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9 AUG 2020

This Sunday:  
1 Kings 19:9,11-13 : Psalm 85 : Romans 9:1-5 : Matthew 14:22-33
Next Sunday:   Isaiah 56:1,6-7 : Ps. 67 : Romans 11:13-15,29-32 : Matthew 15:21-28

This week in the parish....

Mon 10 7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s
Tues 11 6.30pm St Francis’ Prayer Group (venue changes). Tel. Barbara - 424 1130
Wed 12 5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 13 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 14 7.30pm Vigil Mass for the Feast of the Assumption, St Francis
Sat 15 9.30am Mass for the Feast of the Assumption, St John’s
  2.45pm Blessing of the new statue of Our Lady at St John’s
followed by the Coast to Coast Rosary and afternoon tea.


When the disciples see Jesus walking on the water, he calls them to faith – a way of approaching reality that entails leaving behind our old way of measuring things and seeing all according to this Person who calls to us. Yet, we should not be surprised that Christ often comes in ways that “underwhelm” us, as Elijah found out when he heard that tiny whispering sound. Most of the time the way that Jesus comes to us is seen only with eyes of faith: the pouring of water over a person’s head at Baptism; a whispered conversation within a confessional; bread and wine Consecrated at Mass as the world rushes on. But, when such faith takes hold of us, we want everyone we know to share in it, as St. Paul shows us in our second reading of this Sunday. (Romans 9: 1-5)
In our Gospel of today we see that Jesus helping the disciples on the Sea of Galilee was not just an event that happened in the past. We read it in Matthew’s Gospel to teach us that Jesus is with us as a Church and as individuals in every trial. God is with us especially when our faith is tested. We need to open our ears and our hearts to hear Jesus say to us:
“Courage. It is I. Do not be afraid…” And we say:
“Truly, you are the Son of God.” Amen.

Praying God’s Blessing upon you all, always, Emile.

A Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion...
Will replace the 9.30am Mass at St Johns on Tuesday and Wednesday 11&12 August as Fr Emile will be attending a clergy assembly.

Help requested for delivering anti-Euthanasia flyers: 
Please support this effort by our parish to inform the voting public of the dangers of the End of Life Choice Act. 
We plan to do this by delivering flyers during the weekend of 22-23 August or around this time.
If you or any members of your family are able to help by taking a bundle of flyers to deliver in your local area, please contact the parish office as soon as possible.

A Requiem Mass for Phil Cooper ...
Will be held on Tuesday 11 August, 11am at St Joseph’s Parish, Takapuna

All parishioners are invited to attend the Parish Pastoral Assembly ...
On Sunday 23 August in the St John’s Hall after the 10.15am Mass. This will be a time for us as a Parish to reflect and begin to set our vision for the next few years.
The Assembly will open with reports from Fr Emile, the Finance Committee and the PPC (reports from other groups will be available on the website and in the church foyers). After this the Assembly will break up into smaller groups to brainstorm ideas on different aspects of Parish life, particularly with the view to how we can each serve our Parish and the wider community. The PPC will then take these ideas and develop a vision, goals and action plan that will involve everyone in the Parish. All parish group reports are to be emailed to Catherine Cyprian, by Wednesday 12 August latest.

Calling for volunteers ...

To help with organising events for the youth group. Meet on 16 August at St Francis' chapel, after the 8.30am Mass.
For more info please contact Flavia at 0226361730 or email:

Please Pray For ....

We pray for all the sick in our community. We pray for the recently deceased including Phil Cooper, Sandy McInnes and Maurice Sheehan and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time.

Congratulations to our newly baptised, Athryn Truong and Emma-Rose Vicars.

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.
The next RCIA will begin on Tuesday 1 September at St John’s Church, Orewa in the evening.
If you have questions or want to know more, please contact Clive(0212642256) or Reena (02108882441) or email: before 25 August 2020.

Seeking Catechists 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 catechists to join the RCIA Team.
This may be your opportunity.
Training will be provided.
To find out what is involved, phone Clive or Reena Goodman by 15 August 2020.

Feast of the Assumption (Holy day of obligation)

  • Vigil Mass at St Francis Church, Friday 14 August, 7.30pm.
  • Mass at St John’s Church, Saturday 15 August, 9.30am.
  • All are invited to attend the blessing of the statue of Our Lady at St John’s Church, 15 August at 2.45pm, followed by the Coast to Coast Rosary for Life and Faith (CCRFLF)at 3.00pm. The CCRFLF celebrates and affirms the dignity of Life from conception to natural death. We will gather under the mantle of our Lady of the Assumption, the Patron Saint of New Zealand, to seek God’s mercy and guidance for our nation as we vote on very important issues in Life and Faith, in the September election. Mother Mary intercedes for us before the throne of her beloved son, Jesus Christ. More than 68 parishes nationwide will participate in the CCRFLF.
  • Join in the celebratory afternoon tea in the parish hall after the Rosary. Please bring a plate to share.

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The Sacramental Programme
The Sacramental Programme for children already enrolled will resume on Sunday 6 September, 9.15am at St John’s church.

Well done and thank you ..
To Brian Hines, Iutita Rusk and Clive Goodman for completing the Diocesan training for Lay leaders of Liturgical Prayer .

Stella Maris School Mass:
Staff and students will be celebrating Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral on 22 September.
Members of the school and the parish community are invited to join us. There will be limited seating on the buses - cost $10 per head return.
If you wish to share this special occasion with the school please contact the office. (09) 427 9189 or email: to secure a place. As confirmation of buses is required, bookings will close on Monday 30 August at 3pm.
Buses will leave the school at 9am sharp on 22 September and will be back at Stella Maris by 12 midday.   

Christian Meditation and the Christian Tradition:
Join the Auckland Christian Meditation Community for a day of exploring how Christian meditation fits into the Christian tradition. People new to or wanting to know more about Christian meditation are most welcome to attend this event on Saturday 5 September starting at 10am, at St Mary's Catholic church hall, 52 East Street, Papakura.
For more info contact Vincent Maire, 027 276-6032 or email or visit  

The Gift:
All invited to attend a Life in the Spirit DVD course hosted by St John’s Prayer Group.
Every Wednesday from 19 August to 23 September, 7.15pm-9pm in St John’s Hall (supper to follow). An engaging, inspiring and totally Catholic experience. Your faith and life will be enriched. For more info contact Brian or Barbara Hines, 427 8496 or Email:

We urgently need additional volunteers ....
To lead the children’s liturgy at the 10.15am Mass.
Training and materials provided and if necessary you will be paired with another leader until you feel confident.
For more information please contact Tania Hollier, 022 036 8480.

Board Wanted:
Mature, professional female moving to the HBC requires board in an established home. Own bathroom preferred. I am seeking accommodation in a home with people of catholic faith. 
I am tidy and respectful of others’ space. Non-smoker. Please phone Wendy, 021 337 591.


Trip to ROME!

A man was getting a haircut prior to a trip to Rome. He mentioned the trip to the barber who responded, "Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It's crowded, dirty and loud. You're crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?"

"We're taking XYZ Airlines," was the reply. "We got a great rate!"

"XYZ?" exclaimed the barber. "That's a terrible airline. Their planes are old, they're always late and their flight attendants are unfriendly. So, where are you staying in Rome?"

"We'll be at the downtown International Hotel."

"That dump! That's the worst hotel in the city. The rooms are small, the service is surly and they're overpriced. So, whatcha doing when you get there?"

"We're going to go to see the Vatican and we hope to see the pope."

"That's rich," laughed the barber. "You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. You're going to need it."

A month later, the man again came in for his regular haircut. The barber asked him about his trip to Rome.

"It was wonderful," explained the man, "not only were we on time in one of XYZ's brand new planes, but it was overbooked and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and we had a friendly stewardess who waited on us hand and foot. And the hotel - it was great! They'd just finished a huge remodeling job and now it's the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us the presidential suite at no extra charge!"

"Well," muttered the barber, "I know you didn't get to see the pope."

"Actually, we were quite lucky, for as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder and explained that the pope likes to personally meet some of the visitors, and if we'd be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the pope would personally greet us. Sure enough, five minutes later the pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down as he spoke a few words to me."

"Really?" asked the Barber. "What'd he say?"

"He said, 'Where'd you get the lousy haircut?'"

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