Palm Sunday Miha Maori with Msgr Gerry Burns

Danny Karatea-Goddard, Tūranga Māori and Vicar Māori  for the Archdiocese of Wellington, shared the following post on FaceBook:
E te whānau whakapono ngā mihi o te Wiki Tapu ki a koutou, ki a tātou. Kei te whai wāhi ai tātou i te matenga rawa me te Aranga ake o Hēhu Karaiti. I have put this bilingual Miha on YouTube for this, te Rātapu o te Manga, te Rātapu o te Mamaetanga o Hēhu (Palm Sunday, the Sunday of the suffering and death of Jesus).  Not the ideal way to be together with you but perhaps a way to reflect on the start of this Holy Week.
Here is the link: 
My suggestion would be that anyone and any whanau watching pause the watching at any times when there are the congregation’s chants (He tapu, E te Reme, etc) and do their own and perhaps add a himene or two.
Any feedback welcome, aroha mai for any pronunciation or production failings.
Mā te wā
Pā Gerard Burns

Message from Parish Leadership Team

Dear Parishioners
Following Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s address to the nation this afternoon, we encourage all parishioners over 70 and those who in any way feel vulnerable to please stay at home. Although our Bishops have encouraged us to keep churches open, please note that this is only for personal prayer and reflection. It is not in any way a suggestion to gather as a faith community. Physical distancing recommendations and strict hygiene practices are to be observed. If you are feeling sick, please stay at home, seek medical assistance, and tap into your family and social support networks. Please let us know how we can support you. We will get through this by staying calm, following the rules and showing compassion. Our Bishops remind us of the words of tomorrow’s Psalm: “Even though we walk in the dark valley, we fear no evil for you O God are with us giving us courage.”  (Ps 23)
God bless you
Parish Leadership Team




Masses and public liturgies

All public Masses and liturgies in the Archdiocese are suspended from 20 March until further notice, both weekday and weekend Masses. Some churches will be open for private prayer, and social distancing should be observed if people are doing this. A dispensation from the diocesan Bishop releases Catholics from fulfilling their obligation to attend a Sunday Mass. Since public Masses are suspended in the Archdiocese until further notice, all Catholics in the Archdiocese are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass (Canon 1248).


Pastoral letter to parishioners from the Catholic Bishops of Aotearoa New
Zealand regarding the Covid-19 coronavirus-related suspension of Mass




In line with Government’s announcement that all large gatherings are now to be banned, the Parish Leadership Team have made the decision to cancel this weekend’s Parish Anniversary Mass. More information regarding this weekend’s Mass times in the different churches will be announced tomorrow.
A big Thank You to all those who worked so hard to prepare for the anniversary Mass.
May God bless you.

On behalf of the Parish Leadership Team

Suzanne Aubert Scout Group

Do you enjoy camping, the outdoors and doing adventurous activities like kayaking, camping, tramping?
The Suzanne Aubert Scout Group is running Cubs (girls and boys aged 8 – 11) and Scouts (girls and boys aged 11 – 14) on Monday nights 6.30 – 8pm at St Anne’s Hall in Newtown. This terms activities include: fishing, campfire cooking, geocaching, outdoor adventure and
games nights. Come along and join the adventure.
Email or contact Rob McCullough on 0221771007

The Suzanne Aubert Scout Group attended the 22nd New Zealand Scout Jamboree in December 2019

Safeguarding Workshop 1

Safeguarding is about ensuring we have a culture and environment where the safety of children, young people and adults is paramount. Safeguarding is about the physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual safety of everyone.

Tuesday 10th March @ 6:30pm St Anne’s Hall, Newtown

One final opportunity to attend Safeguarding Workshop 1 – a requirement for all involved in parish ministry to children, youth and the vulnerable. The workshop is also open to all who are interested in making our parish a safe space. It will be led by Joe Green who has introduced many organisations to this process, takes a gentle approach, and encourages you to attend, even if only to “look see”. Contact the Parish Office on 934 4099 for more information.

WELCOME Fr Cirilo Barlis

We welcome Fr Cirilo Barlis who begins his ministry in our parish this weekend.
Fr Cirilo joins the Parish Leadership Team with Fr Doug and Joe Green.
He previously served at Te Awakairangi Parish, Lower Hutt.

Catholic bishops warn proposed abortion law removes tenuous rights of unborn babies

Statement: 19 February 2020
‘Catholic bishops warn proposed abortion law removes tenuous unborn rights New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are concerned that unborn babies will lose their existing tenuous legal rights if Parliament passes the Abortion Legislation Bill in the form proposed by a select committee.
And unborn babies with a fetal disability will have even less protection than under the current law, the bishops note.’

The full text of the Catholic bishops statement can be read here.

‘The amendments fail to deal with substantive concerns raised by The Nathaniel Centre and the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference in their submission to the Select Committee.’

Ongoing concerns are summarised here