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20th July 2014

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 : Psalm 86 : Rom 8:26-27: Matthew 13: 24-43
Next Sunday:   1 Kings 3:5,7-12 : Psalm 119P : Romans 8:28-30 : Matt 13:44-52

This week in the parish....

Sun 20 3.00pm Secular Franciscan Meeting, Hall
Mon 21 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 22 10.00am Ladies Coffee Group, Hall
  7.30pm Prayer Meeting, St Francis
Wed 23 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 17 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.00pm PPT, St John’s

The Spirit is our help! We are people full of weaknesses and we cannot pray for our repentance unless the Spirit comes to help us in our weakness. Our God is mild in judgement and we pray that his mercy will be with us so that like wheat we will be gathered into his barn.

Being Joyful Catholics   

I spent this past week in Taupo with about 70 diocesan priests from Auckland diocese. Diocesan priests are those who belong to a diocese and are answerable to the diocesan bishop - in our case, Bishop Pat Dunn.
We differ from priests of religious congregations, or orders, like Franciscans, Marists, etc. They usually span several dioceses or even countries, and are answerable to their congregational leader, not to a bishop.
Like our first gathering in 2012, this year’s meeting served to help us get to know each other better and build friendships, especially since in recent years a fair number of priests from other countries have been joining our ranks.
This year’s focus was “The Joy of the Gospel” (in Latin, Evangelii Gaudium), which Pope Francis published last November. This is known as an Apostolic Exhortation, the kind of document popes write following a Synod of Bishops, in this case the 2012 synod on Evangelisation, that is, on Spreading the Gospel. Pope Francis adds his own touch to this subject, his particular style coming through on virtually every page.
He conveys great commitment and enthusiasm for bringing the Good News of God’s kingdom to people everywhere, and wants us all to be joyful and positive, with all the people we meet, about what we stand for as Catholics.
Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”) resonates very well with “Fit for Mission”, Bishop Pat’s pastoral plan we are now starting to implement in Auckland diocese.
During our meeting, Bishop Pat said that, whenever a parish is making a decision about its life and work, he wants us to ask ourselves the question: “Will this help or develop our mission?”
This is a challenge for every parish, one which hopefully leads us to become communities - and individuals - who look for ways to bring the love and mercy of Jesus to others every day.

God bless you all.
Fr Pat Brady

Caring Sunday annual appeal
Caring Sunday is the annual appeal for Bishop Pat’s charitable foundation. It is the one time in each year the New Zealand Bishops ask for help from their parishioners to support the work of their Foundations so that we may help those in need in our local communities.
Next Sunday 27 July there will be a second collection for the Caring Sunday Appeal. Every year grants are made to a variety of worthy causes because of the contributions of caring catholic donors.
Please give generously. See the Caring Foundation’s newsletter on the table in the foyer and the notice board for information on how the funds are distributed.
Note: If you are not on the planned giving system and would like a receipt for your donation, please take a Caring Sunday appeal envelope from the table in the foyer next week and complete your details before enclosing your donation.

Requiem Mass for Paul Biggelaar
On Monday 21 July, 11am at St John’s church.
There will be no Liturgy of the Word or Eucharistic Adoration on Monday.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick including Ken McKenzie, John Lokes and Elizabeth Cameron.
We pray for the recently deceased including Paul Biggelaar and Ronald Noice and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Clare Keegan, Les and Teresa Williamson.

Invitation to the open teaching night at the Catholic Discipleship College
At 103 College Road, Northcote on Thursdays 31 July and 21 August, 7.30pm - 9pm. Theme: ‘Ignation Discernment’ by Gemma Sinnot. St Ignatius of Loyola developed a very helpful method of discerning God’s Spirit at work in our lives. You are most welcome to join us for dinner at 6.30pm.
A koha would be appreciated. To book for dinner and more information contact Anne Marie, or (09) 480 0548.

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

Lights, St Francis:
Please ensure that all lights are switched off, including the kitchen and toilet area, before leaving and locking the church.

Catholic Young Professionals
Invite young professional Catholics in their 20s and 30s to attend a social evening on Wednesday 23 July
at De Post Belgian Beer Cafe, Mt Eden at 7pm. Join other awesome CYPs for a relaxing evening!
Send email to to RSVP or for more info.
See website

Found at St Johns:
Black & silver Tintele N991 mobile phone.
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 -

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  • The people tell the Vatican that the Church is struggling.
  • Rural areas may lose the faith, warns priest.
  • 13 priests celebrate 535 years of ministry.
  • Billy the Kid deferred to saintly Sr Blandina

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Applications are open for a full-time Youth and Young Adult Ministry Co-Ordinator in the Youth Ministry Office. 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.

Two questions… in the interests of security.
* Do you have a church key?
* Do you still really need that key?
If you have a key and you don't really need it, would you please return it to the church office over the next two weeks.

Help required: 
The new Pastoral Planning Team is looking for someone to take the Minutes of their meetings from their first meeting in August.
The team currently meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays in each month at 7.00pm in the meeting room at St Johns.
Please contact Theresa in the parish office if you are willing to help.

Adriana Bovelander
Wishes to thank all parishioners for their prayers, kind wishes and gifts.
She is improving each day and is grateful for the support received.

Happy Birthday to: ....
Karen Davies - 19 July
Mike McCarthy - 21 July
Carola McCarthy - 24 July

Future-proof your precious video collection

    Copy them to DVD.
    Phone Ryan - 426 9533.

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. Retreat Day: Spirituality & Social Justice with Steve Tollestrup. - Wed 23 July, 9.30-4.30pm. $60. (includes lunch). For people working in busy ministries.
2. Meditation Day with Cathryn Wiles-Pichard rsm, Sat 26 July, 9.30am-4pm. $35.

Booking essential, for more details see 

Working Bee at St John’s on Saturday 26 July
8am-12noon, morning tea included.
Co-ordinator Kevin Straka 426 9819.
We appeal to all parishioners to help out.
Please bring wheelbarrows, hard brooms, rakes, forks, shovels, secateurs and trowels.

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.
Enquiries to or

Dove Catholic Fellowship North Shore
Invite all women to their meeting on 23 July, 7.30pm-9.30pm, at St Jospeh’s Centre, 1 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna.
Come and be inspired by the teachings of Barbara Hines on ‘Blessing’.
Contact Nanci, (09) 419 0348.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Meet in the parish hall on Tuesday 22 July at 10.00am for a cuppa, bingo and social time. All ladies welcome, particularly if you are new to the parish.

Joshua North Shore
Invites all men to their next gathering at St Josephs Centre, 1 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna on Wednesday 30 July, 7.30pm-9.30pm.
Fr. Maliu ‘Otutaha from St Mary's Church, Northcote will speak on ‘Finding God in the Darkness’.
Contact: Basil Rassam, (09) 443 5755.

St Paul’s College in Ponsonby
Requires a confidential Principal’s Personal Assistant, to assist him and provide support to the senior managers and the Board of Trustees.
The person will ideally be an experienced PA.
This is a 32.5 hour per week position with the possibility of extended hours. You could also be required to work 1 week of every term holiday.  
For further info see website:


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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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