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5 July 2020

This Sunday:  
Zech. 9:9-10 : Psalm 145 : Rom. 8:9,11-13 : Matthew 11:25-30
Next Sunday:   Is. 55: 10-11 : Ps. 65 : Rom. 8:18-23 : Mathew 13:1-23

This week in the parish....

Sun 5 3.00pm Divine Mercy Prayer Group, Hall
Mon 6 7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s Mtg Room
Tues 7 6.30pm St Francis’ Prayer Group (venue changes). Tel. Barbara - 424 1130
Wed 8 1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 9 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s

A Memorial Service for Jim Lewis will be held in St John’s Church on Saturday 11 July at 11am.


The context of today’s Gospel follows Jesus’ reproaching of the unrepentant towns. We are told that, “he began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented.” (Matthew 11:20.) Jesus shows who he is, The Son of the Father, and the unity of the Father and the Son. Although the Holy Spirit is not mentioned, we were introduced to the Holy Spirit at the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel when he tells us of the birth of Jesus.
Let’s reflect on this in the context of the Mass.
We hopefully arrive at Mass with a repentant spirit, and not unrepentant as the people whom Jesus rebuked. We ask the Lord for forgiveness, we hear the readings and homily, and we profess our faith. After this we have the invitation to share in the Lord’s presence in the Eucharist. We listen as the Presider asks the Father to send the Holy Spirit on the bread and wine so that they become the body and blood of Jesus. We are invited to come with our burdens and be refreshed by receiving Jesus in Holy Communion. As Catholics we are indeed blessed to be able to enter into this sacrifice, sacrament and mystery so frequently. This Gospel calls us to look at our lives and to seriously examine the sincerity and depth of our repentance.
Do we honestly bare our souls before the Lord, not only at the beginning of Mass but also in the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
We can struggle with and through these questions, but the act of repentance and the attentive learning of God’s word both prepare us to make the act of Faith by which we can surrender ourselves to God.
True surrender is far more than saying the right words or maintaining the correct posture, it is the deep conversion within us that opens us more and more to the beautiful presence of God.

God bless you all, Deacon Murray

Next Sunday is Sea Sunday ...
When the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea.
Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea), is the official maritime welfare agency of the Catholic Church.
It provides practical and spiritual support to seafarers visiting our ports. As it is dependent on voluntary donations, please consider giving an online donation to AoSNZ Auckland, bank a/c 01-0297-0024651-00.
In the ‘Payees/Particulars’ box please write: your initials(optional) /Donation Aos.
Email name and address  for tax-rebate receipt  to:; quote  your initials and date of donation.
For more information about its work and volunteering, visit

Please Pray For ....

We pray for all the sick in our community. We pray for the recently deceased including Margaret Walker and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Jenny Morgan. Please pray for Deacon Murray at this time.

The 2020 Ecumenical Talk Series Promoting Christian Unity

Public lecture on Thursday 9 July 2020 by Rev Dr Kevin Waldie, at St Columba Centre, Vermont Street, 7.00pm.
Topic: Paul, A Model for Dialogue and Bold Profession of Faith.

Lift needed:

A retired couple who live in Shaddon Place, Stanmore Bay would appreciate a lift to the 5.30pm or 10.15am Mass.
Please contact Des, 428 0228 if you can offer transport.

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 on (09) 488 3750.

Men of Prayer of the Hibiscus Coast Churches ...
Meet at Northgate Baptist Church, Silverdale on Monday 6 July at 7pm.
All men invited to join in the prayer, fellowship, and shared light potluck meal.
Tel. Pete, 021 646 682.

Open Day at Stella Maris School ...
On 9 September, 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 :
We look forward to resuming our monthly free community lunch in the parish hall this month but a number of our volunteers are no longer available.
We are appealing for volunteers to assist with food prepping, cooking, hosting tables and other tasks. There are many in the community who benefit from this parish project and we hope you will consider helping out on a rostered basis by adding your name to the list in the foyer.

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Congratulations ...
To Garrod Pratt, Jacqueline Pratt and Philip Lee, who will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church at the 10.15am Mass today.

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:

Congratulations ...
To Fr Ron on his 59th Anniversary of Ordination to Priesthood on 9 July.
Thank you Fr Ron for your faithful service to our parish and for all your gifts and talents you lovingly share with us.
May God bless you and continue to guide and strengthen you on your journey.

Dove Fellowship for Women...
Will meet on Wednesday 15 July, 7.30pm at St Thomas More Catholic Church, Glenfield.
Barbara Hines will speak on “Helmet of Salvation”. Come, meet and fellowship with other women from the North Shore.
Tel. Sylvia, 021 088 22990

Please stay for a cuppa after 10.15am Mass today.

Josephite Companions Aotearoa ....
Are meeting on Saturday 18 July at 2pm in St John's Hall followed by afternoon tea.
All welcome. If you are interested in exploring the charism of St Mary MacKillop this may interest you.
Further details from Catherine Birt, 09 424 0134.

Christian Meditation Retreat
17-19 July (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) at the St Francis Retreat House in Hillsborough.
The theme is Exploring & Returning and includes periods of silence and meditative prayer. Retreat leader Rev'd Rosie Dell will lead six sessions and there will be time for quiet activities and inner reflection. The cost is $250.
For more information visit or contact organiser Vincent Maire on

Canning Sunday - Week 2 at St Francis Church, Manly
Bring along a can or 2 to donate to Care & Share and also De Paul House, both distributing food where needed.
Thank you all for your generosity so far.

If you have moved home ...
Or changed any of your contact details please email your new details to Theresa in the parish office - email here.

Planned giving:

Kindly check the label on your envelope pack to make sure you have taken the correct envelopes.
There are a number of envelopes still to be collected from the foyer.
Those on the AP System are reminded to collect their ‘special collecton’ envelopes.

No. 81

Could the parishioner using envelopes No. 81 please contact Theresa in the parish office - email here.


Strange People

There was a young Scottish boy called Angus who decided to try life in Australia. He found an apartment in a small block and settled in.

After a week or two, his mother called from Aberdeen to see how her son was doing in his new life.

"I'm fine," Angus said. "But there are some really strange people living in these apartments. One woman cries all day long, another complains constantly, and there is a guy next door to me who bangs his head on the wall all the time."

"Well, ma laddie," says his mother, "I suggest you don't associate with people like that."

"Oh," says Angus, "I don't, Mam, I don't. No, I just stay inside my apartment all day and night, playing my bagpipes."

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