The choice of words gives us a clear insight into the nature of faith. The people of his hometown did not believe in the deeper powers of Jesus. They took him only at face value. To them, he was yet another young man who had grown up in the vicinity. Because of their lack of faith, Jesus could work no miracle among his people.
Healing miracles generally require two things: Something from the giver and something from the receiver.
What must come from the recipient is a deep belief in the giver. If that is missing, the miracle probably will not take place. People of Nazareth were fascinated and amazed at the power of Jesus but they didn’t truly believe in him.
Why they didn’t believe in him? Because he was one of them. He had come from them, they all knew him, who he was? A carpenter. The son of Mary. His brothers and sisters too were with them. They felt they knew all about him, and that he had nothing to offer them. “If we reject the messenger, we will automatically reject the message”
Our problem can be similar to that of the people of Nazareth. We know the Gospel too well. As soon as the Priest starts reading the Gospel we take for granted that we know it. “What can that Priest say that I have not heard before, I have heard it all”. The truth is that each time we hear the Word of God, we can understand God’s message differently. Let us remember “If we reject the messenger, we automatically reject the message”.
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.
Anointing Mass - St Patrick’s Church 11am Wednesday 11th July
Finance Committee Meeting – 10th July 7.30pm Holy Cross Parish Centre
You, your family and friends are invited to Pope Night. What is Pope Francis trying to say to us? What is his ultimate message? A selection of thought provoking videos where Pope Francis speaks in his own words. Tea and coffee provided.
Charity knitting for babies and toddlers Many thanks to all parishioners and friends for continuing to knit jerseys, beanies, and blankets for donation to orphanages. It is very much appreciated. We have plenty of wool, and instructions for easy-to-knit garments, if any others would like to join us. Phone Margaret 3882-840.
For Engaged Couples A wedding is a day. Marriage is a lifetime. Prepare for your lifetime together by attending an Engaged Encounter marriage preparation weekend. Your next opportunity to attend a weekend is 14th and 15th July. For more information phone Simon and Kate on 801 6192 or go to www.cee-wellington.co.nz
Go, you are sent… to build community. Outcome (12e) Seeking out and drawing “the missing” back into the parish community is a factor in all decision making in the implementation of the Synod outcomes.
Taizé Prayer. Join us for an hour of meditative singing – simple songs typically featuring a line or two from the Psalms. A kind of lectio divina in music, reading and spoken prayer along with periods of silence. First Friday of every month – July 6, 7pm – 8pm, Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington. Ph. 04 383 7769.
Christian Meditation Group. Join us each Monday evening for an hour of Christian meditation in the ancient form of contemplative prayer. All are welcome. 7pm, Chapel, Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay, Wellington. Ph. 04 383 7134 or 04 383 7769.
Vigil for the Unborn: Saturday 21 July. St Anne's Catholic Church, Emmett Street, Newtown. 10 am Mass. Followed by Exposition & Rosary Procession to front of Hospital. Ends at Noon with a shared lunch. Join in this important prayer effort for our most vulnerable, the unborn children, and those affected by the tragedy of abortion. For more information contact Family Life International NZ PH: 237 8343
Healing Service Fr John Rea will conduct a Healing Service in the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Monday 9 July beginning at 7.30 pm. Fr John has just returned from Western Australia where he has witnessed many healings. Come and hear fresh testimonies of how God heals today. Please bring all those who need Jesus` healing. All are welcome. Come with expectant faith.
Dove Women's Retreat Weekend - 27 to 29 July Come and join us for a weekend to be "Refreshed - Renewed - Restored". The theme for 2018 is "Harvest" with guest speakers Wilma Conroy and Anne Claessens. Venue: Willow Park Christian Camp, Eastern Beach, Auckland There are optional weekend registrations for residential or non-residential. To register or for further information visit our website www.dove.org.nz or phone Shona Williams 07 543 0101 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Request from Immigration New Zealand: Homes needed for new New Zealanders Immigration NZ are often looking for rental homes in Wellington for refugee families. The tenants have recently arrived in NZ, are now Permanent Residents and are undergoing a 6 week induction to NZ life. Our onsite MSD office will arrange rent, bond and fee payments direct to you. The tenants will be supported in their new homes for a year by the Red Cross support team. If you can assist, please contact our Housing Officers to see how you can join our happy network of housing providers: Rona Varney email@example.com Phone 029 771 1694 Doug Richards firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 021 870 564
Society of Mary Priests and Brothers: Communities of men committed to lives of prayer and service, disciples of Jesus inspired by the example of His mother Mary, sharing the mission of the Church locally and internationally. If you know someone who might consider life as a Marist priest or brother there is an information and prayer weekend 24-26 August. Information at www.maristseminary.org.nz or facebook.com/marists. Email Fr Pat Breeze SM at email@example.com
About to get Married? Could you successfully run a marathon without preparing for it? Of course not! So too marriage. The next opportunity to prepare for your lifetime of marriage on an Engaged Encounter Marriage Preparation course is July 14th and 15th. For more information phone Kate and Simon on 801 6192 or visit our website www.cee-wellington.co.nz
Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women. Our meeting is on Saturday, 21 July at 1:15pm at Connolly Hall, Guildford Tce, Thorndon. Our speaker is Maureen Wilmshurst on "My hope is in Him". All women welcome. Enquiries Shura 3899938.
Learn about Modern Slavery, Trafficking & Exploitation in Aotearoa NZ SPEAKERS: DR REBECCA MILLER & PETER DEVOY, Immigration NZ on Monday 16 July 7 30-9 pm at Ss Peter & Paul’s Church, Knights Rd, ,Lower Hutt Gold coin donation. Sponsored by ANZRATH (Religious & Friends Against Human Trafficking)
Never think that you have nothing to offer, or that nobody needs you. Many people need you. Think about it! Each of you, think in your heart: many people need me. Pope Francis: Meeting with Young People, Maipu Shrine, 17 January 2018
1. One-Day Retreat on Saturday 28th July between 8:30am and 5pm at Home of Compassion, Island Bay. Theme: “Jesus, Our Strength” Retreat Leader: Fr Neil Vaney s.m. Bring some lunch to share.
2. Monthly meeting on Thursday 19th July at 7:30pm in Connolly Hall, Guildford Terrace, Thorndon (behind Sacred Heart Cathedral) Want to know more? Ring Steve Ready 027-356-9555 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Come To The River Men’s Support Group. Where? In one of the rooms underneath; North Porirua Baptist Church in the village of Whitby. – Discovery Drive. Date: Tuesday 26th June 2018 Time: 7 pm every 2 weeks
Coming up – Odyssey Youth Development and Sacramental Programme! Starting in early August, the Challenge 2000 Youth Ministry team will be running an Odyssey Programme - for young people aged 13 and over. It is for young people, by young people! Odyssey is a personal and faith development programme and provides a space for young people to learn from each other and discuss the issues that face them today. It’s also an opportunity for those who are interested, to prepare for and receive sacraments they have previously missed out on. If this sounds like you – then get in touch with us! Our first gathering will be at 4pm on Sunday 5th of August at the Marist Challenge Centre, 1 Wanaka Street in Johnsonville. We are also on the lookout for enthusiastic youth leaders - if you are Year 13 and over and would like to help lead this programme with other young people, let us know! For more information and to register interest as a leader or participant please contact Anna Hoskins at Challenge 2000 on 027 842 1280 or email@example.com or contact Aaron Itinteang firstname.lastname@example.org
Bishop Viard College Jubilee Registrations are now open Labour Weekend 2018
A weekend of celebration is planned for October 19-21 and all past pupils, staff and friends of the College are invited to register now to avoid disappointment for some events. Programme information and registration are available following this link - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe-JTyJksNlwbb2LY5K13JIVENlmsDs-Vwniyj-4FXDXqMbTA/viewform or email us email@example.com or phone Phil (04)237 9902 or mobile 027 786 5542.
You can also like our Bishop Viard College 50th Jubilee Facebook page for Jubilee year news and maybe make contact with old friends https://www.facebook.com/BVCJubilee/ Truth is light-Pass it on!
We pray for the members of our Parish families who have died recently especially Dorothy Dunn, Florence Brook, Margaret Scott, Patrick Sweeney Philomena (Phil) Hannan and Maurice Gunn and those whose anniversaries occur around this time including Garry Martin, Mark O’Conner, Sophia Athenassiou, Frank Folan, Nancie Burge & Lakopo Utumau’u. Our prayers are also with those who are unwell especially John Rogers 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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