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19 July 2020

This Sunday:  
Wis 12:13,16-19 : Psalm 86 : Rom. 8:26-27 : Matthew 13:24-43
Next Sunday:   1Kings 3:5,7-12 : Ps. 119P : Rom. 8:28-30 : Matthew13:44-52

This week in the parish....

Sun 19 9.30am Celebratory morning tea, St Francis
  3.00pm Secular Franciscans’ Meeting, Hall
Mon 20 2.00pm Safeguarding Workshop, Hall
  7.00pm Safeguarding Workshop, Hall
  7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s Mtg Room
Tues 21 6.30pm St Francis’ Prayer Group (venue changes). Tel. Barbara - 424 1130
Wed 22 1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 23 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s

Memorial Service for Beryl Harris on Saturday 25 July, 10.30am at St John’s Church


There is a longer and a shorter version of this Sunday’s gospel reading and most congregations will probably hear only the shorter passage (13:24-30).

Most of those who heard Jesus were farmers and they could readily understand that it is not easy to distinguish weeds from wheat when the plants are very small. It is only when they have grown taller that the difference becomes apparent. By that time, however, the roots are so intertwined that we cannot pull out the weeds without severely damaging the wheat. Only at the harvest can the separation be made safely.

This parable concerns the identity of the true believers. In Jesus’ day, the Scribes and Pharisees seemed to be the most religious of all, yet he rejected them for lack of interior conversion. They thought they knew for sure who were the “weeds” and who were the “wheat.”
And they were sure that those whom they rejected were rejected by God also. The gospels tell us that Jesus thought otherwise.

Many of us prefer not to listen to reasoned debate because we want a simplistic solution, which ignores the deeper questions about justice and fairness. As a consequence, it can easily happen that many of us will be judged a bit more severely because we did not love and help those who may have been struggling. The short parables about the mustard seed and the leaven are used to illustrate the surprising growth of the church in spite of small beginnings. The point is that God can work through small and ordinary agents (like ourselves) to achieve surprising and significant results. We should find this encouraging and allow it to free us from a sense of helplessness. With God we can do more than we could ever imagine.

God bless you all. Deacon Murray

All invited to morning tea ...
After 8.30am Mass at St Francis Church today to celebrate:
Fr Peter Gray’s 63rd anniversary and
Fr Ron’s 59th Anniversary of Ordination to Priesthood (21 July & 9 July);
Fr Peter’s birthday (17 July);
Deacon Murray’s 9th Anniversary and
Deacon Greg’s 5th Anniversary of
Ordination to the Diaconate (14 July & 2 Aug).

Caring Sunday, 26 July:

The annual collection for the Catholic Caring Foundation will take place next weekend.
Please contribute generously to support the work of the Foundation which gives grants to social services across the diocese to help struggling families in hardship, our young people, our vulnerable elderly and mothers and their babies and so much more.

Family Mass
Sunday 26th July at St Francis, Manly at 8.30 am. 
Everyone including children welcome.
Join us for morning tea afterwards. 

Please Pray For ....

We pray for all the sick in our community.
We pray for the recently deceased including George Wiles, Socorro Nacario, Colleen Lafferty, Margaret Walker, Margaret Darlington and Dallas Toye and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time including Teresa and Leslie Williamson.

Justice and Peace

The Peace and International Justice Committee of theDiocese of Auckland's Justice and Peace Commission is looking for new members. Our activities have included advocating for better support for migrants during the current pandemic, organising interfaith gatherings over the Syrian crisis, supporting clergy persecuted by the Philippines government, expressing solidarity with West Papua and Palestine, and monitoring climate change migration issues.
If you have the background and interest in serving the Diocese in this area please email the convenor Phillip Cass -

As an outreach ...
For those less fortunate than ourselves parishioners at St Francis have been bringing cans of food for a collection for the de Paul House foodbank.
Here is the huge pile that resulted. 

Safeguarding Workshop:

All parishioners who are interested in learning more about Safeguarding and how it will be implemented in our parish are invited to attend a presentation on Monday 20 July at either 2pm or 7pm in the parish hall.
Please see poster in foyer for details. RSVP to Nicola on 021 86 86 36 or

We urgently need additional volunteers ...
To lead the children’s liturgy at the 10.15am 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 84 80.

We urgently need your help:
Projectionists are needed for all Masses. It is easy, but training is provided and if you are going to be at Mass anyway, why not?
Everything is set up, you just have to click the mouse! Anybody – young, elderly or somewhere in the middle – can do this; rosters are prepared quarterly and if we have enough, the commitment would be once a month or less.
Please contact Chantal on 022 681 7579 or email:

Liturgy Conference 2020:

An invitation is extended to all parishioners in the Auckland Diocese to attend the Liturgy Conference 1-3 October at Baradene College, Auckland.
Worshipping under Southern Skies - Weaving together Liturgy and Life.
It will be a great opportunity to grow in faith.
Please visit the website


If anyone has spare wool (including 8 ply) to donate to the knitting group for the poor,
please leave it in a bag in either church foyer.

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

  1. THE EUCHARIST IN THE NEW TESTAMENT with Br KIERAN FENN fms. Thur 23 Jul, 10.30am-12.30pm. Koha/Donation. Br Kieran Fenn will lead us through the four Gospels focussing on the meaning and message of the Eucharist.

  2. THE PRESENCE OF THE SPIRIT IN THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN with KATHLEEN RUSHTON rsm. Sat 25 Jul, 10am-3pm $45. BYO lunch. In the Gospel according to John, we shall explore the presence of the Holy Spirit empowering the disciples back then and abiding with us now. In this session, we will explore ways in which we can continue Jesus’ work in today’s world.

  3. INTERFAITH EVENT: Feeling a Divine Presence In the Light of Different Faiths. Wed 29 Jul, 7-9pm. Koha/Donation. With Members of the Auckland Interfaith Council from the Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, Muslim, Baha’i and Christian Faith. This is an event for participants who have open hearts and open minds and want to interact with participants of other faiths.

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

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Join us for a cuppa, bingo and a social time in the parish hall on Tuesday 28 July, 10.15am.
Newcomers are most welcome. $3 Donation.
Ph. Christina, 426 7108.

Rosmini College:
Enrolments for Year 7 pupils for 2021 are open.
There are also limited spaces available in Years 8-13. Enrolment forms are on the school website or please phone Helen, (09) 488 3750.

We congratulate .....

We congratulate and pray for our newly baptised, Tyler Neru.

Open Day at Stella Maris School
On 9 Sept, 9am-12pm for years 1-6 Enrolments 2021.
Guided tour, meet staff and students and experience first hand the very special learning environment that Stella Maris has on offer.
Enq. phone (09) 427 9189.

Serving Spoons :
Our next free community lunch will be in the St John’s Hall on Monday 26 July at 12.30pm. Anyone who may benefit from a delicious meal and some friendly company is most welcome.
Our thanks to those who have volunteered to help at the lunches.
If you are a great cook or willing to help with prepping food, serving, hosting tables or tidying up afterwards please add your name to the list in the foyer.
Any donations from parishioners to assist with costs will be appreciated.
Please place this in an envelope marked “Serving Spoons” and add it to the usual Sunday collection.


Mixed Messages

A new business was opening and one of the owner's friends wanted to send flowers for the occasion.

They arrived at the new business site and the owner read the card; it said, "Rest in Peace."

The owner was angry and called the florist to complain. After he had told the florist of the obvious mistake and how angry he was, the florist said, "Sir, I'm really sorry for the mistake, but rather than getting angry you should imagine this: somewhere there is a funeral taking place today, and they have flowers with a note saying, 'Congratulations on your new location.'"

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