2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT
8 December 2013
Isaiah 11:1-10 : Psalm 72 : Romans 15:4-9 : Matthew 3:1-12
Isaiah 35:1-6,10 : Psalm 146 : James 5:7-10 : Matthew 11:2-11
This week in the parish....
|Mon 9 || 12 noon ||CWL Lunch, Casablanca Restaurant, Orewa |
| || 7.30pm ||Meditation Group, St John’s |
|Tues 10 || 7.00pm ||PPC Meeting, St John’s |
| || 7.30pm ||Prayer Meeting, St Francis |
|Wed 11 || 9.00am ||Rosary Prayers, St John’s |
| || 9.45am ||Mainly Music, Hall |
| || 10.00am ||Legion of Mary, St John’s |
| || 5.30pm ||Meditation Group, St Francis |
| || 7.30pm ||Prayer Meeting, St John’s |
|Thur 12 || 10.30am ||Little Rock Scripture Study, 4 Manly Heights, Manly |
| || 4.00pm ||Meditation Group, St John’s |
| || 7.30pm ||Little Rock Scripture Study' 4 Manly Heights, Manly |
|Fri 13 || 9.00am ||Rosary Prayers, St Francis |
| || 10.15am ||Adoration, St Francis (1 hour) |
|Sat 14 || 9.30am ||Mass of Anointing, St John’s |
In the Gospel today we hear again the lonely voice of John the Baptist |
urging us to prepare a way for the Lord. Let us create a space in our
minds and hearts so that the Lord can come to us in the Eucharist.
Fifty Years Ago - We’ve Only Just Begun
Fifty years ago last Wednesday, 4 December, the world’s bishops at the 2nd Vatican Council (1962-65) issued the document that changed Catholic worship. Officially called Sacrosanctum Concilium, from its first two Latin words, it is now commonly called the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy.
I first knew changes were coming when I served at Fr Ernie Simmons’ Mass for a special group “facing the people”. We servers couldn’t decide which way to kneel - facing the priest or the people?
I first read the Constitution itself in 1965 in 6th form, and started to realise what ‘liturgy’ is.
Two years later, at Holy Name Seminary, we seminarians were guinea pigs for new ideas from the Constitution - new ways of doing things and English prayers instead of Latin. Different bible translations were also tested to find the best version for the liturgy.
And now virtually no one under 45 has known anything other than the current Mass: prayers and scripture readings you can understand; the Prayer of the Faithful; the Sign of Peace; the priest facing the people; the procession of gifts; Communion in the hand; congregational singing; lay women and men in different roles.
Underpinning these ritual changes are the deeper developments of Sacrosanctum Concilium, such as the teaching that Christ is present not just in the consecrated bread and wine of the Eucharist - how we used to think - but also in the assembly gathered, in the scriptures proclaimed, and in the priest leading us in prayer.
I suspect it has been easier for us to change the language, music and other ritual elements than to develop our appreciation of the more profound mysteries. Our work for the next 50 years?
God bless you all,
Fr Pat Brady
A Mass of Anointing for the sick and elderly
A Mass of Anointing will be held in St John’s Church on Saturday 14 Dec, 9.30am, followed by morning tea in the hall.
Kindly bring a plate.
We appeal to all parishioners, the Care and Share team and the Legion of Mary to invite those who are suffering ill health or frailty to attend and offer them a lift where required.
If you are available ......
If you are available to be a Minister of Communion, Minister of the Word or Coordinator for any of the Christmas Masses please add your name to the list in the foyer today as we would like to finalise the rosters.
Adoration at St John’s will be held in the church, instead of the chapel, from
Monday 2 December and will finish for the year on Thursday 19 December.
We pray ...
We pray for all the sick including John Walker, Jerry White, Eric Parker, Shirley Judd and Peter Bakker. We pray for the recently deceased including Des Bermingham and Potenciano Jarina and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.
Thank you ....
Thank you to all who donated treats for the Care and Share Christmas hampers. These will be prepared on 13 December. Additional donations of Christmas treats, food & toiletries will be greatly appreciated. Please place these in the basket in the foyer.
The bowling group has finished for the year.
Jesus was a Refugee:
Bring some special Christmas food and celebrate Christmas with refugees.
Organised by refugees with the Diocesan Peace & International Justice Committee. Sunday 15 December: 1-3pm, Liston Hall, St Patrick’s Cathedral
For more information contact Sophy, 021 0824 2777.
Need a house-sitter ...
Need a house-sitter from 23-30 December. Contact Barbara, 424 1130.
For longer term house-sitting contact Percy or June, (09) 948 7080.
Kids in Church
“Our Father, Who does art in heaven, Harold is His name. Amen.”
4-year old Jamie:
“And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.”
After the baptism of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, “That priest said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I want to stay with you guys.”
If you would like to give your business some exposure by sponsoring the parish newsletter once a month, at a cost of $50 per month from Feb to Dec 2014, please contact
Theresa in the parish office.
|Headlines from the Dec 1 - 14|
issue of NZ Catholic:
- Out now
- More than 8000 at Christchurch Year of Faith concluding Mass.
- Young women's arguments challenge pro-choice campaigner.
- Shaky future for some Auckland churches.
NZ Catholic Newspaper - $3.00
Get yours at the back of the church
Rite II Reconciliation - North Shore Deanery
Wec 4 Dec - Mairangi Bay - 7.00pm
Fri 13 Dec - Takapuna - 7.30pm
Sun 15 Dec - Devonport - 6.30pm
Tues 17 Dec - Beach Haven - 7.00pm
Wed 18 Dec - Glenfield - 7.00pm
Thurs 19 Dec - Northcote - 7.00pm
Fri 20 Dec- St John’s, Orewa - 7.00pm
Marian Mothers' Group:
Meet on Tuesday 10 Dec, 7.30pm at 4 Hiwi Crescent, Stanmore Bay.
All women warmly welcome for a Christmas get-together.
Ph. Therese - 424 0732 or Yvonne- 428 3136.
Members to meet for their Christmas luncheon at Casablanca Restaurant on Monday 9 December at 12 Noon.
Beautiful Christmas gifts....
Beautiful Christmas gifts now available at Family Life Catholic Gifts - Nativities, Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars and lots more!
All proceeds go directly towards the pro-life/pro-family work of Family Life Int. NZ , 569 Richardson Rd, Roskill South. www.catholicgifts.co.nz email: email@example.com. Ph: (09) 629 0820.
Thank you ...
Thank you for continuing to donate your aluminium tabs off your beer & cold drink tins and lids of wine bottles for the ‘Kan Tabs for Kidney Kids Project’. This is a wonderful way to help children with kidney disorders.
Care and Share
The Care and Share team would like to invite parishioners to support Hestia Rodney Women’s Refuge.
Parishioners wishing to donate unwanted, but useable second hand furniture, linen, women’s and children’s clothing and toys (unfortunately they can’t accept ‘fluffy’ toys) are invited to call Trish, 427 6334 to arrange for collection.
Bishop's Bake Christmas Cakes -
Bishop's Bake Christmas Cakes - Win a trip for 2 to Australia. Support the Catholic Caring Foundation by ordering a Christmas cake.
Cakes can be sent to friends and families as Christmas gifts, or donated to families in need in our community.
See order forms in the foyer or order online www.caringfoundation.org.nz
A reminder to new parishioners to complete a parish roll form (on the table in the foyer).
Summer Camps for Catholic Youth:
Where Faith and Fun is an adventure!
This summer why not give your teens an opportunity to build self confidence, make new friends & deepen their faith.
For boys and girls from intermediate school to Year 10.
Conquest Camp, Hunua, South Auckland Challenge Camp for girls – Kokako Lodge, Hunua, South Auckland.
Register a.s.a.p. online: www.conquest-challenge-nz.org
For more information contact Manu Bennett 482 2414 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are appealing .....
We are appealing for white flowers for the Christmas altar arrangements.
If you are willing to donate these from your garden please phone Theresa in the parish office.
The flower team will be doing the arrangements on the morning of 24 December.
Please collect from foyer:
Minister rosters for the 5.30pm Mass
Morning tea rosters
Congratulations to: ....
Libby Whittaker - Dux of Carmel College for 2013.
Diarise!! Christmas Mass Times
Christmas Eve - St John’s:
5.30pm - Family Mass
11.30pm - Carol Service
Midnight - Christmas Mass
8.30am - St Francis
10.15am - St John’s, Orewa
Rite II Reconciliation:
Fri 20 Dec - 7.00pm, St John’s
One or two volunteers needed....
One or two volunteers needed to input the music playlists next year for the weekend Masses. This is usually done on a Thursday morning.
Once you are familiar with the program it will take about an hour of your time. Training provided.
Please ring Theresa in the parish office if you can assist.
Christmas Card, Calendars and NZ Catholic.
Looking for a large family home, to rent?
The Old Convent House is situated on the church property at Puhoi.
This character filled, fully insulated 1923 villa has 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large lounge, dining room/kitchen, double carport and quaint storage shed. School bus available from The Puhoi Store.
Rent per week includes lawn-mowing.
For more details and to arrange a viewing please contact the Warkworth/Puhoi Parish Council Chairwoman, Bernadette Straka on (09) 4220 716 or (027) 491 4748.
Humour Now terminated...
Due to some complaints - no more jokes will be published here in future...
This week’s newsletter has been kindly sponsored by COMMUNITY FOOT SERVICES
Contact Ray Hague, Podiatrist - 424 2887
(local parishioner and ex Parish Council and Finance Committee member)
TELEPHONE PRAYER CHAIN
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
Jackie Straka 421 0502
Noeline McDonald 426 7521
Margret Conroy 426 8177
Maureen Nancarrow 426 7921
Lana Hilliar 426 0555
Ursula Taylor 426 7970
Janet Dimbleby 427 5850
WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!!!
Let us know if there are any parishioners you know of who are:
Help us to help you!
- Need transport to doctors, hospital etc.
- Lonely or grieving
- Require emergency food supplements.
Any donations of non-perishable food items for the Care and Share foodbank will be welcomed.
|Contact the parish office at 426 5599 |