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18th Apr 2021

This Sunday:  
Acts 3:13-15,17-19 : Psalm 5 : 1John 2:1-5 : Luke 24:35-48
Next Sunday:   Acts 4:8-12 : Psalm 118 : 1John 3:1-2 : John 10:11-18

This week in the parish....

Sun 18 3.00pm Secular Franciscans’ Meeting, Hall
Mon 19 12.30pm Serving Spoons, Hall
  7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 20 6.30pm St Francis’ Prayer Group (for venue details phone 424 1130)
Wed 21 1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Gift Programme, St John’s Hall
Thurs 22 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s

Tax Receipts were mailed out on 15 April.

Looking Outward

Last week Catherine and Greg wrote " Our community saw great favour when 16 people received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. When I saw them all standing there facing our community at the Easter Vigil, dressed in their white garments I felt my heart lift with joy." YES!!!  Me too! What an occasion, with these lovely people, of wonder, blessing and celebration for us all.

Today we are told of another first Eucharist; ".....he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread."  
What Jesus had done on the last day of his earthly life,
He did again on the first day of his risen life; He instituted Eucharist. Why?? Something so vital, so eternally important is being laid before us here. Jesus, who lovingly gave his life for us all, is with us still, most profoundly in Eucharist. And He wants to be made known to us.

My father was a schoolteacher and a good one.
What inspired him were those times when, in the face of a student, he would "see the light go on."  A moment of understanding, of blessing, if you like, for both him and the student. I had such a lightbulb moment when I realised that I had no real expectation of Jesus "making himself known to me" in receiving Eucharist, yet that is the most profound truth that we can know; it brings life, and I can now approach Jesus in Eucharist with an anticipation that was not always there before.

This is our inheritance, this is the source and summit of our faith, this is pure grace, this is Eucharist. Every time and in every place that Eucharist is celebrated, this proclamation is made: "Christ has died - Christ is risen! -Christ will come again." Christ Jesus is with us.
God bless you all, Fred Webb

Enrolments for the 2021 Sacramental Programme have closed:

The programme will commence with the presentation of the candidates at the 10.30am Mass on Sunday 2 May.
The first parent-only meeting will be held on Tuesday 4 May at 7pm in the parish hall.
The first children’s session on Reconciliation will start on Sunday 9 May, 9am at St John’ church.

Parish Giving Envelopes:
If you haven't yet collected your new envelopes, please collect these on your way out today.
A reminder to those who donate by automatic payment to collect your pack of ‘special collections’ envelopes.

Serving Spoons - Feed the Need:

As the last Monday of April falls on Anzac Day, our next free community lunch will be this Monday 19 April at 12.30pm in St John’s hall.
Please invite anyone who could do with some friendly company and a delicious meal.
Any monetary donations to cover costs will be appreciated. These may be placed in an envelope marked ‘Serving Spoons’ and placed in the usual Sunday collection.

Morning tea
Please stay for morning tea after 10.30am Mass today.

Please Pray For ....

We pray for all the sick in our community including Deacons Murray and Greg, Beatrice O’Connell and Wendy Hope.
We pray for all the recently deceased, particularly Stan de Jongh and Gary Simms and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time.

Dove Fellowship for Women ...
Meet on Wednesday 21 April, 7.30pm at St Thomas More Church, 336 Wairau Rd, Glenfield.
Topic: He is Risen and He is Lord, by Jane Thomsen. Come, meet and fellowship, and celebrate Dove North Shore’s 37th birthday with us.
Phone Sylvia, 021 0882 2990.

The Walter Francis Darby Trust Scholarship:

If you are a 4th or 5th year medical student in 2021, are an active Catholic and normally reside within the Auckland Diocese you may be eligible for the Walter Francis Darby Trust Scholarship.
For more information contact Catherine Ryan, Vicar for Education, Catholic Diocese of Auckland. Phone (09) 360 3057 or email:

Annual Starlight Talent Show
Have a talent living in your house or at school? Then we encourage you to show it off as an individual or part of a group.
Save the date: Show - 17 July 2021
Visit our Facebook page for more info: @starlighttalentshowcase St Mary’s, Northcote.

Glass jars needed:

If you have any tall jars (like pasta jars) the St John’s catering team will be happy to take them off your hands.
Please leave these in the St John’s foyer in the container provided.

Rosmini College
Rosmini College enrolments for 2022 for Year 7 pupils are open.
Please phone Helen on (09) 488-3750 for an enrolment form.

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Plea for more prayers for vocations.
  • Pope condolences on death of Prince Philip.
  • Theological college to move to new Auckland campus.
  • 500 years of Catholic faith in Philippines celebrated in Auckland and Wellington.

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Bishops’ Forums:
Bishops Pat and Michael invite you to join them at one of the 2021 Bishop Forums on 5 May, 7.30pm-9.30pm at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Takapuna, or on 11 May, 7.30-9.30pm at Christ the King Church, Owairaka.

We welcome newly baptised ...

Jordan Ludlam, Tadhg Dragicevich and Grace Mason. Welcome into our parish family.

The Gift:
All invited to attend a Life in the Spirit DVD course hosted by St John’s Prayer Group.
Every Wednesday for five weeks from 21 April, 7.15pm-9pm in St John’s Hall (supper to follow).
Join in the second session.
An engaging, inspiring and totally Catholic experience. Your faith and life will be enriched.
For more info contact Brian or Barbara Hines, 427 8496 /

Sunday morning tea rosters ....

    To be collected from St John’s foyer.

Online Sessions (Evening):
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ with Br Kieran Fenn, Mondays 3, 10, 17, 20 May, 7-8.30pm. 
Fee: $25/session. ZOOM.
All sessions are connected but also stand alone. 
For more info and registration

The Holy Family Fellowship ......

Will meet again on Tuesday 4 May.

Parish Pastoral Assembly:
All parishioners are invited to attend the Parish Pastoral Assembly on Sunday 2 May in St John’s Hall after the 10.30am Mass.
This will be a time for us as a Parish to reflect and begin to set our vision for the next few years. This will open with a welcome from Fr Raphael and reports from the Finance Committee and PPC (reports from other groups will be available on the website and in the church foyers).
After this the Assembly will break up into smaller groups to brainstorm ideas on different aspects of Parish life, particularly with the view to how we can each serve our Parish and the wider community. The PPC will then take these ideas and develop a vision, goals and action plan that will involve everyone in the Parish.
Parish groups are invited to send updated reports to Catherine Cyprian,

Centenary Celebration Sisters of Mercy Epsom:
As part of this year’s centennial celebrations of the Parish and School, the Sisters of Mercy invite parishioners, students and parents to join with them after 10am Mass on Sunday 2 May 2021, on the anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy moving into the house at 104 The Drive, Epsom to start the school.
This is an opportunity to come and see Cecilia Maher House and facilities, wander through the grounds, view displays and enjoy light refreshments. Come and celebrate a century of Mercy women and their helpers who have served in the parish.
For catering purposes please register your interest to attend. Registrations are open on the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart parish website

Craft Fair
Saturday 1st May at Totara Park Village Hall, Melwood Drive, Warkworth 10.00 am - 16.00 pm.
All welcome hope to see you there!
- Maria Hoste

You can go on Google and find prominent media person Karl du Fresne’s account of how Smear tactics may be a contributing factor in Parliament now considering a Safe Areas Bill to enforce exclusion zones around abortion clinics. (Search Karl du Fresne Blog.)
For more information on pro-life issues, visit


My new hearing aid

Dave: "I got a new hearing aid, it works really well, I can hear everything now!"

Mary: "Amazing! What kind is it?"

Dave: "6:30."

The story of someone getting a haircut

* Women's version:

Woman 1: "Oh! You got a haircut! That's so cute!"

Woman 2: "Do you think so? I wasn't sure when she gave me the mirror. I mean, you don't think it's too fluffy looking?"

Woman 1: "Oh God no! No, it's perfect. I'd love to get my hair cut like that, but I think my face is too wide. I'm pretty much stuck with this stuff I think."

Woman 2: "Are you serious? I think your face is adorable. And you could easily get one of those layer cuts - that would look so cute I think. I was actually going to do that except that I was afraid it would accent my long neck."

Woman 1: "Oh - that's funny! I would love to have your neck! Anything to take attention away from this two-by-four I have for a shoulder line."

Woman 2: "Are you kidding? I know girls that would love to have your shoulders. Everything drapes so well on you. I mean, look at my arms - see how short they are? If I had your shoulders I could get clothes to fit me so much easier."

* Men's version:

Man 1: "Haircut?"

Man 2: "Yeah."

A long time ago....

This joke takes place a long time ago, when elevators were not as common as they are today.

A boy and his father were visiting an office building. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two doors that could move apart and back together again.

The boy asked his father, "What is this, Father?"

The father (not knowing about elevators) responded, "Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I have no idea what it is."

While they were watching wide-eyed, an old lady went up to the moving doors and pressed a button. The doors opened and the lady entered into a small room. The doors closed and the boy and his father watched and waited.

After a short while, the doors opened up again and a beautiful 24-year-old woman stepped out.

The father yells to his son, "Hurry Boy - go get your mother!"

During the lockdowns our weekly newsletter was 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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