5th Sunday of EASTER
10th MAY 2020
Acts 6:1-7; Psalm 33; 1Peter 2:4-9; John 14:21-26
Acts 8:5-8,14-17; Psalm 66; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21
This week in the parish.... LOCK DOWN
HOMILY FOR 5th SUNDAY OF EASTER (home)
In the Gospel today we heard Jesus preparing his disciples for the time when he would no longer be with them. He said to them,
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. (John 14:1-3)
But then we hear Philip asking Jesus to be able to see the Father, and Jesus responded, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? To have seen me is to have seen the Father.”
If Jesus were to ask that question of us, I think we would all answer that we do know something of Jesus but we don’t know him very well. That is why we worry. If we knew Jesus better we would not focus on problems and difficulties but focus on Jesus instead.
“Have I been with you all this time and you still do not know me?”
“Have I been with you all this time in the Mass and sacraments and the Word of God in the Bible and you still do not know me?”
“Have I been with you all this time in the faith of your community and when you pray to me and you still do not know me?”
“Have I been with you all this time and when you look back over your life you can see that I sent you help when you needed it and you still do not know me?”
If we had more of Jesus in our lives we would have less fear, worries and anxieties. We would still have problems.
God never promised that we would not have problems. Jesus himself had a big problem: he was sentenced to death as a common criminal. But Jesus rose on the third day and Jesus will help us rise above our difficulties also because as the second reading stated, Jesus is the “living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God” (1 Pet 2:4)
If we try to live without Jesus, life will not go nearly as well for us as when we have Jesus at the centre of our lives.
We can overcome problems better with Jesus in our lives than without Jesus.
If we turn our backs on Jesus how can we expect to succeed? Let us focus on Jesus and not on the problems. Again as our second reading stated, “Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion, a cornerstone, chosen and precious, and whoever believes in it shall not be put to shame.” (1 Pet 2:6)
When we have problems let us turn to Jesus who is always waiting for us.
In our Gospel today Jesus said,
- Sometimes we say, “It’s impossible.”
But Jesus says in Luke 18:27, “Things that are impossible for people are possible for God.”
- Sometimes we say, “I’m too tired.”
But Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest.”
- Sometimes we say, “Nobody really loves me.”
But in John 3.16 we read that God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.”
- Sometimes we say, “I can’t go on.”
But Jesus told Paul, “My grace is enough for you: for power is at full stretch in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
- Sometimes we say, “I’m afraid.”
But in 2 Timothy 1:7 we read, “God’s gift was not a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power and love and self-control.”
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” (John 14:1)
This is something we can all spend time reflecting on this week. Jesus IS with each and every one of us. Thank you, Jesus.
Let’s give praise and thanks to God for our Mothers.
All that they have done for us, and continue to do for us. In this week of Level 3, and whatever we will be heading into in the week ahead, let’s all make time to thank God for all Mothers throughout the world.
I will celebrate Mass for this intention on Sunday.
The Marriage and family life office is looking for new volunteer Marriage Educators to help prepare engagement couples.
An invitation is attached please forward to those who might be able to minister in this way.
They are looking for: couples married 5 + years, strong in their faith who has 2 hours a week to assist engaged couples on their marriage preparation journey.
They are especially looking for married couples who are fluent in English and either Maori, Samoan, Tongan or Mandarin.
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE DUES COVID-19 FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:
Financial assistance is available to assist families who may need financial support as a result of the Covid-19 Virus with the payment of 2020 Attendance Dues for students attending Catholic schools in Auckland Diocese, both primary and secondary.
Families facing financial difficulties can contact their school office, their Parish Priest or the Revenue Manager on 09-360-3069 at the Catholic Diocese of Auckland for further information.
Application forms for this assistance can be down-loaded from the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Website:
Prayer in Many Ways
We are greatly gifted in the Catholic tradition with ways to petition, thank and praise God i.e. pray. In the rosary we meditate on Christ’s life, we have novenas, the tradition of Lectio Divina a prayerful contemplation/meditation on Scripture. We can also pray where we are, with what we have in many, many ways. Making our homes domestic Church, places of prayer is encouraged. The Praying at home pdf/photo gives encouragement to do so. There are resources for family prayer at here please use your networks to promote.
APPLICATIONS INVITED for Semester 2, 2020 Applications close Thursday, 4 June 2020.
Applicants must be Catholic and contributing to the mission of the Catholic Church in the Auckland Diocese.The bursaries are a contribution toward university fees for Theology and RE courses.
For information and an application pack please contact: Michelle Jarvis Ph:(09)360-3091
A Prayer for Mothers
All-loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old.
We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need;
may they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy.
We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; may they continue to guide in strong and gentle ways.
We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict;
may they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.
We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.
We remember mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us
but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love.
By Heidi Busse
Happy Mothers’ Day
Please enjoy reading New Zealand’s only national Catholic newspaper.
Read it ONLINE - this is the second edition
EMERGENCY HELP AVAILABLE
If you are unable to afford groceries or are in self-isolation with no access to other support networks, you can phone Auckland Emergency Management 0800 22 22 96 between 7am and 7pm, every day from Wednesday, 1 April.firstname.lastname@example.org or
This works well and the people are very helpful.
- St Vincent de Paul: email them on email@example.com
Or phone 09 8156122. Special conditions apply.
Catholic Caring Foundation website
Auckland Emergency Management
The Auckland City Council have announced that they have a Group called Auckland Emergency Management and it is setup to help with those needing food, or grocery delivery to the stranded, and emergency accommodation.
It is part of the Civil Defence effort.
Phone number 0800 22 22 96.
Shine TV will be broadcasting Mass from 2.00pm
Free-to-air Channel 25, Sky TV channel.
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During the lockdown period our weekly newsletter is still being produced. Please pass the message on to others that if they would like the newsletter sent to them directly, to visit the parish website www.hbcparish.org.nz and
John lived in Staten Island, New York and worked in Manhattan. He had to take the ferryboat home every night.
One evening, he got down to the ferry and found there was a wait for the next boat, so John decided to stop at a nearby bar.
When he got back to the pier, the ferryboat was just eight feet from the dock. John, afraid of missing this one and being late for dinner, took a running leap and landed right on the deck of the boat.
"How did you like that jump, buddy?" said a proud John to a deck hand.
"It was great," said the sailor. "But why didn't you wait? We were just pulling in!"
A man observed a woman in the grocery store with a three year old girl in her basket. As they passed the cookie section, the child asked for cookies and her mother told her no.
The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss, and the mother said quietly, "Now Ellen, we just have half of the aisles left to go through; don't be upset. It won't be long."
He passed the mother again in the candy aisle. Of course, the little girl began to shout for candy. When she was told she couldn't have any, she began to cry. The mother said, "Ellen, don't cry. Only two more aisles to go, and then we'll be checking out."
The man again happened to be behind the pair at the checkout, where the little girl immediately began to clamor for gum and burst into a terrible tantrum upon discovering there would be no gum purchased today. The mother patiently said, "Ellen, we'll be through this checkout stand in five minutes, and then you can go home and have a nice nap."
The man followed them out to the parking lot and stopped the woman to compliment her. "I couldn't help noticing how patient you were with little Ellen..."
The mother broke in, "My little girl's name is Tammy... I'm Ellen."
Let's take a look at a few New Year's resolutions:
A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.
My New Year's resolution is to stop hanging out with people who ask me about my New Year's resolutions.
I will do less laundry and use more deodorant.
I'm planning on finding new and interesting things to hate about my job.
But I really have only one resolution. To rediscover the difference between wants and needs. May I have all I need and want all I have. Happy New Year!
Parents are the first educators of faith:
A wonderful depository of family-friendly material for the domestic Church are available at
It comes from the Bishops’ Conference National Centre for Religious Studies.
New materials are continually being uploaded.
TELEPHONE PRAYER CHAIN
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