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1st Sunday of LENT - Year B

18th February 2018

This Sunday:  
Gen. 9:8-15 : Psalm 25 : 1Peter 3:18-22 : Mark 1:12-15
Next Sunday:   Gen 22:1-2;9-13;15-18 : Psalm 116B : Rom 8:31-34 : Mark 9:2-10

This week in the parish....

Sun 18 9.00am Sacramental Programme, St Johnís
  4.00pm Stations of the Cross, St Francis
Mon 19 7.30pm Meditation, St Johnís
Tues 20 7.00pm Prayer Group, St Francis
  7.15pm R.C.I.A, St Johnís
Wed 21 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Johnís
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, St Johnís
Thurs 22 4.00pm Meditation, St Johnís
Fri 23 9.00am Rosary prayers, St Francis
  7.30pm Stations of the Cross, St Johnís
Sun 25 9.00am Sacramental Programme, St Johnís
  4.00pm Stations of the Cross, St Francis

God calls us to hear his Son, the beloved, and listen to him. Through the trials of life we are called to unite ourselves to the love of Christ, through sacrifice and service. We are challenged in the Eucharist not to be complacent but to set out in faith as Abraham once did.


Undertaking an important journey we must be well prepared. As we set out on our journey to Easter, we must be clear about the destination that gives meaning to this journey.

Todayís gospel reading invites us to prepare ourselves in the company of Jesus. As he set out on the journey that was to lead to Easter, he prepared himself by withdrawing to some desert place, and confronting the temptation to avoid the great task that lay ahead of him. This is an astounding moment in the life of Jesus. Have we taken seriously the fact that, in sharing our human experience, Jesus knew the weight of human decisions and the temptations involved Ė though, of course, he was without sin in the response he made? This testing brought Jesus new strength, and he began to proclaim the Good News of the coming reign of God. In his company, during the coming days, let us recognise the nature of our temptations, and the bonds of selfishness from which we want to be freed as we make our journey to Easter.

Jesus found strength in the certainty with which he looked to the end of his journey. Though what lay ahead would not be easy, he knew that Godís goodness and mercy would be victorious in the end Ė through his generous response to the call of his Father.

The beginning of our journey is a time for personal reflection for each of us. Perhaps, however, we need to ponder more deeply the astonishing fact that Jesus knew temptation, though he was without sin in his response to its challenge.

Mike, Sue, Nathan & James Long ...
Would like to sincerely thank everybody for the weeks of support and prayers that have been offered for the wellbeing of our son and brother William after his tragic accident. A funeral Mass for William will take place on Monday 19 February, 11am at St Johnís Church.

Caritas Lenten Appeal:
Starts today on the 1st Sunday of Lent. Envelope packs are available in the church foyer.
Each envelope pack covers the full six week period. Tear off an envelope each week, enclose your contribution and place it in the usual Sunday collection.
If you prefer to make a one-off donation, Ďsingle donationí envelopes are in the foyer.

Pope Francis ....
Jesus teaches us : Go out.
Go out and share your testimony.
Go out and interact with your brothers and sisters.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Mary-Rose Webb and Henryk Wolk.
We pray for all the deceased including William Long, Joan Moynihan and Roy Markovina.
We pray too for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Harry Mowberry.

Projectionists urgently needed...

    Particularly for the 10.15am Mass at St Johnís. This is not a difficult task, training is provided and anyone, young or old can do this. The more people we have, the less frequently you need to be available - no more than once a month! If you would like to help out in this area, please call Chantal on 022 681 7579 or (09) 554 0623.

Crossley Court rest home is needing caregivers.
Experience would be great but someone with a kind heart and willingness to learn will equally be considered.
Please phone Elaine, 09) 426 4867.

Ministers needed for ...
Holy Thursday Mass, Good Friday Liturgy, Easter Vigil and Easter 10.15am Masses.
Please refer to the lists in the foyer and add your name if you would like to volunteer. We also need readers for Palm Sunday, people willing to have their feet washed at the Holy Thursday Mass and individuals or groups to lead the Stations of the Cross.

2018 Music Workshop -
Liturgy and the Music we choose:

On Thursday 8 March, 7pm, at Pompallier Centre, 30 New St. Ponsonby. This is a workshop for parish musicians, cantors and choirs.
There are 3 parts to this workshop:

  1. Exploring liturgy,
  2. the parish repertoire and
  3. priorities for deciding what we sing.
Email to register.

104 The Drive, Epsom, (09) 638-6238.

  1. Pondering St Johnís Gospel:
    • Five weekly presentations during Lent with Fr Stuart Sellar, first session Thurs 22 Feb 7-9pm. $15 ($60 all 5 sessions)
  2. Introduction to Dreamwork 101 with Margaret Bowater Fri 23/Sat 24 Feb. $130
  3. CANCELLED - The Healing Power of Singing CANCELLED with Trio A Due at St Maryís Historic Chapel, Sat 24 Feb. $60 ($110 for 2 pers)
  4. Introduction to Dreamwork 101 - 1 PLACE LEFT with MARGARET BOWATER 23 & 24 Feb (9hrs). $130.
  5. Reconnecting Broken Connections: Using one Te Ao Maori approach of Whakawhanaungatanga and Hohourongo with RANGI DAVIS, Tues 27 Feb. 7-9pm $15

Booking essential, for more details see

Stations of the Cross during Lent:
Fridays - 7.30pm - St Johnís
Sundays - 4.00pm - St Francisí

Dove Catholic Fellowship invites all women ...
To a thanksgiving Mass at St. Thomas Church Hall,†336 Wairau Road, Glenfield on Wednesday 21 February, 7.30pm.
Contact Nanci, (09) 419 0348.

Eucharistic Convention:
To be held at the Netball North Harbour Centre, 44 Northcote Rd, Takapuna, 6-8 April 2018.
For all informaton go to

Urgently needed:
Mass coordinators for the 5.30pm and 10.15am Masses.
To volunteer please contact Theresa in the parish office.

World Day of Prayer:
To be held at Orewa Community Church on Friday 2 March at 1.30pm followed by afternoon tea.
The service is prepared by women of Suriname, South America. Offering to support projects in South America & NZ

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Meets again on Tuesday 27 February at 10.15am in the parish hall.
Join us for a cuppa, bingo (lovely prizes) and a catch-up with friends. New parishioners are most welcome.
Contact Christina, 426 7108.

The ashes of Joan Moynihan ...
Wiill be interred in the St Johnís memorial garden after the 10.15am Mass today.


Two large pale green tablecloths are missing from the kitchen at St Francis church.
If you have borrowed them, kindly return them to the kitchen.

Car park, St Johnís:

    If you usually park behind the parish hall when attending Mass, kindly move into the front bay if you arrive first, so more vehicles may be parked in this area.

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • What NZís young people want from Church.
  • New Maori leaders needed.
  • Bishop Browne returns home to Auckland.
  • Hearts Aflame fosters deepening of faith

NZ Catholic Newspaper - $4.00
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Auckland Youth Ministry:
To find out about all the events and activities that are happening in our region visit

Planned Giving Renewal:
A reminder to return your planned giving renewal forms to the box in the foyer today.

Serving Spoons:
Our first free community meal will be held in the parish hall on Monday 26 February at 12.30pm. If you know of any families or individuals who are struggling financially or need some company, please invite them to attend. We welcome donations of vegetables and fruit for the lunch. These may be delivered to the Serving Spoons fridge/bins at St Johnís Church (outside the kitchen) on Saturdays between†9am-6.30pm or Sundays between 9am-12†noon, and at St Francis Church between†8am-9.30am on Sundays. Thank you to those who have given monetary donations and to the many who have volunteered to assist at the monthly lunches. A roster is in the process of being prepared and volunteers will be contacted this week.

Catholic Enquiry Centre:
A reminder to members that your annual subscription of $15-$20 is again due. Please contact your sponsor with your donation.
Many thanks, Val Bennett - 426 8233.

What are you going to do for Lent this year?

    What about coming to the Parish Lenten programme? Caritas provides material each week based on a shared reflection on the Gospels.
    This yearís programme is entitled ďLet us go togetherĒ. This gives the opportunity for us to meet and reflect together on the Sunday scripture readings.
    The sessions this year will be held on Thursday evenings in St Johnís Hall at 7.30pm. Each session takes from 60-90 mins.
    The start date is 22 February and will continue on the five Thursdays after that. Last year quite a large group of people made the commitment to meet each week in Lent. Everyone is invited to come and is welcome.
    For further information ring Catherine Birt, 424 0134(evenings).

On Sale after Mass today:
Columban calendars - $12
Daily Mass calendars - $3 and
Latest edition of the NZ Catholic - $4.

Please turn left when exiting the St Johnís carpark.

Holy Cross Seminary

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 donít hesitate to request anointing for yourself or a family member at these times.†
Please contact Fr John, (09) 426 5599 Ext 2.
If Fr John is unavailable please contact Deacon Murray, (09) 424 7465, or Deacon Greg, 027 603 5132.

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, 02. 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.

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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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