Sunday 11th September 2016 | 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Sep 10, 2016, 9:40 PM by Parishes of The Holy Family
Social Justice Week begins today, 11 September (runs through to 17 September). This year’s theme is: “We All Have a Migration Story: Fostering a culture of encounter”. Below is an excerpt of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference Statement on Migration (June 2016): 
“Today Aotearoa New Zealand is a home shared by people of over 180 different ethnicities. Some arrive from war torn countries, forced to leave their home due to violence and war. Others come permanently or temporarily to work and support family towards a better life. All have come to New Zealand looking for opportunities for a more decent and hope-filled future to share with loved ones. We are moved by stories of migrants and refugees who have come to New Zealand from situations of hardship and suffering. Hearing their stories demands we address poverty, injustice and violence that make us leaving home necessary for many individuals and families. At the same time we ask ourselves—how well are we as a country offering manaakitange—welcome and hospitality—to those recently arriving to our shores?” 

The Parish Pastoral Council is organising a Pilgrimage of Mercy to St Joseph’s Church in Te Puna on 29 October (Saturday). There will be an opening liturgy, celebration of the sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass and a picnic on the church grounds. For those interested, you may contact: Peter Farrelly 889 4483 (Morrinsville), Maggie Gribble 862 8633 (Paeroa) and Megan Paul (Te Aroha). Our prayerful sympathy to the families of Kevin Fitzpatrick and Tony Wynen. We pray that the merciful Lord will grant Kevin and Tony eternal rest in His divine presence. 
Fr JeLo