Come Follow Me..

28th SUnday in Ordinary Time Recently it was reported in the Christchurch Press that a letter written by of one of the greatest scientists, Albert Einstein, was sold for millions of dollars.  The letter made headlines not so much because it contained interesting scientific discoveries or theories, but because it was a letter denying the existence of God.  Einstein was raised a Jew, and atheists like to include him as being “their own” that they may claim that the greatest geniuses in the world is on their side.  It justifies their position, and it also portrays people who believe in
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PFG Bake and Plant Sale

On Sunday 16th September the Passionist Family Groups held a bake and plant sale after 10am mass. A big thanks goes to all who contributed baking and plants and for all who helped out. Because of you this was a hugely successful event with very little left over at the end.
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Passionist Family Group – Indian Cooking Class

On the 19th August 23 parishioners met in the Bishop Joyce Centre to learn how to make proper Butter Chicken.   A big thanks to Peter for running this and to everyone who attended. I hope you enjoyed the relaxing afternoon and the great food. As Peter promised it was the best Butter Chicken we have ever tasted.  
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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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Saint Thomas Aquinas PFG winter olympics

27th May was the date of the first annual winter Olympics for the St Thomas Aquinas Passionist Family Group. All the big games were played: How many people can stand on a piece of paper, Tug of War, Sack race to name a few.No one failed the drugs test and there was some excellent results especially in the tug of war. A big thanks to the Palaiologos’ and the Wakelins’ for organizing. .
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Passionist Family Group Card Making

On the 10th June a card making workshop was run for all Passionist Family Groups at OLV. Between the chatter and the afternoon tea some great cards were made. Everyone enjoyed themselves and there is talk of a follow up session. A big thanks to Jude and Jacque for running this successful event.    
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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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