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3rd Sunday of Easter

19th April 2015

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 : Psalm 5 : 1 John 2:1-5 : Luke 24:35-48
Next Sunday:   Acts 4:8-12 : Psalm 118 : 1John 3:1-2 : John 10:11-18

This week in the parish....

Sun 19 3.00pm Secular Franciscan Meeting, Hall
Mon 20 7.30pm Meditation Group, St Francis
  7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s
Wed 22 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  10.00am Legion of Mary, St John’s
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.30pm Life in the Spirit Seminar, Parish Hall
Thurs 23 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 24 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis

Special Collection next Sunday 26 April for Vocations Sunday.

In the Gospel we find the apostles gathered behind closed doors,
wounded in heart and in spirit. But Jesus appears to them, gives them his peace,
and breathes new life into them. He does the same for us.
Let us open ourselves to the gifts the risen Lord wants to give us.

Pope Francis Announces Jubilee Year of Mercy  

Last Saturday Pope Francis formally announced a special Jubilee Year of Mercy starting this coming December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and ending with Christ the King, 2016. In his official declaration Pope Francis explores mercy as God's gift, fully revealed in Jesus, and needing to be seen in the Church and in each member. "We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us" (9).
Some more quotations:

  • "Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us.
    Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of their brothers and sisters on the path of life.
    Mercy: the bridge that connects God and humanity, opening our hearts to a hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness" (2).
  • Since 8 December 2015 is the 50th Anniversary of the close of Vatican II, Pope Francis recalls "the poignant words of St John XXIII when, opening the Council, he indicated the path to follow: 'Now the Bride of Christ wishes to use the medicine of mercy rather than taking up arms of severity ...' " (4).
  • On a personal note, Pope Francis recalls Jesus' calling Matthew the tax collector to be one of the twelve: "St Bede the Venerable, commenting on this Gospel passage, wrote that Jesus looked upon Matthew with merciful love and chose him: 'miserando atque eligendo' ( loosely translated: 'seeing him through the eyes of mercy and choosing him'). This expression impressed me so much that I chose it for my episcopal motto" (8).
  • "Mercy is the very foundation of the Church's life ... The Church's very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love ... Without a witness to mercy, life becomes fruitless and sterile, as if sequestered in a barren desert" (10).
  • "The Church is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel, which in its own way must penetrate the heart and mind of every person" (12).

God bless you all.
Fr Pat

Holy Land Pilgrimage:
Places are still available for the pilgrimage to the Holy Land in September-October 2015, led by Pat McCarthy, former editor of NZ Catholic, and with Father Bernie Thomas as chaplain. The 20-day pilgrimage will visit holy places in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem, around the Sea of Galilee and in Jordan (including Petra). For a free brochure, ring Pat on (09) 480-4463 or email

Planned giving:
There are a number of envelope packs still to be collected from the foyer.

In the Easter liturgy, the light of the paschal candle lights countless other candles, so is the faith passed on by contact, from one person to another, just as one candle is lighted from another.
Pope Francis Lumen Fidel (37-38).

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Kevin Hall, Paul Hair and Lindsay Hawkes. We pray for the recently deceased and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Bill Kelly.

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.

Catholic gifts now available at Never Ending Books
Shop 4, The Village, Moenui Avenue, Orewa. Rosary beads from $1.10 – $14.40, gold and silver plated crosses and crucifixes on chains from $25-$35, wooden crucifixes, Baptism candles, Mass cards, St Christopher medals and other items on sale. Store is open 9.00am-4.00pm Mon-Sat and 11.30am-3.30pm on Sundays.

Interested in Liturgy?  Willing to Help?
Our parish Liturgy Committee is keen to hear from parishioners who may be interested in joining the Liturgy Committee. If you are interested in liturgy, and keen to learn more about the liturgy of the Catholic Church, we would like to hear from you.
We are also keen to hear from anyone who would like to be the Committee secretary.
If you are interested in being a Committee member or Committee secretary, please contact Eileen Barrington 427 5228 or Fr Pat 426 5599.

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

1. Enneagram Unit 1: Learn more about the personality types with Marie Corbett on Fri, Sat & Sun 8-10 May. $175.

2. Retreat Day with Joy Cowley on ‘Discernment… The tool of Spiritual Growth’. Saturday 2 May, 9.30am-4pm. $60.

Booking essential, for more details see 

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  • BBC mini­series slated as anti­Catholic.
  • NZ priest's bravery ultimately cost him his life.
  • Tauranga man wants help finding former Catholic hostesses

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Dove Catholic Fellowship North Shore
Invite all women to join them on Wednesday 22 April, 7.30pm-9.30pm at St Joseph’s Centre, 1 Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna. Come and be inspired by the teachings of Christine Bell on the topic of ‘Jesus, the Light of the World’. (John 8:12).
Contact Nanci, (09) 419 0348.

Married Couples:
Revitalise and enrich your intimacy, love and romance in your marriage. Attend the Marriage Encounter weekend, 29-31 May at Allenby Park Hotel, Manukau.
Book Now! Phone 0800 362 686 or Christine & David Sloan, (09)372-3581 or email:

Sausage Sizzle Roster - St John’s:
We are still needing additional couples/families to attend to the sausage sizzle after the 10.15am Mass. Provisions are supplied.
Please phone the coordinator Peter Dekker, 427 8515 if you are willing to volunteer your time.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Meets on Tuesday 28 April 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.

Catholic Bed & Breakfast:

    In NZ and Australia over 200 Catholics are offering Catholics Bed & Breakfast stays for $30p/p or $25 per person for 2 or more persons per night, includes continental breakfast. This is a wonderful way for Catholics to meet and enjoy the company of other Catholics.
    If you wish to become a host or if you wish to purchase a book with all the details of hosts, the cost is $15, includes postage.
    Place your order by contacting Marie Anderson,(09) 3595 541 or email

Grateful thanks ...
To my parish family for the prayers, cards and for thinking of me over the past few weeks.
God bless you all, love Josie White.

Future-proof your precious video collection
Copy them to DVD.
Phone Daron - 426 9533.

Happy 90th Birthday ...

    To Bill Reidy - 24 May.

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

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 info contact Nicole Lawson, 021 024 19332 or email:

The Puhoi Parish Social Justice group ...
Are hosting the presentation of the Salvation Army’s February State of the Nation report to the local area.
This will be held on Monday 20 April at the Catholic Church of Sts Peter and Paul, Puhoi, 7.30pm-9pm followed by a cup of tea.

You are invited to join us ...
At The Peace Place to hear Shafiq ur Rehman from Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at NZ Inc who will be talking on the topic ‘Islam - a religion of peace’  on Thursday 30 April, 7-8.30pm at The Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland Central. Donation appreciated.
To register phone (09) 377 5541 or email: 

Side-by-Side Mentoring ...

    Is a programme that trains everyday people to be the link between our young families and our church community. It is a voluntary ministry and works around the time each mentor has available, as well as their preferred way of approaching and supporting people. Training will be held on Saturday 6 May, 9am-4.30pm at St Columba Centre, Vermont Str, Ponsonby. $75 (includes lunch).
    Registration is essential.
    Phone Delia, (09) 360 3027 or email

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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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