5 april 2020
Let us pray for all those who are unwell especially Nesi Tan, Warren Stevenson, Eddie Wilkins, John Cairns-Cowan and Graeme Adams and for the wonderful people who are caring for the everyday needs of the sick in our Community.
We also pray for the members of our Parish families who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur around this time; Maria Arlukiewicz, Leonard Maxim, William Corkery, Peter Hopkins and Patrick Connolly.
We also remember our leaders and all those involved in providing essential services.
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 5th April Fr Ephrem is offering Mass every day from the prayer room in the presbytery
at the following times
Mon, Tues, Weds, Fri, Sat 9.30am Thurs 7pm Sunday 10.30am
To join him live go to his Facebook page (Ephrem Tigga)
If you would like Fr to offer Mass for yourself or a loved one, please contact the office by either phone or email
Holy Thursday: 9th April (no morning Mass) 7pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday: 10th April 3pm Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion
Holy Places Collection has been transferred to Sept 13th 2020 – the date closest to the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.
Saturday Easter Vigil: 11th April 7pm
Easter Sunday: 12th April 10.30am
All Masses will be streamed live by Fr Ephrem via his facebook page (Ephrem Tigga)
Sent out as a separate attachment with this newsletter is “Holy Week in a bubble” from
Fr Patrick Bridgman offering suggestions for prayer at home starting with Palm Sunday and from Fr Ephrem the Stations of the Cross for you to pray at home
Is 50, 4-7; Phil 2, 6-11; Matt 26, 14-27, 66
Have no fear, God is with us
Dear sisters and brothers, there cannot be more dramatic and contrast scene of joy and sadness Palm Sunday brings. Both the emotions are so intense and heart rending. Today’s celebration set tone for the Holy Week and the celebration of Jesus’ Passover to eternal life through calvary.
Let me tell you the accounts of the passion given by the four evangelists are not identical. The basic outline of these dreadful events was clear enough. It is confirmed by the contemporary Jewish historian Josephus, who tells us that Jesus was crucified by Pontius Pilate at the instigation of the Jewish leaders.
The task of the gospel-writers is not to relay to us the raw facts, but to help us understand their significance. Each evangelist stresses a particular aspect in the passion of Jesus. John under lines triumph of Jesus and his divinity; Matthew’s preoccupation with Judaism dictates and shows in detail how the events accord with God’s plan revealed in the scriptures. The apocalyptic earthquake and the blessed dead who were released from grave entered into the Holy city.
Dear sisters and brothers, today we are in an unprecedented time of human suffering. A Passion we globally undergoing together in the form of Corona Virus. I assure you this is the beginning of good time to come; but we must persevere in the law of community good protecting each individual human life that exist, there is not time of discrimination. This is the time of purification leading us to the Resurrection of Christ.
St Paul remind us selfless love of Jesus in the letter to the Philippians. So, humbly we raise our hymns of worship to Christ that is due to him, for ‘the glory of God the Father’. We acknowledge and believe Christ’s words and
action and follow the example He has set for us. His love for us and our love for Him will see us through at this time of suffering and fear. Let us trust and have faith in Him. Have no fear, God is with us.
May God bless and help us transform to His way of life. Fr Ephrem
Covid 19 - St Vincent de Paul Holy Trinity Parish. During the first week of the lockdown period, we have compiled a phone list of 34 households, consisting of elderly & families within & outside of the parish. Our SVDP members and helpers continue to do at least weekly check-in / social calls in the next 4 weeks, so we know how people are getting on. We have identified 6 households in our community in greatest hardship to receive weekly food parcels for the duration of the lockdown period delivered to their homes by the Vinnies Centre foodbank Newtown. Should you know of any other isolated people who would appreciate a check-in / social phone call or are in need of emergency food or winter bedding support, then we can still include them in our phone list. Take Care & God bless. (Contact: Tina Quidilla SVDP ph 021 159 2412, email: email@example.com).
HOLY WEEK This coming week Holy Week, is the highlight of the Church’s Liturgical Year.
We will not be in our church buildings this year, but we can in our own ways, walk with Jesus from his Last Supper table to the Garden of Gethsemane and to Calvary; then to the tomb on Easter Sunday and the fullness of the joy of Easter, Jesus Christ, alive in each of us, his Church on earth.
X Pray XRead Scripture XReflect XPray XMeditate
XShare a meal or a conversation Xbe Thankful XPray Xbe Kind
PRAYER AND REFLECTION
Here are two links for those of you who may like to access some online prayer and spiritual reading over the next little while:
A choice of Masses on-line:
God, our creator, many are anxious at this time of our “bubble lockdowns.” Help us to remember that you are with us in our hearts and in our actions. Even as we are distant from others, may we find ways to reach out to those who need support.
We remember especially those whose jobs are at risk, for those who are lonely, isolated, hungry, scared or unsafe.
We thank you for all those working is essential services. We pray that they have strength and courage for what may lie ahead.
Let us remember that every time we wash our hands, you call each of us through the waters of Baptism, to fear not, trust in your ways and to live in peace and hope.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions and the Government’s rules to stop delivery of printed ‘community’ newspapers and magazines, WelCom has been adapted as an online publication. Printed copies will not be available during New Zealand’s lockdown.
The link to the WelCom website to read this month’s newspaper online is:
The Archdiocesan website www.wn.catholic.org.nz is being regularly updated with changes in restrictions, news and resources. Please check in for both information and spiritual resources.
Planned Giving Receipts. Your receipts will be processed over the coming weeks. I will update you when these are ready and will email a copy to those I have an email address for. If you do not have an email address and require a paper copy, your reciepts will be available once the lock down is over.
If you have envelopes and would like to continue making contributions to planned giving during the lockdown, our bank account is Holy Trinity Parish BNZ Bank account number 02-0536-0185031-000. Use your planned giving number as your reference so the payment can be allocated correctly. Thank you
We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other. On this boat… are all of us. Pope Francis: Extraordinary Moment of Prayer, 27 March 2020
Understanding COVID-19: Included as separate attachment witl this newsletter is an article written by R.J.Meech, MNZM. MB.ChB. FRACP, a specialist in Infectious Diseases and circulated in the Napier Parish.
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