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COVID-19 Update For the latest information go to https://www.wn.catholic.org.nz/

Click the link to watch our message of love and hope here: Message of Love and Hope Video

Dear Parishoners

We write to you with love, compassion and hope during this strange and unprecedented time in our country and church.

Although Parish life is now very different be assured as far as possible, the Leadership Formation Team, Fr Peter, Fr Des and our Marist Priests are available for pastoral, spiritual,  general advice and support, via phone and other forms of technology.

Your phonecalls and emails will be answered, newsletters will continue to be sent out or delivered for those who do not have email facilities. We have teams from the Parish who may call you to update your contact information.

If you have an email address and haven’t been getting our mailed out newsletter it may be that we don’t have your email address so please send it to tim.gordon@stfrancisohariu.nz

At times the office will be staffed and necessary maintenance or essential  pastoral work will take place.

Our priests continue to celebrate Mass on a daily basis in private, so it you have intentions that you would like prayed for at Mass please mail these intentions to ohariuparish@xtra.co.nzuz

Letters and parish messages can be placed for the next month in the letter box in the Parish House at 37 Dr Taylor Terrace, or email the Parish office ohariuparish@xtra.co.nz

Although not physically able to connect at  public Masses we are united together in the Spirit who loves us, cares for us, embraces us and who is the source of nourishment,comfort and inspiration.

We will keep you updated with regular postings via the Parish Website and Facebook Page

With every blessing, be kind we are all in this together.

From the Leadership Formation Team

Ministry in a time of Covid 19 - Call Fr Des
Fr Des Darby is well into his retirement years.He has many years’ experience teaching and in administration of colleges, as Provincial Bursar of the Society of Mary and lately as assistant priest in a number of parishes, here and overseas. Lately Des has been part of the Marist team assisting with Masses and other pastoral and sacramental care in Saint Francis of Assisi Ohariu Parish.

With the declaration of the Covid 19 lockdown Fr Des realised his ministry would change. He was moved especially by the plight of many people who would assist at local Masses. A valuable time of spiritual and social gathering would be lost to these people and all those others who might just need to chat with someone.

Now that everyone is shut in, Des offered the Leadership Formation Team and the parish to make himself available from 9 to 12 each morning for anyone who wanted to call for a chat. This initiative is not to request sacramental services, such as anointing of the sick, or a house Mass, or Communion to the Sick as they are no longer permitted as we work together to stop Covid 19.

Calling Father Des is simply a way of keeping in touch, of chatting with someone who has a sympathetic ear, perhaps of praying together. He can be reached on (04) 213 8148 from 9 to 12 each day. If the phone line is busy, you can text him on 021 754750 and he’ll text you back when he’s available.

So from tomorrow Saturday March 28th if you would like to chat with Father Des simply call him on 042138148 from 9-12.  We are grateful for Des' offer of support during this time.



Sunday Mass Live Streaming – 5th Sunday of Lent

Date and Time: 28 March 10:00 AM
Celebrant: Fr Michael McCabe, Parish Priest, Our Lady of Kapiti Parish – Wellington Archdiocese.
https://www.oneroomstreaming.com/view/

Vatican’s Youtube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJHI8bI0LWg

or Bishop Paul Martin in Christchurch 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbDyKPjjDeYWfpoz_hSDLfw

As Catholics, we believe that God comes down to meet us at every Mass. At this difficult time, when the circumstances don’t allow us to come together as a community, remember He will come to us wherever we are and whenever we seek Him. Every Sunday presents the opportunity to invite Him into our home by participating in the live streamed Mass. For most of us, this is a new experience and will take time to learn.

Here are tips to help you prepare for and fully participate in a virtual Mass:

Before Mass Begins:

  1. Find a quiet place at home to set up your computer. We want to set the stage for prayer and reflection.
  2. Dress appropriately. This helps show reverence and an understanding of the importance of the moment.
  3. Be on time. Joining the live stream early will allow you to pray and prepare yourself better for Mass.

During Mass:

  1. Participate in the Mass. Make the appropriate responses and follow the readings.
  2. No Food and Drinks. Just as we don’t eat or drink in Church, the same stands for a virtual Mass.
  3. Turn off cell phones or other devices. Distractions are not conducive to prayer. Do not talk to others in your home during the Mass. Make this a time to visit with God, and visit with one another later.
  4. Pray the Act of Spiritual Communion during communion.
    My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
    I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
    Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
    Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

After Mass:

  1. Pray after Mass. If you feel called, offer a prayer of thanksgiving after Mass is over.
  2. Make your Sunday Offertory online or by mail. During times like these, your regular Sunday Offertory is extremely important for your parish to continue the same programs and ministries when things return to normal.
  3. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!