Prayer for our Wellington South Parish

Loving God, as we follow Cardinal John’s directive to review our
church buildings we ask you to fill us with the knowledge of your will,
with all the wisdom and understanding that your Spirit gives. [cf Col. 1:9]
Please keep us open and receptive to the voices and
circumstances that beckon us in new directions.

Grant us the courage to let go of that which is more familiar and
comfortable in order to embrace the common good,
remembering always the pastoral needs of all and
especially the most vulnerable among us.
Mary our mother, pray for us and be with us
as we venture on this journey.

Parish Consultation – Next Steps

As we move into the phase of beginning to formulate possible solutions in response to Cardinal John’s letter, everyone is invited to a Parish Consultation Session on Saturday 3rd August at St Anne’s Hall, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
Our goal in this session is to collectively develop a range of options for our future as a parish – not only with regards to buildings, but also how we can sustain our parish community as we adapt to future changes.

The themes that stood out in our first round of consultation were:
–  Our communities are important to us and loss of these communities through church building closure is a real concern.
–  Ours is a sacramental church and somewhat inward looking.
–  Further clarifying the roles of the laity and priests is an important issue.
–  The connection between our schools and churches is an important one.
–  We need a vision for the place of our buildings in the promotion of our mission and use for social justice.

This will be an important step in our consultation. All are welcome
and encouraged to attend. Kindly let the Parish Office know if
you are able to attend.

Stephen Neal
Parish Council Chair

He Īnoi mō te Hātotanga o te Kahurangi nei a Meri Hōhepa

E te Ariki e Hēhu Karaiti, nāu mātou i whakaako mēnā ka puaki atu mātou i te pūaroha mō te iti, arā, ngā tēina, ngā tuākana, ngā tuāhine me ngā tungāne, kātahi ka whakaatu mātou i te pūaroha ki ā koe.

Whakarongo mai ki ā mātou īnoinga ki a Meri Hōhepa te Wahine Kahurangi nāna i te aroha te iwi Māori. Nāna i awhi ngā tāngata pōhara, ngā tūroro, me ngā tāngata rawakore. Meatia tēna, kua karanga rawa atu te Hāhi i tētahi tāngata o āu pononga tapu, o āu tāngata māhaki hoki. Ā te wā tonu, mā te katoa e mōhio mai tōna Hātotanga.


Prayer for the beatification of Suzanne Aubert

Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us that as often as we show compassion to the least of your brothers and sisters, we show it to you.

Hear our prayers that Venerable Suzanne Aubert, who loved the Māori people and devoted her life to the poor, the sick and the underprivileged, and whom the Church has declared to be one of your true and humble followers, may soon be recognised as a saint.