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Parish Weekly News & Notices

1. Safeguarding Talk at Fairlie and Twizel – The MacKenzie Parish has invited Clodagh Ward, the diocesan Safeguarding advisor to deliver a Safeguarding talk in our parish on Saturday July 1st after the Vigil Mass in Twizel and Sunday July 2nd after Sunday Mass in Fairlie. We in the Catholic Church are striving towards a culture of safeguarding where all are safe from harm and abuse and where every person is encouraged and enabled to enjoy the fullness of life in Jesus Christ through nurturing, supportive and protective endeavors of the Church, both individually and collectively.

Note: Anyone who volunteers for Fairlie or Twizel will be required to attend this talk.

- Please pick up the letter of introduction for more information.


2. Welcome Fr. Justin Lee CSJ – Fr. Justine Lee and his brother are members of the Community of St. John. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to both of them for joining us and assisting in the celebration of Masses in Twizel and Fairlie. We sincerely hope that they have had a wonderful experience celebrating Masses in our beautiful Mackenzie Area.


3. Parish Council Meeting – Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 27th, at 7:00 pm in the evening. If you have any favors or concerns to share, please reach out to one of our parish council members. We are here to serve you.

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

For the soul of the recent passing of Mary Pat Hoare, who was a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Parish for 15 years and her 5 children went to St. Joseph’s. Her funeral was on Thursday 15th June at Holy Name Parish in Dunedin.

- Please also pray for the souls of Ines Magi Quinones, Mary Brosnahan, Theresa Gabities, Mrs. Donovan, Fr. Kevin Foot, and Chuck Blanchard, remembering Maxwell Rye, Marie Conaghan

Julia Higgins 26th June, James Higgins 13th June, Maureen Bengie 17th June, Robert Benzie 7th Oct.

- 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.


5. Road Conditions Awareness: As residents of the Mackenzie region, we are aware of the potential hazards posed by black ice, heavy fog, or dew on the roads. Please remember to drive cautiously and inform our visitors, including strangers, about the current road conditions during this time. By doing so, we can play a part in ensuring the safety of others. Saving lives doesn't require us to be doctors; it starts with simple awareness and consideration.


6. Priests’ Regional Meeting at Fairlie – On Wednesday, June 21st, the priests from the South of Canterbury came together to show solidarity and enjoy a meal. During this gathering, we engaged in discussions related to pastoral care within our diocese and region. The gathering included a reflection on the upcoming Sunday Gospel, conversations about Synodality and the themes of inclusivity and love based on an article by Bishop Robert Barron. There was also time allocated for sharing personal well-being, and the meeting concluded with some general business matters. We kindly ask you to keep our priests in your prayers.

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