Twenty-eigth Sunday in Ordinary Time -  Year B  - 14th October 2018
Readings: Wis 7:7-11; Heb 4:12-13; Mk 10:17-30
Haere mai e te whanau, Tena koutou katoa, a kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
Welcome, family, greetings to you all. May the Lord be with you.

Dear Parishioners,

Respect for Life Sunday Pastoral Letter

‘This Sunday is dedicated to respect for life. It reminds us that every day is an opportunity to reflect on the insight that life, far from being random or an act of self-determination, is in fact a gift. The beautiful gift of parenthood is a collaboration with God in the creation of a new person made in God’s image and likeness. It is sometimes said that every child is the fruit of God’s love and their parents’ love - ‘given a name’.

Sometimes, however, the gift of life is not experienced as this profound communion of love, family and joy. Parenthood can be shattered or tested in a number of ways that cry out for mercy, tenderness, accompaniment and deep understanding. When grief or loss or regret come between a parent and a child – or the hope for a child – we see human nature itself express her pain and anguish.

Today, as shepherds or hēpara, we stand close to those of you who carry the heavy pain and grief of an abortion, of miscarriage, of a child who is still-born and held only in death, of adoption, of premature death or estrangement. All of these need the care and compassion and love of family and community.

Pope Francis has called for a revolution of tenderness in our world. In that spirit, we offer today not explanations or answers but the assurance of listening hearts and humble prayers: for courage, for healing and forgiveness where needed, and for renewed purpose in our lives.’ ………….The Catholic Bishops of New Zealand.

With every blessing in Christ, Michael McCabe Parish Priest

Psalm Response:

Fill us with your love O Lord, that we may rejoice and be glad.