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NEWSLETTER for: 22nd April 2018 - 4th Sunday of Easter


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Good Shepherd


    Jesus outlines the characteristics of an authentic shepherd and shows how we can recognise him: see his total dedication to the point of giving his life. Jesus is the real Good Shepherd, in contrast to all those who solemnly claim to be leaders and guides of the people but actually are in search of power and self. Only Jesus the Good Shepherd, who is not a paid servant, knows his sheep and has offered his life in order to snatch them away from the wolves which try to plunder and disperse them. The interest and care of this Shepherd is not limited to the sheep that are with him; there are other sheep dispersed and far, which he wants to gather so that the shepherd and all the sheep would be united.
    The allegory of the Shepherd reflects directly the person and the mission of Christ. His voluntary offering of life for his sheep is the reason for which the Father loves him. The sheep definitively belong to the Father; he who gives his life for the sheep is loved by the Father.
    The principle of belonging to the sheepfold is that of mutual belonging and true communion between the shepherd and the sheep. It should be a communion as deep and indissoluble as the communion between the Father and the Son.

Fr George Kaitholil SSP

“ Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years. Yet we are called to be instruments of God our Father, so that our planet might be what he desired when he created it and correspond with his plan for peace, beauty and fullness. “# 53.
Pope Francis



Message of His Holiness, Pope Francis, for the 2018 World Day of Vocations - 22nd April 2018


Pope Francis's message for this day can be found at
https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/vocations
An excerpt from his message is “Even amid these troubled times, the mystery of the Incarnation reminds us that God continually comes to encounter us. He is God-with-us, who walks along the often dusty paths of our lives. He knows our anxious longing for love and he calls us to joy. In the diversity and the uniqueness of each and every vocation, personal and ecclesial, there is a need to listen, discern and live this word that calls to us from on high and, while enabling us to develop our talents, makes us instruments of salvation in the world and guides us to full happiness.”
(Pope Francis).

Abortion Law Review – Have Your Say


The Minister of Justice has asked the NZ Law Commission to review NZ abortion law with a view to taking it out of the Crimes Act. The effect of this would be that abortion would be unrestricted, even up to birth. There is strong evidence that abortion is connected to increased risk of mental and physical health problems and relationship breakdown. Input can be sent to the Law Commission up to 5pm on 18 May 2018, online at:
abortionlaw.lawcom.govt.nz/
or emailing: alr@lawcom.govt.nz
or posting your comment to:
Abortion Law Review, New Zealand Law Commission, PO Box 2590, Wellington 6140.
There is no set format for input. It is worth noting that the current abortion law regulates providers, but protects women who undergo abortions from being prosecuted.
For further information:
https://mailchi.mp/4f601e802edf/law-commission-review-on-abortion-law?e=9ec1f18628
http://voiceforlife.org.nz/blog/
www.chooselife.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Law-Commission-Submission-Guide.pdf

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 31 st May & Friday 1 st June at St Josephs Centre, 1 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna. 9.30am – 3.30pm.
For further information and to express your interest please contact Delia deliar@cda.org.nz ph. 09 360 3027

Save the Date! 2018 NZ Justice Tour Announced!



Voice for Life NZ is privileged to have international speaker Bryan Kemper in New Zealand from May 3 rd to May 9t speaking on the social justice issue of Abortion. Hear Bryan's story first-hand: from meth addiction and satanism to preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Guest speaker Hillary Kieft from Hillary's Law will share the latest on parental notification laws in New Zealand.
Thursday May 3 rd 7.30pm at Rhema Family Church 32-40 Dyer St, Raumanga, Whangarei.
Friday May 4th 7.30pm at Mission North Church 9 Wainui Rd, Silverdale.

PPC Minutes


The latest Parish Pastoral Council minutes can be viewed online at http://www.wfdparish.org.nz/ppc.html. From the front page click on About Us then PPC


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Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • NZ bishops quoted in Pope’s apostolic exhortation.
  • Church teaching had impact on union leader.
  • 40 Days for Life brings some special graces.
  • Astronaut took Communion while orbiting earth.

www.nzcatholic.org.nz

St Thomas More, Glenfield


35 years. 1983-2018. The parish of St Thomas More warmly invites you to share their celebration of 35 years as a parish in Glenfield, Auckland on 6 May 2018.
Bishop Pat will celebrate Mass at 10am followed by morning tea in the hall.

The Great Cathedral Quiz Night


28 April 7.30 pm—10.30 pm in Liston Hall at the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph, 43 Wyndham Street, Auckland CBD.
Get together a team of 8. Tables of 8 are $120 and come with complimentary Wine and Pizza. MC for the night is TVNZ’s Tim Wilson. Great prizes and great fun to be had whilst raising money for the Cathedral.
Book now at the Cathedral Office 09 303 4509 or email info@stpatricks.org.nz. Table numbers are strictly limited. Validated parking will be available at Hobson Street and Durham Lane.

Fr Joseph Victor...


Founder of the Congregation Jesus the Divine Healer is a gifted preacher. He will be celebrating mass and speaking on the theme Forgiveness as a path to Spiritual Growth, at St Dominic’s, Blockhouse Bay, April 25th: 7-9pm and at Holy Cross, Henderson, May 2nd: 7-9pm. All welcome.
More info: http://www.catholiccharismatic.org.nz or contact Mary on 02102541722

A PRAYER for our EARTH for World Earth day Sunday 22 Apr 2018


Father, foster in us a love for your creation:
animals small and tall; the soil, trees, plants of every hue;
water, mountains and deserts too.
The wisdom to care for our earth and to nurture our young to do the same.
The sense to use only what we need without excess; to share more and covet less.
The understanding that ‘being’ is more important than ‘having.’
And the grace to live in harmony, with one another, with nature, and with You. Amen

GALA FUNDRAISER


An amendment to the figure quoted in last week's newsletter: the amount raised was $6006.80 (not 6556.80) as previously advised.


Prayer intentions for the week
Universal
For those who have responsibility in economic matters. That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.


Prayers
Prayers for our Sick:

Elmarie Bonfrer, Terry Boreham, Petronella Ter Veer, Matteo Gray, Brett Anderson, 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 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 Ronald Whynne (22nd ) and Colleen Bartlett (22nd ), Joseph Lambert (23rd ), Ted McCudden (28th ) and Elaine Berger (29th ). May they have eternal rest.


HUMOUR


An atheist !
A woman comes home from a date rather sad. She tells her mother, "He proposed to me an hour ago."

"So why are you upset?" her mother asks.

"Because he also told me he's an atheist. He doesn't even believe there's a hell!"

Her mother replies, "Marry him anyway. Between the two of us, we'll show him how wrong he is."
Confessions

The new priest is nervous about hearing confessions, so he asks the older priest to sit in on his sessions. The new priest hears a couple of confessions, then the older priest asks him to step out of the confessional for a few suggestions.

The older priest suggests, "Cross you arms over your chest, and rub your chin with one hand."

The new priest tries this.

The older priest suggests, "Try saying things like, 'I see, yes, go on,' and 'I understand. How did you feel about that?'"

The new priest says those things.

The old priest says, "Now, don't you think that's a little better than slapping your knee and saying 'No shit?!? What happened next?'"





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