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Week of Prayer

Following events last Friday, Bishop Paul invites people to gather at the St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral each day this week for prayer and quiet reflection:

The Pro-Cathedral will be open Monday to Friday inclusive from 7.30am until 9pm each evening.

During the week there will be particular times of prayer:

Monday 18th: Exposition from 5.30pm
Tuesday 19th:  Mass at 5.30pm followed by Exposition
Wednesday 20th: Stations of the Cross at 5.30pm followed by Exposition
Thursday 21st: Mass at 5.30pm followed by Exposition
Friday 22nd:  Exposition from 5.30pm

Each evening there will be the Sacrament of Confession available after Mass and then again from 8pm till 9pm.   Benediction will be at 8.45pm each evening.

Bishop Paul will celebrate the 5.30pm Masses and lead the Stations of the Cross.

The regular Masses at 7.30am and 12.05pm will continue as usual.

Some Reflection pages: Living the Word,   Food for Faith 

17th March 2019 ~ 2nd Sunday of Lent

A Reflection from Fr John O’Connor (Food for Faith):

The Mount of the Transfiguration is not too far from the Sea of     Galilee. From every direction it rises distinctively from the plain landscape as a solitary hill. In a similar way, the account of the Transfiguration of Jesus rises up as if from nowhere in the Gospels. All of a sudden Jesus is speaking with the Old Testament prophets Moses and Elijah and his clothes become dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them.

The Transfiguration of Jesus is the event that communicates an open door between earthly ordinariness, (days and weeks of  routine and mundane and struggling existence), and divine eternity. In this moment Peter, James and John got a taste of something more; so much so that they could not even put it into words and did not speak of the event when they went down the mountain. With the birth of Jesus God comes to earth. With the Transfiguration humans taste heaven. This is what happens every time we celebrate the Mass and the sacraments of the Church. The door between heaven and earth is thrown open by God: we express our struggle and our sin and God pours grace onto us and into us and we are enticed into the divine life of God.

When we leave the church after Mass we changed. Like Peter James and John we will struggle to put this experience into words. We are not even really sure what has happened. The fact is, we have tasted heaven and in the most tangible form of Holy Communion, heaven has come INTO us. We are different, and because of this, even though we go home into the same realities and relationships, every moment of the week ahead is different. This taste of heaven  enables us to live fully in every earthly reality.

An Invitation: We often understand prayer as us speaking to Jesus. Set aside five minutes of stillness and silence twice every day this week and gently hear the Father tell you as he told the disciples of Jesus at the Transfiguration: “This is my beloved son Jesus.  Listen to him.”

Fr. John O’Connor
from www.foodforfaith.org.nz