Today’s Gospel is a shocking one; at least it shocked the people of Christ’s time. What caused the shock was the fact that he went to stay with Zacchaeus the most hated man in the community. The public complained when they saw what was happening ; “ He has gone to stay with sinner’s house.” they said. Many are not happy even with our Pope Francis the way he is trying to bring reform in the house Catholic Church. They say he is too liberal and he is breaking the practice of the Sacraments of the church so on and so forth.
All God wants is that we give him half a chance. Zaachaeus the tax collector gave God little chance to see him and God understood what Zaachaeus wanted from Him that is forgiveness of his sins. We must learn to let God forgive us and make his home with us. Let us not do the things that make us popular, rather than what is right. We go where we feel most welcome, rather than where we are most needed. We befriend those who are kind to us, and ignore those who challenge us or those whom we don’t like. Jesus teaches us today to love saints and sinners equally. The goodness of God is greater than our evil. 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.
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:
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
We congratulate Fr Matthew Clerkin’s on his 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 email@example.com or copies available from the back of each Church. Closing date: 31 October 2016
"REAL CHRISTMAS CARDS". St Vincent de Paul Society Christmas cards will be on sale from Sun 6 November after Sunday Masses at Holy Cross, St Anthony's and St Patrick's churches. Religious-theme cards "Keeping Christ in Christmas", $2.50 per pack of 5 cards with envelopes. Proceeds to our local SVdP Conference activities. Contacts for supplies are: Holy Cross Church (Julian Knapp ph 970 3905) and St Anthony's Church (Andrew Monahan, ph 021 772 350)
St Catherine’s College are having a quiz night at the Realm on Sunday 6 November at 7pm. Great fun, prizes and raffles. If you would like to join in, either as an individual or with a team of 6 – 8, please get in touch with Sister Stephanie firstname.lastname@example.org or 388 5887. $10 entry. A curry meal can be bought during the quiz or you can come from 5 – 6.45pm to buy a meal.
Mass Schedule for Holy Trinity ParishWednesday 2nd November
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
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.
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy Pope Francis has named Sunday 6th November, 2016 as the day of Jubilee for Prisoners. We invite all parishioners to join in prayer for all prisoners that they come to know God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. May all of us remember the victims of crime and also those victims who became offenders. We remember also all those who are entrusted with the care of those who are incarcerated, especially our prison Chaplains and all those who minister to those in prison.
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.
Become a volunteer at Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, Island Bay?
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer at Our Lady’s Home of Compassion? Do you know others who would make great volunteers? We are seeking volunteers who would like to share the story of Suzanne Aubert and the Sisters of Compassion, and the charism of Compassion.
Our Lady’s Home of Compassion is preparing to welcome greater numbers of visitors and pilgrims as the cause for Suzanne Aubert’s sainthood gains momentum. Volunteer roles will begin in 2017. A Compassion Volunteering information session is being held on the morning of Saturday 5 November with more sessions to follow next year. To register your interest in volunteering, contact Deirdre Hanlon, Visitor Experience Manager, at email@example.com or phone 282 1953.
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.
Stewardship month “But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, Behold I will give half of my property to the poor. And I will now pay back four times as much I have taken” Luke 19:8
We are all called to give back to the Lord in proportion to the blessings we have received. This doesn’t mean that everyone is called to give the same amount, but that each is called to give equal sacrifice. No amount is too small or insignificant. How is God calling you?
Prayer for Peace in Syria: Pope Francis will be taking part in an ecumenical prayer for peace in Syria in an event in Sweden to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The event marks the importance of working towards reconciliation in a world torn apart by conflict. He is asking for all people to join him in praying for peace in Syria on Monday 31 October. If you would like to read more about the Syria Peace is Possible campaign and how you can support it, please click here. The prayer is as follows: “Lord or God, Father of all humanity; change the hearts of all peoples and their rulers, so that peace may be established among the nations on the foundation of justice, love and righteousness. May the Spirit of Peace descend upon the people of Syria and upon our world until all conflicts cease and peace reigns on earth. AMEN.”
Archdiocesan Justice Peace and Development Commission
‘Feed the hungry’ is an ethical imperative for the universal Church. The right to food, like the right to water, has an important place within the pursuit of other rights. Pope Benedict XVI – Caritas in Veritate. Ngā mihi nui
Life Teen Summer Camp Aotearoa - sold out.
Waitlist now operating – see the website for more details. http://wellington.lifeteen.org.nz/
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
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