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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
18th Feb 2018 - 1st Sunday of LENT
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).
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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY MASS
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 email@example.com
LITURGY COMMITTEE MEETING
at St Mary's Wellsford, THURSDAY 1ST MARCH at 12 noon.
EUTHANASIA AND ASSISTED SUICIDE BILL
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
MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSES FOR 2018
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
OPEN DAY- SAINT PAUL’S COLLEGE
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.
MANGAWHAI BIBLE STUDY GROUP
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 www.nph-nz.org
2018 MUSIC WORKSHOP: LITURGY AND THE MUSIC WE CHOOSE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thursday 8 th March,2018 Time: 7pm
Venue: Pompallier Centre- 30 New St. Ponsonby
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
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MISSION
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 email@example.com
for more information.
SATURDAY 10TH MARCH 2018
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.
Gala Day- Volunteers Work Chart is hanging on the Kitchen Notice Board- please place
your name beside an available task for the day.
- 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
- 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 423 7982 firstname.lastname@example.org or Marie Rambaud 423
MERCY SPIRITUALITY CENTRE
104 The Drive, Epsom. 09 638-6238
- 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)
- Introduction to Dreamwork 101 with Margaret Bowater Fri 23/Sat 24 Feb. $130
- 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)
- Introduction to Dreamwork 101 - 1 PLACE LEFT with MARGARET BOWATER 23 & 24 Feb (9hrs). $130.
- 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:
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
For Church leaders,
that they will help all
people in their search for Jesus
For all those affected by cyclone Gita,
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
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.
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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