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“Gratitude is the most beautiful ornament of the human heart.” Venerable Suzanne Aubert
Young people from the Parish who had taken part in the Sacramental Programme this year, took the next step in their journey. Today they completed the three sacraments of initiation and received their first Communion at Mass. Parishioners at each of the four churches welcomed and gave their blessing to those from their local communities.
St Francis de Sales
Our thanks to the Combined Liturgy Committee and all those who contributed to the celebration of the Mass at St Patrick’s College on Sunday 27 August. Their work made it a wonderful celebration of Faith, Parish and Community for the more than 500 participants.
It was an opportunity for the whole Parish to give their blessing to those selected to be delegates from the Catholic Parish of Wellington South at the Archdiocesan Synod in September.
The Mass also saw the Commissioning of more than 50 children who have participated in the Sacramental programme this year and who will participate as full members of the Church in their First Eucharist Celebrations on Sunday 10th September at all four Churches.
Please bring a plate for morning tea
There will be no other Sunday Masses in the Parish that weekend
(including Vigil Masses).
Please let friends and neighbours know!
A Food Basket collection will be taken up at the Anniversary Mass.
Goods will be donated to the Soup Kitchen.
The following is a guidelines to appropriate food donations for the Food Basket:
Dry food: Lentils, peas, pearl barley, pasta
Tinned food: tomatoes, chickpeas, beans, tuna, coconut cream
Other: Cheese, eggs, milo, tea, sugar, powdered stock
Each year members of the Italian community in Island Bay make sure that Mary’s Altar at
St Francis de Sales Church reflects the special significance of 15 August, the Feast of the Assumption.
Bishop Jean-Baptiste Pompallier was the first Catholic bishop of New Zealand.
At the end of the first Mass he celebrated in Aotearoa New Zealand, on 13 January 1838, at Hokianga, he dedicated the country to Mary under the title of her Assumption.
The New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference, in a pastoral letter in 1988 said:
“In dedicating New Zealand to Mary in her Assumption, Bishop Pompallier placed our country under the protection of Mary as she is now – alive, body and soul, rejoicing in the happiness of God’s kingdom.”
People gathered at the Wellington Anglican Cathedral of St Paul and listened to different perspectives and stories of the housing crisis in our country today. They heard of the far-reaching consequences for too many individuals and families. They also heard about the impact on every aspect of their lives that inadequate housing has. Representatives of different political parties then presented their policies and proposed solutions.
The Anglican Diocese of Wellington has a report about the meeting on their website:
Housing forum: Politicians share policies, receive strong challenge
You can watch the videos of the forum’s speakers on their YouTube channel – click here
The image is a link to the leaflet that outlines ways you can help.