Is 7, 10-14; Rom 1, 1-17; Mat 1, 18-24
Dear sisters and brothers, during this Advent season, we find ourselves journeying into God and the mysteries of the incarnation. Whole the stories may seem familiar as we encounter them each year, may we draw new life from these ancient texts, which continue to bear seeds of faith and hope for us.
The first reading begins with Isaiah’s prophesy of Emmanuel – God with us. Theprophesy comes to Ahaz, a king in the midst of threats of warfare all around him god offers a sign to confirm that His help is all that Ahaz needs. His faith was tested. God’s promise is the ultimate form of security – God dwelling in amidst people. “Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.”
In the gospel we see the obedience of faith being modelled in Joseph. He follows the advice of the angel in dream who said to him, not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife, which he did. His fear could be rooted in consciousness of his own inadequacy to play this role in salvation history.
God in his goodness, wishes to be with us and sends a message to us requesting: would you be Mary and Joseph? He wants to fulfilment his mission in you and me. Joseph acted wisely in such a crisis time in obedience to God. Can we act and move with God as we must? Let us acknowledge the call of God’s obedience and unfold His plan in us. By listening and discerning – often in silence and stillness, we are given the privilege of participating in the life of God which we are called, overcoming our fears through love that grows to displace Him
Will you allow God to enter into your life and make him the king of Glory at this Christmas?
Hi dear friends, Wish you one and all a very Happy & Blessed Christmas and prosperous New year 2020.
I come to know from my Capuchin bros, that many of you are anxious to know about my health and well- being. Thank you for your care and concern of me. Well, thanks to Almighty God first & then all of you my dear bro.& sisters I am keeping fine here. I am much better than what I was. My throat pain is still there but it is very mild. I am able to do all my work here. We are 25 of us in here in the community. And I am again made in charge of the community here. It is very tough & challenging at times to animate such big community. Due to these tensions my diabetes becomes bad.
Secondly, it very cold these here. I am fine with the cold, but I feel very sorry for my other members, particularly for the candidates who are here with me. They do not have good warm cloths. Other side you be aware my country is burning. There is lot of political unrest going on. Please continue to keep me in your prayers. I miss you all very much here. Rest is ok. May God bless and give you & His Peace, the Peace which no one can give. Fr Gregory
Here is my ph.no. and address: Gregory Lakra
Gyan Deep, Kainsara
Post- Damkuda via Subdega
Dt- Sundargarh- 770014
Ph.no. 8328875089, & 7328882657. WhatsApp no.is the same.
Christmas Confession Sunday 22nd December after 5pm Mass Holy Cross Church (till 6.30pm)
31st Dec 2019 St Patrick’s Church 11pm silent adoration followed by 11.30pm Mass
Wishing you all a Happy and Holy Christmas and safe holidays.
We wish for you much joy and love, with a new year full of God’s goodness. Frs Ephrem and Paul
A big THANK YOU to all our wonderful volunteers across the Parish.
We value your contributions and we couldn’t do this without you. To the Parish Council, the Finance Committee, Liturgy Committees and to all those involved in the various ministries, groups and any other way you give your time to help within our Parish, we thank you very much.
5.30pm Christmas Eve Mass roster for St Patrick’s Church
Altar Servers - Hannah Beamish and Alessandra Basile
Power point - Steve McCabe
Musicians - Ciaran Hyland and Ian McDonald
Readers - 1. Erin Beamish 2. - Ben Soli
Greeters, Offertory and Prayers of the Faithful - Children's Liturgy
Eucharistic Ministers - Veronica Foliaki, Antonio Vaka and Maria Madar
6pm Christmas Eve Mass roster for Holy Cross School Hall
Altar Server – Lauseana Kerschbaumer
Power point – Holy Cross School
Musicians – Holy Cross School
Readers - 1. Ioana Fitu
Greeters, Offertory and Prayers of the Faithful – Holy Cross School
Eucharistic Ministers – Lisa Kerschbaumer, Manu Paasi, Sally Meredith, Uinise Nysse, Ioana Fitu
11.30pm Carols followed by Midnight Mass roster for St Patrick’s Church
Welcome / collectors -
Musicians – St Anthony’s Music Group
Readers 1 Patricia O’Donnell 2 Peter Woods
Offertory Va’aua Family
Ministers of The Eucharist: N Tan, F Va’aua, M Bearsley, T Manion
10am Mass Christmas Day Mass roster for St Patrick’s Church
• This will be the last newsletter till 9th February 2020
• The Parish office will be operating reduced hours over the holiday period to the
3rd February 2020
• Please contact the Friary directly on 387-2102 for assistance during this time.
Changes to the weekend Mass rosters. There will be no rosters till the middle of February 2020.
Please note: St Anthony’s rosters for cleaning, linen and flowers will continue as normal. Thank you
REAL CHRISTMAS CARDS get in quick – last few packets! St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas cards are still on sale. Religious-theme cards "Keeping Christ in Christmas", $2.50 per pack of 5 cards with envelopes. Proceeds to our local St Vincent de Paul Conference activities in the eastern suburbs. Contacts: Marie 0274 212 555
Missionary Discipleship “But how can people call for help if they don't know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven't heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them?” Rom 10:14
Do you have friends or family whom you ACHE to have experience God’s love? Do you feel awkward about sharing with them? Embarrassed? Feel inadequate? Don’t know how to bring it up? Don’t want to alienate them? You just wish that SOMEBODY would talk to them. Have you considered the possibility that God wants YOU to talk to them? Explore how to share your faith in a gentle, non-confrontational way with God’s help and through the Kerygma. Group will start during Lent 2020 and will continue for as long as needed. Sacrament of Reconciliation on first night. Details later. Call John on 027 232 8488
Urgently Needed Catholic Social services are working with a Kaupapa Maori Housing first provider. This organisation provides homes for our vulnerable homeless whanau. Right now they have the opportunity to house two families before Christmas.
However we desperately need household goods - furniture, bedding, towels, blankets, pots, cutlery, crockery, microwave, electric jug, toaster, vacuum cleaner: If you can help with any of these items please contact Karen Holland at Catholic Social Services 04 385 8642 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The next Anointing Mass will be St Patrick’s Church
11am Wednesday 5th February 2020.
Christmas food boxes delivered. St. Vincent de Paul Society Seatoun & Miramar Conference says a big thank you to Holy Trinity Parish parishioners, to pupils, parents and staff of Holy Cross and St Anthony’s schools and St Patrick’s College, New World Miramar and Repco Lyall Bay, and Vinnies members. Your response to our appeal for groceries, treats and presents for our Christmas boxes delivered to those in most need, was overwhelming. Thanks again to New World Miramar who were extremely generous by donating vouchers for a range of groceries, toiletries and produce to place in the boxes.
On Thursday, 19 December 2019 the Seatoun and Miramar members and friends of St. Vincent de Paul Society put together the boxes and hampers and on Friday, 20 December 2019, delivered them to 85 households for 338 people most in need of this extra help at this time of year. Thank you to the packers, drivers and their helpers who delivered all these boxes. Each and every person was a cog in the wheel of this act of kindness in the Holy Christmas spirit to our neighbours.
Can you help? Do you or anyone you know have a wheelchair they no longer need?
One of our parishioners is recovering from a stroke and mobility is an issue. Please contact the Parish office 388 6953 or email@example.com
Women, Children and Families in Need! All funds raised through this year’s Cardinal’s Care Appeal will be directed to Catholic Social Services and used to support outreach, facilitation and capacity building
within communities across the Archdiocese. Catholic Social Services does and will continue to make a difference in the lives of countless children, women and families in need; but, it is your support that makes this possible!
Visit the Suzanne Aubert Heritage Centre and Resting Place during the Summer holidays
You are invited to visit the Heritage Centre, Chapel and Resting Place of Suzanne Aubert and discover more about the life and work of Suzanne Aubert, the woman of great faith who is being considered for canonisation. Visit us at Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay. We are open 10am to 3pm (Sundays 12 noon to 3pm) every day with the exception of the statutory holidays. Contact Deirdre Meskill, firstname.lastname@example.org or 04 282 1953 for more information.
Family Life Catholic Gifts still have a good variety of Nativity Sets large and small to bring your focus closer to the Christ Child as we head towards Christmas. There is also a large range of gift ideas such as Statues, Rosaries, Jewellery, Books, etc We greatly appreciate your support, as sales support Gianna’s Choice Pregnancy Centre and Family Life Apostolate. We invite you to view our website – catholicgifts.co.nz - or give us a call on (09) 6290820, and we’ll be very happy to assist you. To our Auckland customers, you’re very welcome to pop in to 569 Richardson Road, Mt Roskill – we’d love to see you.
We must be courageous: lay low the mountains of pride and rivalry; fill in the ravines dug by indifference and apathy; make straight the paths of our laziness and our compromises. Pope Francis: Angelus 6 December 2015
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 Joe Begley and those whose anniversaries occur around this time.
Advent is a time of grace. It tells us that it is not enough to believe in God: it is necessary to purify our faith every day. It is a matter of preparing ourselves to welcome not a fairy-tale character, but the God who challenges us, involves us and before whom a choice is imposed. The Child who lies in the manger has the face of our brothers and sisters most in need, of the poor who are a privileged part of this mystery; often they are the first to recognize God’s presence in our midst. Pope Francis: Angelus 15 December 2019
SACRED HEART SCHOOL, DUNEDIN - 125th CELEBRATIONS, 2020 All Ex-pupils and former Teachers are advised that at Labour Weekend, 23-25th October 2020, the School will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its opening in North East Valley, Dunedin. Everyone interested in attending these celebrations should email: email@example.com Phone: 03 4738362
Christmas Mass Times 2019
St Patrick’s Church, Kilbirnie
Christmas Eve 5.30pm Childrens Mass
11.30pm Carols followed by Midnight Mass
Christmas Day 10am Mass
Holy Cross Church, Miramar
Christmas Eve 6pm Childrens Mass at Holy Cross School Hall
Christmas Day 9am Mass at Holy Cross Church
St Anthony’s Church, Seatoun
Christmas Day 10.30am Mass with Children
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