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1st Sunday of Lent

10th March 2019

This Sunday:  
Deut. 26:4-10 : Psalm 91 : Rom. 10:8-13 : Luke 4:1-13
Next Sunday:   Gen 15:5-12,17-18 : Psalm 27 : Phil. 3:17-4:1 Luke 9:28-36

This week in the parish....

Sun 10 4.00pm Stations of the Cross, St Francis
Mon 11 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 12 7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group Chapel, St Francis
  7.30pm RCIA, St John’s
Wed 13 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 14 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.30pm Lenten programme, Hall
Fri 15 10.15am Bible Study Group, St Francis
  7.30pm Stations of the Cross, St John’s
Sat 16 10.00am Secular Franciscans’ Retreat Day, St John’s
Sun 17 11.15am Meeting for all youth, Hall


In today’s Gospel, Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, is led by the Spirit into the desert and tempted by Satan. This comes immediately after Jesus’ baptism. Satan says to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” Then Satan promises all the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would worship him. Finally, Satan challenges Jesus to throw himself from the parapet of the temple to prove that since he is God’s Son, he would not be injured. Jesus triumphs over each temptation.
The key to interpretation lies in the text known in Hebrew as the Shema: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might” (Dt 6:4-5).
Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, the Dominican Bible Scholar, explains how the Shema was understood in Jesus’ time. “With all your heart means an undivided heart. Jesus would not allow his craving for food to divide his heart from complete trust in his Father’s care. With all your soul means trust in God even if you should lose your life. Jesus would not ask God to prove his presence by saving him if he jumped off the temple parapet. With all your might means with all your wealth.
Jesus said to Satan, “It is written: You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve”. The temptations of Jesus point back to Israel’s temptations in the past and point forward to the trials that the Church in all its members will undergo in the future. Each trial is a crisis but is also an opportunity to trust more completely that the Lord is with us.” We are confident that we will triumph, not because of our own strength, but because Jesus has given us his Holy Spirit.
God bless you all. Deacon Murray

Caritas Lent Appeal:
Starts today!
If you didn’t receive an envelope pack last week please take one from the foyer.
Each envelope pack covers the full six week period. Help Caritas to provide for the needs of the poor by tearing off an envelope each week, enclosing your contribution and placing it in the usual Sunday collection.
If you prefer to make a one-off donation, ‘single donation’ envelopes are in the foyer.

Stations of the Cross during Lent:
Fridays - 7.30pm - St John’s
Sundays - 4.00pm - St Francis’

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Lorraine Gullick and Kevin O’Brien.
We pray for the recently deceased including Jerko Vujevich and Zofia Wolk. We pray too for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

World Day of Prayer:
Special thanks to all those who contributed to our successful service on 1 March. We had a great number from many churches join us, and enjoy refreshments afterwards.
The students from Stella Maris read very beautifully, as did all those who took part. The collection for the various charities raised $850 -  most generous.
Thanks to Fr Emile for his warm welcome to our visitors.

Working Bee, St John’s:
We need a group of volunteers to help with some light cleaning in St John’s church on Thursday 21 March at 1pm. With enough helpers we should be finished within an hour or less.
If you are able to assist please ring Gabrielle, (09) 426 9153.

Dove Catholic Fellowship ....
Invites all women to their meeting on Wednesday 20 March, 7.30pm-9.30pm at St Thomas More Church hall, 336 Wairau Rd, Glenfield.
Barbara Hines will speak on ‘Loved by Jesus ‘(John 8:7-10).
Contact Sylvia (09) 443 7477.

Family Life Marriage weekend getaway:

5-7 April, Waipuna Hotel Auckland. An ideal opportunity to strengthen your marriage. Valuable for couples with good marriages, or those who are struggling. For more info visit

Collectors needed ....
At the 5.30pm and Sunday 10.15am Mass to assist with coordinating the collection.
Please contact Mel Westcott, (09) 421 0236.

Good News - Bible study:
Come and join the second session of our study of the Book of Galatians taking place during lent on Fridays at Francis Church, 10.15am–12.15pm. You will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and discussion. Morning tea will be served. Fred Webb will lead session 2, Deacon Murray sessions 3 & 4,Brian Hines session 5 and Fr Emile session 6.
Contact Barbara 424 1130 or Elizabeth 428 5665.

Caritas Lenten programme
Living our lives with Love, the Caritas Lenten programme, is on in the hall each Thursday at 7.30pm.
In these sessions we reflect on the Sunday Gospels for the weeks of Lent. All are welcome to come and share in this.
Contact Catherine Birt, 09 424 0134.

Why did Mary MacKillop ...
Have such a devotion to St Joseph? Would you like to learn more about St Joseph?
An interested group is meeting in St John’s Hall at 2pm on Saturday 30 March. All are welcome to come and share in this, followed by afternoon tea.
For more information phone Catherine Birt, (09) 424 0134.

Crossley Court Rest Home
Part time caregiver/cleaner/kitchen hand needed at Crossley Court Rest Home Orewa Beach.
Experience would be good but someone with a kind heart, gentle nature and willingness to learn would be a great addition to our family as well. Please phone Elaine, (09) 426 4867.

Just Cook 4 Healthy Ageing:
Free cooking and nutrition course for older people with limited cooking skills or who have lost the confidence or motivation to cook. For more info see the notice board or tel. (09) 489 3417.

104 The Drive, Epsom, (09) 638-6238.

  1. Dreamwork 202 Workshops: A Series of Skill-Development Groups(3hrs each) with Margaret Bowater. Friday mornings 9.30am-12.30pm. (22 March, 31 May, 19 July, 20 Sep, 22 Nov. $40 per session, or $150 for any 4 sessions.

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

Meeting for all the youth in the parish ...
Their parents and any other interested parishioners on Sunday 17 March in the parish hall after 10.15am Mass to talk about future plans for a youth group.
We look forward to hearing your ideas.
Contact Tania Alofaki, 020 41473785.
(The usual morning tea will still take place in the back end of the hall & courtyard next Sunday).

Stations of the Cross for young people ...
At St Francis Church on Good Friday, 9.30am.
All children, teenagers, their families and all parishioners are invited.

National Day of Prayer for Children - 3rd March
Lord Jesus, thank you that you take children into your arms and bless them.
May every child know the deep peace and love of being held close to you.
We especially ask you to protect all unborn children, and children who are impoverished, neglected, and abused.
May we your people, open our hearts to bring compassion into their lives.
Help us to support and encourage families and communities in the love and protection of their children.
May children everywhere grow up feeling accepted, safe, and loved.

Easter Rosters:
We are needing 3 more Ministers of Communion for the Easter Sunday 10.15am Mass.
If you are available please add your name to the lists in the foyer.

Mass of Anointing on Saturday 30 March:
At 9.30am at St John’s Church followed by morning tea in the hall.
The Sacrament of Anointing is offered to parishioners who are seriously sick, frail, or about to undergo surgery or approaching death.
Please invite anyone you know who may benefit from this sacrament and offer a lift if possible.

Electronic Technician required ...
To help us with our LED scoreboard & electronic signage business, based in Whangaparaoa Road. Would suit retired/semi-retired person with experience in soldering & electronic assembly.
If interested please email details and experience to:

Holy Land Pilgrimage
Join the Auckland diocesan pilgrimage, led by our Vicar General, Monsignor Bernard Kiely, and our diocesan Media & Communications person, Dame Lyndsay Freer.   Departing Saturday 14 September, this 15-night pilgrimage offers superior accommodation, daily breakfast and dinner, daily Mass for our group and outstanding local guides.  See the Gospels come alive as we retrace the steps of Jesus from his Nativity to Calvary.
For further details contact the organiser, Harvest Journeys, on 0800 819 156 or visit or call Lyndsay on (021) 272 4895.

Holy Land Pilgrimage with Fr Sherwin Lapaan:
13-day affordable pilgrimage departing 9 September 2019. Small exclusive group; limited seats.
For full details, please contact Laura on or phone +64-9-921 5106.

Hibiscus Coast Parish Pastoral Care

The Sacrament of Anointing:
The Catholic Church offers the sacrament of Anointing to its members who are seriously sick or frail, undergoing surgery or approaching death. Please don’t hesitate to request anointing for yourself or a family member at these times. 
Please contact Fr Emile, (09) 426 5599 Ext 2.
If Fr Emile is unavailable please contact Deacon Murray, (09) 424 7465, or Deacon Greg, 027 6035132.

Hospital Visits and Chaplaincy:
If you or any of your family are a patient at North Shore Hospital or other hospital and wish us to know,
please contact Deacon Murray, (09) 424 7465 or 021 994 703. 
If you would like a visit from a hospital chaplain please let the staff know or phone (09) 358 0825 Ext 1019.

Care and Share:
A caring network in the parish catering to the requirements of the sick, lonely and people in need.
Contact Truus Tinsel - 426 9548.

Ministry to the Sick & Infirm:
Those who are sick or infirm, and who wish to receive Holy Communion in their home or place of residence,
please contact our Communion to the Sick coordinator, Deacon Greg Murphy, 027 6035132 or

Home Visits:
Fr Peter Gray, a retired priest of Auckland diocese, living in the parish, enjoys visiting parishioners in their homes.
If you would like a visit from him, phone (09) 428 5376. Prayer Chain:
Please phone any of the members listed on the noticeboard in the foyer, if you require prayers for a special intention.

Is anyone sick?
Call upon the church community to pray for you (James5:14).
Please telephone any of the parishioners listed below.
We would love to pray for your intentions in our daily prayers.

Norma McGrath (Coordinator); 424-8460
Maureen Nancarrow; 426 7921
Ursula Taylor; 426 7970
Janet Dimbleby; 427 5850
Kerry Johnson; 424 2854
Raewyn Taylor; 424 1414
Judy Gooding; 424 1008

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