Wellington Central Pastoral Area Newsletter 27 August 2017

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OURS IS A SHARING SERVICE

Last week most of those who read the Scripture at the Cathedral, the Proclaimers of the Word, met for a brief  “Refresher” programme.  As they talked about their ministry, listened to one another read, and reflected on our shared belief in the presence of Jesus in the “breaking open of the Word”, I felt extremely grateful for the way parishioners across our Pastoral  Area offer themselves for leadership roles.  We are very well served, both in the formal Liturgy and in pastoral service.

 

In the years I have been associated with our central city parishes, I’ve seen a developing awareness that we each have to contribute from our gifts for the good of all.  I find I am meeting a greater willingness among you to be involved.

This awareness brings a sense of ownership and a greater number are now accepting responsibility for growing the community.  I thank you most sincerely for this, and welcome your partnership.  The  appointment of Fiona Rammell as Lay Pastoral Leader at the Cathedral, like Mary-Anne Peetz at Otari  before her, further endorses this “shared responsibility” and points to a positive and active future.

A natural consequence of this involvement is to extend service to meet needs not our own.  I think we are ready to do this.  This week’s Maori Pastoral Care appeal is such an opportunity.  The concerns here may not directly match those of our Pastoral Area, but commitment to the Body of Christ will dictate a generous response.  Regardless of who or where we are, our “change” can change lives, for truth, justice and love.

As part of my own thanksgiving for 50 years of priesthood, I am holidaying over the next six weeks – a time to reconnect with friends not seen for a long time and to “refresh” my own energy for service.  Let us keep each other in prayer, and may our good work apparent in our blessed variety of service continue to thrive.

Fr James

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