Click here to eEvery year we celebrate the “Mission Sunday” on the penultimate Sunday (next to last) in the month of October. By our faith and baptism every baptise person is a missionary. It is the duty and responsibility of every faithful Christian today, therefore, to continue the mission of our Jesus Christ. As we acknowledge our duty and responsibility, we feel more urge to share in the responsibility of the Mission of the Church.Though we want to participate in all the activities of the Church it is simply not possible. What we can do here is that we can support the Missionary activities of the Church through our prayers and donations. Let us be generous, as usual, in supporting the missionary works of the Church though our generous donations and prayers. Whatever we give on the Mission Sunday goes to the missionary activities of the mother Church. “God loves a cheerful giver.” Fr Gregory
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.
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
We celebrate the 90th World Mission Sunday this weekend. It was first introduced by Pope Pius XI in 1926 and has commissioned the Pontifical Mission Societies in each country to help coordinate its celebration. It is a day to gratefully thank God for having us as partners in mission. God’s Mission is Our Mission. To live well our life, bringing out the best in us so that those in contact with us experience goodness. This is the first step in participating in God’s Mission. St Irenaeus expressed it well, “The glory of God is the human person fully alive”. And the prayer is not only of gratitude, but of mercy and compassion so that our finite being may be enriched by the infinite goodness of God. Our Gospel reading this weekend exemplifies this reality. Two men went to the Temple to pray, and their prayers made the difference. The Pharisee who considered himself perfect, prayed to himself and his invocation left him vain. The Tax Collector prayed to God, became conscious of his poverty, and perceived God’s mercy. Therefore, Jesus in the end said “He left justified”. One is redeemed when one can sincerely acknowledge that all goodness achieved comes from the grace of God. We are his partners in mission. A true reason to be grateful.
World Mission Sunday is also a day to focus on the Mission of the Church beyond our local situations and reach out. Surely, all may feel the pinch of economic constraints these days. But as believers we treasure our capacity to give from our poverty. Our First Reading this weekend offers comfort. “The Lord is a God of justice who knows no favorite…. The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds; it does not rest till it reaches its goal…”
The story of Little Maly from Cambodia in the short video prepared for this World Mission Sunday speaks of a simple heart who sees hope because of the efforts of the missionary Church. The simple presence and efforts of Sr Eulie, a missionary in Cambodia, make Little Maly smile, and dream not for herself but for her little sister. Where the story of Little Maly and of Sr Eulie are repeated millions of times, that is where the Missionary Church becomes the Witness of Mercy. Pope Francis proclaims this in his Mission Sunday Message.
For 90 years now, all collections on Mission Sunday is given to the Universal Fund of the Church for its Missionary Activities especially in the young and needy dioceses around the world. Please give generously from your heart this World Mission Sunday.
Fr Matthew Clerkin’s Golden Julbilee.
Fr Matthew will be saying his Jubilee Mass at St Patrick’ Church 10am Sunday 30th October followed by a cup of tea in the Parish Centre. We invite all the parishioners to join us as we celebrate this occasion with him.
Gascoigne Educational Scholarship 2016 – CLOSING SOON!! This scholarship is open to all ages groups who are present members of Holy Trinity Parish and are planning to study for 2017 and beyond at a tertiary level and who meet the qualifying criteria which are included in the terms and conditions. For an application form (including terms and conditions) email the parish office firstname.lastname@example.org or copies available from the back of each Church. Closing date: 31 October 2016
Please pray for our children as they prepare for First Holy Communion.
First Holy Communion dates in our Parish– Holy Cross 6th November 9am
St Anthony’s 13th November 10.30am & St Patrick’s 13th November 10am
Holy Cross School - Friday 28th October,
Holy Cross School will be holding an International Food Fair
4-8pm Friday 28th October - rain or shine
There will be loads of food stalls to enjoy. All stalls will be held in the school hall area. Please come along and support this wonderful event with all proceeds going towards the development of the senior play area.
We are also holding a silent auction to support our International Food fair. Just follow the link, log-on and bid. There are also "buy now" prices. The link: www.32auctions.com/holycross
AMENDED Mass Schedule for Holy Trinity Parish All Souls DayWednesday 2nd NovemberPlease note: some times have changed from those published in last week’s newsletter
7am St Patrick’s Church
9am St Anthony’s Church
9.30am Holy Cross Church
11am St Patrick’s Church
5pm Holy Cross Church
7.30pm St Patrick’s Church
Anointing Mass at St Patrick’s will now be 11am on the 9th November
Happy Hour at Holy Cross will now be 11am on 9th November
We are looking for parishioners who would be available to sell Columban Calendars at the back of the Churches on three Sunday’s in November.
Dates for Holy Cross 13, 20 & 27th November
Dates for St Anthony’s and St Patrick’s 6, 20 & 27 November
If you would be available for any of these, please contact the Parish Office 388 6953 or email@example.com
available through the office $12 each.
If you would like a calendar for next year, email, phone or drop into the Parish Office.
Alternatively pay by internet banking to Holy Trinity Parish 02-0536-0185031-00 and use calendar as the reference. When you have paid, email the office firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details: the amount paid, the number of calendars ordered, which Church you will collect your calendars from or if you would like to collect them from the office.
Once payment has cleared, the Calendars will be left for you in the back of your chosen Church or in the office for you to collect.
St Patrick’s College Parent’s Assocation proudly presents
FRAMED – the art exhibition
Friday 28th October 2016 6.30pm – 9.30pm Tickets $25
See flyer at the back of the Church for all the details
HOLY CROSS SCHOOL THANK YOU MORNING TEA
Thank you for supporting our school community during the 2016 School Year.
We invite you to attend our ‘Thank You Morning Tea’ here at Holy Cross School.
Date: Thursday 3rd November 2016 Place: Holy Cross School Hall Time: 10.30am – 12:00pm
Please RSVP by Wednesday 26th October to: Kathee Hughes: 3887189 or email@example.com
St Anthony’s School Golf Day - Thursday 24 November 2016, Miramar Golf Course
Interested in a fun day out?? Maybe as a Christmas work function or just a mid-week day of fun before the silly season? Consider entering yourself, or a team in the St Anthony’s School Golf Day!! Information and registration forms can be found on our website: www.stants.school.nz or grab a copy from the school office.
You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy this day out but if you would like to support us in other ways please consider donating quality items that we could use for raffles, teams prizes or as auction items. Or if you have a business, maybe consider sponsoring a hole? If you can help or have any questions, please phone Sonya on 027 4805 004 or talk to the Principal, Jennifer Ioannou.
Holy Hour You are invited to a Holy Hour on Tuesday 25 October 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 and concluding with Benediction followed by supper. All are welcome.
Christian Meditation: There will be a day of reflection at the Home of Compassion, Island Bay on Saturday 29th October from 10 am to 2.30 pm. Please bring lunch and a donation to defray expenses. tea and coffee provided. All welcome Enquiries Sr. Sue Cosgrove, Home of Compassion
We have sold out of Laudato Si Only 19 copies left of Amoris Laetitia for $5
If you would like to a copy contact the Parish Office, phone 388 6953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lazarus Experience - a healing weekend for separated and divorced Catholics.
When: Friday Oct 28 (7.00pm) to Sunday Oct 30, 2016 (no later than 4.30pm) Lower Hutt
Where: Lower Hutt Contacts: Katrin : (evenings): 04-9709385 or 021-02425570 Eustie : (any time): 04-5509240 or 022-3878435
The Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver are holding " RARE and BEAUTIFUL " on Saturday 12th November 2016 at their Convent grounds - 1 Mersey Street, Island Bay. ( Corner of Melrose Road and Melbourne Road ) from 9am to 12pm. All are most welcome.
Study with the Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand
Seeking qualifications in Religious Education, Theology, Scripture, or Pastoral Ministry?
Enrol now in a New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies (NZCCS) or a New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (NZDCS). These courses are level 5 and level 6 on the national qualification framework. The 2017 Prospectus will be out soon. Visit the website for more information www.tci.ac.nz Or contact the Wellington site coordinator, Catherine Gibbs email@example.com (04) 4965184
Life Teen Summer Camp Aotearoa - sold out. Waitlist now operating – see the website for more details. http://wellington.lifeteen.org.nz/
Stewardship month “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted” Luke 18:14
Pride and ego are often the root cause of our unhappiness. Thinking our time is so valuable, our talent much better than another’s, and our money our status symbol – all making those things ‘gods’ before God. Remember all our gifts are God-given. May our hearts be filled with gratitude for God’s abundant generosity!
Archdiocese of Wellington – Young Church Ministries
See the noticeboard at the back of the Church of all the things that have been happening in the young Church ministries in the Archdiocese or you can contact them directly: firstname.lastname@example.org . (04) 496 1731 or pop in for a visit at the Catholic Centre, 22-30 Hill Street, Thorndon http://www.wn.catholic.org.nz/about-us/family-and-young-church
2016 ADW Young Catholic Leader programme will again be held at Forest Lakes Camp Otaki and will run between Saturday Dec 10 – Wedsnesday Dec 14.
The cost is $180 per student (incl GST) which includes accommodation, meals sessions, required materials and session manual. Registrations close Friday 18th November 2016. And is for students who are currently Year 12 but will be entering Year 13 in 2017. If you are interested in attending contact the Parish Office holytrinity.wgtn @xtra.co.nz for a registration form.
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