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|ST MARY'S PARISH
|Parish Priest: FR QUIRICO CRUZ ||Ph. 423 8170
|Parish Co-Ordinator: Brian Cave ||Ph. 423 7307
|PPC Chairperson: Michele Oliver ||Ph. 431 2226
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23rd September 2018 - 25th Sunday in O.T.
divine wisdom contrasted with wisdom of ‘the world’
In today’s second reading, James asks
that Christian disciples discern when
debate crosses over into contentiousness by
looking at the persons involved. Are they
jealous and selfishly ambitious? Or are
they pure, peaceful, gently open to reason,
merciful, full of good acts, simple and
Contentiousness expresses realities that
show themselves in life within the
Christian community, as well as in our
wider society. James challenges us to look
to the sources of conflict. He urges the
reader to discern whether true wisdom
(heavenly) or false wisdom (earthly),
motivates a person who claims to be wise
The would-be wise, must prove their
wisdom by practise undertaken in a spirit
of living as, "peaceable, kindly and
considerate" (v.17a). To these character-
istics of divine wisdom is added the saying
that "righteousness is harvested only in
justice"(v.18). This is the way of divine
wisdom, in contrast to earthly, unspiritual,
"devilish wisdom", characterised by
jealousy and selfish ambition (cf. Ws.3:14-
15). The signs of true wisdom are: purity,
peacefulness, gentleness, openness to
reason, et cetera . . .
Wherever human beings gather in
groups, conflicts naturally arise. James
doesn’t deny the reality of conflict in
church life and society, but challenges us
his readers, to look to the source of such
conflict and to examine its manifestations.
He urges a discernment of spirits in
order to determine whether heavenly
wisdom or earthly wisdom is behind the
person who claims to be wise (Jm.4:1-3).
When people let themselves be taught by
God and pray, they become the
peacemakers – the pure of heart of the
“The Beatitudes are like a Christian’s identity card . . . in the Beatitudes,
we find a portrait of God, which we are called to reflect in our daily lives.”
GE par. #122 Pope Francis
CHRISTIANITY, CREATION & CLIMATE CHANGE
An afternoon of input, reflection and sharing with Mary Betz. Sat. 13 th Oct.
1.30pm at the Anglican Church, Molesworth St., Mangawhai Village. Mary has worked
as a lecturer; tertiary chaplain; co-ordinator of faith education in parishes; for Caritas;
and for the Auckland Diocesan Justice & Peace Commission. She has two grown
daughters and lives with her husband Peter, in Titirangi.
- How have Christian writers over the ages reflected on creation?
- How is climate change affecting our Earth and our country?
- What does our faith tell us about how to live in ‘our common home’?
( with reference to Catholic teaching, especially Pope Francis’ Laudato Si )
- How can we respond?
MASS FOR POPE FRANCIS
The annual Mass for Pope Francis on his Patronal Feast Day will be celebrated by
Bishop Patrick Dunn at the Cathedral of Sts. Patrick & Joseph, on Thursday 4 th Oct at
12.15pm. The Mass will be followed by light refreshments and celebratory cake in
Liston Hall. Be sure to sign the greeting card. Normal weekday Wilson car parking
Responding to the NZ Housing Crisis
In his 16 September Pastoral letter to all parishioners, Bishop Pat asked ‘whether your
Parish, or individuals within it, can provide affordable rental accommodation or
emergency housing or furnishings to help a homeless family’. If you think you may be
in a position to assist in this way, an initial contact can be made with Catholic Social
Services, ph. 09 378 9650 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“LIVING THE SPLENDOUR OF THE TRUTH”
Pro-life, Pro-family Conference, with world-renowened speakers, including Dr.
Gianna Emanuela Molla, the daughter of St. Gianna and Cardinal Raymond Burke
at Epson Girls’ Grammar School, from 5 th - 7 th Oct 2018. This conference which will
echo the perennial truths of the Catholic faith, with practical applications for our times
– Michael Loretz. Education Director, Family Life International NZ
Michael@fli.org.nz. Ph. 021 825 955 or 09 629 43 61
CANDLELIGHT ROSARY PROCESSION FOR VOCATIONS
Candlelight Rosary Procession & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacred Heart
College, 250 West Tamaki Rd, Glen Innes. Sunday 7 th Oct. at 7pm. Led by Bishop
Patrick Dunn. All are invited. The purpose of this procession is to pray for Vocations to
the priesthood and religious life. Enquiries to Colin Pratt Ph. 09 576 2161
MARRIED COUPLES – MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND
Revitalise and enrich intimacy, love and romance in your marriage. Attend the
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND, 5 th – 7 th Oct. at Mt Richmond Hotel, Mt
Wellington. BOOK NOW! Ph. 0800 362686 or Christine & David Sloan 09 372 3581
or email: email@example.com
Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:
- NZ bishops write letter of support to Pope.
- Changing pew dwellers into missionary disciples.
- Candles set Auckland church statue on fire.
- St Peter’s College wins national 1st XV title.
SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDY AT GOOD SHEPHERD COLLEGE
Bishop Patrick Dunn is pleased to announce the launch of a new scholarship to be
known as the Ruth Miller Scholarship for study at Good Shepherd College. This
scholarship will be available for a selected number of people who intend to do one or
more theology papers at Good Shepherd College towards a Bachelor of Theology
degree in 2019.
For further information about this scholarship and to receive an
application form, please contact Linda McQuade, Vicar for Education email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for applications is 15 th Oct 2018
2019 Silent Retreat:
Light and Shade, led by Laurence Freeman OSB Director, The
World Community for Christian Meditation. January 13 th – 16 th 2019 at the University of
Waikato, Hamilton. For more information visit www.christianmeditationnz.org.nz or write
to NZCCM retreat, 12 Everest St, Wellington 6035
Healthcare and Meditation, a Meditation Seminar, with New
Zealand healthcare professionals and Laurence Freeman OSB, January 17th & 18th 2019
at the Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital. For more information visit
Alone Again? Widowed, Separated or Divorced?
The Beginning Experience is a non-profit
organisation with the motto “Weekend Away for a Lifetime of Change”. The retreat will
help you work through your painful loss. The participants find new hope, increased
emotional health and renewed energy.
Date; Friday evening 5th Oct. to Sunday
afternoon 7th Oct.
Cost $295 Includes accommodation, meals and materials. Contact
Carol 022 089 0458 or leave a message on 09 360 3054. Visit
The 2019 COLUMBAN ART CALENDAR now on sale
The calendar begins with the new year (1st January 2019) rather than the first Sunday of
Price = $12.00
Prayer intentions for the week
The Pope’s prayer intention for
September is Universal: Young People
That young people in Africa may have
access to education and work in their
Prayers for our Sick:
Terry Boreham, Petronella Ter Veer, Matteo
Gray, Brett Anderson, Philip Cotching,
Maggie Everett, Nell Graham, Therese
Graham, Allison Poninghouse, Patricia
Valkenberg, Zoila Crisostomo, John
Brljevich, Stephan Vercoe, Christine Tayler,
Rita McCurran, Marie McSweeney, Rosalie
Walsh, Dallas & James Colville, Kiri
Walton, Yashmeen Joseph & Jennifer
May Christ’s presence relieve
their distress, remove their fears, give them
peace and restore them so they can offer you
joyful thanks in the midst of your Church.
(Please contact Marie 423 8907 or 0210544772
to have names added to or removed from the
Prayers for the Dead:
For the recently
deceased & for those whose anniversaries
occur about now, including: Claude
Cameron (24th ), Maureen Searle (25th ), Alan
Livingstone (25th ), Bernard Chaffe (26th ),
Nicola McHugh (27th ), Rick Donnelly (27th ),
Robert Scelly (28th ), Valmay Baily (28th ) and
Robert Tayler (29th ). May they rest in the
peace of Christ where all tears will be wiped
As the following classics will demonstrate, laughs can often be found in unexpected places. Supposedly, these are actual ads that have appeared somewhere at some point:
* Dinner Special -- Turkey $2.35; Chicken or Beef $2.25; Children $2.00.
* We will oil your sewing machine and adjust tension in your home for $1.00.
* Have several very old dresses from grandmother in beautiful condition.
* Tired of cleaning yourself? Let me do it.
* Lost: small apricot poodle. Reward. Neutered. Like one of the family.
A new monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to help the other monks in copying the old texts by hand. He notices, however, that they are copying copies, and not the original books. So, the new monk goes to the head monk to ask him about this. He points out that if there was an error in the first copy, that error would be continued in all of the other copies.
The head monk says, "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son."
So, the head monk goes down into the cellar with one of the copies to check it against the original.
Hours later, nobody has seen him.
So, one of the other monks goes downstairs to look for him. He hears sobbing coming from the back of the cellar and finds the old monk leaning over one of the original books, crying.
"What's wrong?" he asks.
"The word is 'celebrate'," sobs the old monk.
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