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1st Sunday of Lent

22nd February 2015

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Gen 9:8-15: Psalm 25 : 1Peter 3:18-22 : Mark 1:12-15
Next Sunday:   Gen 22: 1-2,9-13,15-18 : Psalm 116B :Rom 8:31-34 : Mark 9:2-10

This week in the parish....

Sun 22 4.00pm Stations of the Cross, St Francis
Mon 23 1.00pm Requiem Mass for Don Cameron
  7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s
Tues 24 10.00am Ladies Coffee Group, Hall
  7.00pm Parent-Only meeting, Sacramental Programme, St John’s
  7.30pm Prayer Meeting, St Francis
Wed 25 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  1.00pm Legion of Mary, St John’s
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.00pm Reconciliation & Adoration, St John’s
  8.00pm Prayer Meeting, St John’s
Thurs 26 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 27 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  7.00pm Stations of the Cross, St John’s

Today we are called as a baptised people, to live fully alive in the spirit.
Even in our daily trials and temptations we are called to open our hearts,
to the Good News of the Kingdom of God.

Pope Francis, the Synod, Families, Relationships and You  

Pope Francis’ voice resounds in the media and in our homes. His extraordinary impact invites us all to consider: what is the impact of our “voice”, our witness, in the environment in which we live and work?
We can make that kind of reflection as individuals or collectively as a faith community. A synod in fact brings both those streams together. Invited individuals head to Rome not as soloists but as men and women who seek to echo the wisdom and insight that emerges from a collective period of prayer, listening, consultation, and deep reflection.
The current ‘Synod on Families’ has entered a new phase. Pope Francis wants us to focus on practical pastoral approaches which uphold and strengthen the beauty of married life and also accompany and guide those whose relationships are not unfolding within the bond of marriage. To this end a further questionnaire has been sent to all Catholic communities across the globe.
The Bishops invite you to add your voice to the questionnaire. We are acutely aware of the many people who in their hearts consider themselves Catholic but are not regularly at Church. Please encourage these family members and friends to participate. Of particular interest to us are those who see themselves as beyond the Church: perhaps some divorced and remarried, or gay women and men.
We urge you to share your experiences through the questionnaire. No-one walks beyond the reach of the Good Shepherd.
Some of the questions may resonate more with some people than with others.
That’s fine. Indeed not every question need be answered. Whatever you choose to share, your voice as well as those of groups such as our priests, RE teachers, and marriage preparation teams etc will be heard. In this way we will deepen our knowledge of who we are as the People of God in Aotearoa and our submission will be a truly collective response to the Holy Spirit’s on-going work within each of us and the Church in this land.

The Catholic Bishops of Aotearoa New Zealand

  • To access the questionnaire online visit and follow the instructions from there.
  • To respond using a Word Document visit to find an electronic copy which you can complete and return by email to Simone Olsen, Communications Adviser,
  • Copies of a simplified version of the questionnaire are on the table in the church foyer.
For any queries regarding this consultation process please contact Simone Olsen, Communications Adviser on the email above.

The Caritas Lenten Appeal starts today
Funds this week will contribute to ongoing support given by Caritas to the people of the Philippines to build new houses for those who lost their homes in typhoon Bopha.
Appeal envelopes are available in the foyer. Each pack covers the full six week period.
Tear off an envelope each week, enclose your contribution and place it in the usual Sunday collection.

Easter 2014:
If you are available to be a Minister of the Word or Minister of Minister of Communion at the Holy Thursday or Easter Vigil Mass (8pm), or a Minister of the Word on Good Friday please add your name to the list in the foyer.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in the parish including Jenny Morgan, Pat Kelliher and Josie Foy.
We pray for the recently deceased including Walter Nicholls and Don Cameron and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Harry Mowberry.

Volunteer Forms:
Many thanks to those who completed the forms last week, and especial thanks to the many who registered interest in one or more areas.
We were very impressed by the response. We hope to contact all of you within the next few weeks.
If you took a form home to complete, please return it to the box on the table in the foyer.
If you were not at a Hibiscus Coast Mass last week, please take and complete a form at the end of Mass.

Marian Mothers Group:

    Next meeting to be held on Tuesday 10 March 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.

Parish Prayer Group:
Due to unforeseen circumstances the St Francis & St John’s combined prayer meeting to be held on 4 Feb had to be cancelled.
You are now invited to a talk by Helen Hardcastle on Tuesday 3 March at 7.30pm at St Francis Church.
Helen will talk on her time in Kondoa, Zambia, Africa and share her experiences in healing prayer, the miracles that occurred there and how the people prayed.

World Day of Prayer:
You are all invited to a service on Friday 6 March at 10am prepared by the women of the Bahamas at St Chad’s Anglican Church, 117 Centreway Rd, Orewa.
Offerings will be used to contribute towards local and international World Day of Prayer, as well as to projects in Haiti, Costa Rica and New Zealand.

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

“Indifference to our neighbour and to God represents a real temptation to us as Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.”

Are we indifferent to our neighbour’s trials and tribulations?
Do we even know who our neighbour is?
Do we just concentrate on our own selves, our own lives, our own wellbeing?

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Six pages featuring:
  • “Red hats in Rome” (Cardinals John Dew and Soane Mafi) and
  • “Hamilton has new bishop” — Bishop Stephen Lowe.
  • Different beliefs discuss how to deal with ISIS.
  • The next issue of NZ Catholic will be published on March 8

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Can you play a musical instrument?

    Flute/violin/guitar/ piano or anything else?
    Do you like to sing?
    Your parish needs you!
    Please phone Eileen, 427 5228.

Sacramental Programme:  
Commences on Tuesday 24 February with a parent-only meeting at 7.00pm in the parish hall. It is essential for a parent from each of the families enrolled to attend the meeting.
The first meeting for the children is on Sunday 1 March at 9.00am.
If you have any queries please phone Claire Buckley, (09) 420 4045.

The Order of Secular Franciscans
Invites you to the screening of the film
‘Padre Pio - Between Heaven and Earth’
on Sunday 22 March, 1-4pm at Hollywood Cinema, 20 St Georges Rd, Avondale.
Tickets $10.
Contact Alex McGinley, 426 5253.

Catholic Enquiry Centre:
It’s that time again for those who make an annual donation to this worthy office.
Kindly have your $15 ready for your sponsor to collect.

New Meditation Group starting:
On Monday 2 March at 7.30pm a new weekly ‘Meditation in the Christian Tradition’ group will start at St Francis church, Manly.
It already has quite a few members waiting to join and more are welcome.
Each meeting consists of listening to a CD talk followed by a period of meditation.
The session takes about 40 minutes. Meditation is easy to learn and over the four Mondays in March (2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd) an introductory course will be held starting at 7.30pm followed by meditation.
These initial four meetings will last about one hour.
And remember, there is nothing so much like God as silence!

Telephone Prayer Chain:
We need additional people to go on to the prayer chain to pray for the sick and special intentions.
Please ring the coordinator, Norma McGrath, 424 8460.

Natalie O’Dea (18 Feb)
Patrick Follas (90th - 21 Feb)

Link Magazine:
The deadline for articles is this Friday 28 February.
Email articles to or hand in to the parish office.

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

Weekly Stations of the Cross during Lent:
Fridays 7pm at St John’s and Sunday 4pm at St Francis Church.

Wednesdays during Lent from 7-8pm in St John’s church.
During this hour there will also be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Gospel Study:
Wednesdays during Lent, 8pm (after Adoration), parish hall.

The prayer group will be conducting a Gospel study for the coming Sunday,
in the hall after Adoration on Wednesdays during Lent, followed by supper at 9pm.
You are most welcome to join us.
Enquiries to Brian & Barbara (09) 427 8496.

It’s Fr Ron’s 80th Birthday on Saturday 7 March
A special morning tea will be held for him after the 8.30am Mass at St Francis church on Sunday 8 March.
All parishioners are invited to attend.
Later in the day on Sunday 8 March a celebration will be hosted at
“Verdelais’, 36 Tindalls Bay Road, Whangaparaoa from 4pm to 8.30pm.
This is an open invitation to call in for a short time or for the evening.
There will be a toast and cake cutting at 6pm, followed by dining.
Please bring either finger food, snacks, a salad or a dessert and a bottle if you wish to drink. Meat will be provided.
We need to co-ordinate the meal so if you plan to dine please ring Glenys Ferguson, 424 7031 or email
Limited parking is available on the lawn or please park on the street.

Are you able to do calligraphy?
From time to time we require a calligrapher to enter names in a register.
If you are able to assist please contact Theresa in the parish office.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:  
Meets on Tuesday 24 February 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.

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: 

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

1. Introduction to Christian Meditation: with Sr Cathryn Wiles-Pickard. Thur 12 & 19 February, 7-9pm.

2. Retreat Day - SoulCollage… a day of sacred play, with Jenny Johnson . Saturday 14 March.

3. Passover – The Seder Meal: with Rabbi Brent Gutmann and Fr John Dunn, 12 March 7pm.

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

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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