Acts 5:27-32,40-41; Apocal. 5:11-14; Jn. 21:1-19
Today’s Gospel story is about God in search of man, even when man tries to evade Him. This theme prompted Francis Thompson to write his famous mystic poem “The Hound of Heaven." The first reading, from the Acts of the Apostles, tells us how the Spirit of the Risen Lord transformed Peter, whom Jesus appointed head of his Church, from being a coward into a brave witness to the resurrection. The second reading, from the book of Revelation, presents John’s vision of the Risen Lord as the glorified “Lamb of God” enthroned in heaven. The Apocalypse of John is an expression of Christian hope in the Risen Lord. The Gospel tells the post-resurrection story of our merciful Saviour who goes in search of his band of disappointed and dejected disciples. Every dream they cherished shattered, almost all finished. That is the moment Jesus comes into their lives once again as unknown bystander suggesting the expert fishermen to cast the net into other side of the boat in the sea. The moment they carried out Jesus’ command with abundant catch they recognize the master with his unfamiliar face of the risen Lord. And everything changed, a turnabout from being fishermen to being fishers of people and from the labour of fishing to the mission of witnessing to the resurrection. Second part of the Gospel speaks about feeding and shepherding the lamb/sheep. Peter’s three times denial of Jesus is reaffirmed and compensated by his threefold confirmation of love towards his master.
The two stories of fishing and shepherding are metaphorically related to the Church’s duties of feeding and shepherding. This duty was entrusted to the apostles and their successors. As forming the part of royal priestly family through our baptism and confirmation, we too share the same responsibility of feeding and shepherding in various degrees in the Church according to one’s status. The question is as united and missionary disciples, are we carrying out these responsibilities with diligence and commitment? If not let us reconfirm our love toward the Risen Lord.
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.
Safeguarding in our Parish – Thursday May 9th St Patrick’s Parish Centre 7pm
The Archdiocese will be running a workshop on the 9th May regarding the polcies, standards and code of conduct regarding safe practices within the Church.
Everyone is invited to attend but this is compulsory for certain groups including Parish Council, employees, sacramental programme, children’s liturgy, SVdP, Legion of Mary, Secular Franciscians, Apostolate of St Joseph, Communion to the Sick, RCIA and anyone who is engaged with children, young people or vulnerable adults. Cup of tea at 6.45pm for a 7pm start.
RSVP 388 6953 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Holy Cross Happy Hour Weds 8th May from 11am in the Parish Centre. Come join us for bingo. Please bring a small plate of finger food to enjoy with our tea/coffee. All welcome
Frs Ephrem and Paul will be away from the 14th – 16th May.
During their absence, the weekday Mass times will be as follows.
Tuesday 14th May 9.30am St Patrick’s Church
Wednesday 15th May 9.30am St Patrick’s Church
Thursday 16th May 9.30am St Patrick’s Church
HOLY CROSS CHURCH CARPARK
Please only park in the designated parks.The accessway to the presbytery at the back needs to remain clear at all times. This applies to both weekend and weekday Masses.
Do you have any memories/photographs/information from the early days of our 3 churches? Trisha would love to hear from you. She is compiling a history of the churches in the Eastern Suburbs in relation to the upcoming centenary for St Patrick’s Church . lease contact her 04 934 3179 to share any information you have. Thank you in advance
If God exists, it changes everything! Alpha discussion allows people to share their thoughts and questions about video talks on faith without being corrected or judged. The trained hosts and helpers are there to facilitate this discussion time and keep it a positive and comfortable experience for guests. The sessions are available again this year. There are two sessions one starting at 4pm and the other starting at 7pm in the Holy Cross School Staffroom from Wednesday 22 May. To enrol please call or email the parish office or text Dave Monastra on 0274477280. Feel free to bring family members and friends.
St Anthony's School are looking for volunteers to join our Board of Trustees. The election will be at the start of June, with nominations opened from 10 May, so please come and talk to us if you are interested. You don't need to have any particular skills or knowledge, just a passion for teaching and learning and a love of our wonderful school community. You can find out more about us at http://www.stants.school.nz/bot or email us at email@example.com
CLEANER REQUIRED - St Catherine's College St Catherine’s College has a vacancy for a part time cleaner from 2 pm – 6 pm each day. Start date is Wednesday 15 May 2019 or by negotiation. If this might suit you please contact Sue Kemp, Executive Officer on 939-8988 ext. 815 firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrating 100 years since the first school building on St Catherine’s College site. High Tea 22 June 2019 from 1.00pm – 4.45pm Mercy Hall, SCC. $15. Registration required. Contact Sister Stephanie email@example.com or 0272458859
Joshua Catholic Men’s Fellowship Wellington invites men to come along and join us on Thursday 16th May 2019 at 7:30pm (Note: fellowship from 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start) In CONNOLLY HALL, Guildford Terrace, Thorndon (behind the closed Sacred Heart Cathedral).
Speaker: Fr John Pettit on “Serving the Aboriginal people of Central Australia” Want to know more? Ring Steve Ready 027-356-9555 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our God is Too Small - The Pope's Astronomer, Br Guy Consolmagno SJ, will be delivering a free public lecture, 7.30pm, on Tuesday 7 May at the Performing Arts Centre, Sacred Heart College, Lower Hutt.
A world leading astronomer, researcher, author, TED Talks and American University circuit speaker, he is visiting New Zealand to discuss his vision of God and our universe. He will be speaking on topics as diverse as:
how science and religion work together, why he thinks our God is too small, and what his love of astronomy has taught him. This is a free event, however tickets are required and are available online. See details at https://skies.catholicdiscovery.nz/.
How religion (our faith) and science work together. Free Workshop by Br. Guy Consolmagno SJ. Director of the Vatican Observatory. Wed 8th May. St Anne’s Hall, 22 Emmett St, Newtown. 1-4pm. RSVP by May3rd
Mary-Ann Greaney email@example.com or 04 496 1784 (Please leave a message.)
Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver Ethnic Dinner with Entertainment. Saturday 25 May 6.30pm at Polish House 257 Riddiford St, Newtown. Bring your favourite dish to share. Admission: Adults $10, 5 to 10yrs $5 and under 5yrs free. All donation money sent to overseas missions. For tickets ring 383 8401
God asks us to view life as he views it, for in each of us he never ceases to see an irrepressible kernel of beauty. In sin, he sees sons and daughters to be restored; in death, brothers and sisters to be reborn; in desolation, hearts to be revived. Pope Francis: Homily for the Easter Vigil, 20 April 2019
Stewardship involves a need to give, rather than merely giving to a need.
Nau mai, haere mai, you are invited… by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations, to celebrate the launch of its booklet: Promoting interfaith relations in Aotearoa New Zealand
Today we are called to encounter and enter into relationship with our sisters and brothers of different faiths. This booklet offers some practical context for doing so. Saturday 19 May 11.30am St Mary of the Angels, Wellington
Christ the Compassionate Stranger. Live in Retreat, 14 to 16 June. Post Christchurch, Christ’s encounter with the Woman at the Well invites us to embrace a Spirituality of GIFT, seeing the person of Christ in our neighbours and moving towards truly inclusive communities. Join Anglican priest and theologian Dr Raymond Pelly at the Home of Compassion in reflecting upon the radical generosity of the God of our Christian tradition. Retreat fee $100.00 plus accommodation costs. Day attendance option also available. Enquiries and registration; Ph. 04 3837769 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compassion Soup Kitchen Street Appeal will be on Friday 14 June 2019 around the Wellington region. We are looking for volunteers! If you can help with being a Street Collector for one to two hours on Friday 14 June, please sign up at soupkitchen.org.nz/streetappeal or call (04) 385 9299.
Day of Prayer for Vocations This Sunday is a special day of prayer for vocations to the priesthood. Please pray for our seminarians Alfred, Matthew and Kinh and all those discerning the call to priesthood. Could someone you know become tomorrow's priest? Pray for this person. Invite him to consider priesthood. Affirm his gifts and qualities. Encourage him to be open to the possibility of becoming a priest.
"The Lord’s call is not an intrusion of God in our freedom; it is the loving initiative whereby God encounters us and invites us to be part of a great undertaking. Every vocation is a summons to follow Jesus on the path he has marked out for us, for our own happiness and for the good of those around us." Pope Francis
Fr David Dowling, Vocations Director: email@example.com
May WelCom is out this week for Sunday 5 May 2019. Contents include:
We pray for the members of our Parish families who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur around this time including Ioelu Fili, June Avery, Audrey Wearne, Helen Kiely and Ian Murray. Our prayers are also with those who are unwell especially 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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