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|Kia Ora, Welcome
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|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
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18th Feb 2018 - 5th Sunday of LENT
Lose yourself in Jesus
Jesus invites the Greeks (and each of
us) who merely wanted to see him, to look
to a deeper, personal and lasting
relationship with him by telling them
about the grain of wheat that falls to the
ground and decays to bring forth a rich
harvest. Like the grain of wheat we have
to let go and let God! Letting go wasn't
easy for Jesus either. It was only after his
prayer in Gethsemane wherein he sweated
blood in agony, that he was able to say
'yes' to God. As the Second Reading says,
'Although he was Son, he learnt through
suffering what obedience was and, as a
result, 'became the source of eternal
salvation for all those who obey him.' It
was only when Jesus was willing to let go
that he found strength and comfort in God.
Is there anything that holds us back from
letting God in? Are you happy merely
looking at Jesus or do you wish to 'know
him'? Lent is a season to lose ourselves in
Jesus so that God can create a new
covenant with us and write it on our
Fr Joby Mathew SSP
Before all else, the Gospel invites us to respond to the God of love who
saves us, to see God in others and to go forth from ourselves to seek
the good of others.
Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel,Pope Francis
5th Sunday of Lent
“Help us let go of our fears and insecurities, so that we may go out into the world to sow
seeds of new life.”
Workshop for Liturgy (Copyright Reporting for Hymns)
A reminder..........Tina Coll from the Auckland Diocesan Centre is kindly
presenting for us: a Copyright Reporting Workshop.
9.30am-----11.30 am Parish House, Wellsford. Thursday 22nd March.
Please bring your Laptop ,or mobile device. Also please bring a plate to share.
Holy Week Timetable
Masses at Wellsford:
9am on Monday 26th March
9amTuesday 27th March
9am Wednesday 28th March.
Holy Thursday Mass at 7.30pm, adoration 8.30 – midnight. Stay a while if you can.
Good Friday service 3pm.
Easter Vigil Saturday 31st March 7.30pm.
Help Needed with Flowers
If you have flowers that will be ready during Holy Week and that we can use for the Altar of Repose and Easter Mass, they would be most welcome.
Help needed with arranging the flowers also.
Experience welcome but not necessary.
Please contact Marie 423 8907 or Maureen 423 7982 if you can help with any of the above.
Stations of the Cross
7pm at Wellsford every Friday during Lent and on the first Friday of each month for the rest of the year.
Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:
- 1500 at ordination of new Bishop of Christchurch.
- Transfiguration icon shows ‘otherness’ of Christ.
- Pope appoints Fr Michael Dooley as Bishop of Dunedin.
- Cardinal Dew on Pope Francis’ pontificate
A huge thank you to all who helped with the church
gala last Saturday. A special thanks to those who
worked before the gala, sorting items and collecting
larger items for the auction. And for the wonderful
turnout of volunteers who arrived early in the
morning to carry everything outside.
A massive effort with close to $6,000
Stay with Me:
Beautiful Candle Light Vigil for Life – PALM SUNDAY (25th March)
7pm-8pm outside AMAC 286 Dominion Road, Mt Eden 7pm-8pm. Please come
and join with all of those who have been involved in 40 Days for Life as we unite
in prayer for one beautiful candle lit hour of prayer for the unborn, for abortion
vulnerable mothers and for all those hurting from the effects of abortion in our
Please bring your family and friends out this Palm Sunday to pray
together for healing, for mercy and for LIFE!
Finding Faith in a secular world
Auckland Inter-Faith Council Presents “An evening with Dr Maureen Sier” Finding faith
in a secular world: How interfaith engagement is revolutionising religion”
WHAT: Public lecture followed by a Q&A session with light refreshments served. All
WHEN: Tuesday 27 March, 7:30 PM start.
WHERE: Quality Hotel Parnell (Endeavour Room), 10 - 20 Gladstone Road, Parnell
PARKING: Free onsite.
COST: Free entry; gold coin donations appreciated.
Dr Maureen Sier is an inter-faith activist and international speaker who serves as the
Director of Interfaith Scotland. Interfaith Scotland is a non-governmental organisation
dedicated to promoting good practice in interfaith dialogue, education, engagement and
training nationally and internationally. Dr Sier was the keynote speaker at New Zealand’s
National Interfaith Forum in 2009.
Family Faith Website
Parents are the first educators of faith in order to support families in this ministry the
Auckland Diocese maintains a Family Faith website
it has ideas for
family faith development from the pre-school to adolescent. Explore, grow and enjoy.
Prayer intentions for the week
Formation in Spiritual Discernment
That the Church may appreciate the
urgency of formation in spiritual
discernment, both on the personal and
A prayer of gratitude
to God for perfect weather for our Gala
Day and for everyone involved in making
the day such a success.
Prayers for our Sick:
Trevor Sykes, Terry Boreham, Petronella
Ter Veer, Matteo Gray, Maggie Everett,
Tony Plunkett, 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
(Please contact Marie 423 8907 or 0210544772
to have names added to or removed from the
Prayers for the Dead:
Francis Grigg who died 27 th February 2018
and for those whose death anniversaries
occur about now including Ike Harrop
(18 th ) and Katerina Kinkella (23 rd ). May
they be granted eternal rest.
A woman is getting on a bus when, just in front of her, a man gets up from his seat.
She thinks to herself, "Here's another man trying to keep up the customs of a patriarchal society by offering a 'poor, defenseless woman' his seat", and she pushes him back onto the seat.
A few minutes later, the man tries to get up again. She is insulted again and refuses to let him up.
Finally, the man says, "Look, you've got to let me get up. I'm two miles past my stop already."
A married couple was celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. At the party everybody wanted to know how they managed to stay married so long in this day and age.
The husband responded, "On our wedding day, we came to an agreement. I would make all the major decisions and my wife would make all the minor decisions. And now, after 60 years of marriage, I can truthfully say that we have never needed to make a MAJOR decision."
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