The Parish of St Pius X, Raiwaqa is a multi-ethnic multi-cultural family of God, united in faith on pilgrimage and committed to realizing the Kingdom of God in society, under the inspiration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St Pius X whose Motto was “To Restore all things in Christ”.
Congratulations to Rev Aminiasi Ravuwai SSC on your Ordination to the Deaconate yesterday at the Sacred Heart Cathedral. Rev Amini has been on pastoral placement here in the parish and will continue ministering here with us on weekends as a Deacon. He will serve as Deacon for the 1st time today at 8.30.Mass. We wish Rev Amini and his fellow Deacons – also ordained yesterday – Rev Iosefo Wailoa (Diocesan) and Rev Sanipati Ioane SDB a very successful and fruitful time as they serve in this important ministry before their Ordination to the Priesthood.
1. Ash Wednesday falls this week on 26 Feb. Masses-7am &7pm Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are Fast days – while Fridays in Lent are Days of Penance.
New Regional Director of Oceania - Society of St Columban, Fr Trevor Trotter will be in the parish on Sunday, 23 February for both Masses please be mindful of good liturgy preparation. A simple traditional welcome in the parish hall after Mass will usher his presence among parishioners who are keen to meet him for a social get together. Vinaka.
CCD Registration for the Year 2020: 1st and 2nd child ($15.00 each)/ 3rd and onwards ($10.00 each)- At the registration, each child will receive a Bible Diary. Registration is being carried out at the front of the church after Sunday Masses.
Commissioned Catechists and their respective classes for the year:
1 - 3
Mrs Tabua / Qereqeretabua
Fr Hurley Hall
5 - 6
AB Mataca Hall
7 - 9
Mr Dan / Mrs Waqailiti
Fr Hurley Hall
Mrs Roseru, Tifere, Vira, Alanieta,
Sr Kalala, Amani, Tupou
Reflection of the Week
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Be Holy as your heavenly Father is Holy:
“Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy,” says the first reading. Then it adds the principle of “an eye for an eye” which was not such a totally barbaric practice as it seems at first sight. It was meant to help the people to exercise some restraint towards their defeated enemies. It became known as the Law of Retaliation and puts limits on the level of revenge that could be taken for an injury. Otherwise, unrestrained total war could spread throughout the world. If there are no limits to revenge, we could see the collapse of civilisation and everybody being killed.
Even the earliest Christians could be quarrelsome, some siding with Paul and some with Apollos and so on. But those
tensions, once healed, can sharpen the focus of a community. They led people back to prayer, to dialogue and a new kind of unity. “As the Lord has forgiven you,” St Paul says, “put on love which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” Earlier thinkers before Jesus had stated the principle not to do to others what you would not have them do to you. That is perhaps the basic law underlying all manners and politeness. But Jesus puts it more positively. We must actually DO things for others. There is the story of the man who appeared at the gate of heaven asking for entry. When St Peter asked him why he should be let in the man answered: “my hands are clean.” “Yes,” answered Peter, “but they are empty!’ The Christian ethic is one of active loving.
Mercy is the outstanding gift of God even of the “Old Testament God” whom many imagine as harsh and punitive. Rather, “The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.”
Archdiocese of Suva Strategic Plan (After the Synod)
Archdiocese of Suva Vision Statement: ‘To be Church in the World’
Mission Statement: The Archdiocese of Suva serves the people of Fiji through charity, Integral human Development, Care for Our Common Home, and prophetic dialogue so that Fijian people will experience the reign of God’s kingdom.
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong's pastoral letter on the synod can be downloaded here
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Important points to take note of moving forward into 2020:
*January 19th – Commissioning of Catechism class teachers at the 0700 Mass.
*January 26th – Catechism classes begin
*February 16th – Closing of Catechism class registration (request to register now)
*Community based outreach program will be carried out in due course by your area Catechism teachers.
*Classes will begin straight after the 0700 Mass for Classes 1 – 4 and after the 0830 Mass for Classes 5 and 6.
The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine is commonly referred to by its abbreviation, CCD, or simply as "Catechism," and provides religious education to Catholic children attending secular schools. Similar to children’s Sunday school in Protestant churches, CCD education is provided by both members of the clergy and lay staff. CCD attendance is considered to be vital to children’s development as Catholics. These classes not only educate children about Jesus and the Catholic faith but prepare children to receive the sacraments of Penance (confession), the Eucharist (Holy Communion), and Confirmation.
Books and magazines will be on sale after the both Masses this morning.
Regional Director visits the Parish
Our Regional Director, Fr. Trevor Trotter visited Raiwaqa yesterday. He was officially welcomed to the parish after the 8:30 Mass. He is on an official visitation to the Columban family here in Fiji till the 14th of next month. Rev. Aminiasi also served at mass, for the first time as a Deacon. He will continue to serve in Raiwaqa on the weekends. We continue to remember him and his fellow Deacons in our prayers.
ORDINATION OF Deacon Aminiasi Ravuwai
Today we witnessed the Ordination to Deaconate of three of our pacifican men. They are Iosefo Wailoa (Diocese), Sanipate Iowane (Salesians of Don Bosco) and Aminiasi Ravuwai (Missionary Society of St. Columban). Archbishop Peter Loy Chong reminded them today, that as deacons of the church, they should practice what they preach, and teach what they practice. Everything should be founded in Charity. We continue to remember them in our prayers.
St. Vincent de Paul AGM 2020
The St.Vincent de Paul members of St. Pius X parish, Raiwaqa held their AGM yesterday. They discussed ways to reach out and continue to serve the poor with love, dignity and respect.
Inter-religious dialogue in AB Mataca Hall - by Priscilla Magdalen
The Inter-Religious Dialogue social/spiritual youth event organized by the Columbans took place on Saturday 5th October 2019 held at Raiwaqa parish hall at 2.00 pm. IRD is about meeting people of different religions in an atmosphere of freedom of openness in order to listen to the other, try to understand that person’s religion. The theme for this event was “Protecting our Fiji Environment’’.The respective faith groups consisted of: Arya Samaj, Shri Satya Sai, Hare Krishna, Sikhism, Islam. Community together with Nadera, Tamavua, Raiwaqa Youths and the Lay Missionaries where they had
presented an item each from their community. The total number attended this event was about 80 people. The joint event was fantastic and awakening and the powerful sharing’s from different religions touched the youths on creation of God, to awaken the love of God and build respect towards other religions. Let us thank the Holy Spirit for the guidance and help, to the Raiwaqa parish priest Fr John McEvoy for allowing us to use the hall, also to those who made this event a success and God bless us all abundantly.
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