The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist -  Year B  -  24 June 2018

Readings: Is 49:1-6; Acts 13:22-26; Lk 1:57-66, 80

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,

Special blessings on our Confirmation candidates this week as they make their final preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. All are welcome to attend this special Confirmation Mass with Cardinal John Dew, 4 o’clock in Saint Patrick’s Hall next Sunday July 1 2018.

The Birth of John the Baptist is notable in that together with Mary and Jesus the Church recalls their birth as well as their deaths. Even at his birth John is ‘ennobled by grace’ as Saint Peter Chrysologus reminds us.

For ourselves we are ennobled by our response to grace -

  • every time we prepare the way of the Lord in our hearts
  • when we return to the Lord through repentance
  • when we allow the Lord of the work to increase
  • when we re-discover the Lord in the desert through prayer
  • when we serve others and give them hope

With every blessing in Christ, Michael McCabe, Parish Priest

Psalm Response:

I praise you for I am wonderfully made.