The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, Today, the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). In this great feast, we remind ourselves of this great gift that Christ gives us: His Body and Blood, present in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the presence of God among men. Jesus makes Himself present each time the Holy Mass is celebrated.  The first reading from the book of Genesis prefigures the Institution of the Eucharist through the person of Melchizedek who offered bread and wine to bless Abram. The psalm confirms the ministerial priesthood that Christ instituted as we
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The Most Holy Trinity (Year C)

Dear Parishioners, Last weekend we had a major announcement.  Many of you have had a chance to express how you feel.  I was reminded of a famous quote: “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”  It really feels like those words ring true.  Some of you have expressed your strong support, some of you have expressed your strong discontent. Many of you have expressed that you would like the vision modified in one
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Pentecost Sunday (Year C)

Dear Parishioners Pentecost is here, and there are some changes coming up, details of which you will hear about today. When these things take place it is important to look at it from on high, so that we don’t lose focus. Recently I have often had a rather simple (almost too simple) thought running through my mind.  That is “in order to change we have to change”.  Change is scary, but with change comes hope.  I hope that our Parish (and all the parishes) will become a beacon of light and love for Christchurch and it seems like our Bishop
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The Ascension of The Lord (Year C)

Dear parishioners It is essential to see the importance of the Ascension of Christ in our Lives. All too often we don’t know the Word of God well enough to understand it right away. Nevertheless, if we don’t begin to look at these great Mysteries of Faith, the Faith will die. Prepares the Way: By ascending into heaven, Jesus prepared the way.  Where the head is, the body will follow. According to His own saying (Jn. 14:2): “I go to prepare a place for you,” and the words of Micah (2:13), “He shall go up that shall open the way
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Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year C)

Dear Parishioners Today’s gospel brings us back to Jesus’ discourse at the Last Supper, before He was going to offer Himself in sacrifice to the Father. The passages we hear today are Jesus’ response to Judas (not Iscariot) who asks him: “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” I would like to point out three points to understand Jesus’ response. “For God so loved the world that He gave us His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16) – Because of God’s
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Fifth Sunday in Easter (Year C)

Dear Parishioners,  “Now has the Son of Man been glorified, and God has been glorified in him.” What has just happened that Jesus should talk this way? These words which open today’s Gospel place us back on Holy Thursday, after the Last Supper, and immediately after Judas’s departure. In both of these things his Passion is already present. The betrayal of Judas sets in motion Jesus’s death but it is the love of God driving him to make of himself an offering for our salvation which is the true cause. This love has already been manifested in a hidden way
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Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year C)

Considering Diocesan Priesthood. Over the past couple of weeks Vatican Astronomer Br Guy Consolmagno SJ has been on a speaking tour of New Zealand. As expected he spoke of science and astronomy, but audiences were even more captivated when he reflected on life and love, hope and freedom, and of how his commitment to following Jesus Christ has enabled him to have even greater influence as an astronomer.  He was talking about the default human relationship between “outer space” and “inner space”. Most people make life choices without robust and honest consideration of their inner, personal, spiritual unique reality and
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Third Sunday of Easter (Year C)

Dear Parishioners Do you love the Lord?  Every human being is made for the love of God.  We are created to be loved by Him, to love Him in return, and to love all of his creation, especially our fellow brothers and sisters.  In the gospel today we see Peter restored from his three-fold denial by his three-fold affirmation.   And we see Christ telling him three times to look after his sheep.  Here we see the love of God and the love of neighbor merge together. What happened to Peter as the head of the Church is meant for
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Easter Sunday of The Resurrection of The Lord

Dear parishioners  It is quite impossible to comprehend the range of emotions that the disciples of Jesus moved through over the days of his final suffering, crucifixion and resurrection. Such heights and depths of emotional trauma and joy cannot be imagined. They must be experienced, and such experience is the key to understanding the Easter event. Christian faith did begin with an actual and real historical event: God became human in Jesus (the Incarnation). In Jesus, God lived and breathed, he walked and worked. He loved and was loved. He was hated and suffered. Jesus was put to death as
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Palm Sunday of The Passion of The Lord

Dear parishioners Today we take up our palms as we re-live the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The crowds acclaim him as the Messiah, the long awaited King. During the years of his ministry Jesus had refused the title, but now as he enters the Holy City, five days before his Passion, he accepts it: knowing that very soon they will see of what his Kingship truly consists: “I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” (Jn 12:32) Raised high on the cross for our sins, God wants to rule by the
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