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14th September 2014

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Numbers 21:4-9 : Psalm 77 : Phil 2:6-11 : John 3:13-17
Next Sunday:   Isaiah 55:6-9 Psalm 145 : Philip 1:20-24,27 : Matthew 20:1-16

This week in the parish....

Mon 15 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 16 7.30pm Prayer Meeting, St Francis
Wed 17 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 18 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 19 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis

Today we are challenged again to take up our cross
and follow the one who became obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross.
In this Eucharist may we realise the power of the cross,
and the love of God made human in Jesus Christ.

Social Justice Week 

A very warm welcome to Sister Margaret Martin, our guest homilist today as we begin Social Justice Week. Sister Margaret, a Sister of Mercy, is a registered social worker who, with Sister Anne Hurley, is actively involved in Wiri where they have lived and worked for over 25 years.
They established a community based agency in Wiri in 1990 and have wide experience in social justice, community action and social service provision.
Their ministry currently includes advocacy, tenancy and housing issues, responding to immediate need, home visits and visiting those in prison.
Sister Margaret’s testimony helps us realise the central place of social justice in the life of the Church. It also offers us inspiration to respond to the call we are all hearing from Pope Francis and Bishop Pat to be people of mission and outreach.
A powerful form of missionary outreach is working for justice and peace. Last year we marked Social Justice Week with the visit of Shane Coleman, Chairman of the Auckland Justice and Peace Commission. Since Shane spoke at our Masses, our own Justice and Peace Group have been gradually shaping their role here in our parish.
Kevin O’Brien, Catherine Birt and Michael Long have been working with the Justice and Peace Commission and have been involved in such events as the recent seminar on Catholic Social Teaching. Our thanks to Kevin, Catherine and Michael for arranging Sister Margaret’s visit to mark Social Justice Week 2014.
The diocesan Commission is currently active in areas such as the following:
Poverty; Housing Affordability; Environment/Sustainability; Crime and Reconciliation; Peace and International Justice.
Our Justice and Peace Group would be delighted to hear from other parishioners interested in being involved in these kinds of social action.

God bless you all.
Fr Pat Brady

Catholic Social teaching – Our tradition of Justice:
It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions.
New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops launch a justice focus in Social Justice Week each year.
This year we are focusing on the Catholic social teaching principles and teachings that shape the way we engage with social issues.
Let us take the time to learn more about our tradition of justice and be inspired by the way catholic social teachings have been applied in our community. Find resources and inspiring videos at

Today is the Annual Cathedral Appeal:
The Cathedral is ‘home’ to all Catholics in the Diocese - a treasury of our Catholic heritage and history in Auckland and New Zealand, that strives to serve all peoples and create a peaceful oasis in the centre of New Zealand’s busiest city.
We realise that there are many demands for funds on individuals and families these days but we would be grateful for your continuing support of this Appeal. 
There are Freepost Appeal envelopes available in the church foyer. Funds raised in this appeal will be used to continue the conservation of the Cathedral for future generations.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in the parish including Jenny Morgan and Natalie Hall.
We pray for the recently deceased including Patrick Barry and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Becoming a Catholic is a process or journey called ...
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and of Children - RCIA and RCIC. We plan to start both in the parish, and need catechists from our community to share their faith and the journey of the participants.
There will be resources and help, and to ease the time commitment, we are looking for a team of people for each group, adults and children. We would like to begin the RCIC by October and the RCIA early next year. If you are interested, or would like to know more, please contact Catherine Cyprian about the RCIC team and Vic Barrington about the RCIA team.
See contact details below.

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The priest was trying to comfort one of his parishioners.
"Mr. Kelley", he said, "you shouldn't be bitter. You must be thankful."
"Thankful!" exclaimed Kelley. "Just what do I have to be thankful for, I ask you? I can't even pay my bills."
The priest thought for a bit, then said brightly, “Be thankful you aren't one of your creditors."

Lost Property:
Black & Gold purse found at St John’s after the 10.15am Mass on Sunday 7 Sept.
Please contact Theresa in the parish office.

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
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  • Presbyterians share papal message.
  • NZ Iraqi teenager recalls the day that changed her life.
  • Children’s suffering worse, say Sisters.
  • Words can kill, Pope Francis reminds us.

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Sacramental Programme
Enrolments for the Parish Sacramental Programme are now open.
Enrolment forms can be found in the foyer of the churches and at the Stella Maris School Office.
Children need to have been baptised Catholic and be in Year 3 at school.
The programme runs from 14 October 2014 to June 2015.
The cost of the programme is $50, which includes course material, a personalised candle and professional photograph of your child during the ceremony.
If you wish to enrol your child please complete the enrolment form and return with payment and a copy of your child’s baptism certificate to the Parish Office.
If you have any questions or require more information please contact Claire Buckley, programme coordinator at or 09 420 4045.

Marian Mothers' Group:
Amendment to last week’s notice - the group meet on Tuesday 16 September at 4 Hiwi Crescent, Stanmore Bay.
All women warmly welcome for a relaxed get together to listen to a talk prepared by the Marist Centre.
Bring your Rosary beads.
We continue to pray for the parish needs and especially our youth, every Tuesday from our own homes.
Phone Therese, 424 0732 or Yvonne, 428 3136.

Link Magazine:

    Please start sending in your articles 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 or hand in at the parish office.

Stella Stars Playgroup .....
Meets every Friday during School term in the Stella Maris School Hall from 8.45am to 11.00am. 
All new families are welcome to come along with your pre-schooler and meet other families in our school community. We cater for babies up to age 5. Each week there are craft activities and a mat time for children to explore music, dance and prayer. 
We look forward to seeing some new faces.
For more information contact Nicole Lawson, 021 024 19332 or email:


    The Pastoral Planning Team would like to thank all Parishioners who have sent letters and emails or have spoken to us, giving us feedback, thoughts, ideas etc.
    All your input is very valuable and will be taken into account. Don't stop now, please keep writing and talking to us.
    Contact details are on the PPT display board in the foyer. Blessings to you all.

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

Dove Catholic Fellowship ...
Warmly invites all women to our meeting on Wednesday 17 September, 7.30pm-9.30pm at 1 Fred Thomas Dr, St Joseph's Centre, Takapuna.
Come and be inspired by the teachings of Rita Peterson based on Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peace makers for they will be called children of God.”

Join us for the Caritas Report Launch:
‘Small Yet Strong – Voices from Oceania on the Environment’ on Saint Francis Day, Saturday 4 October at St Peter Chanel Parish, 44 Boundary Rd, Clover Park, Auckland.
You are invited to a celebration of Eucharist with Bishop Pat at 11am followed by lunch and a 2pm Seminar with keynote speaker Amelia Ma’afu from Caritas Tonga and a panel of speakers from around Oceania. All welcome! 
For further information, please contact Manuel Beazley, 09 274 8214 or email

A Requiem Mass ....
Will be held for Patrick Barry at St John’s Church on Tuesday 16 September at 10.30am.
There will be no 9.30am Mass or Eucharistic Adoration on that day.

Married Couples:
Revitalise and enrich your intimacy, love and romance in your marriage. Attend the marriage encounter weekend, 17-19 October at Allenby Park Hotel, Manukau.
To book Phone (0800 362 686) or Christine & David Sloan, 09 372-3581 or email

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

1. Spiritual Life in a Secular Society (Meditation Day) with Sr Cathryn Wiles-Pickard. Saturday, 11 Oct. $35.
2. Focusing on Forgiveness Series with Laetitia Puthenpadath. Six Wednesdays 10am-12noon, starting 15 Oct. $15 each or $80 the series.
3. Contemporary Reflections on Advent & Christmas (Retreat) with Joy Ryan-Bloore. Fri-Sun 31 Oct-2 Nov.
4. In-Seeing (Retreat Day) with Andrew Pritchard, Fri 21 Nov, 10am-4pm $50 inc. lunch.
5. Edwina Gateley (USA) on 14 February. Early-bird price applies. See our website.

Booking essential, for more details see 


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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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