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Bishop Pat’s Caring Foundation
THANK YOU FROM THE CATHOLIC CARING FOUNDATION
The Foundation would like to sincerely thank all parishioners for their prayers and support of Bishop Pat’s Foundation, throughout 2017. Through your support, the Foundation was able to give grants of over $650,000 to organisations caring and supporting families and communities in need throughout the diocese. We couldn’t have done this without your support. Thank you.
We wish you and your loved ones a blessed and safe Christmas.
THE YEAR AHEAD
We look forward to working with you throughout 2018, to ensure that we are reaching grass-roots organizations who are providing support and help to those in hardship. Our next grants round will open in Feb 2018 and close on the 13th of April, 2018. Details for making an application for a grant in 2018, will be available on our website in January www.caringfoundation.org.nz
We welcome your interest at any-time and thank you again for your support.
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Update
At the time of writing this, David Seymour’s ‘End of Life Choice’ bill is about to have its first reading and vote in Parliament (Wednesday 13 December). The bill seeks to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in New Zealand for those over 18 years with a terminal illness or an irremediable condition. By the time this notice appears in your parish newsletter, the result will be known.
If the majority of MPs voted ‘no’, the bill will have been defeated and will not progress any further. If the majority of MPs voted ‘yes’, then the bill will go to Select Committee where the public can submit their views on it. This Select Committee process will be specifically about Seymour’s bill.
The Health Select Committee conducted an inquiry last year about the issues of euthanasia and assisted suicide, releasing their report in August 2017. With over 21,000 unique submissions, 80% of those were opposed to the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Legalising euthanasia or assisted suicide would endanger the lives and wellbeing of people who are vulnerable, including those suffering from mental health issues, our elders, and the disabled.
Regardless of the outcome of Wednesday’s vote, this issue is important and will continue to be a topic of public debate.
Marcellin College’s 60th Jubilee is coming up next year – 23-25 March 2018. Registrations now open at www.marcellin.school.nz.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
As parishes create their calendars for 2018, this is a reminder to include the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which is between Ascension and Pentecost Sundays (13-20 May). Ash Wednesday, and Good Friday are also good times for ecumenical activity.
Project Assistant to Cardinal John Dew
The Social Welfare Anti-Poverty (SWAP) Committee of the Justice and Peace Commission focuses on concerns and issues around Child Poverty, Inequality, the Living Wage and Family Violence.
We would like your support during November to raise awareness and concern around Family Violence that is closely linked to our countries increasingly alarming suicide count.
At our meeting this month the committee came up with a list of some ideas each parishes could work towards or select activities from.
Include a prayer on Family Violence in the Prayers of the Faithful.
A Parishioner may be able to address the congregation on the topic, in a short 2-3 minute talk after Communion.
- Establish a Parish well-being or focus group to compile a parish directory of local support and resources on family violence issues to be placed in the parish office for those who need it.
- Encourage parishioners to wear a White Ribbon that you have available at the back of the church. You can get these in bulk from https://whiteribbonnz.myshopify.com
- Catholic Social Services are a great source of support and sending a parishioner to some of their courses is a very positive action. 378 9650
Some good resources can be found on the White Ribbon web site www.whiteribbon.org.nz
The Catholic Discipleship College needs to find a new home for 2018, but we need to raise $1 million in just 3 months.
Are you able to support us? Every dollar goes towards our grand target.
Please visit our Give a Little page here to find out more and to make a donation.
Hearts Aflame 2018 Summer School
For young adults 18 – 35 years old, the school runs for 10 days during summer every year, and has for the last 25 years.
Following the link below you will have access to a number of video testimonies and images. . Early Bird registrations close on the 29th October and we want to share this offer with as many young adults as we can.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jane Bourke,Hearts Aflame Promotional and Marketing.
History of NZ Catholic Charismatic Renewal:
“The New Day that Dawned” – a history of Catholic Charismatic Renewal in New Zealand has been compiled to commemorate the 50th anniversary Jubilee and is now available for purchase. $20 per copy plus $6.50 p&p. Contact “ccrnz.org” or Margaret Paton email email@example.com or phone (09).298.4409
GIFT Centre Room Vacancy
Growth and Faith Together (GIFT) is an Apostolate of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. We are a Not-for-Profit organisation established as a Ministry and to provide 24 hour residential facility for adults with Intellectual Disabilities. We are currently looking for the right person to live in one of our houses located in Mt. Eden. If you know of someone who is looking for a residential care facility for their family please send enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org . The website is: www.giftcentre.org.nz
Family faith Website
Parents are the first educators of faith in order to support families in this ministry the Auckland Diocese maintains a Family Faith website http://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/religious-education/family-faith/ it has ideas for family faith development from the pre-school to adolescent. Explore, grow and enjoy.