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ST MARY'S PARISH           Mangawhai
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Parish Priest: FR QUIRICO CRUZ Ph. 423 8170  
Parish Co-Ordinator: Brian Cave Ph. 423 7307  
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NEWSLETTER for: 17th December 2017 - 3rd Sunday of Advent


    In today's Gospel the evangelist John uses two word pictures for John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Messiah. The first word picture is that of light. Jesus is the light of the world and John is supposed to bear witness to this light by becoming a shining and glittering lamp (John 5:35).
The second word picture is that of the voice. In John's Gospel Jesus is presented as the Word and John is supposed to be the voice of this Word. The Gospel highlights John's faithfulness to his mission and his humility. He does not claim to be the Messiah nor Elijah nor the Prophet. He does not consider himself worthy even to untie the strap of the sandal of the Messiah. His role is only to prepare people for the Messiah by baptising them with water. It is the Messiah who will baptise them with the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who will empower us to prepare for the Lord in the spirit of humility and service, with the purpose of bearing witness to the Messiah.

    Do I carry out happily my responsibilities? Do I aspire for titles and offices of prestige?

Fr Robert D'Souza

Advent encourages us to reflect on the contrast between our daily routine and the unexpected coming of the Lord. The Gospel, the Pope said, is not trying to frighten us, but “to open our horizons” to further dimensions, giving meaning even to everyday occurrences.


A brief meeting with Father after 10.30am Mass today.

Advent Wreath

Today, Kiaraiti and Tita Kaneama and family will light the Advent Wreath candle for the 3rd Sunday of Advent.

Christmas Mass Timetable

Saturday 23rd December 6.00pm - Mass at Maungaturoto.
Sunday 24th December 8.30am – Mass at Mangawhai
Sunday 24th December 10.30am – Mass at Wellsford
    • SUNDAY 24TH DECEMBER WELLSFORD Carols at 8.30PM, Mass at 9PM.
    • Saturday 30th December – 6.00pm Mass at Maungaturoto
    • Sunday 31st December – 8.30am Mass at Mangawhai
    • Sunday 31st December – 10.30am Mass at Wellsford
    • At Wellsford – 9am to 10am, praying of 20 mysteries of the Rosary.
    • 10am – Mass.

Thank You

To the parishioners of Mangawhai a heartfelt thank you for the $700 donated this year from the monthly trading table, together with the many generous gifts for the weekly food parcels.
This will be of real assistance to those in need and a great blessing to those who contributed so generously.

Roster for Wellsford in January

We would appreciate an idea of who will be available for the various ministries at Mass during January.
Please fill in the roster sheet in the foyer.
Thank you to everyone who has assisted in ministerial and other roles during the year.

Stations of the Cross

At Wellsford on the first Friday of the month.
Next stations are on 5th January at 7.00pm.

Come and see........

The Auckland Diocesan Peace and International Justice Committee is committed to stand in solidarity with people of other nations and faiths in the face of injustice. We are looking for people with a strong interest in global issues to join us: to exchange ideas, share knowledge and act together for peace and a better future for our children. Come and see for yourself. Prospective members please send an expression of interest to
See the Justice & Peace Commission website for more information on the committees and the work of the Commission.

Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • Marist to be new Bishop of Christchurch.
  • Seriousness of diocese priest shortage brought home.
  • Hundreds at Catholic Youth Festival.
  • Pope worried about Trump Jerusalem move.
  • Which Missionary built nine NZ churches?.


  This is a much needed fundraiser for the parish and also a great community day out.
Please start thinking about how you can help make a successful gala and whether you have anything you no longer need that could be sold at the gala.
We need:
  • Helpers on the day. As many as possible needed to help put stuff out from 6.30am. Plus people to “man” the stalls.
  • Used items, in saleable condition, for the auction. No rubbish please (it costs us if we have to visit the rubbish tip).
  • Clothing in good condition.
  • Preserves and plants.
  • Books
  • Toys in good condition.
  • Items for quick fire raffles
  • Helpers in the 2 weeks leading up to the auction, to help sort items at the church.
Enquiries to Ken Hancock or members of Parish Pastoral Council.

Donation Totals for November

Wellsford $1593.30, Mangawhai $1168.70, Maungaturoto $598.70.

Email Contacts

  If your email address has changed recently or is going to change due to Vodafone and Clearnet changes, please let us know at so we can keep our contacts list current.

Prayer intentions for the week
The Elderly
That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith and forming the new generations.

Special Intention:
That people everywhere will know the true meaning of Christ's coming and find the way to goodness and justice and the fulfilment of every hope.

Prayers for our Sick:

Elmarie Bonfrer, Merv Cotter, Trevor Sykes, Terry Boreham, Petronella Ter Veer, Matteo Gray, Maggie Everett, Tony Plunkett, Allison Poninghouse, Susan Faulkner, Nanette Matheson, Christina Collins, Mihaka (Mick) Kaio, Patricia Valkenberg, John Brljevich, Stephan & Patricia Vercoe, Christine Tayler, Rita McCurran and Dallas & James Colville.
(Please contact Marie 423 8907 or 0210544772 to have names added to or removed from the above)

Prayers for the Dead:

For those whose death anniversaries occur about now including Ethan & Morris Cave (17/12/98), Barry Mann (17/12/08), Valentine Fitzthum (18/12/96), William Brown (18/12/01), Basil Corboy (20/12/97), Anne Came (23/12/93), Victor Douglas (24/12/83) and Michael Power (27/12/90), May they have eternal rest.


Team players?
At one point during a game, the coach said to one of his young players, "Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?"

The little boy nodded.

"Do you understand that what matters is whether we win together as a team?"

The little boy nodded again.

"So," the coach continued, "when a strike is called, or you're out at first, you don't argue or curse or attack the umpire. Do you understand all that?"

The little boy nodded once more.

"Good," said the coach, "now go over there and explain it to your mother."
Name please!

A man and his wife were driving their car across the country and were nearing a town with a strange name. They tried to figure out how to pronounce it and argued back and forth until they stopped for lunch.

As they stood at the counter, the wife asked the employee, "Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce where we are...very slowly?"

The girl leaned over the counter and said, "Reeeees, tauuuuu, raaaaant."

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