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27th July 2014

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
1 Kings 3:5,7-12 : Psalm 119P : Romans 8:28-30 : Matt 13:44-52
Next Sunday:   Isaiah 55:1-3 : Psalm 145 : Rom 8:35,37-39 : Matthew 14:13-21

This week in the parish....

Mon 28 7.30pm Meditation, St Johnís
Tues 29 7.30pm Prayer Meeting, St Francis
Wed 30 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Johnís
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Legion of Mary, St Johnís
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.30pm Prayer Meeting, St Johnís
Thurs 31 4.00pm Meditation, St Johnís
Fri 1 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis

God has given us many gifts, including the promise that we will share in Christís glory.
We give thanks for these treasures, as we continue on our journey to the fullness of the kingdom of heaven.

Supporting the Catholic Caring Foundation on Caring Sunday†††

Today is Caring Sunday, when Catholics of Auckland diocese support the work of the Catholic Caring Foundation (CCF).
In 1988, Bishop Denis Browne, then bishop of Auckland, set up the Foundation to help those in need in Auckland, Northland and Coromandel, by providing financial assistance and mentoring for families and communities. In 25 years the Foundation has advanced over $12 million in grants.
The CCF receives funds from parish collections and other sources such as individuals who remember the Foundation in their will, and those who nominate the Foundation to receive their personal tax rebate.
During the past year the CCF has received grant applications for over $1 million and distributed funds to needs such as:

  • parishes operating foodbanks and budgeting facilities;
  • the St Vincent de Paul Society in Auckland and Northland;
  • De Paul house, Monte Cecilia Housing Trust and Island Charitable Trust;
  • Edmund Rice Youth Camps for disadvantaged children;
  • Pregnancy Support Services;
  • Womens Refuge and Hospice Care in the Far North;
  • Aged Care and Prevention of Abuse programmes in the Far North and Rodney;
  • transport to and from hospital for elderly people in isolated rural communities.

Let us give generously to further the CCFís outreach and support its work and workers in our prayers.

God bless you all.
Fr Pat Brady

Special Collection today for the Catholic Caring Foundation
Donation envelopes and CCF Newsletters are on the table in the foyer.

We are seeking a trainee sexton for the St Johnís Memorial Garden

This volunteer role involves preparing the memorial plots for interment of ashes, being in attendance at interments to cover the interred ashes and maintaining a memorial garden register.(Approx. 6 interments a year). Some heavy lifting of soil is required. The person will also be responsible for maintaining the plants in the memorial garden and ensuring these and plots are kept tidy. These tasks could be split between two people. Terry Hodge has been the sexton for many years and feels it is time to hand over this role. Please ring Theresa in the parish office if you feel called to this ministry.

Care and Share
Thanks all those who have been making soup and contributing to the food bank.
God bless you all.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick including Terry Hodge, Ken McKenzie, John Lokes and Elizabeth Cameron.
We pray for the recently deceased and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Ita Twomey.

menALIVE Weekend for Men: †
What are you doing on 30/31 August? Could you benefit from a weekend, featuring talks, personal testimonies, opportunities for discussion, and space to reflect?
Aucklandís first menALIVE weekend is being held at Holy Cross Papatoetoe, conducted by experienced leaders from the menALIVE team in Brisbane.
Enquiries to or

90th Jubilee, Parish Mt Albert 7-14 September:

    A warm invitation is extended to past parishioners and people associated with the parish to attend our 90th Jubilee Celebrations.
    Jubilee Mass 9.30am Sunday 7 Sept, at St Maryís Parish Church, Kitenui Ave, Mount Albert. Jubilee Social Gathering 7pm Friday 12 September at Mount Albert War Memorial Hall.
    For further details phone (09) 846-6775,†or email

Spiritual Direction:
If you wish to explore your own spiritual journey more deeply or wonder if there is something more to this business of God /church/ belief, then call Vincent Maire on 424-2293a/h.

Join in the morning tea ....
After both the 8.30am and 10.15am Masses today.

The Pastoral Planning Team welcomes your comments and suggestions on the Bishopís Pastoral Plan.
There is a suggestion box in the foyer or please contact one of the members below:
Vic Barrington: - (09) 427 5228 -
Claire Buckley: - 027 565 6612 -
Catherine Cyprian: - (09) 426 2486 -
Steve Hickey: - 021 804 432 -
Monica Manning: - (09) 426 5225 -
Helen Reinen: - (09) 424 7245 -
Lucas Wood: - 021 139 639 -

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Theology becoming a lay gift, says priest.
  • Aussie academic and author likes Pope's style.
  • Dawkins bears down on fairytales.
  • Mobsters challenge the Pope.

NZ Catholic Newspaper - $4.00
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Applications are open for a full-time Youth and Young Adult Ministry Co-Ordinator in the Youth Ministry Office in Auckland.†
We require a person who is passionate about ministering with and to young people.
The job description can be downloaded from†
Applications close Tuesday 5 August.

An experienced carpet layer is required
To repair the carpeting at St Johnís church.
Please contact Buddy on 424 4902 if you can assist with this.

To our recently baptised, Mia Child and Carter Sweetman.

Stella Maris school....

    Is pleased to be hosting Japanese students from 19-31 August and are appealing for host families.
    Please email Vicky, or ring 021 724 436 if you are willing to host one or more students.

The Annual St Dominicís Day celebration ...
For ex-pupils and friends, on Sunday, 3 August, 2pm at Epsom Catholic Church Hall, Banff Ave, Epsom.
Gold coin collection at the door to cover costs. RSVP by 28 July to provide numbers for catering to Sr Leonie.
Ph. (09) 832 3740.

Menís Retreat:
ĎGazing Upon Christí Ė Listening to the Writings of St. Clare of Assisi, led by Fr. Bernie Thomas, ofm.
6-17 August (Sat 7pm - Sunday 7pm) at St Francis Retreat Centre, Mt Roskill.
$115 (All inclusive).
Booking essential, (09) 625 6651.

Happy Birthday to:
Ken Bridle - 1st August

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

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

1. Merciful Care instead of Merciful Killing with David Richmond. Wed 31 July, 10-11.30am. Koha.
2.††Retreat Ė Walking the Four-Path Christ Journey with Alexander Shaia (USA). Fri eve & Sat, 8-9 Aug. $75.
3.††Prayer & Our Busy Lives with Anne Warren chf. Thur 28 Aug. 10am-12noon. $15.

Booking essential, for more details see†

The Care and Share team ...
Is a group of people offering support and friendship within our parish community. We each make a small contribution towards helping others that need assistance of some sort, be it a short visit, a few comforting words or a food parcel from the church food bank. A small input from each person involved can result in a very positive outcome for those in need.†
If you feel you would like to play your part in our effort to Ďcare and shareí or would like more information, please contact Truus, (09)426-9548 or Ken, (09)427-9106.†
We have some very good things planned for later this year and our efforts, and yours can make a big difference.

Married Couples:
Revitalise and enrich your intimacy, love and romance in your marriage.
Attend the Marriage Encounter weekend, 22-24 August at Allenby Park Hotel Manukau.
Phone 0800 362 686 or email

Future-proof your precious video collection
Copy them to DVD.
Phone Ryan - 426 9533.

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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
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

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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