Voice of the voiceless
The central theme of today’s readings is an invitation to become humble instruments of healing in Jesus’ hands by giving voice to the needy and the marginalized in our society. Today’s Scripture also invites us to open our ears to hear the word of God and to loosen our tongues to convey the good news of God’s love and salvation to others. The first reading (Is 35:4-7) reminds us that God's eyes are constantly focused on the helpless. God especially cares for "the frightened, the blind, the deaf, the lame, the mute," and encourages the powerless to "be strong and fearless." This is why, in today’s second reading (James 2:1-5), the apostle warns the faithful about discriminating against the poor and showing special consideration to the rich. Today’s Gospel describes how Jesus, by healing a deaf and mute man, fulfils Isaiah’s Messianic prophecy, "the eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped". The ailments listed by Isaiah are symbolic of interior sufferings: blindness to the needs of neighbour, unwillingness to hear God’s voice and the inability to speak words of praise and gratitude. Through this miracle story, Mark also reminds us that no one can be a follower of the Lord without reaching out to the helpless (“preferential option for the poor”). This is pressing invitation of the Social Justice week to extend our healing and compassionate hand to reach the needy.
God has given us sound ears to hear his word and the cry of the poor. God has loosened our tongues so that we may profess our faith in Jesus and become the voice of the voiceless and defend their cause. The miracle has great relevance to us, because a person could have perfect hearing, and yet not hear the word of God, have perfect speech, and yet be unable to make an act of faith or speak on behalf of the voiceless. Fr Paul
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.
Weekday Mass Times Holy Trinity Parish 10th – 14th September
Our priests will be at the Clergy Assemby in Christchurch from the 10th – 14th September
During their absence Fr Denis Collins has kindly agreed to say weekday Masses
on the 11th, 12th & 14th
Monday 10th 9am St Patrick’s Church (Capuchins will celebrate before they leave)
Tuesday 11th 9.30am St Patrick’s Church
Wednesday 12th 9.30am Holy Cross Church
Friday 14th 9am Holy Cross Church
Please do not park on the grass verges at St Patrick’s Church, it is damaging the kerb.
Please do not park by the fire doors or in the church entranceway. These are emergency exits and to be kept clear at all times. Thank you
Parish Manager—Holy Trinity Parish Wellington
Holy Trinity Catholic Parish is seeking applicants with time, energy, motivation and good communication skills to fill a newly created role of Parish Manager. A practicing Christian currently participating in a parish would be a preferred applicant.
A key role of Parish Manager is to assist the Parish Pastoral Council to review and assist with implementation of the Annual Parish Plan, objectives and priorities and to assist the Parish Priest with some administrative activities. A working knowledge of modern communication platforms and an ability to relate to parishioners and the wider community with compassion and integrity is a key requirement. Working within a team environment to support harmonious relationships across all parish groups is an essential skill.
This is a fixed term, part-time, paid position of up to 24 hrs per week with a finishing date of 20 December 2019
To apply for this valuable role, please send your CV and reference contacts to
Parish Priest, Holy Trinity Parish, PO Box 15-256, Miramar, Wellington 6243.
Closing date for applications is Friday 21 September 2018.
St Vincent de Paul Memorial Mass, 7pm, Thurs 27 September 2018, Holy Trinity Parish. Parishioners in St Anthony's, Holy Cross and St Patrick's Church communities are warmly welcomed to join your St Vincent de Paul Society members from the Wellington Area and Young Vinnies from our colleges for the annual memorial Mass at 7pm, Thursday 27 September 2018, at St Anthony's Church, Seatoun. The Mass celebrates our patron saint and prays for all Vincentians, our clients, and our supporters. Supper after. (Contact: David Corcoran, SVDP Seatoun & Miramar Conference, phone 04 388 4991).
Holy Cross Happy Hour Weds 12th September 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
2019 St Anthony's Biennial Bazaar
The St Anthony's School/Church Bazaar has been set for early March next year - exact date TBC. This is a significant fundraiser for our school and Church. Thank you to those who came along to our last two meetings and shared fantastic ideas. We have set our next meeting for Monday 24 September at 7pm in the Gascoigne Room. All welcome!
Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women. Note venue change. Our meeting is on Saturday, 15 September at 1:15pm at St Joseph's Catholic Church, 42 Ellice Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington. Our speaker is Eileen Romanos. All women welcome. Enquiries Shura 3899938.
Social Justice Week – 9 – 15 September As we gather after Mass, please be mindful of the different needs and strengths of each other, and that we each have a unique part to play in this parish. Look out for ways you can enable others; and for ways that you need to be enabled. Jean Vanier said: “Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated. Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-images be transformed.”
So, let us celebrate our individual lives and our life as a community, while always being mindful of those on the edges, who may be waiting for an invitation to belong or to participate in ways we do not expect.
Go you are sent to fellow Christians 9(a) The Archdiocese and parishes actively promote more interaction and partnership with other churches, particularly in action on social issues and joint worship.
The month’s mind Mass of Kraft D’Souza will be held at 5.30pm on Wednesday 12th September at St Patrick’s Church, Kilbirnie, followed by light refreshments. All Welcome
HOLY TRINITY PARISH MASS - 10AM SUNDAY 30th September
AT ST PATRICK’S CHURCH
We will be celebrating Sunday Mass together at St Patrick’s Church.
For those who are unable to be at this Mass,
there will be the 5.30pm Vigil Mass at St Patrick’s Church.
Please note: These will be the only 2 Masses in the Parish on the 30th September
Devastating floods in India have caused huge losses for already poor families. In support of our Priests we will have a collection box for monetary donations at the back of each church next Sunday. Funds will be donated to the flood victims of Kerala. Your generosity would be appreciated.
The Bach Choir of Wellington 3pm Saturday 15 September St Andrew’s on The Terrace
The choir’s second concert in its 50th anniversary year, and the first concert under its new Musical Director, Shawn Condon, is a concert of “two halves”.
The first half contains two of Bach’s surviving motets, Lobet den Herrn, all Heiden, BWV 230 and Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227. Accompanied by Douglas Mews on the organ, the choir will also be joined by Eleanor Carter, playing cello continuo.
The second half will consist of Monteverdi’s Messa a Quattro voci da cappella (Mass for Four Voices),composed when he was maestro di capella at St Mark’s in Venice. Monteverdi held the post for 30 years, was ordained into the priesthood during that time and is now regarded as a crucial transitional figure between the Renaissance and Baroque periods of musical history.
Joshua Catholic Men’s Fellowship Wellington invites men to come along and join us on Thursday 20th of September 2018 at 7:30pm (Note: fellowship from 7:00pm for 7:30pm start) in The Loaves and Fishes Hall next to the Anglican Cathedral of St Paul, corner Hill and Molesworth streets Thorndon.
Speaker: Cardinal John Dew, back from the ‘World Meeting of Families’ in Ireland and about to go to Rome.
Parish Liturgy Committee Meeting: Tuesday 18th September 7.30pm St Patrick’s Meeting Room
Finance Committee Meeting: Wednesday 19th September 7.30pm Holy Cross Parish Centre.
First Parish Liturgy combined gathering – 25th September 2018 6pm at St Patrick’s Parish Centre
We will be having a workshopping session focusing on the vision with the Parish Liturgy Committee terms of reference. All those involved in organising liturgy in all the churches in our parish including church liturgy committees, the school DRS’s, children’s liturgy, music groups, and those interested in being involved are expected to attend. If you have any questions, please contact David Sullivan (Parish Liturgy Chair) 021 244 0445 or email@example.com
Sunday 23rd September 5pm service will be held in the Holy Cross School Hall – The School is looking forward to joining the 5pm Parish Mass which will be held in their hall where senior students will be leading the music for this service.
Kiwi Athletic Club opening and enrolment night 1st Wednesday in October 5pm Newtown Stadium. For College age to Veteran adults. Ideal for winter coders, newcomers Contact Peter Jack 388 6224 from 7PM
St Patrick's College Art Exhibition, Kilbirnie, 6.30pm-9.30pm 21 September 2018 Tickets are on sale now on Eventfinda or from the College for this much-anticipated event (contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 939 9070). Tickets are $25 and include light refreshments. This is a great night out to view or purchase high-quality art by more than 30 established and upcoming artists. Over 130 artworks, including ceramics and jewellery, will be available for purchase. Thank you for your support of this event which is a fundraiser for the College.
The Sept. 9 – 22 issue of NZ Catholic is out now. Some headlines are: Cardinal Dew in Ireland. Forgiveness is essential, Francis tells families. Involving God in our significant life decisions. Catholic 1st XV’s take out premierships.
St Anthony’s Art & Crafts Team Bazaar 2019 Do you know someone who knits or crochets?
● We are looking for donations of knitted or crocheted items to sell alongside our amazing art and crafts next year for the St Anthony’s School Bazaar, - can you help? ● Can you knit up some items over the summer months - wool can be provided! ● Any of the following would be gratefully accepted: Booties, blankets, toys, cardi’s, hats, jersey’s, tea cosies or anything else! Donations: ● We are also looking for donations of good quality material, and cactus or succulent plants - can you help? ● Items can be left in school office ● If you can help us out with any of the above, have helped out before on the day and would like to again, or have an idea and would like to join the team please contact Claire St Just 0211874785 or email@example.com
We pray for the members of our Parish families who have died recently and those whose anniversaries occur around this time including Silvera Joyce & Ray Quirke. 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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