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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  
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NEWSLETTER for: 23rd September 2018 - 25th Sunday in O.T.

divine wisdom contrasted with wisdom of ‘the world’

    In today’s second reading, James asks that Christian disciples discern when debate crosses over into contentiousness by looking at the persons involved. Are they jealous and selfishly ambitious? Or are they pure, peaceful, gently open to reason, merciful, full of good acts, simple and sincere?
    Contentiousness expresses realities that show themselves in life within the Christian community, as well as in our wider society. James challenges us to look to the sources of conflict. He urges the reader to discern whether true wisdom (heavenly) or false wisdom (earthly), motivates a person who claims to be wise (vv.16-18).
    The would-be wise, must prove their wisdom by practise undertaken in a spirit of living as, "peaceable, kindly and considerate" (v.17a). To these character- istics of divine wisdom is added the saying that "righteousness is harvested only in justice"(v.18). This is the way of divine wisdom, in contrast to earthly, unspiritual, "devilish wisdom", characterised by jealousy and selfish ambition (cf. Ws.3:14- 15). The signs of true wisdom are: purity, peacefulness, gentleness, openness to reason, et cetera . . .
    Wherever human beings gather in groups, conflicts naturally arise. James doesn’t deny the reality of conflict in church life and society, but challenges us his readers, to look to the source of such conflict and to examine its manifestations.
    He urges a discernment of spirits in order to determine whether heavenly wisdom or earthly wisdom is behind the person who claims to be wise (Jm.4:1-3). When people let themselves be taught by God and pray, they become the peacemakers – the pure of heart of the Beatitudes

– BF

“The Beatitudes are like a Christian’s identity card . . . in the Beatitudes, we find a portrait of God, which we are called to reflect in our daily lives.”
GE par. #122 Pope Francis


  • How have Christian writers over the ages reflected on creation?
  • How is climate change affecting our Earth and our country?
  • What does our faith tell us about how to live in ‘our common home’? ( with reference to Catholic teaching, especially Pope Francis’ Laudato Si )
  • How can we respond?
An afternoon of input, reflection and sharing with Mary Betz. Sat. 13 th Oct. 1.30pm at the Anglican Church, Molesworth St., Mangawhai Village. Mary has worked as a lecturer; tertiary chaplain; co-ordinator of faith education in parishes; for Caritas; and for the Auckland Diocesan Justice & Peace Commission. She has two grown daughters and lives with her husband Peter, in Titirangi.


The annual Mass for Pope Francis on his Patronal Feast Day will be celebrated by Bishop Patrick Dunn at the Cathedral of Sts. Patrick & Joseph, on Thursday 4 th Oct at 12.15pm. The Mass will be followed by light refreshments and celebratory cake in Liston Hall. Be sure to sign the greeting card. Normal weekday Wilson car parking rates apply.

Responding to the NZ Housing Crisis

In his 16 September Pastoral letter to all parishioners, Bishop Pat asked ‘whether your Parish, or individuals within it, can provide affordable rental accommodation or emergency housing or furnishings to help a homeless family’. If you think you may be in a position to assist in this way, an initial contact can be made with Catholic Social Services, ph. 09 378 9650 or


  Pro-life, Pro-family Conference, with world-renowened speakers, including Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, the daughter of St. Gianna and Cardinal Raymond Burke at Epson Girls’ Grammar School, from 5 th - 7 th Oct 2018. This conference which will echo the perennial truths of the Catholic faith, with practical applications for our times – Michael Loretz. Education Director, Family Life International NZ Ph. 021 825 955 or 09 629 43 61


Candlelight Rosary Procession & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacred Heart College, 250 West Tamaki Rd, Glen Innes. Sunday 7 th Oct. at 7pm. Led by Bishop Patrick Dunn. All are invited. The purpose of this procession is to pray for Vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Enquiries to Colin Pratt Ph. 09 576 2161


Revitalise and enrich intimacy, love and romance in your marriage. Attend the MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND, 5 th – 7 th Oct. at Mt Richmond Hotel, Mt Wellington. BOOK NOW! Ph. 0800 362686 or Christine & David Sloan 09 372 3581 or email:


Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • NZ bishops write letter of support to Pope.
  • Changing pew dwellers into missionary disciples.
  • Candles set Auckland church statue on fire.
  • St Peter’s College wins national 1st XV title.


Bishop Patrick Dunn is pleased to announce the launch of a new scholarship to be known as the Ruth Miller Scholarship for study at Good Shepherd College. This scholarship will be available for a selected number of people who intend to do one or more theology papers at Good Shepherd College towards a Bachelor of Theology degree in 2019.
For further information about this scholarship and to receive an application form, please contact Linda McQuade, Vicar for Education email: The closing date for applications is 15 th Oct 2018

2019 Retreats

2019 Silent Retreat:
Light and Shade, led by Laurence Freeman OSB Director, The World Community for Christian Meditation. January 13 th – 16 th 2019 at the University of Waikato, Hamilton. For more information visit or write to NZCCM retreat, 12 Everest St, Wellington 6035

Contemplative Care:
Healthcare and Meditation, a Meditation Seminar, with New Zealand healthcare professionals and Laurence Freeman OSB, January 17th & 18th 2019 at the Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital. For more information visit

Alone Again? Widowed, Separated or Divorced?

  The Beginning Experience is a non-profit organisation with the motto “Weekend Away for a Lifetime of Change”. The retreat will help you work through your painful loss. The participants find new hope, increased emotional health and renewed energy.
Date; Friday evening 5th Oct. to Sunday afternoon 7th Oct.
Cost $295 Includes accommodation, meals and materials. Contact Carol 022 089 0458 or leave a message on 09 360 3054. Visit

The 2019 COLUMBAN ART CALENDAR now on sale

The calendar begins with the new year (1st January 2019) rather than the first Sunday of Advent.
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


104 The Drive, Epsom. 09 638-6238

  1. CELEBRATING 30 YEARS: High Tea & Mercy Day Mon 24 Sept, 2-4pm incl. afternoon tea. Donation/Koha.

Contact us if you would like a booklet for full information or if you wish to book: or

Prayer intentions for the week
The Pope’s prayer intention for September is Universal: Young People in Africa
That young people in Africa may have access to education and work in their own countries.

Prayers for our Sick:

Elmarie Bonfrer, Terry Boreham, Petronella Ter Veer, Matteo Gray, Brett Anderson, Philip Cotching, Maggie Everett, Nell Graham, Therese Graham, Allison Poninghouse, Patricia Valkenberg, Zoila Crisostomo, John Brljevich, Stephan Vercoe, Christine Tayler, Rita McCurran, Marie McSweeney, Rosalie Walsh, Dallas & James Colville, Kiri Walton, Yashmeen Joseph & Jennifer Rambaud:
May Christ’s presence relieve their distress, remove their fears, 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 & for those whose anniversaries occur about now, including: Claude Cameron (24th ), Maureen Searle (25th ), Alan Livingstone (25th ), Bernard Chaffe (26th ), Nicola McHugh (27th ), Rick Donnelly (27th ), Robert Scelly (28th ), Valmay Baily (28th ) and Robert Tayler (29th ). May they rest in the peace of Christ where all tears will be wiped away.



As the following classics will demonstrate, laughs can often be found in unexpected places. Supposedly, these are actual ads that have appeared somewhere at some point:

* Dinner Special -- Turkey $2.35; Chicken or Beef $2.25; Children $2.00.

* We will oil your sewing machine and adjust tension in your home for $1.00.

* Have several very old dresses from grandmother in beautiful condition.

* Tired of cleaning yourself? Let me do it.

* Lost: small apricot poodle. Reward. Neutered. Like one of the family.
Copying Errors!

A new monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to help the other monks in copying the old texts by hand. He notices, however, that they are copying copies, and not the original books. So, the new monk goes to the head monk to ask him about this. He points out that if there was an error in the first copy, that error would be continued in all of the other copies.

The head monk says, "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son."

So, the head monk goes down into the cellar with one of the copies to check it against the original.

Hours later, nobody has seen him.

So, one of the other monks goes downstairs to look for him. He hears sobbing coming from the back of the cellar and finds the old monk leaning over one of the original books, crying.

"What's wrong?" he asks.

"The word is 'celebrate'," sobs the old monk.

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