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20th June 2021

This Sunday:  
Job 38:1,8-11 : Psalm 106 : 2Corinthians 5:14-17 : Mark 4:35-41
Next Sunday:   Wisdom 1:13-15,2:23-24 : Psalm 30 : 2Corinthians 8:7-9,13-15 : Mark 5:21-43

This week in the parish....

Sun 20 3.00pm Secular Franciscans Meeting, Hall
Mon 21 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 22 1.00pm Holy Family Fellowship, Hall
  10.15am Ladies Coffee Group, Hall
Wed 23 1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, St John’s Hall
Thurs 24 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s


Have you ever been in a boat in a storm? No? Me neither.
So what is this Gospel passage all about?
Jesus and the disciples in a boat together - that's us.
So could this be reflecting the reality of life, when at times we can be in the middle of struggles that threaten to overwhelm us. Life is simply not smooth sailing all the time. God does not promise us that. One moment we can be doing fine. Then there can come that phone call; that doctor's visit; that one conversation, and suddenly so much has changed and we look desperately for support or guidance. Help!! It has happened to all of us.

But hasn't God promised to be always with us? Well ok, Jesus IS here, in the boat, with us. But he's asleep!
On a cushion! We live in a society here that shows a slumbering indifference to the things of God. That can affect us and bring us to a state of paralysis and even fear when turbulence hits, pretty much like these disciples.

Yet we believe that the Holy Spirit dwells with us and in us. We know that the sacraments are channels of grace to us, especially Eucharist, when we truly receive Christ. We KNOW that. So could it be that we need to awaken the Christ within us? Even with its squalls and even occasional storms, this life is a beautiful gift. God is with us, will never abandon us, and for people of faith, the best is yet to come. We will get to the other side.
We can totally trust him in that.

Fred Webb  

Today 20 June is a Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants

Today we are called to reflect upon the situations of the many men, women and children of our time — migrants, displaced people and refugees — setting out in order to flee from war, from miseries caused by social injustice and by climate change. To leave everything — homes, relatives, homeland — and face the unknown, they must have suffered a very harsh situation!
Pope Francis has drawn our attention back to the Holy Family when discussing migrant and refugeeissues. He likens the Holy Family’s experience of fleeing to Egypt to the journey that countless refuges and migrants must take. He reminds us that half of today’s refugees in the world are children, blameless victims of human injustice.
May we all develop a deeper understanding of the situation of displaced persons throughout the world.
May the Lord guide us to be attentive and open our eyes to the needs and sufferings of our brothers and sisters who are forced to move.

Special collection next Sunday for Peter’s Pence.
Funds go to towards financing the Pope’s charitable works, assisting those who are suffering as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster, and disease.

Please pray for Fr Peter Gray ....

Who will be having surgery on his leg on Tuesday .
As he will be resting for the rest of the week, there will be no morning Mass at St Francis on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Please Pray For ....

We pray for all the sick in our community including Wendy Hope and Carol Miers who have undergone surgery. We pray for the recently deceased, particularly Therese Growden and Diane Gill and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time.

Fr Ron celebrates his 60th Jubilee
On Friday 9 July Fr Ron celebrates his 60th Jubilee of Ordination to the Priesthood.
To celebrate this special occasion all parishioners are invited to his Jubilee Mass on Friday 9 July at 6.30pm in St John’s Church. This will be followed by a finger-food supper in the hall. We invite you to bring a plate and to join in celebrating with him and showing your appreciation for his dedicated service to our parish. There will be a special collection for him at the Jubilee Mass and at the Sunday Masses that weekend. Donations for Fr Ron may also be paid into the parish BNZ a/c 02 0100 0120966 17. Payee details: Surname - Fr Ron - Donation.
To allow an opportunity for all to celebrate with Ron there will also be a special morning tea after the 8.30am Mass at St Francis on Sunday 18 July. All welcome. (Please bring a plate).

Sadly Fr Ron has also decided that the time has come to “really retire”.
So his last Mass at St John’s will be 10.30am on 11 July and his “swan song” will be at St Francis 8.30am on 18th July.

Enrolments Stella Maris School:

As part of our forward planning and to cater for the roll growth, the Board are asking families who have children starting between now and the beginning of 2023, and who have NOT enrolled, to please request an enrolment pack, complete it and return it to the school office. This will allow us to gauge the incoming number of enrolments and plan accordingly.   

If anyone has spare wool to donate to the knitting group for the poor, please leave it in a bag in the church foyer.

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  • Bishop defends church design simplicity.
  • New Hamilton diocese strategic plan.
  • Bishops face tough pastoral issue on euthanasia.

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Singles for Christ (SFC):

All single men and women age 21-40 are invited to the Christian Life Program starting 24 June, 6.30pm at Glenfield Community Centre.
Please see the poster on the notice board for more details.

Liturgy of the Word & Holy Communion:
We encourage more parishioners to join in the Liturgy at St John’s on Mondays at 9.30am.
Our team of leaders put much effort into preparing each week and it would be wonderful to see more people attending.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:

    Join us for a cuppa, bingo and a social time in the parish hall on Tuesday 22 June, 10.15am.
    Newcomers are most welcome. $3 Donation.
    Ph. Christina, 426 7108.

Auckland Eucharistic Convention:  
Come and join us to hear overseas and local speakers address the theme: ‘Come to me all you who are weary and heavily burdened’.
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th July at St Mary’s College, New Street, Ponsonby (opposite the Pompallier Diocesan Centre).
Tickets $30.00 per day or $50 for the weekend.
See flyer on noticeboard or visit
‘May our Eucharistic celebrations transform the world.’ Pope Francis.

A Weekend Retreat with Thomas Merton:
St Francis Retreat Centre, Hillsborough, 16-18 July 2021.
Led by Cathryn Wiles-Pickard rsm, the retreat explores the Four Paths of Spirituality as described by Matthew Fox. Enter into the silence with insights from Meister Eckhart. There will be times of input, silence, reflection and meditation.
Cathryn’s six sessions will provide times to be more attentive to the voice of God who speaks to us in and through the Ordinary Experiences of Life.
Cost $255, for more information visit or call 027 276 6032. 

Rental needed:
Mature, female parishioner seeking a flatlet or a room to rent.
Tel. 022 3540276.

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 Theresa in the parish office or Ray O'Loughlin, 021 1131 883.

A warm welcome to any new parishioners:
Please introduce yourself to Fr Raphael and Fr Ron and complete a parish enrolment form on the table in the foyer.


Lost and Found...

A lady lost her handbag in the bustle of shopping at the mall. It was found by an honest little boy, who returned it to her.

Looking in her purse, she commented, "Hmm, that's funny. When I lost my bag, there was a $20 bill in it. Now there are twenty $1 bills."

The boy quickly replied, "That's right. The last time I found a lady's purse, she didn't have any change for a reward."

Help Me!

A man and his wife are lying in bed. It's 3 o'clock in the morning and there's a crazy storm outside.

They hear a knock on the door and after a while the husband goes down to answer. When he gets to the door there's an elderly man wearing a soaked, hooded jacket and he asks, "Can you please give me a push?"

The house owner slams the door and goes back to bed. He tells his wife about the man needing a push, and that there's no way he's going out into the storm.

But he can't get back to sleep, listening to the storm and feeling guilty about the old man.

So he finally gets up and goes back down to the door. He looks out into the rain and can't see him. So he shouts, "Sir, where are you?"

And he hears from the other side of the garden, "I'm over here! On the swings!"

Phone Conversations

A woman had been talking on the phone for about half an hour, and then she hung up.

"Wow," said her husband, "that was short. You usually talk for two hours. What happened?"

"Wrong number," replied the wife.

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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