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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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17th December 2017 - 3rd Sunday of Advent
In today's Gospel the evangelist
John uses two word pictures for John
the Baptist, the forerunner of the
Messiah. The first word picture is that
of light. Jesus is the light of the world
and John is supposed to bear witness to
this light by becoming a shining and
glittering lamp (John 5:35).
word picture is that of the voice. In
John's Gospel Jesus is presented as the
Word and John is supposed to be the
voice of this Word. The Gospel
highlights John's faithfulness to his
mission and his humility. He does not
claim to be the Messiah nor Elijah nor
the Prophet. He does not consider
himself worthy even to untie the strap
of the sandal of the Messiah. His role is
only to prepare people for the Messiah
by baptising them with water. It is the
Messiah who will baptise them with the
Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who
will empower us to prepare for the Lord
in the spirit of humility and service,
with the purpose of bearing witness to
Do I carry out happily my
responsibilities? Do I aspire for titles
and offices of prestige?
Fr Robert D'Souza
Advent encourages us to reflect on the contrast between our daily routine and the
unexpected coming of the Lord. The Gospel, the Pope said, is not trying to frighten us, but
“to open our horizons” to further dimensions, giving meaning even to everyday occurrences.
WELLSFORD EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS' MEETING
A brief meeting with Father after 10.30am Mass today.
Today, Kiaraiti and Tita Kaneama and family will light the Advent Wreath candle for the 3rd Sunday of Advent.
Christmas Mass Timetable
Saturday 23rd December 6.00pm - Mass at Maungaturoto.
Sunday 24th December 8.30am – Mass at Mangawhai
Sunday 24th December 10.30am – Mass at Wellsford
- CHRISTMAS EVE VIGIL
- SUNDAY 24TH DECEMBER WELLSFORD Carols at 8.30PM, Mass at 9PM.
- CHRISTMAS DAY
- MONDAY 25TH DECEMBER MANGAWHAI 8.30AM MASS
- MONDAY 25TH DECEMBER MAUNGATUROTO 11AM MASS
- NEW YEAR
- Saturday 30th December – 6.00pm Mass at Maungaturoto
- Sunday 31st December – 8.30am Mass at Mangawhai
- Sunday 31st December – 10.30am Mass at Wellsford
- NEW YEAR'S DAY – MONDAY 1ST JANUARY 2018
- At Wellsford – 9am to 10am, praying of 20 mysteries of the Rosary.
- 10am – Mass.
To the parishioners of Mangawhai a heartfelt thank you for the $700 donated this year
from the monthly trading table, together with the many generous gifts for the weekly food
This will be of real assistance to those in need and a great blessing to those who
contributed so generously.
Roster for Wellsford in January
We would appreciate an idea of who will be available for the various ministries at Mass
Please fill in the roster sheet in the foyer.
Thank you to everyone who has
assisted in ministerial and other roles during the year.
Stations of the Cross
At Wellsford on the first Friday of the month.
Next stations are on 5th January at 7.00pm.
Come and see........
The Auckland Diocesan Peace and International Justice Committee is committed to stand
in solidarity with people of other nations and faiths in the face of injustice. We are
looking for people with a strong interest in global issues to join us: to exchange ideas,
share knowledge and act together for peace and a better future for our children. Come and
see for yourself. Prospective members please send an expression of interest to
See the Justice & Peace Commission website
www.catholicjusticeauckland.org.nz for more information on the committees and the work
of the Commission.
Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:
- Marist to be new Bishop of Christchurch.
- Seriousness of diocese priest shortage brought home.
- Hundreds at Catholic Youth Festival.
- Pope worried about Trump Jerusalem move.
- Which Missionary built nine NZ churches?.
SATURDAY 10TH MARCH 2018
This is a much needed fundraiser for the
parish and also a great community day out.
Please start thinking about how you can help
make a successful gala and whether you have
anything you no longer need that could be
sold at the gala.
Enquiries to Ken Hancock or members of Parish Pastoral Council.
- Helpers on the day. As many as
possible needed to help put stuff out
Plus people to “man” the stalls.
- Used items, in saleable condition, for the auction. No rubbish please (it costs us if
we have to visit the rubbish tip).
- Clothing in good condition.
- Preserves and plants.
- Toys in good condition.
- Items for quick fire raffles
- Helpers in the 2 weeks leading up to the auction, to help sort items at the church.
Donation Totals for November
Wellsford $1593.30, Mangawhai $1168.70, Maungaturoto $598.70.
If your email address has changed recently or is going to change due to Vodafone and
Clearnet changes, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep our
contacts list current.
Prayer intentions for the week
That the elderly, sustained by families and
Christian communities, may apply their
wisdom and experience to spreading the
faith and forming the new generations.
That people everywhere will know the true
meaning of Christ's coming and find the way
to goodness and justice and the fulfilment of
Prayers for our Sick:
Elmarie Bonfrer, Merv Cotter, Trevor Sykes,
Terry Boreham, Petronella Ter Veer, Matteo
Gray, Maggie Everett, Tony Plunkett,
Allison Poninghouse, Susan Faulkner,
Nanette Matheson, Christina Collins,
Mihaka (Mick) Kaio, Patricia Valkenberg,
John Brljevich, Stephan & Patricia Vercoe,
Christine Tayler, Rita McCurran and Dallas
& James Colville.
(Please contact Marie 423 8907 or 0210544772
to have names added to or removed from the
Prayers for the Dead:
For those whose death anniversaries occur
about now including
Ethan & Morris Cave (17/12/98), Barry
Mann (17/12/08), Valentine Fitzthum
(18/12/96), William Brown (18/12/01), Basil
Corboy (20/12/97), Anne Came (23/12/93),
Victor Douglas (24/12/83) and Michael
Power (27/12/90), May they have eternal
At one point during a game, the coach said to one of his young players, "Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?"
The little boy nodded.
"Do you understand that what matters is whether we win together as a team?"
The little boy nodded again.
"So," the coach continued, "when a strike is called, or you're out at first, you don't argue or curse or attack the umpire. Do you understand all that?"
The little boy nodded once more.
"Good," said the coach, "now go over there and explain it to your mother."
A man and his wife were driving their car across the country and were nearing a town with a strange name. They tried to figure out how to pronounce it and argued back and forth until they stopped for lunch.
As they stood at the counter, the wife asked the employee, "Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce where we are...very slowly?"
The girl leaned over the counter and said, "Reeeees, tauuuuu, raaaaant."
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