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5th Sunday of Easter

19th May 2019

This Sunday:  
Acts 14:21-27 : Ps. 145 : Apoc 21:1-5 : John 13:31-35
Next Sunday:   Acts 15:1-2,22-29 : Psalm 67 : Apoc. 21:10-14,22-23 : John 14:23-29

This week in the parish....

Sun 19 3.00pm Secular Franciscans’ Meeting, Hall
Mon 20 7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s
Tues 21 7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group, St Francis Chapel
  7.00pm Liturgy Committee, St John’s
  7.30pm RCIA, St John’s Chapel
Wed 22 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor bowls, Hall
  2.00pm Rosary prayers in Korean, St John’s chapel
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Healing the Family Tree, Hall
Thurs 23 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 24 10.15am Bible Study Group, St Francis
  7.00pm Youth Group, Hall

Special collection today for Vocations Sunday. Donations will contribute towards the fees for the Auckland students studying for priesthood at the seminary.


The poet William Shakespeare gave us a stark image of love in one of his sonnets. He wrote that “love is not love when it alters because it finds alterations. It looks upon the stormy times, but is never shaken.” Jesus spoke less poetically yet more insistently in his final words to his disciples before living his last moments in a gesture of love.
Today’s Gospel is from the first chapter of Jesus’ Last Discourse.
This chapter also begins the third part of John’s Gospel which is known as The Book of Glory. Glory in this context might be described as Jesus being seen for all that he is, loving even to death and rising even to life. His love for us is a revelation of who he is for us and who we are to him. Love then is God’s glory as seen in every action of Jesus’ life.
The message from the lips of Jesus is short and sweet, “You are my followers if you love one another.”
Love is perhaps the easiest yet most difficult human experience about which to write. Poems, songs, novels, plays, paintings, and books try, but never quite say it all just right. Jesus did it; He did it then, He does it now.
Today it might be helpful to respond to Jesus’ commandment by reflecting upon how love involves dying even in the smallest ways. Love and Justice go together well, but loving is not a just experience.
If we expect to get back what we lay out, that is a business not a love relationship.
Jesus lived his life. He laid it out clearly in front of us. A key question for our reflection is: Would we like to be a part of that glory Jesus spoke about, the glory of being loved by and loving in, Him, just a tiny bit more?
God bless you all. Deacon Murray

Eucharistic Adoration at St John’s ...
Will be held in the Our Lady’s Chapel in the cooler months, starting Monday 20 May.

New Parishioners:
Please complete a parish roll form which you will find on the table in the foyer.

Please pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Mary Tanner. We pray for the recently deceased including Helen Kitchenman and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

New Zealand Catholic Medical Association
Inaugural meeting on Saturday 25 May, 10am-3pm, St Michael’s School Hall, 6 Beatrice Rd, Remuera. Cost $25 per person.
Mass presider Bishop Patrick Dunn.
An opportunity for doctors and others involved in healthcare to find pastoral care, support, encouragement and faith development. Registration by 20 May by email or online:

Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Earth:
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.  Amen
In preparation for World Environment Day on 5 June, let us celebrate nature:
Take the time to marvel at her beauty. Visit a local park, beach or volcanic cone - try a new path or cycle way or just rejoice over nature for her beauty and for all she provides us with. Let us consider what we can do practically to live a sustainable lifestyle and in this way protect Earth:  
Please check out our “23 green tips” here:   

Serving Spoons:
We welcome donations of fresh veggies & fruit for our next free community meal on Monday 27 May. These may be placed in the fridge opposite the kitchen at St John’s or in the container in the foyer at St Francis’.
We are also appealing for donations of funds to purchase some of the added extras required for these lunches. Please place any donations in an envelope marked “Serving Spoons’ and add this to the usual Sunday collection bag. Thank you for helping to ‘feed the need’.

“An introductory exploration of the Gospel of John”
With Deacon Murray. Join us for the 3rd session, ‘The Book of Glory”, Friday 24 May at St Francis Church.
All parishioners warmly welcome.
Phone Barbara Jones, 424 1130.

Mass of the Neophytes ...
Will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph on Saturday 8 June at 5.30pm. All those who have been newly baptised or welcomed into full communion during Easter, their families and their sponsors are warmly invited to come and celebrate this Mass with Bishop Pat.

Lift needed to Mass:
Des & Mabs MacDonald would appreciate a lift to and from Mass, either 5.30pm or 10.15am, from Shadon Place, Stanmore Bay.
If you are able to offer transport please ring them on 428 0228.

Diocesan-wide Ecumenical Service...
In the spirit of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Cathedral on Sunday 16 June at 5pm.
Theme: Justice and only Justice you shall pursue (Deut 16:18-20).
With participation from the Anglican, Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist and Coptic churches.
Homilist: Bishop Patrick Dunn.
446 Parnell Rd, Parnell.
Free parking in Cathedral grounds accessible from Parnell Rd or Brighton Rd.
A collection will be taken and refreshments will be available afterwards.

Young People
Next gathering of our parish youth group will be in the St John’s hall on Friday 24 May, 7-9pm. Youth of all ages welcome.
For more info contact Tania Alofaki, 020 41473785.

The Youth Group is looking for donations ....
Of large cushions and bean bags. If you have any spare to donate please place these under the table in the foyer at St John’s or on the first pew in the chapel at St Francis, as you enter from the foyer.

Stella Maris School Open Day, 20 June 2019
9am-12pm for Years 1-6 enrolments. Guided tour, meet staff and students, and experience first hand the very special learning environment that Stella Maris has on offer. Enquiries please phone (09) 427 9189 or email: or visit

Rosmini College:
Enrolments for Year 7 pupils for 2020 open on 4 June 2019. There are also limited spaces available in Years 8-13.
Please phone Helen, (09) 488-3750 for an enrolment form. There will be an Open Day at the college on Thursday 9 May at 1.45pm.
All interested parents and their sons are very welcome to attend.
Enrolment forms will be available at the Open Day.

A Choral Mass in celebration of St Gregory VII & the Gregorian Chant
Saturday 25 May at 6pm at the Cathedral, the unaccompanied sacred song of the Roman Catholic Church.
Validated parking will be available at the Wilson car parks on Hobson Street (the old Farmers car park $4) and Durham Lane ($2).
Please bring your ticket to validate in the Cathedral.


35 candidates will be receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and 1st Eucharist on Sunday 2 June at the 10.15am Mass, celebrated by Bishop Pat.
Please keep them in your prayers.
The children and their parents will enjoy a celebratory morning tea in the hall afterwards.
We invite the parents and other parishioners to bring a plate of finger food for the adults.

Spiritual Journey:
To Ireland, Scotland and England: departs Auckland 23 June 2019 for Dublin, concludes in London 15 July. Chaplain: Msgr David Tonks.
Contact Laura at or phone (09) 921 5106.

Holy Land Pilgrimage
Join the Auckland diocesan pilgrimage, led by our Vicar General, Monsignor Bernard Kiely, and our diocesan Media & Communications person, Dame Lyndsay Freer.   Departing Saturday 14 September, this 15-night pilgrimage offers superior accommodation, daily breakfast and dinner, daily Mass for our group and outstanding local guides.  See the Gospels come alive as we retrace the steps of Jesus from his Nativity to Calvary.
For further details contact the organiser, Harvest Journeys, on 0800 819 156 or visit or call Lyndsay on (021) 272 4895.

Holy Land Pilgrimage with Fr Sherwin Lapaan:
13-day affordable pilgrimage departing 9 September 2019. Small exclusive group; limited seats.
For full details, please contact Laura on or phone +64-9-921 5106.

Hibiscus Coast Parish Pastoral Care

The Sacrament of Anointing:
The Catholic Church offers the sacrament of Anointing to its members who are seriously sick or frail, undergoing surgery or approaching death. Please don’t hesitate to request anointing for yourself or a family member at these times. 
Please contact Fr Emile, (09) 426 5599 Ext 2.
If Fr Emile is unavailable please contact Deacon Murray, (09) 424 7465, or Deacon Greg, 027 6035132.

Hospital Visits and Chaplaincy:
If you or any of your family are a patient at North Shore Hospital or other hospital and wish us to know,
please contact Deacon Murray, (09) 424 7465 or 021 994 703. 
If you would like a visit from a hospital chaplain please let the staff know or phone (09) 358 0825 Ext 1019.

Care and Share:
A caring network in the parish catering to the requirements of the sick, lonely and people in need.
Contact Truus Tinsel - 426 9548.

Ministry to the Sick & Infirm:
Those who are sick or infirm, and who wish to receive Holy Communion in their home or place of residence,
please contact our Communion to the Sick coordinator, Deacon Greg Murphy, 027 6035132 or

Home Visits:
Fr Peter Gray, a retired priest of Auckland diocese, living in the parish, enjoys visiting parishioners in their homes.
If you would like a visit from him, phone (09) 428 5376. Prayer Chain:
Please phone any of the members listed on the noticeboard in the foyer, if you require prayers for a special intention.

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
Ursula Taylor; 426 7970
Janet Dimbleby; 427 5850
Kerry Johnson; 424 2854
Raewyn Taylor; 424 1414
Judy Gooding; 424 1008

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