1 Kg 19, 16. 19-21; Gal 5, 1. 13-18; Lk 9, 51-62
Dear sisters and brothers, we travel for different purposes and by different means of communication. Olden days people had no other means but to travel by foot. Today the distances have been closer to the extent that our homes have becomes offices and controlled by a button. The knowledge we learn today is pass on to the next generation and they become wiser as they improve upon them.
God’s journey and all He possessed is passed on by Jesus to first to his disciples and to us all. A journey by Jesus that ultimately ends in Jerusalem with his eventual crucifixion and resurrection. Luke’s passage starts with Jesus' traveling “resolutely” to his destination. Characteristic of his life, Jesus does not take the easy way or shy away from difficulties. Rather than avoiding the route through the more contentious region of Samaria, he decides to move head on. And, as expected he was not welcomed since he was not only a Jew, he was a Jew traveling to Jerusalem. Jesus, condemn them either, as James and John ask whether they should call down fire from heaven to consume them. Jesus rebukes them and, in so doing, teaches an important lesson by demonstrating love, as opposed to vengeance, towards the Samaritans. As Jesus’ journey continues, his words to potential followers remind us not only of his love, but also that our journey with him is not an easy feat. We are asked to leave behind what is comfortable to us and to journey into the unknown with little more than our faith. A journey with Jesus involves sacrifice, risk, and a lot of tough decisions. However, if we decide to join him the ultimate reward is great.
As we go through our day, I ask God for the strength to accept His invitation to come follow. Allow us to understand that the journey will not always be easy; difficult days and uncertainties lie ahead. But allow us to understand that we are not alone. Allow us to be open to the Holy Spirit as a guide that keeps us focused on our journey ahead and the importance of loving others as Jesus modelled so well for us with the Samaritans. After all, it is through his love that we gain closer proximity to the Kingdom of God, where all switches buttons are, the eternal home office. Fr Ephrem
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.
From Fr Matthew. "My farewell Mass and the refreshments afterwards on the evening of 1st.June filled me with great joy, a joy mixed with sadness. I rejoiced in the presence of so many of those whom I came to know while in Kilbirnie parish - the parishioners generally, Life-Teen, which is now expanding so greatly, and the Secular Franciscans and other groups. I am most grateful for the generous contributions given to me and the love shown me and all the prayers for me. I do feel sad at the prospect of not seeing most of you again but will remember you always in my Masses and prayers. Again, thank you all very very much and, if you come to Ireland, please do look me up. Contact a Capuchin friary or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org ".
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.
Anointing Mass St Patrick’s Church 11am Wednesday 3rd July.
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).
Holiday Accommodation A middle aged Catholic gentleman from Key West, Florida will be visiting Wellington from Nov - Feb and is looking for accommodation in the Eastern Suburbs. You can contact him firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook Pedro J. Spencer
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
“Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for the future.”
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.
God is eternal newness. He impels us constantly to set out anew, to pass beyond what is familiar, to the fringes and beyond. He takes us to where humanity is most wounded, where men and women, beneath the appearance of a shallow conformity, continue to seek an answer to the question of life’s meaning. God is not afraid! He is fearless! He is always greater than our plans and schemes. Pope Francis: Gaudete et Exsultate #135
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.
Need a, break' Good news "Parish to Parish for B & B" has been providing Catholic hospitality for 16 years, with catholic hosts opening their homes to fellow catholics for a small charge of $35 for one person, or $30 each for 2 or more, this is per night and includes continental breakfast. To obtain a directory of the hosts throughout New Zealand and Australia contact Marie Anderson, email email@example.com or phone 03 3595 541 Christchurch. The book including postage is $15
My name is Kally Cunningham and I’m a senior travel professional at helloworld Travel Lambton Quay.
In 2020 I’m taking a group, with Insight Tours, to Oberammergau to see the 42nd performance of the Passion Play.
It’s an 11 day tour starting in Munich on 28 August with many inclusions and ending in Zurich. Day 7 we will be watching the Passion Play in Category 1 seats.
Pricing is from $6499 twin or $7299 for a single. Airfares are additional.
Details can be viewed by clicking on this link: https://helloworld.co.nz/lambtonquay/Store/31/StoreEvent/105
I can also email or post a flyer with additional details at your request.
If anyone had any further questions they could ring or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 04 473 1199. See noticeboard for details.
School of Ecumenism 2019 In Dunedin Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October 2019
Venue: BURNS LODGE at Holy Cross Centre 89 Church Street, Mosgiel, Dunedin
Jointly organised by National Dialogue for Christian Unity Aotearoa New Zealand Centre for Ecumenical Studies, Charles Sturt University Canberra Australia
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Journey together towards unity We are called as disciples to belong together in just and inclusive communities, in our quest for unity and on our ecumenical journey, … “Arusha Call to Discipleship” Conference on World Mission and Evangelism, Arusha Tanzania, March 2018
CREDIT TOWARDS OTHER QUALIFICATIONS This course is offered both for students seeking accreditation towards a theology/ministry degree and for others wishing to participate as audits. On the successful completion of the course requirements students who seek accreditation will receive it from Charles Sturt University. Students may then apply to their university or college for credit toward their qualification.
Those wishing to attend the course as audits are welcome to join the course. Audits attend all sessions, but no assignments are required.
We pray for the members of our Parish families who have died recently especially and those whose anniversaries occur around this time including. 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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