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ST MARY'S PARISH           Mangawhai
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Parish Priest: FR QUIRICO CRUZ Ph. 423 8170  
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NEWSLETTER for: 15th July 2018 - 15th Sunday in O.T.

Mark 6:7-13

    Jesus instructs his disciples and sends them to preach repentance.
Families who work together to accomplish routine household tasks know that the benefits are more than efficiency. In sharing daily tasks, we accomplish more, but we also build relationships that last! Jesus sent his disciples in pairs to minister in his name. Perhaps the job was accomplished more effectively this way, but more importantly, Jesus’ mission was accomplished more authentically.
The Christian message can only authentically be proclaimed in and through the community of faith. In our work with others, we build this community of faith and can invite others to share in it.
We pray that we may continue to rely on the support of the community of the Church in our life of discipleship.

Let us ask the Lord for the grace not to hesitate when the Spirit asks us to take a step forward. Let us ask for the apostolic courage to share the Gospel with others and to stop trying to make our Christian life a museum of memories.”
Pope Francis G & E #139



Friday 3 rd August 7pm at Wellsford and first Friday of every month.

Catechists' Forum

The annual gathering of Catechists for networking and formation will be held: Saturday 18 August, 10am – 3pm at St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby. There is no cost to the day but participants need to provide their own lunch.
RSVP to by 6 August. The formation this year will be provided by Dr Ann Gilroy a Sister of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart who is the current editor of Tui Motu. She will explore with participants the devotion to the Sacred Heart. The day will also provide an opportunity of catechists to network and prayerful reflect on the call to Mission. We ask that you encourage your Catechists to join us for this day.
Although directed to Catechists the day is open to any interested parishioners.

Thinking Outside the Cell –

A series of Community Conversations to look at prisons within the criminal justice system through fresh eyes, on the Saturdays through August 12.30-2pm. Programme:
August 4 Do Prisons Work? Dr Kim Workman
August 11 What About the Victims of Crime? Colin Rose
August 18 Crime and Families. Alistair Houston, Family Works Northern
August 25 Rehabilitation and Reintegration. Mike Williams, Chief Executive Howard League.
Where? Mairangi Bay Presbyterian Church Hall (vehicle entry beside 10 Penzance Rd, Mairangi Bay). Donation, $10 per session suggested but any contribution to expenses appreciated. Please RSVP for catering purposes. Soup, rolls & a cuppa provided. Email: (preferred) or ph. 09 478 6180


A National Catholic Event for Men, 28-30 September 2018, Kings College, Auckland. Great line up of international speakers, single room accommodation, excellent food, not to be missed.
Details available at or by email or phone Jim Gribble on 027 249 5378

Dove Women's Retreat Weekend - 27 to 29 July

Come and join us for a weekend to be "Refreshed - Renewed - Restored". The theme for 2018 is "Harvest" with guest speakers Wilma Conroy and Anne Claessens. Venue: Willow Park Christian Camp, Eastern Beach, Auckland There are optional weekend registrations for residential or non-residential. To register or for further information visit our website or phone Shona Williams 07 543 0101 email


Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • New Zealand theologian reflects on Humanae Vitae 50 years on.
  • Jesuit working in Hamilton diocese.
  • Cardinal Dew shares thoughts on homilies.
  • Ecumenical document accentuates positives.

Christian Meditation Retreat

Meditation: A Path to Wholeness, led by Fr. Peter Murphy. Meditation as a path to fullness of life, August 10-12, St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough, Auckland. For further information contact Charmainne Ph 09-266 7651 or 0274 800 418 or Cost $270.

Mentoring for Mission

The Religious Education Team will be launching a programme new to this diocese…. Mentoring for Mission seeks to provide everyday parishioners the skills and confidence to walk (Companion) with fellow pilgrims on their journey of faith, so that we might all be on a mission to Go! Make disciples of all peoples.Within this context, our principle aim is to help people stay connected to their parishes. To do this of course, we need to engage those already there, and encourage them to Companion those who are new to the parish, those who are alone, those who are bereaved, the “shut ins” etc.We are offering this programme over a Friday evening and a Saturday. Participants would need to attend all sessions.
Friday, 20 th July, 2018 7.00-9.00pm
Saturday, 21 st July, 2018 10.00-3.00pm
Venue: Poynton Room Pompallier Diocesan Centre 30, New Street, Ponsonby
Cost $25. Registrations close Wednesday, 18 th July. Contact:

PPC Minutes

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

Prayer intentions for the week
UNIVERSAL – Evangelisation:
That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother.

Special Intention:
Thanksgiving for the safe return of the 'Wild Boars' soccer team & coach to their families and for all involved in the rescue.

Prayers for our Sick:

Elmarie Bonfrer, Terry Boreham, Petronella Ter Veer, Matteo Gray, Brett Anderson & family, Maggie Everett, Tony Plunkett, Nell Graham, Therese Graham, Allison Poninghouse, Susan Faulkner, Patricia Valkenberg, John Brljevich, Stephan & Patricia Vercoe, Christine Tayler, Rita McCurran, Marie McSweeney, Rosalie Walsh, Margaret Pride, Dallas & James Colville and Rashmika, 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 the anniversaries of Joan Hall (16th ), Barbara Jenkins, Maude Brown (16th ), Lorna Tregoweth (18th ) and Harietta Edwards (22nd ).



Rich grand-dad
A grandson asks his rich granddad how he made his money.

The old guy looks down at his worsted wool vest and says, "Well, it was a long time ago and the economy wasn't doing well. I was down to my last nickel. I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing the apple and, at the end of the day, I sold the apple for ten cents.
The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold them at 5:00 pm for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month, by the end of which I'd accumulated a fortune of $1.37.
Then my wife's father died and left us two million dollars."

An elderly lady did her shopping and upon return found four men in her car. She immediately dropped her shopping bags and began to hit them with her heavy handbag, proceeding to scream at them at the top of her voice, commanding them to get out of the car.

The men didn't wait around for a second invitation but got out and ran like mad. The lady proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back of the car and got into the driver's seat.

Small problem, her key wouldn't fit the ignition.

Her actual car was identical and parked four/five spaces further down. She realized her mistake, loaded her bags into her car and drove to the police station.

The officer that she told the story to nearly tore himself in two with laughter and pointed to the other end of the counter where four pale males were reporting a car-jacking by a mad elderly woman.

No charges were filed.

Airborne approximately thirty minutes on an outbound evening Aer Lingus flight from Dublin, the lead flight attendant for the cabin crew in her lovely Irish brogue, nervously made the following painful announcement:

"Ladies and gentlemen, I'm so very sorry but it appears that there has been a terrible mix-up by our airport catering service...

I don't know how this has happened but we have 103 passengers on board and, unfortunately, only 40 dinner meals... I truly apologize for this mistake and inconvenience."

When passengers' muttering had died down, she continued..

"Anyone who is kind enough to give up their meal so that someone else can eat will receive free, unlimited drinks for the duration of our 5 hour flight."

Her next announcement came four hours later...

"If anyone would like to change their minds, we still have 40 dinners available."


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