Posts by OLV Parish

God loved the World so much…..

God loved the World so much…..   Three weeks ago, on the 6th Sunday of Easter, I preached on the Holy Trinity. I did so because the Gospel passage for that Sunday spoke of the Trinity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. St Paul said in the Second Reading (2 Cor 13:11-13) tells us that the Trinity is the foundation of our community life as a Church. I think the Catechism of the Catholic Church is invaluable in coming to understand more about the Trinity and God’s revelation of Himself as the One God in
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Receive the Holy Spirit….

  This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, and it brings the fifty days of Easter to a conclusion. The English word “Pentecost” is a transliteration of the Greek word pentekostos, (πεντηκοστή, ῆς, ἡ) which means “fifty.” Fifty days after the Resurrection of Jesus, there was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. However, if we remember, the Easter season also started with the outpouring of the Spirit, but in a different way. On the first Easter Sunday evening, Jesus appeared to his disciples and breathed on them, saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” St. Augustine of Hippo (4th century) explained
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Know that I am with you always…..

We have a few ‘big’ feast days coming up several Sundays in a row.  This Sunday is the Ascension of Our Lord, next Sunday is Pentecost, and then a fortnight from now, it will be the Holy Trinity (followed by Corpus Christi, when several children will make their First Holy Communion). There is a good connection between the first three feasts I listed, namely the Ascension, Pentecost and the Holy Trinity.  The Ascension is not simply about the Resurrected Christ leaving us, but it is about His continual presence with us in a new way.  In His incarnate body, and
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The Father will Give you another Advocate

(Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year A) This Sunday’s Gospel passage gives us the final instructions and prayers that Jesus gives to His Apostles before leaving them.  He is going to leave them ‘twice’.  First he is leaving them by sacrificing Himself on the cross, then later he will leave them after His resurrection through His being taken up out of their sight in the Ascension (The feast of Ascension is on Thursday, but in NZ it is shifted to next Sunday). His parting words are a comforting reminder that though He will be leaving them, He will still be
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I am the Way, the Truth and the Life

(5th Sunday of Easter) In the Gospel according to St John, we find Our Lord had a discourse with the Apostles immediately after He instituted the Mass.  This Sunday’s Gospel (John 14:1-12) form part of this discourse.   Amongst the beautiful things He said includes the famous phrase; “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”.   In this powerful sentence, Our Lord tells us He does not simply give direction and advice; He is personally the Way, the unique means of salvation; the way to God.  Others claim to teach the truth; only Our Lord can say ‘I am’ the
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I am the gate of the Sheepfold…

4th Sunday of Easter – Vocation Sunday (Good Shepherd Sunday) The Gospel reading for the Fourth Sunday of Easter is always about Jesus “the Good Shepherd”.  As priests are mean to me be shepherds after the heart of Christ (c.f. “I will give you shepherds after my own heart”, Jer: 3:15), the Church has traditionally asked called this Sunday ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’, a Sunday to promote vocations and to pray for more vocation to the priesthood. In the 1992 Post-Synodal Apostol Exhortation called ‘Pastores Dabo Vobis”, Pope Saint John Paul II wrote: “Without priests the Church would not be able
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They Recognised Him at the Breaking of Bread….

(3rd Sunday of Easter)   The disciples on the way to Emmaus recognised Jesus in the “breaking of bread”.  The expression, the ‘breaking of bread’ or ‘fractionis panis’ is a term used in the Church to refer to the Eucharist.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church highlights the various names of the sacrament of the Eucharist, amongst which it is called: “The Breaking of Bread, because Jesus used this rite, part of a Jewish meat when as master of the table he blessed and distributed the bread, above all at the Last Supper.  It is by this action that his
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For those whose sins you forgive… 

The Gospel passage from John (20:19-31) starts with the words: “in the evening of that same day, the first day of the week….”.  The reference to “the first day of the week” is made seven times in the New Testament.  By the time the Gospel was penned, the early Christians must have wanted us to understand that Sunday had already become the Lord’s Day, and it was a day they gathered to celebrate the Resurrection, the day they gathered to celebrate the Eucharistic Liturgy.  Next Sunday, you will see the passage goes on to make reference to the “breaking of
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Alleluia He is Risen!

We Welcome our new brothers and sisters in Christ this Easter!! With great joy, we can announce to you that during the Easter Vigil Mass, Kaylyn Merral, Mele Leatuavao, Benjamin Smart will receive the Sacraments of Baptism*, Confirmation and the Eucharist.  We welcome them with great joy and hope that they continue to grow in faith, and find the journey of faith a great and wonderful adventure that brings them meaning and fulfillment.  More importantly may he lead them to eternal life!.  Please pray for them and reach out also to our new brothers and sisters in Christ.  Then on Easter
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