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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
11th Nov 2018 - 32nd Sunday in O.T.
Hear, O Israel, the LORD is our GOD, the LORD alone
To this day, pious Israelites recite
the Shema (from the command, “Listen”
Dt.6:5 in today’s first reading) three
times a day. It reminds them to keep
alive the hearing of the Law (of Moses)
and for awareness of their duty to serve
the LORD with undivided hearts. When
they struggle to be loyal to the LORD
alone amid competing claims upon their
collective heart and mind, Moses’
teaching voice continues to speak the
words that give life. Hearing these words
calls up hope for an alternative
awareness of the present.
In today’s second reading, Jesus is
precisely the high priest whom the
human race requires, holy and sinless,
installed far above humanity (Hb.1:26);
one having no need to offer sacrifice
daily for sins but making a single
offering of himself (Hb.1:27) once for
all. The Law could only appoint high
priests with human limitations, but the
fulfilment of GOD's oath regarding the
priesthood of Melchizedek (Cf.Ps.110:4)
makes the Son of GOD the perfect priest
forever (Hb.7:28) and thus guarantees a
Jesus had been debating with the
religious authorities and listening to the
debate was a Scribe. The Scribe appreci-
ated Jesus’ answers and now he
addresses a further question to Jesus
intending him well. The Scribe asked
which from among the more than six
hundred religious commandments of the
Law, was the most important?
Jesus replies that to love G OD is to
value liberation and justice – its the
same as loving neighbour. It means that
there isn’t any other GOD than love. The
second commandment is the same as the
first – what love could we offer our
neighbour if we are loving GOD with all
the love we have. Jesus scandalised
many by joining the two – saying one
was similar to the other. The Scribe
caught Jesus’ drift and adds that ‘this
love is worth more than religion’. He
understood that love of GOD and of
others, is a single action worth more
than all religious rites, even true ones.
It isn’t that we mustn’t do them, but may
be it isn’t a sin to fail to do them.
When we are obsessed with our own pleasure, we end up being all too concerned
about ourselves and our rights. Pope Francis, GE #108
ST MARY'S PARISH CHRISTMAS DINNER
Fri 30 th November, 6.00pm at our Wellsford church – this function will be catered
for by your Parish Council and only $15 a ticket. You will have a lovely meal;
hopefully we'll have someone on guitar and a bit of a singalong.
Please bring your
own drinks. Tickets will be available at your part of the parish soon. (Marie has
tickets at Wellsford).
We look forward to seeing as many of our parishioners, friends
Save the date. Fri 30 th November.
Ko te pono o te wa o mua ko te tino o te mauritau i te rongo…
Truthful remembrance leads to enduring peace. 9 Th - 10 th Nov. 2018, Selwyn Library,
8 St Stephens Ave, Parnell.
DOROTHY BROWN MEMORIAL LECTURE, Friday 9 th November, 7.30pm,
Maui Solomon, Chairman Hokotehi Moriori Trust, Rekohu (Chatham Islands): 600
years of Peacekeeping on Rekohu – Myths, Misconceptions & Truth.
STUDY DAY – Saturday 10 th November, 9am registration, 9.30am welcome,
4.30pm finish. Revd Dr Hirini Kaa, Auckland University historian and theologian.
The Role of Churches before, during and after the NZ Wars. And various other
speakers. Booking before November 5 (for both events) is essential. (Limited
Book at email@example.com
ARMISTICE DAY - Sunday 11 th November 2018
Armistice Day remembers the ending of the First World War. The announcement
was made “at the 11th hour of the 11 th day of the 11 th month” 1918, and led to
rejoicing and thanksgiving.
This year marks the centenary of this event, and the New
Zealand Government will be asking all citizens to keep TWO MINUTES of silence
at 11.00am on Sunday 11 th November as we remember all who died in that War
and in all wars. Then at 11.02am there will be the ringing of bells throughout the
nations, as happened in 1918.
Churches are invited to join this celebration with the
ringing of Church bells and hand bells.
Choral Mass for the Eve of Armistice
Celebrating 100 years since the Declaration of Peace.
Saturday 10th November
7.30pm at St Patrick's Cathedral.
WALK BY FAITH
Enhance your spiritual life and learn more about your Catholic faith. Walk by Faith
is an adult faith formation programme that aims to help people deepen their
understanding of themselves and their relationship with God through reflection on
Scripture and the teachings of the church, integrating this into their lived faith.
“Were not our hearts burning within us while He spoke to us on the road?” (Luke
Participants may enrol for one, two or three years. If you enjoy reading in
your own time and taking part in group discussion you will enjoy this stimulating
and interesting programme. The learning process includes reflecting on your
experience; discussion and reading; integrating this into your life and learning; and
making a personal response.
Contact: Dianna Fouhy, Walk by Faith Coordinator, Catholic Diocese of Auckland.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/religious-education/
Our Lady's Fundraising Festival
Sunday 11 November 4pm – 9pm at St Josephs Catholic Church Takapuna. $20 per
ticket includes 5 traditional food servings & 2 tokens for games.
Free admission for
under 10 year olds. An international cultural experience, tickle your taste buds with
delicacies from Europe, Asia and South America.
ROSARY CRUSADE FOR LIFE AND FAITH
8th December at 3pm. To find out more information, or how to lead a group,
please go to www.rosarycrusade.co.nz or phone 022 1912 886.
The Catholic Institute (TCI) needs an energetic and well-organised leader for its
Auckland operation, based in Ponsonby. The role involves a mix of
communication, promotion, relationship management, administration and quality
management. Relationships with the Maori and/or Pasifika communities in
Auckland would be helpful.
Call or email Gerald Scanlan, the TCI Director, for
further details: email@example.com or 021 375 292. Applications close Monday 5 th
Will commence early 2019. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with
names or phone Father Bill 09 423 8170.
The Rotary Club of Maungaturoto and Districts Incorporated
Announce the Club is providing a Senior Citizens’ afternoon tea and entertainment
on Friday 23 rd November between 2pm and 4pm in the Community Hall
Kaiwaka (opposite Jaques).
If you are interested in joining us please phone any of
the following: Eric 0210304630 Stella 0211490877 Eileen 0211420357 Dan (09)
431 2130 so we know what numbers to expect.
The invitation is open to senior
citizens living in our area – Tinopai to Mangawhai. You will need to arrange your
The 2019 COLUMBAN ART CALENDAR...
Now on sale
The calendar begins
with the new year (1st January 2019). Price = $12.00
Prayer intentions for the week
The Pope’s prayer intention for Nov. -
In Service of Peace - that the language of
love and dialogue may always prevail
over the language of conflict.
Prayers for our Sick:
Terry Boreham, Petronella Ter Veer,
Matteo Gray, Philip Cotching:
Maggie Everett, Nell Graham, Therese
Graham, Allison Poninghouse, Patricia
Stephan Vercoe, Christine Tayler, Rita
McCurran, Marie McSweeney, Rosalie
Walsh, John Walsh, Dallas & James
Colville, Kiri Walton, Yashmeen Joseph,
May Christ’s presence give them peace and
restore them so they can offer you joyful
thanks in the midst of your Church.
(Please contact Marie 423 8907 or 0210544772
to have names added to or removed from the
Prayers for the Dead:
For the recently
deceased and for those whose
anniversaries occur about now,
Jennings (5/11/13). May they rest in the
peace of Christ where all tears will be
A man buys his wife a piano for her birthday.
A few weeks later, he meets a friend who asks how she was doing with it.
"Oh," says the man, "I persuaded her to switch to a clarinet."
"How come?" the friend asks.
"Well," the man replies, "because with a clarinet, she can't sing..."
Here are a some short sayings, including a bit of life advice:
* Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it.
* Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
* Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
* Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.
* I believe the only time the world beats a path to my door is when I'm in the bathroom.
* Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.
* If it doesn't make sense, it's either economics or psychology.
* A flying particle will seek the nearest eye.
* Free time which unexpectedly becomes available will be wasted.
* Don't believe in superstition, it just brings bad luck.
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