Cardinal John’s Newsletter 30 January 2020

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Kia tau te rangimarie ki a koutou,

On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, I celebrated Mass for the Focolare Community, 350 Focolare members from all over Oceania had gathered at El Rancho for their Mariapolis for five days. It was a wonderful day to reflect of our Baptism and on our call to be “Mission.”

This year throughout the diocese I hope that we can all reflect on what our Baptism means and that it calls us to become more and more aware of the fact that we are all charged and privileged to be Missionaries. Remember these words of Jesus addressed to all of us: “Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Fa-ther and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28: 19). We will never do that unless we are deeply aware that our Baptism makes us “beloved daughters and sons of God.” At his Baptism “all the love” of the Father rested on Jesus. “all the love” of God rests on us, His beloved sons and daughters.

Just as God’s favour rests on us, our response is to rest in the intimacy of God and to know that God loves us beyond meas-ure. That fact should influence all we do in our families, schools, colleges and parish communities. When we are aware of how much God loves us it then affects the way we relate to others and the way we think about what we can do in our com-munities. We live for other, become more aware of their needs and not just our own; we think of the wider Church and the needs of the whole parish and diocese and not just our own community.

This year, reflect on what your Baptism has done for you, keep your eyes on God who loves you, just as God cannot help but keep eyes on us, smiling and loving us without measure. This year choose to be marinated, intoxicated in the fullness of God.
With every blessing for 2020.

Naku Noa,

What’s Happening

Fr Pat Greally died 3 January 2020 after a long battle with cancer. Please remember Pat and his family in prayer at this time.
Fr Fergus Reeves is suffering ill health at the moment. Please remember Fergus in your prayers at this time.
We congratulate Bishop-elect Michael Gielen on his appointment to Auxiliary Bishop of Auckland. His episcopal ordination will be Saturday 7 March. Please remember Michael in prayer at this time.

Date Savers:

Feb 2020
6 Waitangi Day Mass – 9am St Mary of the Angels. Nau mai, haere mai.
11 Ministry Formation Day – Sts Peter and Paul Lower Hutt, “Liturgy with Children” presenters Fr James Lyons, Patrick Bridgman and Michael Mangan (Teacher and Music Liturgist)
14 Valentine’s Day Mass – St Joseph’s Church Mt Victoria 7.00pm
21 Teachers Commissioning Mass – (South Island) Garin College 5.30pm
25 Teachers Commissioning Mass – (North Island) Sacred Heart Petone, 5.30pm
27 Marriage Enrichment Evening – check your parish noticeboard rsvp

March 2020
Mission Expo – More details to come
14 Bishop Viard College, Porirua 10am – 4pm
21 Garin College, Nelson 10am — 4pm

April 2020
Chrism Mass
7 South Island – venue to be advised
8 North Island – St Teresa’ Pro-Cathedral, Karori

May 2020
20 – 24 Clergy Assembly – Tatum Park

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