The Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) of the Parish of the Holy Spirit Te Wairua Tapu endeavours to unify the four communities of San Antonio, Sacred Heart, Our Lady of the Rosary and St Patrick. As a relatively new Parish we are still finding our feet but continue to grow in both faith and unity. The PPC is made up of representatives from the four communities and I am constantly grateful for the time and energy that people give to their communities and the Parish. The Parish has had a busy year with ongoing renovations at St Patrick’s, 100 years celebration of the life of Father McMenamin at Sacred Heart, continuing growth at Our Lady of the Rosary and latterly the Archdiocesan Synod in late September where each community was represented.

The preparation (discernment) for the Synod clearly showed that being a Catholic in the 21st century brings with it many challenges. However, the overwhelming message was that people are keen to be outward looking rather than inward. That is, they want to throw open the doors and windows of the church and let in the light and most importantly proactively help the community in which we live. All the community and not just the Catholics. It is about being additive and inclusive and not subtractive and exclusive. Pope Francis is certainly leading the way in this thinking, which segues rather nicely into my next paragraph.

It takes a lot of effort and time by many people to ensure the smooth running of the Parish and we are constantly on the lookout for more people to step forward and up as servant leaders. The Parish council role is a two year appointment and is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the Parish (and your community). It is also a unique opportunity to be involved in the forming of strategy and policy for the Parish. Father Marlon may shoulder tap you at any moment to be involved so if this happens, don’t be shy – step up.

We will finish the year with celebration at our Parish Mass on the 26th of November at Sacred Heart in Petone. Last year’s Mass was a terrific success which was down to many people doing a lot of work behind the scenes. I anticipate another successful Mass once we manage to identify an appropriate location.

This time of the year is often the beginning of the madness that is the countdown to Christmas. It is important to take time out for your spiritual wellbeing and to just slow down. As Oran L Crain said Oh, that God would slow us all down…at least a little bit.

Catherine Gardner


Fr Marlon Maylon

I am Filipino and I am a member of the Society of the Divine Word. We are a missionary order who work in more than 70 countries. I have previously worked in Ecuador and Australia before coming to New Zealand.

Fr John Quang

I am Vietnamese by origin and moved to Australia 30 years ago as a refugee.After my seminary formation, I was sent and involved in different ministries: parish, hospital chaplaincy, migrant workers, and formation for seminarians. Before coming to New Zealand, I was in Alice Springs, Central Australia, working among the Aborigines.

Catherine Gardner

I moved to Petone in 2011, having previously lived in Auckland, London, Detroit, Dunedin and Oamaru where I was born and raised. I was educated by the Dominicans and am privileged to be able to serve the Parish on the Pastoral Council. I am committed to making the Parish of the Holy Spirit, Te Wairua Tapu an inclusive, vibrant and progressive Parish.

Liz Heatley

I joined the Parish Council in June as the representative of our 4 Parish schools. I am the Principal of Sacred Heart School Petone and a member of the Sacramental Programme Team in the Sacred Heart Church community. I have been at Sacred Heart School for 6 years. I have been a teacher for over 30 years and a Principal for 21 years. I am a parishioner of St Mary of the Angels Parish in Wellington. I am looking forward to working on the Parish Council over the next year.

Martin Ryan

I’m part of the Our Lady of the Rosary community where I am acting chairman of the Stewardship team and also involved in Children’s Liturgy. I’ve been at OLR for around seven years. My wife and 8 year old daughter are both part of the music group, which is a great group – one of the reasons we choose Lower Hutt when we came back from overseas. The younger two kids are next to join the line up.

Godfrey Fernandez

I’ve been in the St Patrick’s Wainuiomata community for almost 17 years. Some parishioners will still label me a newbie! as many have lived there for many more years than that. I have had some involvement on the pastoral council and youth group over the years. The highlight of which was leading a small boisterous contingent to the 2008 World Youth Day in Sydney. A massive recent highlight for our community is the fact that we have moved back into our refurbished 100% code compliant church, which is a blessing and miracle from God. My family and I live in the wop wops of Wainuiomata tending to a small olive grove and three chickens. In my spare time I work in Information Technology as a partner at Catalyst IT.

Natasha Watson

I whakapapa back to Ngati Manawa, Tuhoe and Nga Puhi and am a relatively recent convert to the Catholic Faith and member of the Waiwhetu community of the Parish. I currently serve on the Stewardship team, OCIA and Children’s Liturgy. I am also the current Chair of Our Lady of the Rosary School Board of Trustees. I have three children ranging in age from teenager to young baby and I am passionate about my faith, social justice, adult formation and building connections and relationships throughout communities of the wider Te Wairua Tapu Parish.

Amy Kamo

I am part of the St Patricks Church stewardship team in Wainuiomata. Wainuiomata is a community I have been part of for most of my life, aside from a short stint in Christchurch, and is where my husband Ara and I now raise our three children. I am also on the St Claudine Thevenet School Board of Trustees where two of my children attend.

Aukusitino Smith

Michael Blackman

Geraldine and I have lived in Waiwhetu and Eastbourne for the past 42 years where I have been involved in various Church roles and for many years have been active in St Vincent de Paul.

A partner in my business, I now work part time, spending the other hours in various pursuits including Pest Trap maintenance in the Rimutaka Forest Park as well as biking and kayaking.

I will try and represent the Eastbourne Church community’s place in the Parish’s plan.

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