Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Parish, Richmond, Wakefield, Waimea West, Takaka, Nelson, New Zealand
Recently, Saint Paul's Vinnies went to Stillwater Gardens to perform for the residents by both singing to them and performing a dance. It was a great opportunity to help brighten up the day of the elderly people who came to watch.
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26th Week in Ordinary Time:
(25 September - 1 October 2016) 

Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

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Christian fellowship, that shared sense of togetherness as believers, is an essential component of faith. The Holy Spirit dwells within each of us. We worship unified as ‘one body’. This vital sense of belonging is at the heart of each Sunday’s Mass, including our Mass just recently, where we gathered to share and reflect on our ‘migrant stories’.

It’s the poet Ruth Padel who suggests that we are ‘travelling animals’, asserting that we seem naturally nomadic just as much as we seem drawn towards communities. I reflected on this whilst thinking about the ‘culture of encounter’ during Social Justice Week, wondering if Padel hadn’t found a contradiction inherent in Christians. What kind of ‘travelling animal’, I asked myself, craves that profound sense of belonging, that becoming of ‘one body’, which lies at the heart of a Catholic Mass? Of course, as Christians, we believe that we never wander alone, but always in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and by the saving grace of God’s love, and I’m grateful to Charles Spurgeon (a 19th century Baptist I’d never heard of until I wrote this!), for setting me straight. ‘Believers…’ Spurgeon observes, ‘…are not compared to bears or lions or other animals that wander alone. Those who belong to Christ are sheep…they love to get together. Sheep go in flocks, and so do God’s people.’

However you wander, wherever your journeying takes you, do as one of God’s people, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, a uniquely cherished sheep in His earth-wide flock!

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Mass and reconciliation  ✝

Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Richmond
Tuesday: 11:30am
Wednesday: 9:30am
Friday: 9:30
Sunday: 9:30am
St Joseph's: Wakefield
Sunday: 8am
Thursday: 9:30am

St Peter Chanel, Motueka
Sunday: 11am

Sacred Heart, Takaka
Sunday: 5pm
5th Sunday- Liturgy with Holy Communion

Sts Peter & Paul: Waimea West
Fifth Sunday of the month at 5pm,
otherwise last Saturday of the month 5pm
    Next: Saturday 29 October

By appointment with Fr Seph

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