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Are we a Throwaway Culture?

Human beings are creatures of this world,enjoying a right to life and happiness, and endowed with unique dignity.

So we cannot fail to consider the effects on people's lives of environmental deterioration, current models of development and the throwaway culture.

(Laudato Si #43)


Fit for Mission activities also include action to preserve the environment.

How much do I recycle?

How often do I buy something I do not need but just want?

What is my parish doing about recycling, re-using, saving power amongst the many other things a parish can do to help keep a sustainable environment.



Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Last week’s reading about Martha and Mary left me thinking that even someone called to a very active ministry cannot sustain it without giving some time to ‘sitting at the Lord’s feet’, talking with Him and building a strong relationship.

This week, in the first reading (Genesis 18:20-32) we hear Abraham talking to God, questioning Him and God listens and reassures Abraham that however hard it is He will respond.

The Gospel (Luke 11:1-13) tells us how the Disciples wanted to pray like they saw Jesus praying and they asked Him how to do it. Jesus gave them a simple and direct prayer that we today call the “Our Lord’s Prayer”. Jesus followed this prayer with the parable of the annoying neighbour. This story explains that God is our Father and that as a loving father he would never turn us away. He would always respond to our requests.

Jesus gave us the words and Abraham showed us a way we can talk to God. The message is that however you do it, God is listening and He will answer our call, not always the way we would like it to be answered but He is always there responding and will send the Holy Spirit to those who ask.

Prayer can take many forms but however you feel comfortable talking with God it is OK, He will be listening and responding to your call.

Colleen Gleeson

The Year of Mercy – The Pastoral Plan in Action

"But go and learn what this means 'I desire mercy not sacrifice'".a Matthew 9:13

The Year of Mercy invites us to walk into the challenge of living the Christian life. To be forgiven and to forgive others. It is a year of reflection and action as we implement the Diocesan Pastoral Plan – Fit for Mission The first priority of Fit for Mission is Go! Parishes, communities, and schools are asked to focus more specifically and practically on reaching out to those outside our communities. To find ways and means to draw them more fully to know and love Christ Jesus. This is what the Church calls mission ad extra (to those beyond our normal boundaries).
A framework for mission and mercy is to explore the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

Let us abandon all
and dread, for these
do not befit men and
women who are loved.
Instead, let us live the
joy of encounter with
the grace that
transforms all.
Pope Francis

Diocesan News

14-07-2016 | Karen O'Connell

Support the Red Cross at this movie fundraiser “The Innocents”. Based on a true story from post-WW II Poland, this drama follows a young French Red Cross doctor who finds herself caught up in the lives of nuns, traumatised and shamed by their wartime suffering. When: Wednesday 27 July 2016, 6.15pm Where: Civic Theatre 269 […]

100 quality, warm & weatherproof coats for the homeless gifted to Auckland Diocese
06-07-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

  One hundred high quality coats, specially tailored to fit a wide range of sizes, have been gifted to the Diocese of Auckland for distribution to the city’s homeless by one of the oldest institutions of Western & Christian civilisation, the Sovereign Order of Malta, through its Sydney members. The coats are being distributed by […]

New Zealand Catholic Bishops welcome increased annual refugee quota
14-06-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

The President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, Bishop Patrick Dunn, said that the bishops are pleased the government has announced our refugee quota will be increased to 1,000 from 750. “For an additional 250 people every year who are granted acceptance to make a new home in New Zealand it will be life changing, for […]

Franciscan Vocation Reflection Day. 10th July 2016
14-06-2016 | Karen O'Connell

Vocation Discernment Retreat Sunday 10 July 2016  10.00am-4:00pm A reflection day intended to help young men discover if they have a calling to Religious Life Led by Fr. Anthoni Selvaraj ofm, Vocation Director for the Franciscan Friars in Australia & New Zealand Who is this retreat for? Young Men aged 18-35 who may be considering religious life Where is it being held? St […]

Principal of Catholic Colleges receives Queen’s Birthday Honour and reflects on his long service to boys’ education
08-06-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

Long serving Catholic educator and Principal of several Catholic Colleges, Mr Kieran Fouhy, received an honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to education. He is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM). Tributesto his outstanding contribution to Catholic education have been received from many quarters.  “As a Catholic community, […]

26-05-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

The Justice & Peace Commission of the Auckland Catholic Diocese has issued the following news release regarding the 2016 Budget 26 May 2016 Budget 2016 Housing Recent publicity has again highlighted the desperate situations of many vulnerable families living in overcrowded houses, garages and cars, especially in Auckland. While more funding for emergency housing is […]

Greater need for funding received by Catholic Caring Foundation
23-05-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

  The Catholic Caring Foundation has received an unprecedented number of applications from community agencies seeking funding for their work with the homeless, refugees, families suffering from issues of violence, hunger and addictions as well as other critical social services within the Auckland diocese. “The Caring Foundation is witnessing applications from groups who may not […]

Magic of the mystics revealed in new book
06-05-2016 | Lyndsay Freer

  An inspiring, user-friendly book on the mystics by well-known Marist priest Craig Larkin is soon to be published. An Inner Music provides a fascinating introduction to 20 mystics and spiritual teachers. It also offers a series of down-to-earth reflections on how the profound insights of the spiritual masters can relate to and transform our […]

NPH – Latin American Market
18-04-2016 | Karen O'Connell

  Please join us at the NPH market to help raise funds for the NPH Catholic orphanages in Latin America. The market will be Sunday 1st May 3 – 7pm Freemans Bay, Community Hall. NPH – Latin American Market is published on 2016-04-18T09:44:06+12:00 and last modified: 2016-04-29T11:05:15+12:00 by Karen O’Connell

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