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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

4th October 2015

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Genesis 2:18-24 : Psalm 128 : Hebrews 2:9-11 : Mark 10:2-16
Next Sunday:   Wisdom 7:7-111 : Psalm 90 : Hebrews 4:12-13 : Mark 10:17-30

This week in the parish....

Mon 5 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.30pm Meditation, St Francis
Wed 7 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.30pm Combined Prayer meeting, St John’s
Thurs 8 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 9 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis
Sun 11 4.00pm Follow-up meeting for new Ministers of Communion

Today we are invited to consider how we tend God’s vineyard.
We are called to tend our earthly vineyard, God’s creation, and to tend our spiritual home,
God’s kingdom here among us.

A Story You Couldn’t Make Up  

When Japan beat the Springboks, J K Rowling tweeted, “You couldn’t write this ...”
You could almost say the same about how Wales overcame England. Not that the extraordinary happens only on the sports field. Wherever you look, if you look hard enough, life reveals mystery and miracle in ways which blow the mind.
Never more so than in the story of salvation, brought about through the desire of God to become human. Today’s passage from the Letter to the Hebrews offers for our wonder and gratitude the manner of God’s choosing to save us, not by simply beckoning us towards new life, like parents stretching out their arms, inviting their young child to let go of the furniture and take new steps.
The genius of God is found in God’s choosing to come to us, to become one like us, to walk our human path, embracing even suffering and death, and thus showing us the way to God. There is no greater story of love, no more fascinating account of how to live life to the full, selflessly, faithfully, in a way that captures the hearts of people of every generation. If it hasn’t happened, you couldn’t write this ...

God bless you all.
Fr Pat

Prayer for the Synod on the Family
4 - 25 October 2015

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate the splendour of true love,
to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalised find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the Synod of Bishops make us once more
mindful of the sacredness of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer. Amen.
Glory be to the Father .....

Meeting for new Ministers of Communion ....
On Sunday 11 October, 4-5pm.

Operation Christmas Child:
Help put a smile on the face of an underprivileged child this Christmas. It's fun, it's easy and it's a unique way to put Jesus into action. 
Pick up a leaflet and box in the foyer on your way out today, fill it with gifts, love and prayers and a $9 donation towards the program costs.
We have a limited number of boxes available. You may also use a shoe box and wrap the box and lid separately with Christmas paper. Boxes are to be returned to the foyer by no later than Sunday 18 October.

Pope Francis
Laudato Si

…..such effects will continue to worsen if we continue with current models of production and consumption. There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy.

How can we urge our Government, Councils and industries to opt for renewable energies over fossil fuels?

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Marcel Biggelaar, Jane Holms-Libbis, Lois Alofaki, Dave Anderson and Joe Sweetman.
We pray for the recently deceased and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Do you have any spare wool (including 8 ply) you could donate to parishioners who knit for the poor.
Please leave in a bag on the table in the foyer or hand in at the parish office.

Marian Mothers’ Group:
Meet on Tuesday 13 October at 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 information phone Therese, 424 0732 or Yvonne, 428 3136.

Free Event:
Kieran Fouhy will be speaking on "The things in life I've learnt that are truly important" at the St. Columba Centre in Ponsonby on Tuesday 13 October, 6pm-7.15pm. 
Kieran has been the Principal of St. Peter's College for the last 27 years, but has had 45 years of teaching and leadership experience in Catholic education. Places are limited to 100 people. To register email:

A pilgrim returning from Lourdes was passing through customs and declared a bottle of Lourdes water.
The office removed the cap and frowned, and said “Lady, this is whiskey.”
She threw her arms in the air and exclaimed “Glory be to God - A Miracle!”

Men of Prayer of the combined Hibiscus Coast Churches ...
Meet on Monday 5 October at Orewa Baptist Church, 2 Loop Road, Orewa at 7pm. Prayer, praise and worship and shared meal to conclude.
Contact Gaeme, 428 7424.

Sacramental Programme
The first parent-only meeting will be held in the parish hall on Tuesday, 13 October at 7pm. It is essential that at least one parent from each registered family attend this important meeting.
Please contact Claire Buckley, (09) 420 4045 if you have any queries.

Farewell to Sr Anne:

    In two weeks’ time we say farewell to Sister Anne De Stacpoole, who has been a member of our parish for the last eighteen years. Sister Anne is a member of the religious congregation of sisters based at Baradene Convent in Remuera, and will be taking up residence there. Sister Anne has contributed richly to our parish during her time here. There will be an opportunity to farewell Sister Anne on Sunday 18 October at 10.15am Mass at St John’s, and at morning tea following Mass.

Combined Prayer Group Meeting:
Wednesday 7 October, 7.30pm at St Francis Church, Manly.
Prayer, praise and supper to follow. All welcome.

Thank you:
Joe & Cushla Sweetman would like to sincerely thank our parish family and friends for the valuable prayers during theirrecent illness.
While Cushla is now on the mend, Joe still faces a battle and your prayers for him would be greatly appreciated.

RCIC - Rite of Christian Initiation for Children
Do you know of Catholic parents who have unbaptised children 7 years or over who wish to become Catholic? This month we will begin the new RCIC programme preparing the children to be baptised and confirmed and to receive the Eucharist at Easter next year.
If interested please contact either Catherine Cyprian, 426 2486 / or Father Pat Brady.

Retreat for Gay Men:
Led by Fr Luke OP and team at Mercy Spirituality Centre, 104 The Drive, Epsom, on Saturday 14 November, 9.30am-5pm. Fee: $20.
To register phone (09) 845 1418 (after 6pm). Bring your own lunch, tea/coffee provided.

Care and Share:
Donations of tinned foods, pasta, rice, spreads, toiletries etc. for our food bank will be greatly appreciated.

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  • Australian bishop hits out at his country’s racism.
  • Christchurch marks two years of perpetual adoration.
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Auckland Youth Ministry:
To find out about all the events and activities that are happening in our region visit

Sausage Sizzle, St John’s:
We are down to two families on the sausage sizzle roster and are seeking individuals or couples to assist with this after the 10.15am Mass, on a rostered basis. Provisions are supplied. Please phone the coordinator Peter Dekker, 427 8515.

Refugee Resettlement:
As you may be aware, Cardinal John Dew was in the media some weeks ago talking about the generous response from our faith communities to support the resettlement of refugees. The NZ Bishops asked that Catholics who wished to help with refugee resettlements follow the appropriate process.
Immigration New Zealand is responsible for the selection of refugees coming to the country, and for the six week programme at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre when they arrive. Once, they leave the Centre, the Red Cross is responsible (through its government-funded Refugee Programme) for providing support and for the coordination of voluntary assistance in the 12 months after arrival.
Volunteers are required to complete a training programme prior to being placed with an incoming refugee family.Red Cross provides training courses for those who are interested. Individual action: You can train as a volunteer, donate goods or cash, or assist a trained volunteer.
Parish action: A parish could offer the Auckland Red Cross office comprehensive support for a refugee family, including some or all of the following: a house to rent, trained volunteers, friendship, goods, and possibly even a job.
For more information contact the Auckland and Diocesan Coordinator Carlo David, 09-360 3052 or

Link Magazine:
Please send in your articles for the Christmas edition. Email to or hand in at the parish office. Deadline is 20 October 2015.

“The Prisoner”:

    This original production will be performed at Centrestage Theatre 17-24 October. Crossbridge Theatre Company is a local Christian group (over 20 churches represented) who want to see the performing arts used by the Lord.
    The musical follows the life of John the Baptist and looks at the issue of suffering. Bookings can be made on-line through iTicket or by phoning the theatre, 426 7282.

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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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