Called to Serve: Date 15/16 November 6.30pm 9am 10.30am 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time GREETERS Joseph Bonaparte Andrea Lai Brian Bartram Christina Fruscalzo Susana Schmidt Barbara Black 1st PROCLAIMER Lily Ong Peter Byrne Gillian Laurenson 2nd PROCLAIMER Rose Ohlsson Mary Mowbray Gloria Hettige PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL Merlyn Bonaparte Grant Brenton Kyra Basabas OFFERTORY PROCESSION Espinas Rajapakse Ibarra Family Family Family Joanne Byrne Patrick Sy Jessica Sebastian Richard Huddleston Wendy Cleaver Graham Cooper Rebecca Huddleston Kitty McKinley Barbara Diggins Emmanuel Calvelo Sharron McSweeney Josh Espinas Patricia Cooney Ewen Laurenson Bea Jayme Kate Cranney EJ Aspinall Kaye Jayme Florence Collis Lamar Aspinall Jim & Betty Ted & Pauline Martinez Stewart White Family MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST Sr Margaret Butler ALTAR SERVERS COLLECTORS MUSIC CHURCH CLEANING David Dobson Pat Collier Kapatiran Group Joseph and Jane Sison Columban Calendars on sale now $10 9 November 2014 St John Lateran Church Parish Priest Parish Secretary 37 Dr Taylor Terrace, Johnsonville Tel 478 7137 Fr Peter Fitzgibbon 9am to 3pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Mass Times Saturday Vigil 6.30pm at Johnsonville Sunday 9am at Johnsonville and 10.30am at Newlands Weekdays NO MASSES DURING THE WEEK except Wednesdays - A Mass at 1pm at the Johnsonville Uniting Church Email Webpage [email protected] www.stpeterandpauls.org.nz Through caring and praying for others as a living eucharistic community, we walk together and grow closer to God. Coming events Sunday 9 November Wednesday 26 November Sunday 30 November St Brigid’s School Fair 10.30am to 1pm Anointing Mass 1pm at Uniting Church Ecumenical Service 11.30am St Brigids School (200 Years of Christianity in NZ) Please note that on Sunday 23 November, the 10.30 Mass will begin at 11am so that the Newlands First Holy Communion families have time to clear the car park. Mass at Saint Andrews in Newlands is Tuesday: 7:00 pm Wednesday 9.00am Thursday: 10:30 am Friday: 9:00 am Saturday 6pm Sunday 9am Mass at St Bens in Khandallah is Tuesday to Friday 9am Saturday 6pm Sunday 9am First Reading Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12 I saw water flowing from the temple and all to whom that water came were saved. Second Reading 1 Corinthians 3:9b-11, 16-17 John 2:13-22 You are God’s temple. Gospel John was speaking about the temple of his body. MASS INTENTIONS We ask for your prayers - Masses have been offered for Asuntha Mary Thevar RIP Rufina Lee RIP (Anniv) Jane Bofill Billoso RIP Merger Update for Parishioners Since the last report we now have a Working Group to prepare an implementation plan for the merger of the three Parishes. This group consists of one person from each of the three Parish Pastoral Councils, one person from each of the three Parish Finance Committees, one person from Parish Youth Ministry and one person from each of the two School Boards. Their agenda is to have a proposed plan ready by Easter and make it widely available within the three Parish and two School communities. The resulting feedback is then available to complete the implementation plan to be forwarded for the Archbishop’s approval. With the formation of this Working Group there are now two groups actively involved in preparing for the merger. A Focus Group has also been called to develop the vision and to prepare events that help us all come together. Please pray for a new grace-filled energy in this time of transition. Fr Peter Don’t forget the Food Basket Building a positive culture of life: Do you have a positive culture of life? John Kleinsman, Director of the Nathaniel Centre, speaks and leads a discussion on to this topic at 8pm on 27 November at Connolly Hall, Hill St, Wellington. For more details see http://tawacatholic.org..nz/ksc or Page 5 of the November Wel-Com YOUTH NEWS Challenge 2000 are about to begin our end of year school programmes! Over the next couple of months we will be going in to various primary and secondary schools around Wellington. Our programmes will focus on many different themes including forgiveness, servant leadership, transitioning to college, and social justice and responsibility. We are all really looking forward to these days and seeing the young people in action in their school communities. The exam study sessions are going really well! It is awesome to see the students continue with their studies and prepare for exams. Come along and join us this Sunday at St Patricks College Kilbirnie, from 4-7.30pm. During the sessions we will be supporting the young people with study, having dinner together and then finishing the night off with some sport. We will be supported by teachers, university students and volunteers. If you know anyone who would like to volunteer as a tutor please get in touch. If you would like to know more or have your child involved please contact Heath Hutton on 4770045 or [email protected] There is Junior Youth Group again today. Today we will be making something to give to the Home of Compassion when we go there next week. Please contact Courtney on 4770045 or [email protected] if you have any questions. On November 30th we will be performing a drama for the Marsen Bicentenary Ecumenical Service in our area. This will be a chance to celebrate 200 years of the Gospel being proclaimed in Aotearoa New Zealand. If you are interested in being a part of this then please get in touch with Heath. Congratulations to all the Year 13’s who have graduated from school. We hope the studies go well for the senior students! All the best for the upcoming exams and whatever lies ahead for 2015. Dove invites all women to a Mass of thanksgiving for the year 15th November 1.15-3.30pm at Connolly hall Guildford Terrace (off Hill St) Thorndon. Please bring a small plate to share for a festive afternoon tea. Enquiries Sandra 475 5541 www.dove.org.nz The Sisters of St. Peter Claver are holding A BIG CHRISTMAS GARAGE SALE on Saturday 29th November 2014 at their Convent grounds - 1 Mersey Street, Island Bay. (corner Melrose Road and Melbourne Road ) from 9 am to 1 pm. All are most welcome The Annual St Gerard's Monastery Open Day is back next weekend (Nov 15th)! Do take this opportunity to come and visit this iconic landmark on Mount Victoria, overseeing Wellington Harbour. You’ll get a chance to satisfy your taste buds with an array of international cuisine on sale; be part of a guided tour around this Category 1A historic site. Have fun time for kids & the young at heart with face painting, games etc. Bring your family and friends to have a memorable afternoon (12 noon -4 pm). Spread the word around! Children’s Liturgy Christmas liturgy photographs will be taken this year on 16th November Venue - The Begonia House Botanic Gardens Wellington Time - Children come to Church (Upstairs) and get costumes at 1pm. Depart for begonia House 1.30 Photographs should be finished by 2.45pm 16th November The Catholic Deaf Community invites all Deaf to join them for the 9.30am Mass at St Peter and Paul's Church, 60 Knights Road, Lower Hutt, on Sunday 16 November. A NZSL interpreter will be present. Come and hear ABBY JOHNSON Sunday 7th December 3:00 - 5.00pm Kingsgate Hotel, 24 Hawkestone Street, Thorndon, Wellington Having worked at Planned Parenthood for 8 years, Abby left after assisting in an ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old pre-born child. Abby will share the powerful and inspiring story of her conversion from being immersed in the abortion industry to influential life advocate. A rare opportunity not to be missed! A collection will be taken to help defray costs. 0800 367 5433 www.fli.org.nz/abbyjohnsonvisitingnewzealand Charismatic Mass Tuesday, 11th November 2014, 7.30pm at St Bernadette’s Church, 194 Naenae Road, Naenae. Celebrant: Fr Kevin Connors. All welcome. DAY OF REFLECTION AT PA MARIA, WELLINGTON, SATURDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2015 Interested people are warmly welcome to book for this day of reflection at the Marist Fathers' house Pa Maria, Hobson Street. Bookings are essential and numbers are restricted. The theme is Ignation spirituality in Advent. There will be opportunity to reflect in silence. Attendees are asked to bring their own lunch. Tea and coffee is provided. There will be a charge to help meet expenses, however a reduced charge, or no charge, is certainly available. If you wish to book for this day, and/or receive information and details, please contact Leo Brettkelly by email [email protected] or telephone 472 2883 or 0211516405. Johnsonville Combined Churches Christmas Float The Johnsonville Christmas Parade is on the 6th December this year and we are combining with the Uniting and Anglican churches again this year to put a float together. I need your help! There are a few jobs to be done before the day and help putting together the float on the day. Can you help? Ring Graham 972-9386 Christmas Carols to your Door The Kapatiran Choir will be singing Christmas Carols outside this year. We can visit your home anytime from 7:00pm-9:00pm on the following dates: 15 Dec (Monday), 17 Dec (Wednesday), 18 Dec (Thursday), 19 Dec (Friday), 21 Dec (Sunday) and 23 Dec (Tuesday). The carolling would take 10-15 minutes per visit and all donations will go to the church building strengthening. If anyone would like to arrange a booking, please contact Henrietta Catalan at 021 805 566 Next Week’s Readings Proverbs 31:10-13,16-18, 20,26 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 Matthew 24:36, 25:14-30 We welcome into God’s family Aria Trezise-Pohatu + Doiminic Wilson who were Baptised here recently. Social Justice Thoughts 8-9 November 2014 Mary Mowbray Johnsonville Just back from the launch of the Big Picture, a children’s art exhibition. In their artworks, children identified the need for better housing, healthy food, more money, strong families and support networks. Primary and secondary aged children, after wide-ranging research, identified and illustrated poverty’s kaleidoscope of causes and ways to alleviate it. The exhibits reinforced the message that a child’s home can either be where the heart is, or where the harm is. Many of them brought tears to my eyes - I urge you to go and see them. What does the holy father Pope Francis say? ‘In our time humanity is experiencing a turning-point in its history, as we can see from the advances being made in so many fields. We can only praise the steps being taken to improve people’s welfare in areas such as health care, education and communications. At the same time we have to remember that the majority of our contemporaries are barely living from day to day, with dire consequences.’ ‘Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.’ Here are calls for charitable contributions, supporting the work of Caritas, Red Cross, Unicef and others internationally and locally, plus new initiatives such as Kaibosh and Kiwi Community Assistance . ‘While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation.’ This statement and others like it urge us to change the system to make it more balanced in favour of the impoverished majority. Examples of this are people fighting for higher wages overall especially raising the minimum wage, movement towards a ‘living’ wage, and the recent judgement on pay equity. ‘Today’s economic mechanisms promote inordinate consumption, yet it is evident that unbridled consumerism combined with inequality proves doubly damaging to the social fabric. Inequality eventually engenders a violence which recourse to arms cannot and never will be able to resolve.’ ‘Some simply content themselves with blaming the poor and the poorer countries themselves for their troubles; indulging in unwarranted generalizations, they claim that the solution is an “education” that would tranquilize them, making them tame and harmless.’ The blaming rhetoric is very prevalent here within NZ too. How often do you hear “they should just get a job” or “they need to spend the benefit more prudently” or worse “why did they have children?” It is the children who are suffering and they are no way to blame! Aa a Big Picture entries points out: Poverty is a punishment for a crime you didn’t commit. Big Picture Competition at Bowen House Level 1 Exhibition Space 5 November to 12 December. Quotes from §§ 52-60 APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION EVANGELII GAUDIUM http:// w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papafrancesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium.html Celebration of Good News - “Te Rongopai”. On Christmas day in 1814 Rev Marsden conducted the first formal Christian service in New Zealand. The service took place in the Bay of Islands at the invitation of Nga Puhi chief Ruatara. Local Maori responded to the service with a haka of 300-400 warriors. The Good News (Te Rongopai) was to have a significant impact on Maori throughout New Zealand. Te Rongopai was a catalyst for the Treaty of Waitangi, and helped to shape the New Zealand society that we know today. In association with other churches in the Johnsonville area we plan to celebrate this significant bi-centenary. Several events are planned. These are as followsA) Te Rongopai DVD. 200 years of the Gospel in New Zealand 1814-2014 65 Minute DVD in five chapters presented by Historian, Dr. Stuart Lange. The DVD will be screened on three occasions in North Wellington. Sunday 23rd November, 11.30am at the Uniting Church, 18 Dr.Taylor Tce. Johnsonville Sunday 23rd November, 7.00pm at St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, 196 Newlands Rd. Newlands. Wednesday 26th November, 7.00pm at Uniting Church, Dr. Taylor Tce. Johnsonville. B) Ecumenical, bi-cultural out-door service, Sunday 30th November at 11.30 am. This service will be held in the grounds of St. Brigid’s school in Johnsonville. Johnsonville churches will join with the Maori community to present a bi-cultural, ecumenical service celebrating the 200th anniversary of the first proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus. The service will reflect the welcome given to the Good News by Maori, and will then through scripture, song and drama led by the various churches and Challenge 2000 trace the development of Christianity in New Zealand over these 200 years. The service will be a time of unity, of celebration, of reflection, of worship, of prayer, carried out within a bi-cultural and multi-cultural and ecumenical spirit. After the service on the school grounds we will share a picnic lunch together, further celebrating the unity we have in Jesus. C) Public Meeting- Thursday 4th December 7.30pm, Loaves and Fishes, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Hill St. Wellington. At this event three speakers from different perspectives, with expertise in the coming and the development of Christianity in New Zealand over the last 200 years, will each deliver a 20 minute presentation with time left for questions. This occasion is designed to give a deeper knowledge and awareness of the wonderful Christian inheritance we have received from those who have lived lives of faith and love and gone before us. We look forward to a large parish participation in the Te Rongopai celebrations.
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