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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  
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NEWSLETTER for: 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 hearts.

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 raised.

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 community.
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 welcome.
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.

PPC Minutes

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

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 communitarian levels.

Special Intention:
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:

Elmarie Bonfrer, 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 healing hand.
(Please contact Marie 423 8907 or 0210544772 to have names added to or removed from the above)

Prayers for the Dead:

For Michael 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."
Wedding Anniversary

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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