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24th August 2014

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Isaiah 22: 19-23 : Psalm 138 : Romans 11: 33-36 : Matthew 16:13-20
Next Sunday:   Jeremiah 20:7-9 : Psalm 63 : Romans 12:1-2 : Matthew 16:21-27

This week in the parish....

Mon 25 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 26 10.00am Ladies Coffee Group, Hall
  7.30pm Prayer Meeting, St Francis
Wed 27 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 28 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.00pm PPT Meeting, St John’s
Fri 29 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis

Special Collection today for Maori Pastoral Care.

Christ chose Peter to be the chief shepherd of his flock.
Though Peter had strengths he also had weaknesses.
We too have weaknesses.
When those weaknesses cause us to fall,
Christ forgives us and helps us go forward again.

A New Translation for our Sunday Scriptures 

Back in 1997 the New Zealand Bishops published “A Guide to Gender Inclusive Language in the Catholic Church”. They said:

The issue of inclusive language arises because of a change taking place in the English language. Only a few years ago it was commonly considered that women as well as men were included when we referred to ourselves as “sons”, “brothers”, “men” and “he”. ... But language changes, and we are increasingly aware that women no longer feel included by these words.
This matters because the ways we speak and relate to one another need to reflect our Christian faith. And so when changing language begins to conceal the equal dignity of all persons or their equal belonging, this does need to be addressed.
It is not a matter of changing the meaning of scriptural or liturgical texts.
It is a matter of being faithful to them: when the text intends to include both women and men, then the translation should clearly do the same.

The scripture translation at our parish Masses does not reflect the bishops’ concerns. So when a parishioner recently offered to buy for each church a Sunday lectionary which takes inclusive language into account, the Liturgy Committee gratefully accepted the offer.
These lectionaries have now arrived. Their bible translation is the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), which the NZ bishops approved back in 1997.
We plan to introduce the new lectionaries on 6/7 September. Readers will be contacted ahead of the change.
While some listeners may notice no difference, we hope that those who find the current translation difficult will be pleased. We would also like to use the new translation for weekdays, but weekday lectionaries are harder to come by.
Nevertheless we are trying to procure them. We express our thanks to the parishioner who has generously donated these lectionaries.

God bless you all.
Fr Pat Brady

The Chaldean Community’s organising committee .... 
Invites you to a meeting to express solidarity with the persecuted and displaced Iraqi Christians in Mosul.
The meeting will be held on Saturday 30 August at St Patricks Cathedral, Auckland.
You are kindly requested to be at your seat not later that 2.00pm.
The meeting is planned to end at 5.30pm followed by a walk through the city with banners.

Projectionist Rosters .....
To be collected from the foyer.

Please switch me off ....
When you enter the church.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick including Walter Nicholls and Maurice Boland.
We pray for the recently deceased including Carol Smith and Jerome Box, and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Alexa Lokes and Elizabeth Lokes.

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? Auckland’s first menALIVE weekend is being held at Holy Cross Papatoetoe, conducted by experienced leaders from the menALIVE team in Brisbane. For further information email or view

CYP invites young professional Catholics.....
In their 20s and 30s to the next gathering on Wednesday 3 Sept, 6.30pm at the Gus Fisher Gallery, Kenneth Myers Centre, 74 Shortland Str, Auckland.
Maria Pais will share her experiences and speak on ‘Mission vs Profession: Do you have to choose?’
Drinks and nibbles provided.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group: ...
Meet in the parish hall on Tuesday 26 August at 10.00am for a cuppa, bingo and social time.
All ladies welcome, particularly if you are new to the parish.

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 -
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:
  • Theologian asks Mass goers to measure parish outreach.
  • Auckland Catholic and Anglican bishops condemn Gaza violence.
  • Refugee man asks Kiwis to “meddle in” Australian issues.
  • Vatican wants a more sober Sign of Peace

NZ Catholic Newspaper - $4.00
Get yours at the back of the church

We are seeking a trainee sexton for the St John’s 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. There are 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.

Pope Francis wants you to spread the word of God....

    The Knights of the Southern Cross 2014 religious writing competition encourages you to look at new ways to do the Pope’s bidding in our local community.
    Full details of the competition and the prizes totalling $1,000 are on

Diocesan Youth Mass:
To be hosted by the West region on 31 August, 7pm at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
The theme is ‘Love God, Love All ‘ and priests from the West region will be celebrating the Mass.
There will be Catechesis before Mass (6pm-6.40pm) led by Bishop Pat who will speaking about Mission.

Please Note:
Theresa our parish secretary will be on leave from Monday 1 Sept to Monday 8 Sept inclusive.

Election 2014:

    A NZ Bishops’ Statement to help us prepare for the elections is available at

Keen to take up embroidery?
I’ve done enough and have lots of threads. If you’re interested please call Jacqui, 427 0426.

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. Prayer & Our Busy Lives with Anne Warren chf. Thur 28 Aug. 10am-12noon. $15.
2. The benefits of Yoga with Amanda Probett, Wed 3 Sept. 10am-11.30am. Koha/donation.
3. Retreat Day – Coming Home to Self with Joy Cowley, Sat. 4 Oct. $60.

Booking essential, for more details see 

Widowed, Separated or Divorced?
The Beginning Experience is a well established programme with the motto “Weekend Away for a Lifetime of Change”.
The retreat is designed to help people work through their painful loss.
The participants find new hope, increased emotional health and renewed energy.
Starts Friday evening, 2-4 Sept. Cost $300.
For a registration form contact Nicola, (09)523-0014 or visit website

Wanted to rent:
A 1-2 b/r unit in Orewa. Single, elderly parishioner, non-smoker, no pets. Phone Jim, 428 2232.

The priest was preparing a man for his long day’s journey into night. Whispering firmly, the priest said, “Denounce the devil! Let him know how little you think of his evil.”
The dying man said nothing. The priest repeated his order. Still the dying man said nothing.
The priest asked, “Why do you refuse to denounce the devil and his evil?” The dying man said, “Until I know where I’m heading, I don’t think I ought to aggravate anybody.”

Invitation to Young Parishioners:
The Liturgy Committee invites young parishioners, aged 16 to early 20s, to put their names forward if they are interested in becoming Ministers of Holy Communion.
This is a special call for young adults in the parish to become involved in this important ministry.
Please add your name to the clipboards at St John’s or St Francis’, or contact Fr Pat directly,

Joshua Men’s fellowship
Invite all the men to their meeting on Wed 27 August, 7.30pm-9.30pm, at St Joseph’s Centre, Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna.
The topic is ‘Living our faith in a world of busyness’.
Contact: Basil (09) 443 5755.


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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

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  • Sick
  • Need transport to doctors, hospital etc.
  • Lonely or grieving
  • Require emergency food supplements.
Help us to help you!
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Contact the parish office at 426 5599
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