We join with our Mother Church today in celebrating the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist. Generally, we celebrate the day of saint’s death as his or her feast. The reason is that day marks his or her entrance into heaven. To this rule there are two notable exceptions: the birth days of Blessed Virgin Mary and of St. John the Baptist. The reason is all the others are born into this world with original sin. But these two people were free from the original sin. As we know Virgin Mary because she would be the mother of Jesus God kept her free from original sin. It is said however, John was cleansed of the original sin in the womb of his mother. This is the justification for today’s feast.
The Church celebrates the nativity of John the Baptist for two reasons: First, Because He is the frontier between the Old and New Testaments. In other words, he was the forerunner of Jesus Christ. He grew up in the wilderness till the day of his manifestation to Israel. He lived an austere life and preached in the wilderness saying: Repent, turn away from your sins and prepare the way of the Lord. Secondly, he is the greatest among those born of women. He was born when his parents were very old. Humanly speaking it was impossible for them to have a child. We can say he was a special gift of God not only to his parents but to the whole of humanity. (Lk 1:36-37) John is not a figure that we can forget now that Jesus, the true light has appeared. John was, he is and he will be always relevant because he calls for a true preparation (repentance) which all people need to make.
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.
Archdiocese of Wellington 2018 Priest Jubilee Mass of Thanksgiving
This will be held at St Patrick’s Church, Kilbirnie Wednesday 27th June 2018 at 11am.
All are welcome to join the priests of the Archdiocese at the Mass of Thanksgiving.
PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION ANNIVERSARIES
Mons John Carde
Fr Patrick Maloney
Please note: This will be the only Mass in the Parish on this day.
Preparation for Confirmation starts in the Parish 24th June
St Patrick’s – 1st session (24th June) will be in the Holy Cross meeting room after the 9am Mass
2nd & 3rd sessions at St Patrick’s meeting room – Monday 2nd & 23rd July
St Anthony’s – after 10.30am Mass 24th June and 1st July
Holy Cross – 1st session (24th June) will be in the Holy Cross meeting room after the 9am Mass
Confirmation will be 29th July at 10am St Patrick’s Church
Holy Trinity Parish Catholic Book Club Explore the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness of the Catholic faith through its great books! At Holy Cross Church Parish Centre, 6-7pm, last Sunday of every month (starting Sunday June 24th). Light supper will be provided. Connect with fellow passionate Catholics for like-minded discussion. For enquiries, contact 3882-840 or htpCatholicBookClub@gmail.com
Anointing Mass at St Patrick’s Church – 11th July 11am – Due to the Cardinal celebrating a Mass for St Catherine’s College at St Patrick’s Church on the 4th July, the anointing Mass will now be on the 11th July at 11am
You, your family and friends are invited to Pope Night. What is Pope Francis trying to say to us? What is his ultimate message? A selection of thought provoking videos where Pope Francis speaks in his own words. Tea and coffee provided.
Police Vetting for the Parish. Thank you to those who have been in contact and completed this. The next two groups that need to be completed are children’s liturgy and communion to the sick. If you are involved in either of these ministries and have not completed a vetting form specifically for our Parish, please contact the office
Sunday 1st July 5pm service will be held in the Holy Cross School Hall – The School is looking forward to joining the 5pm Parish Mass which will be held in their hall where senior students will be leading the music for this service. Students at Holy Cross have greatly benefited from the estate of Richard Horsham this year with a new music room and music lessons now available for Year 7/8 students. We look forward to some Holy Cross students also being baptised at this special end of term mass.
Charity knitting for babies and toddlers Many thanks to all parishioners and friends for continuing to knit jerseys, beanies, and blankets for donation to orphanages. It is very much appreciated. We have plenty of wool, and instructions for easy-to-knit garments, if any others would like to join us. Phone Margaret 3882-840.
Paul, The Apostle of Christ - a recently released movie with rave reviews but too faith specific to be released publicly, will be shown at the Penthouse Cinema in Brooklyn on Sunday 1st July, 3pm. Tickets are $15 with $5 being donated to Wellington Catholic Refugee Resettlement. Tickets need to be booked in advance. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book tickets. Tickets cannot be purchased directly from the Penthouse as previously advised. View the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4TivPaPEWU
For Engaged Couples A wedding is a day. Marriage is a lifetime. Prepare for your lifetime together by attending an Engaged Encounter marriage preparation weekend. Your next opportunity to attend a weekend is 14th and 15th July. For more information phone Simon and Kate on 801 6192 or go to www.cee-wellington.co.nz
Go, you are sent… accompany one another. Outcome (10e) Intergenerational ministry by young people and with young people is encouraged in parishes.
Fr John Rea will conduct a Healing Service at the Cathedral on Monday 9 July beginning at 7.30 pm. This is open to all. Please bring those who need Jesus` healing. Come and hear testimonies of those who have been healed.
Dove Women's Retreat Weekend - 27 to 29 July Come and join us for a weekend to be "Refreshed - Renewed - Restored". The theme for 2018 is "Harvest" with guest speakers Wilma Conroy and Anne Claessens. Venue: Willow Park Christian Camp, Eastern Beach, Auckland There are optional weekend registrations for residential or non-residential. To register or for further information visit our website www.dove.org.nz or phone Shona Williams 07 543 0101 email email@example.com
Prayer Rally with ICPE Mission @ St Anne’s Hall, Emmett Street, Newtown Hosted by Catholic Charismatic Renewal Wednesday 27th June 7:30pm - 9pm Speaker: Fritz Mascarenhas Theme - "Awaken" (Eph 5:14) Everyone is welcome!
Burying a Poet: A photographic exhibition of the tangihanga of James K Baxter on display at the Suzanne Aubert Heritage Centre from 1 June. Open Mon-Sat 10am-3pm | Sun 12noon-3pm. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Ph. 04 282 1953.
Christian Meditation Group. Join us each Monday evening for an hour of Christian meditation in the ancient form of contemplative prayer. All are welcome. 7pm, Chapel, Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington. Ph. 04 383 7134 or 04 383 7769.
Parish Registration forms are available at the back of the churches. If any of your details change or you haven’t yet registered with the parish, please fill in a form and put in the collection basket or email to the parish office. The form is also available to download on the parish website www.holytrinity.parish.nz
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ICPE Prayer Rally – Awaken Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Chirst will shine on you Eph 5:14. Speaker: Fritz Mascarenhas. Weds 27 June 7.30 – 9pm at St Anne’s Hall, Newtown.
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