Letter from the Priest in charge and Parish Notices

Dear Friends,

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

It is my joy to welcome you to S. Michael’s this week. On Tuesday I took up the role of interim Priest-in-charge for the next two months, as we await the arrival of Fr Chris. It is a great pleasure to return to the parish that I grew up in, and from which I was sent to be ordained; it is truly a privilege to have an opportunity to minister amongst you once again.Already I have been reminded of the great love, energy, and vitality of the people of S. Michael’s in all the varied ministries and activities that take place each and every day around our beautiful church and amongst our community.

Today’s Gospel passage confronts us with Jesus’ commandment ‘that you love one another as I have loved you’ (John 15:12). These words are all at once simple, profound, dangerous and difficult, as we confront what it truly means to love one another. This is especially visible to us as we journey together through this Easter season, in the wake of the Crucifixion and Resurrection. As Tom Wright reflects, “The ‘command’ to love is given by one who has himself done everything that love can do.”

Christ’s love has transformed the world, and life itself. Each one of us is now invited to see what a different place the world around us can become through our own love, and through the fruit that we bear in Christ’s name.

In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all these people… It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of spurious self-isolation in a special world… Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes.

Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

Easter blessings,

Ben Randall

Parish Notices

  • Durham St road changes: the new two way section will open on  Wednesday morning. T h ere will be no right turn from Durham St into our car park, which maybe accessed only by turning left from Tuam St into Durham St.When exiting the car park all vehicles must turn left. At the lights you may either turn right into Lichfield St or left into Oxford Terrace. See map on poster.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: today 12 noon. Details Alice.
  • Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel on Wednesdays at 12 noon. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • S. Michael’s School: Open Day Wednesday.
  • Parish Trust: Wednesday 5:15 pm.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 12 May, 9:45 am in the parish lounge. RSVP to Alice.
  • High Tea: at the Cathedral on Saturday. See poster.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 21 May, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Professional young woman requires live-in paid board, short term.References provided. Details Paul Ellis.
  • CCS Disability Action seeks foster family for a 12-year old boy.Details on poster or from Sheryl Catchpole (365 5661).
  • Anglo-Catholic Hui with Bishop Steven Benford: Dunedin 9–11 August. Programme to include presentations on sacraments, mission, the Holy Spirit, Church growth, work with children and youth, and spirituality. Enquiries: Fr Michael vicar@allsaintsdn.org.nz
  • Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support