26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

26 September 2021

Readings for this Weekend:

First Reading: Numbers 11:25-29

Second Reading: James 5:1-6

Gospel: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

Welcome to the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary & St Matthew

Today's readings call us to examine the motives behind our actions, especially those that lead us away from God and towards sin. Not only looking at what obstacles keep us from growing spiritually but also when we are a stumbling block to the growth of other people's faith.

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Sunday Reflection

Today’s readings call us to examine the motives behind our actions, especially those that lead us away from God and towards sin. Not only looking at what obstacles keep us from growing spiritually but also when we are a stumbling block to the growth of other people’s faith by way of:

  • Being unjust in our judgment of others;
  • Showing partiality;
  • Exhibitions of greed or entitlement (and not only with regards to money or goods);
  • Allowing our pride to cloud or color our decisions.

Are we capable of judging the behaviour or action, and not the person, and doing so always with kindness? Is our primary motive always the care and well-being of that person without bias or superiority? As we’ve seen in the past weeks’ readings, being a Pharisee can be a dangerous mindset and detrimental to our faith journey.

Do we believe the only good accomplished in the world originates from us? Do we count our blessings for how the Holy Spirit moves us to worship and find ways to welcome and invite others?

Allison Gingras

Regular Mass times resume next week

Saint Matthews:

Sunday: 8:30am

Monday and Thursday: 9:15am


Monday: 8am Mass, 12:05pm (Liturgy)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8am & 12.05pm Mass

Reconciliation 11:30am - 11:55am

Saturday Vigil: 6pm

Sunday: 7:30am, 10:30am, & 6pm

Limit of 100 people at each Mass

Online booking required for weekend Masses

Pope Francis' Monthly Intention

An Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle

We pray that we all will make courageous choices for a simple and environmentally sustainable lifestyle, rejoicing in our young people who are resolutely committed to this.

Monthly Excerpt from Fratelli Tutti

God is Love - he asks that we abide in his love and spread that love to every person we encounter - this is how we companion people to the heart of God.

“[St] Francis did not wage a war of words aimed at imposing doctrines; he simply spread the love of God. He understood that “God is love and those who abide in love abide in God” (1 Jn 4:16). In this way, he became a father to all and inspired the vision of a fraternal society. Indeed, ‘only the man who approaches others, not to draw them into his own life, but to help them become ever more fully themselves, can truly be called a father’. In the world of that time, bristling with watchtowers and defensive walls, cities were a theatre of brutal wars between powerful families, even as poverty was spreading through the countryside. Yet there Francis was able to welcome true peace into his heart and free himself of the desire to wield power over others. He became one of the poor and sought to live in harmony with all.” Point 4, Fratelli Tutti (Brothers and Sisters All)

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Thank you for your gifts and prayers.

Our Prayerful Sympathy

We pray for the family of Louise Clark (long time St Matthews parishioner) who died last Tuesday. Her Requiem was held on Friday. We also remember the family of Shirley Anderson who died during the week. May they rest in peace.

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,

I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things,

and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there

and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.


Friendly Reminder: Common Good Foundation’s funding round about to close.

For those anticipating applying for funding for a Parish-Based Initiative, applications will need to be received via the Foundation’s website by 30 September 2021 for consideration in this year’s grant funding round. Please check out the criteria and other information at www.commongood.org.nz/grants

First Communion & Confirmation Programme

The family sessions will be held this week. The Parent Input session will now be on Sunday 17 October at 7pm. Please watch your emails for updates as the Covid Alert levels change.


If you wish to book a Baptism please contact Andrea 856 6486 or email: andrea@cathedral.cdh.nz

Readings for next Weekend:

First Reading: Genesis 2:18-24

Second Reading: Hebrews 2:9-11

Gospel: Mark 10:2-16