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  • Writer's pictureFr. Tien Cao

Parish News and Notices July 9th 2023

1. World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal (WYD) – will be a gathering of young people from all over the world with Pope Francis. It will be a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the Universal Church and an intense moment of evangelisation for the youth of the world. Although its Catholic identity is clearly evident, WYD opens its doors to everyone, no matter how close to or distant from the Church they are.

This pilgrimage for pilgrims from New Zealand through France and onto Lisbon, Portugal from July 15 to August 8 is significant. We will spend a few days visiting the sacred sites in Lyon and discover the French connection to the Catholic Church in Aotearoa. Lyon was home to Bishop Pompallier (arrived in NZ in 1838) and Mother Mary Aubert (arrived in NZ in 1860) before they travelled to the Pacific. In the footsteps of St Peter Chanel, we will climb the hill to the shrine of Our Lady of Fourviere, where the first Marists dedicated themselves to the foundation of the Society of Mary. As you may have known, the first seven parish priests of our parish were Marists.

Note: While I am away, please direct any inquiries to Tony Hill, our parish Chairman, at (03) 685 6163. For sacramental inquiries, please contact Fr. Michael Welsh at 027 531 1086. They will be available to provide support.

2. Visiting Priests & No Daily Mass – We will have visiting priests in the parish to assist me in covering our Sunday Masses. I apologize for the inconvenience, but there will be no daily Mass during this period. However, during my pilgrimage, I will offer my daily Mass wherever I am on behalf of our parish community. I will specifically offer prayers for you and your families to the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary when I visit Lourdes, and I will also dedicate your good works to Our Lady of Fatima for the salvation of souls.

3. Safeguarding – We extend our heartfelt appreciation to those who organized the Cuppa following the Safeguarding Talk given by Clodagh Ward last weekend. We are encouraged by the commitment of our community to work together in implementing these vital principles. For more information, please visit:

4. Happy Matariki - The word is derived from ‘mata’= ‘eyes’ and ‘ariki’ = god’. So Matariki means “the eyes of god.” A time for thanksgiving and renewal 13-20 July.

5. A New Bed for the Presbytery – I would like to express my gratitude to the parish council and the finance council for their diligent efforts in providing me with a new bed for the presbytery. The bed is not only comfortable but also warm, ensuring a restful sleep. Your care and love are truly appreciated. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness.

6. Please join us in prayer for the following intentions:

The soul of recently departed Fr Mervyn Hanifin (Dunedin). We also pray for all those who are going through a challenging period in their lives. May God's healing touch be upon them and provide them with strength and comfort during this time of trials.

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