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7th Sunday in O.T.

19th February 2017

This Sunday:  
Levit. 19,1-2,17-18 : Psalm 103 : 1 Cor 3:16-23 : Matt 5:38-48
Next Sunday:   Isaiah 49:14-15 : Psalm 62 : 1 Cor 4:1-5 : Matt 6:24-34

This week in the parish....

Sun 19 9.00am Sacramental Programme, St John’s
Mon 20 7.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.30pmMeditation, St Francis
Tues 21 7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group
  7.00pm Faith Formation Team Meeting, St John’s
Wed 22 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Discipleship School, Hall
Thurs 23 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s

Vatican II reminded us that “The Lord Jesus, the divine Teacher and Model of all perfection, preached holiness of life to each and everyone of His disciples of every condition.
” In this Eucharist may we give thanks for the life of God that dwells in us and so seek to bring hope to the lives of others. 


Our reading on Thursday, from the Gospel of Mark, was about the identity of Jesus. He asks his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They reply that some say he’s John the Baptist, while others think that he’s the prophet Elijah, or one of the other prophets, come back to life. Then Jesus asks the decisive question: “But you - who do you say I am?” So … who do we think Jesus is? I suspect that, despite strong points of agreement in our replies, we would all answer the question differently, simply because we are different people with different life experiences.

The four Gospels are also like this. They come from four early communities with different cultures, questions and challenges. They have their distinctive ways of relating to Jesus and their own way of seeing how Jesus and his life speak to them in their own context, their own appreciation of how Jesus is alive and at work in their midst. We, therefore, need to listen to all four gospel stories (not to mention the rest of the New Testament!) in forming our answer to Jesus’ question.

One of the joys of the RCIA (the Catechumenate) is that those who experience this process, tell the story of their own journey to the church. It’s here that all of us can learn from each other about the Lord, how he is at work in us and how he has formed and blessed our lives.

Our lives too are little “gospels” about Jesus and what wonders he does in the lives of disciples. Let’s have the courage to tell our stories about the Lord who walks the journey with us, and brings us salvation.

Fr. John

World Day of Prayer:
All parishioners are invited to represent our parish at an ecumenical service on Friday 3 March, 10.00am at Orewa Baptist Church, Cnr Centreway Rd and Loop Rd.
This year the service is being prepared by the WDP Committee, Philippines and offerings will be used to support projects in the Philippines and New Zealand as well as to contribute towards local and international World Day of Prayer.
The organisers are encouraging members of the Filipino community to participate in the service by doing a reading. If you would like to put your name forward please email Deacon Greg,

Catholic Charismatic Renewal
50th Anniversary Mass with Bishop Patrick Dunn on 25 February at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland. 
Praise and Worship 4.40pm, Mass at 5.00pm.
All welcome, especially those who have been involved in Charismatic Renewal ministries and prayer groups. 

Pope Francis
Every Christian community is called to go out of itself and to be engaged in the life of the greater society of which it is a part, especially with the poor and those who are far away. The Church is missionary by her very nature; she is not self-enclosed but sent out to every nation and people. Pope Francis (10/4/14)

What does our parish do for the poor and those who are on the fringes of society?

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community. We pray for the recently deceased including Corazon Garrido, Mal Young Cha, Rachael de Jong and Maxine Tarr and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Fast response to fires:
If you wish to support the families and individuals impacted by the recent fires in the South Island, please donate online to The Catholic Caring Foundation, (please write FIRE in comments section);
or by phone (09) 360 3045 or post to Catholic Caring Foundation Fire Appeal, Private Bay 47904, Auckland 1144;
or by direct banking to 02-0100-0242648-00 with your name as reference and FIRE as code.
All donations receipted.

If you are finding it difficult .....
To get to 5.30pm Mass by bus from Red Beach, due to changes in the bus schedule, please let Theresa in the parish office know so we can try to find you a lift.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
After a long break, we will meet again in the hall on Tuesday 28 February at 10am and catch up on some Christmas and holiday stories. All ladies welcome, especially any visitors to our parish.
Tel. Marie Carswell, 426 3054.

104 The Drive, Epsom, (09) 638-6238.

  1. Hildegard of Bingen Series of 3 events 21 February, 4 March and 8 March 2017 see website for details

  2. Introduction to Dreamwork 101 with MARGARET BOWATER Fri 24 Feb 6-9pm & Sat 25 Feb 9.30am – 4pm. $120.

  3. Lent 2017 Pondering John’s Gospel Series of 4 events with FR STUART SELLAR Tuesday’s 10am-12 noon 14, 21, 28 Mar and 4 Apr 2017. $15 or 4 events for $50.

Booking essential, for more details see


    If you would like to volunteer for the following please add your name to the lists in the foyer:
    • Palm Sunday - 8/9 April: - Reading the Gospel at either the 5.30pm, 8.30am or 10.15am Mass.
    • Holy Thursday:
      - Minister of the Word or Minister of Holy Communion
      - 12 volunteers needed for the foot washing ceremony
    • Good Friday (3pm), Easter Vigil (8pm) and Easter Sunday (10.15am):
      - Minister of the Word or Minister of Holy Communion
    If you can assist with the following please contact Deacon Murray:
    • Ash Wednesday - we need two people to burn last year’s palms prior to Ash Wednesday.
    • Stations of the Cross during Lent will be held at St John’s on Fridays at 7.30pm & St Francis’ on Sundays at 4pm. We invite families or community groups to lead the devotions. Texts and guidance for the devotions are provided.

If anyone has spare wool (including 8 ply) to donate to the knitting group for the poor, please leave in a bag on the table in the foyer or hand in at the parish office.

‘Turning towards Life -
Renewing ourselves as we work for a Sustainable Planet’: Two North American sisters with experience in ecological theology and spirituality, Margaret Galiardi OP and Sharon Zyac OP, will lead this workshop on Saturday 4 March, 9.30am-4.30am at Mary MacKillop Hall, 56 Selwyn Avenue, Mission Bay.
Waged $30; unwaged $15. Tea, coffee provided. BYO lunch.
Contact Jacqui Ryan to register/enquire.

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  • Maori priest installed as cathedral dean.
  • First Filipino candidate aims high.
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Auckland Youth Ministry:
To find out about all the events and activities that are happening in our region visit

What are you going to do for Lent this year?

What about coming to the Parish Lenten programme? Caritas provides material each week based on a shared reflection on the Gospels. This year’s programme is entitled “Your face Lord do I seek”. This gives the opportunity for us to meet and reflect together on the Sunday scripture readings.
We can run two sessions this year for the six weeks of Lent – one on Thursday evenings in St John’s Hall at 7.30pm, and the other at St Francis’ Church at 2pm on Thursday afternoons.
Each session takes from 60-90 minutes. Both will begin on 2 March and continue on the five Thursdays after that. Last year quite a large group of people made the commitment to meet each week in Lent. Everyone is invited to come and is welcome.
For further info ring Catherine Birt - 424 0134 (eve)or Helen Reinen - 021 262 6492.

Congratulations to .....
Peter & Heather Dekker on their 65th Wedding Anniversary, 23 Feb.

Barbara & family ...
Thank those for cards and flowers and who showed their respects at Trevor’s funeral; members of the Wednesday bowling group (which he loved) & for accepting him with his disability; the Care and Share team; the parish Catering Team for the lovely morning tea and my personal thanks to Jackie Abraham. Trevor was a very special man and is dearly missed.
Thank you all, Barbara Murfitt.

Stella Stars Playgroup:
Meets in the school hall on Friday mornings 8.45-11am. All children and parents welcome! Newborn - 4 years.
Relaxing morning spent doing a craft, free play, mat time and morning tea. Gold coin entry.
For more info please contact Kelly 021 500786 or

Holy Land pilgrimage:
Enquiries are invited for a Holy Land pilgrimage in September-October 2017, led by Pat McCarthy, former editor of NZ Catholic, and with Bishop Steve Lowe of Hamilton 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, email Pat at

Hibiscus Coast Parish Pastoral Care

The Sacrament of Anointing:
The Catholic Church offers the sacrament of Anointing to its members who are seriously sick or frail, undergoing surgery or approaching death. Please don’t hesitate to request anointing for yourself or a family member at these times. 
Please contact Fr John, (09) 426 5599 Ext 2.
If Fr Pat is unavailable please contact Deacon Murray, (09) 424 7465, or Deacon Greg, 027 603 5132.

Hospital Visits and Chaplaincy:
If you or any of your family are a patient at North Shore Hospital or other hospital and wish us to know,
please contact Deacon Murray, (09) 424 7465 or 021 994 703. 
If you would like a visit from a hospital chaplain please let the staff know or phone (09) 358 0825 Ext 1019.

Care and Share:
A caring network in the parish catering to the requirements of the sick, lonely and people in need.
Contact Truus Tinsel - 426 9548.

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, 02. 6035132 or

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

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Is anyone sick?
Call upon the church community to pray for you (James5:14).
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

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