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|Kia Ora, Welcome
||Sunday Mass Times|
|To Visitors To
|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
|Newsletter editor: ||Email here
20th May 2018 - Pentecost
The Solemnity of Pentecost
The Solemnity of Pentecost
commemorates the coming of the Holy
Spirit on the apostles in a powerful and
dramatic way. Its presence was
heralded by the sound of a mighty wind
and the appearance of tongues of fire.
Like fire, the Spirit both destroys and
creates. Being the Spirit of Christ
which is a Spirit of love coming from
the Father, it burns the sins of men
through forgiveness. From the
Pentecost Sunday onwards the Church
took on its missionary role: the timid
and the frightened apostles, transformed
by the Spirit, rushed into the streets and
fearlessly preached the Good News
about the mighty acts of God. Ever
since, the Holy Spirit has been a
permanent presence and a tower of
strength in guiding, guarding and
directing the Church. The Spirit is gift
of the Father and the Son to us on
Fr. George C. Mathew SSP
“The world needs the fruits, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul
lists them: ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control.” God sent the Holy Spirit “so that we may live
lives of genuine faith and active charity, that we may sow the seeds of
reconciliation and peace.”
Pot Luck Dinner,
An invitation is extended to all parishioners to a pot
luck dinner at St Mary’s Wellsford Parish Centre on
Friday 25th May at 6pm. Friends & family are
welcome. Please bring food, your drinks and a glass.
We look forward to seeing as many as possible.
Advance Notice of Bishop’s Forums 2018 (City)
Sunday May 22nd at St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, 7.30pm
Or Sunday May 27th at St Columba Centre at 1pm.
Come and hear about the Synod topic on and from the young people and a report from the
Bishop on matters close to his heart.
Te Tai Tokerau Forum will be held in Moerewa on Saturday August 11 th . All parish
priests, parish councillors and parishioners, young and old, invited.
Seasons for Growth Prison Ministry – An Opportunity to Share Your Gifts
Seasons for Growth is an education and support programme which deals with Grief and
Loss and achieves wonderful results among those who participate. It gives them a voice,
and encourages the making of good, positive, life giving choices for the future. It has been
running in prisons for 10 years and is known to have had very good results. But we need
people to assist with leading the programme in the Auckland Prisons.
A 2 day training workshop will be held on Thursday 31st May & Friday 1st June at St
Josephs Centre, 1 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna. 9.30am – 3.30pm.
information and to express your interest please contact Delia email@example.com ph. 09 360
Living in a Multi-Faith Society
Many Muslim New Zealanders will be observing Ramadan from this week. The
Religious Diversity Centre offers detailed information on this religious practice on their
website as well as information for employers and co-workers on how to respect the
spiritual needs of people of other faiths. For more info see:
Heartbeat Christian Store
We would like to invite you to the Annual General Meeting for Heartbeat Store which is
being held on Thursday 24 May at 7.30pm at Snells Beach Baptist Church. Following
the short meeting there is a Guest Speaker: Neels Janse Van Rensburg. Neels is CEO
of Manna Bookshops in NZ, Bible Society Manager Auckland area, and a Pastor.
have a heart and passion to see God’s Word and Christian material available locally.
Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:
- Private New Zealnd screenings of Paul movie.
- Christians in Science tackle ultimate questions.
- Communion issues for inter-church couples.
- Call for courage at seminary Mass.
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY - 13-20 May 2018
Message for parish bulletins (apologies – this letter missed our newsletter last week).
As we gather in our parish each weekend for Mass other Christians are gathering in churches in our
area for their Sunday worship. They are our neighbours, friends, people we meet in the supermarket,
perhaps even our relatives.
We gather separately because of events that happened centuries ago. We have moved on from wars
among Christians, hostility and bitterness, to respecting one another and being able to honestly
acknowledge the many things we have in common – at the heart of which is our shared belief in Jesus
Christ. We have also found many practical ways to work together for the common good of our
The feast of the Ascension marked the beginning of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,
which extends until Pentecost Sunday today. It is a time to reflect upon how we each might do some
small thing for Christian unity: prayer, reaching out to someone from another Christian church,
contributing to foodbanks supported jointly by churches, taking part in an ecumenical service.
Nothing is too small in the work of promoting Christian unity. We are restoring that fractured unity
piece by piece, and each of us has one or more of the pieces to put in place.
John A Cardinal Dew
Archbishop of Wellington
Catholic Bishops Committee for Ecumenism
Carmel College Enrolments 2019
Enrolments are now open at all levels Year 7 to Year 13 at Carmel College for 2019. Please see the college website
Prayer intentions for the week
Evangelization – The Mission of Laity
That the lay faithful may fulfil their specific mission by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.
Prayers for our Sick:
Terry Boreham, Petronella Ter Veer,
Matteo Gray, Brett Anderson & family,
Maggie Everett, Tony Plunkett, Maureen
Bakulich, Allison Poninghouse, Susan
Faulkner, Christina Collins, Patricia
Valkenberg, John Brljevich, Stephan &
Patricia Vercoe, Christine Tayler, Rita
McCurran, Marie McSweeney, Margaret
Pride and Dallas & James Colville that
they will bear their suffering with courage
and that they will be touched by God's
(Please contact Marie 423 8907 or 0210544772
to have names added to or removed from the
Prayers for the Dead:
For those whose
death anniversaries occur about now
including John Wortellboer (21st ), Victoria
Knowsley (21st ), Annie Grice (22nd ),
Virginia Tayler (23rd ), Harry Korewha
(23rd ), Te Kake Hepana (24th ) and Edward
Karl (27th ). May they have eternal rest.
A man was speeding down the highway when suddenly he saw flashing red and blue lights behind him. He first tried to outrun the police car, but then the reality of the situation hit him. "What am I doing?" he thought and pulled over.
The officer came up to him, took his license without a word, and examined it and the car. "It's been a long day, this is the end of my shift and it's Friday. If you can give me an excuse for your driving that I haven't heard before, you can go."
The guy thinks for a second and says, "Last week my wife ran off with a cop. I was afraid you were trying to give her back."
"Have a nice weekend," said the officer.
"Oh, I'm so happy to see you," the little boy said to his grandmother on his dad's side. "Now maybe mum will do the trick she has been promising us."
The grandmother was curious. "What trick is that?" she asked.
"I heard her tell daddy," the little boy answered, "that she would climb the walls if you came to visit us again."
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