God’s love surpasses every human desire
Dear brothers and sisters, what makes a person, person of integrity! You know every one of us try to live authentic life day in and day out. There is always contrast struggle between two things: to do good for others on the one hand, and to remain content with oneself. To do good for others takes you out of your comfort zone, sometimes even unchartered territory. Whereas content with oneself will never walk out of one’s comfort zone and everything should revolve around.
In the gospel Jesus seems to be unmoved by the plea of the Canaanite woman but her faith reminds Jesus who he is. He exclaims, “O Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” Now the woman takes unprecedented step for her daughter’s health and wellbeing; Jesus, responds equally with mercy and greatly admired the faith of the woman. Human desire give way to faith in God and God in His love restores health.
When have you prayed for something for yourself, which gave way to God’s will and faith?
Has your faith ever drawn you to deeper in prayer, resilience in doing good for others?
Let God’s love find you and mould you to do His will. 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.
Just a friendly reminder to keep an eye on your personal belongings. Don't leave your bag unattended and be aware of and greet those around you. If there is someone unfamiliar or you may be concerned about, approach one of the welcomers or one of the regular Mass goers you know and make them aware.
There will be a powhiri for Fr Paul at the 9am Mass today at Holy Cross to welcome him to our Parish.
Parish Bake Sale - Sunday 20 August after 9am Mass at Holy Cross Church
There will be a Bake Sale following 9am Mass on Sunday 20 August in the foyer of Holy Cross Church run by Year 7/8 students from Holy Cross School. Proceeds go towards the students' fundraising for the school camp later on this term. Expect cakes, cupcakes, muffins, biscuits, slices and sweets to tempt you after mass! There will also be rosary beads for sale, lovingly made by the students from recycled materials. Many thanks for your support.
An invitation to Altar Servers and all Youth of Holy Trinity Parish
Come and celebrate the feast of the saint of altar servers St. Tarcisius at the 5pm Mass at Holy Cross on the 20th August, followed by light refreshments in the Holy Cross Parish Centre. This will be a good opportunity for the young people in the Parish to gather.
Thank you - St Anthony’s School
Thank you to the Parish for your generous support of St Anthony's School senior camp.
Even though the weather was inclement last Sunday, the bake sale was still a great success, raising over $260 for our students. We are very appreciative of your support.
Jennifer Ionone, Principal
St Anthony’s School Quiz Night Now here’s a great reason to come out and celebrate the end of winter and the start of spring! Come along and have some fun and support the school at our quiz night. When: Thursday, 7th September Where: Gasworks, Miramar Time: Start time 7pm Tickets are $10 - available from the office from Monday. Teams of 8-10 people or we can put you in a team on the night. So get your friends together and come and have a drink while you think.
Mass rosters for Sept and Oct are available at the back of the churches or have been emailed out
Legion of Mary - Reunion Tea Party - We are excited to invite all Legion of Mary Active and Auxiliary members to join us at Holy Cross Church on Saturday 9th Sept 2017, 10.30am
St Vincent de Paul Memorial Mass, 7pm, Thurs 21 September 2017, Holy Trinity Parish. Parishioners in St Anthony's, Holy Cross and St Patrick's Church communities are warmly welcomed to join your St Vincent de Paul Society members from the Wellington Area and our colleges for the annual memorial Mass at 7pm, Thursday 21 September 2017, in St Anthony's Church, Seatoun. The Mass celebrates our patron saint and prays for all Vincentians, our clients, and our supporters. Supper after. Contact: Brendan Quirk, Seatoun & Miramar Conference, ph 388 9708.
Calling on young New Zealanders to share their voice with the Vatican
Young New Zealanders are bein g called to share their views about life, faith, and their experience of Church through an online survey published today by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops. The Catholic Church is launching a nation - wide survey for all youth. The survey is part of an inte rnational effort by Pope Francis to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of young peoplearound the world, in the lead up to the Synod on "Young people, faith and vocational discernment" in Rome, October 2018.New Zealanders aged 16 – 29 years old are encouraged toanswer the survey and tell their friends about it and share the link with their networks.The survey will go live on 23 July and will run for five weeks, with the closing date for responses midnight on Sunday, 27 August 2017.
The survey will be found at https://www.facebook.com/voicetovaticanNZ and on the home page of the
New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ website: http://www.catholic.org.nz
Bishop’s statement on 2017 General Election Our bishops have provided a statement which outlines principles and topics to consider when you are deciding how to vote in the upcoming election. You are encouraged to take one with you after Mass today. It is also available online at www.catholic.org.nz under ‘Bishops Statement’
This week’s reflection from the Catholic Bishops’ statement on the 2017 General Election:
We appreciate the hard work ethic of so many of our fellow citizens. We desire a tax structure that is fair to low income earners and respects the contributions of all workers to our society. In a globalised economy we recognise New Zealand has much to offer in the upholding of sound business and investent ethics.
FAB Note of opportunity to Art aspirants Any 10-15 yr old who wants ANY art to be part of their life can participate free. 3 bursaries ($3000, $2000 & $1000) will be decided by your peers. 2017 closing date is 31 August. Look, or ask your guardian to look, at www.ebis.school.nz for more info.
You do not have to attend EBIS (any yr 7 to 11 in Eastern Suburbs)-contacts on that website under ‘Franken Art Bursaries’. No entry fee, no costs to you or your parents
St Catherine's College 2018 Scholarships Educating Young Women since 1950
Apply now to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 04 939 8988 Applications close 25 August 2017
Māori Pastoral Care Collection – August 27th: This collection is taken up to support the work of the Māori Pastoral Care team of the Archdiocese. The team supports Māori Catholics in their participation in the Church as Māori, advises parishes and schools on these matters, and helps to develop bicultural awareness and practices throughout the Archdiocese. Your koha to this work is welcome. Tēnā koutou katoa.
Joshua Catholic Men’s Fellowship Wellington Come along and join us on Thursday 17th of August 2017 at 7:30pm for fellowship and prayer in CONNOLLY HALL, Thorndon. Speaker: Sister Marie Gore on “The benefits of gathering together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal” Want to know more? Ring John Taylor (04) 389-8915 or 021-107-8538 or email: email@example.com
Confirmation & First Holy Communion Gifts Available: Order online at catholicgifts.co.nz or visit the John Paul II Centre for Life, 6 Parumoana St., Porirua (next to Caltex carwash!) where a small selection of stock is held. Fridays Noon to 2 p.m. or by arrangement 2378343.
Tindall Fund Applications for 2017 are now open. The priority is to fund groups committed to social, pastoral, charitable and educational needs in our region. Applications are judged on the basis of need, resource availability and the fulfilment of set Tindall criteria. Applications due Friday, 25th August 2017.
To apply for funding, and to see the criteria for applications please go the Archiocese website http://www.wn.catholic.org.nz/quicklinks/support/tindall-funding/
BROWN, Peggy Mary dolc (Sister Josephine) On 26 July 2017, peacefully at Auckland Hospital. Dearly loved and respected member of the Sisters of Compassion. Requiescat In Pace
Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady’s Home of Compassion,
Island Bay, Wellington, on Thursday, 24th August 2017, at 7pm.
Healing Service - There is to be a Healing Service with Fr John Rea at St Bernadette`s Church 194 Naenae Rd, Naenae on Tuesday 22 Aug beginning at 7.30 pm. All are invited. Bring especially those who need Jesus healing.
Retreat Day - Fr John Rea will conduct a Retreat Day in the Sacred Heart Cathedral chapel on Saturday 26 August on the theme of the Song of Songs. This is open to all and will include the Mass of the day. We will begin at 9.30 with morning tea and finish at 3.30 pm. Please bring something to share for lunch and a bible and pad.
St Dominic’s Catholic College at Henderson are celebrating their 50th Jubilee on September 15th and 16th. Registrations are now open on their Facebook page: St Dominic’s College at Henderson - 50th Jubilee OR on their website, www.stdoms.ac.nz OR contact the Principal’s PA Tina Allingham at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Missionaries of Charity cordially invite you to celebrate the Feast Day of St Teresa of Calcutta with Holy Mass on Tuesday 5 September at 9.00am at Holy Family Parish Church, Mungavin Ave, Porirua East. Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal John Dew. All visiting priests are welcome to concelebrate. Light refreshements will be shared following Mass.
The Novena to St Teresa of Calcutta will start on Sun 27 August and continue until Mon 4 September. Copies of the Novena are available on the website www.motherteresa.org
“Current of Grace’ Conference “Celebrating the diverse fruits and family of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in New Zealand” When: Friday 22 – Sunday 24 September 2017-06-23 at the Distinction Hotel and the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Palmerston North Guest presenters include Bishop Denis Browne, Fr John Rea, Diana Ingle CCRNZ Chairperson. Ann Brereton from ICCRS will share on 2017 Vatican report Pope Francis’s exciting new plans for us all! For further information and to register on-line visit www.ccrnz.org/register2017 contact Val Morrison Tel: 07 542 5537
Last Marriage Encounter Opportunity for 2017
Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend Fri 6th Oct – Sun 8th Oct being held for the first time at Silverstream Retreat, Lower Hutt. Book your place now free phone 0800 362 686
Evening Prayer, Adoration and Prayer for vocations every Wed 6-7pm at St.Patrick's Church.
Adoration Saturday at Holy Cross Church after 9am Mass
Social Justice Week: 10th – 16th September Weaving bonds of belonging: Knowing our neighbours
“I wish to insist that love always proves more powerful. Many people… are able to weave bonds of belonging and togetherness which convert overcrowding into an experience of community in which the walls of the ego are torn down and the barriers of selfishness overcome.” – Pope Francis
Each year in September, the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference promotes Social Justice Week. During this week we apply Catholic social teaching to one particular issue of social justice in New Zealand. This year the theme for parishes is Weaving bonds of belonging: Knowing our neighbours. Pope Francis highlights that many of the social issues we face today reflect a decline in social connectedness. This Social Justice Week, we invite everyone to take up the challenge to creatively reach out and weave deeper bonds of belonging in our whānau, our parish, and our wider community.
EXALT MUSIC CONFERENCE 2017 EXALT is for all musicians, lovers of music, art, dance, film and photography to meet people who share the same passions and grow in their gifts given intentionally to them by God to beused for His glory, organised by the Diocese of Christchurch. 5.00pm Fri 20 October – Sun 22 October
St Bede’s College, Main North Road, Christchurch $159 per person, group discount available.
Please contact Jessica Bond if you require financial assistance for your registration cost. Online registration and information:www.exalt.cyt.org.nz or Jessica Bond: email@example.com (Registration closes 15 Sept)
Monthly Teaching Nights @ St Anne’s Hall, Emmett Street, Newtown As a follow-up to the recent Life in the Spirit Seminar, a series of teaching nights will be offered on the 4th Wednesday of each month, starting on Wednesday 23rd August, at 7:30pm. Theme: Building a Life of Prayer. Speaker: Lucienne Hensel. Evening includes Praise & Worship, group discussion and fellowship. Everyone is welcome!
“Current of Grace’ Conference “Celebrating the diverse fruits and family of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in New Zealand” Friday 22 – Sunday 24 September at the Distinction Hotel and the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Palmerston North Guest presenters include Bishop Denis Browne, Fr John Rea, Diana Ingle CCRNZ Chairperson. Ann Brereton from ICCRS will share on 2017 Vatican report Pope Francis’s exciting new plans for us all! For further information and to register on-line visit www.ccrnz.org/register2017 For further information please contact Val Morrison Tel: 07 542 5537
Wanted – Flat to Rent: Pensioners seeks a 1 bedroom flat to rent with small outdoor area if possible, on the flat in Miramar or Strathmore. Ring Bev 388 5821
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