What is Self-denial?
The Gospel of today is one of the so many hard teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. “If anyone comes to me without turning his back… indeed on his very self, he cannot be my follower.” This invitation of the Lord has been misinterpreted often. Denying ourselves? We are created in the very image of God, why do we need to deny this very self?
I would like to quote what Fr. Cantalamessa, a Capuchin papal preacher in Vatican, said about Christian self-denial. He explained that “self-denial is not a denial of who we are but who we have become.” It means we are originally good and beautiful. Human nature is good. But with the misuse of our freedom, we have become bad and ugly. So self-denial is not self-hate, but rather going back to the original beauty, an invitation to go back to the purity of our origin.
Unrepented sins and accumulated evil deeds and desires can cover the beauty of who we are. Through God’s graces and blessings let us help each other to scrape off the layers of mud, dirt and ugliness that sins and misdeeds have covered us. Let our innate beauty shine forth.
LORD, LET ME LOVE EVERYTHING THAT DIRECTS ME TO WHO YOU WANT ME TO BE. AMEN.
Wednesday 7th September 9.30am
There will be NO MORNING MASS at Holy Cross on this day.
There will still be Mass at St Anthony’s at 9am and St Patrick’s at 9.30am.
Caritas Social Justice Week – 11 – 17th September 2016
As part of Social Justice Week, there will be a cup of coffee at the back of Holy Cross Church after 9am Mass on the 11th September.
Wednesday 14th September 9.30am
9.30am Morning Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Church by Fr Kevin.
Come and join us as we celebrate the feast day for the church.
Please note: this will be the only Mass on this day in the Parish.
HOLY TRINITY PARISH MASS - 10AM SUNDAY 18th September
AT ST PATRICK’S COLLEGE HALL
Mark the date in your diary as we come together to celebrate Sunday Mass together
at St Patrick’s College Hall. This will be a normal Sunday Mass for everyone to celebrate together. For those unable to be at this Mass, there will be the 5.30pm Vigil at St Patrick’s Church. We will be having morning tea afterwards at the back of the hall, so please bring a plate of food to share.
PLEASE NOTE: parking is available. Drive down the side of the hall round to the back.
Holy Cross Happy Hour – Weds 7th September 11am in the Parish Centre.
Seniors are reminded of our next meeting. Come join us for bingo. Please bring a small plate of finger food to enjoy with our tea/coffee. All welcome.
YOUTH COORDIATION TEAM
The parish is in the process of establishing a Youth Ministry and is seeking to identify a small group of volunteers to assist in both the establishment and organisation of this most important function. We are currently in the process of identifying and employing a Youth Pastoral Worker in a 20 hour paid role to lead youth activities within our Parish. The role of volunteers in the Youth Coordination Team is to set guidelines, tasks and scope to both the Youth Pastoral Worker and the members of the Youth Ministry. Responsibility for the employment function lives with the Parish Priest and the accountability is through the Parish Pastoral Council.
Ideally we are looking for parishioners or other like-minded Christian members for this Youth Coordination Team. Youth is the future of our parish and if you can help or if you know of someone suitable who may be able to help the parish run a successful Youth Ministry then please contact Fr Ephrem or a member of the Parish Council for further details.
St Vincent de Paul Society Annual Feast Day Mass.
Parishioners in our Kilbirnie, Miramar, Seatoun and Strathmore communities of Holy Trinity Parish are warmly invited to join your local St Vincent de Paul Society members and Vincentians from the Wellington Area and our colleges, for the annual Feast Day Mass in St. Anthony's Church, Seatoun, at 7pm on Thursday, 22 September 2016. The Mass to be celebrated by Fr Ephrem honours our Patron Saint and prays for all Vincentians, our clients, and you our kind supporters. Supper after. Contact persons are Brendan Quirk ph 3889708, and Margaret Bearsley ph 977 2759 .
Ministry and Service Volunteers Mass – 11 September
Cardinal John warmly invites volunteers in ministry and service around the Archdiocese to join him for a special celebration of Sunday Mass. Light lunch to follow. 10.30am Sunday 11th September 2016 - Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
MORNING TEA FUNDRAISER FOR DR SWEE TAN OF GILLES MCINDOE RESEARCH INSTITUE
On Tuesday 6th September at 10am there will be a morning tea the Seatoun Bowling Club, Dundas St, Seatoun. Dr Tan and his researchers at the institute have achieved remarkable success in advancing knowledge relating to strawberry birthmarks and other tumours. Dr Tan will give a short presentation prior to morning tea being served. $30 per ticket (includes lucky prize draws)
Tickets available from Francie Dwyer 388 5281
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Thanksgiving Mass for the Canonisation of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta,
9am, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Wellington Saturday 10 September.
Veneration of the relic of Blessed Teresa will follow the Mass.
Following this all are welcome to stay for light refreshments in Connolly Hall. Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal John Dew. All are welcome to attend.
For more information, please contact Sr Stephanius (04) 235 5373.
Volunteer needed as minute taker
for the Parish Council Monthly Meetings
Meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each Month in the Holy Cross Parish Centre at 7.30pm. If you would like more information or to register your interest please contact Fr Ephrem 387 2012
or the Chairperson, Barry Brook 388 8099
Caritas Social Justice Week – 11 – 17th September 2016
We all have a migration story: Fostering a Culture of Encounter
At a time when the number of international migrants is growing faster than the world’s population (according to the UN), the theme of migration for the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ annual Social Justice Week is very pertinent. “We are also encouraging people to think about how we can all be more open to one another by listening to how we came to live in Aotearoa New Zealand. These might be very recent journeys or over generations. It helps us to know the story of our nation.” (Bishop of Auckland, Patrick Dunn)
Engaged Encounter is a weekend experience for couples intending to be married. Final weekend for 2016 - 26 / 27 November 2016 Registrations close 2 weeks before. Venue: Presbytery, 301 Karori Road, Karori, Wellington.
For more details go to the website at http://www.ceewellington.org.nz or phone Kate & Simon Olsen Telephone (+64 4) 801 6192, or email Simon and Kate at email@example.com
Christian Life Community helps those seeking to deepen their spiritual lives in developing a personal relationship with Jesus. We are guided and inspired by the spirituality of St Ignatius Loyola. It is a committed way of life where faith is lived through the events of daily life. An introductory evening for those interested in Christian Life Community will be at the Home of Compassion, 7-8:30pm Thursday 8 September. For more information contact Maureen McKillop Ph. 475-5972 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dove Wellington invites all women to our meeting from 1.15pm to 3pm on Saturday 17 September at Connolly Hall, Guildford Terrace, Wellington. This meeting, we are blessed to have Anna Watson, National President of Dove New Zealand as our guest speaker. This will be a wonderful opportunity to get to know her, hear of her walk of faith. This is going to be a fantastic meeting, and we encourage all women to come and be nourished. We look forward to seeing you there. Please contact Rachel Blackaby for any queries on (04) 233 2553.
Joshua Catholic Men’s Fellowship Wellington
Come along and join us on Thursday 15th of September 2016 at 7:30pm for prayer, praise and social time in CONNOLLY HALL, Guildford Terrace, Thorndon (behind Sacred Heart Cathedral).
Speaker: John Taylor (Joshua Leader)
Want to know more? Ring John Taylor (04) 389-8915 or 021-107-8538 or e-mail:email@example.com
Wellington Father’s Breakfast –
Encouragement for Dad’s
Mon 5th September 7 – 8.30am Shed 6, Queen’s Wharf
You can book tickets or a table of 10 online at http://www.theparentingplace.com/fathers-breakfast/
We place great value on the role fathers play in family and relish the opportunity we have to remind them of how important they are in the lives of their little people.
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and The Catholic Institute seminar
Unfair treatment of migrant workers – what can we do?”
Catholic Centre lecture room, Catholic Centre, 22-30 Hill St, Wellington Thursday, 8 September, 5.30pm
The seminar will include the launch of a Caritas report on migrant worker experiences in the Archdiocese of Wellington by Cathy Bi. There will also be a panel of speakers, including Dennis Maga, Danae Anderson, Mark Richards and Anne Tuohy.For more information, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 ADW Young Catholic Leader programme will again be held at Forest Lakes Camp Otaki and will run between Saturday Dec 10 – Wedsnesday Dec 14.
The cost is $180 per student (incl GST) which includes accommodation, meals sessions, required materials and session manual. Registrations close Friday 18th November 2016. And is for students who are currently Year 12 but will be entering Year 13 in 2017. If you are interested in attending contact the Parish Office holytrinity.wgtn @xtra.co.nz for a registration form.
Catholic Foundation’s Scholarships are now open.
Application forms, conditions, and all the details are available on the website below.
Applications close 19 September 2016.
Available for purchase from the Parish Office
Amoris Laetitia and Laudato Si
We have copies of each of these available in the office for $5 each.
If you would like to a copy of either or both of these, either pop in to the Parish Office, phone 388 6953 or email email@example.com.
The September 4 – September 17 issue of NZ Catholic is out now. Some headlines are:
Kiwi-Aussie bishop ordained in Sydney.
Jesuit calls on NZ to dump missal translation.
Kiwi mercy missionary on wheels.
Plan for nationwide Aussie synod.
The next issue of NZ Catholic will be published on September 18.
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