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1st August 2021

This Sunday:  
Exodus 16:2-4,12-15 : Psalm 78 : Ephesians 4:17,20-24 : John 6:24-35
Next Sunday:   1Kings 19:4-8 : Psalm 34 : Ephesians 4:30-5:2 : John 6:41-51

This week in the parish....

Sun 1 9.00am Sacramental Programme, children’s session, Hall
Mon 2 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 3 1.00pm Holy Family Fellowship, Hall
Wed 4 1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, St John’s Hall
Thurs 5 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s


For the followers of the Catholic media, of late, we see that the Church today is facing challenges which makes us ask “How do we, the Catholic membership, see our Church?”

Thinking about that then we must ask “is this really how it should be”. Which then moves us to continue with “Is there anything at all that I can do that would make a difference”.

During the last four or five weeks, the Vatican has shared with the world the various issues that the Pope is facing. None of it really relates directly on how we worship God. All the challenges relate to church governance (the Vatican Bank; Abuse; Sexuality; Gender, and finally Clericalism).

Also lingering in the background is the fact that Catholic regular Mass attendance in Europe particularly, is waning noticeably, yet it is the complete opposite in Asia and South America. Compare this with the fact that there are many Cardinals from Europe and a very small number from Asia and South America. Also half of the world’s Catholics live in Asia and South America, this fact highlighting the challenge.

Pope Francis has floated the idea that synods are a better way of governance, than the way that exists within the Church right now. In themselves, synods present challenges too. Our Pope has advised all the Bishops, that there will be a synod, of Bishops, in two years time, to discuss Co Governance, the intention being to figure how all the Baptised can be involved.

Diocesan synods are happening throughout the world right now, so we look on with interest.

If you feel you would like to be kept informed, one option could be, to ask to be on the emailing list at . Another option is “NZ Catholic” which is for sale at both St Johns and St Francis churches.

Deacon Greg Murphy  

Are you or a friend thinking of becoming a Catholic?

Adults entering the Catholic Church or just thinking about it, follow a process called RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. An information session will be held at 4pm on 29 August at St John’s Church. If you have questions or want to know more, please contact Reena (021 0888 2441), or email before 25 August 2021.

Seeking leaders for RCIA:
Have you felt that God is calling you to serve Him in a ministry, but you have been unsure of which one is appropriate for you?
The Parish is looking for more people to join the RCIA team.
This may be your opportunity. Training will be provided.
To find out what is involved please phone Clive, 021 2642 256.

Congratulations to Deacon Greg on his 6th Anniversary of Ordination to the Diaconate on 2 August.


    Minister Rosters for the 10.30am Mass are in the foyer for collection.

The Divine Mercy Prayer Group ...
Will meet in St John’s Church next Sunday 8 August at 3pm for exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
All are invited to join in prayer.
Contact Becky Cavit , 021 758 901.

Keys for St John’s or St Francis church
If you have a key for St John’s or St Francis church and no longer require it, please return it to Theresa in the parish office.

Please Pray For ....

We pray for all the sick in our community including Fr Peter Gray, Wendy Hope, Joseph Zazulak, Keith Thompson and Denise Nicholson.
We pray for the recently deceased, particularly for Graham Kitchenman, Anna Gossain and Graham Thomas and and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time.

Diocesan Festival:  

Bishop Pat is pleased to invite you to come together to be inspired, encouraged and strengthened as Catholics at the Diocesan Festival on Saturday 16 October at St Luke’s Catholic Church and Sancta Maria College. See website

Online Zoom Sessions (evening):
The Eucharist with Kieran Fenn fms. Monday, 16 August, 7-8.30pm. Free.
The Eucharist – a Gospel event and Sacrament with Prof Thomas O’Loughlin and Kieran Fenn fms. Monday, 23 August, 7-8.30pm. Free.
Email for more information or to register.

Alone again? 
A weekend away to help those suffering the heartache of Separation, Divorce, or Widowhood on 13-15 August.  The ‘Beginning Experience’ is a non-profit organisation that provides support for the grieving single again and offers an opportunity to turn the pain of loss into an experience of positive growth.
The total cost for two nights’ accommodation, meals, materials and reunion is $350.
Phone Lynda 027 4898 003 or Kelly 027 6864 416.

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Joy at Fr Fransen’s ordination in Hamilton.
  • De Paul House manages Kainga Ora units.
  • Winter plunge to raise funds for Auckland cathedral.
  • Revival in the art of making lace mantillas.

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A warm welcome to any new parishioners:

Please introduce yourself to Fr Raphael and complete a parish enrolment form on the table in the foyer.

Men of Prayer...
Of the Hibiscus Coast churches meet on Monday 2 August at the Northgate Baptist Church, 6 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Silverdale, at 7pm.
All men invited to join in the prayer and fellowship and a shared light potluck meal to conclude.
Enq. Peter, 021 646 682.

North Shore Dove Day of Refreshment:
The Power of God’s Love” healing ministry with Fr John Rea, speakers Roger and Rita Peterson and Helen Nunnel, testimony by Nicola Lee and Praise and Worship.
Saturday 7 August, 10am-4.30pm at St Thomas More Church Glenfield. Morning and afternoon tea provided. BYO Lunch.
$40 registration. To register fill out the Google form found on the Dove Day of Refreshment Facebook event page, or email Sylvia,

Canned Food Drive:

A big thank you to all who have donated cans for the Parish Food Drive.
We have 2430 cans so far!!Our target is 5000 cans.
Keep up the good work & keep those cans coming in.
We are collecting  for SVDP & the Auckland City Mission.

Open Day at Stella Maris School
On Thursday 12 August, 9am-12pm for years 1-6 enrolments 2022.
Guided tour, meet staff & students and experience first hand the very special learning environment that Stella Maris has on offer.
Enq. phone (09) 427 9189.

Please stay for morning tea after 10.30am Mass today.


All youth Yr 6 and upwards are invited to our first Youth Group gathering on Friday 13 August, 6.30pm-8.30pm in the parish hall.
Join us for a fun-filled evening of games, music and friendship.
The group will meet fortnightly.
For further information or to offer your assistance email: Kathy Ellery, Flavia Widianti,

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

The Keynotes ....
Meet for a fun sing-along on Thursday 5 August at 1.30pm at Hibiscus Coast Village, 101 Red Beach Road, in the downstairs theatre/community centre. All welcome.
Ring Jocelyn, 426 0941.

Indonesia Independence Day ...

Celebrations on Saturday 21 August, Holy Cross Hall, 2 Lavelle Road, Henderson, 10am-3pm.
Flag raising ceremony, cultural performances, traditional games and food bazaar.
Contact Wisnoe, 021 044 134.

Health and Safety:

We are seeking a volunteer to assist with 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.


Can you sleep in my bed tonight?

One evening, during a bout of bad weather, a mother was tucking her small boy into bed.

She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, "Mommy, will you sleep in my bed tonight?"

The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. "I can't dear," she said, "I have to sleep in the large bed, with Daddy."

A long silence was broken at last by a shaken little voice saying, "The big wimp."

The ethical question

Upon seeing an elderly lady for the drafting of her will, the attorney charged her $100.

She gave him a $100 note, not noticing that it was stuck to another $100 note.

On seeing the two notes stuck together, the ethical question came to the attorney's mind: "Do I tell my partner?"

Preparation for parenthood !

Preparation for parenthood is not just a matter of reading books and decorating the nursery. Here are a few simple tests for expectant parents to take to prepare themselves for the real-life experience of being a mother or father.
  1. Women: to prepare for maternity, put on a dressing gown and stick a beanbag down the front. Leave it there for 9 months.
    After 9 months, take out 10% of the beans.
  2. Men: to prepare for paternity, go to the local drugstore, tip the contents of your wallet on the counter, and tell the pharmacist to help himself. Then go to the supermarket.
    Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
  3. Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels, and how they have allowed their children to run riot. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's sleeping habits, toilet training, table manners and overall behavior.
    Enjoy it -- it'll be the last time in your life that you will have all the answers.
  4. Always repeat everything you say at least five times.
  5. Go to your local supermarket. Take with you the nearest thing you can find to a pre-school child -- a fully grown goat is excellent. If you intend to have more than one child, take more than one goat. Buy your week's groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goats eat or destroy. Until you can easily accomplish this do not even contemplate having children.

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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