Earthquake Strengthening Work Completed?!

(Updated 13th December) The work to strengthen the Church is completed!  Because of the solution that was arrived at, the major part of the work is mostly ‘hidden’.  The most obvious things you will see in the Church are actually not related to the Strengthening but more to do with the opportunity we took to do other work, including updating the windows of the Stations of the cross.  If you enter the sacristy, you will also find a smaller room, which is almost useless as a sacristy, because we had to meet new requirements to have two extra Emergency Exits.
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Watch Yourselves, or Your Hearts will be coarsened

All three readings for this Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent, suggest ideas on how we should wait for the coming of the Lord: his coming through grace this Advent and his coming at the end of time. The prescriptions are relatively simple: avoid sins, pray and do not be taken by surprise. Perhaps some of us may have heard this too often and that they are too easily ignored?. The second reading calls for making progress in ‘the kind of life that we are meant to live’: loving God and loving one another.    In the Gospel, our Lord asks
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No One Knows The Day Nor The Hour…

33rd Sunday in Ordinary TIme This Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 13:24-32) is part of St Mark’s Apocalyptic (i.e. end times) Discourse.  In it Our Lord speaks of the sufferings and tribulations that his disciples will experience. Our Lord speaks also of the final triumph when, the heavenly ‘Son of Man’ will come on the Last Day and gather His elect from the ends of the earth.  Our Lord uses the parable of the appearance of new leaves on a fig tree points to the certainty of bearing fruit as a analogy of the certainly of the hope for a renewed earth. 
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This poor widow has put more in…..

In Biblical time, widows struggle when it comes to material wealth.  Yet in the first readings and the Gospel for this Sunday, we hear of two widows who loved God so much that they were prepared to give all they have in the service of God. As Jesus points out in the Gospel, it is not how much is given, but how much love is attached to the giving.  Most people gave of their excess, while the widows gave all they had when they could ill afford to do so.   It says much about the depth and commitment of their
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The First of All Commandments…

The Scribes and the Pharisees prided themselves in their knowledge of the Law and the teaching of the Prophets, and especially in their ritual requirements.  They made it a life time practice to study the 613 precepts of the Old Testament, including numerous commentaries by rabbis on them.  In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 12: 28-34) a Scribe put Jesus to the test to see if He knew the laws.  He asked Jesus: ‘Which is the first of all the commandment?’.  In other words, he was asking which would be the greatest or the most important. One Lord answered with simplicity
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Have Pity on me….

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B Last Sunday’s Gospel passage (which precedes this Sunday’s) gave us the account of the two brothers, James and John seeking places of honour.  In contrast, in this Sunday’s passage (Mark 10:46-52), we have a blind beggar asking our Lord in humility: “Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me”.  Although Bartimaeus, the blind beggar could not see, the passage shows us that he understood the nature of Jesus’ mission and identity.  He knew the prophecy that the Messiah would be of the Davidic line.  The rest of the people knew too but chose
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Totara Passionist Family Group indoor bowling

On the 20th October the Totara family group organized an indoor bowling game followed by a pot luck dinner. As they were a few people short they invited members of other family groups. Everyone who attended had a great time and the food was wonderful. A huge thanks to the members of the Totara group for organizing this event.   
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