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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

26th July 2015

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
2 Kings 4:42-44 : Psalm 145 : Ephes 4:1-6 : John 6:1-15
Next Sunday:   Exodus 16:2-4,12-15 : Psalm 69 : Eph. 4:17,20-24 : John 6:24-35

This week in the parish....

Mon 27 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.30pm Meditation, St Francis
Tues 28 10.00am Parish Ladies Coffee Group, Hall
  7.00pm St Francis Prayer group, 8 Palmgreen Court, Stanmore Bay
Wed 29 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.30pm Prayer Meeting, Hall
Thurs 30 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 31 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis
Sun 2 10.15am Ordination of Greg Murphy to the diaconate, St John’s

Christ fed the hungry, and did so with great generosity. Today he feeds
us with the food of the Eucharist. We receive this precious food,
not because we are worthy of it, but because we need it and
He invites us to receive it.


All parishioners are invited to Greg Murphy’s ordination to the diaconate by Bishop Pat
on Sunday 2 August at 10.15am Mass, St John’s Church, Orewa.

Please support Greg, his wife Anne and their family and join them afterwards
for a celebratory morning tea in the hall.
You are welcome to bring a plate if possible.

Parish AGM
In the hall at St John’s Church, Orewa, on Sunday 9 August after 10.15am Mass.
All parishioners are encouraged to attend.
Please ensure reports are forwarded to the parish office by Monday 3 August to allow for copying and collating.
There will be no sausage sizzle on that Sunday and morning tea will be served to those attending the meeting.

Today is Caring Sunday:
The second collection will be for the Catholic Caring Foundation.
Please give generously to the Bishop’s Foundation, which through your donations supports over 50 community organisations in our diocese to help alleviate the effects of poverty.

Ministers’ Rosters for the 5.30pm Mass are to be collected from the foyer.

Join us
For morning tea after the 8.30am and 10.15am Masses today.

Patriarch Bartholomew has spoken in particular of the need for each of us to repent of the ways we have harmed the planet, for “inasmuch as we all generate small ecological damage”, we are called to acknowledge “our contribution, smaller or greater, to the disfigurement and destruction of creation.”

What ‘small ecological damage’ do we generate in our everyday lives – often without even thinking about it?

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Oscar Murphy, Marcel Biggelaar, Lindsay Hawkes, Bernie Daly and Joyce Lewis.
We pray for the recently deceased and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Ita Twomey.

Apostleship of the Sea
Catholic chaplaincy for seafarers and port workers - wishes to employ a chaplain for 20 hours a week, based at the downtown wharves.
Applicants should be strong in faith, comfortable in relating with others, happy to work in an ecumenical team, and with some knowledge of theology.
For full position description contact
Applications to Leanne Killgour by 4 August 2015.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Meets on Tuesday 28 July at 10am in the parish hall. All ladies are invited to join us for a cuppa, bingo and social time. New parishioners are warmly welcome.

Confirmation Photos:
There are still a few certificates and photos to be collected from the parish office.


    Two elderly ladies were discussing their husbands over tea.
    “I do wish that my Raymond would stop biting his nails. It makes me terribly nervous,” one said. “My Billy used to do the same thing,” the other replied, “but I broke him of the habit.”
    “How did you do that?” the first woman inquired. “I hid his teeth.”

Mercy Spirituality Centre:
104 The Drive, Epsom, (09) 638-6238.

1. Art and the Annunciation with MARY BARKER, Thursday 30 July 2015, 10.00am-12 noon, $15

2. Getting the Best Out of an Ageing Body and keeping well with MARGI MONTAGU-FRYER, Wednesday 5 August 2015, 10.00am-12 noon, $15

3. Individually guided 6-day live-in retreat facilitated by Sr Christina Cathro, 13-19 Sept

Booking essential, for more details see 

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The combined prayer group...
Invites you all to the meeting on Tuesday 5 August, 7.30pm at St Francis Church, Manly.
Iris Barrow will be giving a talk on ‘Work Your Brain to Work for You’ and experience a better quality of life. Iris is an author and ex life skills tutor and counsellor.
All welcome. Supper to follow.

Married Couples:

    Revitalise and enrich your intimacy, love and romance in your marriage. Attend the Marriage Encounter weekend 18-20 September at Allenby Park Hotel, Manukau. Book now!
    Contact 0800 362 686 or

Men of Prayer ....
Of the combined Hibiscus Coast Churches meet on Monday 3 August at Whangaparaoa Baptist Church, Stanmore Bay at 7pm. Prayer, praise, worship & fellowship. Shared meal to conclude the evening. Ring Graeme, 428 7424.

Congratulations to our newly baptised:
Jayden Hirst, Jaxon Garrity and Eden Lawton.

Open Teaching Evening ....
At St Joseph’s Centre, 1 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna, 7.30pm, Wednesday 5 August.
Robert Loretz will be speaking on the Eucharist and the Book of Apocalypse: How the dramatic symbolism of St John’s vision finds its meaning in the Church’s liturgy.
For further info or to book, contact Anne Marie: (09) 489 8197 or
The evening will finish with supper. Although the talk is free, a donation to help cover costs would be appreciated.

The Care and Share team ...
Would like to invite parishioners to support Hestia Rodney Women’s Refuge. Parishioners wishing to donate unwanted, but useable second hand furniture, linen, clothing (for women, men or children) and toys (unfortunately they can’t accept fluffy toys) are invited to call Trish, 427 6334 to arrange for collection.

Auckland Youth Ministry:
To find out about all the events and activities that are happening in our region visit

Free agapanthus: 
We have some surplus agapanthus from our garden clean-up at St Francis.
If you would like to take some of these, please contact Ron Stephenson on 428 2157.

Stella Maris ...
Is hosting students from Japan and are looking for families to offer a student a “home away from home” from 8-23 August, $525 host fee paid.
Please email your name, contact numbers and email address to

Dove Retreat:
31 July-2 August.
Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women National team is delighted to invite all women to a retreat weekend. The theme is “Love Outpouring” (Romans 5:5 ).
To be held at Willow Park Christian Camp, Auckland.
See to register.
For further info contact Shona Williams, (07) 543 0101 or

Where We Gather - Workshop by Liturgical Design Consultant

    On  Sunday 13 September, 1.30-4.30pm, Christ the King Church, 260 Richardson Road, Owairaka. This workshop is intended for all and its aim is to deepen awareness, understanding and appreciation of the liturgical principles involved in the design of our places of worship. 
    It will have relevance to people from all parishes, not only those from parishes intending renovation or re-building in the future. For more info contact Teresa Wackrow, (09) 360 3042.

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Is anyone sick?
Call upon the church community to pray for you (James 5:14).
Please telephone any of the parishioners listed below.
We would love to pray for your intentions in our daily prayers.

Norma McGrath (Coordinator) 424-8460
Margret Conroy - 426 8177
Jackie Straka - 421 0502
Maureen Nancarrow - 426 7921
Ursula Taylor - 426 7970
Janet Dimbleby - 427 5850
Kerry Johnson - 424 2854
Raewyn Taylor - 424 1414

Let us know if there are any parishioners you know of who are:

  • Sick
  • Need transport to doctors, hospital etc.
  • Lonely or grieving
  • Require emergency food supplements.
Help us to help you!
Please phone:
Contact the parish office at 426 5599
Any donations of non-perishable food items for the Care and Share foodbank will be welcomed.

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