WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, TE WAIRUA TAPU.
As we all journey together, it is good to reflect on what God wants us to do for our Parish communities. God is reaching out to us in mercy, love and compassion. I am delighted with the involvement and participation of all the stewards of the parish. Stewardship Spirituality is a way of life that calls for our response by receiving the gifts of God with gratitude, cultivating our responsibility and sharing them generously in justice with others and returning the gifts with increase to God. St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians reads “There are varieties of gifts but the same spirit, and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each given the manifestation of the spirit for the common good.” (1 Cor. 12:4-7).
We are all good stewards of God’s gifts. We are all working for the common good of the mission of Christ. Our parish aims to become communities who welcome all. So everyone feels a sense of belonging, like a family. I personally encourage you all to support each other, to welcome the new faces to our communities. We should reflect every day about our parish. What gifts and abilities has God given to me and you? How do I use them for God and for the Parish of the Holy Spirit? What St Augustine of Hippo once said: “what you are is a gift from God and what you become is your gift to God”. Our parish is blessed with multicultural faces, languages and gifts. Let us give them to God, living out our baptismal mission in the world. I hope this “Welcome Booklet” will help you to get to know the parish and show you opportunities to share your time, talents and treasures for the common good of the Parish of the Holy Spirit, Te Wairua Tapu.
Fr. Marlon Peter Maylon, SVD (Parish Priest)