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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

28th June 2015

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Wisdom 1:13-15,2:23-24 : 2 Cor 8:7-9,13-15 : Mark 5:21-43
Next Sunday:   Ezek 2:2-5 : Psalm 123 : 2 Cor 12:7-10 : Mark 6:1-6

This week in the parish....

Mon 29 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.30pm Meditation, St Francis
Wed 1 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, Hall
Thurs 2 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 3 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis

In the Gospel we see that Jesus healed sick people by touching them.
He touched people in various ways: with his words, with his hands, with his love.
The Eucharist brings us very close to Jesus and we too receive his
healing touch in our lives.

Hygiene at Mass  

Bishop Pat has this week distributed guidelines to parishes and communities to ensure safe and healthy practices at Mass, especially during the winter.
Entitled “Hygiene at Mass: Concern for All, Genuine Hospitality”, the guidelines focus on the reception of Communion and the sharing of the Sign of Peace.
They recall a 2009 statement by the NZ Bishops:
“We Catholics have a deep love of the Mass. It is at the heart of our Catholic life, identity and practice. When we gather in our churches each Sunday, we do so not as individuals, but as the Body of Christ, God’s holy Church.”

They go on to say:
“It is also as a people that we care for the wellbeing of one another and are reminded of the call to implement hygienic practices to safeguard the health of all, especially when colds, viruses and infections abound in the winter season.”
To ensure any risk of the spread of illness is kept to a minimum the guidelines outline measures we can take, but stress that “when suffering from infections that can quickly pass from one to another, it is advisable to stay at home”.

After listing hygienic steps for priests to take when celebrating Mass, the guidelines offer the following for everybody at Mass:
- wash your hands prior to Mass
- use a handkerchief or tissue for sneezing and blowing your nose
If you have any level of unwellness:
- cough into the crook of your arm or sleeve to minimise the spread of germs to others
- if you usually receive on the tongue, please receive on the hand if you have a cold
- refrain from receiving from the chalice.

Instructions for sacristans and Ministers of Holy Communion are also given. These are largely covered in our recently re-issued parish brochure “Take and Eat, Take and Drink”. If you wish you may collect a copy of the guidelines from our church sacristies.

God bless you all.
Fr Pat

Special Collection today for Peter’s Pence
Funds support the work of the Pope in providing emergency assistance to those who suffer from war, disease, oppression and natural disasters.

Combined monthly prayer meeting:
Wednesday 1 July in the parish hall, 7.30 pm. Parishioner Iutita Rusk will share aspects of her recent trip to Turkey and insights gained when visiting the holy sites. All welcome. Bring a friend.
Supper to follow.

Morning tea:

    Please stay for a cuppa after the 8.30am and 10.15am Masses today.

Small yet strong in the love of God, like Saint Francis of Assisi, all of us, as Christians, are called to watch over and protect the fragile world in which we live, and all its peoples.

How can we in our homes and in our parish have an extra care for creation? What could we do?

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Bernie Daly and Lindsay Hawkes. We pray for the recently deceased including Pat Nola, Mary Burroughs, Kerry Finnigan and Margaret Newhouse and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Peter Mc Kay and Christopher Kennelly.

To Mila Henderson who was baptised last weekend.

Confirmation Photos:
If you have ordered additional photos or haven’t yet collected your child’s certificate and individual photo, please collect these from the parish office.

Training with Values in Action:
We are looking for enthusiastic trainees to join our team at Red Beach School. Training commences Term 3 2015.
To enquire, please contact Susan 0275177728/


    The brain is the most outstanding organ in the body. It works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from birth until you fall in love.

    A spelling mistake can destroy our life. A husband away at a conference texted his wife, “Having a wonderful time. Wish you were her.”

For privacy reasons ....
Names of the sick, anniversaries of deaths, birthdays and wedding anniversaries are only mentioned in the newsletter if requested by the person/s, a family member or close friend.
Please email requests to or phone Theresa in the parish office.

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

1. Matariki Celebrations – A Tour Around the World Through legends of the Stars with BEATE MATTHIES and AKUHATA RANGI, Thursday 2 July 2015, 7.00-9.00pm

2. Introduction to Dreamwork with Margaret Bowater, 4 & 5 July.

3. Muffin Talk – Exploring our Roots with Fr Brian Lange, Tuesday 7 July 10am-11.30am. Share the journey of making connections with our place of origin.

Booking essential, for more details see 

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  • Gender confusion, and an old heresy.
  • Pope calls for global action on the environment.
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Men of Prayer:
Our parish will be hosting the next meeting for Men of Prayer of the combined Hibiscus Coast Churches. This will be held in the parish hall on Monday 6 July at 7pm. Prayer, praise, worship and fellowship. Please bring a plate for a shared meal afterwards. All the men in the parish are invited to attend and represent our parish.

Meet for a fun sing-along on Thursday 2 July at 1.00pm at Hibiscus Coast Village, 101 Red Beach Road, in the theatre.
All welcome. Ring Iris, 421 1927.

Putting a Human Face on Climate Change:
Learn more about Pope Francis’ new encyclical, Laudato Si, and how a small community is coping with the loss of their island homes to sea-level rise:
A Conversation with Ursula Rakova of the Carteret Islands. Friday 3 July, 5.30pm-7pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby. Phone (09) 360 3037.

Dove Retreat: 31 July-2 August.
Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women National team is delighted to invite all women to a retreat weekend. The theme is “Love Outpouring” (Romans 5:5 ).
To be held at Willow Park Christian Camp, Auckland. To register see
For further information contact Shona Williams, (07) 543 0101 or email

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

‘Work Your Brain to Work for You’ ...
and experience a better quality of life. Presented by Iris Barrow (ex life skills tutor and author) on Tuesday 7 July 2pm in the parish hall. All welcome. No charge. To register please ring Iris, 421 1927.

Living with Parkinsons:
Education evening on Thursday 2 July, 7pm at Salvation Army Community Hall, Greenview Lane, Red Beach.
Guest speakers Sarah Hopkins and Michael Watson will speak on “How the brain is affected by Parkinson's” and “What it is like to live with Parkinson's”.
$10 charge includes light supper.
To book please phone(09) 421 1511 or email: monica@plantinumcommunity

Discernment & Surrender - Matching our plans with God’s:
All invited to a talk by Fr Brendan Ward, on Tuesday 21 July, 6pm-7.15pm at St Columba Centre, 44 Vermont Street, Ponsonby.
Free entry. To register email

Stella Maris School ....
Is pleased to be hosting Japanese students from Ritsumeikan Moriyama and are needing families to host one or more students from 8-23 August.
If you are able to be a host family please contact the school office, 427 9189 ext 215.

Catholic Young Professionals ...

    Invite working Catholics in their 20s and 30s to attend the next event on Wednesday 1 July, 6.30pm at the Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland Street, Auckland. 
    Fr John Dunn will talk on " Deepening our Understanding of the Mass".
    For further information see 'Catholic Young Professionals' on Facebook or email:

Can you play a musical instrument?
Keyboard/organ/flute/violin/guitar or anything else? Do you like to sing? Your parish needs you!
Please phone Eileen, 427 5228.

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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
Margret Conroy - 426 8177
Jackie Straka - 421 0502
Maureen Nancarrow - 426 7921
Ursula Taylor - 426 7970
Janet Dimbleby - 427 5850
Kerry Johnson - 424 2854
Raewyn Taylor - 424 1414

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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