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No Mass next weekend
This coming weekend (Saturday, April 27) there will be no Mass in Beachlands as Te Puru is booked for a function.
Next Mass - Saturday, May 4 at 5pm
The Beachlands Catholic Community celebrates Mass at 5pm each Saturday at the Function Room, Te Puru Community Centre, 954 Whitford-Maraetai Rd., Beachlands, Manukau (follow driveway to left and use car park and entrance at rear of building). All welcome.
Roster for Saturday, April 27
Co-ordinator - NO MASS in BEACHLANDS THIS WEEKEND
Hall set up - HOWICK MASS TIMES
Word - Saturday 6.30pm
Passion - Sunday 8am, 9.30am and 5.30pm
Roster for Saturday, May 4
Co-ordinator - E Lee
Hall set up - Lees and Stanaways
Word - K Stanaway and E Lee
Eucharist - B Tutty
Roster February - April click below
2nd Sunday of Easter (click on the Bible to see the readings)
This weekend we celebrate the second of eight Sundays of the Easter Season which culminates in the Feast of Pentecost. In other words, we recognise that the liturgical readings and prayers for each Sunday between Easter and Pentecost invite us into different movements of the one great symphony of resurrection faith.
The first scene in today’s gospel has the disciples hiding behind closed doors “for fear” of those who had handed Jesus over to be executed by the Roman authorities. Again, it is the first day of the week, evoking the first day of creation. Jesus appears among them, offers a greeting of peace, and tells them that he has been sent by God, his “Father”. They receive from him the gift of the Holy Spirit. He sends them in turn to bring peace and to mediate the forgiveness of God through the power of the Spirit.
The story invites us to place ourselves in the shoes of the earliest disciples. It invites us to receive the gift of the Spirit, to emerge from behind the doors that close us in on ourselves and that prevent us from rising above the fear of reprisals in our pursuit of justice and peace. It also invites us to ponder the consequences of forgiving on the one hand and of not forgiving on the other. To forgive another is to release that person from the burden of guilt and shame. Forgiveness opens up the possibility of healing for all concerned. To refuse forgiveness or to “retain”the sins of another is to leave that person unforgiven and so unhealed.
We might also consider the consequences of refusing to open ourselves to forgiveness.Those who refuse to forgive others have often failed to forgive themselves for their own shortcomings. The second and third scenes in today’s gospel focus on Thomas who was not with the other disciples when Jesus first appeared in their midst. Thomas seems to trust only his own first hand experience. We all know people like Thomas. They test our patience because they seem to lack imagination. Then they make big statements when they come around to understanding what everyone else already knows. If we think, however, that those who hear from the outset are any better than Thomas,we need to note that the doors are still closed eight days later! The simple fact of knowing has not dispelled their fears.
We all need time to grasp what it means to say that Christ has been raised. Biblical scholar, Margaret Daly-Denton notes that, in the Jewish tradition, “the eighth day symbolized the aeon to come”. Like John’s community we live in “the eighth day”, in resurrection time, the time of the new creation. Easter faith invites us, for the sake of the whole Earth community, to keep living into that reality
Veronica Lawson RSM
The Pope's prayer intention - April 2019 - Young people and the example of Mary
Caring Group to help our community
They'll know we are Christians by our love. And one way we can show our Christian love is to care for one another, especially in times of need or distress.
Several people have already volunteered their services to start the Group but we need more. We also need to know if there is anyone who needs help from the Caring Group. So, if you would like to be a volunteer who may be called upon from time to time please contact Glenis Clapham (ph: 09 536 6305) or Kathie McNabney (ph: 09 530 8130). If you need some help or know of someone from our community who needs help please let Glenis or Kathie know.
Please continue to keep Colleen O'Neill (broken hip) who currently is in Middlemore Hospital, Eileen Gallagher, John Clapham, Allan Saunders, Francis McNabney and other members of our community in your prayers.
John also asks us to pray for a breakthrough for treatment within New Zealand for neuroendocrine cancer.
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How giving a little can mean a lot
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40)
There are always people in need, sometimes long term, sometimes short term, sometimes in an emergency. The parish Food Bank, run by the Howick branch of the SVDP society, helps many families who find themselves in need of basic food items. Through supporting this we are putting into action the Church's principles of Social Justice: Human Dignity, Preferential Option for the Poor, the Common Good, Solidarity, Subsidiarity, Stewardship and Participation.
When you come to Mass at Beachlands try to bring one food item, a packet or can that can be added to the Food Bank, and place it in the basket on the table when you come in.
Giving a little can mean such a lot.
Have you considered joining the parish planned giving programme? No more searching through your purse or wallet at collection time. You will be provided with a set of envelopes which need only be placed in the basket with your donation inside. And best of all at the end of each tax year you will receive a statement of your contributions so you can make a claim on your tax return.
Why not join up now. Contact the parish office for further information. Ph 5348710