So today with it being "Palm Sunday of the Passion", the greatest week of the year known for
that reason as "HOLY WEEK" begins and as Our Lord Jesus walks to the Cross throughout this week in a very real sense the whole world walks with him. In the uncertainty and grief of these times it is truly a Good Friday experience for so many. But let us never forget where this all ends and then begins again: a week from today the joy of Easter Sunday transforms the darkest of experiences and the deepest of grief. Of this, we can be sure.
Follow our website for links to special Holy Week prayer times in the parish and beyond.
God bless you all,
PS: If you are reading this and would like to be included in my email list of parishioners and friends of the parish to whom I send regular emails during this time just email and ask
WHAT IS PALM SUNDAY?
Palm Sunday is the last Sunday of Lent (sixth Sunday of Lent), the Sunday before Easter, the
beginning of Holy Week, and remembers the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, days
before he was crucified. The day sets in motion the events leading to Jesus’ Atonement,
Crucifixion, and Resurrection.
Palm Sunday honours the glorious entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.
Jesus riding into the city on a donkey, while the huge crowds spread their shrouds and palm
branches on the city streets and yelled these words to respect him as their eagerly anticipated
Savior and Lord:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest!”
The day of Jesus’ glorious entry into Jerusalem where he was warmly welcomed by a large
crowd is known as Palm Sunday
WHAT HAPPENED ON PALM SUNDAY?
While Jesus was on earth he taught everyone about God’s love and healed people from their sickness. He did many miracles like calming storms and even raised people from the dead.
At this time, the Jewish people were celebrating a festival called Passover that had been celebrated since the time of Moses when God brought his people out of Egypt. So Jesus was going to Jerusalem to celebrate.
Jesus and His disciples stopped in the town and Jesus told two of his disciples to go on ahead of them. He told them to go into a nearby village and that they would see a young donkey that no one had ever ridden. He told them to untie it and bring it to him and if anyone asks what are you doing he told them to just say the Lord needs it and will return it soon.
So the disciples did what Jesus said and brought him the donkey. The disciples threw their coats on its back like a saddle and Jesus climbed up.
Our Lady Star of The Sea Catholic Church, Howick
Office & Parish Centre: 18 Parkhill Road, PO Box 38-276, Howick
Church: Corner of Picton & Park Hill Roads
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29 March 2020
Fifth Sunday of Lent
THIS WEEK’S READINGS
Isaiah 50:4-7; Ps. 21; Philippians 2:6-11;
NEXT WEEK’S READINGS
Acts 10:35,37-43; Ps. 118; 2 Colossians 3:1-4; John 20:1-9
The news that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem swept through the city. Many heard about all the amazing things he had done, so they cut palm branches and ran to see him.
The Pharisees and religious rulers realised that there was nothing they could do, for everyone was going to see Jesus.
Jesus rode into the city of Jerusalem and the crowd spread their cloaks on the road ahead of him and his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen. The people laid their coats and tree branches on the road to make a path for Jesus. The crowds praised Jesus by yelling things like “blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord” and “Peace in Heaven and glory in the highest” because they believed Jesus was the rescuer.
The Pharisees were upset, but the people kept on singing “blessings on the king who comes in the name of the Lord, Praise God in highest heaven”.
The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered, asking who is this and the crowds replied it’s Jesus, and Jesus rode the donkey through the street of Jerusalem to the temple in a triumphal entry just as God said he would many years before.
NEW ZEALAND CATHOLIC
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In praying at Mass and in your own personal prayer, please remember these: -
Eddie Agnes, Natalie Owen, Brian Hughes, Tim Smith, Truus Van Osta, Charlie Ferraz, Emmanuel (Bill) Cushieri, Christian & Orland Calderon, Janice Viloria
Others who have died
Dorothy Mahony (27th Ann), Reg Shand (8th Ann), Mary Conlan (15th Ann)
For the sick
Maureen Stephens; Florence Ho, Lynette Castle, Kristen Smith, Joseph Ross, Marie Traue, Josephine Aoun, Lovest Reynolds, Cade Lucinsky, Virginia Keith, Rosie Rowan, Phil Kemble, Hercille Kirchner, Mike Hammond, Vera McCarthy, Chaz McVeigh, Anthony Joseph, Glenys Raye, John Clapham, Kevin J. Brown, Heidi McGowan, Kerry Bloor (Nee McGowan), Lee Williams, Kate Pallett, Angus Barrett, Naomi Smith, Donna Agnew, Tina Payne, Lauren Tate, Graham Pointon, Dave McGowan, Maureen Smith, Chan Siu Ying, Misha Corder, Austin Kuo, Beth Furst, Ashton Baty, Marina Schaafhausen, Garnam Parkinson, Angela Felgate, Cedric Pillay, Margo Saidy, Sa’na Masoud, Sophie Louay, Norah O’Brien, Allan Christini, Lois Clark, Kath Ferguson, Arlene Falconer, Dianne Wallace, Valerie Oughton, Carol Viegas, Anne Bellew, Bridget Danbrook, Richard Church, Ross Ardern, James Tam, Kevin Commins
Please email the Parish Office to add or remove names in the prayer list. Thank you
PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES
Even though you will not be able to use your envelopes until after the lockdown and we are able to celebrate Mass again, some parishioners did not manage to collect their envelopes from the foyer.
Please note that we have posted these out to you.
UNFORTUNATELY, BECAUSE OF LEVEL 4 ALERT THE CHURCH IS CLOSED FOR THE
WE NEED YOUR HELP
As we are Level 4 alert of the lock down we still need your help to sustain our operations. For those of you who support the parish with your Planned Giving envelopes and those of you who also donate in the Sunday Collection, if you are able to help for the moment via online banking our bank account details are as follows:-
Bank of New Zealand
R.C Bishop of Auckland, Howick Branch
Planned Giving Account
Account No: 02-0100-0120966-24
Please ensure that your Surname is under the Particulars section and your Planned Giving number under the Reference section on our bank statements.
AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You.
ONE OF THE OLDEST PRAYERS TO
THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
We fly to thy protection, O most holy Mother of God: do not despise our prayers in time of necessity: but always free us from all dangers, O blessed and glorious Virgin Mary. Amen.
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