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31st August 2014

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Jeremiah 20:7-9 : Psalm 63 : Romans 12:1-2 : Matthew 16:21-27
Next Sunday:   Ezekiel 33:7-9 : Psalm 95 : Romans 13:8-10 : Matthew 18:15-20

This week in the parish....

Mon 1 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 2 7.00pm Liturgy Meeting, St John’s
Wed 3 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Legion of Mary, St John’s
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.30pm Combined Prayer Meeting, St Francis
Thurs 4 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 5 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis

Today we are challenged to take up our cross and follow Christ.
Following the way of the Lord is difficult and our shortcomings often lead us to stumble.
Let us reflect on our need for forgiveness and
ask the Lord to strengthen us and help us to grow as disciples.

What Are We Doing Here? 

I first saw the documentary Shake Hands with the Devil in 2005.
I remember walking up Wellesley St with tears in my eyes. Last week I watched it again.
It tells of Canadian General, Romeo Dallaire, appointed by the United Nations to oversee peace-keeping in Rwanda. When the genicide unfolded in April-July1994 the United Nations, to its great shame, failed to support Dallaire in any meaningful way. Some consolation for us is that New Zealand, presiding over the UN Security Council at the time, did its best, which is more than can be said for so many Catholics who did nothing to help, and in many cases joined in the killing.
It was the shock realisation of this Catholic failure as much as anything that moved me to tears.
But pride replaced shame this week when I read of Jim Foley, the Catholic journalist beheaded in Syria, witnessing to his faith in both his professional dedication and the conduct of his final months. Such depictions of the utter seriousness of the lives of many should ward us off too casual an approach to the Word and Sacrament we celebrate.
Today’s Gospel tells us straight: following Christ means renouncing self and taking up our cross, losing our life for his sake. The sacrifice of the Eucharist means offering our life with Him who gave himself for the life of the world.
The Mass is not some routine weekly exercise we allow to make no more demands on us than a trip to the supermarket. Small concerns about the way things are done in the Mass must not distract us from the utter seriousness of the meaning of the Mass. Nor must its value be limited to the confines of our own needs.
We are at Mass to do no less than to give ourselves to God, with Christ, for the life of the world. If our going to Mass makes little difference to the lives we lead, the witness we give, what’s the point, and why should anyone want to join us?

God bless you all.
Fr Pat Brady

We ask you to pray the following prayer in solidarity with the Iraqi people: .... 
Lord, the plight of the people of Iraq is deep and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord to spare lives and to grant patience and courage to continue to witness to Christian values with trust and hope.

Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant the peace and stability that will enable people to live with each other
without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy.

Please Note: .....
Theresa our parish secretary will be on leave from Monday 1 Sept to Monday 8 Sept inclusive.
The parish office will be unattended during this period. Please contact Fr Pat or Deacon Murray (021 994703) for assistance.

Please switch me off ....
When you enter the church.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick.
We pray for the recently deceased including Maurice Boland and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

St John's Garden:  
The Centreway Road front garden surrounding the notice board is about to be refurbished in early September. We plan to plant new shrubs to make it look more attractive and to keep maintenance requirements down. If any parishioner wants to take any of the existing plants, please feel free to do so before 6 September. Please contact Terry Cochrane on 426 2383 if you have any queries. 

Keynotes: ...
Meet for a fun sing-along on Thursday 4 September at 1.00pm at Hibiscus Coast Village, 101 Red Beach Road, in the theatre.
All welcome. Ring Iris, 421 1927.

Projectionist Rosters.....
To be collected from the foyer.

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Support other Catholics and let them know about your business or organisation. Whether you’re a babysitter, real estate agent, painter, plumber or electrician, or running a club, charity or social organisation, let your local parish and the whole New Zealand Catholic community know about it! It is free to list and it’s great to support the Catholic community.

The monthly meeting ....

    Of the combined prayer groups will be held at St Francis on Wednesday 3 September, 7.30pm-9pm.
    Vincent Maire will share his ''Life’s journey''. You are invited to come and praise the Lord with us and stay for supper and a chat.

The Pastoral Planning Team welcomes your comments and suggestions on the Bishop’s Pastoral Plan.
There is a suggestion box in the foyer or please contact one of the members below:
Vic Barrington: - (09) 427 5228 -
Claire Buckley: - 027 565 6612 -
Catherine Cyprian: - (09) 426 2486 -
Steve Hickey: - 021 804 432 -
Monica Manning: - (09) 426 5225 -
Helen Reinen: - (09) 424 7245 -
Lucas Wood: - 021 139 639 -

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Theologian asks Mass goers to measure parish outreach.
  • Auckland Catholic and Anglican bishops condemn Gaza violence.
  • Refugee man asks Kiwis to “meddle in” Australian issues.
  • Vatican wants a more sober Sign of Peace

NZ Catholic Newspaper - $4.00
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Men of Prayer of the combined Hibiscus Coast churches ....
Meet on Monday 1 September, 7pm, at the Orewa Baptist Church for prayer, praise and worship, fellowship and a shared meal.
All men welcome. Phone Paul Hair - 424 1976.

Link Magazine:
It’s that time of year again to start sending in your articles, poems, human interest stories, letters or jokes for the Christmas edition.
Please email these to the editor, or hand in at the parish office.

Happy Birthday to

    Jenny Morgan - 27 Aug
    Congratulations to Kevin & Lesley O’Connor on their 62nd Wedding Anniversary - 30 Aug.

Junior Children’s Liturgy:
Pre-schoolers are most welcome to join in the sessions.
To assist the leaders, we ask that your child be accompanied by a parent or a responsible older sibling.

Becoming a Catholic ....
Is a process or journey called The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and of Children - RCIA and RCIC.
We plan to start both in the parish, and need catechists from our community to share their faith and the journey of the participants.
There will be resources and help, and to ease the time commitment, we are looking for a team of people for each group, adults and children.
We would like to begin the RCIC by October and the RCIA early next year.
If you are interested, or would like to know more, please contact Catherine Cyprian about the RCIC team, and Vic Barrington about the RCIA team. See contact details listed below.

Join us ...
For morning tea after the 8.30am and 10.15am Masses today.

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

Invitation to Young Parishioners:
The Liturgy Committee invites young parishioners, aged 16 to early 20s, to put their names forward if they are interested in becoming Ministers of Holy Communion.
This is a special call for young adults in the parish to become involved in this important ministry.
Please add your name to the clipboards at St John’s or St Francis’, or contact Fr Pat directly,

Our thanks ...
To Ian Norrie who has kindly volunteered to be the sexton for the memorial garden.

Operation Christmas Child
We are looking for one or two volunteers to promote this project at the three Masses on 4/5 October.
This is a wonderful way to bring joy to many needy children this Christmas.
If you are able to assist or require more information please email

1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as you receive confirmation that you are pregnant.
2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.
3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.

“No to an Economy of Exclusion” – Pope Francis:
Join our Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission and the Child Poverty Action Group in a Hikoi to ‘Take Steps Against Child Poverty ’ on Sat 6 Sept. Meet us at Britomart at 10.45am by Justice and Peace Commission signs. Hikoi leaves Britomart at 11am for Aotea Square. For further info contact Shane Coleman on 0212267351. See

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

1. The Benefits of Yoga with Amanda Probett, Wed. 3 Sept. 10-11.30am, koha/donation.
2. Spiritual Life in a Secular Society (Meditation Day) with Sr Cathryn Wiles-Pickard. Sat. 11 Oct. $35
3. Focusing on Forgiveness with Laetitia Puthenpadath Six Wednesdays 10am -12 noon, starting 15 Oct. $15 each or $80 series.

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

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  • 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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