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Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

29th May 2016

This Sunday:  
Gen 14:18-20 : Psalm 110 : 1 Cor 11:23-26 : Luke 9:11-17
Next Sunday:   1Kings 17:17-24 : Psalm 30 : Gal 1:11-19 : Luke 7:11-17
Ezek 36:24-28 : 1 Peter 2:4-5,9-10, Mark 10:13-16 (10.15am Mass)

This week in the parish....

Sun 29 9.00am Sacramental Programme, St John’s
Mon 30 7.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 31 7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group
  7.00pm Liturgy Meeting, St John’s
Wed 1 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.00pm Discipleship Course, Hall
Thurs 2 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Sat 4 3.00pm Rehearsal for the Confirmation Mass
Sun 5 10.15am Confirmation Mass

The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)  

Today’s feast of the Body and Blood of Christ celebrates God’s constant gift of his Son in the form of food and drink for all the Church.
As in today’s Gospel he fed the crowds in their need, Jesus Christ feeds us and nourishes us with his own life as our needs and the needs of the world cry out for God’s saving help. He gives us himself, not just for ourselves, but so that we may give him to others. What we are privileged to receive we are privileged to give.

This is a good day to remember some basic points about receiving the Eucharist:

  • Communion under both kinds (bread and wine) is available at all parish Masses, but we should not receive from the chalice if we are ill and could pass on germs to others; we must respect other people’s health;
  • It is not acceptable to dip the host in the chalice; there is the danger of passing on germs, or dripping the precious Blood on the floor;
    only drinking from the chalice is acceptable;
  • the correct response when receiving the host or the precious Blood is: “Amen”; this is an age-old practice dating back to the early church;
  • the New Zealand bishops have decided that in this country we are to show reverence for the Blessed Sacrament by bowing before receiving each form of Communion (the host and the chalice).
    They decided against other forms of reverence, eg genuflecting.
  • Everybody needs to take the utmost care when handing the chalice back to the Minister of Communion after receiving, so that there is no danger of spillage or dropping the chalice.
A revised edition of “Take and Eat ... Take and Drink” is available today in the foyer. This brochure outlines a range of matters concerning the reception of Holy Communion in our parish.

May God continue to bless us through this wonderful sacrament.
Fr Pat

"I was thirsty & you gave me something to drink" (Matt 25:35).
Inspired by Pope Francis "Wake up the world" initiative, Tania Hollier & Kathy Ellery want to raise $975 which will cover the cost of installing one water pump at a school in Madagascar. Lack of clean water and proper sanitation causes thousands of child deaths across the world every year. Today at the 10.15am Mass there will be a special collection to raise funds for this project. Please give generously.
If parishioners at the 5.30pm or 8.30am Masses would like to contribute, please place your contribution in an envelope marked “Madagascar” and place it in the usual Sunday collection bag next week.

Confirmation and First Eucharist:
43 candidates will be receiving the Sacraments next Sunday 5 June at the 10.15am Mass. Please keep them in your prayers. Fr Pat Brady 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.

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

To be collected:
Minister rosters for the 10.15am Mass.

All invited!
Aneel Aranha, the author and director of the HSI Discipleship School we are running on Wednesday nights, is visiting NZ and will be at St John’s on Wed 1 June, 7pm.
We invite parishioners to come and hear this outstanding speaker and be encouraged by his testimony.
Supper to follow.

Host Families Needed for Japanese Students :
Stella Maris is looking forward to welcoming some international guests to our school from 20 August to 4 September 2016.
We need our Stella Maris families to welcome them into their homes and show them what our wonderful Kiwi culture is all about. Hosting can be a fun and rewarding experience for your family. Payment of $230 per week to cover expenses. 
If any parishioners have a spare room and are keen to host a student and learn about another culture, please call Liz on (09) 836 1277 during working hours.

Calling all musicians and singers!!!
There are a number of gaps on the music rosters at both churches. We appeal to parishioners who play a musical instrument or sing to come forward and share your talents. Please contact Anne, 426 6457.

Pope Francis

In this Holy Year, we look forward to the experience of opening our hearts to those living on the outermost fringes of society: fringes which modern society itself creates. During this Jubilee, the Church will be called even more to heal these wounds, to assuage them with the oil of consolation, to bind them with mercy and cure them with solidarity and vigilant care.  MV 15 (Pope Francis)

Who lives on the fringes of society in our suburb? What can we as a parish do to help?
How do we find out?

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

  1. Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona with FR STUART SELLAR. Mon. 13 June 7-9pm $15.
  2. Flax weaving with MARAMA PIRIPI. Thur. 23 June 7-9pm. $15.
  3. Two retreat days with PIP NICHOLLS 25 &/or 26 June. See our website or call for more details.
  4. Christian Meditation every Monday 7.30pm and Wednesday 10am

Booking essential, for more details see

Volunteers Needed:
We are planning to clean the gutters and paint the soffits and fascia around St John's Hall, starting on Saturday 11 June (weather permitting). 
This work may take a few days. We need capable volunteers who are comfortable working on scaffolding to undertake this work. 
If you can help, even for one day, please contact Terry Cochrane, 426 2383.

Men of Prayer of the Hibiscus Coast Churches ...
Meet on Monday 6 June, 7pm at Gateway Church (c/o Kingsway School), Jelas Rd, Red Beach.
All men welcome. Shared meal to conclude.
Phone Graeme, 428 7424.


Meet for a fun sing-along on Thursday 2 June at 1.30pm at Hibiscus Coast Village, 101 Red Beach Road, in the theatre.
All welcome. Ring Jocelyn, 426 0941.

Something Old, Something New:
Hibiscus Coast Singers’ Concert featuring Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and a Gilbert & Sullivan medley, plus much more.
At St Stephen’s Church, 3 Stanmore Bay Road on Friday 20 June, 7.30pm and on Sunday 12 June, 2.00pm.
Tickets are $20, available from 100% Eddie Law, Orewa Menswear or from choir members.

Kingsway School ....
Are having a fundraising Barn Dance on Saturday 18 June, 6.30pm-9.00pm.
See notice board for more details.

Confirmation / First Eucharist ...
Cards, rosary beads, crucifixes etc. on sale at Never Ending Books, Shop 4, The Village, Moenui Ave, Orewa.
Store is open 9am-4pm Mon-Sat and 11.30am-3.30pm Sundays.

Come be the Light of the World:
Everyone is invited to a retreat on Saturday 4 June, 11am-4pm and Sunday 5 June 1- 5pm at St Marks Parish, 334 Pakuranga Highway. 
Conducted by Aneel Aranha, International Catholic Evangelist and HSI founder.  
BYO lunch and bible. 
Enq. Mike Lobo , (09) 390 0048.

A Turn Off ...

    Please switch me off when you enter the church.

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

Parish AGM
To be held in the parish hall on Sunday 12 June, after 10.15am Mass. It is not a Parish Pastoral Council AGM because we do not have a PPC. This year’s meeting will be a time to catch up on what has been happening in the parish, and an opportunity, by way of a general forum, to share ideas on how we might proceed. All who are interested in the future direction of the parish are warmly invited to attend.

AGM Reports — important!!!
Copies of the parish Financial Performance Report prepared by our auditors Lynch Phibbs, and the Finance Committee’s AGM report, are on display in the church foyer today.
These documents are listed below for you to to view before the AGM.

Copies of AGM reports will be in the foyer next weekend for those who will be attending the meeting. Please read the reports before the AGM and remember to bring them with you to the meeting.

Here is a list of the reports which you can view, print or download and save to your computer: -

If you do not have access to the internet, additional copies will be available in the foyer next weekend or copies may be requested from the parish office.

Ministry to the Sick & Infirm:

Those who are sick or infirm,
and who wish to receive Holy Communion in their home or place of residence,
please contact our Communion to the Sick coordinator,
Deacon Greg Murphy, 027 6035132 or

Eucharistic Adoration:
To have Eucharistic Adoration in our parish is a blessing for everyone.
Please consider joining those who come for one hour per week day, on a regular basis to pray.
Jesus says “Could you not watch one hour with me” (Matt 26:40-41).
Please contact Margret, 426 8177.

Hospital Chaplaincy:
If you or any of your family are a patient at North Shore
and would like a visit from a chaplain, please phone (09) 358 0825 Ext.1019.

Morning tea today
Please stay for morning tea after the 8.30am and 10.15am Masses today.

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
Maureen Nancarrow; 426 7921
Ursula Taylor; 426 7970
Janet Dimbleby; 427 5850
Kerry Johnson; 424 2854
Raewyn Taylor; 424 1414
Judy Gooding; 424 1008

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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