TALOFA LAVA, GRETTINGS AND MALO LELEI
In today’s Gospel, the Sadducees are trying to trap Jesus using a slightly exaggerated and absurd case study. They have no faith in the resurrection and therefore do not grasp that in a place of peace, justice and freedom, people cannot be owned or given.
We are all children of this world who are called to be children of the resurrection. You might recall today someone who has passed away, but who is very much alive because of their influence on people, their generosity and kindness and the difference they made to those around them. They are children of the resurrection.
They make huge sacrifices for all the liberation of people around them, for those who need healing or are oppressed in any way. They cannot die even though they like Jesus, can be condemned by society. You were born a child of light’s wonderful secret – you return to the beauty you have always been. Amen. Fr Sanele
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 PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD:
As November is the traditional month for special prayers for our loved ones, parishioners are asked to write the names and place them in the box in the Church, or give them to the priest. Envelopes are available in the foyer. Because of the large number of names, we will only print anniversaries or recent. All names will be remembered in Masses offered during November.
Please pray for our children as they receive 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
Fr Gregory will be celebrating his 59th birthday on Wednesday 9th November.
Please remember him in your prayers and wish him a Happy Birthday.
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 Patrick’s Children’s Christmas Eve Mass
if you have a child that would like to actively participate in this Mass and the Play
please contact Clare Lundon – (04) 934 2981
"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 email@example.com 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.
Columban Calendars available through the office $12 each.
If you would like a calendar for next year, email, phone or drop into the Parish Office.
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.
You are invited to join St Vinnies in Seatoun/Miramar or in Kilbirnie: The St Vinnies groups meet once a month to pray together and to decide on how to help and who to visit when people are in need in our community. If you want to join the Seatoun & Miramar Conference, or for more information, contact Brendan Quirk on Ph 388 9708 or email@example.com (next meeting Mon 14 Nov). If you want to join the Kilbirnie Conference, or for more information, contact Margaret Bearsley on 021 344 356 or firstname.lastname@example.org (next meeting Mon 7 Nov).
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.
Dove Wellington invites all women to our meeting from 1.15pm to 3pm on Saturday 19 November at Connolly Hall, Guildford Terrace, Wellington. This meeting is the final meeting for the year, where we finish by celebrating Mass, and giving thanks for the year that we have had. This will be a wonderful celebration. Please bring a plate to share for the fellowship. We look forward to seeing you there. Please contact Shura Price for any queries on (04) 389 9938.
Joshua Catholic Men’s Fellowship Wellington. Men come along and join us on Thursday 17th of November 2016 at 7:30pm for prayer and praise, and social time in CONNOLLY HALL, Guildford Tce, Thorndon (behind Sacred Heart Cathedral). Theme: “Understanding ourselves as men living in the Light” Guest speaker: Pauline Griffiths Want to know more? Ring John Taylor (04) 389-8915 or 021-107-8538 or firstname.lastname@example.org
THE SECULAR ORDER OF DISCALCED CARMELITES extends a warm invitation to anyone interested in their spirituality and way of life to join them for an open afternoon on Sunday, 6 November to celebrate the recent canonisation on 16 October, of St Elizabeth of the Trinity, a young Carmelite nun of the 20th century, at Marist Centre, 88 Hobson Street, Thorndon, Wellington, at 2.00 pm. Enquiries: Mary Heffernan 577-2835 or email: email@example.com.
The Door of Mercy remains open
as the Year of Mercy comes to a close!
WelCom November 2016:
As the Year of Mercy closes on Sunday 20 November, let us keep the doors of mercy always open, says Cardinal John Dew, Archbishop of Wellington. Pope Francis has taken us on an amazing journey, opening doors of reconciliation and mercy in many ways. Many of you have responded generously to his call in prayer and action through the spiritual and corporal works of Mercy. I invite you all to keep the doors of mercy open in your families, schools, parishes, in your workplace – wherever you hear people crying out for the mercy of God. Some voices may be difficult to hear – keep listening and keep the doors of mercy always open! I te wairua atawhai – in the spirit of mercy.
Fr Patrick Bridgman
E kapi rā e te Tatau o te Atawhai,
me te mihi ki te Atua mō nga manaakitanga
i uhia ki runga ki te iwi whakapono
i te wā tapu ka kapi nei.
Close the Doors of Mercy,
and greetings to God for the blessings
bestowed on the faithful during this
sacred season which comes to a close.
On Sunday 20 November, at the 7pm Mass for Christ the King at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, this karanga will herald the end of the Year of Mercy opened by Pope Francis in December 2015.
The Recessional of the Mass will see all present pass through the Doors of Mercy, and then following the call the Doors will be closed. Yet here in the Archdiocese a profound truth will also be also acknowledged. For our glass Doors of Mercy will in fact remain open, as they have been installed to provide both a visual and physical link between the Cathedral nave and the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. These doors will continue to remind all who enter the Cathedral that the Lord desires the doors to God’s mercy to be thrown wide open, enabling all peoples to come to God, to return to God, to experience God’s healing mercy!
Cardinal John has been called to Rome to attend the meeting of the Pontifical Council for Ecumenism and then to attend the creation of the 17 new Cardinals. Therefore, it will be our Vicar General, Mons Gerard Burns who will pray, ‘Let us invoke the soothing balm of God’s mercy acknowledging that we are sinners and forgiving one another from the bottom of our hearts.’
This has been the grace of this year; as sinners to seek the mercy of God and to then share this mercy with those who need our forgiveness. That grace, that gift from God remains open to us.
ALL ARE WELCOME TO THIS CELEBRATION OF MERCY!
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