News From Fr JeLo

Sunday 12th March 2017 | The 2nd Sunday of Lent

posted Mar 17, 2017, 12:11 AM by Parishes of The Holy Family

Praying the Stations of the Cross is one of our Lenten devotions. It helps us make a “spiritual journey” through contemplation on the Passion of the Lord. In view of this, I would like to invite you to our praying of the Stations of the Cross on all Fridays of Lent at 5.30pm.

Please note that the Parish Office will be closed on Thursday 16 March because Maria will be attending the parish Secretaries gathering.

There will be Masses with Anointing on 21, 22, and 23 March (Te Aroha, Morrinsville and Paeroa respectively) at 10am. If there is anyone in your family or someone you know who needs to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, please bring them to Church.

There will be celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation on: Tuesday, 28th March (Rite II) in Morrinsville at 7.00pm Thursday, 30th March (Rite I) in Paeroa at 4.30pm

St Joseph’s School, Paeroa will be hosting this year’s St Joseph’s Day on Friday, 17 March. There will be Mass at St Mary’s Church ( Fr. Aidan M ) and some activities will be held afterwards. March 17 happens to be St Patrick’s Day, so we greet our Irish parishioners and those of Irish descent a happy feast day!  

Can I ask you to pray for our RCIA catechumens (David and Sharon Nickalls) and candidate (Bruce Roberts) who are presented to the Bishop in the Rite of Election during Mass today at the Cathedral. They will be joined by other RCIA participants from other parishes within the Hamilton Diocese.

Fr JeLo 

Sunday 5th March 2017 | The 1st Sunday of Lent

posted Mar 4, 2017, 9:44 PM by Parishes of The Holy Family

“Lent is a favourable season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered to us by the Church: fasting, prayer and almsgiving. "At the basis of everything is the word of God, which during this season we are invited to hear and ponder more deeply.” These are the words of Pope Francis in his Lenten Message 2017.
In today’s Gospel reading, the Lord Jesus, quoting from the Old Testament, said “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” QUESTION: When was the last time you opened and read the Bible? 

Let us heed the exhortation of the Holy Father by taking time each day to read a passage from the Scripture, or if possible, the readings for the day, reflect on them and pray on them.

Let us keep in our prayers our RCIA catechumens (David and Sharon) and candidate (Bruce) who will be presented to the Bishop next Sunday, 12th March, during the celebration of the mass at the Cathedral in Hamilton. This is called the Rite of Election. 

As part of our preparation during this penitential season of Lent there will be celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation on:  
Tuesday, 28th March (Rite II) in Morrinsville at 7.00pm 
Thursday, 30th March (Rite I) in Paeroa at 4.30pm

Fr JeLo

Sunday 26th February 2017 | 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Mar 4, 2017, 3:45 PM by Parishes of The Holy Family

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 1st of March. This holy and solemn season highlights three practices, based on Scripture—fasting, prayer and alms-giving (Matthew 6:1-18). Caritas NZ came up with a reflection booklet that can be used either for personal or group prayer/reflection. Also, Lenten Appeal envelopes are available for monetary donation we might want to contribute to Caritas NZ’s Lenten project. This year’s theme is: “Your face Lord do I seek” (Psalm 27:8). For more info visit www.caritas.org.nz/lent 

There will be no Masses during the week (except for Ash Wednesday), but there will be Liturgy of the Word with Communion. Masses for Ash Wednesday, 1st March—10am in Morrinsville and 5.30pm in Te Aroha. Congratulations to Wayne and Julie Sinclair who today are received into the Church and confirmed respectively during Mass in Morrinsville. We pray that you persevere in faith and continue deepening your knowledge of the Word of God and the teachings of the Church. 

Our sympathy to the Stanish family—Peter, Matthew and Anton—as they mourn the passing of Anne-Marie. A Requiem Mass was celebrated for Anne-Marie on Wednesday in Te Aroha. May the Lord grant her eternal rest and may the family find strength in each other and in the promise of the Risen Lord. 

Can I ask for your prayers as I celebrate God’s love and mercy on the occasion of my 7th priestly ordination anniversary on Monday 27th February. I look back with gratitude and look forward with hope. And as I celebrate both the present (both the now and the gift of the priesthood), I thank and praise the Lord using the words of the Blessed Mother: “My soul magnifies the Lord , my spirit rejoices in God my saviour, for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant” (Luke 1:46-48). 

Fr JeLo

Sunday 19th February 2017 | 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Feb 18, 2017, 4:17 PM by Parishes of The Holy Family   [ updated Feb 18, 2017, 4:17 PM ]

Since lent is coming up in just over a week's time, the Caritas Lenten Appeal envelopes will be made available next weekend. The theme for this year’s Caritas Lenten Appeal is “Your face, Lord, do I seek” ( from psalm 27:8). Lenten refection booklets will also be available for your personal reflection throughout the season of Lent, or you may want to organise reflection groups that may gather each week.

There will be No Masses this week (21-24 February) and the week after (28 Feb, 2-3 March), so I can spend time with my parents (Yes, they have arrived!) and tour them around. But there will be Liturgy of the Word with Communion. 

For Ash Wednesday, 1 March, the Mass times will be 10am in Morrinsville and 5.30pm in Te Aroha.

I’d like to invite the youth in our Parish, year 11-13 and young adults aged 18-35 to attend this wonderful event. SetFree offers youth and young adults with an opportunity to experience the burning desire that Christ has to see them fully alive through engaging speakers, quality music and a strong, community-based atmosphere. For further details visit www.setfree.org.nz

Our Sacramental Program for 2017 will start soon. Enrollment forms are available in the parish office, church foyer and at our school offices. The child has to be at least 8 years old already. Please attach a copy of the Baptismal certificate of the child.


Fr JeLo

Sunday 12th February 2017 | 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Feb 11, 2017, 3:24 PM by Parishes of The Holy Family

In October of last year, Pope Francis announced that in October 2018 a Synod of Bishops would be held in Rome, focusing on the theme “Youth, Faith and
Vocational Discernment”. Sometime in January, the Holy Father wrote a letter addressed to young people in which he stated: “The Church also wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism. Make you’re your voice heard, let it resonate in communities and let it be heard by your shepherds of souls”. Let us pray for the success of this Synod and for the welfare and faith of our young people, who will be the focus of this assembly of bishops from all over the world. 

In view of this, I’d like to invite the youth in our Parish, year 11-13 students and young adults ages 18-35 to a youth gathering called SetFree which will be held on 7-9 April. For more details visit www.setfree.org.nz 

With Ash Wednesday coming up in less than 3 weeks, can I ask you to bring to church your blessed palms from last year’s Palm Sunday celebration. A basket will be in the foyer for you to put in the blessed palms. 

Our Sacramental Program for 2017 will start soon. Enrollment forms are available in the parish office, church foyer and at our school offices. The child has to be at least 8 years old already. Please attach a copy of the Baptismal certificate of the child.

Fr JeLo

Sunday 5th February 2017 | 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Feb 4, 2017, 5:20 PM by Parishes of The Holy Family

Greetings of peace to you all!

This is the first newsletter for the year 2017. I hope you enjoyed the Christmas season and the holidays, and that you had a good start to the new year! 
Schools have started! Paeroa had their first school Mass on Thursday, while Te Aroha and Morrinsville will have theirs on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. 

Our Sacramental Programme for 2017 will start soon. Enrollment forms are available in the parish office, church foyer and at our school offices. The child has to be at least 8 years old already. Please attach a copy of the Baptismal certificate of the child. 

Greetings and blessings to Mrs Winnie Hannah (Te Aroha) who will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Monday 6th February. What a milestone! Congratulations and all the best Winnie. May you be showered with lots of love by your family on your special day. God bless!

Attention to our young people in the parish, year 11-13 students and young adults aged 18-35. Set free...April 7-9th. For more details visit www.setfree.org.nz.
 With Ash Wednesday coming up in less than a month, can I ask you to bring to church your blessed palms from last year’s Palm Sunday celebration. A basket will be in the foyer for you to put in the blessed palms. 

Happy Waitangi Day and a blessed week ahead. 

Fr JeLo

Sunday 25th December 2016 | Christmas Day | Feast of The Lord's Nativty

posted Dec 26, 2016, 7:30 PM by Parishes of The Holy Family

Greetings of peace to you all! Christmas is a season of giving—we give gifts and cards, we give our time to family and friends—this is in imitation of God’s generosity on that first Christmas when he gave us His Only-begotten Son.

I wish to thank you all for your generosity throughout the whole year, for giving your “time, talent and treasures” to the Church; in our Liturgical Celebrations and other areas of parish life. Thanks to our Parish staff, the Parish Pastoral Council, the Finance Committees, the Liturgical Ministers, those involved in the maintenance and upkeep of the churches, the schools and all of you who generously contributed to the betterment and growth of our Parish Community and the Faith. May the good Lord continue to bless you and your loved ones.

Just to give you a heads up on next year’s plan, the Parish Pastoral Council will be working on the amalgamation of our three communities into one parish (Holy Family Parish) - this is in accordance with Hamilton Diocese’s plan “Who is our Neighbour?”. In the meantime, let’s all enjoy the holidays

There will be no Masses this week, 27-30 December (NO liturgy of the Word either). Regular weekday Masses resume next week. 
This is our last newsletter for the year, and we won’t be having one until the last week of January or first week of February. I wish you all a Happy Christmas and a grace-filled new year!


Fr JeLo

Sunday 18th December 2016 | 4th Sunday of Advent

posted Dec 23, 2016, 8:48 PM by Parishes of The Holy Family

I wish to thank those who attended our Pre-Christmas Social last Sunday in Morrinsville. Thanks also to those who helped organise it. The schools are on holiday now. The past week, I celebrated their end-of-year masses and attended the prizegivings. 

Congratulations to those who received awards and all the best to the Leavers (year 8s) On Tuesday 20 December, there will be Rite II Reconciliation which will be held in Te Aroha at 7pm. Guest priests will come to hear Confessions. Christmas this year falls on a Sunday. So, just for next weekend, we won’t be having the normal Mass times

I would like to let you know there will be no weekday Masses after Christmas day (27-30 December ). See you at our Christmas Masses next weekend! 

God Bless, Fr JeLo

Sunday 11th December 2016 | 3rd Sunday of Advent

posted Dec 10, 2016, 4:38 PM by Parishes of The Holy Family   [ updated Dec 23, 2016, 8:30 PM ]

The Third Sunday in Advent is called Guadate Sunday (‘rejoice” in Latin), in which the priest wears a rose vestment. Rose is a softening of violet. It is violet approaching white. It means “we’re nearly there! So rejoice!” 

Indeed, we have reasons to rejoice. Early last week we received the great news that Mother Suzanne Aubert has been declared ‘Venerable’ by the Holy Father-the second stage on the way to being a saint. “the next stage involves the recognition of a miracle attributed to Suzanne, such as recovery from a terminal illness as a result of prayer. She can then be declared ‘Blessed’ by the Pope. A second miracle and proof that she is a model for the universal Church will enable her to be canonised as a saint” (suzanneaubert.co.nz). Let us continue to pray for the Cause of Mother Aubert’s canonisation. 

There will be a communal Rite of Reconciliation (Rite II) on Tuesday, 20 December in Te Aroha at 7pm. Guest priests will come to hear confessions. 

I’d like to extend our condolences and offer our prayers for the families of Gerry Rigter and Lyn Dromgool. May the Lord be their strength at this time of loss. May the Lord grant eternal rest to Gerry and Lyn. Amen. 

God Bless, Fr. JeLo

Sunday 4th December 2016 | 2nd Sunday of Advent

posted Dec 10, 2016, 4:24 PM by Parishes of The Holy Family

I wish to commend and thank all the Extraordinary Ministers of Communion commissioned today at Mass for their willingness to undertake this important Liturgical Ministry. 

Greetings to our sisters and brothers in Paeroa on the occasion of St Mary’s Parish feast day on Thursday, 8 December (Immaculate Conception). A Mass will be celebrated at 10am. The Pre-Christmas Social will be next Sunday, 11 December after the 11am Mass in Morrinsville. Hope to see you all there. 

There will be a Communal Rite of Reconciliation (Rite II on Tuesday, 20 December in Te Aroha at 7.00pm. Guest priests will come to hear Confessions. This is a good way for us to heed the call of the Gospel: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight” (Mt 3:3). 

Next Sunday’s Combined Parishes Picnic – 12 noon – (after 11am Mass ) St Joseph’s School grounds in Morrinsville. This is NOT a shared luncheon. You bring your own lunch. Pack your Picnic basket with Food & Drink and bring a Rug or Deck Chair and Sunhat . (Tea and Coffee only will be available ) BBQ Sausages will be provided for the children. 

Blessings to you all,
Fr JeLo

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