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Holy Trinity Church,
Parish office & presbytery
3 Strangways Street, Curtin ACT 2605
Monsignor John Woods
(02) 6281 3999
Mon - 9 - 3.30pm; Wed - 9 - 4.30pm; Fri - 9 - 3.30pm

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FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT

Former NZ Rugby All Blacks Captain Colin Meads was nicknamed ‘Pine Tree’ in acknowledgement of his imposing on-field presence.  He gave and asked no quarter in competition.  Another man of stature for many different reasons was Fr Don Giuseppi ‘Pino’ Puglisi (1937-1993).  Pino is a name of Hebrew and Italian origin.  In the former it is an alternative rendition of Joseph and it also means ‘pine tree’ in Italian.  Further, the surname of this Italian priest conjures up images of a pugilist or fighter.  Born into a family of modest means in the working-class neighbourhood of Brancaccio in Palermo (Sicily), he was a fighter for his beliefs and he was a presence for good in his community.  Fr Puglisi was very much committed to the renewal of the Second Vatican Council and to the good of his people.  He worked closely with them, opening up the possibility of a world beyond that controlled by the overbearing Sicilian Mafia.  As parish priest of Godrano he helped to overcome a blood feud by his pastoral outreach.  The Mafia tried to scare him off several times as his engagement and vision for his people, especially the youth undermined their influence.  He was also renown for a sense of humour.  As a young priest in response to his Cardinal Archbishop Ruffini’s passive attitude towards the Mafia, the cardinal having even suggested that they might be fictional, Fr Puglisi suggested he needed to be corrected, albeit he added “we should always criticize it [the Church] like a mother, never a mother-in-law.”  Puglisi refused Mafia money and would not award a contract for church repairs to a company ‘recommended’ by the Mafia.  He was the first priest to deny known Mafia gangsters from marching at the head of religious processions, a Mafia tradition.  He became a target.  One of those responsible for Fr Puglisi’s shooting murder on his 56th birthday outside his Brancaccio parish church later confessed that he greeted them saying, “I’ve been expecting you.”  The outcry following his death was such that the influence of the Mafia waned.  Fr Puglisi was beatified on 25 May 2013.  With Fr Puglisi and contrary to evil forces which seek to undermine our goodness and beauty, we hear in today’s Gospel, “Lord it is wonderful for us to be here”.  Indeed, Fr Puglisi’s motto, ‘Se ognuno fa qualcosa, allora si puo fare molto’ (‘If everyone does something, then we can do a lot’) is scrawled throughout Brancaccio.  Indeed.  We are each called to do something to share the gift and joy of life in Christ.

Fr John

SEASON OF LENT

Regional Lenten Second Rite of Reconciliation for South Woden, North Woden and Weston Creek parishes at 6pm, Tuesday 19 March, at Mary Help of Christians Parish (Sacred Heart Church), 115 Hodgson Crescent, Pearce.

Sacrament of First Reconciliation

We pray for children and parents undertaking home group preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  May they all grow in awareness of God's loving mercy.

Reflection

If not us,

Who?

If not here,

Where?

If not now,

When?

If not for

The Kingdom,

Why?


Dare the dream.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM 2024 - CLAIM THE DATES

In anticipation of your diaries filling up with appointments for the coming year, please note the following dates for the Sacraments of Initiation in 2024:

Term 1 – First Reconciliation      Parent Information Night – Tuesday, 6 February, 6pm via Zoom

Parent Sacramental Learning Opportunity – Sacrament of Reconciliation – Tuesday, 20 February, 6pm via Zoom

Sacramental Celebration – Tuesday, 7 May, 6pm, Holy Trinity Church

Term 2 – Confirmation               Parent Information Night – Tuesday, 14 May, 6pm via Zoom

Parent Sacramental Learning Opportunity – Sacrament of Confirmation – Tuesday, 21 May, 6pm via Zoom

Sacramental Celebration – Tuesday, 25 June, and Thursday 27 June, 6pm, Holy Trinity Church

Term 3 – First Eucharist              Parent Information Night – Tuesday, 30 July, 6pm via Zoom

Parent Sacramental Learning Opportunity – Sacrament of First Eucharist - Tuesday, 13 August, 6pm via Zoom

Sacramental Celebration – Saturday, 21 September, 6pm, and Sunday, 22 September, 9.30am and 5.30pm, Holy Trinity Church


Upcoming Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

More events are included in the Parish Bulletin (available in the right hand side column).
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