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3rd Sunday of Advent

14th December 2014

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Isaiah 61 : 1-2,10-11: Magnificat: 1 Thess 5:16-24: John 1:6-8,19-28
Next Sunday:   2 Samuel 7: 1-5,8-12,14,16 : Psalm 89 : Romans 16:25-27 : Luke 1:26-38

This week in the parish....

Mon 15 7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s
  11.00am School Prize Giving, St John’s Church & Hall
Tues 16 7.30pm Prayer Meeting, St Francis
Wed 17 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  1.00pm Legion of Mary, St John’s
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.00pm Rite I Reconciliation & Exposition, St John’s
  8.00pm Prayer Meeting, Hall
Thurs 18 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 19 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis
Sun 21 3.00pm Secular Franciscan Meeting, Hall

John the Baptist said to his contemporaries:
“There stands among you one whom you know not.” He was referring to Jesus,
who was present among the people unbeknown to them.
Jesus is present among us as we gather to celebrate the Eucharist.

We Welcome New Young Members  

Today let us welcome Connor, Erin, Mackenzie and Zac, four children aged from seven to eleven, who are starting their formal preparation for Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist next Easter.
These days unbaptised children aged seven and over are prepared in a way similar to that set down for adults.
At seven they are too old to be baptised simply at their parents’ request, as happens for younger children. They are old enough to share in the decision themselves, and explore at their level what being Catholic means.
The process of preparing adults for Baptism is called The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
The process for older children is The Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC).
I believe this is the first time our parish has provided this ministry to older children. I am delighted we can now offer this opportunity to children and their families, and most grateful to those helping them. By our prayers let us support the children on their journey to Easter.
“For Many” / “For All” In 2011 the words of Jesus at the Last Supper were changed in the Mass.
“For you and for all” became “for you and for many”. At the time, this new translation caused some concern. People felt it meant that Jesus died only for many, not for all.
We have been assured - and there is much to support the idea - that the words “for many” (a literal translation of the Latin pro multis), in this context, and given the biblical and historical background, actually mean “for all”. But people said: if it means “for all”, why not simply say “for all”?
However it is not so simple, given the formal significance of this part of the Mass and the global level at which such decisions are made. But the more we hear “for many”, the more we need to remember it means “for all”.

God bless you all.
Fr Pat

Christmas Hamper Appeal:
Amazing, great, remarkable, beautiful, are just a few of the words used to describe the response parishioners gave to the Care and Share Christmas Hamper appeal.
The C&S team was absolutely delighted with the size and quality of the hampers provided. We had no idea how the appeal would be received but were truly grateful for the generosity of the people that took part. Saying thank you just doesn’t seem adequate under the circumstances but you can be confident that your efforts made a positive impact on the lives of the needy families in the programme.
Several people were disappointed at not being able to pick up a profile sheet to make up a hamper as they were all taken fairly quickly. We would like to remind you that donations of food placed in the basket in the church foyer will still make a big difference to those in need.
Thanks again and God bless.

We pray ...
We pray for the sick in the parish including Jocelyn Martins, Jenny Morgan, Eric Verdonk, Sharon Pak, Eugene O’Leary, Walter Nicholls, Ned Erceg and Arthur O’Leary.
We pray for the recently deceased and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Christmas Mass Times:

    Christmas Eve - St John’s:
    5.30pm - Family Mass
    11.30pm - Carol Service
    Midnight - Christmas Mass
    Christmas Day:
    8.30am - St Francis, Family Mass
    10.15am - St John’s, Orewa

The Sacrament of Reconciliation before Christmas.

- Rite I, Wednesdays of Advent: 17 December, from 7 - 8pm.
Exposition and Reconciliation will be available in St John’s Church, Orewa
- Rite I, Saturday mornings, after 9.30am Mass, St John’s Church.
- Rite II Reconciliation North Shore Deanery:
    - Tues 16 Dec Mairangi Bay - 7.00pm
    - Wed 17 Dec Glenfield - 7.00pm
    - Thur 18 Dec Northcote - 7.00pm
    - Sun 21 Dec Devonport - 5.00pm

Well done to Chris McCloughen,
A parishioner who has passed his final two papers for his Graduate Diploma of Theology through Good Shepherd College, Ponsonby.
He would like to thank the members of the Wednesday evening prayer group who supported him in prayer through his studies. He is looking forward to graduating next year.

Indoor Bowls
The Indoor Bowling group is taking a break until Wednesday 28 January.

Mainly Music
Mainly Music has finished for the year and will meet again in Term 1 2015.

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 -
Colin Henry: - (09) 427 5162 -
Steve Hickey: - 021 804 432 -
Monica Manning: - (09) 426 5225 -
Helen Reinen: - (09) 424 7245 -
Lucas Wood: - 021 139 639 -

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We need help .... 
We need help to prepare for professional cleaning of the carpet in St John's Church in January 2015. 
We need to move the seating from the Church on Thursday 15 January and to put it all back on Saturday 17 January. 
It is heavy work, but should only take about an hour if we get a good turnout.  If you can help, please contact Terry Cochrane on 426 2383.

Stella Maris School 10th Anniversary Celebration: 
Calling past BOT members, staff, students and families to join the school to celebrate this special occasion on 20 February 2015.
Commences at 1.30pm with Liturgy, photo viewing and afternoon tea.
Special merchandise items available, visit
Any enquires please call the school office 09 4279 189.
Spread the Word. 

Congratulations to Peter Watt
A parishioner and teacher at St Peter’s College Auckland, who was presented the Petrus Award and Medal at the recent prize giving, for his dedicated long service to St Peter’s College.
Well done Peter! 
Peter is also the editor of our parish Link magazine and we thank him for the time and effort he has put into producing the Christmas edition.

The Wednesday evening prayer group ...

    Meet this Wednesday 17 December and will resume in the new year on 21 January.

Many thanks
To Eileen and the choir who sang at the 5.30pm Mass last Saturday and added a special touch to my 80th birthday celebration.
May God bless you all, Elizabeth & family.

Meditation Groups:
Meet this week and will start again at St John’s on Mon 5 Jan and Thurs 8 Jan and at St Francis on Wed 21 Jan.

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

Diarise!!! Parish Annual Picnic:
As there will be no newsletters during the month of January, please diarise our Parish annual picnic to be held
on Sunday 1 February 2015, Site 3, Wenderholm Regional Park
(look out for the yellow balloons) from 3pm onwards.
Bring picnic blankets, chairs, sports equipment, togs and towels and a picnic dinner and drinks.

If any children would like to ....
Take a special part in the Family Mass at St Francis on Christmas morning at 8.30am, please contact Catherine Birt 09 974 3783 or email your name and phone number to

Urgent Rental Needed:
Large studio unit or granny flat on the Hibiscus Coast required by a parishioner.
Please ring Theresa in the parish office if you can help him.

Any singers ....
Who would like to participate in the choir at the Christmas carol service and midnight Mass at St John’s, please ring Eileen, 427 5228 / 021 2804044.

The Keynotes ....
Farewell Audrey Henden and Margaret Brightwell, our accompanists for the singing group.
We thank them for their dedication and contribution over the past 12 years.
God bless you for the gifts you have shared with us.

Hearts Aflame:
Catholic Summer School for 18-35 age group, from 2-11 January in Marton.
Features an awesome line up of international and local speakers, including the Sisters of Life from New York and the world-renowned author and speaker Father Jacques Philippe. Registrations close Sunday 14 December.


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

MOTHERS, SISTERS, DAUGHTERS: Standing on their Shoulders with Edwina Gately (USA & UK) Edwina will share stories and poetry about women from different walks of life around the globe who have made a difference in the world. We will come to know something of the brave women - environmentalists, poets, politicians, social activists, martyrs and unknown women - whose witness and courage will inspire and guide us on our own journeys. Come and hear this vibrant speaker. Saturday, 14 February 2015Early-bird $65 (payment before 1 Jan 2015) Late-comers $80

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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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