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Pentecost Sunday

24th May 2015

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Acts 2:1-11 : Psalm 104 : Galatians 5:16-25 : John 15:26-27;16:12-15
Next Sunday:   eut 4:32-34,39-40 : Psalm 33 : Rom 8: 4-17 : Matthew 28:16-20

This week in the parish....

Sun 24 9.00am Sacramental Programme, St John’s
Mon 25 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.30pm Meditation, St Francis
Tues 26 10.00am Parish Ladies Coffee Group, Hall
  7.00pm Prayer Group, 8 Palmgreen Court, Stanmore Bay
Wed 27 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Legion of Mary, St John’s
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.30pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 28 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 29 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis
Sat 30 3.00pm Rehearsal for the Confirmation Mass, St John’s

Today is the 50th day since Jesus rose from the dead.
We come together this Pentecost Sunday, waiting in prayer,
to receive the Spirit who ‘Fits us for Mission’.


Pentecost marks the ‘birthday’ of the Church as we know it: a community of believers, living by faith and not by sight, empowered by the Spirit as promised by Jesus. The first disciples knew Jesus had not abandoned them, but realised they must trust in his Spirit, preserving the unity of the community and bringing the Good News of Jesus to others, but struggling at times to know where the Spirit was leading them. This is our situation too.
At times Christians have been settled, complacent even, seeing God’s will for the Church as crystal clear. But ours is not that kind of time. With so many changes and uncertainties in our world, we Christians must live by faith, prayerfully discerning God’s will for us, where the Spirit is leading us.
On the global level Pope Francis is opening up new pathways, new ways of seeing. At the local level our Parish Pastoral Planning Team has been doing great work, reshaping a way for us to function as a parish, laying the ground work for a new Pastoral Council.
The Planning Team will end its work in July. Our whole parish will need to join together to make our community of believers a sign of unity and an instrument of mission. The Church can only function successfully if it understands itself as community. As reported recently in the NZ Herald, migrant groups find life and strength through belonging in the Church together. For many westernised Church members - people like most of us - being Christian or Catholic has tended to become an individual thing. We do not necessarily need or seek community life in the Church. We tend to see the Church in terms of what it is for us individually.
I believe this is the single most significant - and difficult - factor for us to overcome for us to be an effective faith community, both for one another and for the wider society. Are we up to the challenge?

God bless you all.
Fr Pat

Confirmation & First Eucharist Mass:
27 Children will be receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and first Eucharist at the 10.15am Mass next Sunday 31 May. Please keep them in your prayers. Bishop Pat will be celebrating the Mass.
As the children and their parents will be gathering in the hall after the Mass, there will be no morning tea or sausage sizzle next Sunday for all parishioners.

Alarm System
A new Alarm System is being installed in the St John’s Church complex.
All key holders requiring access to the church on a regular basis when it is locked need to contact Theresa in the parish office for a new access code.

The Holy Spirit is the great forgotten One in our prayer. We often pray to Jesus, and the Father, but we do not pray so frequently to the Holy Spirit.
This is a prayer we need to pray every day: Holy Spirit may my heart be open to the Word of God, may my heart be open to good, may my heart be open to the beauty of God, every day.
Have you prayed to the Holy Spirit today? This week?

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community. We pray for the recently deceased and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Marie Chapman.

Marian Mothers Group:
Meet on Tuesday 26 May at 7.30pm at 4 Hiwi Crescent, Stanmore Bay.
All women are welcome to come and listen to a talk prepared by the Marist Centre.
Please bring your rosary beads.
For more information phone Therese, 424 0732 or Yvonne, 428 3136.

Catholic gifts available at Never Ending Books ...
Shop 4, The Village, Moenui Avenue, Orewa. Store is open 9.00am-4.00pm Mon-Sat and 11.30am-3.30pm on Sundays.

Grab a mate & get involved!

    We are looking for people keen to form a social club within the parish and organise a couple of social events a year. 
    At Sign-up Sunday lots of people said they will help with a one-off event, but we need people to think of events and get the ball rolling. 
    If you are keen, maybe bring a friend too, and get in touch with Claire, (09)420 4045 or

Interested in a piano?
Iron-framed piano with good tone, free to an interested parishioner. Can be delivered.
Enquiries to John Laan, 426 1414.

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Study shows faith affects romance.
  • Sister criticises government housing policy.
  • Christina's hurt heart is full of love for orphans.
  • Abortion survivor says she's a contradiction in terms.

NZ Catholic Newspaper - $4.00
Get yours at the back of the church

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Meets on Tuesday 26 May 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.

‘Remember This?’
Hibiscus Coast Singers will recall well-loved works by great composers from their repertoire as they celebrate 25 years. Concert to be held on Friday 5 June, 7.30pm and Sunday 7 June, 2.00pm at St Stephen’s Church, 23 Stanmore Bay Rd, Whangaparaoa.
Tickets $20 (children free) obtainable from choir members or from Eddie Law Whangaparaoa or Orewa Menswear.

Spirituality of Joy:
A day to explore the meaning and experience of joy in our lives at the MacKillop Centre, 56 Selwyn Avenue Mission Bay, Saturday 11 July, 10am-3pm.
Facilitated by Jill McLoughlin rsj,
Unwaged $20, waged $30.

Walking Where Jesus Walked:
A 20-day Holy Land pilgrimage in Sept-Oct 2015, led by Pat McCarthy, former editor of NZ Catholic, and with Father Bernie Thomas as chaplain. For a free brochure phone Pat, (09) 480-4463 or email You can also see the holy places at

We are still seeking volunteers for the following:
Liturgy Committee members
Liturgy Committee minutes secretary
Additional musicians/singers
Couples or families to do the sausage sizzle after 10.15am Mass once every 5-6 weeks.
Please contact Theresa in the parish if you're willing to help.

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

St Francis Garden Working bee:
To be held on Saturday 6 June, commencing at 9am (weather permitting). Work required:  
Complete the clean up behind the Church
Weed spraying
Spread mulch.
If you have appropriate gardening tools it would be appreciated if you could bring them with you. We will require 1-2 wheel barrows.
Ron Stephenson (Coordinator) 428 2157 / 021 927 671.

Joshua Men’s Fellowship:

    Invite all the men to the meeting on Wednesday 28 May, 7.30pm-9.30pm, at St Joseph’s Centre, Takapuna.
    Come and join other men of faith for prayer, praise and worship, followed by fellowship!

Tuesday evening Prayer Group:
From 26 May the group will meet at the home of Barbara Jones, 8 Palmgreen Court, Stanmore Bay at 7.00pm. Enq. Barbara - 424 1130.

Tuesday evening Prayer Group:

    From 26 May the group will meet at the home of Barbara Jones, 8 Palmgreen Court, Stanmore Bay at 7.00pm.
    Enq. Barbara - 424 1130.

If you have found a rosary in a small dark grey bag at St John’s church please contact Theresa in the parish office.

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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

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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