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21 June 2020

This Sunday:  
Jer. 20:10-13 : Psalm 69 : Rom. 5:12-15 : Matthew 10:26-33
Next Sunday:   2Kings 4:8-11,14-16 : Psalm 89 : Rom 6:3-4,8-11 : Matthew 10:37-42

This week in the parish....

Sun 21 11.30am Morning tea for Fr Emile, Hall
Mon 22 7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s Mtg Room
Tues 23 6.30pm St Francis’ Prayer Group (venue changes). Tel. Barbara - 424 1130
Wed 24 1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 25 12.00pm St Andrew’s Group Lunch, Hall
  4.00pm Meditation, St John’s


What is the meaning of the collect? It has sometimes been thought that it means a prayer which “collects” the thoughts and prayers of the people. But however much it may sum up the devotions of the people, this is not historically the origin of the name. It is in fact the oratio ad collectam – the prayer at the gathering of the people. The Collect generally has four parts:

  • a) an address to God; usually with some reference to the day or theme of the Mass at which it is to be prayed
  • b) a petition, sometimes in two clauses;
  • c) the mediation “through Jesus Christ….” and
  • d) the ascription “who lives and reigns with you….”
Let’s reflect briefly on today’s Collect:
“O Lord” – a very short address to God, preceded by the word ‘grant’ which implies for us the beginning of a petition.

“that we may always revere and love your name.” Here is our petition – and what a lovely petition it is - recalling the Commandment given to the people of Israel so long ago. Reverence and love for God’s name.

“for you never deprive of your guidance those you set firm on the foundation of your love.”
This can be described as “Covenant” language – the awesome love of God for us and God’s inclusiveness.
I will be your God and you will be my people. A Covenant that cannot be broken. A language that invokes the response of our petition.

See if you can find the links between today’s Collect and the Scriptures. The order in today’s Collect is a bit mixed up, maybe this might help.

O Lord, you never deprive of your guidance those you set firm on the foundation of your love; grant that we may always revere and love your Holy Name; through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen

God bless you all, Deacon Murray

50 Years of Ordination
Join Fr Emile in the parish hall for morning tea after 10.15am Mass today to celebrate his 50th anniversary of Ordination to Priesthood.

Please write a message in his card on the table in the foyer.

Refurbishment work ....
To the ceilings in the Atrium and Chapel at St Johns Church is planned to commence on Monday 29 June, and the work is scheduled to be complete on Friday 10 July.

During this period the Chapel will not be available for use by parishioners and the foyer/atrium will have coned off areas to enable the work to be undertaken in stages. 

Parishioner access to the Church will remain at all times and will be clearly indicated. 
We look forward to the completion of this long overdue work.

Planned Giving:
Could the parishioners using envelopes No. 81 and No. 227
please contact Theresa in the parish office.

Please Pray For ....

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

Rosmini College:
Enrolments for Year 7 pupils for 2021 are open.
There are also limited spaces available in Years 8-13.
Please phone Helen on 488-3750 for an enrolment form or on the school website.

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.

Puhoi Parish ...

Is celebrating the Feast of Sts Peter & Paul with Mass at 11am on Monday 29 June.
You are all invited to join the celebration.

Deacon Greg ...

Will be taking leave from this coming Monday 22 June and will be back on Monday 6 July.
Though he says he is already tempted to stretch it out for another week.

Special Collection next weekend for Peter’s Pence:

Funds support the work of the Pope and allow the Holy Father
to provide emergency assistance to those who suffer from war, disease, oppression and natural disasters.

Daily Mass books and Psalm books
Daily Mass books and Psalm books on sale in the parish office.


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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

St John's Gardens:
A Working Bee is planned at St John's on Saturday 4 July, starting at 9.00am, so that come summer everything will be looking fresh and colourful. The work to be carried out includes replanting the front garden and repotting the containers in the courtyard. We would be grateful if you could let us know if you are available so we can plan the work accordingly. Garden hand tools, spades and shovels will be needed, also an extra wheelbarrow.
Gardening gloves and sturdy shoes are recommended. Morning tea will be provided. We look forward to hearing from you.
Please contact Lynne 426 4630 or email

Josette Esnouf
Josette Esnouf would like to thank all the people who prayed for her during her operation and post op, well on the way to recovery now. 
Maurice and I are most grateful for all the kindness shown to us. 
God bless you all. 

Rosters to be collected:
St John’s - Morning tea rosters
St Francis - Collectors rosters

Tax receipts were mailed ...
To those on the planned giving system.
If you didn’t receive your tax receipt please contact Theresa in the parish office.

Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants - 21 June:
The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference promotes a special Day of Prayer each year for Refugees and Migrants.
This year the theme is “Where is your brother or sister?” taken from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (2013) where he speaks of his distress about the various forms of human trafficking.
He quotes the book of Genesis and challenges us not to look the other way but torecognise our migrant brothers and sisters who are experiencing exploitation. We pray today for all migrants and refugees that they may be given a place of welcome in our country.
Fr Peter Smith from the Archdiocese of Sydney speaks to us about the realities and responses of Refugee’s in today’s world in a video available online today at

Diocesan Youth Mass
7pm Sunday 28 June 2020 at St Patrick’s Cathedral
Celebrant: Bishop Patrick Dunn
All welcome

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.

Ut Unum Sint Celebrations:
On 25 May this year, we would have celebrated the 25th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s promulgation of his Encyclical Letter on the commitment to Ecumenism, “Ut Unum Sint – That They May Be One.” 
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 “Refugees, a Global Problem and a Regional Solution” which will be made available online from 21 June –

Mobile phones

Please switch off your mobile phones when entering the church.


Police Work

The phone rings at police headquarters. "Hello? I'm calling to report my neighbor, Clifford. He is hiding stolen goods inside his firewood!"

"Thank you very much for the call, sir." The next day, the police descend on the neighbor's house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept. Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but find no stolen goods. They swear at the neighbors and leave.

The phone rings at the neighbor's house. "Hey, Clifford, did they chop your firewood?"


"Great, now it's your turn to call. I need my garden plowed."

Bigger in Texas!

A Texan farmer goes to Australia for a vacation. There he meets an Aussie farmer and gets talking.

The Aussie shows off his big wheat field and the Texan says, "Oh! We have wheat fields that are at least twice as large."

Then they walk around the ranch a little and the Aussie shows off his herd of cattle. The Texan immediately says, "We have longhorns that are at least twice as large as your cows."

The conversation has, meanwhile, almost stopped when suddenly a herd of kangaroos hops through the field. The Texan looks startled.

The Aussie asks with an incredulous look, "Don't you have any grasshoppers in Texas?"

Hop It!

Q: What did one flea say to the other flea when they came out of the movies?

A: "Should we walk home or take a dog?"


There are three kinds of people in the world:

Those who can count and those who can't.

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