On Sunday 3rd April, 11 members of the RCIA Programme were welcomed at St Jospeh’s with special prayers as part of the Rites of Welcome and Acceptance for the candidates (previously baptized) and catechumens (awaiting baptism).
This special celebration is part of the RCIA Programme which introduces the candidates and catechumens to their new parish family. It is an opportunity for them to become known to the community and also to experience the community pray and encourage them on their journey of faith. We look forward to the continuation of the journey and the special Rite of Baptism at St Mary of the Angel’s planned for June 2022 at the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi.
Every Tuesday evening the RCIA Programme meet at St Mary of the Angel’s Parish and learn together about different topics of life, faith, and the traditions of the Catholic Church. Each person is supported with a sponsor (a catholic friend) who is available to listen and share with their RCIA candidate and respond to any queries they may have.
If anyone is interested in joining the RCIA Programme feel welcome to make contact with the parish office. The programme continues for several months each year and participants in the programme are free to decide for themselves if they choose to be baptized and enter the faith journey of becoming full members of the Catholic Community.
Due to a positive case in the Community and the Priests needing to isolate the St Mary of the Angels Church will be closed immediately and all Masses and Reconciliation is cancelled. Masses will resume on Sunday 20 March. All office staff will be working from home. People are welcome to attend the St Joseph’s Church Mass on Sunday at 9.30am as long as you register online at www.wn.catholic.org.nz/mass-registrations, registrations open on Wednesday at 9am until Friday at 12pm.
We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
St Joseph’s Tuesday Mass has Resumed
The 8.30am Mass held weekly on Tuesday has resumed.
Change of Sunday Mass Time at St Joseph’s From 28 November, the 1st Sunday of Advent, the Sunday Mass time at St Joseph’s will change to 9.30am.
The carpark at St Mary of the Angels is now closed to Parishioners from Monday to Friday. The Church carpark will be available to Parishioners during the day on Saturdays and Sundays.
No doubt you will be well aware that Pope Francis has called a Synod – an assembly of Bishops and invited delegates – to meet in Rome in 2022. More strikingly he has invited every Catholic in the world to take part in and through their parishes. It is the hope of Pope Francis that by participating in this way we will all assist him in shaping the Church for many decades to come.
Here in Wellington the Archbishop has asked each parish to take up the invitation of Pope Francis by engaging in a process of prayerful discernment outlined by Pope Francis himself. All thoughts, reflections and opinions shared in this discernment process are to be gathered together and sent to the Archbishop by the middle of December.
In light of the wishes of Pope Francis and our Archbishop, Cardinal John, the priests and pastoral leaders of St Mary of the Angels parish are inviting you to a time of prayerful discernment so that both our collective and individual voices may be heard and shared with those of the other parishes in the Archdiocese. This time of discernment will take place at St. Joseph’s Church, Mount Victoria, on Saturday, the 20th of November, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Here is the “For a Synodal Church ADW Booklet 2021″ produced at the Archdiocesan Centre Offices. We urge you to read this carefully so that you will be ready to play your part in the discernment process.
If you are interested in attending this time of discernment, please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure we can keep in line with the Covid Level 2 restrictions.
We encourage you to think of your presence at these two hours as an opportunity to reaffirm your Faith in Christ and His mission which He entrusted to the Church.
Yours in Mary,
Fr. Kevin Mowbray sm and the parish pastoral leaders.