shaking foundations: voice of God?

November 14, 2010

There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place;
 and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky… …By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” Luke 21 You will notice in the Gospel today…

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moving forward in liturgy…

November 4, 2010

…with the wisdom and beauty of the past After Sunday morning Mass last week, a parishioner made a comment that got me thinking. They said that they were happy that “I” had decided to introduce chant at Mass. They added…

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may they rest in peace

November 2, 2010

On Sunday after the morning Mass I visited the four local cemeteries. A large number of parishioners and friends joined me at each cemetery to pray for those who had died.As I blessed each grave, accompanied by the friends…

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Praise Be

October 31, 2010

This week we begin the rehearsals for the recording of Praise Be.The three rehearsals are:Monday 1 November 7.00pm, OLV ChurchThursday 4 November 7.00.pm, OLV ChurchSunday 7 November 2.00pm – 4.00pm, OLV ChurchThe Recording will…

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there is another way

October 29, 2010

On my way through the Press to the crossword yesterday morning I was deeply moved by a testimony of transcendence. It was the photo that caught my attention first; an embrace that was so much more than a routine greeting…

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revised texts of the Mass

October 29, 2010

As we prepare for the introduction of the revised prayers and responses of the Mass in less than one month, you might find these websites helpful: Revised Order of the Mass (texts etc from the US Bishops’ website) Video Introduction…

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thirty-four more sleeps

October 21, 2010

In just four weeks, on Sunday 28 November 2010, the New Zealand Church will receive the people’s parts of the Revised Order of the Mass. On this first Sunday of Advent the texts of the prayers we pray together…

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gone before – marked with Faith

October 21, 2010

On Tuesday 2 November the Church celebrates the Feast of All Souls. We know this month of November as the month of Holy Souls. In this month we take pause to remember those who have died. We pray for those…

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First Communion

October 21, 2010

Over these weeks children from our parish will receive Holy Communion for the first time. You will remember your own First Communion. For me it was in St Patrick’s Basilica in Oamaru. Our preparation has lasted seven full years…

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day is done

October 13, 2010

It has been a long day.Today our two meetings for the Thanksgiving Programme were held. The first, this afternoon, filled the Bishop Joyce Centre. A smaller (but still most satisfying) number gathered this evening. The co-ordinator of the…

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Thanksgiving Meeting Number One

October 13, 2010

I have come over to the church to pray for a few moments before our 2pm Thanksgiving Programme meeting. I have no idea what the response will be. The same meeting will be repeated tonight for another group.To be…

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Thanksgiving

October 12, 2010

Last week OLV parish began the Thanksgiving Programme. This process over six weeks invites and challenges us to re-consider our contribution of time, talent and treasure to the life of the Church within this parish.This is a great…

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OLV: hope for the future

October 8, 2010

On Wednesday night a small, generous and enthusiastic group of parishioners gathered to begin preparations for our OLV Parish Thanksgiving Programme 2010. It is five years since we last invited Phil Gourdie (Thanksgiving Programme Director for the Diocese of Christchurch…

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noisy gongs and clashing cymbals

October 8, 2010

Yesterday Pope Benedict addressed participants in the World Press Congress. His reflections got me thinking about the role of the media, especially in the light of the issues that hijacked the headlines this week in New Zealand.Pope Benedict concludes…

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jubilees with brothers

October 5, 2010

Today and tomorrow the priests of the diocese meet with Bishop Barry Jones for two days of Annual General Meeting of the priests of the Christchurch diocese.While there is a lot of business to be covered with reports from…

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