Through the voice of his Church, Christ speaks to us as he spoke to his disciples when he was still physically present among them. He says to us what he said to them: ‘If you love me, keep my commandments.’ We couldn’t possibly call ourselves his followers if we didn’t listen to his words and try to live by them. Commandments, rules, lists of do’s and don’ts, are not exactly popular these days. And yet in a sense the need for laws and rules is greater today than ever.
At least four times during the last supper Christ said these or similar words: ‘If you love me keep my commandments.’ What commandment was he talking about? Clearly he didn’t mean the Ten Commandments. If we look through the Gospels we find the answer. There we find certain do’s and don’ts he talked about. However, we are not so much talking about defined rules and commandments here as guidelines and signposts he left his followers. We are talking about a new spirit, a whole set of new values, and attitudes towards God, towards others, towards life itself. It is the spirit above all matters. Without it any list of rules is meaningless. How can we call ourselves his followers if we do not take seriously the things he urged his followers to do?
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 PARISH MASS - 10AM SUNDAY 11th June
AT ST PATRICK’S CHURCH
We will be celebrating Holy Trinity Sunday Mass together at St Patrick’s Church.
For those who are unable to be at this Mass,
there will be the 5.30pm Vigil Mass at St Patrick’s Church.
Morning tea will be in the Parish Centre after Mass, so please bring a plate of food to share.
Please note: These will be the only 2 Masses in the Parish on the 11th June
All parishioners are invited to a Synod workshop with Cardinal John to take place for the North Island parishes of the Archdiocese at Bishop Viard College Hall,
20 Kenepuru Dr, Porirua 1.30pm-4.30pm on Saturday 27 May.
A team from Holy Trinity Parish is again preparing to run the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) for the Eastern suburbs.
The RCIA is the process for welcoming new adult members into the Catholic Church. It begins in May/June with a number of Inquiry sessions for those interested in Catholicism.
The process involves the whole Church community in one way of another. What can you do?
• First, you can pray for the success of the RCIA.
• Second, you can tell people you know who may be interested in becoming Catholics about the Inquiry sessions
• Third, for further information, watch this space or contact the parish office.
Archdiocese of Wellington 2017 Priest Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving
This will be held at St Patrick’s Church, Kilbirnie Tuesday 20th June 2017 at 11am.
All are welcome to join the priests of the Archdiocese at the Mass of Thanksgiving.
Please note: This will be the only Mass in the Parish on this day.
On the 28th May at St Patrick’s 10am Mass, there will be an RCIA adult baptism and Allan Mansell will be confirmed. Please keep them in your prayers
Calling all church musicians Come to an archdiocesan workshop on music in the liturgy - a chance to pool ideas about how best to tap into this rich resource to better celebrate the joy of liturgy. There is also the possibility of forming a network of musicians throughout the diocese to share ideas, issues and resources. Thursday 25 May in the Catholic Centre board room, second floor. Cup of tea at 6.45pm with the workshop starting at 7 and finishing around 8.30. Important to RSVP to email@example.com
The St Catherine's College PTA warmly invites you and family and friends to join us for our inaugural fundraising auction at the Pines to raise funds for new technology at the College.
There is a great catalogue of items to be auctioned from weekends at a bach in Wairarapa, Interislander travel vouchers , Householders dream- a team of tradesman for 4 hours, wonderful artworks from Seatoun's finest artists, and much more. Come for a fun-filled night to support St Catherine's.
Tickets from St Catherine's College office or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there.
St Catherine’s College Open Days and Evening Wednesday 31 May 2017 1.15 – 3.15pm Sunday 11 June 2017 1.00 – 3.00pm
Tuesday 8 August 2017 Evening 5.45 - 7.00pm
There is a time for….. A family companion for every season
We only have 15 copies to sell available from the Parish Office $25
A beautiful book of prayers and poems draws its inspiration from the people and landscapes of Aotearoa - New Zealand. It touches on themes that affect us all - joy and sorrow, hurt and celebration - and demonstrates how easily families can incorporate prayer and reflection into everyday situations.
The Order of Malta is a Catholic charity raising funds to supply ‘Coats for the Homeless’ in Wellington. We ran a successful appeal in 2012. The coats will be distributed by the Compassion Centre in Tory Street, Wellington.
The coats can also double as a small blanket and cost $60 each. All donations are tax deductible.
Flyers with details on how to donate a coat are in the church foyer. Further information can be obtained from email@example.com or phone 021 325 884.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
28th May – 4th June
There will be a Christian Unity Prayer Service at Holy Cross Church 7.30pm Tuesday 30th May. Everyone welcome
Solidarity means fighting against the structural causes of poverty and inequality; of the lack of work, land and housing; and of the denial of social and labour rights. Pope Francis.
Vinnies is rounding up the team!
Our upcoming Street Day Appeal is on Friday 16 June. If you are available for 1-2 hours to be a collector (in particular the city precinct) please contact Ana on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively we have parish conference presidents who will also advise you on locations within residential areas. We thank you for the continued support of our mission to help neighbours in need.
ABLAZE 2017 - Celebrate 50 years of Charismatic Renewal! Pentecost Sunday 4th June, 2 - 4pm at St Joseph's Church, Mt Victoria. Includes Praise & Worship, testimonies, teaching, fellowship and ministry. Guest Speaker Fr John Rea. For more info call Rainer on 021 155 8258 or email email@example.com
Holy Hour You are invited to a Holy Hour on Tuesday 23 May beginning at 7.30 pm in the cathedral chapel to pray for vocations to priesthood and religious life. This Holy Hour will include prayers, Scripture, times of silence, praise and worship and concluding with Benediction followed by supper. We congratulate Fr Cirilo Barlis on his ordination to the priesthood.
Holy Cross School News:
Good in the Hood
Our school is being supported through Z Miramar's “Good in the Hood” initiative – so if you need petrol, please buy it from Z Miramar during May and pop your orange token into the Holy Cross slot.
The Wellington Entertainment Book offers loads of savings for cafes, restaurants and activities – lots of 25% discounts or two for one deals. At $65, it represents great value. It is available in book or digital form and the school benefits from each sale. A great gift for a family member. You can also buy for family and friends in other parts of New Zealand through our link. Order your book online here:https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/943q153 or contact the school office.
St Patrick’s College open Day Sunday 11th June 1.30 – 4pm
The First Spiritual Exercises – a Retreat in daily life based on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola. We meet at St Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 60 Knights Rd, Lower Hutt, for 5 Thursday evenings: 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 June 2017 from 7:30- 9:30pm. The cost will be $30 plus $25 for the Guide Book (essential). Assistance is
available for those who might find the cost a barrier to attending. To book or for further information contact: Sarah Dench 04 389 1038 or 021 0814 4424 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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