A prayer for our earth – Pope Francis: Laudato Si’

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

Miha – Mass in Māori

Nau mai haere mai
Māori Mass is resuming at the Home of Compassion Chapel
each Sunday at 11am. It is said in Te Reo and English (the
homily). Followed by tea/coffee.
All are very welcome.

Confirmation

Please pray for our 30 children who are receiving the  Sacrament of Confirmation in our Parish this weekend.
They have been prepared over the last two years, but due to Covid postponements, have been unable to receive the Sacrament until now.
Our thanks to Monsignor Gerard Burns who will be officiating.

WELCOME

 

We welcome Mary-Angela Tombs who has been appointed as the new Principal to St Francis de Sales School.

Our schools play a vital role in the Parish and we are blessed to have such good staff at our three schools.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Covid 19 Update

There have now been positive cases identified in both our churches. As all parishioners were masked and separated there is only a low risk of spread. Please self monitor for symptoms. If you start to feel unwell please get tested.
You must:
– self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19.
– self-isolate if you live with a person who has COVID-19
Masses can continue at both Churches using strict protocols. Masks to be worn properly throughout the service. Sanitise on entry. Keep social distancing.

Happy New Year to you all. News from Fr Doug

Dear Parishioners,
There are a couple of events happening in the Parish in January that you might be interested in.

1.  Garage Sale at St Anne’s Saturday 22 January
We are appealing for donations to help the super Typhoon Odette victims to rebuild their badly damaged homes. The funds raised will go to families in the island of Bohol in the Central Visayas’s region of the Philippines. Bohol was one of the hardest hit islands in the archipelago and its inhabitants desperately need help. The typhoon hit just before Christmas Eve 2021 and to date there is no electricity and drinking water is rationed.
Any donations will be gratefully received and can be made two ways. Donations through a  Givealittle page https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/typhoon-odette-victims-fundraising  or by attending a Garage Sale at St. Anne’s Hall, 22 Emmett Street, Newtown from 8.30am to 2pm on Saturday 22 January 2022.

2.  Joe Green is moving on
There will be a Presentation for Joe at the 9am Mass on 30 January at St Anne’s.

3. Newsletters
The first Newsletter of the year will be on 30 January. The Office will reopen next week on Tuesday 25 January.

Every blessing.
Fr Doug

Update from Fr Doug

Dear Parishioners,
With the New Year approaching and the holiday season well under way, I take this opportunity to let you know that Fr Cirilo has returned to the Philippines for a well-deserved break to recharge his batteries and reconnect with the family and friends he has not seen in 6 years.
He will be away through January and February of 2022. I look forward to his return to our Parish in due course next year, and wish him a safe journey and a productive retreat
Every blessing.
Fr Doug