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Trinity Sunday

16 June 2019

This Sunday:  
Proverbs 8:22-31 : Psalm 8 : Rom 5:1-5 : John 16:12-15
Next Sunday:   Gen. 14:18-20 : Ps 110 : 1Cor. 11:23-26 : Luke 9:11-17

This week in the parish....

Sun 16 3.00pm Secular Franciscans’Meeting, Hall
Mon 17 7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s
Tues 18 6.00pm St Francis’ Prayer Group, St Francis’ chapel
  7.00pm Liturgy Committee Meeting, St John’s
Wed 19 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor bowls, Hall
  2.00pm Rosary prayers in Korean, St John’s chapel
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, St John’s Hall
Thurs 20 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.00pm PPC Meeting, St John’s
Fri 21 7.00pm Youth Group, Hall


There is quite a difference between delight and indulge, or entertain. Delight has a sense of depth which is a stirring of the soul. Entertain and indulge have more to do with our senses and minds.
The Book of Proverbs, from which our First Reading for this liturgy comes, is an Owners Manual for the Jewish mind, heart and hands. There are sayings for almost every occasion, a sort of greeting-card store presentation. They answer the big question - What would Moses do now? They are meant for the young, the searching, the ignorant, and those who wish to understand the sayings of the wise ones and Jewish elders.
In today’s Gospel John pictures Jesus as confiding that He reverences the inability of His closest followers to understand clearly all that He is and has been about. The “Spirit of truth” will continue to and continuously reverence the readiness-time for these truths to be digested. Readiness is everything, and Jesus is encouraging His followers to be ready.
Believe it or not; like it or not, the great gift of God to us is longing. The wonderful mystery of this God is not so much that there are three relational Persons who are distinct, yet co-equal and co-eternal, but rather, that this triune God knows us and delights in us, but only to a certain point, a threshold which allows us to reach, but not grasp, to long for, but not have. Yes, there is this human desire for it all and right now! But the Spirit tells us also, deep in our hearts and not merely in our heads, that the “all” and the “now” would never be enough. So “longing” is the beginning to “belonging”.
Loving God, you know us better than we know ourselves!
God bless you all. Deacon Murray 

Divine Mercy Prayer Group:
The 10.15am Mass today is being concelebrated by Fr Emile and Fr Rory Morrissey. As it is intended to establish a Divine Mercy prayer group within the parish, Fr Rory’s homily will be based on Divine Mercy. Following Mass, Becky & Tony Cavit will be available to collect details of anyone interested in joining the group. Becky and Tony may be contacted on 021 758902 or 021 758901 or by email to

Confirmation photos
are in the foyer for collection and placing orders, before and after the 10.15am Mass today.

Please pray ...
We pray for all the sick and injured in our community including Howard Monk, Joan Levison, Arthur O’Leary, Diane Nicholls and Dierdre Kingdon. We pray for the recently deceased including Dorice Curtis, Terry Boreham, Pat Hilliar (requiem Mass on Tuesday 18 June, 11am at St John’s Church) and Tom Gregory (requiem Mass on Wednesday 19 June, 11am at St John’s Church). Please note there will be no 9.30am Mass or Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesday or Wednesday. We pray too for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Quo Vadis Gathering - (Where are you going?):
Eucharist, sharing and discerning on diocesan priesthood with Bishop Pat and Fr Sherwin Lapaan.  The next gathering is on Saturday, 6 July, 10.00 am-12 noon, at Pompallier Centre, 30 New Street, Saint Mary’s Bay. All men aged 17-27 years welcome.  Our future priests are certainly in our churches on Sundays and often also on weekdays!  RSVP to

Dove Catholic Fellowship invites all women ...
To a meeting on Wednesday 19 June, 7.30pm-9.30pm at St Thomas More Church Hall, 336 Wairau Rd, Glenfield.
Helen Funnell will speak on ‘His Glory Revealed’ (Luke 2:26-28).
Contact Sylvia, (09) 443 7477.

This is my Body...
Choral Vigil Mass for the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ - Saturday 22 June, 6pm at St Patrick’s Cathedral, 43 Wyndham Street, Auckland. With the Cathedral Vocal Ensemble directed by James Tibbles. Validated parking will be available at the Wilson Car Park on Hobson Street ($4) and Durham Lane ($4). Please bring your ticket to validate in the Cathedral.

Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants, 23 June.
The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference promotes a special Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants on the Sunday closest to World Refugee Day on 20 June. This year it falls on Sunday 23 June.

New Parishioners:
Please complete a parish roll form which you will find on the table in the foyer.

Eucharist Convention:
Theme: ‘Take Courage’
At Sacred Heart College, 250 West Tamaki Rd, Glendowie, 12-14 July.
Youth Night Friday - 12 July, 4pm-10pm (koha $5)
Eucharistic Convention, 13 & 14 July, 8am-5pm (koha $30 per day, $50 for full weekend).
The event includes Mass, Adoration, Reconciliation, testimonies of faith and talks by Fr Roger Landry from Massachusetts, USA, Fr Tom O’Louhglin from the UK and Fr Neil Vaney from Wellington.
For more info visit

Stella Maris School Open Day, 20 June 2019
9am-12pm for Years 1-6 enrolments. Guided tour, meet staff and students, and experience first hand the very special learning environment that Stella Maris has on offer. Enquiries please phone (09) 427 9189 or email: or visit

Mass with National leaders of groups associated with Charismatic Renewal. 
Friday 7pm, 21st  June at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland. Begins with praise and worship. Everyone is welcome. Come celebrate Pope Francis's inauguration of CHARIS (Catholic Charismatic International Service) at Pentecost. Contact Dierdre, (09) 410 8899 or 027 7059132 

Available for rent:
2 single rooms in a large shared home in Orewa. Everything provided. For further information phone 021 529053.

Auckland Christian Meditation Community Day:
Saturday 22 June at St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, 52 East Str, Papakura, 10am-3pm. ‘Turning to the Heart” - exploring Sufi Meditation with Chris Braddock and Zain Ali. See notice board for more details or phone Vincent Maire, 424 2293.

Young People
Next gathering of our parish youth group will be in the St John’s hall on Friday 21 June, 7-9pm. Youth of all ages welcome. We will be having a Masterchef Pizza Night- please bring a pizza topping.
For more info contact Tania Alofaki, 020 41473785.

Star Light Showcase:
Calling all youth!! If you are interested in singing, dancing, music or just have an awesome talent you want to share, why not sign up and represent our parish in the annual Star Light Talent Showcase.  There will be prizes up for grabs and a trophy for the winning parish or school entry. Saturday 27 July at Rosmini College Auditorium. For more details and to register email Manu Bennett at

Married Couples:
Revitalise and enrich your intimacy, love and romance in your marriage. Attend the residential Marriage Encounter Weekend, 12-14 July at Bella Rakha Retreat Centre, Oratio. Phone 0800-362686 or Christine & David Sloan 372-3581 or email:

Serving Spoons:
Our next free community meal will be on Monday 24 June, 12.30pm in the parish hall. Please extend an invitation to anyone in the community who may benefit from a hearty meal and some friendly company. Donations of fresh fruit and veggies or funds will be greatly appreciated. Produce may be placed in the fridge opposite the kitchen at St John’s or in the bin at St Francis church next weekend. Donations of funds may be placed in an envelope marked ‘Serving Spoon’s and added to the Sunday collection bag.

Spiritual Journey:
To Ireland, Scotland and England: departs Auckland 23 June 2019 for Dublin, concludes in London 15 July. Chaplain: Msgr David Tonks.
Contact Laura at or phone (09) 921 5106.

Holy Land Pilgrimage
Join the Auckland diocesan pilgrimage, led by our Vicar General, Monsignor Bernard Kiely, and our diocesan Media & Communications person, Dame Lyndsay Freer.   Departing Saturday 14 September, this 15-night pilgrimage offers superior accommodation, daily breakfast and dinner, daily Mass for our group and outstanding local guides.  See the Gospels come alive as we retrace the steps of Jesus from his Nativity to Calvary.
For further details contact the organiser, Harvest Journeys, on 0800 819 156 or visit or call Lyndsay on (021) 272 4895.

Holy Land Pilgrimage with Fr Sherwin Lapaan:
13-day affordable pilgrimage departing 9 September 2019. Small exclusive group; limited seats.
For full details, please contact Laura on or phone +64-9-921 5106.

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 Emile, (09) 426 5599 Ext 2.
If Fr Emile is unavailable please contact Deacon Murray, (09) 424 7465, or Deacon Greg, 027 6035132.

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, 027 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. Prayer Chain:
Please phone any of the members listed on the noticeboard in the foyer, if you require prayers for a special intention.

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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