News From Fr JeLo

Sunday 28th January 2018 | The 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Jan 28, 2018, 12:18 AM by Parish of The Holy Family

Happy New Year!

The Christmas season and the holidays have gone by so fast! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas celebration and that you were able to spend quality time with families and friends.

Welcome back to the children and school staff who are starting school this week. I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are ready for the exciting things that await you this new school year.

This weekend, the statement of the NZ Bishops on Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide will be read at all Masses. With it, a video will be shown and handouts will be handed out for information. The Social Justice Group will give us instructions and help us on how to make submissions.

The Parish Pastoral Council is organising a Parish Pilgrimage on Saturday, 24th February to the Tyburn Monastery in Ngakuru as part of our Lenten observance (Lent starts on 14 Feb). If you are keen, please write your name and contact number on the paper which will be available next weekend in the church foyer.

We extend our condolences to the families of our recently departed parishioners: Winnie Hannah, Bob Odlum, Ngaere Cox and Connie Anderson. We pray for their eternal repose and consolation to the families.


Fr JeLo

Sunday 25th June 2017 | The 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Jun 24, 2017, 3:33 PM by Parish of The Holy Family

Congratulations to the 41 children who were Confirmed and had their First Holy Communion last Sunday in Morrinsville. It was a big day for everyone, including myself. We express our gratitude once again to the catechists who generously shared their time, talent and even treasures to the children in their faith-journey through the Sacramental Programme—Em, Dolores, Joan ,Michael, Paul and Wendy.

We offer our prayerful condolences to the family of Nancy Aden who passed away last weekend. May the Lord grant Nancy eternal rest, and comfort to her bereaved family.

The priests of Hamilton Diocese will be having the annual Clergy School on July 3-6 July in Rotorua. So there will be no Mass on that week.

Next weekend (1-2 July) is the ‘Peter’s Pence’ collection, an opportunity for us to financially support the charitable and humanitarian work of Pope Francis. The collection also supports the important pastoral offices which enable the Holy Father to carry out his work including the Pontifical Councils for Justice and Peace, Laity, Family and Life, and the promotion of Christian Unity, to name just a few. Let us be generous in supporting this annual collection and please continue to pray for Pope Francis and his intentions.


Fr JeLo

Sunday 4th June 2017 | Pentecost Sunday

posted Jun 3, 2017, 5:34 PM by Parish of The Holy Family

Last Sunday, I baptised two newborn babies in Morrinsville—Holland Bibby and Veronica van Leeuwen.  In the Gospel reading last Sunday, the Lord Jesus 

commanded the Eleven to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptise them…” [Mt 28, 19].  We pray for Holland and Veronica that they will grow into faithful disciples of Jesus Christ and that their respective parents will be good examples to their children.

Our prayerful sympathy to the family of the late Monica Storey.  A funeral Service was held for Monica in Te Aroha on Saturday,       3 June.  May the risen Lord grant her eternal rest.

Bishop Steve would like us to familiarise ourselves with the Miha Maori or the Mass in Te Reo Maori.  Beginning in July, the Sign of the Cross and Final Blessing will be said in Maori.  Then later on, we can learn some waiata or hymns in Maori.  We’ll do this gradually.

The Diocese has asked all those involved in the care of children and vulnerable adults to be police vetted—both priests and lay.  So those who are involved in 

Children’s Liturgy, Sacramental program and those that do home Communion, please ring the office and ask for a police vetting form, if you haven't yet done so.  This is to show our commitment to the protection and care of children and the    vulnerable.

In his letter to the clergy, Bishop Steve mentioned that Fr Fernando Alombro, MSP (who will be Parocial Vicor for Kaimai Collegial Area) is still awaiting his visa.

“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.  Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.  And You shall renew the face of the earth”.


Fr JeLo

Sunday 28th May 2017 | The Ascension of The Lord

posted May 27, 2017, 10:42 PM by Parish of The Holy Family

The Blessing of the new classrooms at St Joseph’s School in Te Aroha will be held on Friday, 2nd June at 10am. This will be presided by Bishop Steve. All welcome. Because of this, there will be No 11am Mass in Morrinsville on Friday, as I will be attending the Blessing. 

Congratulations to the children who were baptised at St Mary’s Church, Paeroa last week. Let us pray for them that they will come to know the Lord more deeply as they grow and that their families will make an effort to take these children to Mass to be sustained and nourished spiritually. Thanks to Cath Sweney and to Annette McWater for helping organise the Baptisms. 

The Lord commands the disciples in today’s Gospel: “Go...make disciples of all nations, baptise them…” (Mt 28:19). Let us pray that more children and families will become disciples of the Risen Lord.

Fr JeLo

Sunday 30th April 2017 | The 3rd Sunday of Easter

posted Apr 29, 2017, 5:24 PM by Parish of The Holy Family

“And suddenly there was a great earthquake” (Mt 28:2). Unexpectedly, those women felt a powerful tremor, as something or someone made the earth shake beneath their feet. Once again, someone came to tell them: “Do not be afraid”, but now adding: “He has been raised as he said!” This is the message that, generation after generation, this Holy Night passes on to us: “Do not be afraid, brothers and sisters; he is risen as he said!” Life, which death destroyed on the cross, now reawakens and pulsates anew (cf. GUARDINI, The Lord). 

The heartbeat of the Risen Lord is granted us as a gift, a present, a new horizon. The beating heart of the Risen Lord is given to us, and we are asked to give it in turn as a transforming force, as the leaven of a new humanity. In the resurrection, Christ rolled back the stone of the tomb, but he wants also to break down all the walls that keep us locked in our sterile pessimism, in our carefully constructed ivory towers that isolate us from life, in our compulsive need for security and in boundless ambition that can make us compromise the dignity of others.
When the High Priest and the religious leaders, in collusion with the Romans, believed that they could calculate everything, that the final word had been spoken and that it was up to them to apply it, God suddenly breaks in, upsets all the rules and offers new possibilities. God once more comes to meet us, to create and consolidate a new age, the age of mercy. This is the promise present from the beginning. This is God’s surprise for his faithful people. Rejoice! Hidden within your life is a seed of resurrection, an offer of life ready to be awakened. 
Please note Paeroa's Mass is at 6pm on Saturdays.
Fr JeLo

Sunday 23rd April 2017 | Divine Mercy Sunday

posted Apr 22, 2017, 3:49 PM by Parish of The Holy Family

We see faces whose eyes bespeak loneliness and abandonment, because their hands are creased with wrinkles. Their faces mirror the faces of women, mothers, who weep as they see the lives of their children crushed by massive corruption that strips them of their rights and shatters their dreams. By daily acts of selfishness that crucify and then bury people’s hopes. By paralysing and barren bureaucracies that stand in the way of change. In their grief, those two women reflect the faces of all those who, walking the streets of our cities, behold human dignity crucified. 

The faces of those women mirror many other faces too, including perhaps yours and mine. Like them, we can feel driven to keep walking and not resign ourselves to the fact that things have to end this way. True, we carry within us a promise and the certainty of God’s faithfulness. But our faces also bear the mark of wounds, of so many acts of infidelity, our own and those of others, of efforts made and battles lost. In our hearts, we know that things can be different but, almost without noticing it, we can grow accustomed to living with the tomb, living with frustration. Worse, we can even convince ourselves that this is the law of life, and blunt our consciences with forms of escape that only serve to dampen the hope that God has entrusted to us. So often we walk as those women did, poised between the desire of God and bleak resignation. Not only does the Master die, but our hope dies with him.  (cont. next week)
Fr JeLo

Sunday 16th April 2017 | Easter Sunday

posted Apr 18, 2017, 3:44 PM by Parish of The Holy Family   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 5:11 PM ]

Happy Easter to you all! 

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!” sings the psalmist. Indeed, today is a day of great rejoicing, for the Lord is risen as he promised. With this joy brought by the good news of the Resurrection, comes the gift of peace, for “Peace be with you” were the first words of the Risen Christ to the disciples. I pray that you may have joy and peace in your hearts.

Full of joy, we welcome David and Sharon Nickalls and Bruce Roberts into the Church. After journeying through the RCIA’s initial three periods, they finally received the Easter Sacraments. Congratulations and welcome to our family of faith!

With great joy, I announce to you a good news: Bishop Steve has appointed Fr Fernando Alombro, MSP (Missionary Society of the Philippines) as parochial vicar for the Kaimai Collegial Area (our parishes and the parishes of Waihi, Whangamata and Katikati), and he will reside in Morrinsville. He will begin his ministry with us sometime in May. 

I thank you for the warm welcome and generosity you have extended to my parents. They are going back to the Phillipines on Easter Monday, and I am going with them (with great joy!!!). I will be away for just over three weeks. In my absence, Fr Don Cowan and Fr Richard Pipe will be saying the weekend Masses. There will be no Masses during the week, but there will be Liturgy of the Word with Communion instead.

I wish to thank those who helped me with the preparations for the Holy Week Liturgies and those who took part in them. I wish you all a Happy Easter and will see you when I get back.

Fr JeLo

Sunday 9th April 2017 | Palm Sunday

posted Apr 8, 2017, 7:24 PM by Parish of The Holy Family

We begin “Holy Week” with our commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem and of His Passion. The Season of Lent ends on Holy Thursday before the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. The three Liturgies that follow—Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Friday of the Lord’s Passion and Easter Vigil—are what we call “Easter Triduum”.

I invite you to our Liturgies during this Holy Week so we can reflect together on God’s generous act of self-giving for our sake. Copies of our Holy Week schedule are available in the foyer, or you can check our Parish Website

As advertised by Bishop Steve in his letter to the clergy, I would like to remind you about the Good Friday collection for the Holy Land (Terra Sancta). The financial support we give helps in the upkeep and restoration of pilgrim sites, hospitals, schools and in carrying out projects especially for the poor and youth. Let us be generous in our giving

I encourage you to attend the Way of the Cross conducted by different Churches on Good Friday. This is a good way for all of us to journey together in prayer and reflection through the Lord’s Passion. 

Please not that Mass times for next weekend are: 
Easter Vigil, Saturday 15 April, Morrinsville at 7.30pm 
Easter Sunday, 16 April, in Te Aroha at 9.00am and in Paeroa at 11.00am.

On behalf of my parents, I wish to thank you for your kindness and generosity (and understanding for the days I was away), for if it were not for you they would not have come to beautiful Aotearoa. They are flying out on Easter Monday, 17 April and I will be going with them. I will be away for just over three weeks. Once again, a big THANK YOU. 

I hope and pray you all have a meaningful, prayerful and fruitful Holy Week.

Fr JeLo

Sunday 2nd April 2017 | The 5th Sunday of Lent

posted Apr 1, 2017, 6:29 PM by Parish of The Holy Family

Next Sunday, 9 April is the start of Holy Week with the celebration of Palm Sunday. Just as we did last year, the first part of our liturgy, namely the Blessing of Palms will take place at the school for Paeroa and Morrinsville, and in the parish hall in Te Aroha. We will then have the procession going to the Church for the Mass.

Mass times for Holy Week are now available and are handed out today with the newsletters. I hope you can come to our Holy Week celebrations, especially our Liturgies on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil/ Sunday, to commemorate our Lord’s Passion Death and Resurrection.

I am away this week, so there will be no Masses. But there will be Liturgy of the Word with Communion. April 7 is the last Friday of Lent, and I invite you to take part in the Stations of the Cross in our churches. 

Let us pray for the success of ‘Setfree’ and for all young people who will be taking part in it next weekend.

Fr JeLo 

Sunday 26th March 2017 | The 4th Sunday of Lent

posted Mar 30, 2017, 9:46 PM by Parish of The Holy Family

We farewell the Sisters of the Missions and thank them for the many years of generous service and mission work in Morrinsville since 1930. A shared luncheon will be had after the 11am Mass in Morrinsville today. Last week we celebrated the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick during the weekday Masses. This week, we will be having our Lenten celebrations of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Tuesday, 28 March in Morrinsville at 7.00pm (Rite II—Communal) Thursday, 30 March in Paeroa at 4.30pm (Rite I– Individual) 

I am taking a week off before Holy Week, so there will be NO Masses on 4-7 April. There will be a Liturgy of the Word with Communion for those days.

Reminder that every Friday during Lent, we pray the Stations of the Cross in the church at 5.30pm 

Please note that DAYLIGHT SAVINGS FINISHES next Sunday, 2 April

Fr JeLo 

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