 9 am to 9 pm . Epsom Girls' Grammar School, Auckland. ALSO:cheap accommodation available for those travelling a distance for the nights of the 3rd and 4th Oct. For more info or to book the accommodation email:firstname.lastname@example.org txt: 021 2317954 ph: 04 2378343 or Michael on 021 825 955.
NZ Joshua Catholic Men’s Fellowship and menALIVE have organised MAX18NZ which will be held over the weekend of September 28 – 30 at Kings College Auckland. The event is intended to reach out to the broad cross-section of ordinary men in our parishes. Its purpose is to encourage them to encounter Jesus in their lives, to grown in their faith and become better husbands, fathers, friends and workmates. The calibre of speakers from both New Zealand and Australia is impressive and the event promises to be very enriching for those men who can attend. Any men who find themselves unable to attend the event because of cost can be subsidized. To attend consider registering for MAX18NZ. All details are available on the event website www.max18nz.info or by phoning Jim Gribble on 027 249 5378.
Rosary Aotearoa is encouraging parishes and groups to gather at different locations around the country at 3pm on Sunday 7 October to pray the Rosary. For more information and to register a group and location see www.rosarynewzealand.nz.
You are warmly invited to attend the Ecclesia Dei (Latin Mass) Society of NZ Retreat Fri 5 Oct - Sun 7 Oct at The Home of Compassion, Island Bay. Bishop Basil Meeking, Emeritus Bishop of Christchurch, will lead the retreat and he will give three inspiring talks: It is the Mass that Matters: (1) Calvary Continued; (2) God Feeds us; (3) One Church, One Eucharist. The Latin Mass will be offered each day with Rosary, devotions, Adoration, Reconciliation and time for meditation. Cost: Full retreat with all meals $250.00; Day attendance (no meals or accommodation) $40.00 - other options available on request. Ph Neil Coup:589 6924, 021 896924, Jan Curran: 07 838 2646, Email: email@example.com
Bishop Viard College Jubilee Registrations are now open Labour Weekend 2018
A weekend of celebration is planned for October 19-21 and all past pupils, staff and friends of the College are invited to register now to avoid disappointment for some events. Programme information and registration are available following this link - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-JTyJksNlwbb2LY5K13JIVENlmsDs-Vwniyj-4FXDXqMbTA/viewform or email us firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Phil (04)237 9902 or mobile 027 786 5542. You can also like our Bishop Viard College 50th Jubilee Facebook page for Jubilee year news and maybe make contact with old friends https://www.facebook.com/BVCJubilee/ Truth is light-Pass it on!
Parish Council Meeting: Wednesday 5th September 7.30pm Gascoigne Room, St Anthony’s.
Finance Committee Meeting: Wednesday 19th September 7.30pm Holy Cross Parish Centre.
September NauMai – WelCom. This edition celebrates and supports Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori – Te Reo Māori Language Week, 10–16 Mahuru (September) 2018: Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori.
We pray for the members of our Parish families who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur around this time including Barbara Ah Mu, Nola Foley and Thomas Tervoot. Our prayers are also with those who are unwell especially John Rogers 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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