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7th Feb 2021

This Sunday:  
Job. 7:1-4,6-7 : Psalm 147A: 1Cor. 9:16-19,22-23 : Mark 1:29-39
Next Sunday:   Levit.13:1-2, 45-46 : Psalm 32 : 1 Cor 10: 31-11:1 : Mark 1:40-45

This week in the parish....

Sun 7 3.00pm Divine Mercy Prayer Group, Hall
Mon 8 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 9 1.00pm Holy Family Fellowship, St John’s Chapel
  6.30pm St Francis’ Prayer Group (venue changes). Tel. Barbara - 424 1130
Wed 10 1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 11 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s

The call of Jesus is a call to serve

Healing the sick and the possessed is a central part of Jesus’ earthly ministry. His gift of physical and spiritual healing restores human beings to full participation in their communities. Jesus reveals and teaches us a message of service, sacrifice, forgiveness, and love.
Miracles are not just the great demonstrations of divine power performed to stir up curious crowds. Miracles are the moments when one human being sees the need of another and quietly responds to that need with the gifts that he/she has. When Jesus heals us and lifts us from our suffering and downfall in life we are called to serve and be agents of healing.

Permanent Deacons in the Diocese

Bishop Pat wishes to inform the diocesan family that, after consulting with our priests over recent months, a new intake of potential candidates to become Permanent Deacons in the Diocese is about to begin their process of discernment. 
Around 18 potential candidates will attend an Information Day later this month about this vocation in the Church and an outline of what the four-year Formation Programme will look like. 
Following a subsequent formal interview with a panel appointed by the Bishop, those invited to commence training will begin a preparatory spiritual year with some academic formation as well.
A number of Permanent Deacons already serve in parishes and ministries in the Diocese in a wide variety of ways.

We welcome Fr Rodney Smyth SM to our parish.
He will be filling in for Fr Raphael while he is away.
We wish him a pleasant stay with us.

Easter Rosters:

We are asking for volunteers to have their feet washed at the Holy Thursday Mass, Ministers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel on Palm Sunday and Ministers of Communion, Ministers of the Word, Sacristans, Collectors and Mass Coordinators for the Good Friday Liturgy and the Easter Vigil and 10.30am Masses. If you are available please add your name to the lists in the foyer.

Ministers’ Rosters .....
For the 5.30pm and 10.30am Masses are in the foyer for collection.

Columban Calendars:
We still have a supply of these on sale in the parish office.

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 Peter Wilson 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:

  • Programme Coordinator
  • 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.

St Valentine’s Day Mass and Wedding Anniversary celebration at St Patrick’s Cathedral

Celebration of Love, Marriage and Family Life on Saturday 13 February at 5pm (Wilson parking $4.00 validate ticket at Cathedral).
All welcome: Engaged, Married, Singles, Families, Children – Everyone.
The Catholic Marriage Preparation Team, ph (09) 360-3025 or email Gerry at for more information.

Why is Safeguarding necessary?
Creating a safe and welcoming environment, where everyone is respected and valued, is at the heart of safeguarding. It’s about working together to make sure our parish is run in a way that actively prevents harm. Harm can caused by physical, psychological, spiritual or emotional abuse or neglect, and sexual abuse or exploitation. Safeguarding is also about being ready to respond safely and well if there is a problem. Everyone in our parish has a role to play in safeguarding.
Please contact Nicola Timms on 021 868636 if you have any Safeguarding queries, concerns or complaints.

Parish Consecration to St Joseph:
In view of this being the year of St Joseph as directed by Pope Francis, we plan to offer a Parish 33 day consecration to St Joseph, starting with a supper in the parish hall on Friday 12 February at 6pm. All very welcome.
For catering purposes please email Helen at
The consecration will end on 19 March, the Feast of St Joseph.

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Eminent Catholic Maori scholar dies.
  • Kiwi Columban’s mission in Pakistan
  • Low sensory Mass near Christchurch.
  • Faith alive at Hearts Aflame.

NZ Catholic Newspaper - $4.00
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The Keynotes .....
Meet for a fun sing-along on Thursday 11 February at 1.30pm at Hibiscus Coast Village, 101 Red Beach Road, in the downstairs theatre/community centre.
All welcome. Ph. Jocelyn, 426 0941.

Building Faith Communities:
If you wish to serve in the parish community, become a catechist, Christian or youth leader, or want to deepen your understanding of the Catholic faith, come and register at Te Kupenga – Catholic Theological College. We offer programmes that will help you build intellectual faith as you build faith communities. For more information, please visit website,  email us at or call (04) 8198380. Scholarships and online options available.

Serving Spoons - Feed the Need:

Our next community lunch will be on Monday 22 February, 12.30pm in St John’s hall.

Formation day .....
Focusing on praise and worship and prayer ministry, 9.30am - 3pm, 20 February. Begins with Mass, Sacred Heart Church, Ponsonby. Hosted by ACCR.
Enquiries Deidre, 021 0225 1103.

Mass for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired...
With NZSL on Sunday 14 February, 12 noon, Poynton Room, Pompallier Catholic Centre, 30 New St, Ponsonby.
Bring something for shared lunch.

Please stay for morning tea after 10.30am Mass today.

Aluminum tabs.

Please continue to donate aluminum tabs off your beer & cold drink tins and lids of wine bottles for the ‘Kan Tabs for Kidney Kids Project’.
(Beer bottle lids and tin cans are not accepted).
This is a wonderful way to help children with kidney disorders.

Ecumenism – one possible answer for a contemporary NZ
With Dr Rocio Figueroa of Te Kupefnga Catholic Theological College.
Facilitated by the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Commission for Ecumenism, Tuesday 23 February, 7pm, Poynton Room, Pompallier Catholic Centre, 30 New St, Ponsonby.
Register at

Health and Safety:
We are seeking anybody who may be in a position to assist with the Parish Health & Safety matters.
All systems and reporting procedures are in place and it would be helpful if we could familiarise another person/s in procedural matters.
If you might be interested, please contact Ray O'Loughlin, 021 1131 883.

The Passion of Jesus Christ:

Online evening sessions with Br Kieran Fenn who has a wonderful way of bringing Scripture alive.
4 Mondays from 1 March, 7pm-8.30pm. 
Fee: $25/session. ZOOM.
All sessions are connected but also stand alone. 

North Shore Dove Fellowship for women ....
Meet at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Glenfield on Wednesday 10 Feb (2nd Wed this month) at 7.30pm.
We will begin the year with Holy Mass celebrated by our Chaplain Fr. Alfredo Garcia followed by a cuppa in the hall.



These are supposedly actual signs that have appeared at various locations.

1. Sign in a non-smoking area: "If we see you smoking we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action."

2. Sign in a veterinary's waiting room: "Be back in five minutes. Sit! Stay!"

3. Sign on the door of a maternity ward: "Push Push Push."


Two very successful psychoanalysts occupied offices in the same building. One was 40 years old, the other over 70.

They rode on the elevator together at the end of an unbearably hot, sticky day. The younger man was completely done in, and he noted with some resentment that his senior was fresh and relaxed.

"I don't understand," he marveled, "how you can listen to drooling patients from morning till night on a day like this and still look so spry and unbothered when it's over?"

The older analyst said simply, "Who listens?"

My Dearest Susan

My Dearest Susan, Sweetie of my heart. I've been so desolate ever since I broke off our engagement. Simply devastated.

Won't you please consider coming back to me?

You hold a place in my heart no other woman can fill. I can never marry another woman quite like you. I need you so much. Won't you forgive me and let us make a new beginning?

I love you so.

Yours always and truly,

P.S. Congratulations on winning the lottery.

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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