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5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

7th February 2016

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Isaiah 6:1-8 : Psalm 138 : 1Cor 15:1-11 : Luke 5:1-11
Next Sunday:   Jer. 17:5-8 : Psalm 1 : 1Cor. 15:12,16-20 : Luke 6:17,20-26

This week in the parish....

Mon 8 7.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  - NO Meditation, St John’s
Tues 9 7.00pm Prayer Group, St Francis
Wed 10 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.30am Ash Wednesday Mass, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.00pm Discipleship Course, Hall
Thurs 11 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.30pm Lenten Programme, Hall
Fri 12 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis
  7.30pm Stations of the Cross led by the Secular Franciscans, St John’s

“Here am I; send me!” In this Eucharist we are called to go beyond
ourselves and bring the good news to others.
In doing so we join that ageless hymn of praise to our God.
Let us proclaim what we have come to believe.

Preparing for Lent  

Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday. Some pointers for 2016:

  • Pope Francis’ Message for Lent is available in both churches today on purple sheets.
  • the weekly Stations of the Cross at both churches will be held as usual (see notice in this newsletter).
  • The Caritas Lenten Appeal will be taken up every Sunday of Lent (see notice in this newsletter).
  • The Caritas Lenten Programme, “Hear the Cry of the Earth and the Poor”, will be held each Thursday evening in St John’s Hall, at 7.30pm (see notice in this newsletter)
  • Rite II Reconciliation will take place on Friday 18 March at 7.00pm.
  • Lent is the season for prayer, fasting and alms-giving. Catholics in NZ observe Ash Wednesday and Good Friday as days of Fasting (small meals and no “snacks” for Catholics aged 18-59) and Abstinence (no meat for Catholics 14 and over). During Lent we are also encouraged to fast from other ‘luxuries’ (forms of food, drink, entertainment etc).
  • The Liturgy Committee is keen to hear from people willing to take care of some small tasks during Lent and the Easter Triduum. Apart from the usual rostered ministries (see clipboards in church foyers), other tasks need to be done, eg, putting out seats for the visiting priests for Rite II, carrying the Good Friday cross, preparing the Easter Vigil fire, welcoming/ushering etc. We hope to spread the tasks around a good number of volunteers.
  • If you would like to be a “Liturgy Helper” for Lent, please add your name and contact details to the clipboard in the foyer.

God bless you all.
Fr Pat

Lenten Appeal:
Next Sunday is the 1st Sunday of the Caritas Lenten Appeal.
Money raised through this appeal helps Caritas to fund both its development and emergency relief work around the world.
Today appeal envelope packs are being handed out. 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. If you wish to make a one-off donation there is an individual envelope in the foyer.
Please give generously to this appeal.

Ash Wednesday Mass Times 13 February:
9.30am - St John’s Orewa
7.30pm - St Francis Manly

Stations of the Cross during Lent:
Fridays 7.30pm at St John’s
Sundays 4pm at St Francis’

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Corrie Hulsen, Charisse Alcock and John Straka and those recovering from surgery including Bob Bovelander.
We pray for the deceased and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Commissioning of New Ministers of the Word and of Holy Communion:
We would like to formally commission the Ministers of the Word and of Holy Communion who underwent formation last year. We invite all these ministers to participate in the Rite of Commissioning at the Mass they attend on Saturday/Sunday 20/21 February.
Any queries, please contact Eileen, phone 09 427 5228, or email

Children’s Liturgy commences at both churches on 7th Feb
We require additional leaders to present the children’ s liturgy at St John’s on a rostered basis.
Please consider volunteering for this rewarding ministry. Material is provided and you will be paired with another leader until you feel confident.
Please contact Kathy Ellery, 426 6958 / 0210551144.

A Lenten Journey with Fr Ricky Manalo CSP, PH.D
At St Joseph’s Parish Church, Takapuna, on 2-16 February.
Fr Manalo is a world-renowned theologian, liturgist, composer and musician.
St Joseph’s parish is delighted to welcome him back to inspire us through word and song. He will focus on the Seasons of the Church and Sunday worship. Father Ricky’s compositions have been sung at Pope Francis’s Masses both in Manila and New York and are valued parts of any parish repertoire. Please mark your diaries and plan to attend this wonderful event.
See for full details. Donations accepted.

HSI School of Discipleship:
St John's Prayer Group is sponsoring a new DVD Catholic Discipleship programme for our Parish. The course has the approval of Bishop Pat, Fr Pat and the Parish Faith Formation Team. The purpose of the course is to train disciples for Jesus and give them the tools to evangelise in their everyday lives. It is well presented, easy to follow and designed to foster friendships among the attendees as well as enhancing the faith life of the parish.
It will run every Wednesday evening in St John's Hall at 7–9pm. We encourage our young adults, young parents, to middle aged people to attend the next 3 weeks' sessions before deciding if they wish to continue with the course.
Enquiries to Brian & Barbara Hines - or phone 427 8496.

104 The Drive, Epsom, (09) 638-6238.

  1. Introduction to Dreamwork with MARGARET BOWATER, 19-20 Feb. $120
  2. The Evolution of the Crucifix with Fr MERV DUFFY sm, Tues 10am-12noon, 23 Feb, $15.
  3. Mysticism in World Religions (all koha/donation):
  4. Jewish Mysticism - Origins of Hasidism with Rabbi BRENT GUTMANN 3 March 7pm
  5. The Sufi Path with JAMILA CRANSTON-BUCKLEY, 10 March, 7pm
  6. Middle Eastern Churches with Rev GERGES ALBUTROS, 17 March 7pm

Booking essential, for more details see

Easter 2016:
If you are available to be a Minister of the Word or 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.

Working Bee St Francis:

    The growth has been rather prolific since our last working bee and the gardens are in need of a clean-up.
    The next working bee is scheduled for Saturday 13 February, commencing at 8.30-9.00am (before it gets too hot and weather permitting). Look forward to seeing you there. Ron Stephenson (Coordinator)

The Caritas Lenten Programme ....
Entitled “Hear the cry of the earth and the poor” will begin in the first week of Lent.
It involves a shared reflection on the Gospels for the six Sundays of Lent and also includes ideas from Pope Francis’ encyclical Ladauto Si. The programme will begin on Thursday 11 February in St John’s hall at 7.30pm.
Everyone is welcome and even if you cannot attend every week feel free to come when you can. If you cannot attend this organised group it is also possible to obtain the material online at and use the reflections at home.

The Sacramental Programme commences ...
On Tuesday 16 February with a parent-only meeting at 7pm in the parish hall. It is essential that a parent of each child attends the meeting.
The first meeting for the children is on Sunday 21 February at 9am.
If you have any queries please phone Claire Buckley, (09) 420 4045.

Good Friday:
If anyone is willing to help with arranging and leading the children’s Stations of the Cross at St Francis at 10am, please contact Fr Pat.

Rental available now:
1 bedroom downstairs flat at West Hoe Rd, 1or 2 people, 300p/w, share power/water, includes some whiteware.
Phone Tina, 027 6480337

Happy Birthday
To Michael Foy - 7 Feb
Happy Wedding Anniversary to:
John & Iutita Rusk (43rd - 2 Feb)
Michael & Josie Foy (57th - 7 Feb)
Brian & Barbara Hines (55th- 11Feb)

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Church thanks God for insights of Reformation.
  • NZ missionary finds a new mission back home.
  • Sexual abuse film described as “powerful”.
  • Pope Francis opens foot washing to more souls.

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

Link Magazine:

    Owing to the short period since the Christmas issue of the parish "Link" magazine, there will be no Easter edition this year.
    There will also be a review of the magazine beyond Easter.

Minister Rosters ....
For the 10.15am Mass are in the foyer for collection.

Leaflets ...

    On the critical issue of Housing, written by the Auckland Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, are available in the foyer. Bishop Pat has asked that we distribute these in parishes to raise awareness and promote discussion on aspects of the housing crisis in our diocese. Please take one to learn more and to consider how our Parish might be able to take action on this issue as part of our work for the Fit for Mission Pastoral Plan.

Sausage Sizzle, St John’s:
Resumes today Sunday 7 February and will be held on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month.

The St Francis Prayer Group resumes ....
This Tuesday 9 February.
Please join us at St Francis church at 7pm for prayer, praise & worship and to reflect on the Sunday readings.

Stations of the Cross in Lent:
Lent 2016 begins on 10 February, Ash Wednesday. “Stations of the Cross” will be held as usual in St John’s on Fridays, starting 12 February at 7.30pm and in St Francis’ on Sundays, starting 14 February at 4pm. This year we would like families or community groups to lead these devotions. We still need one group to lead at St John’s and more at St Francis. If your family or community group wishes to lead the Stations please contact Deacon Murray (St John’s) or Deacon Greg (St Francis’). All texts and guidance for the devotions are provided. All you have to do is lead.

Join Bishop Patrick Dunn on 9 Feb at 7pm ...
At the 40 Days for Life opening Mass, Good Shepherd parish, Telford Ave., Balmoral. 40 Days of fasting, praying and public vigil has saved more than 11,000 babies from abortion; 127 workers have quit the abortion industry, 64 abortion facilities have closed; mothers have found post-abortive healing. Public vigil at 284-296 Dominion Rd, Mon-Fri (8am-4pm); Sat & Sun (12-4pm).
Sign up online today and help promote a culture of life in NZ this Lent. Visit

All invited by the Auckland Catholic Charismatic Renewal to a Mass ....
With Bishop Pat on Friday 12 February at St Benedicts.
Praise and Worship 7pm, Mass 7.30pm. Bring a plate to share.

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