Holy Trinity Sunday
7th June 2020
Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9; Psalm – Daniel 3:52-56.; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; John 3:16-18.
This week in the parish....
Homily for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. 2020
There are many events occurring in our world that disturb us. Now try to imagine the opposite to all of that. Try to imagine the biggest amount of love that you can. Try to imagine the most beautiful relationship that you can. That love and beautiful relationship exists and is a reality. It is the love and relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Each of us is called to reflect that love and relationship in the world. Gen 1 tells us we were created in the image of God, in other words, to reflect that love and relationship to the world. Since our baptism we share in the love and relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in a very special way. We were baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We were adopted by God as his sons and daughters on the day we were baptized. So we are caught up in the love between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Since our baptism we have a new family. Since baptism we have a new Father, our Father in heaven. We each have a new brother since baptism, Jesus is a brother to each of us. How many brothers and sisters are in your family? You need to revise that number because since baptism Jesus is your brother so you have one extra brother.
God has a most wonderful plan for each of us, that we reflect the love within the Trinity to the world, that we be the image of God in the world. To draw us into that beautiful relationship of love in the Trinity the Father gave his Son Jesus for us. As we heard in our Gospel, “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son...” (John 3:16)
In our first reading God described himself as “a God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in kindness and faithfulness.” (Ex 34:7) God does not want anyone of us to be lost. God created us to have life and have it to the full. That is why in the Gospel today Jesus says he was sent, “so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost.” (John 3:16)
As we reflect today on the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, that no one can really explain adequately, I would like you to think of God’s plan for you. You were created in the image of God and since baptism you share in the love and life at the heart of the Trinity. How privileged we are! When we reflect on the fact that we so often forget who we really are in the eyes of God, perhaps we should be ashamed of ourselves. It really is a scandal that we forget and do not acknowledge often enough who each of us really is.
Try to imagine the biggest amount of love that you can. Try to imagine the most beautiful relationship that you can. That is the love and beautiful relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Since baptism you are drawn into that love and beautiful relationship at the heart of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Today we reflect on imaging the love and relationship at the heart of the Trinity.
Divine Mercy Prayer group
"The Divine Mercy Prayer group resumes in the Parish Hall at 3pm next Sunday the 7 June.
Social distancing and other Covid 19 level 2 requirements will be observed."
Prayer in Many Ways
We are greatly gifted in the Catholic tradition with ways to petition, thank and praise God i.e. pray. In the rosary we meditate on Christ’s life, we have novenas, the tradition of Lectio Divina a prayerful contemplation/meditation on Scripture. We can also pray where we are, with what we have in many, many ways. Making our homes domestic Church, places of prayer is encouraged. The Praying at home pdf/photo gives encouragement to do so. There are resources for family prayer at here please use your networks to promote.
Following the example of Pope Francis with the opening of Church buildings the decision has been made not to upload a daily weekday Mass.
We will continue to post Sunday Mass and work with Shine to have it shown on Shine TV.
We are mindful that for many during this time of lockdown the provision of daily Mass has been of great consolation and a source of nourishment.
Therefore we will offer through the website https://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/ and YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb7o1XYfQet-mOW1mJSzfow?view_as=subscriber a daily reflection on the Gospel.
Breaking Open Today’s Gospel.
The Gospel will be proclaimed and then a member of the Diocesan Team will unpack its meaning for us today. We begin with Bishop Michael please join us.
St John Vianney House are looking for a part time cook (3 days per week – 19.5 hours 7.30am to 2.00pm) to prepare, serve and clean up meals (breakfast and main meal at midday) for our retired priests in residence.
Please visit our website www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz, Administration tab – staff vacancies to view the full job advertisement and position description.
Applications close 19th of June 2020.
Survey - How Church’s have communicated during the Lockdown.
The Diocese has collaborated with a number of denominations to construct a simple survey to establish what went well, what could have gone better and what we have learnt.
We would be most grateful if you could follow this link to the survey
MERCY SPRITUALITY CENTRE:
104 The Drive, Epsom, (09) 638-6238.
- WOMEN IN THE BIBLE with Br Kieran Fenn fms. Virtual teaching series: Wednesday's 10.30am-12.30pm Zoom session. $10 per person/ per session. 27 May-24 June. Each session can stand alone and is also complimentary to each other. This week "The Women of Exodus" (Old Testament).
- VIRTUAL RETREAT DAY: WHO AM I? Reflecting on our Identity in God. with EAMON BUTLER. Sat 13 Jun, 11am-4pm (incl. breaks) Zoom session. $30 God has made man and woman in His image and likeness – and our life begins in the Trinity.
What does this mean? The Trinity is a mystery that can help us find our unique identity in God that opens the way of inner transformation through relational and communal love. Eamon will lead us into prayer and reflection using Rublev’s Icon on the Trinity.
Contact us if you would like a booklet for full information or if you wish to book:
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE DUES COVID-19 FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:
Financial assistance is available to assist families who may need financial support as a result of the Covid-19 Virus with the payment of 2020 Attendance Dues for students attending Catholic schools in Auckland Diocese, both primary and secondary.
Families facing financial difficulties can contact their school office, their Parish Priest or the Revenue Manager on 09-360-3069 at the Catholic Diocese of Auckland for further information.
Application forms for this assistance can be down-loaded from the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Website:
EMERGENCY HELP AVAILABLE
If you are unable to afford groceries or are in self-isolation with no access to other support networks, you can phone Auckland Emergency Management 0800 22 22 96 between 7am and 7pm, every day from Wednesday, 1 April.firstname.lastname@example.org or
This works well and the people are very helpful.
- St Vincent de Paul: email them on email@example.com
Or phone 09 8156122. Special conditions apply.
Catholic Caring Foundation website
Auckland Emergency Management
The Auckland City Council have announced that they have a Group called Auckland Emergency Management and it is setup to help with those needing food, or grocery delivery to the stranded, and emergency accommodation.
It is part of the Civil Defence effort.
Phone number 0800 22 22 96.
A parishioner is looking to buy a 2-3 bedroom home in the general Hibiscus Coast area.
Please contact 021 311859 if you or someone you know is selling a home.
APPLICATIONS INVITED for Semester 2, 2020 Applications close Thursday, 4 June 2020.
Applicants must be Catholic and contributing to the mission of the Catholic Church in the Auckland Diocese.The bursaries are a contribution toward university fees for Theology and RE courses.
For information and an application pack please contact: Michelle Jarvis Ph:(09)360-3091
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Did you hear about the banker who was recently arrested for embezzling $100,000 to pay for his daughter's college education?
As the policeman, who also had a daughter in college, was leading him away in handcuffs, he said to the banker, "I have just one question for you. Where were you going to get the rest of the money?"
A priest and a taxi driver both died and went to Heaven. St. Peter was at the pearly gates waiting for them.
"Come with me," said St. Peter to the taxi driver. The taxi driver did as he was told and followed St. Peter to a mansion. It had anything you could imagine from a bowling alley to a gigantic swimming pool.
"Wow, thank you!" said the taxi driver.
Next, St. Peter led the priest to a rugged old shack with a bunk bed and a little old television set.
"Wait, I think you are a little mixed up," said the priest. "Shouldn't I be the one who gets the mansion? After all, I was a priest and preached God's word every day."
"Yes, that's true. But during your sermons people slept. When the taxi driver drove, everyone prayed."
Two women, who are dog owners, are arguing which dog is smarter.
First woman: "My dog is so smart. Every morning he waits for the postman to come around and then he takes the mail and brings it to me."
Second woman: "I know."
First one: "How?"
Second one: "My dog told me."
A young businessman rented a beautiful office. However, no business was coming in.
Sitting there, worrying, he saw a man come into the outer office. Wanting to look busy, he picked up the phone and pretended he was negotiating a big deal. He spoke loudly about big figures and huge commitments.
Finally, he put down the phone and asked the visitor, "Can I help you?"
The man said, "I've come to install the phone."