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Father Tony Kearns St Benedict's Church: cnr Izard Road and Everest Street, Khandallah St John's Church: 36 Ngatoto Street, Ngaio 6:00pm (Vigil) St John's 9:00 & 10:30 am St Benedict's Monday 9:00 am Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion Tuesday ­ Saturday 9:00 am Mass (Friday preceded by Exposition at 8:30 am) By appointment 3 Everest Street Tel (04) 479 7777 Khandallah Fax (04) 479 7632 Email [email protected] Webpage: www.stbenedicts.org.nz Mon, Thu, Fri 9:30am ­ 3:30pm Tel (04) 479 7777 50 Nicholson Road Tel: (04) 479 6878

St Benedict's Parish Newsletter

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Response to the Psalm The Lord is kind and merciful. If sung: The Lord is compassion and love. Readings for

First Reading Second Reading Gospel

20th February 2011

19th/20th February

Leviticus 19:1-2.17-18 Corinthians 3:16-23 Matthew 5:38-48

26th/27th February

Isaiah 49:14-15 Corinthians 4:1-5 Matthew 6:24-34

Forthcoming Events

Tuesday 22 February ­ St Benedicts School Mass Attendance ­ 9.15am ­ (Rooms 3 & 9) Tuesday 22 February ­ CWL Social Evening ­ 7.45pm ­ St Johns Hall Tuesday 1st Marcy ­ Liturgy Meeting (deferred from February) Friday 4 March - Exposition (8.30am) and Mass (9am) ­ St Benedicts Church Friday 4 March ­ St Bens Young Believers Youth Group ­ 7pm to 9pm ­ St Johns Hall 9th March ASH WEDNESDAY ­ Masses at 6:45 and 9:15am Ecumenical Service 7:00pm at Khandallah Presbyterian Church Ganges Road Thursday 10 March ­ Reflecting the Way Discussion Group ­ 7.30pm ­ Presbytery

FIRST FRIDAY MORNING TEA All parishioners are warmly invited to morning tea in the foyer of St Benedicts Church on Friday 4th March following Exposition at 8.30am and Mass at 9:00am. Hospitality Ita Delahunty and Sybil Keating. PALMS FROM PALM SUNDAY 2010 Parishioners are invited to return the palms given last Palm Sunday to the baskets in the foyer of the Church. These will them be burnt to provide ashes for the celebrations of Ash Wednesday on 9th March. CATHOLIC WOMEN'S LEAGUE SOCIAL EVENING The CWL will be holding the first of this years programme of social evenings on Tuesday 22nd February at 7.45pm in St Johns Hall. The evening will feature information on this years At Home Appeal (Ecpat Child Alert), and will be an opportunity to catch again together after the holidays.

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Supper provided; but a gold coin donation for our Mission Station in Lomary, Fiji, would be appreciated. LITTLE BLACK BOOKS A limited number of copies of the Little Black Book for Lent 2011 are available in the foyer of both churches. The book gives a six minute reflection for the days of Lent. Cost is $6.00 per book. These books tend to sell quickly so pick one up today. ST BEN'S YOUNG BELIEVERS The St Bens Young Believers will be holding the first meeting of the year on Friday 4 March at 7pm in St Johns Hall. This meeting will be to plan the forthcoming years activities. EXTRA MASS DURING LENT On each Wednesday during Lent, there will be an additional weekday Mass at 6.45am in St Benedict's Church.

Last Week's Collections First Collection $556.30 Second Collection $1112.60 Thank you KHANDALLAH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ­ SUNDAY 20 Khandallah Presbyterian Church will be holding the formal opening of their new facilities on February 2011 at 11.00am. Parishioners are invited to attend. HOLY HOUR There is a Holy Hour at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Thursday 24th February beginning at 7:30pm. This will be to pray for vocations to priesthood and religious life. The hour will include Scripture readings, prayers, hymns and times of silence. It will conclude with Benediction and supper. PARISH PICNIC LAST WEEK Despite gloomy forecasts the weather was glorious for last Sundays parish picnic. The energetic thrashed it out on the tennis court and the football field. There were closely fought petanque games decided by a very close measure and younger picnickers enjoyed the sea. Later in the day thee was time for ice-creams and others succumbed to temptation in the Van Helden Gallery. As we packed up everyone was already planning even more fun at next years picnic. 2011 SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME ENROLMENTS We would ask that parents who would like to have their child take part in the Sacramental Programme (First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Holy Communion) for 2011 should complete an enrolment form, which are currently available in the foyer of the Church. The programme is to prepare children who have been baptised into the Catholic faith and have reached YEAR 4 or above at school. First Parents Meeting is on Sunday 6th March at 7:30pm in St Benedicts Church. PASTORAL AREA LITURGY SUPPORT (PALS) PROGRAMME The Liturgy Committee has received an invitation from Archbishop John Dew to nominate people who may be interested in helping support liturgical initiatives in our Parish and Pastoral Area. The Programme has been prepared by the Office of Pastoral Services of Wellington. The programmes intention is to build on a solid foundation formation and training for those interested in liturgy in parishes. If you are interested in being nominated to participate in this programme, please contact Father Tony (479 7777) or the Chairperson of the Liturgy Committee, Margaret Dunne (478 6348), for more details.

REFLECTING THE WAY DISCUSSION GROUP The first meeting in the new series of the Reflecting the Way Discussion Group will be held on Thursday 10th March, at 7.30pm in the Presbytery, and subsequently on each Thursday in Lent (17, 24 & 31 March and 7 & 14 April). The discussions will be based around the Caritas program ,,United by our Common Humanity. If you would be interested in attending the group, please contact Fr Tony on 479 7777 for the reading material. ICPE WORKSHIP NIGHT Friday 25th February 7:30pm Jesus says, ,,Fear Not! I have conquered the world John 16:33. Guest speaker is Wimple Santoso Director of ICPE NZ. Venue is St Gerards Monastery, 75 Hawker Street, Mount Victoria. ST TERESA OF AVILA TODAY Parishioners are invited to two special presentations on the Spirituality of St Teresa by Father Greg Burke, Discalced Carmelite Friar from Sydney, on Friday, 11th March from 7.00-9.30 pm at Ss Peter and Paul Church Hall, 60 Knights Road, Lower Hutt, and Saturday morning, 12th March from 10.00 am-12.30 pm at St Josephs Church, Bill Pearce Room, 150 Brougham St, Mt Victoria. Fr Greg has an engaging style of presentation and has studied and lectured overseas, and given talks and retreats around Australia and New Zealand. Everyone is welcome! Further enquiries Mary Heffernan, ocds Ph. 04 577-2835. Admission free but a koha would be appreciated to defray expenses. PRAYER INTENTIONS Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick, in hospital, or unwell, particularly Fr Brian Austin, Pauline Gordon, Jim Webber, Therese Shields, Robyn Favell, Bob Heikell, David Shroff, Agnes Dummons, Margaret Maroney, Christine Smith, Josephine Tiro and Bernie ONeill. We ask you also to pray for the repose of the souls of those who have died recently including Fr Paddy Cahill (Christchurch), Fr Anthony Ford (Palmerston North), David Bryce and, Margaret Washer, and for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time. The parish Prayer Group is always available to pray for your special intentions. A list of contact phone numbers is on the notice boards in both churches.

ST MARY'S OLD GIRLS' AGM The AGM of the St Marys Old Girls Association will be held in the Staffroom of the College, Guildford Terrace at 2:00pm on 13th March. Inquiries to Vonnie 938 9811 or Patricia 476 7617.

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SOCIAL JUSTICE HUI ­ 25/26 FEBRUARY Please come along to the Social Justice Hui on Friday evening from 6pm and Saturday 9am ­ 9pm at Bishop Viard College, Porirua. The hui has as its theme "Working for the Common Good: Being Salt and Light" and has been organised by the Archdiocesan Justice, Peace & Development Commission, with support from Caritas. With an exciting programme of informative speakers and workshops, its also a chance to spend time with and to get to know fellow Catholics with a passion for social service and justice. No cost to attend; please register your attendance for catering purposes. For more information and to register, see the printed information available in the Parish, the Archdiocesan website www.wn.catholic.org.nz or contact Ann Williams at the Catholic Centre on (04) 496 1777. Healing Service led by Fr John Rea SM Friday, 25 February 2011, 7.30pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hill Street, Wellington. All welcome. Enquiries: Ron Fowler, ph 472 4433. WALK BY FAITH ­ a three year adult distance learning course in Religious Studies. The course is for those interested in deepening their knowledge of Jesus Christ, the Scriptures, the Church, and growing in personal faith. For further information, contact Sr Eileen Brosnahan RSM, Catholic Education Centre, PO Box 1937, Wellington; phone (04) 496 1718; fax: (04) 496 1715; email: [email protected] ROAD RETREAT 2011 Road Retreats are a combination of pilgrimage and retreat designed to give Catholics an opportunity to celebrate their New Zealand Church. These visits will take in church history, catholic spirituality, present-day apostolate, education and formation centres, church art and music, and reflection time in relaxed atmospheres. Retreat around the South Island planned for early April. See flyer on parish notice board. Contact Patricia Parsons on 027 421 9064 or email: [email protected] MEDITATION Anyone interested is welcome to join the Wellington Area Meditation Groups for a Day of Prayer and Reflection at The Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay. Saturday February 26 from 9.45 to 3.00 pm. Bring your own lunch; tea & coffee provided. The Annual Mission Fair of the Missionary Sisters of St Peter Claver will be held on Saturday 26 February 2011 from 10am to 1pm at St Francis de Sales Church hal and grounds - 173 Clyde Street, Island Bay Rapid Raffle and stalls such as

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toys, fancy and knitted goods, jewellery, jams, wool etc). Goods for above stalls and donations would be greatly appreciated. Goods can be posted to Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver, 1 Mersey Street, P O Box 7312, Wellington. CHILDREN'S LITURGY Any parishioner who is involved with Childrens Liturgy is cordially invited to attend a small get together On Saturday, 5th March from 1pm ­ 3pm at the Wellington Catholic Centre. For more details contact Sue Ryan at the Catholic Centre 496 1777. Seeing your life through the lens of the gospels Matthew 5:38-48 Jesus tells us to act out of love, and says that acting out of love is better than acting out of revenge. What does your experience tell you? Perhaps you have at times hit back in revenge when you have been hurt or offended. What effect did this have on you, on others and on your relationship with them? Contrast this with the times when you resisted the urge to retaliate. What effect did this have on you, on others and on your relationship with them ... at the time, and in the long term? From other passages in the Gospels it is clear that Jesus did not mean that we should ignore injustices and never make a stand against others. What lessons have you learned in life on when and how to make a stand? What wisdom would you share with others from your experience? John Byrne OSA

The Deep End You've got to be perfect! If someone hits us on the right cheek, Im pretty sure the last thing we would feel like doing is offering them the left one. Yet Jesus calls people to a love that is perfect ,,as your heavenly Father is perfect. Surely this is too great a demand! Perfection here is a call to a love that is universal and knows no boundaries, an undiscriminating love. Agape love is love of those we do not know, even those we do not like and, as we hear today, a ,,love of enemy ­ the toughest kind of love, an all-inclusive love. This does not mean that we let people walk all over us; rather it is a love that exposes injustice. Mahatma Gandhi once said, ,,an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind. Gandhi apparently read from the Sermon on the Mount twice a day for the last 40 years of his life. He considered these texts to be the greatest writings on non-violence in the history of the world. Jesus encourages people to be pro-active when faced with injustice ­ through acts of resistance. Tables are turned on oppressors, causing them to stop and think about what they are doing. ,,Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you ­ probably the most radical words ever spoken, a total summation of Christianity, yet weve done our best to avoid them. Imagine a world where people respond to acts of violence, oppression and hatred with love and forgiveness. Dare we practice such love? Jane Mellett

Questions people ask Q. Are meditation systems such as Yoga or Transcendental Meditation forbidden by the Catholic Church? A. They are not forbidden. In fact, in the noisy and agitated world of today, these techniques can be very useful in quietening the mind in preparation for prayer. The quietened mind is then ready to pay more attention to God as revealed to the world in Jesus Christ. Attentiveness to Gods presence is the heart of prayerfulness, and anything that can increase our capacity for attentiveness is to be welcomed. Fr Silvester O'Flynn OFM Cap THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are known as the "synoptic" Gospels. This course will provide an overview of the three Gospels to show how each evangelist presents the same Christ in a different, but not contradictory, manner from the others and how the differences in presentation can deepen our own faith in Christ. Br. Kieran Fenn will present this interesting course on Fridays 25 Feb and 11 March 5.30-8.30pm, Saturdays 26 Feb and 12 March 9am4pm at the Catholic Centre. Cost $66. Enquiries [email protected] or phone 436 1718.

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