Increase Our Faith…..

I have always been fond of the opening paragraph of this Sunday’s Gospel passage (Luke 17:5-10); “The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ The Lord replied, ‘Were your faith the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea”, and it would obey you.” If we could “measure” faith, it would be more in its ‘quality’ than in ‘quantity’.   But, even if we could quantify it like, an “ounce” of faith, or the “size of a mustard seed”, the point is, with the right attitude, God can work
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He is God, not of the dead, but of the living

It is  of  the  essence  of  the Christian faith that when death comes, life is changed, not ended.  When we die, our soul leaves the body and is before God for judgement awaiting the day of the Resurrection (‘of the body’, as we recite in the Apostles’ Creed). In Catholic theology, ‘the unity of soul and body is so profound that one has to consider the soul to be the “form” of the body: i.e., it is because of its spiritual soul that the body made of matter becomes a living, human body; spirit and matter, in man, are not two natures
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4th Annual Plant Sale

Plants, Parish & a Power Pole. How can a Church plant sale contribute to a Parish’s pastoral plan? How can it build community? How can it teach us to be Missionaries of our Faith? It’s a fair question. About 7 years ago two ladies met through the Church Choir. They discovered another shared interest – gardening. They became friends, so did their families. From shared meals to gardening at Church, singing, movies, concerts, enjoying the good times, support for the not so good times, their friendship flourished. How did the idea for that first plant sale come about? A plan
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Beach Clean Up 20 October 2019

On the 20th October the Passionist Family Group organised a beach cleanup and sausage sizzle down at the New Brighton domain. An estimated 60 people from around the diocese of Christchurch turned up on a warm day. Between these people and Meridian Energy’s volunteers who were doing another area approximately 1 tonne of rubbish was collected. A huge thanks to everyone who came along to help out. Thanks to your hard work there is less rubbish in the estuary. Also a big thanks to the Meridian volunteers who kindly took the rubbish away for us.
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4th Annual Plant Sale

Saturday 26th October, 9.30am – 1.30pm. BJC Hall 106 Main South Rd, Sockburn. Great quality and variety of succulents, natives, bedding plants, fruit, tomatoes, vegetables and more. Sausage sizzle running all morning. Cash Only
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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time Year C Good things came your way…. The above chart shows the incredible wealth the top ten riches people have.  While I do not know if they have been generous in helping others, this Sunday’s Gospel warns us (Luke 16:19-31) what material wealth can do to us: i.e., we can be blind to the plight of others.  We might not be the top ten richest, but most of us are nevertheless much better off than others. In the parable given by Jesus, the rich man had an opportunity to use his wealth in the
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He was lost and is found

All three readings for this Sunday focus attention on Divine forgiveness, and of course, our human waywardness that is in need of forgiveness.  Each reading considers this notion of Mercy from a somewhat different angle.  In the Gospel, God seeks out sinners like the shepherd who seeks the single lost sheep, and like the woman who searches for the one lost coin, and like the father who runs out to embrace the prodigal son.  In all the cases, the one who did the seeking did so rather ‘un-calculatingly’.  Love is at the centre of mercy – and love in not
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Try your best to enter by the narrow door…

In this Sunday’s Gospel passage (Luke 13:22-30), Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem to complete His mission: to die for us, to open the door of heaven for us.  He is asked whether only a few will be saved.  He does not give a direct answer but he goes on to speak about the personal effort that is demanded from those who wish to enter the kingdom. ‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed”.  What does Jesus mean by this expression?   He is the
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