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6th Sunday of EASTER

1st May 2016

This Sunday:  
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 : Psalm 67 : Apoc. 21:10-14,22-23 : John 14:23-29
Next Sunday:   Acts 1:1-11 : Psalm 47 : Eph. 1:17-23 : Luke 24:46-53

This week in the parish....

Mon 2 7.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 3 7.00pm Parent-only meeting, Sacramental Programme, St John’s
  7.00pm Liturgy Meeting, St John’s
  7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group
Wed 4 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 5 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 6 Noon St Andrew's Home Group Lunch, Hall

Following his resurrection, Jesus promised that he would send
the Holy Spirit to guide his disciples. In this Eucharist we are reminded of the
importance of listening to and learning from his word.
May we find peace in hearing the word of God.

The Bishop's Forum  

    Bishop Pat Dunn is holding his annual Forums this month. The North Shore forum is on Wednesday 11 May, 7.30pm-9.30pm, St Thomas More Church, 336 Wairau Rd, Glenfield. Priests, parish councillors, "Fit for Mission" committee members and all interested parishioners are invited.
    This year the bishop wants to examine the impact of secularity on church attendance and consider how to address it. There will also be a catch up on "Fit for Mission" in parishes.
    The need to examine the impact of secularity on church attendance no doubt arises from the marked change in the place of religion in people's lives in western societies like ours in the last 40 years.
It is now said that "Christendom" has ended. In western societies ours is the first generation since the 4th century in which Christianity no longer provides the default framework for thinking and acting.
    In the past, not just our families, Churches and schools shaped our Christian beliefs and practices. Our whole society reinforced our Christian tradition.
This no longer happens. Many very different sets of values, beliefs and practices influence us. People pick and choose. Catholicism, in fact Christianity, is only one of many.
The drop in church attendance among European Catholics, and the dis-connect between parish life and Catholic families, despite the efforts of Catholic schools, is the product of world-wide changes in the role of religion in western societies.
    No simple band-aid solution exists despite our hopes that, if we change this here and improve that there, everything will come right. The future of the church does not lie in maintaining the status quo and tweaking the edges.
    The challenge calls for a radical re-think of the way we understand and live our Catholic identity, both individually and collectively.
The impact of secularity is evident in our parish, where one of its recognized signs - the difficulty in getting people to volunteer for tasks - is often felt.
And we do not have significant numbers of non-western migrants to disguise the disappearance of European Catholics, as happens in other parishes.
We have yet to see sufficient numbers of parishioners ready to give their time and energy to address these very difficult challenges, with the re-thinking this entails. Those who may be prepared to do so may like to attend the Bishop's Forum.

God bless you all.
Fr Pat

I leave with you,
my own peace
I give you.”

Pentecost Sunday– 14/15 May:
We need additional people to read a Prayer of the Faithful in their own language, other than English, at the 5.30pm and 8.30am Mass.
Please add your name and contact details to the list in the foyer if you are willing to read a prayer.
The English version of the prayer will be given to you for translation.

Morning tea
Please stay for morning tea and sausage sizzle after the 10.15am Mass today.

Pope Francis

In the present day, as the Church is charged with the task of the new evangelisation, the theme of mercy needs to be proposed again and again with new enthusiasm and renewed pastoral action. 

What new pastoral action can our parish take to demonstrate God’s mercy? What is our Fit For Mission project? Does it show mercy?

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community, for the recently deceased including Ian Diedrichs and Christine McDonald and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Living Well with Dementia:
Your chance to learn more about Cognitive Stimulation Therapy and how this can help people with dementia maintain mental functioning. Platinum Community Centre has arranged an educational afternoon in conjunction with Evelyn Page Retirement Village, Orewa on Sunday 1 May, 2pm at the Village Centre. Entry by gold coin donation. Please RSVP to Jo or Liz, (09) 421 1815 by Thurs 28 April.

Meet for a fun sing-along on Thursday 5 May at 1.30pm at Hibiscus Coast Village, 101 Red Beach Road, in the theatre.
All welcome. Ring Iris, 421 1927.

“Called to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord.” (1 Peter 2:9)
Ecumenical Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Thursday 19 May at St George Presbyterian Church (Corner Anzac Street & The Terrace, Takapuna).
6.30pm- light meal (no cost).
7.15pm- Ecumenical service .
All welcome.
For more info contact C.J David, (09) 09 360 3052 /

I am looking for...
A fit, responsible woman with a clean licence to care for my two daughters, 5yrs and 10yrs, after school in Arkles Bay, 3-6pm on Tues, Wed and Thurs.
If you are interested please contact Joel on 021752590. Both girls attend Stella Maris School.

Ministers urgently needed for 5.30pm Mass:
Several 5.30pm Mass ministers are regretfully leaving the parish, and we urgently need some new Ministers of Holy Communion and Coordinators.
5.30pm Mass parishioners are asked to consider taking up one of these ministries, and to let us know of your interest as soon as possible.
Please add your name to the clip board in the church foyer.  Thank you.

Working Bee at St John’s Church
on Saturday 14 May, 9am-12pm.

Please bring along your garden tools for trimming, weeding and a general clean up of the garden.
We are required to comply with Work Health and Safety (WHS) so it is important that you do have appropriate attire/footwear.
We hope to see many of you there to lighten the load.
Contact Charles Wilson, (09) 973 2895.

Overhead Projectionists :
Required particularly for Saturday 5.30pm & Sunday 10.15am Masses
It’s easy, training will be provided And anyone can do it – young or not-so-young.
Please call Chantal , 022 681 7579 or (09) 554 0623.

Over the years many parishioners have kindly donated vases for the altar flowers at St Francis Church.
We now have an abundance of these and limited storage space.
If you have donated a vase you are welcome to reclaim it from the storage room off the chapel.
We plan to sell the excess vases after Mass one Sunday.

Who are You, O God and Who am I?
We are invited to be the sacred space where God lives.
We fall into a particular way of seeing and knowing God that we are given a life time to unveil. This day will give an opportunity to deepen ones experience of God.
Facilitator: Christina Cathro RNDM.
Saturday 14 May 10am-3pm.
Waged $30, Unwaged $20.
Mary MacKillop Centre 56 Selwyn Avenue Mission Bay Auckland .
To register contact (09) 528 5204 or  by Wednesday 11 May.

Wanted to Rent:

    Self-contained accommodation for mature woman, in Orewa/Rodney area.
    Phone Stella, 021 1338924.

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

Sacramental Programme:
The children have completed their sessions for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The Holy Communion sessions begin with a parent-only meeting on 3 May at 7.00pm in the parish hall.
The children-only sessions will be held at St John’s on 15, 22 & 29 May.
Enq. Claire Buckley, (09) 420 4045.

Alone Again? Widowed, separated or divorced?
The Beginning Experience is a non-profit organisation with the motto a “Weekend Away for a Lifetime of Change”. The retreat will help you work through your painful loss.
To be held from Friday evening 20 May to Sunday afternoon 22 May.
Cost $245 or early bird price of $195 if paid by 5 May (includes accommodation, meals and materials).
Contact Ruth, (09)537-3675 or email;

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, (09)424 5488 or

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

Planned Giving:
There are still a number of planned giving envelopes to be collected from the foyer.
Those on the automatic payment system are reminded to collect their ‘special collection’ envelope packs.

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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