PARISHES OF THE
(Morrinsville, Paeroa and Te Aroha)
TUESDAY 20TH DECEMBER
7.00PM TE AROHA| Communal Rite of Reconciliation
7.30PM PAEROA| VIGIL MASS (CAROLS BEFORE MASS)
10.30PM TE AROHA| NIGHT MASS (CAROLS BEFORE MASS)
DECEMBER | CHRISTMAS DAY
CHRISTMAS DAY MASS
(CAROLS BEFORE MASS)
WAIHI, WAIHI BEACH, WHANGAMATA & KATIKATI
DECEMBER | CHRISTMAS EVE
6.00PM WHANGAMATA| VIGIL MASS (CAROLS BEFORE MASS)
8.30PM KATIKATI| NIGHT MASS (CAROLS BEFORE MASS)
12.00AM WAIHI| MIDNIGHT MASS (CAROLS BEFORE MASS)
DECEMBER | CHRISTMAS DAY
CHRISTMAS DAY MASS
(CAROLS BEFORE MASS)
Next Sunday’s Combined Parishes Picnic at 12.00pm(after 11.00am Mass ) will be at St Joseph’s School grounds in Morrinsville. This is NOT a shared luncheon. You will need to bring your own lunch. Pack your Picnic basket with Food & Drink and bring a Rug or Deck Chair and Sunhats. (Tea and Coffee only will be available) BBQ Sausages will be provided for the children. See below for more info:
As you are aware we have started our refurbishment programme on the kitchen and work will continue on the hall in the new year. This include a significant modernisation of the facilities in the hall. Should you wish to make a donation towards the refurbishment you can put your donation in an envelope marked "New Build" and place this in the collection basket as usual. Or you can transfer directly into the account number below:
BNZ 020342 0065656 00
RC Bishop of Hamilton—New Church Building Fund.
Over the years, we have accumulated various plates. Could you please check on the table in the parish hall to see if any belong to you. Also, cups and saucers for the taking. There is also a fridge freezer and oven all in good working order which we are selling on behalf of the Parish. All offers to Peter Farrelly 027 245 0006.
St Joseph pray for us.
November is known as the Month of Remembering the Faithful Departed. On 1st, 2nd and 3rd of November this year, Masses will be held at 5.30pm instead of the usual 10.00am Masses those days.
The Mass will be followed by a Blessing at the local cemetery. Please bring a bottle of water, which will be blessed at the cemetery, and which you can then use to bless the graves of your departed loved ones. Also, write down the names of your departed loved ones on a piece of paper, and drop it in the wooden box in the foyer next weekend. Thank you
Working with Father JeLo we have set workable mass times for each Parishes weekend Masses. Prior to each liturgical
season, i.e. Easter, Christmas, Feast Days. We work with Father to set Mass times, which in some cases brings all 3 Parishes together.
When possible we work with each of the Parishes in planning individually or collectively Sacramental Programs, such as First Communion, R.C.I.A Programmes etc.
We participate in Social Justice Meetings and held a Social Justice week on 11-17 September.
We have representation on the Diocesan Pastoral Council.
We have planned “YEAR OF MERCY” prayer days for 25-27th October. We have a combined Parishes Pilgrimage of Mercy to Te Puna on Saturday 29th October as part of the “Year of Mercy”
Working with all 3 Parishes we have had very enjoyable combined Parish Social gatherings, such as the Christmas Dinner that was held in Te Aroha.
With having a representative from each of our schools on the council, we receive reports from them each month which is invaluable in having the crossover of involvement between schools and Parishes.
We have gone through an S.W.O.T Analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats). This has helped us to see where we have come and where we may grow in our Faith and Parish life. This has highlighted to us the many strengths and qualities our Parishioner have.
In terms of finances, We have combined the 3 House Accounts into one Account to cater for the needs and Living costs of our Priest. Each Parishes' Parish Account is still in the hands of each individual parish for their own requirements and for the purpose of repairs, and maintenance, and for paying day-to-day parish accounts.
The Parish Council have been supporting the Te Aroha Parish in their endeavours to build Residences next to the church. At each monthly meeting we receive reports on what has been happening in our individual Parishes, and discuss any issues. We are there to support Father JeLo in whatever way we can.
With the intention to have council members change every 3-4 years, we are at the point where we now need other Parishioners to step up and take a turn as a Council Member. We invite you to put your name forward to represent your Parish – please contact any current member, or Father JeLo.
It's that time of year again- Daylight Saving kicks in at 2:00am this Sunday, so you'll need to put your clock forward one hour- Mass Times will be an hour later than what your clock says!
Congratulations to our very own Anna from St Joseph's Catholic School in Paeroa for winning the Caritas Aotearoa NZ Songwriting Competition: SINGout4JUSTICE (Junior Category). Well done Anna! Click here to listen to her song
Many thanks to all of the students who entered songs in SINGout4JUSTICE 2016. More than 130 students participated and we were impressed with the high quality of the compositions we received. We are already looking forward to hearing more amazing entries next year.
Continue to write music that inspires the world to take action on poverty and injustice and to realise that ‘the time is now’.
Emeritus Bishop Len Boyle of Dunedin has died, surrounded by family and his brother priests, after a short period of ill health, he was 85.
Bishop Boyle, who lived in Mosgiel, recently moved into the Sacred Heart Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor, Brockville, Dunedin. He died peacefully this morning.
Bishop Patrick Dunn, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, said: “It is with sadness that we pay tribute to our brother bishop, recalling his commitment to the people he served and his ministry as a priest and bishop. He was a proud son of Southland. He would remark about the community spirit in Southland. Community was very important to him and his approach to priesthood over more than 50 years. In retirement he continued to serve as parish priest in various parishes throughout the Diocese wherever he was needed. We extend our condolences to his family, his brother priests and the community that he loved dearly.”
He was the subject of a biography in 2012, written by former Otago Daily Times journalist, Claire Ramsay. It was aptly named ’The Good Shepherd ’. The book described his somewhat unconventional path to becoming a bishop, having been brought up in a pub in Nightcaps. As well as being a farmer, shearer and freezing worker, he was a keen rugby player before training as a priest in Christchurch and Mosgiel in the 1950s and early 1960s.
He was ordained a bishop in Dunedin's Town Hall in 1983 and two years later was installed as Bishop of Dunedin on the death of Bishop John Kavanagh. He was the first ‘local’ appointed to head the diocese, and was not trained in Rome as his predecessors had been. At the time the book was launched Bishop Boyle joked that it was too flattering as it “included all the good but not the bad”.
Months later he told the Otago Daily Times that he was growing fonder of the book, having resisted the suggestions by others to write an autobiography, and eventually giving in to the persistence of others for the book to be written. “I wasn't too keen on it at first. I thought only grand people had books written about them," he said. A natural storyteller, he had enjoyed being able to relate anecdotes and memories.
Bishop Boyle was born in Nightcaps, Southland, and educated at convent schools in Nightcaps and Winton and then later at St Kevin’s College in Oamaru. He came from a distinguished and well known Winton family known for their involvement with racing, rugby and the hotel trade. Bishop Boyle himself had a love of horses. He often said “I’m away to a course” and on return would say, “I failed and have to repeat the course”.
He served as a bishop until his retirement in 2004. Bishop Boyle had five brothers, Jack, Eddie, Frank, Vincent, Cliff, and two sisters Patricia and Margaret (who died in infancy).
He is survived by his brother, Cliff, sister-in-law Eileen Boyle and his 27 nieces and nephews and their families.
Bishop Steve Lowe
Two of Hamilton’s community leaders will receive Honorary Doctorates from the University of Waikato next month.
Archbishop Sir David Moxon and Emeritus Bishop Denis Browne will be recognised for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the Waikato community at the University’s graduation ceremony in April.
Sir David is currently the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See and director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and Emeritus Bishop retired in 2014 from an esteemed 50-year career as a priest and bishop.
Archbishop Sir David Moxon
In 1993 Sir David became the youngest bishop of his generation when he was consecrated in Hamilton. Throughout his 20-year tenure as Bishop of Waikato, Sir David was committed to several social and political causes, and alongside Emeritus Bishop Denis he supported the establishment of the Te Ara Hou Christian Social Services Village in Hamilton.
In 2006 he was elected Archbishop of the New Zealand dioceses – the seven dioceses that make up Tikanga Pākehā of the Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia, and then became a primate and Archbishop of this church in 2008. In 2013 he became the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See and director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. That same year he was named Archbishop Emeritus of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia.
“I’m honoured to be receiving the honorary doctorate alongside Bishop Denis. We have been colleagues and friends for a long time in a common cause – the common good and the spiritual health of the wider community,” says Sir David.
Emeritus Bishop Denis Browne
Ordained in 1962, Emeritus Bishop Denis has served as a priest in Auckland and Gisborne, and as Bishop of Auckland and Hamilton. He was a missionary priest in the Pacific Islands for several years from 1975, and in 1977 Pope Paul VI appointed him the third Bishop of the Cook Islands. As Bishop of Hamilton he was committed to enhancing the educational performance of the schools in his diocese, and was instrumental in appointing high-achieving school leaders and upgrading facilities to meet community expectations.
He has received several awards and accolades for his service, including receiving a Doctor of Divinity degree from the Vatican – an honorary degree denoting ordination as a bishop. In 2001 he was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to the community.
Emeritus Bishop Denis says his honorary doctorate is a reflection of the work that’s gone into aligning church services with university life, “and receiving this honour alongside my good friend, Sir David, is an added bonus.”
Both have supported the chaplaincy at the University of Waikato, and have often led their communities in joint liturgical services – a practice that still continues with their respective successors.
University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley says their honour is well-deserved.
“Both David and Denis have worked tirelessly in pursuit of church and community wellness, in the Waikato region in particular, so it’s fitting they both receive Honorary Doctorates together.”
Sir David and Emeritus Bishop Denis will receive their Honorary Doctorates on 21 April at the afternoon graduation ceremony.
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