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14th Feb 2021

This Sunday:  
Levit.13:1-2, 45-46 : Psalm 32 : 1 Cor 10: 31-11:1 : Mark 1:40-45
Next Sunday:   Genesis 9:8-15 : Psalm 25 : 1Peter 3:18-22 : Mark 1:12-15

This week in the parish....

Mon 15 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 16 1.00pm Holy Family Fellowship, St John’s Chapel
  6.30pm St Francis’ Prayer Group (venue changes). Tel. Barbara - 424 1130
  7.00pm Liturgy Committee Meeting, St John’s
Wed 17 9.30am Mass at St John’s, Ash Wednesday
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
  7.30pm Mass at St Francis, Ash Wednesday
Thurs 18 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.00pm PPC Meeting, St John’s
Sun 21 11.30am Welcome Morning tea for Fr Raphael, Hall

A Touch of Mercy

Isolation due to leprosy during Jesus’ time was a painful experience. Lepers were quarantined and isolated by their family members. They were avoided by society, untouched and unloved. They could not work and earn their living. Begging and scavenging for food might have been their only means to survive. Lepers were at the mercy of others, reflected in the words of the leper to Jesus, “If you wish, you can make me clean” (Mk 1:40). A cry for help begging for sympathy from others. Jesus was moved with compassion, touched him, and healed him. The leper’s painful isolation ended by that particular touch of healing love.

Many who have gone through the quarantine facilities in New Zealand have felt a sense of isolation during their 14 days but not abandonment and not forgotten - isolated but touched by love from those who took care of their needs. It is abandonment that hurts more than the physical distance.

Sicknesses like leprosy, still roam around the globe, and Covid has dramatically affected people throughout the world. There must be a reason why God does not totally eradicate such illnesses in our lives: our ‘Touch of Mercy’ to others may also be tested as our means of redemption.
(Extracts, Fr Ogie Magbanua SSP)

Mass times on Ash Wednesday, 17 February:

St John’s - 9.30am,
St Francis - 7.30pm

Ministers who will be distributing ashes to the sick are asked to bring a small container to Mass.

The Lenten season provides an opportunity each year to deepen our understanding of our faith by reflecting on the Gospels. During Lent we are called both to turn away from those things that encumber our faith journey with God and to turn towards God. Lent is a wonderful opportunity to open ourselves to changes that God wants to make in us so that we can truly flourish.

Caritas Lenten Appeal:
Envelope packs have been distributed today at Mass.
This appeal helps to fund both development and emergency relief work around the world. You can either use the weekly donationenvelopes or there are single donation envelopes on the table in the foyer. Your donation may either be placed in the usual Sunday collection or sent directly to Caritas.

A freepost envelope is available for this option.
NZ Post specifies that cash must not be sent through the post.  (Donations received by Caritas in these envelopes by 31 March 2021 will be sent receipts for the 2020/2021 tax year. Donations received by Caritas after April 1st will be sent receipts for the 2021/2022 tax year).

Caritas Lenten Reflection Programme 2021:

A group is organising a weekly zoom session to run the Lenten reflection programme, at 7pm each Thursday in Lent starting on Thursday 18 February.
This involves a shared reflection on the Gospels for the six Sundays of Lent in the style of Lectio Divina, a Latin term which means ‘reading with God’. Each session takes between 60-90 minutes.
If you would like to participate please email Catherine Birt - to register or message on 027 294 7855.

A morning tea .....
Will be held for Fr Raphael on Sunday 21 February in the parish hall after 10.30am Mass. All parishioners are invited to join together to give him a warm and friendly welcome.

Please Pray For ....

We pray for all the sick in our community including Deacon Murray.
We pray for all the recently deceased, particularly Fr Malo Nun Toon and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time.

Urgent call for volunteers for the Sacramental Programme:
Our volunteers who coordinated the programme last year are unable to continue this year and a new team needs to be formed. We are urgently appealing for volunteers for the following roles:

  • Catechists for the children and a catechists’ leader
  • Catechists for the parents and a catechists’ leader
  • People to assist with administration tasks.
Please give this some prayerful consideration and contact Theresa in the parish office if you are willing to assist.

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

Easter Rosters:
We are needing a Mass Coordinator for the Easter Vigil 8pm Mass, Ministers of Communion for the Easter 10.30am Mass, and Altar Servers for the Holy Thursday Mass, Good Friday Liturgy and the Easter Masses.
Please add your name to the list in the foyer if you are available.

Happy 90th Birthday to Vince Harris.

He celebrated in style by jumping off Sky Tower to raise funds for children at Starship.
If you would like to contribute please go to and search for Vertigo Vince. Please give generously.
A courageous man!!! Wonder what he has planned for his 100th?

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  • Eminent Catholic Maori scholar dies.
  • Kiwi Columban’s mission in Pakistan
  • Low sensory Mass near Christchurch.
  • Faith alive at Hearts Aflame.

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Auckland Catholic Young Adults Community ....
Have moved online!
An awesome community for those who are wanting to deepen their Catholic faith.
Follow their Facebook page or visit their website for more info. Hang out every Monday at 6.30pm via zoom.

A morning tea will be held for Fr Raphael....

On Sunday 21 February in the parish hall after 10.30am Mass. All parishioners are invited to join together to give him a warm and friendly welcome.

Serving Spoons - Feed the Need:

Our next community lunch will be on Monday 22 February, 12.30pm in St John’s hall.
Anyone in need of some friendly company and a delicious meal is most welcome.

World Day of Prayer:
An invitation is extended to all parishioners to attend the World Day of Prayer service on Friday 5 March, hosted by the Presbyterian Church, Orewa. 10am for 10.30am start.
This year the focus is on Vanuatu.
We will enjoy learning more about this country and its faith life.
Offerings will be used to support projects in Vanuatu and NZ, as well as to contribute towards local and inter-national World Day of Prayer.

Congratulations to:
Brian & Barbara Hines
David & Barbara Hay

Adding machine with a paper roll & laminating machine
Do any parishioners have an unused adding machine with a paper roll for the counters, or a laminating machine they are happy to donate to the church?
Please phone Theresa in the parish office.

Please note there will be no morning tea after 10.30am Mass today.

Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy
You are invited to the Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy (ACTC) for our 2021 Welcome BBQ.
Enjoy delicious food, connect with other Catholic students, and discover your ‘Home away from home’ in the city. 5pm-7pm, Friday 5 March at ACTC, 110 Symonds St, Grafton.
For more info visit:

The Walter Francis Darby Trust Scholarship for Medical Students.

If you are a 4th or 5th year medical student in 2021, are an active Catholic and normally reside within the Auckland Diocese you may be eligible for this Scholarship.
For more information contact Catherine Ryan, Vicar for Education, Catholic Diocese of Auckland. 
Phone (09) 360 3057 or email

Liturgy Committee Training:
A formation opportunity for members of Liturgy Committees and others involved in preparing liturgy on Thursday 18 February at Poynton Room, Pompallier Catholic Centre, 30 New St, Ponsonby.
6.30 nibbles, 7-9.00pm meeting,
Register at

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Join us for a cuppa, bingo and a social time in the parish hall on Tuesday 23 February, 10.15am.
Newcomers are most welcome. $3 Donation.
Ph. Christina, 426 7108.

Children’s liturgy help wanted.

We would welcome additional volunteers to lead the children’s liturgy at the 10.30am Mass.
Training and materials provided and if necessary you will be paired with another leader until you feel confident.
For more information please contact Tania Hollier, 022 036 8480.

2021 Papal Lenten message



Three lawyers and three engineers are traveling by train to the same meeting. At the station, the lawyers each buy a ticket but the engineers buy just one. When asked why, the engineers coyly say, "You'll see."

They all board the train, the lawyers taking seats, but the three engineers all crowding into the bathroom.

After the train has left, the conductor comes around, takes the lawyers' tickets, knocks on the bathroom door and says, "Ticket Please." An arm stretches out from the bathroom and the conductor takes the proffered ticket. The lawyers are very impressed.

On the return trip, the lawyers propose to emulate the gearheads and buy only one ticket. To their amazement, the engineers buy no ticket at all. When asked, the engineers say, "You'll see."

All board the train and the lawyers and engineers cram into separate bathrooms to await the conductor. After a few minutes, one of the gearheads emerges from the bathroom, goes over to the lawyers' bathroom, knocks on the door and says: "Ticket please."

I don't know...

Two young men applied for an engineering job. Both applicants, having the same qualifications, were asked to take a test by the department manager.

Upon completion of the test, they missed only one question.

The manager went up to one of the guys and said, "Thank you for your interest, but we've decided to give the job to the other applicant."

The engineer said, "But why, we both got nine questions right?"

The manager said, "We made our decision not on the correct answers, but on the one you missed."

The engineer asked, "And how would one incorrect answer be better than the other?"

The manager replied, "Simple, the other engineer put down on question number five, 'I don't know,' you put down, 'neither do I.'"

Imagine the following situation:

You're not at home and have to use the bathroom.

While you're sitting on the toilet you see written on the stall door: "Congratulations! You've won one free game of Toilet Tennis! Look Left."

You look left and it reads: "Look Right."

You look right and it reads: "Look Left."

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 and

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
Janet Dimbleby; 427 5850
Raewyn Taylor; 424 1414
Maree Lochead; 428 4648

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