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5th Sunday of Lent

22nd March 2015

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Jeremiah. 31:31-34 : Psalm 51 : Hebrews 5:7-9 : John 12:20
Next Sunday:   Isaiah 50:4-7 : Psalm 22 : Philippians 2:6-11 : Mark 14:1-15:47

This week in the parish....

Sun 22 4.00pm Stations of the Cross, St Francis
Mon 23 7.30pm Meditation Introduction Course, St Francis
  7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s
Tues 24 7.00pm Prayer Meeting, St Francis
Wed 25 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  1.00pm Legion of Mary, St John’s
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.00pm Reconciliation & Adoration, St John’s
  8.00pm Gospel Study, St John’s Hall
Thurs 26 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 27 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis
  7.00pm Rite II, St John’s
Sun 29 4.00pm Stations of the Cross, St Francis

A grain of wheat has to die in order to bear fruit. We too have to die
to ourselves in order to live more fully as human beings and children
of God. This dying to self is a gradual thing and happens in
very ordinary ways.

Looking Forward to Holy Week and Easter  

Holy Week starts next week on Palm Sunday.
Holy Week is followed by the Easter Triduum (“Three Days”), the three sacred days from Holy Thursday night to Easter Sunday, commemorating Jesus’ death and resurrection. The liturgies of these days are not “stand-alone” ceremonies, but form one united whole, different steps in one mysterious unfolding of God’s boundless love - the “Paschal Mystery” (ie the Easter Mystery). These liturgies nourish the spiritual lives of all of us privileged to take part.

  • 5.30pm and 10.15am Palm Sunday Masses begin in the courtyard (weather permitting); the St Francis 8.30am Mass begins indoors;
  • Lent, which ends on Holy Thursday evening, is the time for Reconciliation; last times for Reconciliation are Wednesday 1 April, 7-8pm, and Holy Thursday, 10-11am;
  • a mood of quiet reflection is observed around the churches after Holy Thursday evening and Good Friday afternoon ceremonies;
  • the collection on Holy Thursday will be for the people of Vanuatu;
  • Holy Thursday evening Mass at St Francis’ ends with time to spend before the Blessed Sacrament, like the disciples in the garden with Jesus; you may stay, or go home and return later; this quiet time ends with Night Prayer at 9.50pm;
  • we observe the established local parish custom of not distributing Communion on Good Friday;
  • we observe the traditional practice of standing for the Passion on Good Friday; people who are frail or not well are of course free to sit;
  • Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence: Catholics 18-59 fast; Catholics 14+ do not eat meat; we may also fast on Holy Saturday (“in the absence of the bridegroom”; Mark 2:20).
God bless you all.
Fr Pat

The Way of the Cross for Children, Good Friday, St Francis Church:
All are invited to join in this procession that will take us through the 14 Stations which depict the important journey leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, with a particular emphasis on making this relevant to children.
We will begin the procession in the grounds of St Francis at 10am and walk the Way of the Cross.
Strong readers from year 5 upwards are needed to read the reflections at each station.
Please phone Therese, 424 0732 or email if you are interested in taking part.

Ministers for Palm Sunday and Easter:

  • All ministers for the Easter Triduum liturgies please take your roster from the foyer.
  • Passion Gospel Readers for Palm Sunday and Good Friday: please take your named copy of the Passion from the St John’s foyer.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick including Margaret Pearce, Siew Yen Freeman, Sue Freeman and Josie White.
We pray for the recently deceased, including Harry Berger and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Angela Conception.

Fit for Mission

    “How greatly I desire that our parishes and Communities may become islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference!”
    Pope Francis
    In what ways is our parish community an island of mercy?

A working bee will be held at St John’s Church
On Saturday 28 March at 9.00am. The planned work involves removing several shrubs and topping up the soil and stone chips in one of the memorial gardens.
Volunteers please contact Terry Cochrane, 426 2383.

Link Magazine:
Please collect your Easter edition from the foyer.
Our thanks to the editor Peter Watt for his time given to publishing the magazine and to Sr Wyn for labelling them.

Sunday morning tea roster, St John’s:
We need an additional person to form a pair on this roster, once every eight weeks.
Please ring Theresa in the parish office if you can assist.

The Attendance Dues Sponsorship Scheme ...
Has been created to assist families who may need financial support with the payment of attendance dues for students attending Catholic schools in Auckland Diocese, both primary and secondary.
Application forms are available from school and parish offices, or can be down-loaded from (go to Property and Finance/Finance/ Attendance Dues).
See notice board for further details or contact Carol Krebs, (09) 360 3069.

Studio apartment available for rent in Orewa area
Fully furnished. Suitable for mature person. Phone 426 9819.

We are looking for Hydrangeas for a wedding.
If you have some in your garden that you are willing to share please contact Kathy O'Connell, 424 8954.

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • NZ bishop favours review of missal translation.
  • Pope Francis's first two years.
  • Bishop becomes “a parishioner of Matamata”.
  • Big welcome home for NZ's new cardinal.

NZ Catholic Newspaper - $4.00
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Rite II Lenten Reconciliation Times
in our North Shore Deanery:

    Mon 23 Mar - Glenfield - 7.00pm
    Tues 24 Mar - Takapuna - 7.00pm
    Wed 25 Mar - Northcote - 7.00pm
    Thur 26 Mar - Warkworth - 7.00pm
    Fri 27 Mar - Orewa - 7.00pm

Donations for the People of Vanuatu:
We have all seen the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. Bishop Pat invites us to send our donations to him; he will forward them to Bishop Jean Bosco Baremes in Vanuatu.
We will send to Bishop Pat our Holy Thursday collection, and all Vanuatu donations placed in our Sunday collections baskets.
Please mark your donations “Vanuatu Collection”.
Alternatively, you may choose to donate to Caritas Freepost 689, PO Box 12193, Thorndon, Wellington 6144. For further details, see

Sausage Sizzle - St John’s:
We are down to three families on this roster and require additional couples or families to do the sausage sizzle after the 10.15am Mass.
Provisions are supplied.
Please phone the coordinator Peter Dekker, 427 8515 if you are willing to volunteer your time.

Holy Thursday: Mass of the Last Supper, 7.30pm (with vigil until 10.00pm) - St Francis
Good Friday: The Way of the Cross for Youth, 10.00am - St Francis
Good Friday: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 3pm - St Johns
Easter Vigil: Vigil Mass, 8.00pm - St Johns
Easter Sunday: Mass - 8.30am - St Francis
Easter Sunday: Mass - 10.15am - St Johns

Rite II Reconciliation Friday 27 March, 7.00pm - St Johns
Click here to view the 2015 EASTER Schedule as a PDF file

Stations of the Cross during Lent:

    Sundays 22 & 29 March, 4pm at St Francis Church.

Reconciliation before Easter:
Wednesdays during Lent 7pm-8pm; Friday 27 March, 7pm - Rite II; Holy Thursday, 10am-11am

Gospel Study:
Wednesdays during Lent, 8pm (after Adoration), parish hall.
All invited. Enquiries to Brian & Barbara, (09) 427 8496.

On Sale in the Parish Office:
Columban Calendars - $8.00
Daily Mass Calendars - $3.00

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

Caritas Lenten Appeal:
Funds this week will contribute towards supporting those displaced by the civil war in Syria, providing healthcare, food, fuel, counselling, blankets, clothes and shelter.
Appeal envelopes are in the foyer.

Congratulations to ....
Grace Shirley and Penelope Smith who were baptised last Saturday.

Life in the Spirit Seminar - ‘This Promise is for You’:
To be held in the parish hall on 7 consecutive Wednesday nights, 7.30pm-9pm beginning 8 April. Presentations on video with internationally renowned speakers, followed by small group discussion and prayer.
Hosted by the prayer group, this is a potentially life changing seminar to grow your faith and prayer life. Learn how to understand the Holy Spirit’s action in your life and discover a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
All parishioners and friends are warmly invited to participate.
Enquiries & registrations to Brian & Barbara 427 8496 or come along on the night. No charge.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Meets on Tuesday 24 March at 10am in the parish hall.
All ladies are invited to join us for a cuppa, bingo and social time.
New parishioners are warmly welcome.

Are you creative at flower arranging?
We need additional people on the altar flower roster at St John’s church.
You don’t need to be a professional! Assistance will be provided if necessary.
Please contact Theresa in the parish office if you are willing to volunteer for this ministry.

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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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