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Kia Ora,  Welcome     Sunday Mass Times
To Visitors To MaungaturotoSunday 8.30am
ST MARY'S PARISH           Mangawhai
Sunday 8.30am
Sunday 10.30am
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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NEWSLETTER for: 18th Feb 2018 - 1st Sunday of LENT

without sin

    Jesus shared our human nature in all things but sin (Fourth Eucharistic Prayer).
Expanding this affirmation, the Epistle to the Hebrews states, that, in Jesus, we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin (Heb 4:15) – a truth graphically illustrated in the gospel accounts of Jesus confrontation with Satan during the forty days he spent in the wilderness before proclaiming his mission.
The time is fulfilled, he said the Galileans, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news. Though this kingdom is not from this world (Jn 18:36), as Jesus assured Pontius Pilate, it is among us here and now (Lk 17:21).
The beginning of Lent is a good time to reflect on these texts. Paul's advice is: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed be the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God-what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2).

Jesus teaches us: Go out. Go out and share your testimony. Go out and interact with your brothers and sisters.


We are looking for helpers to assist with operating the organ (you don't need to be able to play it to do this), operating the laptop during mass, preparing the weekly mass slides, preparing the weekly newslet- ter. Individually, these are not big jobs but only become that way if they are left to just one person. It's up to every single one of us to share the load and be prepared to take a turn at doing at least one of these.
Enquiries to Marie Rambaud 423 8907


at St Mary's Wellsford, THURSDAY 1ST MARCH at 12 noon.


Your Submission's Please
Last month, David Seymour's 'End of Life Choice' Bill passed its first reading in Parliament and is now before the Justice Select Committee. The Committee has only given New Zealander's a very narrow timeframe to write in and express their views on the Bill. Submissions close on the 20th of February, 2018.
Please step up and let your voice be heard on this critical life issue. For enquiries please call Richard McLeod (021630838), Rebekah McLeod (0226579488) or Katrina Belcher (0273111795)


Catholic Diocese of Auckland warmly invites couples to attend the Marriage Preparation Programme. The aim is to assist the couples by sharing knowledge and skills to enable them to build a solid foundation for a lasting marriage.
These courses are very popular and it is important to book as early as possible to ensure a place on the course. Please book at least six months prior to your wedding day.
Venue: St Columba Centre- 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland
Time: 7pm to 8.30pm
Date: Tuesday 13th February, 2018 & Sunday 25th of February, 2018
For more information please contact: Sandra Armstrong Phone 09 3603008 &/or Gerry Smith Phone 09 3603025 Email:


Enrolments for Years 7, 8 and 9 - Building Men of Courage since 1955
Venue: St Paul's College- 183 Richmond Road, Ponsonby.
Sessions: 9.30am & 1.45pm Date: Thursday 8th of March, 2018
Assembly in the College Chapel, followed by a tour.


Everyone welcome. We meet the 1 st & 3 rd Wednesday of each month to study & pray the coming Sundays Gospel
Venue: 11 Kagan Ave, Mangawhai Time: 2pm
Starts: Wednesday 7th of February, 2018


Come and Enjoy a wonderful day at the exclusive Gibbs Sculpture Farm. Funds raised to help the vulnerable children in Latin America through Catholic charity, NPH NZ.
Date: Thursday 22nd February, 2018
For more information please contact: Loren Phone 09 2160635
Tickets available at


This is a workshop for parish musicians, cantors and choirs. There are 3 parts to this workshop. 1) Exploring liturgy. 2) The parish repertoire. 3) Priorities for deciding what we sing.
To register, email
Date: Thursday 8 th March,2018 Time: 7pm
Venue: Pompallier Centre- 30 New St. Ponsonby

PPC Minutes

The latest Parish Pastoral Council minutes can be viewed online at From the front page click on About Us then PPC

Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • What NZ’s young people want from Church.
  • New Maori leaders needed.
  • Bishop Browne returns home to Auckland.
  • Hearts Aflame fosters deepening of faith


  To break the cycle of poverty for vulnerable children
2 week trip to NPH Mexico and Guatemala children's homes/schools in May 2018. 13 month volunteers also needed for July 2018 or Jan 2019 intake.
Please call Loren 09 216 0635 or email for more information.



  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:
  1. Helpers on the day. As many as possible needed to help put stuff out from 6.30am. Plus people to “man” the stalls.
  2. Used items, in saleable condition, for the auction. No rubbish please (it costs us if we have to visit the rubbish tip).
  3. Clothing in good condition.
  4. Preserves and plants
  5. Books
  6. Toys in good condition.
  7. Items for quick fire raffles
  8. Helpers in the 2 weeks leading up to the auction, to help sort items at the church.
Gala Day- Volunteers Work Chart is hanging on the Kitchen Notice Board- please place your name beside an available task for the day.
Enquiries to Ken Hancock 423 7982 or Marie Rambaud 423 8907

104 The Drive, Epsom. 09 638-6238

  1. Pondering St John’s Gospel:
    • Five weekly presentations during Lent with Fr Stuart Sellar, first session Thurs 22 Feb 7-9pm. $15 ($60 all 5 sessions)
  2. Introduction to Dreamwork 101 with Margaret Bowater Fri 23/Sat 24 Feb. $130
  3. CANCELLED - The Healing Power of Singing CANCELLED with Trio A Due at St Mary’s Historic Chapel, Sat 24 Feb. $60 ($110 for 2 pers)
  4. Introduction to Dreamwork 101 - 1 PLACE LEFT with MARGARET BOWATER 23 & 24 Feb (9hrs). $130.
  5. Reconnecting Broken Connections: Using one Te Ao Maori approach of Whakawhanaungatanga and Hohourongo with RANGI DAVIS, Tues 27 Feb. 7-9pm $15

Contact us if you would like a booklet for full information or if you wish to book: or

Prayer intentions for the week
For the victims of the Kiribati ferry tragedy,
we pray that the search and rescue team will find their bodies and bring them home to their families and loved ones. We pray for all those who have lost loved ones.

For Church leaders,
that they will help all people in their search for Jesus

For all those affected by cyclone Gita,
that they will find the faith and sustenance they need to overcome their current predicament

For all families,
that they will grow in unity and will care for their weakest members

Prayers for our Sick:

Helen Reynolds, Marie McSweeney, Rosalie Walsh, Lucy Binning, James & Dallas Colville, Glen Partridge, Lucy Maynard, Patricia & Stephan Vercoe, 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, Patricia Valkenberg, John Brljevich, Stephan & Patricia Vercoe, Christine Tayler, Rita McCurran and Dallas & James Colville that they will bear their suffering with courage and that they will be touched by God's healing hand.
(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, Myrtle Lambert, Jacinta Louise Schicker, John William Peacock, Minnie Langton and James Alexander Irvine . May they be granted eternal rest.


Phone call
A woman had been talking on the phone for about half an hour, and then she hung up.

"Wow," said her husband, "that was short. You usually talk for two hours. What happened?"

"Wrong number," replied the wife.

Two women were discussing marriage, and one said, "We've been married ten years, and every night my husband has complained about dinner. Not one night without complaining about the food."

The other woman said, "That's awful. Doesn't it bother you?"

The first one replied, "Oh, no. Not in the slightest."

"You must be a saint!" commented the second.

To which the first woman replied, "Why should I object? A lot of people don't like their own cooking."

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