Feb 032019
Humble Jesus seeks our response  of faith and friendship

St Luke beautifully describes the person and life of Jesus, often through dramatic contrasts. These contrasts make Jesus even more accessible to us. They prove Jesus is committed to forming a very close and intimate relationship with us, sustainable in our prayer and daily lives, however lowly we feel. In his nativity story read on [more…]

 03/02/2019  Categories: Editorial Tagged with: ,
Dec 232018
God So Loved You

While commercialism can act like a smoke-screen, distracting from the real meaning of Christmas, it is important that we push through to take hold of the true wonder of Jesus’ birth. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have [more…]

 23/12/2018  Categories: Editorial Tagged with: ,
Dec 092018
"Yes, Lord!"

This weekend at Mass we will be distributing the Parish’s first publication of ‘Yes, Lord!’ Phil & I took the photo on the front cover ten years ago when we visited Assisi. We were newly engaged, and we had bought our first item for our new home; a little statue of St Francis. The evening [more…]

 09/12/2018  Categories: Editorial Tagged with:
Dec 022018
It's Advent - Happy New Year

Today is the first Sunday in Advent and the first Sunday of the Church’s Year.  Today we begin our journey towards Easter night, which is the most important, greatest and holiest night of the year.  Our first stop along this road will be the twelve days of Christmas (Christmas day to Epiphany), when we rejoice [more…]

 02/12/2018  Categories: Editorial, News Tagged with: ,
Nov 252018
Come Just As You Are

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King.  In 21st Century NZ our reality of ‘Kingship’ and ‘Kingdoms’ is somewhat removed from former eras, but even today Jesus’ instruction is the same as when He walked on earth “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s” (Mk 12:17).  [more…]

 25/11/2018  Categories: Editorial Tagged with:
Nov 182018
Approaching the end of the church year.

This Sunday’s readings give us the assurance that our God will be with us all the days of our lives and that we will have the ongoing presence of the Holy Spirit in our midst guiding, protecting and strengthening us in spite of our necessary human uncertainty concerning the Judgement Day. Next Sunday is the [more…]

 18/11/2018  Categories: Editorial Tagged with:
Nov 112018
Are we in this relationship together?

As I get about, I often hear people say they have no connection to their parish and there is very little keeping them there. Having a connection is about relationship. A relationship is not one sided. We have all had the friend who is happy to take; but not ready to give. The relationship is [more…]

 11/11/2018  Categories: Editorial Tagged with:
Nov 042018
Service Renews Our Life

One of the defining characteristics of our Christian vocation is that we are outward-looking in our spirit and action. At the insistence of Jesus himself, we are here not to be served, but to serve, to expend our lives for the benefit of humankind (Mk 10:45). We see this in the parent who sits with [more…]

 04/11/2018  Categories: Editorial, News Tagged with:
Oct 282018
Inviting Others to Join us in "asking"

I notice that in this weekend’s Gospel story, Jesus asks Bartimaeus, the blind man, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Perhaps, it was not that Jesus did not know, but that Bartimaeus needed to be aware of his need and his request of Jesus. While my children have always had a home, [more…]

 28/10/2018  Categories: Editorial, News Tagged with: , ,
Oct 212018
Mission Sunday

Over one billion Catholics all over the world observe today as World Mission Sunday. On World Mission Sunday, Catholics gather to celebrate the Eucharist and to contribute to a collection for the work of evangelization around the world. This annual celebration gives us a chance to reflect on the importance of mission work for the [more…]

 21/10/2018  Categories: Editorial Tagged with: