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29th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME


19th October 2014



Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Isaiah 45:1,4-6 Psalm 96 : 1 Thess 1:1-5 : Matthew 22:15-21
Next Sunday:   Exodus 22:20-26 : Psalm 18 : 1Thess1:5-10 : Matt 22:34-40

This week in the parish....



Sun 19 9.00am Sacramental Programme, St Johns
  11.15am Training session for new Altar Servers, St John’s
  3.00pm Secular Franciscan Meeting, Hall
Mon 20 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 21 7.30pm Prayer Meeting, St Francis
Wed 22 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Legion of Mary, St John’s
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.30pm Prayer Meeting, St John’s
Thurs 23 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.00pm PPT Meeting, St John’s
Fri 24 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis
Sun 26 9.00am Sacramental Programme, St Johns



Today is Mission Sunday. In our readings we are asked to acknowledge the Lord our God, and all peoples as our brothers and sisters.
We are to give appropriately of our resources for the need and betterment of all.
Let us pray for our local mission projects in our own communities and commit ourselves to work to alleviate hunger and poverty in our neighbourhood.


Parish Developments for Children  

Two important events for young people are getting underway in the parish.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Today we bless the baptised children who are starting to prepare for the sacrament of Reconciliation. The Church considers it important that the opportunity to learn about Reconciliation and celebrate it takes place before the children receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. They will complete their initiation on Sunday 31 May next year. We welcome the children and their parents today and wish them well for their preparation. We hope this time of learning bears rich fruit for the children and their families.
Preparing Older Children for Baptism: We will soon begin a formal course of preparation for children seven and over who are not baptised. On Sunday 2 November these children will gather with their parents to begin preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist next Easter.The Church calls this preparation the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC). It runs along similar lines to the RCIA, the preparation of adults for these same sacraments. We would love to hear from other Catholic parents who may also have unbaptised children 7 or older. Please contact Catherine Cyprian on 426 2486 or c.cyprian@xtra.co.nz
Furthermore, if you are interested in helping with this course of preparation, Catherine would love to hear from you. These days such formation takes place in parishes in a more visible way than in the past. This helps us all become more aware of the needs of the children and their families, and invites us to keep them regularly in our prayers. Our praying for one another makes us strong as a parish family.
On the subject of welcoming new members: if you would like to help adults prepare to become Catholic through the RCIA, please don’t hesitate to contact Vic Barrington on 427 5228 or vicbathome@gmail.com

God bless you all.
Fr Pat



Today is Mission Sunday:
There will be a special collection for the Mission Sunday appeal. There are free post appeal envelopes on the table in the foyer for those who are not on the planned giving system and would like a receipt for their contribution. Pope Francis said: “World Mission Day is a privileged moment when the faithful of various continents engage in prayer and concrete gestures of solidarity in support of the young Churches in mission lands. It is a celebration of grace and joy.”



Operation Christmas Child:
Thank you to all who filled gift boxes this year.
Today, 19 October is the final day for returning the boxes.




We pray ...
We pray for all the sick including Jenny Morgan, Walter Nicholls and Tony McElwee. We pray for the recently deceased and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Des Chapman and Br John Shepherd.



A call for helpers:
From time to time, we have minor maintenance items that need attention such as gardening, painting, replacing a broken window catch or renewing a tap washer. While our Parish is blessed with a number of people who generously donate their time to help with maintenance jobs, we would like to spread the workload of our volunteers a little. If you have spare time and can assist with any minor maintenance jobs, we invite you to leave your name and contact details with Theresa in the Parish office.



Feast of All Souls:
On Sunday 2 November the parish will be celebrating the lives of our deceased parishioners.
All will be invited to light a candle for deceased loved ones. A special morning tea will be held in the hall after the 10.15am Mass for the families of those who have died in the past year.
Parishioners are welcome to join them for a cuppa and to bring a plate if possible.



Bishop's Christmas Cake Fundraiser:
A 1kg cake priced at $39.00 or a gift box priced at $45, available to order for posting to friends and family within NZ and overseas.
Phone (09) 299 3216 or orders and payments can be made online at www.aotea-baking.co.nz.






‘FIT FOR MISSION’
The Pastoral Planning Team welcomes your comments and suggestions on the Bishop’s Pastoral Plan.
There is a suggestion box in the foyer or please contact one of the members below:
Vic Barrington: - (09) 427 5228 - vicbathome@gmail.com
Claire Buckley: - 027 565 6612 - cbuckley@clear.net.nz
Catherine Cyprian: - (09) 426 2486 - c.cyprian@xtra.co.nz
Steve Hickey: - 021 804 432 - Stevehickey@vodafone.co.nz
Monica Manning: - (09) 426 5225 - monica.a.manning@gmail.com
Helen Reinen: - (09) 424 7245 - helenbernard04@yahoo.com
Lucas Wood: - 021 139 639 - lucaswood@yahoo.com




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  • Catholics speak of being hurt by Church teaching.
  • On the “Pope tour” in Francisco's home town.
  • Why are we so ungay about “gayness”?
  • Simplifying the annulment process to be given priority.
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Dove Catholic Fellowship
Invites all the women to a meeting on Wednesday 22 October, 7.30pm-9.30pm at St Joseph’s Centre, 1 Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna.
Come and be inspired by the teachings of Bev MacDonald based on Luke1:42. ‘Blessed to be a Blessing”.
Contact Nanci, 09 419 0348.




Seniors’ Christmas Luncheon, Tuesday 18 November,
Parish Hall, Midday.

    Entertainment provided. Admission free, limited to 80 people.
    To book add your name to the list in the foyer.
    Donations will be welcomed.


Understanding Dementia Education Evening:
Thursday 30 October, 7pm at Salvation Army, Red Beach.
An informative evening for those who have a relative with dementia or are caring for a person with dementia.
To book your seat please ring Monica or Megan, 09 421 1511. $10 including nibbles and drinks.



Sacramental Programme:
The first children’s session will be held at St John’s on Sunday 2 November at 9am.



Link Magazine:
Articles are welcomed for the Christmas edition.
This may take the form of a human interest story, an article, a poem, humour, letter to the editor etc.
Photos and illustrations welcomed.
Email to peter.watt@xtra.co.nz or hand in at the parish office. Closing date is 27 October.



Prayers of Remembrance:
All parishioners are invited to come and pray for their departed loved ones on Sunday 2 November, 3pm at North Shore Memorial Park Cemetery, Schnapper Rock Rd, Albany, in the Ash Memorial area.







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



Candidates for the Sacramental Progamme
The following candidates for the Sacramental Progamme will be presented at the 10.15am Mass today.
Please keep them, their families and the catechists in your prayers:
Thomas Aitken
Samantha Beaumont
Angelina Bennett
Jessie Berry
Genevieve Buckley
Jayden Churches
Melissa Churchouse
Sebastian Coggins
Mackenzie Coggins
Oscar Cremen
Ava Croker
Erin Croker
Willem de Visser
Lily Humphreys
Niamh Jones
Laughton Kora
Maia Kora
Jack McEwan
Bridey Mehrtens
Millie Middleton
Isha Nui
Amy O’Neill
Tara O’Shea
Nicholas Paterson
Fletcher Purvis
Joe Rhodes
Akiera Walsh



Retreat for Gay Men:

    Led by Fr Peter Murnane OP at the Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland on Saturday 1 November, 9.30am-7pm.
    Please bring something for shared lunch and dinner. Fee: koha.
    To register phone 09 845 418 (after 6pm).


Children’s Liturgy St Francis:
We are still urgently needing more leaders to present the children’s liturgy.
Please consider volunteering for this rewarding and fairly undemanding ministry.
Contact the coordinator, Yvonne Cassidy - 428 3136.



Giggle:
A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor's office. 
"Is it true," she wanted to know, "that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?" 
"'Yes, I'm afraid so,"' the doctor told her. There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied, 
"I'm wondering, then, just how serious is my condition because this prescription is marked 'NO REPEATS'.



Mercy Spirituality Centre:
104 The Drive, Epsom, (09) 638-6238.


1. Contemporary Reflections on Advent & Christmas (Retreat) with Joy Ryan-Bloore. Fri-Sun 31 Oct-2 Nov.
2. In-Seeing (Retreat Day) with Andrew Pritchard, Fri 21 Nov, 10am-4pm $50 inc. lunch.
3. Edwina Gateley (USA) on 14 February. Early-bird price applies. See our website.

Booking essential, for more details see www.mercyspiritualitycentre.org.nz 

 

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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:

  • 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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