Cardinal John’s Newsletter 8 November 2018

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Kia tau te rangimarie ki a koutou,

In a few days time, Sunday18th November) the world will observe the World Day of the Poor. This is the second year Pope Francis has asked us to be aware of the poor and to reach out in a special way to make their lives a little better and to help them live with dignity. The Archdiocese of Wellington is one of twelve dioceses throughout the world which has been asked to do something special. I am very grateful that so many people have supported this and have arranged a number of events and ways to reach out and assist. We are all invited of course to find opportunities for encounter, dialogue and practical assistance for people on the margins.

Some of the activities arranged for this day include:

• Mass for the World Day of the Poor: Sunday 18 November 10.30am, St Michael’s, Taita. This is also the tercentenary Mass for Nano Nagle, founder of the Presentation Sisters.
• Better off together – He waka eke noa gathering: Saturday 17 November 10.00am-5.00pm, organized by Challenge 2000, including presenters and workshops on a range of social justice issues, Bishop Viard College, Porirua.
• St Vincent de Paul pop-up free stores on Saturday 17 November 10am—4pm Newtown, 230 Riddiford St; Petone, Sacred Heart Hall, 33 Britannia St; Stokes Valley, 3 Scott Court, Wainuiomata
There will also be a free pop-up store in Porirua on Monday 19 November in Mungavin Hall, 10am—2.30pm.
• The Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, Board of Administration, Council of Priests, Te Kahu o Te Rangi and Archdiocesan Directors will hold their annual meeting at the Compassion Soup Kitchen on 17th to enable us all to reflect on what we do for the poor and also how we respond to the Letter of Pope Francis written to the People of God.
• Parishes and communities have been invited to sponsor a meal at the Compassion Centre soup kitchen in the week before the World Day of the Poor (or at any time throughout the year). Contact Karen Holland at the soup kitchen karen.h@compassion.org.nz 04 385 9299 if you would like to do this.
• The Archdiocesan EJP Commission will hold a social analysis and reflection day considering the experienc-es of participants in the 2016 and 2017 Benefit Impacts.
• On the second anniversary of the Kaikoura earthquake fruitcakes will be delivered to Kaikōura as an act of solidarity and support for the people there.
• St Joseph’s, Upper Hutt are organizing meat-packs for distribution to low-income families, and benefit ad-vice will be provided. (16th November).

The above are some of the activities arranged for this World Day of the Poor. Full details can be found on www.wn.catholic.org.nz. The rest is up to us.
Earlier this year Pope Francis wrote that amazing document “Gaudete et Exsultate.” In that document he told us that the Beatitudes are “like a Christian’s identity card” and that “in the Beatitudes we find a portrait of the Mas-ter, which we are called to reflect in our daily lives” (GeE 63)
In the days ahead we pray and ponder on how we can reflect the face of the Master to the poor who surround us. How do we share in the life of those most in need, how do we configure ourselves to Jesus who, though rich, “made himself poor.” (2 Cor 8:9)?

Naku noa. Na + Hoane

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