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26th October 2014

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Exodus 22:20-26 : Psalm 18 : 1Thess1:5-10 : Matt 22:34-40
Next Sunday:   Isaiah 25:6-9 : Psalm 26 : Romans 5:5-11 : Matthew 11:25-30

This week in the parish....

Tues 28 10.00am Ladies Coffee Group, Hall
  7.30pm Prayer Meeting, St Francis
Wed 29 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 Meeting, St John’s
Thurs 30 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.00pm PPT Meeting, St John’s
Fri 31 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis
Sun 2 9.00am Sacramental Programme, St Johns

No Meditation Group on Monday 27 October

Today we are challenged to reflect on how different our world would be if we had put into practice a love like that of God.
Christian love, the one with which we love God and people and ourselves is a love that has God as its source.
It is this love which Jesus teaches us and asks of us here in this Eucharist.

Remembering Blessed Paul VI  

In 1986 I had the good fortune to spend time with Fr Anscar Chupungco, an internationally recognised theologian who was presenting a series of seminars around the country. I remember Fr Anscar sharing memories of Pope Paul VI, with whom he had become good friends during Fr Anscar’s time as president of San Anselmo University in Rome.
Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul last week at the final Mass of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family that has attracted so much international interest. Pope Paul is remembered mainly because of his crucial and courageous continuation of the 2nd Vatican Council after Pope St John XXIII’s death in 1963. He is also inevitably remembered for his encyclical on contraception, Humanae Vitae. But it was a more personal reflection by Fr Anscar I most remember.
After Vatican II many priests and religious in the Church sought dispensations from Rome from their vows or from active priestly ministry. Fr Anscar spoke of the profound way in which this affected Pope Paul personally. He described the pope’s commitment to the personal story of each person who sought a dispensation. Here was no cursory overview or perfunctory signature. Each application was treated with respect, and with not a little anguish.
That is how I remember Fr Anscar’s reminiscences. He was full of admiration for the depth of Pope Paul’s personal care and love concerning every dispensation he granted.
Our appreciation of famous figures can be dominated by the major events or decisions in their lives, and coloured by our own political or religious views of those events or decisions. How good it is, then, to know something of those small things in people’s lives which speak volumes, the simple acts of kindness and love which otherwise go unheralded. Blessed Paul VI, pray for us.

God bless you all.
Fr Pat

Sacramental Programme:
The first children’s session will be held on Sunday 2 November, 9am at St John’s Church.

Next Sunday is the Feast of All Souls:
The parish will be celebrating the lives of our deceased parishioners and loved ones. All will be invited to light a memorial candle.
A special morning tea will be held in the hall after the 10.15am Mass for the families of those who have died in the past year.
All parishioners are welcome to join them for a cuppa and to bring a plate to share if possible.

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

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick including Jenny Morgan, Walter Nicholls, Ned Erceg, Arthur O’Leary and Tony McElwee.
We pray for the recently deceased and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Marie Sheehan and Wim de Veer.

Joshua Men’s Fellowship
Invites all the men to a meeting on Wednesday 29 October, 7.30pm-9.30pm at St Joseph’s Centre, 1 Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna.
Come and meet other men of faith for prayer and fellowship! Bring along a friend. Contact Basil Rassam, 09 443 5755.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Meet in the parish hall on Tuesday 28 Oct at 10.00am for a cuppa, bingo and social time.
All ladies welcome, particularly if you are new to the parish.

Understanding Dementia Education Evening:
Thursday 30 October, 7pm at Salvation Army, Red Beach.
An informative evening for those who have a relative with dementia or are caring for a person with dementia.
To book your seat please phone Monica or Megan, 09 421 1511. $10 including nibbles and drinks.

Children’s Liturgy St Francis:
We are still urgently needing more leaders to present the children’s liturgy.
Please consider volunteering for this rewarding and fairly undemanding ministry.
Contact the coordinator, Yvonne Cassidy - 428 3136.

The Pastoral Planning Team welcomes your comments and suggestions on the Bishop’s Pastoral Plan.
There is a suggestion box in the foyer or please contact one of the members below:
Vic Barrington: - (09) 427 5228 -
Claire Buckley: - 027 565 6612 -
Catherine Cyprian: - (09) 426 2486 -
Steve Hickey: - 021 804 432 -
Monica Manning: - (09) 426 5225 -
Helen Reinen: - (09) 424 7245 -
Lucas Wood: - 021 139 639 -

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  • On the “Pope tour” in Francisco's home town.
  • Why are we so ungay about “gayness”?
  • Simplifying the annulment process to be given priority.

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A call for helpers:
From time to time, we have minor maintenance items that need attention such as gardening, painting, replacing a broken window catch or renewing a tap washer. While our Parish is blessed with a number of people who generously donate their time to help with maintenance jobs, we would like to spread the workload of our volunteers a little.
If you have spare time and can assist with any minor maintenance jobs, we invite you to leave your name and contact details with Theresa in the Parish office.

Seniors’ Christmas Luncheon, Tuesday 18 November,
Parish Hall, Midday.

    Entertainment provided.
    Admission free, limited to 80 people.
    To book add your name to the list in the foyer.
    Donations will be welcomed.

Mary the First Disciple
Public Lecture to be held at St Columba Centre, Vermont Street, Ponsonby, on Monday 3 November at 7.00pm. 
Dr Gerard Hall sm, Head of Theology at Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, will talk on ‘Mary the First Disciple: a pathway for mission.’  Free parking, donation appreciated, refreshments provided.

Invitation from the Catholic Discipleship College
To attend a series of evening retreats with Fr Dominique Faure at 103 College Road, Northcote. 
- Monday 10 Nov – the Mystery of the Fatherhood.
- Wednesday 12 Nov – Adoration & Contemplation.
- Thursday 13 Nov – The Human Body in the Wisdom of God.
- Friday 14 Nov – The Mystery of Suffering. 
Commences with Adoration 6.30pm, followed by a shared dinner at 7.30pm (bring a plate to share) and then the talk at 8pm.
To book phone Anne Marie, 09 480 0548.

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

The Finance Committee have decided to sell ....
The property at 184A Centreway Road rather than having to spend a significant amount of money in repairs and maintenance.
Funds from the sale will enable us to reduce our debt and to undertake much needed building works in the Parish.
For further enquiries please contact Sue Donoghue of Bayleys Real Estate, 09 4280600 or 021 783366.

Stella Stars Playgroup ........

    Meets every Friday during School term in the Stella Maris School Hall from 8.45am to 11.00am. 
    All new families are welcome to come along with your pre-schooler and meet other families in our school community.
    We cater for babies up to age 5. Each week there are craft activities and a mat time for children to explore music, dance and prayer. 
    We look forward to seeing some new faces. For more information contact Nicole Lawson, 021 024 19332 or email: 

Congratulations to .....
Dave and Mary Anderson who celebrate their 65th Wedding Anniversary on 29 October.

Looking to Rent:
Retired parishioners seeking a 1 bedroom unit on the Hibiscus Coast.
Please ring Percy, 021 02776121.

On Sale next weekend:
Columban Calendars 2015 - $10.00.
Christmas Cards - $5.00( pack of 10)
Next Years Daily Mass Calendars - $3.00

All Saints Mass:
St Patrick’s Cathedral is pleased to present a special sung Vigil Mass - Missa O Quam Gloriosum – Victoria, 7.30pm on Friday 31 October.
$2 validated parking available at Wilson’s Car Park, Hobson Street from 6.30 pm.
Please bring your ticket with you to validate in the Cathedral.

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

1. Contemporary Reflections on Advent & Christmas (Retreat) with Joy Ryan-Bloore. Fri-Sun 31 Oct-2 Nov.
2. Introduction to Dreamwork with Margaret Bowater, 7-8 Nov.
3. In-Seeing (Retreat Day) with Andrew Pritchard, Fri 21 Nov, 10am-4pm $50 inc. lunch.
4. Edwina Gateley (USA) on 14 February. Early-bird price applies. See our website.

Booking essential, for more details see 


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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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  • 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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