Sunday 12th July- 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Jul 11, 2015, 9:24 PM by Parishes of The Holy Family   [ updated Jul 11, 2015, 9:49 PM ]
Hygiene at Mass: Concern for All, Genuine Hospitality
The New Zealand Bishops have issued guidelines on best possible hygienic practices in the celebration of the Eucharist especially during the season of winter. Excerpts from the article follow:
“There are several measures we can take during the season of flu viruses, colds and cold sores to safeguard the health of one another: wash your hands prior to Mass; use a handkerchief or tissue for sneezing and blowing your nose. If you have any level of unwellness – cough into the crook of your arm or sleeve to minimise the spread of germs to others; if you usually receive on the tongue please receive on the hand if you have a cold; refrain from receiving from the chalice. However, when suffering from infections that can quickly pass from one to another, it is advisable to stay at home"

We have seen in recent weeks an increased publicity around the introduction of euthanasia into New Zealand law by a pro-euthanasia group called Voluntary Euthanasia Society (VES).  The NZ Catholic Bishops Conference, through the Nathaniel Centre, has been involved in the establishment of Euthanasia Free New Zealand, and have authorised a national diocesan group to coordinate opposition to the introduction of euthanasia into New Zealand law. 
In view of this, an information and training workshop for parishioners who are articulate and passionate in their opposition to euthanasia will be held at St Mary’s Parish Centre in Rotorua on Saturday 8th of August. The workshop will be conducted by Dr. John Kleinsman from the Nathaniel Centre. It is hoped that all parishes throughout the Diocese will be represented. 

Please let me know if you are interested or ring the parish office.

Fr. JeLo