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Kia Ora,  Welcome     Sunday Mass Times
To Visitors To MaungaturotoSunday 8.30am
ST MARY'S PARISH           Mangawhai
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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: 14th Oct 2018 - 28th Sunday in O.T.

reform to leadership and governance has begun

    Pope Francis’ call to holiness in today’s world (Gaudete et Exsultate – 19.3.18) gave notice to the bishops of the world to reform. The commissions of inquiry into the cover-ups of sexual abuse in different countries have given church leaders notice to reform. The ‘People of God’ voting with their feet, have given the bishops notice to reform. Its time for a new Pentecost – a new model of parish; a new model of priesthood; a new model of leadership and governance; a new model of church. I believe this is what the Spirit is saying to the Church today.
    Recently, Pope Francis issued rule changes for Bishops’ Synods (Episcopalis Communio – 15.9.18), introducing signifi- cant reforms to the structure of Bishops’ Synods. The introduction talks about collegiality; broad consultation with all the faithful in every state of life in the Church; and a more general spirit of co-operation between the Church Teaching and the Church Listening.
    The Bishop is both teacher and disciple. He is a teacher when endowed with the special assistance of the Holy Spirit, he proclaims to the faithful the word of truth in the name of Christ, head and shepherd. But he is a disciple when, knowing that the Spirit has been bestowed upon every baptized person, he listens to the voice of Christ speaking through the entire People of God”[20]. The document continues: “The Synod of Bishops must increasingly become a privileged instrument for listening to the People of God: ‘For the Synod Fathers, we ask the Holy Spirit first of all, for the gift of listening: to listen to God, that with him we may hear the cry of the people to listen to the people until breathing in the desire to which God calls us’” [23].
    The text of the changes is followed by detailed articles for implementation in regard to the final synodal document. Pope Francis has now introduced a new practice where in article 18 he states: ‘once the approval of the members has been received, the final document of the Assembly is offered to the Roman Pontiff, who decides on its publication. If expressly approved by the Roman Pontiff, the final document participates in the ordinary Magisterium of the Successor of Peter’

- BF

‘Underpinning the work of renewal is the firm conviction that all pastors are made to serve the holy people of God, to whom they themselves belong by virtue of the sacrament of baptism.’ [18] EC

Meditation - an introduction by Fr. Peter Murphy on .....

Mon. 15th October at the St Mary’s Parish Wellsford at 7.00pm – all welcome.

MISSION SUNDAY - Sunday 21 st October

a reminder that next weekend is Mission Sunday. This collection is the major fundraiser for the work of the Pontifical Mission Societies. The Pontifical Mission is directed especially towards the care of children, the immediate relief of the poor, and the support of Missionary Seminaries and Religious Institutions.
Please give generously next week. For further information, refer the MissioNZ website:


  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. Look forward to seeing as many of our parishioners,friends and family. 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 seating).
Book at

St Leo's Catholic School

  125 th Jubilee on Sunday 11 November 2018, beginning with a celebration of Mass at 11am followed by lunch, entertainment and a mix and mingle. We invite any past pupils, families or staff to help us celebrate.
Bookings can be made on the website More info on the facebook page St Leo's Catholic 125 th School Jubilee. Maureen Harris, Principal. Ph. 09 4459339


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 24:32)
The course is open to people from every walk of life. 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. Previous study is not necessary. 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:

Marlena Devoe Concert

Tuesday 16th October at 7.30 pm at the Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph. Entry by donation. Marlena was cantor at the Cathedral for some time and is fundraising to help with the costs of her tuition in Italy.

St Francis Retreat Centre

On Sunday 28 th October at 3.00pm there will be a Celebration of the Eucharist led by Fr Anthoni Selvaraj OFM, Guardian of St Francis Friary, to mark the 80 th Anniversary of the Foundation Stone and the completion of the seismic upgrade of St Francis Friary & Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough.
On this occasion we’d particularly like to acknowledge the founding purpose of St Francis Retreat Centre – to be a place of spiritual growth for the parishes, schools and the Catholic faithful of the Diocese of Auckland. Afternoon Tea will follow Mass.
RSVP by 11 th October to

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 11th day of the 11th 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 11th 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!

Collection Totals

Collection Totals for September:
Wellsford $1298.70, Mangawhai $1207.80, Maungaturoto $419.90


  Now on sale The calendar begins with the new year (1 st January 2019). Price = $12.00


Sunday 14 th October - No need to book

PPC Minutes

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

Prayer intentions for the week
The Pope’s prayer intention for Oct. - That consecrated religious men and women may bestir themselves and be present among the poor, the marginalized and those who have no voice.

Prayers for our Sick:

Terry Boreham, Petronella Ter Veer, Matteo Gray, Philip Cotching, Larry Brockliss: Maggie Everett, Nell Graham, Therese Graham, Allison Poninghouse, Patricia Valkenberg, John Brljevich: Stephan Vercoe, Christine Tayler, Rita McCurran, Marie McSweeney, Rosalie 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 above)

Prayers for the Dead:

For the recently deceased including Brett Anderson and for those whose anniversaries occur about now, including: Peter Cowlrick (14 th ), Peter Davidson (15 th ), James Gallagher (17 th ), Clement Joseph (18 th ), Roselyn Narayan (22 nd ), Jackie AhKee (23 rd ), Amina Buksh (25 th ) – May they rest in the peace of Christ where all tears will be wiped away.



Newsletter matters.
We of course can't confirm anything, but apparently the following announcements appeared in various church bulletins.

* This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

* Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It is a good chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

* The associate minister unveiled the church's new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: "I Upped My Pledge, Now Up Yours!"

* Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 to 8:30 pm. Please use the rear entrance.

* The 'Over 60s Choir' will be disbanded for the summer with the thanks of the entire church.
Anniversary gift.

On their 25th wedding anniversary, a husband took his wife out to dinner. Their teenage daughters said they'd have dessert waiting for them when they returned.

After the couple got home, they saw that the dining room table was beautifully set with china, crystal and candles, and there was a note that read: "Your dessert is in the refrigerator. We are staying with friends, so go ahead and do something we wouldn't do!"

"I suppose," the husband responded, "we could vacuum."

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