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.

Karen Brooks (Chairperson)

I moved to Wainuiomata in 2012, returning to the village where I grew up and to the community where I was accepted into our glorious Catholic Church 20 years ago.  I feel very privileged to be able to serve on the Pastoral Council and I’m dedicated to working together to make an inclusive, vibrant, faith-filled Parish where every person can experience a life-changing encounter with Jesus.

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 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.

Malia Soane - Youth Representative

John Callaghan

I have resided and worked in Lower Hutt most of my life, having been raised in the Parish Of St’s Peter & Paul. I have spent the last 32 years at Sacred Heart  Petone. My wife is active in music and liturgy. I have served as a collector, offertory processor, and proclaimer of the word for many years. I look forward to seeing the parish thrive as we all work together for a better future for our parish  Te Wairua Tapu.

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

I am known to most as Tino, I ordinarily reside in Wainuiomata but am actively involved with the Sacred Heart Community, Petone and have been since 1995.

I’am currently a Chair Person and a representative of the Samoan Community for the Liturgy Committee of Sacred Heart. I am also a representative member of Saced Heart for the Parish Council, member of the OCIA and the Stewardship Team.
My wife and I have four grown up sons and four wonderful grandchildren, soon to be five this coming June.
I currently work for the Ministry of Justice as a Court Security Officer

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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