Dear brothers and sisters this Sunday, we do not have the homily by the priest, Instead, we have “Lectio Divina”. Lectio Divina is a Latin term meaning reading with God or Holy Reading as it is said in today’s guidelines. It is one of the best ways of praying using the Scripture, which if practiced on a regular basis, gently leads us into a deep relationship with Christ as we open ourselves to him. It is the ultimate “Do it yourself” Spiritual project. In our Lectio Divina we will hear today a Gospel passage from Mt:22:34-40. The theme of the Passage is; “What is the greatest commandment?”
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your soul, with all your heart and with all you mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.” How do we prove our love for God and our neighbours? The only way we can show we love to God with all our soul, with all our hearts and with all our mind is by loving our neighbour as ourselves. Loving one’s neighbour, means being able to forget our will for the good of another. It means offering of self for another and generously sacrificing for others. To love God above all and our neighbour as ourselves, we need to measure up to the love Jesus himself witnessed to all. Fraternal charity without limits is what God expects from us “There is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”(Jn15:13)
To love sincerely our neighbour is a challenge that each one of us must face if we proclaim that we love God more than anything else in this world. To do this we have to see every one of us our brothers and sisters in the likeness of God, no matter how sinful they have become. We must bear in mind that “one who has no love for a brother cannot love God he has not seen. God’s command is this: whoever loves God must also love his brother (1Jn4:20-21) Loving is not only in our thoughts and desires. We should show them in both our words and deeds.
Lord Jesus, your love surpasses all. Flood my heart with your love and increase my faith and hope in your promises. Help me to give myself in generous service to others as you have so generously given yourself for me. 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.
Please pray for our children as they prepare for First Holy Communion.
First Holy Communion dates in our Parish– Holy Cross 5th November 9am St Anthony’s 12th November 10.30am & St Patrick’s 19th November 10am
Holy Cross Happy Hour – Weds 1st November 11am in the Parish Centre. Seniors are reminded of our next happy hour. A friendly game of bingo and a shared lunch. All welcome.
Annointing Mass at St Patrick’s Church will be Wednesday 8th November 11am due to soleminity of All Saints on the 1st November
Dear Parishioners of Holy Trinity
Diocesan rules allow for our priest to say a maximum of three masses each on a Sunday (see Canon 905 §2)
Sunday includes the vigil mass on Saturday night. Though we currently have 3 priests, we are required to arrange Masses for two priests.
From early December, the current Mass timetable must be changed, and our Sunday morning mass schedule must allow at least 30 minutes travel time for our Priest to attend the liturgies.
The parish liturgy committee and pastoral council have worked hard for a solution based on the following 2 principles:
1. That the mass time changes will cause the least disruption over the entire Parish
2. That the communities most affected by proposals will be consulted and views taken into account.
We are proposing the following two changes from Sunday 3rd December:
· The Strathmore Hall mass at 8.30am discontinue. This proposal will not change plans for monthly masses by the Samoan chaplaincy and their social gatherings
· The St Anthony’s Sunday Mass change from 10.30am to 8.30am
All other Sunday masses times remain unchanged at Holy Cross and St Patricks.
The St Anthony and Strathmore communities are currently being consulted and we encourage you to provide feedback and suggestions.
The change reflects one-time change (for St Anthony’s) in the Parish and one location change for the Strathmore community.
Can I stress two points:
1. the changes are required by December.
2. We are one Parish.
The pastoral council would encourage your support and worship at any church in the Parish at a time that may suit you.
Please provide Va’a or Andrew feedback on this proposal.
Va’a Lotevale Andrew Gunn 021 684 355
firstname.lastname@example.org Parish Pastoral Chair
November is a special month in which we are encouraged to pray for the dead
Three conditions are required for the gaining of the indulgence:
NOVEMBER PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD: As November is the traditional month for special prayers for our loved ones, parishioners are asked to write the names and place them in the box in the Church, or give them to the priest. Envelopes are available in the foyer. Because of the large number of names, we will only print anniversaries or recent. All names will be remembered in Masses offered during November.
Attention St. Anthony’s Altar Linen Ministers: We are very short of Altar Linen. For the last few weeks we have had insufficient linen for Mass. Please - when your turn comes, would you collect Thursday or Friday and return in time for setting up for Sunday Holy Mass.
FINAL DAYS TO GET IN YOUR APPLICATION - Gascoigne Educational Scholarship 2017. This scholarship is open to all ages groups who are present members of Holy Trinity Parish and are planning to study for 2018 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 email@example.com download a copy from the website http://www.holytrinity.parish.nz/ or copies available from the back of each Church. Closing date: 31 October 2017
National March for Life: CAN YOU HELP? Are you able to offer accommodation for 1 or 2 nights for people travelling to Wellington for the March for Life on the 9th December? If so, we'd love to hear from you TXT: 021 231 7954 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR HOLY TRINITY PARISH
Thursday 2nd November
7am St Patrick’s Church
9.30am St Patrick’s Church
9.30am Holy Cross Church
11.30am St Anthony’s Church
7pm Holy Cross Church
Anglican Archbishop David Moxon is returning home to New Zealand after 5 years overseas. Cardinal John Dew and Anglican Archbishop Philip Richardson invite you to attend Vespers on Tuesday 31 October 2017 at 6pm at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Hill Street.
Archbishop David Moxon was until June 2017, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See and the Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Seatoun Arts & Crafts celebrates its Annual Exhibition and Sale
at the Village Hall, Saturday 28th October 10am – 5pm Sunday 29th October 10am – 4pm
10 copies of Len Fifield playing the Southward Car Museum Wurlizer Organ have been generously donated to sell with all proceeds going to the Parish.
CD’s - $20 each.
Contact Andrew Greening at St Patrick’s Church if you would like to purchase a copy.
Engaged Encounter is a weekend experience for couples intending to be married. The next weekend is 11-12 November. Registrations close 2 weeks before. Venue: Presbytery, 301 Karori Road. For more details go to the website at http://www.ceewellington.org.nz Kate & Simon Olsen 801 6192 or email@example.com
2018 Columban Calendars available through the office $12 each.
Either put your money or cheq (made out to Holy Trinity Parish) in an envelope with your details and pop in the collection basket, or 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.
If anyone is available to sell these Calendars after one of the Masses in November, please contact the office?
History of NZ Catholic Charismatic Renewal: a history of Catholic Charismatic Renewal in New Zealand has been compiled to commemorate the 50th anniversary Jubilee and is now available for purchase. $20 per copy plus $6.50 p&p. Contact "ccrnz.org" or Margaret Paton email@example.com or (09).298.4409
St Patrick’s Primary School Ethnic Food Fair 5.30 – 7.30 Friday 17th November
Food Fair Posters - If you are able to display a/some posters for the Ethnic Food Fair please ask at the office for some. To make sure we make the most possible profit we need as many people to come to the fair as possible. Last year we even had people displaying posters in their cars windows.
Hoopla Jars - Room 2 is preparing a Hoopla Jar Activity for the Ethnic Food Fair. We would love anyone who is able, to fill a jar with goodies. A Hoopla Jar is a jar that you fill with surprises. Ideas for things to put in the jar; stickers, little toys, Lego, balloons, lollies, stationery, jewellery, fudges, sewing equipment, beauty products … use your imagination.
Healing Service There will be a Healing Service conducted by Fr John Rea SM at St Anne`s Church, Newtown on Monday 30 October beginning at 7.30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Please bring those who need Jesus` healing and invite others to come.
Christian Meditation day of reflection on Saturday 4th November at Home of Compassion, Island Bay.
from 10 am to 3.00 pm Fr Alan Roberts will lead the reflection on "Our deepest desire is not something we create; it is something we desire "Bring a lunch and a koha for expenses of the day. Tea and coffee provided.
enquiries : Hugh McLaughlin tel:042989370 or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Christian Brothers Past Pupils are holding their annual Christmas dinner at Sts Peter & Paul’s Church Hall in Johnsonville on Saturday, 4 November from 7pm. All past pupils, families and friends are welcome. Contact Kevin McCormack 478 6792.
Challenge 2000 Youth House Meals - We are seeking meals for our Challenge 2000 youth houses, which provide homes for young people, some of whom are completing school or starting tertiary studies, some of whom are going through the justice system. The intention is to create a community and an environment conducive to personal and spiritual growth. The model relies heavily on the generosity of those who run the houses, and we would like to be able to support them with meals. If you are able and willing to provide a meal, for 5 to 8 people, on a fortnightly or monthly basis, your assistance would be readily received and much appreciated. Please contact Daniel on email@example.com, or at 021459997.
JOB VACANCY - The Catholic Discipleship College is looking for a faithful and energetic person to join our staff team in February/March 2018. They will be responsible for both administration and fundraising. Good written and administration skills are essential and we would prefer someone who wants to be an active member of the CDC community. Please send enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org'
Bach Cantata Vespers - At 5.00pm on the evening of Sunday 29th. The Lutheran Church of New Zealand, led by Bishop Mark Whitfield, presents a special Bach Cantata Vespers, Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, in the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul in Thorndon. The music for this worship event includes Bach’s Violin Concert in E BWV1042, the Cantata of Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott BWV80, and the motet Der Geist helft unser Schwachheit auf BWV226. Guest musicians include Rick Erickson, Cantor from Houston, Texas; The Chiesa Ensemble; soloists; and the Choir of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. This service promises to be a feast of sacred music and it will also be recorded for broadcast by Radio NZ. So a magnificent finale to this year of commemoration.
First Friday of the month. Taizé Prayer. The Sisters of Compassion Taizé Prayer service, first Friday of every month, 7pm‒8pm, Crombie Chapel, Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine St, Island Bay. Ph. 04 383 7769. Dates: 3 November, 1 December
Set Apart: An Exhibition of Fibre Art by Merrilyn George - 4 October-10 December Inspired by the Life of Suzanne Aubert, this exhibition of quilts by a leading fibre artist is a powerful expression of Suzanne’s story and best appreciated in person. Set Apart is on display in the Suzanne Aubert Heritage Centre, Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, Island Bay. Opening hours: 10am-3pm Mon to Sat; 12-3pm Sun
We pray for the members of our Parish families who have died recently especially Fr John Berry and Danziel Kalolo-Apolonario and those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Antoinette Mallia and William Dyson. Our prayers are also with those who are unwell especially 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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