The Parish Plan has been developed out of an extensive consultation process open to all parishioners. This has included the amalgamation of our parish into one, and more recently the 2017 Synod process and the Stewardship Day held in November 2017.
Seven goals have been formulated, each has a number of actions with a time-line over the next two years. These may be developed, changed and added to as we progress. You will find The Parish Plan displayed on a poster at the back of the church, and HERE
There is another opportunity for parishioners to contribute and comment by taking part in the SURVEY and consider the questions asked.
Your Voice Counts: Submissions Now Open for ‘End of Life Choice Bill’
The Justice Select Committee is now asking for public submissions on David Seymour’s ‘End of Life Choice Bill’. The bill seeks to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide (called ‘assisted dying’ in the bill) for people with a terminal illness or a “grievous and irremediable” medical condition.
Many of you will have made a submission to the Health Select Committee inquiry about ‘Ending Life in New Zealand’. Because of the overwhelming number of submissions against euthanasia, parliament took notice and your voice made a difference. However, the Justice Select Committee inquiry is different because it is specifically about the bill. A submission is your chance to have your say on the bill.
Your voice counted then. We ask if you can do it again. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Important: Please state in your submission whether you would like to make an oral submission. This is when you appear before the Committee either in person or over the phone. We encourage you to make one because it is an extra opportunity to add more information and it is important that the Committee hears from people.
If you do not want your name & contact details to be made public, provide them on a separate page for written submissions, or separate from the file you upload if emailing or using online form.
• Go to notoassistedsuicide.nz for a quick link to submit.
• Follow the instructions.
• You can enter text directly or upload a document in pdf or doc format.
• Send an email to email@example.com.
• Put “End of Life Choice Bill Submission” in the subject line.
• Include your name, address, telephone number.
• Attach your submission in pdf or doc format.
In a covering letter, starting at the top of the page, write:
• ‘Submission on End of Life Choice Bill.’
• ‘To the Justice Select Committee.’
• ‘This submission is from [your name] and/or [your organisation].’
• Contact details: email address, contact address, telephone number.
On a separate piece of paper, write your submission.
Enclose 2 copies of your submission and send it to:
In your submission:
1. State your position clearly (e.g. “I oppose the End of Life Choice Bill…”).
2. State why you are opposed and what main point (or points) you are concerned about.
3. Finish by making your recommendation (e.g. “I recommend that the Committee rejects the Bill…”).
Key issues relating to David Seymour’s Bill: [Please write using your own words.]
• You don’t have to be dying to qualify: this Bill includes people with chronic conditions and mental health conditions.
• There is no need for doctors to be involved: euthanasia and assisted suicide contravene medical ethics and are not medical treatment. The legal process outlined in this Bill does not require medical knowledge or skills.
• This Bill will not protect large numbers of vulnerable people from the suggestion that they are better off dead because they are a burden.
• The Bill does not provide adequate protection for vulnerable people against coercion.
• “Legal safeguards” do not protect in the real world: elder abuse and domestic violence continue to rise in New Zealand despite our laws.
3. WHEN – Submissions are now open!
Submissions must be received before 20 February 2018.
All submissions are made public on the Parliament website.
Your Voice. Make It Heard. Make It Count.
Today, Sunday 3 December we celebrate a number of firsts as we begin our preparations Christmas.
In all 4 churches of our Parish, a special Blessing of Liturgical Ministers took place to acknowledge and bless all those who have committed to ministry within the Mass in our Parish.
The first symbols were hung on the Jesse Tree:
The apple, The Arc, The Ladder, The Coat
At St Francis de Sales Fr. David continued his tradition of a special blessing for first time Altar Servers.
“The Synod of the Archdiocese of Wellington was held over the weekend of 15–17 September 2017 and attended by 320 participants from parishes, schools, religious orders and Archdiocesan bodies. The Archbishop of Wellington, Cardinal John Dew, has accepted the recommendations made by the participants and is now promulgating – formally declaring – the recommendations as the directions and priorities for the Archdiocese to help shape and lead its direction now and for coming years.”
– From WelCom – A newspaper for the Wellington and Palmerston North Catholic Dioceses
- The Soup Kitchen’s 14 Hours Homeless event
- The Dawn Service at Our Lady’s Home of Compassion to begin the day of celebration for the rededication, Blessing of the Final Resting Place for Suzanne Aubert and the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Compassion by the Venerable Suzanne Aubert.
- David Haas liturgical music Workshops
- 100 YEARS OF FATIMA – Celebrating our Lady’s birthday and the Fatima centenary
- Our Samoan Community Families Celebrated White Sunday at St Anne’s.
- A Liturgical Ministries formation afternoon for the Parish was held on Sunday Afternoon. Fr Joe Grayland lead a reflection on the role of these ministries within the Mass and shared his insights and for some of us three new words to explore further: Leitourgia; Diakonia; Martyria
Two of the ideas presented that stood out for me were:
Trinity is the source of all service and is expressed in our worship.
The Holy Spirit binds the Father and Son together, they are the integral Trinity.
- The Sisters of St. Peter Claver Held their Annual fundraising Multi Cultural Mission Concert.
- Portuguese Mass scheduled to be celebrated at Suzanne Aubert Chapel at St Joseph’s
- Devine Mercy Devotions at St Francis de Sales and St Anne’s
- Life Teen at St Anne’s on Sunday Evening