|St Joseph's - Upper Hutt||
After 8 years in the Launch Out Formation Programme, Cardinal John Dew has now endorsed Fiona Rammell to carry out formal Ministry within the Church in this Archdiocese. On behalf of the Cardinal, Father Maleko will present Fiona with her endorsement certificate at the 10.30am Mass today 5th March 2017. This is a significant day for Fiona, her family, the Launch Out candidates, our Parish and the Archdiocese. Fiona has chosen to receive her certificate in her Parish as an acknowledgement of the support and encouragement she has received from her faith community.
This year the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist will be available for children who will be 8 years of age by 23 September. There will be a meeting today Sunday 5 March at midday in the Church Foyer for all interested families.
We look forward to seeing you then.
Parish Pastoral Council members are elected by their fellow parishioners for a period of 4 years.
To preserve continuality elections are held for five members every 2 years. Councillors who have fulfilled their 4-year term (and are not eligible for re-election at this time) are Elsie Anderson, Robbie Baltazer, Clare Couch, Bill Kirkup, and Roman Zarate.
Councillors who have served 2 of their 4 years are Joe Moorman,
Teresa Homan and Pat Salandanan. Peter Dawson, and Peter Briesman replaced Councillors who retired during their term of office. They also have 2 years to serve.
Due to the School Mass being held next weekend Nomination weekend is now 14/15 June. This will be an opportunity for all to put forward whom they would like to nominate. Nominations will close Friday 20 June at 12 noon.
Elections will be held after Nominations close to fill the 5 vacancies.
The parish will begin a programme where the parish is asked to pray for vocations. Not just for the Priesthood, but for all those in vocation or discerning their vocation calling. Prayer cards with a specially-made stole and candle will be given out to a parishioner/family weekly at each of the Masses, and they'll be asked to pray that week in a special way using the cards. Then, they return the items the following week, to be "passed on" to another family. The starting date is being finalized but should be in mid-February. Also, signup sheets will be put in the back of church for people to sign up for weeks they would like to do the prayers.
The prayer cards available are listed below. The prayer of St Catherine of Siena will be on the back of the prayer cards. Click on the cards to enlarge.
November 2013 Upper HuttExhibiting themed Art and Crafts work, accompanied by music, song, poetry and story-telling was the innovative response of some people to a call from the papacy to 'Share Your Faith' in this Year of Faith. In Upper Hutt recently many Art and Craft exhibits explored this general theme by addressing the question 'what does my faith mean to me' in visual form?
Items painted, sculptured, sewn, embroidered, carved, chiselled, laser and gas axe cut, moulded, photographed, sawn, hammered, woven, knitted, glued, baked and iced clearly demonstrated not only the diversity of the exhibitors but the wide variety of skills involved in showing the answer.
Many folk from surrounding Catholic parishes in the Wellington and Wairarapa joined with the initiating parish, St Joseph's Parish Upper Hutt to create this event of objects demonstrating what faith meant to the exhibit creators.
St Joseph's Parish Priest Father Ron Bennett in taking up this initiative by encouraging committee chair Teresa and husband Stewart Homan stated that he was excited by the fact that the event “...has really been a 'conversation' with the people of Upper Hutt, a place where churched and unchurched folk, people coming from different faith backgrounds and 'no-faith' backgrounds can come together and have 'conversations' under the common themes of Arts and Crafts” in this Year of Faith.
The opening, where some of the wonderfully decorated cake exhibits (after being photographed naturally!) were eaten while still fresh, accompanied with coffee and tea was celebrated in original songs composed by local Hutt Valley and Wairarapa artists...
If it was considered a bit of an experiment in exhibiting themed objects of art and craft to initiate conversations both within the community of faith and to the wider community it was a success judging by both exhibitors and viewers alike who stated 'look! we have to do it again – and soon'.
“I had some reservations at the start” was Teresa's husband Stewart initial response. To show exactly what he meant he created a powerful table top sculpture in steel of a young man stepping out onto the Orb of the world from the top of a Cross and he entitled his work “Stepping out in Faith!”
In one way the answer to the question 'what does my faith mean to me' seemed to be stated a lot 'louder' precisely because the answer was not found in just more talking. Instead it was a more reflective response that allowed the artists and crafters to state “here, we don't want you so much to just listen … but look first, look at what we have created as our answer to this, and then by all means talk too -if you wish."
“We see no reason why this could not continue to be a regular event in the life of our parishes and community” stated Teresa.
The plan for parishes in to the future will be:
1. Buller/Inangahua Pastoral Area
Sacred Heart, Reefton and St Canice, Westport are to become one parish with two Priests (or a Priest and a Lay Pastoral Leader) based in Westport. This will happen when there is no longer a resident priest in Reefton.
“One Parish - Two Churches”
2. Horowhenua/Kapiti Pastoral Area
St Patrick, Paraparaumu and Our Lady of Fatima, Waikanae are now one parish, the Parish of Our Lady of Kapiti. “One Parish – Two Churches”
St Joseph, Levin and St Mary, Otaki will become one parish, to be staffed by the Priests of the Society of Mary.
Effective 1st February 2014. “One Parish – Two Churches”
3. Lower Hutt Valley Pastoral Area
Ss Peter and Paul, Lower Hutt, St Martin de Porres, Avalon, St Bernadette, Naenae and St Michael, Taita are to become one parish. “One Parish – Four Churches” Effective from 1st February 2015.
Sacred Heart, Petone, San Antonio, Eastbourne, Our Lady of the Rosary, Waiwhetu, and St Patrick, Wainuiomata are to become one parish.
This is to be effective from 1st February 2015. “One Parish - Four Churches”
The parishes will remain as a Pastoral Area.
4. Kahurangi Pastoral Area
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Richmond, Sacred Heart, Takaka and St Peter Chanel, Motueka are to become one parish. This is to be effective when there is no longer a resident Priest at Motueka.
“One Parish - Three Churches”
St Mary, Nelson and St Francis of Assisi, Stoke parishes are to become one parish at a time when it is no longer possible to have a resident Priest in each parish.
“One Parish - Two Churches”
5. Marlborough Pastoral Area
St Mary, Blenheim and St Joseph, Picton are to become one parish, but will be dependent on the availability of a Priest at Picton.
Sacred Heart, Kaikoura will remain on its own for the moment, but at the time when there is no longer a resident priest available it will become part of the one parish.
“One Parish - Two/Three Churches”
6. Northern Hutt Valley
Our Lady of Grace, Heretaunga and St Francis Xavier, Stokes Valley are to become one parish.
“One Parish – Two Churches”
This is to be effective as from 1st February 2015.
St Joseph, Upper Hutt is to remain as a stand-alone parish. The parishes will remain as a Pastoral Area.
7. Porirua Pastoral Area
St Pius X, Titahi Bay and Our Lady of Fatima, Tawa are to become one parish. “One Parish - Two Churches”
This is to be effective from 1st February 2015.
Holy Family, Porirua East and St Theresa, Plimmerton are to remain as stand-alone parishes. Te Ngakau Tapu, a parish personal to Maori, is to remain as a stand-alone parish. The parishes will remain as a Pastoral Area.
8. Wairarapa Pastoral Area
St Patrick, Masterton, St Mary, Carterton and St Teresa, Featherston are to become one parish.
This is to be effective as from 1st February 2015.
“One Parish - Three Churches”
9. Wellington East Pastoral Area
St Patrick, Kilbirnie, Holy Cross, Miramar and St Anthony, Seatoun are to become one parish. Effective from 1st February 2015. “One Parish - Three Churches”
10. Wellington North Pastoral Area
Ss Peter and Paul, Johnsonville, St Benedict, Khandallah and St Andrew, Newlands become one parish. Effective from 1st February 2016. “One Parish - Three Churches”
11. Wellington South Pastoral Area
St Joseph, Mt Victoria, St Anne, Newtown, St Francis de Sales, Island Bay and St Bernard, Brooklyn become one parish. Effective from 1st February 2016. “One Parish – Four Churches”
12. Wellington West Pastoral Area
Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish and St Mary of the Angels are to remain as stand-alone parishes.
St Teresa, Karori and St Thomas More, Wilton are to become one parish, to be known as the Catholic Parish of Otari, to be effective as from 1st April 2014.
“One Parish – Two Churches
Chatting about our Faith is much easier when we share a common interest in a conversation point outside of ourselves. An Art and Craft Festival of objects crafted to reflect our view of the Year of Faith provides such an opportunity.
We would like all parishioners to take part in our Art and Craft exhibition and create a craft or artwork with Year of Faith as theme.
“The Year of Faith is a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Saviour of the world.”
Help us celebrate and share our renewal of faith with your performance art, visual art or craft.
Venue: Next to Warehouse Stationary, Queen St.
Opening Day Sunday 27th October 2pm (to 6pm) Coffee and cake at opening)
Monday 28th Oct from 10 am to 6pm
Tues 29th October to 2 November 10 am to 3pm daily
Sunday 3rd November 1pm to 5pm closure.
Evening Function - Thursday 31st October from 6pm to 8pm (wine and cheese).
When: Wednesday 25th September 2013
Where: Lane Park, Lane Street, Upper Hutt
Time: Powhiri at 9am finishing at approximately 2.30pm
St Joseph's School will be performing at approximately 11.45am
Devonshire Teas at Golder’s Cottage
707 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 April 1 - 3 pm each day
Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 April 1 - 2pm each day
To raise funds for the upkeep of this unique historic cottage in Upper Hutt.
Costs: $10 per person Adult / $5 per child
This entitles you to tea(tea can be substituted for Old fashioned Cordial) scones, jam and cream plus a tour of the cottage
Postponement date will be the following weekend. There will also be a sales table with other items for sale on the day
Please contact: Nola 0800933583 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book
This event was very popular and seating is limited if you arrive without booking –but we will take casuals