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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: 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 better covenant.
   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.

- BF

When we are obsessed with our own pleasure, we end up being all too concerned about ourselves and our rights. Pope Francis, GE #108


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 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

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.


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)
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.

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.


8th December at 3pm. To find out more information, or how to lead a group,
please go to 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: or 021 375 292. Applications close Monday 5 th November.

Confirmation Programme

Will commence early 2019. Please email 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 own transport.


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

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 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 Valkenberg: Stephan Vercoe, Christine Tayler, Rita McCurran, Marie McSweeney, Rosalie Walsh, John Walsh, Dallas & James Colville, Kiri Walton, Yashmeen Joseph, Don Matheson: 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 and for those whose anniversaries occur about now, including: Edward Jennings (5/11/13). May they rest in the peace of Christ where all tears will be wiped away.



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..."
Short Sayings...

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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