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7th Mar 2021

This Sunday:  
Exodus 17.3-7, Psalm 95 : Romans. 5.1-2, 5-8 : John 4.5-42
Next Sunday:   2 Chronicles 36:14-16,19-23 : Psalm 137 : Ephesians: 2:4-10 : John 3:14-21

This week in the parish....

Sun 7 4.00pm Stations of the Cross, St Francis
Mon 8 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 9 1.00pm Holy Family Fellowship, St John’s Chapel
  6.30pm St Francis’ Prayer Group (venue changes). Tel. Barbara - 424 1130
Wed 10 1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 11 1.00pm Requiem Mass for Kathleen Cate, St John’s
  4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 12 7.30pm Stations of the Cross, St John’s

Please Note!! As Fr Peter is away visiting family, there will be no morning Mass at St Francis Church on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays until further notice.

We are not having much luck....

With putting on a welcome morning tea for Fr Raphael!!
We will give him the welcome he deserves when we move to Level 1 and are able to confirm a date.


If you are able to assist with the collection at the 8pm Easter Vigil Mass, please contact Theresa in the parish office.

The Requiem Mass for Kathleen Cate
Has been postponed to Thursday 11 March at 1pm.
The usual 9.30am Mass and Eucharistic Adoration will take place.

Please Note!!

As Fr Peter is away visiting family, there will be no morning Mass at St Francis Church on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays until further notice.


To FR RON - 7 March

Please Pray For ....

We pray for all the sick in our community including Deacon Murray and Beatrice O’Connell.
We pray for all the recently deceased, particularly for Kathleen Cate, Vic Barrington and Joyce Rojas Calumba, and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time.

Stations of the Cross during Lent:
Fridays - 7.30pm - St John’s
Sundays - 4.00pm - St Francis’

Online Session - The Passion of Jesus Christ with Br Kieran Fenn.
Monday 08, 15, 22 March, 7-8.30pm. 
Fee: $25/session. ZOOM. All sessions are connected but also stand alone. 

Let us give thanks for the gifts....
Leadership and contributions of women in our church and all areas of society, and pray for those who face discrimination, inequality and oppression in the world.

Catholic Enquiry Centre:

    It's that time again for supporters to pass on their $15 annual subscription/donation to their promoter so that this can be receipted before the end of the month. 
    If any parishioners would like to support the Catholic Enquiry Centre in their mission to promote the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Faith, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Lynne, 426 4630. 

Serving Spoons - Feed the Need:
Our next community lunch will be on Monday 29 March, subject to us being in Level 1.

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:

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • New potential deacon candidates for Auckland.
  • Waikato massacre remembered.
  • Concerns at move to drop Latin from NCEA.
  • Preparations for NZ celebrations of 500 years of Christianity in Philippines.

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Caritas Lenten Reflection Programme 2021:

If you would like to join the weekly Zoom Lenten reflection programme for the remaining Thursdays in Lent at 7pm, please email Catherine Birt to register or message on 027 294 7855.
This involves a shared reflection on the Gospels for the Sundays of Lent in the style of Lectio Divina, a Latin term which means ‘reading with God’. Each session takes between 60-90 minutes.

During Lent this week  pray for those around the world, particularly refugees, who don't have access to all their basic needs.  

Dove Fellowship
Dove Fellowship for women meet on Wednesday 17 March, 7.30pm at St Thomas More Catholic Church, 336 Wairau Road, Glenfield.
Barbara Hines will be speaking on the topic ‘Change my Heart, O God’.
All women welcome.

Catholic Caring Foundation

Through donations, the Foundation is able to support Catholic and local social service providers that strengthen or support families, individuals and communities in need. We are now accepting grant applications until 9 April 2021. To download a grant application form and to find out who can apply, please visit
Together we care for the poor, the marginalised and the vulnerable.

The Royal Commission of inquiry into Abuse in Care
Please keep in your prayers at this time the work of The Royal Commission of inquiry into Abuse in Care which continues to investigate what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in care.
We pray for survivors for continued courage throughout their involvement in this process.


Tuesday 16 March, 7.30pm, St John’s Church.

2022 Enrolments for Rosmini College:
Enrolments for year 7 pupils for 2022 are open. There are also limited spaces available in years 8-13. 
Please phone Helen on 488-3750 for an enrolment form. An Open Day will be held at the college on Thursday 20 May at 1.30pm. All interested parents and their sons are very welcome to attend.
Enrolment forms will be available at the Open Day.

Christian Meditation Community Day
Christian Meditation Community Day on Saturday 20 March, St John’s Hall, Orewa, 10am-3pm. Parishioners are invited to join Christian meditators from around Auckland to hear two talks on the roots and origins of Christian meditative prayer.
Nick Polaschek will explore the relationship between verbal and non-verbal prayer, and consider the relationship of Christian meditative prayer to other non-Christian meditative practices.
Includes two periods of meditation. BYO lunch and a koha welcome. The event is hosted by members of the parish’s three meditation groups that meet weekly.
All welcome. 

Is there any parishioner .....
Who has the skills to repair the rips in the backing of one of the hall curtains?
Please contact Theresa in the parish office if you can assist.

Come and explore a vocation with the Sisters of Mercy

Saturday 27 March, 9.30am to 1.30pm at Te Waipuna Puawai, 12a Umere Cres, Ellerslie. RSVP by 24 March. For more information contact: - or phone Sr Fatima on 021 084 29440.

Vacancies at Crossley Court Rest Home -
Contact Elaine, 426 4867:

  • Suitable maintenance/handyman able to work 24-28 hours per week, 4 days a week. Garden maintenance is not included.
  • Part-time Activities person to work Mondays and Tuesday, 9am-3pm. Suitable applicant must be able to drive the van and take residents for outings/shopping.



A company, feeling it was time for a shake-up, hires a new CEO. This new boss is determined to rid the company of all slackers.

On a tour of the facilities, the CEO notices a guy leaning on a wall. The room is full of workers and the CEO thinks this is his chance to show everyone he means business. He walks up to the guy and asks, "How much money do you make a week?"

Undaunted, the young fellow looks at him and replies, "I make $200.00 a week. Why?"

The CEO then hands the guy $200 in cash and screams, "Here's a week's pay, now GET OUT and don't come back!"

Feeling pretty good about his first firing, the CEO looks around the room and asks, "Does anyone want to tell me what that slacker did here?"

With a sheepish grin, one of the other workers mutters, "Pizza delivery guy."


Mr. Williams volunteered to take care of their numerous children so that Mum could have an evening out.

At bedtime he sent the youngsters upstairs to bed and settled down to read. One child kept creeping down the stairs, but Mr. Williams kept sending him back up.

At 10 o'clock the doorbell rang. It was the next door neighbor. She asked if her son was there and Mr. Williams said no.

Just then a little head appeared over the banister and a voice shouted, "I'm here Mum, but he won't let me go home."

Overweight! Try this.

A man was terribly overweight, so his doctor put him on a diet.

"I want you to eat regularly for two days, then skip a day, repeat this procedure for two weeks and the next time I see you, you'll have lost at least five pounds," the doctor said.

When the man returned, he shocked the doctor by losing nearly 20 pounds.

"That's amazing!" the doctor said, "did you follow my instructions?"

The man nodded. "I'll tell you though, I thought I was going to pass out that third day."

"From hunger, you mean?"

"No, from skipping."

During the lockdown period our weekly newsletter is 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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