Easter Sunday 21st April 2019

EASTER SUNDAY SOLEMNITY OF EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD He has risen as He said! We now celebrate the most important season of our faith. It is the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. All the signs and symbols that we associate with Easter are all about New Life. Easter eggs are symbolic of the new life inside the eggs after they hatch which are brought by the Easter bunny. However, we must focus on the more important symbols of Easter. The Paschal candle which is lit during the Easter Vigil is the symbol of the Risen
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Passion/Palm Sunday – 14th April 2019

Following Jesus Every Day! This Sunday is Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday. As we all know this marks the beginning of Holy Week. It is the traditional day on which the Church remembers Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem amid a group of people worshipping him, laying down palm branches before him, and shouting his praises “hosanna” which mean “save us now” Jesus. This crowd heard him preach and a wave of religious expectation swept the country. However, the cheering did not last for long! To the point that the same crowds who welcome him begun to turn against him. People
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Sunday 7th April 2019

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT DO NOT SIN AGAIN “Let anyone amongst you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (v.7) This statement of Jesus helps us realize that no one has THE RIGHT to condemn and execute judgment over another because of their sins… For on that day, the only ‘SINLESS ONE’ in that area was Jesus Christ himself and he threw no stone. Rather, once the crowd scattered, Jesus asks the woman, but instead of seeing just the woman, ‘SEE ALL OF US’ – “…where are they? Has no one condemned you?”, “Go,
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Sunday 31st March 2019

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT Is the Church falling apart? Over the last five decades we have witnessed changes in the Catholic Church in New Zealand and throughout the world. We have adjusted to the changes in the Mass and other liturgies, and now give them little thought. But further changes have become apparent in these later years — the much smaller members at Mass, especially of teenagers and young adults; a large drop in the numbers of religious, with most of the priests in retirement age, and few in formation for ministry. These changes are worrying, but even worse has
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Sunday 24th March 2019

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT Where was God in this carnage? Last weekend we were stunned and shattered by the murderous massacre in two Christchurch mosques. But proud and grateful for the magnificent heroic action of the police, hospital, medical and emergency personnel. Over that weekend prayers must have been offered in every church, synagogue, temple and mosque throughout our land, as well as by the 11,000 at the Vigil in the Basin Reserve, and the thousands at other vigils held in other towns and cities. And where was God? First of all, in and with the victims and their families
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Sunday 17 March 2019

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT … his clothes became as white as light … The opening words of the Bible: In the beginning God … God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light. God divided light from darkness. God called light ‘day’ and darkness he called ‘night’. Evening came and morning came: the first day. God did not call into being the sun, the moon and the stars until the fourth day. Light, then is to be seen as distinct from its sources, a reality of its own — we need the sun to give us light, but that
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Sunday 10th March 2019

How the Mighty have Fallen – or have they? As I write this, it is only a few days since Cardinal Pell, in an Australian Law Court, was found guilty of the heinous crime of paedophilia. My own reaction: ‘O no! Not this?!, but also a realisation that this unpopular Churchman with his blatant ambition and arrogance has now met his ‘comeuppance’. All of us, as Catholics, must accept a sense of humiliation and embarrassed shame, must ‘grin and bear it’ and soldier on. Next morning the Dominion Post covered half a page with its report on the case. Feeling
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Sunday 3rd March 2019

EIGHTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR Lent comes around again ‘Ash Wednesday already!’ ‘What am I going to give up for Lent this year?’ As we get older the easier it is to slip into a change of gear and ‘give up’, what we did last year, and the year before that … Would that be making it too easy? Remembering the three demands of Lent: Prayer, Penance and Almsgiving, it is true that choosing some extra daily devotion, putting some money each week into the Caritas Lenten envelope, and giving up chocolate, sugar in my coffee, or some such daily
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Sunday 24th February 2019

SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Luke 6:31 ‘Treat others as you would like them to treat you.’ Our Gospel reading sets a high standard – loving our enemies, treating other people as we would like them to treat us, being compassionate like God Himself. It is normal for those who oppose Christianity to point at our failure to live up to those standards. What the Popes of our time have done in beatifying and canonising so many people, is to say that there are many who do live up to sincere and beautiful manifestations of love. Most of us can
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Sunday 17th February 2019

SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Luke 6:17:20-26 Everybody wants happiness. We hear it, we read it and we sing it. It’s the carrot dangled under our noses by the advertiser. Happiness is a drink, a cigar, a holiday in the sun, a new house, even a new hat! These indeed are often harmless enough and may even be helps along the road to happiness. But hardly happiness itself. People go down byways, pursuing mirages that lead them on to what looks like happiness – myself before all else – a life of riches, success – just a good time. Our
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