N e w s l e t t e r
Fr Michael Gielen
3/4 SEPTEMBER 2011 - 23Rd Sunday in oRdinaRy time
PARISH MISSION : To call all people to holiness in Jesus through
His one, holy, catholic and apostolic church
Alpha 10 days away - starts Wednesday 14 September 6.00pm - Meal provided
Three people who tried Alpha. Steve:
“I found the format of Alpha to be fantastic, after watching a DVD for a bit of Nicky
Gumbel we had time to sit around in groups and openly and freely discuss things which was
really beneficial because you get different people coming from different areas of life and asking
different questions”. Chris:
“I was quite cynical.but it was brilliant to be able to question openly in a supportive
”I do not come from a Christian background, I didn't even know anyone who was a
Christian, so when a work colleague invited me to an Alpha supper I had to think about it for
several weeks, because part of me was interested in why people go to Church but part of me
was very wary.
When I walked in on that first night, I thought the hall was going to be full of people who all had
grey hair and looked like they were sucking on half a lemon. I couldn't believe it when I found the
hall full of people of all ages and all backgrounds, I remember thinking I don't know why I was so
worried about coming.
I found the group discussion about the various
MASS INTENTIONS THIS WEEK:
Alpha talks each week a really good chance to
learn. One of the bits that I personally liked was
the fact that I could ask any questions and everyone was interested in them.
When I came on the course I thought they might
try and get me on some sort of Religious treadmill,
but the Alpha course taught me that I could have a Monday:
personal relationship with God, and that God was
Steve, Chris and Paul would never have attended
unless someone has invited them. If you haven’t
done Alpha I'm inviting you, the worst that can happen is you get bored (which will not happen). If
you have attended then take a step of faith and
invite someone, anyone. Let Jesus do the rest.
WHO ARE YOU?
Preparers of meals for Alpha
If there are willing and able persons to
MEANING OF LIFE
give service to our next Alpha course by
Alpha course starting here on Wednesday, 14
preparing a meal, please contact Heidi at
September. Register by contacting Heidi 575
4807, ext 3 or complete the form on the table in
may receive a phone call over the next 2 weeks seeking your assistance. Many thanks to those who have already offered
Meet this Tuesday, 6 September 7.30pm at Richard & Kelly’s. Game night—please bring $5.00.
SOCIAL JUSTICE WEEK
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME (First
On a level playing field—Fair play
and the common good
A reminder that there will be a parents only
Pope Benedict calls us back to our deep meeting on Wednesday, 7 September at 7pm in Scriptural and Catholic social teaching traditions the parish rooms. It is important that at least when he asks us to strive for the common good, one parent from each family attend. which is the good of all of us, the good which Look forward to seeing you there. includes but also reaches beyond our individual God bless, Margaret
needs and desires to the good of all the people, families and groups that make up our society.
NZ Catholic Bishops Conference, Social Justice If anyone is able to attend to our ‘ailing’ Week statement: Together in times of national
wheelchair which is in need of repairs & and personal tragedy, 2011.
maintenance, please see Chris Jaegar.
There will be a Social Justice Discussion
We welcome into the parish family Jack Denman
LECTIO DIVINA - Catholic Bible
Lectio Divina is the time honored way Catholics receiving the Sacrament of Baptism this
have prayed with the Bible. Held on Tuesdays
in St Thomas More day Chapel. If
you wish to find out more before the meeting please contact Mary Parker Ph 577 1200.
YOUTH GROUP NEWS
Rimbrook, a residence for
female undergraduate students at the University Tahu (years 7 to 9) meet on Fridays
of Waikato, has vacancies for 2012. Based on
from 7.00pm to 8.30pm and
a Catholic vision of solidarity and service, Lighthouse (years 10 to 13) meet on
Rimbrook provides quality accommodation and meals, For more information visit http://
Sundays from 6.30pm to 8pm.
www.rimbrook.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We invite you to come along.
FIRE EVACUATION: 1. BE AWARE OF YOUR NEAREST EXIT
ALARM SOUNDS, MOVE SMARTLY TO YOUR NEAREST EXIT—DO NOT RUN
ASSEMBLE IN THE CAR PARKING AREA
DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL CLEARANCE IS GIVEN
PASSIONIST FAMILY GROUP NEWS:
Please note I will be away
St Patrick’s Family Group:
this week. However the office will be open in a
Our September get together will be a luncheon limited capacity. Please ensure notices are at Greenwood Park, Welcome Bay. Meet on received by mid-day, Wednesday 7 Sept. Sunday, 18 September at 12.30 for 1pm lunch. Thank you. Jan Ph Robin for more info 572 0414.
Martin Family Group:
MISSING…. LIBRARY BOOKS
Jesus of Nazareth and The Fathers by
Pope Benedict XVI
are missing from the
Take a break—There will not be a meeting. I
library. Could the borrowers please return
will be in the Andes in Peru and thinking about you all as I admire the view of Machu Picchu.
Lunch at the Chinese restaurant at Fraser
GIVING BACK SPRING CLEAN
Cove. Assemble at the church at 11.30am for
We are organising a spring clean day. This will
be held Saturday 24th September. The idea is
The situation of a maintaining their homes. We need people to
pregnant woman requesting an abortion can volunteer to wash windows, spring clean
pose a dilemma for Christian GPs. Dr Joseph homes, weed gardens, mow Lawns. It will be
Hassan of Nelson talked with his wife, Cushla, run from 9 am to 1 pm. Can you give up four
about how to deal with this situation. Together hours to support elderly in our community? We
they recognised that the response needed to will even put on a BBQ lunch at the church
go beyond a compassionate “no”, to offering afterwards! We also need names of people
and that need support to do these chores. More
practical support. Through God’s direction and information will follow or contact Carol 5723766 people’s
to volunteer or with names for those that need
came into being nine years ago. It is our help.
staffed by a dedicated team including nurses
who coordinate services for each pregnant RCIC (Rite of Christian Initiation for
client & 30 other volunteers offer friendship Children)
and practical help such as housing, food, and A course will be starting up in November. This
course is for children from the age of 8 years
The staff at Crisis Pregnancy Support
take a and upwards who have not been baptised in
different approach to that of many medical the Catholic faith. This course provides an
professionals, who tend to process a woman’s opportunity for children (and their parents/
abortion referral as quickly as possible, caregivers) to find out about the Catholic faith
intending to minimise her distress. However, and to become part of it. If you would like to
rushing this decision often leads to misery, so find out more about this course or register
instead, the women who come to the centre please phone St Thomas More Parish office
are advised to slow down and establish a 575 4807 between 9am-12mid-day.
“window of time” in which to consider other
options. Whatever decision a pregnant mother DAY OF PRAYER
makes, the door is always open, and support The Oases of Prayer Team invite you to a Day
with post-abortion grief can also be arranged if of Prayer at the Cathedral, on Saturday 17
needed. Contact Crisis Pregnancy Support
September. This day will be lead by Sr
Barbara Cameron, RNDM. The theme is “The
Compassionate Heart of Jesus”
MARIAN DAY OF PRAYER
The day starts at 10am concluding at 3pm
Saturday, 29 October at St Joseph’s Church Please bring your own lunch – tea and coffee Morrinsville. See noticeboard for more details. will be provided.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
is held in the church every
ST THOMAS MORE MASS TIMES:
is held in our Church every
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday &
If you have any requests for
prayer please phone Merrilyn Barran on 575
Mon & Thurs 9am
PRAISE/WORSHIP PRAYER GROUP
Meets every Monday in the parish complex.
Starts with a cuppa at 7pm, then prayer at
7.30pm. All welcome. Deacon Henk
CD’s available in the foyer. $5.00 each.
WEEKDAY MASS ROSTER
: Please note the There will be a Maori Mass celebrated at St
week starting Mon, 5 Sept to Sat, 10 Sept Thomas More at 10.30am on the first Sunday
READINGS FOR 24th Sunday in Ordinary
MARIAN MOVEMENT OF PRIESTS
Time, 10/11 September:
. Ecus 27:30-28:7 2. Romans 14:7-9
Newcomers welcome. Inquiries Joy 575 2889.
Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35
ROSTERS FOR SATURDAY VIGIL 10
ST JOSEPH’S PRAYER GROUP
Will be held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of
each month at 3pm in the Church. For further
info contact Titihuia 027 4894043 or email
HEARING LOOP operates in the church.
Power Point: Natalie Smythe Altar Assistants: T Wilson, J Fowler
DONATIONS TO PARISH
ROSTERS FOR Sunday, 9am 11 September
0050016 001. Please put your name in the
reference so a tax receipt can be issued.
ARE YOU NEW TO THE PARISH OR
CHURCH CLEANING FOR WEEK
CHILDREN’S LITURGY FOR 11 September:
starting 5 September
Margaret Erskine-Shaw & Chris Jaegar
Moira Christeller, Rona King & Kathryn
COUNTERS FOR 11 September
Last week’s collection
1st: 545.50 2nd: 1931.60
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