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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

30th August 2015

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Deut. 4:1-2,6-8 : Psalm 15 : James 1:17-18,21-22,27 : Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23
Next Sunday:   Isaiah 35:4-7 : Psalm 146 : James 2:1-5 : Mark 7:31-37

This week in the parish....

Sun 30 4.00pm Meeting for all current Ministers of the Word
Mon 31 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.30pm Meditation, St Francis
Wed 2 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.30pm Combined Prayer meeting, St John’s
Thurs 3 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 4 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis

Morning Tea: Please stay for morning tea after the 8.30am and 10.15am Masses today.

Today we are called to put our faith, our religion, into action.
We are to serve others especially those in need and those in distress.
May we keep our hearts open to charity, the pure love of God.

Preparing for our new Parish Pastoral Council  

The Pastoral Planning Team has spent a year preparing the way for a new Parish Pastoral Council and committees. (See the Draft Policies and Protocol in the YELLOW BOOKLET available in the foyer.)
We are now calling for nominations for the new Council:

  • Any Catholic parishioner 16 or over is eligible.
  • All Councillors need to be committed to the parish’s full life and work, not just one or two areas of personal interest. This includes the parish’s mission outreach beyond itself to the wider society.
  • To nominate a parishioner for the Council, please complete a GREEN NOMINATION FORM available in the foyer.
  • To recommend a parishioner for the Panel of Consultants to meet with the candidates and discern the final make-up of the Council, please complete a BLUE CONSULTANTS FORM available in the foyer.
  • Any questions, please contact Claire Buckley (09 4204045) or me (09 426 5599).
  • Nominations close Sunday 13 September. The new Council will be announced on 26/27 September.
This is a time for “new beginnings” in the parish, with an energetic Council full of freshness and initiative to lead our parish in witnessing to Christ in our society, as well as caring and supporting its own members. Please pray for a Spirit-filled Council.

Coming Up ........... Sunday 13 September
  • 10.15am, Family Mass for School and Parish at St John’s, Orewa. We extend a special invitation to parents and children of Stella Maris School to participate as families in this Sunday Eucharist with our parish community. There will be no separate Children’s Liturgy of the Word at this Mass.
  • 5.30pm and 8.30am Masses. We mark the start of Social Justice Week (13-19 Sept) with a special guest, Patrick Snedden, who will speak at both these Masses. The Social Justice theme is “Kiwi Families: It’s Our Story” (see more details overleaf).

God bless you all.
Fr Pat

Overhead Projectionists required ...
For the Saturday 5.30pm Vigil Mass. It’s easy and its for the young and not-so-young. Training provided. We especially need people for Dec 2015 and Jan 2016.
Please call Chantal, 022 681 7579.

Sacramental Programme:
We are looking for 2 new child leaders for the sacramental programme this year. 
The programme is fully supported with materials and resources and we have relievers if you are unable to make a session. This involves 9 sessions over the 6 month programme. Sessions are 9-10am on Sunday mornings. If you are interested please contact Claire Buckley,(09) 420 4045, or - Couples welcome.
If additional leaders don’t come forward we won’t be able to go ahead with the programme this year.

Thank you ...
For your contributions to the Maori Pastoral Care collection last weekend which totalled $1,200.

Pope Francis
Laudato Si

“The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. These problems are closely linked to a throw-away culture which affects the excluded just as it quickly reduces things to rubbish.”

When we buy more than we need, we often neglect those who don’t even have their basic needs met - and often fill our landfills with things that could be fixed and used again. What is one thing I can do to limit my participation in the ‘throw-away culture’?

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Marcel Biggelaar.
We pray for the recently deceased including Quinn Wise and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

The Finance Committee ...
Is looking for a minute secretary to keep records of finance meetings. This is a non-active committee role and involves attending and keeping minutes of monthly meetings. 
If you are interested in this position, please contact Theresa in the Parish Office, or Gabrielle Gill on 426 9153.

Marian Mothers Group:
Meet on Tuesday 8 September at 7.30pm at 4 Hiwi Crescent, Stanmore Bay.
All women are welcome to come and listen to a talk prepared by the Marist Centre. Please bring your rosary beads.
For more information phone Therese, 424 0732 or Yvonne, 428 3136.

The Diocesan Family Faith website
Has introduced this new section ‘Family Faith Fun’ - 12 activities based on the liturgical year each month to do as a family and build faith.
Go to

“Serving the Lord and His People”
A Parish Programme for Liturgical Ministry, beginning Soon!

The Liturgy Committee is pleased to announce a programme extending over the next three months. Meetings will be held as follows:

  • For ALL current Ministers of the Word: Sunday 30 August, 4 - 5 pm;
  • For ALL current Ministers of Communion: Sunday 13 Sept, 4 - 5 pm;
  • For ALL interested in becoming a Minister of the Word or a Minister of Holy Communion: Sunday 20 Sept, 4 - 5 pm;
    • a follow-up Meeting for those interested in becoming a Minister of the Word: 27 Sept, 4 - 5 pm;
    • a follow-up Meeting for those interested in becoming a Minister of Communion: Sunday 11 October, 4 - 5 pm.
Those who are interested in becoming new Ministers of the Word or new Ministers of Holy Communion are asked to put their names on the list in the foyer, indicating which ministry you are interested in, which Mass you attend etc. Even if you have put your name down to be a new Minister before, please do so again so we have an up-to-date list.
All the above meetings will take place at St John’s Church. Practical sessions for new ministers will be held in our two churches during October.

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

1. Individually guided 6-day live-in retreat facilitated by Sr Christina Cathro, 13-19 Sept

Booking essential, for more details see 

Family Mass
13 Sept - 10.15am Mass

Link Magazine:
Please start sending in your articles for the Christmas edition. These may take the form of a human interest story, a poem, humour, letter to the editor etc. Photos and illustrations welcomed. Please email to or hand in at the parish office.

The combined prayer group ...
Invites you to join them on Wednesday 2 September in St John’s hall at 7.30pm for songs of praise, prayer, intercessions and supper to follow.

Happy Birthday to...

    Jenny Morgan - 27 Aug
    John Perris - 1 Sept

Talks on the Family: All are invited to attend two talks to be given by Fr Linus Clovis at St Thomas More Parish, Glenfield, 9&16 Sept, 7-8.30pm. The titles of the talks are:

  • Talk 1: ‘The Family – Beacons of light in an Age of Darkness’ and
  • Talk 2: ‘Marriage and Family – understanding the current crisis’.
Fr. Clovis is the spiritual director of Family Life International with expertise on matters relating to Life, Faith and Family.

A reminder to new parishioners ...
Please complete a parish roll form (on the table in the foyer).

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Iconic building may escape $10m bill.
  • NZ Bishops have looked at “group” reconciliation.
  • College upset affects principal’s job
  • Who took two Louis J Steele artworks?

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

Meet for a fun sing-along on Thursday 3 Sept at 1.00pm at Hibiscus Coast Village, 101 Red Beach Road, in the theatre.
All welcome. Ring Iris, 421 1927.

Men of Prayer of the Hibiscus Coast Churches...
Meet on Monday 7 Sept at Mission North Fellowship, 9 Wainui Rd, Silverdale at 7pm. All men invited.
Prayer, praise & worship and a shared meal to conclude. Contact Graeme - 428 7424.

Combined Rodney Seniors
Invite parishioners to join them on a bus trip to the Dalmatian Society Open Day in Auckland on Sunday 20 Sept, leaving Orewa Surf Club at 12 noon.
To book or for further details contact Joan, 424 7545.

Johnny: “Do you think people can predict the future with cards?”
Jimmy: “My mother sure can. She takes one look at my report card and tells me exactly what will happen when Dad gets home.”

On Social Justice Sunday, 13 September
Patrick Snedden will be the guest preacher at the 5.30pm and 8.30am Masses. The theme for this year's Social Justice Week is "Kiwi families: It's our Story. What does it take for all families to flourish."
Patrick is well placed to comment on this, having 5 children and 5 grandchildren. He is the chairman of the Maniakalani Educational Trust in the Glen Innes area, and has been involved over the years as a Treaty negotiator, as Chairman of a District Health Board, as an economic advisor to the Ngati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board, and has been on the board of  Housing NZ.
Also during Social Justice Week there will be a meeting for all those who have expressed an interest in Social Justice, but it is also open to anyone from the Parish who might like to come. This will be held on Thursday 17 September at 7.30pm in St John's hall, Orewa. A short film called "It's our Story" produced by Caritas will be shown.

Interested in skiing?

    If any family, group, couple or individual is interested in improving their skiing, learning to race, learning to ski or become expert skiers I would love to offer my services as their Mountain Tour Guide and assist them to become expert skiers.
    Contact Douglas Bennett, 021 311 859.

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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
Margret Conroy - 426 8177
Jackie Straka - 421 0502
Maureen Nancarrow - 426 7921
Ursula Taylor - 426 7970
Janet Dimbleby - 427 5850
Kerry Johnson - 424 2854
Raewyn Taylor - 424 1414

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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