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20th April 2014

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Acts 10:34,37-43 : Psalm 118 : Col. 3:1-4 : John 20:1-9
Next Sunday:   Acts 2:14,22-33 : Psalm 16 : 1 Peter 1:17-21 : Luke 24:13-35

This week in the parish....

Mon 21 7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s
Tues 22 10.15am Ladies Coffee Group, Hall
  7.30pm Prayer meeting, St Francis
Wed 23 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  10.00am Legion of Mary, St John’s
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.30pm Prayer Meeting, Hall
Thur 24 4.00pm Meditation Group, St John’s

No Eucharistic Adoration or Meditation on Easter Monday

Christ our hope is risen!
Christ died to rise again so that his Father will be glorified.
We too are brought back to true life in Christ.
If we die with him we will rise with him
and in our lives be witnesses to the power of the resurrection.

Easter Blessings to You All: Alleluia!   

Today’s message is the same every Easter, indeed every Sunday:
Christ has died! Christ is risen!
Christ yesterday, today and forever! Alleluia!
His risen presence is as real today as always. Let the Easter song be sung not just on our lips, but in our minds and hearts as well. Let us show in the way we live our lives that Christ is risen, and that his Spirit is alive and active in us wherever we go, whatever we do. For we are an Easter people. Grateful thanks to all who have helped us celebrate this Easter with reverence and faith. On behalf of all the parish team, God bless you all. May you and your families enjoy all the blessings of Easter.

Coming Events
Thank you to all who have taken part so far in the process to set up our new Pastoral Planning Team. The consultation has begun and continues this week. While people may be out of town during these school holiday weeks, I hope we can announce the names of the Pastoral Planning Team on Sunday 4 May, and install the Team on Sunday 18 May.
On Saturday/Sunday 3/4 May we will also have a presentation at all Masses from the parish Finance Committee. The parish Annual General Meeting is set down for Sunday 25 May. The following Sunday, 1 June, Bishop Pat Dunn joins us for the celebration of the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist. And then the next Sunday is Pentecost!
It will be a very full Easter season for us as a parish, but one which I hope will enable us to celebrate our life together as the community of the Risen Lord. Alleluia!

God bless you all,
Fr Pat Brady

Easter Offering
Special collection today for your Easter Offering.

This week we say farewell to Wendy Hope, who has been our Sacramental Coordinator since February last year.
Thank you, Wendy, for all your work in helping many parish parents and children prepare for the Sacraments of Initiation and for your coordinating role with the Children’s Liturgy of the Word.
Our prayers and good wishes go with you.

Please collect:
There are still a number of planned giving envelopes and Link magazines to be collected from the foyer.

Tax Receipts ....
Tax Receipts will be mailed out this week

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick and for the recently deceased including John Dixion.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including John Cook, and Wim de Veer.

Caritas :
Caritas would like to thank you all for so generously supporting the Lent Appeal.
Our contributions totalled $4,744.80.
Donations received at the Caritas office by 31 March 2014 will be receipted for the 2013/2014 tax year. These receipts will be sent out at the end of April.
Donations received at the Caritas office after 31 March 2014 will be receipted for the 2014/2015 tax year. These  receipts will be sent out from May.

Thank you....
Thank you to all the parishioners who supported the Mainly Music raffle. Sufficient funds were raised to buy their Ipad.
The winner of the Easter Hamper is Jackie Straka and the consolation prizes went to Louise Johnson and Lisa Sandilands.

A Child’s Prayer:
Due to a printing error the last two lines of this prayer were omitted in the Link magazine.
The complete prayer is:
I say my prayers and hop into bed, straighten the covers and smooth out the spread.
Someone is coming you easily can see, to dreamland we go my Jesus and me.
And then we slip off to the land of nod, just wee little me and the Son of God.

Happy Birthday to:
Sophie & William Catlin (19 April)

Dove Fellowship
Dove Fellowship invites all women to their meeting
on Wednesday 23 April, 7.30pm-9.30pm at St Joseph’s Centre, 1 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna.
Come and be inspired by the teachings of Jovita Parker on ‘Blessing’.
Ph. Nanci, (09) 419 0348.

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Hamilton diocese to halve number of parishes.
  • Christchurch girls join in Caritas challenge.
  • Cathedral carpark break-ins concern police.
  • Faith still shone on Death Railway

NZ Catholic Newspaper - $4.00
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Gospel Reflections:

    During Lent the prayer group has hosted Sunday Gospel reflections after Adoration and Reconciliation on Wednesday nights 8-9pm. The prayer group will resume after Easter on Wednesday nights at 7.30pm–9pm. 
    The Sunday Gospel reflection will continue as part of our usual prayer meeting. If you have been participating you are most welcome to continue.
    All parishioners are invited to participate. Enquiries to Brian & Barbara, 4278496 or

Easter Art Exhibition:
The combined churches of the Hibiscus Coast are holding an Art Exhibition
at the new Silverdale Shopping Centre in the outdoor pedestrian walkways on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, 10am-4pm.
Go along and view the amazing artwork on display.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Meet for a cuppa and social time in the hall on Tuesday 22 April at 10.15am.
All ladies are welcome.

Stella Maris Open Day:
Tuesday 13 May, 9am-12.15pm, for all 2015 Years 1-8 Enrolments.
You are invited to come to our school and have a guided tour, meet staff and students,
and experience first hand the very special learning environment that Stella Maris has on offer.

Sincere thanks ...
Sincere thanks to everyone who prayed for the success of my recent operation.
God Bless, John Straka.

The Beginning Experience ....
The Beginning Experience is a programme for widowed, divorced and separated people to facilitate the resolution of grief that accompanies the end of a relationship and to find new hope for the future.
The next weekend retreat is on 25-27 April at the Franciscan Friary in Hillsborough.
Visit For a registration form or more info phone Nicola (09)523-0014.

Eucharistic Convention 25-27 April 2014:
See website for all the details.

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

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

1. Muffin Meeting – A Creative Response to the Spirit Through Song with Fr Chris Skinner – Thursday 1 May, 10-12noon, $15.
2. Enneagram – Come and learn about personality types from the professionals – Fri-Sun, 16-18 May, $175.
3. Retreat Day – The Lost Son with Fr Stuart Sellar – Thurs. 22 May, 9.30-4pm, $45 inc. lunch.

Booking essential, for more details see 

Stella Maris School Newsletter Advertising:
An advertising space on the back of the school newsletter has become available.
If you would like to advertise your business please send your enquiry to
Cost is $450 per annum, newsletters are sent out weekly, 320 copies locally, also includes advertising on the School Website.   

Grateful thanks...
Grateful thanks to family, friends and parishioners for your recent prayers.
Walter’s health is improving slowly but steadily. God bless you all, Walter and Diane Nicholls.

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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
Jackie Straka 421 0502
Noeline McDonald 426 7521
Margret Conroy 426 8177
Maureen Nancarrow 426 7921
Lana Hilliar 426 0555
Ursula Taylor 426 7970
Janet Dimbleby 427 5850

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