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The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

14th June 2020

This Sunday:  
Deut 8:2-3,14-16 : Psalm 147B : 1 cor. 10:16-17 : John 6:51-58
Next Sunday:   Jer. 20:10-13 : Psalm 69 : Rom. 5:12-15 : Matthew 10:26-33

This week in the parish....

Mon 15 7.30pm Meditation Group, St Johnís
Tues 16 6.30pm St Francisí Prayer Group (venue changes). Tel. Barbara - 424 1130
Wed 17 1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 18 4.00pm Meditation, St Johnís
  7.00pm PPC Meeting, St John's meeting room
Sun 21 11.30am Morning tea for Fr Emile, Hall

Feast Day of the Body & Blood of Jesus

On this big Feast Day of the Body & Blood of Jesus, we have Jesus showing us that He loves each one of us so very much.
We see this in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, the Body & Blood, together with the Soul & Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, giving Himself to us, calling us to come and receive Him in this Sacrament. Eucharist means Thanksgiving. And so we thank the Lord for His sacrifice on the Cross. We adore Him who is present sacramentally in the Eucharist. And, we commit to make Him ever more present in a world hungering for bread and drink, justice and truth through our witness and service. Letís continue doing this together.
Praying Godís blessing upon you all. Much love and God Bless, today and every day.

Fr Emile

Level 1
No doubt we have all experienced so much during this Covid-19 time, and now being in Level 1, we have that opportunity to come together with unlimited numbers, to thank God for all He is doing for us. We thank God also for all who have guided us through these times. Many of you have taken on the mission of contacting parishioners, checking on them that they are OK. Fantastic, well done.
Also, so many have been doing things for others, sacrificing time and sharing your faith and talents with others in so many ways. Thank you for all that you do. Iím sure that Jesus is there for you, pouring out his blessings on you all.
We need to continue being aware of the way we protect others and ourselves during these times, especially with the winter time coming along. So, all the notices about coughing and sneezing etc, etc, and sanitising we need to follow their advice.
Great to have you all together again and continuing the journey.

As we regather ...
As a Eucharistic Community let us reflect on all those who have made sacrifices so that we as a country can be in this privileged place of safety in prayer. May we enjoy the laughter, the tears and the reconnection with our Sacred Spaces mindful that even when we were not gathering physically we were one in the Body of Christ, the Living Church.
We are still required to be sensible especially in response to health and hygiene.†
The latest guidelines from the Liturgy Office can be found at:

50 Years of Ordination
Fr Emile celebrates 50 Years of Ordination to the Priesthood on 21 June
We invite you all to join him for a celebratory morning tea in the parish hall on Sunday 21 June after 10.15am Mass.

Planned Giving Envelopes:
Please collect your planned giving envelopes from the foyer. Those on the automatic payment system are reminded to collect their special collection envelope packs. If you would like to change to internet banking please contact Theresa in the parish office.

A warm welcome to any new parishioners.
Please introduce yourself to Fr Emile and Fr Ron and complete a parish registration form on the table in the foyer.

Please Pray For ....

We pray for all the sick in our community.
We pray for the deceased including
Bishop Basil Meeking, George Pearce, Bob Bovelander, Berryl Harris and Jim Lewis
and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Tom Gregory.

Memorial Mass for Bob Bovelander
Will be held on Friday 19 June, 11am at St Johnís.


The St Johnís morning tea rosters are in the foyer for collection.

The St Andrews Home Group

Members are invited to a luncheon in St Johnís Hall on Thursday 25 June at 12 Noon.
Please bring a plate to share.
For more info ring Leigh (09) 817 8208 or Christina 426 7108.
Some helpers to assist with setting up will be appreciated.

Prayer for Special Year of the Anniversary of Laudato Si

Loving God, Creator of Heaven, of earth and of all that they contain.
Open our minds and touch our hearts, so that we can be part of Creation, your gift.
Be present to the needy in these difficult times, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.
Help us to show creative solidarity in addressing the consequences of this global pandemic.
Make us courageous in embracing the changes geared to the search for the common good.
Now more than ever, may we be able to feel that we are all inter-connected and interdependent.
Make sure that we succeed in listening and responding to the cry of the earth and to the cry of the poor.
May the present sufferings be the birth pangs of a more fraternal and sustainable world.
We pray to You through Christ Our Lord, under the loving gaze of Mary Help of Christians.


Please enjoy reading New Zealandís only
national Catholic newspaper.
Read the SIXTH edition ONLINE here....

Tax receipts ...
Were mailed to those on the planned giving system. If you didnít receive your tax receipt please contact Theresa in the parish office.

Ecumenical Day of Prayer for Christian Unity:
Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the Day of Prayer for Christian Unity will now be held on Sunday 21 June, 5pm at the St Columba Presbyterian Church in Botany.
It is a time for all Christians to gather together as one and give thanks to the Lord for His goodness to us during COVID-19 lockdown.
See notice board for more details.

Prayer Groups:
The St Johnís prayer group meets in the parish hall on Wednesday at 7.15pm. Contact Barbara Hines, 427 8496.
The St Francis prayer group meets in parishionersí homes during the winter months. For venue details contact Barbara Jones, 424 1130.

French Gaveau piano free to a good home.
In very good condition. Will need tuning. To be collected from Stanmore Bay area.
Contact Barbara, 424 1130.

Pause and Reflect:
The Diocese has collaborated with a number of denominations to construct a simple survey to establish what went well, what could have gone better and what we have learnt during lockdown.
Please go to the following link and share your experiences. The greater the sharing the greater the learning.

A daily reflection by a member of the diocesan team

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.

Ut Unum Sint Celebrations:
On 25 May this year, we would have celebrated the 25th†anniversary of Pope St. John Paul IIís promulgation of his Encyclical Letter on the commitment to Ecumenism, ďUt Unum Sint Ė That They May Be One.Ē†
For a continued growth in unity amongst Christian families in the Diocese, we will commemorate Ut Unum Sint with a year-long celebration by hosting biblical, theological, catechetical and spiritual formation talks throughout the next 12 months starting with a video presentation by Fr. Peter Smith of the Archdiocese of Sydney, titled ďRefugees, a Global Problem and a Regional SolutionĒ which will be made available online from 21 June Ė

Indoor Bowls

Indoor Bowls resumes in the parish hall on Wednesdays at 1.00pm.
Join the group for a friendly game of bowls.

Mobile phones

Please switch off your mobile phones when entering the church.


Blood Circulation

A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, he said: "Now, students, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I should turn red in the face."

"Yes," the pupils said.

"Then why is it that while I am standing upright the blood doesn't run into my feet?"

A little boy shouted, "It's because your feet aren't empty."

Check In

An Illinois man left Chicago for a vacation in Florida. His wife was on a business trip and was planning to meet him there the next day.

When he reached his hotel, he decided to send his wife a quick email. Unable to find the scrap of paper on which he had written her new email address, he did his best to type it in from memory.

Unfortunately, he missed one letter and his note was directed instead to an elderly woman whose husband had passed away only the day before.

When the grieving widow checked her email, she took one look at the monitor and let out a piercing scream.

At the sound, her family rushed into the room and saw this message on the screen: "Dearest Wife: I just got checked in. Everything is prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Your loving husband.

P.S. It sure is hot down here."


The young wife was in tears when she opened the door for her husband. "I've been insulted," she sobbed. "Your mother insulted me."

"My mother!" he exclaimed. "Did she call you?"

"No, but a letter came for you this morning and I opened it."

He looked stern, "I see, but where does the insult come in?"

"In the P.S.," she answered. "It said: 'Dear Alice, don't forget to give this letter to George.'"

Phoney Business

One day at a busy airport, the passengers on a commercial airliner are seated, waiting for the cockpit crew to show up so they can get underway.

The pilot and co-pilot finally appear in the rear of the plane and begin walking up to the cockpit through the center aisle. Both appear to be blind.

The pilot is using a white cane, bumping into passengers right and left as he stumbles down the aisle, and the co-pilot is using a guide dog. Both have their eyes covered with huge sunglasses.

At first the passengers do not react; thinking that it must be some sort of practical joke. However, after a few minutes the engines start revving and the airplane begins moving down the runway.

The passengers look at each other with some uneasiness, whispering among themselves and looking desperately to the flight attendants for reassurance. Then the airplane starts accelerating rapidly and people begin panicking.

Some passengers are praying, and as the plane gets closer and closer to the end of the runway, the voices are becoming more and more hysterical.

Finally, when the airplane has less than 20 feet of runway left, there is a sudden change in the pitch of the shouts as everyone screams at once, and at the very last moment the airplane lifts off and is airborne.

Up in the cockpit, the co-pilot breathes a sigh of relief and turns to the pilot: "You know, one of these days the passengers aren't going to scream in time and we're gonna get killed!"

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