Posts by OLV Parish

They set off to preach repentance

  In Sacred Scriptures, we know that on many occasions, God picks and sends what appear to be very ordinary people to speak His word. We find this in this Sunday’s readings; in the First Reading, we are presented with Amos, who does not pretend to any great dignity to bolster up his mission – he is of a peasant background, a shepherd and a dresser of sycamore trees. With this simplicity, he faces the task God gave him.   In similar fashion Jesus sends the Apostles on a mission. They are ordinary men, sent out to challenge the wise and
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HAVING FAITH IN THE LORD

This Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 5:21-43) offers us two miracles that Jesus performs: healing of a haemorrhaging woman and a resurrection of a child. The stories begin with Jairus, a synagogue leader, who comes not to debate with Jesus but instead seeks help for his daughter. What he does is laying his dignity aside, falling at Jesus’ feet and asking for help. The gravity of Jairus’ situation increases when the healing of the haemorrhaging woman takes place. The daughter is dying, has now been declared dead. The story of the woman is inserted into Jairus’ story with details: She comes up
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HIS NAME IS JOHN

In the Catholic Church, the Feast day of a Saint is normally the day of his/her actual death (born to eternal life). However, Saint John the Baptist is honoured with two Feast days: the Birthday (June 24) and the Beheading (August 29). This Sunday, as we celebrate his Birthday, let’s try to understand something about John the Baptist. In the Gospel of Saint Luke, the annunciation story to Zechariah is described with details (Luke 1: 5-25). The story tells us that John the Baptist had been chosen by God before he was born. In Hebrew, John means “God is gracious”. Surely,
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THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN EVERYDAY STORIES

  Jesus normally uses parables when preaching to his hearers. In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 4: 26-34) Jesus gives us one of the major themes of his preaching, namely, the coming of the Kingdom of God. Parables are everyday stories which hold a richness of wisdom. In parables, both similes and metaphors are used to persuade listeners. Jesus makes a practical and effective use of parables in a pedagogical way to inspire his audiences to make appropriate decisions because they are in response to spiritual deafness and blindness of listeners. With Jesus’ parables, there is always a requirement of a
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God’s Love

The world in which we live can seem like a very dark place at times especially when tragedy strikes.  It can be incredibly difficult to find comfort in times of loss, in times of sorrow, or when loves ones are in pain. .  And how often do you here someone say “if there is a God, why did he let this happen”…… Let us Remember, God is love.  When we see with the eyes of faith, we see with the eyes of love.  Fear, anxiety, and hopelessness melt away in the light of His glory. God will one day wipe
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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit….

In this Sunday’s Gospel passage (Matthew 28:16-20) Our Lord gave His disciples this instruction before ascending to heaven:  ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.‘ In the instruction we find the invocation of the Trinitarian formula.  In and through Jesus, the one God is revealed
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Holy Spirit, Come and Renew the Face of the Earth

  The Catechism of the Catholic Church declares: “The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is God” (CCC 245). “The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father as the first principle and, by the eternal gift of this to the Son, from the communion of both the Father and the Son” (CCC 264). Throughout history, the Holy Spirit is always at work with God the Father and God the Son, from the Beginning until the Salvation plan is complete. The Holy Spirit is the Gift that God gives to us. He is the Love, which comes from the relationship between the
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He was taken up into heaven

7th Week of Easter – Ascension Forty Days after Easter Sunday the Risen Lord ascended into heaven.  Forty days means the Ascension happened on a Thursday – hence the reference sometimes to “Ascension Thursday”.     In New Zealand, and in many countries, we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus on the 7th Sunday of Easter because Thursday is a ‘working day’!.    It is plain from Scripture that Jesus’ ascension was a bodily return to heaven. He rose from the ground gradually and visibly, observed by many intent onlookers.  As the disciples strained to catch a last glimpse of Jesus, a cloud
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Church Earthquake Strengthening Work Begins….

The Church Building is now closed for Earthquake Strengthening, and the plan is to have it finished and open for the Feast Day Mass on the 7th of October.   Mass is now celebrated in the temporary location in the renovated Bishop Joyce Centre (Hall).  A Confessional has been set up in the front room of the Presbytery for the usual 11-noon Saturdays slot.  There is still a choice to remain anonymous, just like in the old Confessional.  
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Remain in My Love

6th Sunday of Easter In this Sunday’s Gospel passage (John 15:9-17), Jesus asked His disciples to remain in His love.  He elaborated that to remain in His love is to keep His commandments – i.e. to love one another as He had loved them.  This links us back to last Sunday’s Gospel of Jesus’ being the vine, and we the branches.  We can say that anyone who truly loves, by default, is ‘grafted’ on to the vine that is Jesus, even if he/she has not come to know Christ directly.  In the context of God’s Revelation in Christ, St John
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