Gen, 14, 18-28; 1 Cor 11, 23-26; Lk 9, 11-17
Blessed are you Lord of all creation
The priest at the Eucharistic liturgy begins the offering of bread and wine at the offertory with these words. We hear this prayer spoken for the first time by the king and priest of the area of Salem which became Jerusalem.
Abram has returned from a victorious battle against four other oppressive kings with possessions and freed captives. Melchizedek, of course, is most grateful and takes bread and wine as symbols of life and offers a prayer to God in gratitude for Abram and for God’s saving his kingdom through Abram. It is a thanksgiving liturgy for God’s saving love.
Jesus asked his disciples to provide food to the crowds from their little food they had. What did Jesus do? Blessed the Father of all creation and distributed among the hungry crowd. The crowd ate, without seeming to ask how it all happened. Were they glad it happened? Were the Apostles glad it happened? Would academic, scientific, and philosophic questions be satisfied? Would they rather have answers than food?
What is precious about the Body and Blood of Jesus, is of course, they are of divinity. Also what is precious is the poverty of the human condition to give thanks to God perfectly through the gift of the Eucharistic Sacrifice.
What is precious as well is the poverty of mind and spirit which opens us up to grateful receptivity, as did the crowd. I am not convinced that if we understood the Transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus, it would increase devotion nor the number of receivers. Knowing does not satisfy. What is hard to accept is not Christ’s Presence in the form or substance of bread and wine, but the inconvenient reality of forming me as well as you into His Body and Blood.
The precious Body of Christ lives on in human fragility.
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.
The Parish is very happy and grateful for all three primary schools; Holy Cross, St Anthony’s
and St Patrick’s to lead the music and liturgy for our One Parish Mass at St Patrick’s College.
Thank you for your enthusiasm and support. God Bless you all. Well done.
Thank you to you all for making it possible to accept and celebrate through our Liturgy, the awarding of the Benemerenti Medal from Pope Francis.
It is a timely acknowledgement of the deep respect we hold for all life from conception to old age, in sickness, disability, good health and friendship. Julie Marshall
An enormous vote of thanks goes to our Holy Trinity parish and to all those who so quickly and generously gave to the recent refugee appeal. We have contributed to an entire house lot for a family of six - that's mum and dad, 3 teenagers (a girl aged 17 and two boys aged 16 and 14) and another boy aged 8. This is a big household for one Parish to supply. The money raised meant that 90% of the goods were brand new, purchased from Briscoes on sale (the true value of the goods before sale price was over $3200) and we also had a few targeted items donated to ensure everything that was required was supplied. Everything from a microwave and vacuum to all-new
bedding, kitchen utensils, pots, crockery, cutlery, laundry needs, books and games were delivered, together with food.
By the time you read this our family will have spent two nights in their new beds.
While we are not allowed to know any further detail about the specific family we have supported, we do know that 8 families are being settled in Wellington this month. They come from Myanmar, Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Columbia. We also have this snippet of direct feedback from CSS: “From the little stories that filter back
to us, the gratitude of the former refugees is profound. The quality of the goods and the beautiful, loving way the homes have been set up really touches our refugee families. Finally they have a safe and warm home of their own”. God bless these families and everyone who has helped.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL ANNUAL STREET APPEAL ACROSS WELLINGTON, FRIDAY 28 JUNE 2019
Your St Vincent de Paul Society Seatoun & Miramar group warmly invites parishioners to give an hour or two of their time as collectors for the Annual Street Day Appeal for the St Vincent de Paul Society on Friday 28 June 2019. Your Seatoun & Miramar group will collect at Cable Car Lane on Lambton Quay, and the Featherston St opposite corner, 7am-3pm.
If you can assist there do please contact any one of the following SVDP members to agree a time that suits you -
Holy Trinity Parish Catholic Book Club – Sunday 30th June: Explore the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness of the Catholic faith through its great books! At Holy Cross Church Parish Centre, 6-7pm. Light supper will be provided. Connect with fellow passionate Catholics for like-minded discussion. For enquiries, contact 3882-840 or htpCatholicBookClub@gmail.com
Marian Mothers Group - Tuesday 02 July 2019, 7pm, St. Anthony's Meeting Room, Seatoun
You are invited to a Marian Mothers Group which begins on Tuesday 02 July 2019 at 7pm in St. Anthony's Meeting Room, Seatoun. Marian Mothers is a network of women who want to come together for prayer, mutual encouragement, support and faith reflection. A group is starting in Holy Trinity parish. Please email Patricia on email@example.com if you would like any further information. Looking forward to our meeting. Mā te Atua e manaaki, God bless.
Archdiocese of Wellington 2019 Priest Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving
This will be held at St Patrick’s Church, Kilbirnie Thursday 4th July 2019 at 11am.
All are welcome to join the priests of the Archdiocese at the Mass of Thanksgiving.
PRESBYTERIAL ORDINATION ANNIVERSARIES
60 Years: Cardinal Thomas Williams, Fr Michael Stieller, Fr Denis Collins, Fr Peter Conaghan sm, _____ ________ Fr Patrick Dooley sm, Fr Tony Williams sm, Fr Graham Connolly sm
50 Years: Fr Philip Cody sm, Fr Neil Vaney sm, Fr Denis O’Hagen sm, Fr Karaitana Kingi sm
25 Years: Fr Mike Miers, Fr Patrick Bridgman, Fr Barry Scannell sm
Please note: This will be the only Mass in the Parish on this day.
The young Vinnies group at St Patrick’s Primary will be holding a bring and buy sale at school Thursday lunchtime 4th July. Everything will be sold for $1 - $3. Please drop off any pre-loved toys, books, games, puzzles or clothing in good condition to the school office. The money raised will go towards buying new sports equipment.
People in Need? St Vincent de Paul Society Seatoun & Miramar Conference welcomes parishioners to let us know confidentially if you or someone needs assistance in the Miramar/Seatoun/Strathmore area. Our group visits people who are in hardship, sickness, loneliness or housebound, in order to share God’s love and compassion and see if we can assist in any way, even as simple as having a coffee and chat (Contacts: any of our members listed in the Church foyers).
Memorial Service for Jean Vanier 2.00pm, Sunday 23 June, Bishop Viard College Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche and Faith and Light died in France on 7 May. You are warmly invited to an Ecumenical Memorial Service for Jean, at 2.00pm today, Sunday 23 June at Bishop Viard College. In January 1993 Jean Vanier spoke to a large crowd of Wellingtonians at Viard College. We are going back there to remember, honour and pray for him. EVERYONE is very welcome!
How Faith Moves Mountains - An evening of teaching and healing prayer with Br Johnson Sequiera, a lay preacher from India. Hosted by Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Wednesday 26 June @ 7:30pm at St Anne’s Hall, Emmett Street, Newtown.
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand – 50th anniversary Mass: Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is celebrating its ‘Jubilee Year’ this year, representing 50 years since national bodies were established for justice, peace and development, including the provision of Catholic volunteers overseas.
Cardinal John Dew will celebrate a Mass to mark this occasion for the Wellington Archdiocese. All our welcome.
Details: Thursday 27 June, 7pm at St Joseph’s Church, 152 Brougham St, Mount Victoria, Wellington. Please RSVP by 11am Thursday 20 June to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 22 10 22.
Stewardship Breakfast with the Cardinal: Come and enjoy fellowship, hospitality and hear inspiring speakers. Venue: Connolly Hall, Guildford Terrace, Thorndon, Wgtn. Date: Saturday 29th June 2019. Time: 7.00am-9.00am. Speakers: Cardinal John Cost: $20.00 Please deposit your money to the following bank account 02-0536-0003306-000 with Reference: Stwdship Code: B-Fast. Any questions please ring Chris (04) 496-1706
Social Worker A positon has come available for a social worker at CSS located in the Wellington CBD. This role is for a qualified and experienced N.Z. registered social worker. This is a full time permanent position. The required hours for this role are Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5.00pm, which reflects the operating hours of our service. Applications close at 4pm on Wednesday 3 July
Non-Residential Retreat,15-19 July, 9.30am - 4.00pm daily. Pa Maria Marist Spirituality Centre, Thorndon. For further information and/or to register please contact Brian Cummings SM at 021 703 580 or email@example.com
Fantastical, majestical Children's Neon Ball - Greenstone Doors Charitable Trust are hosting a special evening for children (and their parents) at the Dowse Art Museum in Laings Road Lower Hutt on Friday 19 July from 5-7pm. There will be a photo booth, facepainting, crafts, dancing, entertainment and food and drinks! Tickets are $15 for one adult and one child, $25 for a family pass. To purchase your tickets for this amazingly awesome night go to https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/childrens-neon-ball-tickets-63318987797 or purchase your tickets at the door on the night. The event on eventbrite is called 'Children's Neon Ball'. You can also purchase tickets by clicking on the event on our Facebook page 'Greenstone Doors'.
Attention All Men - keep Saturday 27th July free for a 1-day Retreat: “Up from the Waters” hosted by Joshua Palmerston North and led by Fr Joe Grayland and Fr Robin Kurian at Our Lady of Lourdes, Shamrock St. Koha on the day to cover costs. Lunch and morning/afternoon tea provided. Contact John Hammond firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Ready 027 356 9555 for more details.
Home of Compassion Pilgrimage: Back to the Source. An evening of poetry and music with poet Chris Gallavin. Inspired by Hiruhārama-Jerusalem the show will be accompanied by a photo exhibition. Tickets $25 on Eventfinda or $30 at the door. Sat 24 Aug, 3pm. Venue: Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street (off Murray St), Island Bay.
Our Lady Home of Compassion Café hours Tues – Fri 8.30am – 3pm Sat 10am – 3pm Sun 12pm – 3pm
Housesitting or rental required anytime during Sept-Dec for parishioner family. Please contact 021521326
All we have is really a gift from God, who asks us to return a portion in the form of our time, our talent, and our treasure to support God’s work on earth.
AFS International is a voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organisation that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. The older among us might remember the organisation as the American Field Scholar programme.
AFS is currently looking for a few short term host families and are hopeful that our Holy Trinity parish community might like to take up this opportunity. AFS is able to offer host families $300 per week to host a student. Students will be here for 3 weeks from 14th July till 4th August 2019.
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact AFS's Hosting Coordinator Joanna Holm on 04 903 2276 or email email@example.com
Discover the Old Testament Prophets Baptism calls each of us to be a prophet. So who were the prophets that Jesus knew about, what motivated them, what was their message and how did they get that message across? Are their concerns and message still relevant today? The Catholic Institute (TCI) is offering a new course in the Prophets, taught by scripture specialist Dr Laurel Lanner and starting from 8 July Enrol in the on-line course through the TCI website www.tci.ac.nz – look for the details on the home page. The Catholic Institute – where faith and reason meet.
In the Eucharist Jesus, as he did with the disciples at Emmaus, draws alongside us, pilgrims in history, to nourish the faith, hope and charity within us; to comfort us in trials; to sustain us in the commitment to justice and peace… In the Eucharist he offers himself as spiritual strength so as to help us put into practice his commandment — to love one another as he loved us — building communities that are welcoming and open to the needs of all, especially the most frail, poor and needy people. Pope Francis: Angelus, June 2017
Pilgrimage to Medjugorje 9-24 October. A pilgrimage to Medjugorje can be life changing. Respond to God’s gift of Our Lady’s presence among us in these times and join us for an unforgettable pilgrimage to the holy valley of Medjugorje. Travel with Mir Pilgrimages who has visited the holy site over 40 times. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Patricia on 0274 219 064.
We pray for the members of our Parish families who have died recently especially Colleen O’Donovan and Hilikai (Harry) Lefao and those whose anniversaries occur around this time including Tony Hayes, Tony Sirvid, Maurice Gunn, Eithne Williams, Margaret Scott, Patrick Sweeny, Neil Kiely and Barry Kiely. Our prayers are also with those who are unwell especially Adrian Pole, 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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