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Third Sunday of Lent

19th March 2017

This Sunday:  
Exod. 17:3-7 : Psalm 95 : Rom 5:1-2, 5-8 : John 4:5-42
Next Sunday:   Sam 16:1,6-7,10-13 : Psalm 23 : Eph 5:8-14 : John 9:1-41

This week in the parish....

Sun 19 4.00pm Stations of the Cross, St Francis’
Mon 20 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.30pmMeditation, St Francis
Tues 21 7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group
Wed 22 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.00pm Rite II Reconciliation, St John’s
Thurs 23 2.00pm Lenten programme, St Francis’
  4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.30pm Lenten programme, St John’s
Fri 24 7.30pm Stations of the Cross, St John’s
Sun 26 4.00pm Stations of the Cross, St Francis’

Lord, have mercy on me a sinner .....

We’ve had a significant number of funerals in the parish over the last six or seven weeks. The death of a loved one is, of course, a distressing time for the family and friends. Often too, there can be regret because of words said and left unspoken, but we should never let this overwhelm or dominate our lives. Our beloved dead know the trials and difficulties of life. They know their own and our weaknesses. Christ is their hope and our hope. Our dead exist in the reality of God’s love and forgiveness in a new and definitive way, or as the Scripture puts it, “they are in Christ”. That means we are not only forgiven and loved by God, but by them as well.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Christians who die in Christ reach at the end of their earthly existence the fulfilment of that new life which was begun in Baptism, strengthened in Confirmation, and nourished in the Eucharist, the foretaste of the heavenly banquet. The meaning of the death and resurrection of a Christian becomes clear in the light of the death and Resurrection of Christ our only hope. The Christian who dies in Christ Jesus goes ‘away from the body to be at home with the Lord’ (2 Corinthians 5:8).”

It is most common to see on funeral sheets and booklets these days ‘A Celebration of the Life of Mary Citizen’ or something similar. That’s fine, we need to celebrate in gratitude the lives of our beloved dead, but a Funeral Mass is not a canonisation ceremony, and we don’t have to sanitise the lives of our beloved dead!!! We are in danger of forgetting that we also come together to pray for them that God will forgive them their sins committed in weakness. We all need the prayer of those we love and the community called Church.

We depend totally and utterly on the good Lord. “Lord, have mercy on me a sinner.”

God Bless
Fr John

We need more volunteers ...
For the foot washing ceremony at the Holy Thursday Mass. Please consider adding your name to the list in the foyer.

Ministers needed.....
For the 5.30pm and 10.15am Masses are in the foyer for collection.

Planned giving envelopes for the new tax year...
Are in the foyer for collection (in alphabetical order). Parishioners on the automatic payments method of giving are reminded to collect their ‘special collection’ envelope packs.

What would happen if ...
We treated the Bible as we treat our mobile phone?
If we always carried it with us, or at least a small pocket Bible, what would happen? II we opened it several times a day; what would happen if we read God’s messages contained in the Bible, as we read our phone messages? In fact, if we had the Word of God always in the heart, no temptation would be able to estrange us from God and no obstacle would be able to make us deviate from the path of goodness.

Pope Francis said: “Please, don’t forget – don’t forget! – what would happen if we treated the Bible as we treat our mobile phone. Think about it — the Bible always with us, close to us!”   (5 March 2017)

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Maureen Tollan, Dennis Joll, Audrey Henden, Denis Joll, Marja Wesseling, John Pegler and Jo Pedersen. We pray for the recently deceased including Margaret Bamfield, Tracey Campbell, Doug Heron, baby Leo Pride, Shirley Code and Dennis Widdowson and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Angela Conception.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Meet in the hall on Tuesday 28 March at 10am for a cuppa and social time. All ladies welcome, including visitors or new parishioners to our parish. Tel. Marie Carswell, 426 3054.

Marian Mothers’ Group:
Meets on Tuesday 21 March, 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 info ph. Therese, 424 0732.

Flowers … in praise of the Lord!

Would you like to join a friendly group which provides floral arrangements each week on a rostered basis at both St John’s and St Francis’ church. Your input would be most welcome. You don’t need to be a professional, just creative with flowers. Contact Theresa in the parish office for more details or to volunteer.

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

  1. Lent 2017 Pondering John’s Gospel Series of 4 events with FR STUART SELLAR Tuesday’s 10am-12 noon 21, 28 Mar and 4 Apr 2017. $15 or 4 events for $50.

  2. Introduction to Christian Meditation with CATHRYN WILES-PICKARD rsm Wed’s 22 & 29 Mar 7-8.30pm. Koha/donation. for $50.

  3. Beginning Experience – How a New Light Began with ANNE WARREN chf & ANNE HARKNESS Thurs 23 Mar, 7-9pm $15.

  4. CHANGE IN ADVERTISED DATE -Writer’s Weekend Workshop with JOAN ROSIER-JONES Fri 5pm 7 Apr till 4pm Sun 9 Apr. $325 (incl. accom & all meals).

Booking essential, for more details see

St Francis Alterations Update
We are very pleased to advise that we have finally received approval from the Diocese to proceed with the planned alterations to St Francis Church.  We have approximately half of the required funds to finance the work in the bank and the Diocese have agreed to fund the balance of the work with a loan for up to four years. We are now finalising negotiations with a preferred builder and expect to have a contract in place in the next couple of weeks.
Construction work is planned to start immediately after Easter.
We have examined several options for Sunday Mass during the construction period as the Church will not be available for 8 to 12 weeks. As a result, we are planning to hold an additional Sunday Mass at St John's at 8.30am each Sunday of the construction period. There will be no Friday 9.30am Masses during this period.  Over the next few weeks we will be working with parishioners to arrange car pooling or alternative arrangements to enable those parishioners who don't have transport to be able to attend Mass at St John's. If you are in need of transport, or can offer transport, please contact Douglas Birt on 424 0134.
If you have any questions about the proposed alterations, please contact Terry Cochrane on 426 2383.
Parish Finance Committee

Lenten Appeal:
Thank you for your generous contributions of $1390.00 last week. The theme for this week is South Sudan. Caritas continues to work to provide water, shelter and essential emergency supplies to thousands of people affected by the violent civil conflict.

Transport offered ...
To parishioners in Red Beach area to 5.30pm Mass, most weekends. Door-to door. (No walkers as vehicle is small). Contact Veronica, 426 7844.

Altar Servers:  
We are needing more altar servers at both churches. If you are aged 10yrs+ and have been confirmed, please consider volunteering for this ministry. This is a wonderful way for our youth to participate in the Mass. Next course commences Friday 31 March. Please contact Chris or Jo Wilson, 427 4925.

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  • Kiwis going to Rome for youth-focused meeting.
  • Seminarians make hikoi to Hamilton diocese.
  • More to come for Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
  • Call for abuse cases to be dealt with regionally.

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

Take Note:
The Sanitarium Weetbix Kids TRYathlon will be held in Manly Park on Sunday 26 March from 7am-1pm. Mass will be held as usual at 8.30am at St Francis Church but as traffic will be very congested in that area, please allow more time for getting to and from Mass.

Do something special for Lent!
Come to a Lenten reflection group. We can deepen our faith by reading, reflecting and praying the Gospel together each week in Lent. Caritas material provided. Two time slots to choose from: 2pm Thursday afternoons at St Francis, Manly or 7.30pm Thursday nights at St John's Hall, Orewa. For more information ring Ring Catherine Birt, 424 0134 (eve) or Helen Reinen, 021 262 6492.

Telephone prayer chain:
Is a group of parishioners whose ministry is to pray for others in time of need, loss, illness etc. Would you like to be part of this prayerful team?If so, join Norma McGrath for lunch and to pray the rosary on Tuesday 23 March, 11.30am at 54 Nautilus Dr, Gulf Harbour.
Contact Norma, 424 8460.
“Lord we ask your blessing.”

Catholic Enquiry Centre:

    It's that time again for supporters of this important centre to pass on their annual subscription of $15.00 (or more) to their promoters. Thank you, Val Bennett, 426 8233.

Stations of the Cross during Lent:

  • Fridays - 7.30pm - St John’s
  • Sundays - 4.00pm - St Francis’

Lost at St John’s:
A hearing aid with blue marking and a blue rubber tip. If found please return it to the parish office.

Mobility scooter in good working condition...
Free to an elderly or disabled person experiencing financial difficulty. Phone Theresa, 426 5599.

Hibiscus Coast Parish Pastoral Care

The Sacrament of Anointing:
The Catholic Church offers the sacrament of Anointing to its members who are seriously sick or frail, undergoing surgery or approaching death. Please don’t hesitate to request anointing for yourself or a family member at these times. 
Please contact Fr John, (09) 426 5599 Ext 2.
If Fr Pat is unavailable please contact Deacon Murray, (09) 424 7465, or Deacon Greg, 027 603 5132.

Hospital Visits and Chaplaincy:
If you or any of your family are a patient at North Shore Hospital or other hospital and wish us to know,
please contact Deacon Murray, (09) 424 7465 or 021 994 703. 
If you would like a visit from a hospital chaplain please let the staff know or phone (09) 358 0825 Ext 1019.

Care and Share:
A caring network in the parish catering to the requirements of the sick, lonely and people in need.
Contact Truus Tinsel - 426 9548.

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, 02. 6035132 or

Home Visits:
Fr Peter Gray, a retired priest of Auckland diocese, living in the parish, enjoys visiting parishioners in their homes.
If you would like a visit from him, phone (09) 428 5376.

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Is anyone sick?
Call upon the church community to pray for you (James5:14).
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

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