Readings: Jer. 20: 7-9: Rom. 12: 1-2; Gospel Mt: 16:21-27
Hurdles in our life
We hear about hurdle race in the sport events. So also we face many hurdles in the life’s journey. Those who run the hurdles have to do faster than anyone else and without a stumble. If the hurdler does stumble, it usually is because of some small misstep which gets him off balance when it is time to make a next jump.
In today’s Gospel we have a peculiar interaction between Jesus and Peter. In the immediately preceding verses Jesus has just declared that Peter is the rock on which he will build the Church and now he calls him a Satan and accuses him trying to trip and fall. What gives? The problem is that Peter is Okay with believing that Jesus is Messiah son of the living God. But he can’t handle the thought of Jesus’s death. And so Peter’s opposition to the cross is not helpful. Indeed his concern for Jesus’s physical well-being is an obstacle and a temptation. Earlier real the Satan had tempted Jesus in the desert and that time he refused to use his miraculous powers to relieve his hunger or to impress his believers or to take a short cut to establish his Kingdom. Now Peter tempts him as to face off the cross and here Jesus steps over the trip hazard of Peter’s misplaced concern, he will go to the cross. The cross when it is embraced with love and trust that God knows what he is doing, changes us.
Every one of us has to face the hurdles in this life. Some of which are harder than any ever run by an Olympian athlete. But it is the trip hazards that are bigger threat. Far more people mess up their needs by creeping on their stairs than ever do by stumbling over in the track event. The hurdles are one metre high we see them coming and so we can prepare ourselves to face them. Trip hazards catch us unprepared. One moment we are on our feet and next moment we are flat on the ground and don’t know what happened. Most strip hazards are in a way small that’s why they are so dangerous. Jesus says that the cross is the price of our salvation. What is the cross in your bear? What are the hurdles do you face? The cross when embraced with love and trust that God knows what he is doing, changes us. And through us it touches the hearts and open minds of others as well. In this way it becomes the salvific for you and those who know you. Fr Paul
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.
We wish all the Dad’s in our Parish
a very happy Fathers Day
From 4th Sept onwards the 9am Monday Mass at St Patrick’s Church will be reinstated as Capuchin Friars Community Mass together with the morning prayer of the Church.
Please note: revised Mass schedule in last week’s newsletter had the incorrect time for Divine Mercy on Saturdays at St Patrick’s Church. The correct time is: Saturday 11.30am – 12.30pm
Annointing Mass at St Patrick’s Church Wednesday 6th September 11am
Holy Cross Happy Hour – Weds 6th September 11am in the Parish Centre. Seniors are reminded of our next happy hour. A friendly game of bingo and a shared lunch. All welcome.
Parish Bake Sale - Sunday 3rd September after Mass at Holy Cross Church
There will be a Bake Sale following Mass on Sunday 3rd September in the foyer of Holy Cross Church run by Year 7/8 students from Holy Cross School. Proceeds go towards the students' fundraising for the school camp later on this term. Expect cakes, cupcakes, muffins, biscuits, slices and sweets to tempt you after mass! Many thanks for your support.
Legion of Mary - Reunion Tea Party - We are excited to invite all Legion of Mary Active and Auxiliary members to join us at Holy Cross Church on Saturday 9th Sept 2017, 10.30am
St Patrick’s Church will begin their First Holy Communion preparation on 10th September with an overview for parents in the St Patrick’s meeting room 2 - 3pm.
Holy Cross begins on the 1st of October and and St Anthony’s the 15th October.
St Vincent de Paul Memorial Mass, 7pm, Thurs 21 September 2017, Holy Trinity Parish. Parishioners in St Anthony's, Holy Cross and St Patrick's Church communities are warmly welcomed to join your St Vincent de Paul Society members from the Wellington Area
and our colleges for the annual memorial Mass at
7pm, Thursday 21 September 2017, in St Anthony's Church, Seatoun.
The Mass celebrates our patron saint and prays for all Vincentians, our clients, and our supporters. Supper after.
Catholicsm – journey around the world and deep into the faith
All parishioners are invited to watch a ten part documentary series by Rev Robert E Barron to be screened after the 5pm Mass starting on the 24th September in the Parish Centre at Holy Cross Church over 10 weeks.
The Catholic faith as you’ve never experienced it before – witness the most significant story ever told. Journey with acclaimed author, speaker and theologian Fr Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 15 countries.
St Patrick’s Church - A refresher course is offered to our Readers and Ministers of the Eucharist.
These will be held directly after Mass on Saturday 23rd September after the 5.30 Vigil Mass; on Sunday 24th September after 7.30 Mass and after 10am Mass. These sessions will be 15 to 20 minutes long with a handout and are designed to ensure that all readers and all Ministers of the Eucharist know exactly what to do at all times and what is expected of them.
Evening Prayer, Adoration and Prayer for vocations every Wed 6-7pm at St.Patrick's Church.
Adoration Saturday at Holy Cross Church after 9am Mass
Social Justice Week: 10th – 16th Sept - Weaving bonds of belonging: Knowing our neighbours
“I wish to insist that love always proves more powerful. Many people… are able to weave bonds of belonging and togetherness which convert overcrowding into an experience of community in which the walls of the ego are torn down and the barriers of selfishness overcome.” – Pope Francis
Each year in September, the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference promotes Social Justice Week. During this week we apply Catholic social teaching to one particular issue of social justice in New Zealand. This year the theme for parishes is Weaving bonds of belonging: Knowing our neighbours. Pope Francis highlights that many of the social issues we face today reflect a decline in social connectedness. This Social Justice Week, we invite everyone to take up the challenge to creatively reach out and weave deeper bonds of belonging in our whānau, our parish, and our wider community.
The Missionaries of Charity cordially invite you to celebrate the Feast Day of St Teresa of Calcutta with Holy Mass on Tuesday 5 September at 9.00am at Holy Family Parish Church, Mungavin Ave, Porirua East. Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal John Dew. All visiting priests are welcome to concelebrate. Light refreshements will be shared following Mass.
Vigil for the Unborn: Saturday 16th September. St Anne's Catholic Church, Newtown. 10 am Mass. Followed by Exposition & Rosary Procession to front of Hospital. Ends at Noon with a shared lunch. Come and pray for the Unborn Child, families and the culture of life. For more information contact Family Life International NZ PH: 237834
St Anthony’s School Quiz Night Come along and have some fun and support the school at our quiz night. Thurs, 7th Sept Gasworks, 7pm Tickets are $10 - available from the office from Monday. Teams of 8-10 people or we can put you in a team on the night. So get your friends together and come and have a drink while you think.
News & Views Deliverers – your copies for ready to be collected from the back of the churches. Thank you
Bishop’s statement on 2017 General Election Our bishops have provided a statement which outlines principles and topics to consider when you are deciding how to vote in the upcoming election. You are encouraged to take one with you after Mass today. It is also available online at www.catholic.org.nz under ‘Bishops Statement’
This week’s reflection from the Catholic Bishops’ statement on the 2017 General Election:
The wellbeing of all New Zealanders is of concern to eveyrone.. Mental health services and facilities are a telling measure of a society’s attitude to its unlnerable. Years of inadequate funding are resulting in much stress and agnst in families, and our suicide rates bring shame upon us as a nation. We advocate a thorough review and strengthening of the mental health sector as part of an integrated health system.
“Current of Grace’ Conference “Celebrating the diverse fruits and family of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in NZ” Fri 22 – Sun 24 Sept at the Distinction Hotel and the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Palmerston North Guest presenters include Bishop Denis Browne, Fr John Rea, Diana Ingle CCRNZ Chairperson. Ann Brereton from ICCRS will share on 2017 Vatican report Pope Francis’s exciting new plans for us all! For information and to register on-line visit www.ccrnz.org/register2017 contact Val Morrison Tel: 07 542 5537
Last Marriage Encounter Opportunity for 2017 Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend Fri 6th Oct – Sun 8th Oct being held for the first time at Silverstream Retreat, Lower Hutt. Book your place now 0800 362 686
EXALT MUSIC CONFERENCE 2017 EXALT is for all musicians, lovers of music, art, dance, film and photography to meet people who share the same passions and grow in their gifts given intentionally to them by God to beused for His glory, organised by the Diocese of Christchurch. 5.00pm Fri 20 October – Sun 22 October
St Bede’s College, Main North Road, Christchurch $159 per person, group discount available.
Please contact Jessica Bond if you require financial assistance for your registration cost. Online registration and information:www.exalt.cyt.org.nz or Jessica Bond: firstname.lastname@example.org (Registration closes 15 Sept)
Healing, Transformation and nonviolence: Peacemaking in the Holy Land. Public lecture by Dr Sami Awad, Executive Director of the Holy Land Trust, Sami Awad brings an important voice to the table in the discussion about peace in the middle east – the voice of nonviolence.
7PM, Tues 5 Sept. Salvation Army Citadel, 92 Vivian Street, Wellington. All welcome. Entry by Koha.
The Bach Choir and guest conductor Maaike Christie-Beekman will present a concert of music at St Andrews on the Terrace on Sunday 17th September. The programme includes works by Mozart, Brahms, Rheinberger and Bruckner, with piano accompaniment by Douglas Mews and Emma Sayers. Tickets $30 general, $25 concession, available on Eventfinda, from Marsden Books, choir members, and door sales on the day.
CHRISTIAN LIFE PROGRAMME (CLP): Renew your Spirit. Enrich your Christian life...Strengthen your Marriage and Family ties... Couples for Christ Wellington cordially invites married couples and singles to a Christian Life Programme. Orientation & Talk 1 is on 16 September 2017 at St Francis de Sales Church. Registration starts at 1.30pm. Participation is free of charge and afternoon tea will be served. For more information, please contact Donald & Tin Elemento 027 877 4488 or Roman & Lorna Zarate 021 118 7925, www.couplesforchristwellington.nz
Supper and Auction Evening by St Mary's College with guest speaker, ex-Black Cap, Richard Petrie. Friday, 15 September from 7pm-10pm at the school hall. Tickets $25 at email@example.com See https://www.facebook.com/SMC.Wgtn.PTFA for details.
SUNZ – Operations Manager (Part time) National Support Centre, Wellington
Please see our website www.sunz.org.nz for further information SUNZ is looking for a part time 0.4FTE Operations Manager to oversee the operational functions of the SUNZ organisation to ensure the best stewardship of resources is being used to achieve the goals of SUNZ. This role is based at the SUNZ National Resource Centre and could suit someone either wanting to supplement their current work or in semi-retirement. It could also be a contracted role. To request a Position Results Description please email Anitha.Y@sunz.org.nz Apply by submitting a CV and covering letter by Monday 18th September 2017 to Ishani.firstname.lastname@example.org Applicants must be New Zealand citizens eligible to work in NZ
Faith shapes our world view. Faith guides our political choices. Faith demands that we take the duty to vote very seriously. Your vote is not just a vote for you. Your vote is a vote for New Zealand. New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference: Step out and vote, 2017
To celebrate Māori Language Week in September, WelCom this month is called NauMai. Contents include:
Just a friendly reminder to keep an eye on your personal belongings. Don't leave your bag unattended and be aware of and greet those around you. If there is someone unfamiliar or you may be concerned about, approach one of the welcomers or one of the regular Mass goers you know and make them aware.
Wanted – Flat/room to rent: Working male, 50 plus, seeks accommodation in Kilbirnie, Lyall Bay or Hataitai area. Please call Mike (021 0472 141).
Wanted – Flat to Rent: Pensioners seeks a 1 bedroom flat to rent with small outdoor area if possible, on the flat in Miramar or Strathmore. Ring Bev 388 5821
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