Morena – good morning,

pastedGraphic_1.pngSt. Patrick used the shamrock (or three-leafed clover) in Ireland to teach about God as the Holy Trinity. The Trinity: God is one substance with three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Here is the Christian meaning of the shamrock symbol: Three Leaves = God is Three Persons of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) One Stem = God is One Substance The shamrock is sometimes depicted with heart-shaped leaves to show that God is love. God is the love that is shared between each person of the Trinity. That love is poured out to the whole world. When you see the shamrock remember the spiritual meaning of the symbol: 

One God, Three Persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)

It has been said that the gift of an intellectual is the ability to understand the complications and hidden intricacies  but when communicating these to the general public to have the mind and heart; to explain in a way that makes sense and breeds understanding, due to its simplicity. Perhaps this is a lesson from the great St Patrick. To understand the mystery of the Trinity and feel comfortable, to ‘be’, with it. Less words and more actions. If God’s source, is love then, it is upon each of us to enter the world as if, we too, have been sent by Jesus. “Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always;” (Mt 28)

Our church and communities would flourish if we were more open to God, his spirit and the example of Jesus. The path has been laid out and many have walked it in the footsteps of Jesus – offering hope, justice, compassion, forgiveness and mercy. All this is done with, in and through love. As difficult as this may be it is the way to living a life of meaning bringing others to Jesus and being servants who know what we are called to do and be. Let us seal ourselves in the sign of the Cross believing Gods wholeness breaking himself to show us how to live and love.


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Have a good week – God go with you

Nga Mihi

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 Scripture Reflection:  Feast of the Most Holy Trinity Sunday Year B 26th May 2024.

            Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit



God our Father, who by sending into the world the Word of truth and the Spirit of sanctification made known to the human race your wondrous mystery, grant us, we pray, that in professing the true faith, we may acknowledge the Trinity of eternal glory and adore your Unity, powerful in majesty. 

First reading: Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40
Responsorial psalm: Ps 32(33):4-6, 9, 18-20, 22
Second reading: Romans 8:14-17
Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20
Link to readings -click here

As always on this first Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. This is the central mystery of our faith – our God, one in three persons, in whose name we were all welcomed at our baptism.

In the First Reading Moses reminds the people of everything God has done for them in releasing them from slavery in Egypt. All they – and we– are asked in return for the prosperity and eternal life that God offers, is that we obey the commandments. In a similar vein, the Psalmist rejoices in the gifts God gives to all his chosen people. We are reminded particularly of the gifts of creation, protection from want and evil, and God’s faithful love.

In the Second Reading, St Paul speaks of the Spirit which makes us all children of God. Through this gift of the Spirit, we, like Jesus, can call God our Father, and share in his glory. In the Gospel we see the risen Jesus handing on to the disciples their mission of baptising people throughout the world in the name of the Trinity. He reminds them, and ourselves, that he remains with us always.

This week, we pray that filled with God’s Spirit, we will be ready to share the Trinity’s message of love with the people we meet.


Travel, meetings and catch ups this coming week:  Due to Clare’s Hip Operation being cancelled and now rescheduled for Wednesday June the 5th I decided to have a road trip before I am chief cook, cleaner and bottle washer.

I’ll travel on Thursday 23rd to meet with Hawkes Bay PFG’s then catch up with Robyn Burns; Then it will be off to catch up with Waihi/Katikati/Paeroa PFG’s before heading to Cambridge and then Hamilton. Then it will be a visit to Pukekohe PFG and then onto meeting with St Hellier’s/Howick/Pt Chev and then onto Orewa and then possibly East Coast Bays and Helensville and then back home on Tuesday 28 May.


Congratulations to Dr Anne Perera a member of Crawford’s Passionist Family Group – St Hellier’s Parish in Auckland.pastedGraphic_6.png

Anna says:” It is a great honour to be recognised as a member of New Zealand Order of Merit.”

Dr Anne Perera, of Auckland, MNZM, for services to food science and nutrition

Dr Anne Perera has been a consultant for Hubbard’s, Kiwi Cooperative Dairies, Hansells, Cerebos Greggs, Dilmah and Weight Watchers. She co-wrote two books on nutrition. She chaired the Central Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology. She was the New Zealand Crop and Food Research Institute’s Team Leader in Nutrition and Health. She was a member of the New Zealand Food Standards Committee and the Editor of the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation. She has been a Food and Nutrition Advisor to Small Industries Development Organisation in Tanzania. Dr Perera provided counselling through the Prisoners’ Aid Rehabilitation programme and is a member of several Parish Councils.




Reminder: 5 Aims and Goals

  • share & celebrate life & faith 
  • support one another (especially in need)                            
  • reaching out to & include others
  • build community/extended family
  • show and give example to children     



Pease remember in your thoughts and prayer: 


  • Please remember Leanne Hintz daughter of Clair and Ray Hague from Levin. Leanne is currently in Masterton Masonic Hospital.
  • Robyn Burns (Hill) she is now home and the next part of recuperation begins. She has a long recovery time. Hope to see her this Thursday
  • Please remember Terry Nelson son of father Gray Nelson and daughter Catherine in your prayers Terry has been diagnosed with brain tumours. 
  • Pease remember Clare Corcoran (my wife) who undergoes a hip replacement on June 5th fingers crossed it happens this time – last one was cancelled the day before.
  • Please remember Terry Nelson son of father Gray Nelson and daughter Catherine in your prayers Terry has been diagnosed with brain tumours. 
  • Please keep Brian McFlynn in our prayers who is undergoing cancer treatment. Also, his wife Eleanor and their family in your prayers..
  • Please keep Brian Traynor in your prayers – he has greatly improved and now on the last week of his restful holidays. 
  • Please keep  Paul and Linda Darbyshire in your thoughts and prayer amid new challenges they face. They are in need of prayerful support. 
  • Please keep in your prayer Tim Bartell’s son, Sam who is currently in hospital. Prayerful support for Sue and Tom and mum Sue.
  • Please keep Jocelyn Bryant who is undergoing Chemotherapy also remember her husband Kevin and family, in your thoughts and prayer 
  • Please keep Christine Geoghegan and family in your thoughts and prayer.
  • Please keep in your prayer Leanne Hintz (Claire & Ray Hague’s  daughter. She is very unwell.
  • We give thanks for the successful operation. Wayne keep him and Mary Dorn in your prayers
  • Please keep Richard Gibbs in your prayer he continues to slowly improve. Remember his wife Sue who has just been a pillar over the past 3 years.
  • Please keep Robert van de Pas in your prayers – he continues to struggle with pain etc from Chronic Pancreatitis. Also Adriana his mother who is supporting him.
  • Please remember Preston and Jenny Epplett’s daughter she has just completed her course of chemotherapy
  • Please keep Debbi Davidson’s husband Bryan in your prayer 
  • Please keep Charlie and Maggi in your thoughts and prayer as they support their daughter and her partner
  • Please keep David, Victoria and baby in your prayers. There has been some positive progress and it now looks as if this baby will make it to full term. 
  • Please keep a Lisa Bowe (Adriana van de Pas’s daughter)who just delivered a baby daughter Grace Therese Hope – baby is doing well and Lisa recovering from a difficult time at birth but good.
  • Keep in mind all those who are struggling with various aspects of mental health.
  • Please remember Martin van der Wetering in your prayers as his health still is causing him grief and discomfort.
  • Please remember Phil Drew a former Passionist along with his wife Anne and family
  • Please keep in your prayers those who continue to  deal with the after effects of droughts on the horn of Africa. Also weather effects on other countries across the planet 
  • Please keep Bob Buckley in your prayers- 
  • Keep in prayer the people of Ukraine
  • Keep people in Gaza and Israel in your prayer – these acts from both sides have had a horrible effect on the innocent as always. 
  • Please pray for Dot and Neill Wilson (Invercargill) – their son-in-law Mark married to Dot’s daughter Anita has been diagnosed with aggressive brain tumour, Please keep in mind their daughter Bailey and son Taylor.
  • Remember Pat and Rod Carson 
  • Aidan son of Josie and Phil McIntyre –his parents are his caregivers.
  • Your own intentions




  • I once submitted 10 puns to a joke competition. I really thought with that many, one was sure to be a winner. Sadly, no pun in ten did.
  • Why did the old man fall down the well? He couldn’t see that well.
  • I tried to make up a joke about ghost but I couldn’t. It had plenty of spirit but no body.
  • Dad: What is the difference between a piano, a tuna, and a pot of glue?
    Me: I don’t know.
    Dad: You can tuna piano but you can’t piano a tuna.
    Me: What about the pot of glue?
    Dad: I knew you’d get stuck on that.
  • Two windmills were sitting on a hill. One asks the other, “Do you have a favourite song?” The other replies, “Well… all my life I have been a heavy metal fan.”
  • Today at the bank, an old lady asked me to check her balance… So I pushed her over.
  • I got an A on my origami assignment when I turned my paper into my teacher.
  • How many storm troopers does it take to change a lightbulb? None, because they are all on the dark side.
  • If your house is cold, just stand in the corner. It’s always 90 degrees there.
  • Hi, I’m Cliff. Drop over sometime.
  • Did you hear about the guy who went to the doctor for a headache? The doctor examined his ear and found money. The doctor kept pulling and pulling it out until he had $1,999. Then the doctor said, “No wonder you’re not feeling two grand!”
  • Dad, when he puts the car in reverse: “Ah, this takes me back.”
  • What do you call the security guards for Samsung? Guardians of the galaxy.