24th december 2017
Dear brothers and sisters, we hear in the gospel of this week that an Angel comes from God and tells Mary two impossible things are going to happen: The first was that Mary, who was an ordinary girl, has been chosen by God to become the mother of His Son, Jesus. Mary thinks this would be impossible because she is a virgin and not even married yet. But the Angel assures her that God has the power to do impossible things. And Mary believes accepts whatever is said by the Angel saying, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it happen to me as you have said.” The other surprise the Angel tells Mary is that her relative Elizabeth, who is too old to have child is also pregnant. Mary’s response to the Angel, which is also called ‘Fiat’ is an example of complete faith for all of us and obedience to God.
The story of Annunciation calls to our attention God’s wondrous action in human history. God chose a human person to give birth to his only Son so that all humanity would know God’s Salvation. Mary, already full of God’s grace, was able to cooperate in this great plan for our Salvation, thus Jesus was born as one of us, fully human and fully divine. This is the mystery we prepare to celebrate at Christmas, the mystery of the Incarnation. In the model of Mary, we pray that we will be people of faith who recognise God’s saving plan for us and are able to respond with obedience. 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.
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 Gregory, Paul and Philip
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, to all those involved in the various ministries, committees, groups and any other way you give your time to help within our Parish, thank you very much.
5.30pm Christmas Eve Mass roster for St Patrick’s Church
Ministers of the Eucharist: Eileen McDonald, Malia Foliaki and 3 volunteers
11pm Carols followed by 11.30pm Mass roster for St Patrick’s Church
Welcome / collectors Ray and Adele Whelan
Readers 1 Patricia O’Donnell 2 Tony Meachem
Offertory Norden Family
Ministers of The Eucharist: Carol O’Kane, Rae Dawson, Andrew Greening, Sr Jo Gresham, Malia Falanai-Andrews
10am Mass Christmas Day Mass roster for St Patrick’s Church
HOLY TRINITY PARISH SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 2018 Children in year 4 or older who have been baptised in a Catholic Church and would like to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Holy Communion, are eligible to enrol. Enrolment forms are available in the church foyers, School Offices, the Parish Office or on the website www.holytrinity.parish.nz
All enrolment forms need to be completed and returned including a copy of your baptism certificate by the 18th February 2018 to the School Offices, the Parish Office or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Found in Holy Cross Church a set of keys.
If you think these might be yours, contact the Friary 387-2102
Gascoigne Scholarship recipients 2017
Congraulations our recipents this year – Alan Mansell, Isitoki Paasi, Tuitu’u Paasi,
Lavinia Foliaki and Bridget Sullivan.
We wish them all the best for their studies in 2018
St Catherine’s College is looking for additional Directors to serve on the Board of Proprietors. We are responsible for the major maintenance, capital works of the property and supervising, preserving and safeguarding the special character of the school. We are looking for Directors with strong property, development, legal, marking/brand or accounting skills. Please email Catherine Fyfe, the Chairperson, on email@example.com
Holiday Opening Hours at Our Lady’s Home of Compassion. The Home of Compassion will be open during the Holiday Season. If you haven’t already been to see the Heritage Centre, Chapel and Resting Place of Suzanne Aubert, it is an excellent opportunity to visit these beautiful spaces. Saturday 23 December – Tuesday 26 December – closed Wednesday 27 December – Saturday 30 December open 10am-3pm Sunday 31 December – Tuesday 2 January – closed Wednesday 3 January – Saturday 6 January open 10am-3pm Sunday 7 January – open 12 noon-3pm
Regular hours through the year are: Monday to Saturday 10am-3pm Sunday 12noon-to 3pm The Cloister Café is open Wednesday to Sunday
The Dec. 24 – Jan. 27 issue of NZ Catholic is out now. Some headlines are: Parishes to get euthanasia bill letter from bishops. NZ abuse inquiry likely to include churches. ‘Our Father’ translation not on ICEL agenda yet. Clergy appointments in four NZ dioceses. The next issue of NZ Catholic will be published on January 28.
NZ Catholic’s office will close for the year at 1pm on Thursday, December 21. It will re-open at 9am on Wednesday, January 10. Any inquiries, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to use all the headlines above, please select those that you can use. We have also attached an electronic image advertising our latest issue, which you may like to post on social media or on your parish website. Wishing you a happy and a holy Christmas and a blessed 2018.
Anti-Euthanasia submissions requested to oppose David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill. One sentence is enough, more is even better! Closing date: 20 February, but please act as soon as possible to help protect Life Information: see www.parliament.nz under Parliamentary Business, then search for the Bill.
We pray for the members of our Parish families who have died recently especially John Fahey and those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Margaret Dennehy, Thomas Scott, Pepe Godinet, Karl Cobb, Ellise Thomas, John (Jack) Curry and Brian Jackson. Our prayers are also with those who are unwell especially John Rogers, Graeme Adams and Steve Kuzmicich and for the wonderful people who are caring for the everyday needs of the sick in our Community.
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