reviewing the past year
For the sake of all the beauty and
goodness in the church, let us get beyond
our grumblings. There has been a lot of
bad news lately. We are like little fish
swimming in a sea of light but seeing only
the patches of darkness that actually make
space for future growth.
Trouble is, we don’t see their
potential. There is something in us that
longs for perfection, forgetting that if we
were perfect we’d have no room for
growth, no room for God working in us
and with us. Life is all about
transcendence, our darkness being a
teacher, light unborn. But instead of
learning from it, we try to reject it. We
tend to condemn the growing space with
judgemental words: ‘disorder’, ‘clerical-
ism’, ‘abuse’. These words become labels
we can put on other people. Our faith
Where is Jesus our healer and teacher
in all of this? What is he trying to tell us
about spiritual growth? . . . If we look
around us we see that the dark patches in
the sea of light, while serious, are very
small indeed compared with the abundant
grace poured out on the church. Perhaps the
dark patches are also part of grace.
Maybe we could call them the giving
of the left hand of God, each having a
teaching that will take us to a new place in
our faith. And perhaps in all those dark
puddles there is one big teaching. Do you
think the spirit of Jesus might be addressing
the sin of pride? Almost everything in the
church is tainted by it. We all see ourselves
as better than someone else, rank beginning
with the Pope, then cardinals, bishops,
priests, religious. And the laity? Of course!
We lay people are all sure we are better
than people who are not Catholics. I’m in
this too, my mind chanting like a child,
“My school is better than your school.”
We don’t need to go far in the gospels to
find out what Jesus thought about people
who wanted to be better than others.”
They who exalt themselves will be
humbled,” is just one of many warnings.
We know the antidote to pride. So, maybe
we can look again at those patches of
darkness, own them as teachings and with
Jesus, see them grow into the light of
- Joy Cowley [November 19th 2018]
St. Mary’s Parish – Christmas Dinner
Meets on Wednesdays, 104D Tara Road, Mangawhai. Time: TBA
A leaflet introducing the Christian practice of meditation is available at the back of the
NZ ROSARY CRUSADE – for life and death 8th December:
Presently the Law Commission is encouraging the government to
liberalise the abortion laws. Our Parliament is also currently considering legalising
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. The time has come for New Zealanders, Catholics
and non-Catholics, to pray together for our nation. We must act now!
On December 8th, New Zealanders will join together in prayer in various
locations (including at the National March for Life on the lawn of Parliament) to
pray the Rosary for Life and Faith. Please contact Clare on 022 1912 886 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register your group or visit
www.rosarycrusade.co.nz or 03 359 2087.
We are mindful that many in our communities are suffering the
effects of abortion in their families. Our message to our community is, you are not
alone, there is support, there is healing, there is hope. marchforlife.co.nz or ph.
Michael on 021 825 955
Tuesday 4 December, 9.30am at Wellsford.
Confirmation Preparation Programme
Will begin in early 2019. Please email email@example.com with name, or
phone Fr. Bill: 09 423 8170
St Pius X Parish, Glen Innes Summer Food Fair
It’s that time of the year again, and we invite you to come along to our Summer Food
Fair, Saturday 8 th Dec, St Pius X Parish grounds. Featuring a variety of cultural foods,
entertainment, prizes to be won and much more. Bring your families and friends and
we look forward to seeing you there. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2019 Columban Art Calendar
Now on sale The calendar begins with the new year (1 st Jan. 2019).
Price = $12.00
Childrens’ Liturgy at Sunday Mass at Wellsford
If there are two or more 4 - 8 year-olds at Mass at 10.30am Mass, Maureen Hancock
is ready to conduct an activity session for them during the Liturgy of the Word.
She will be prepared to start this Sunday: Christ the King Sunday(25 th Nov.).
Communal Rite of Reconciliation...
With visiting confessor Wednesday 12th December 7.00pm at Wellsford
Mangawhai Combined Churches:
9 LESSONS & CAROLS
9th December at 7:00pm at Mangawhai’s Christ the King, Anglican Church, 9
Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Village.
All warmly welcome.
AUCKLAND CATHOLIC TRAMPING CLUB – CHRISTMAS MASS
Saturday 8 th December, Mass at 12 noon, at 293 King Road, Mangawhai,
followed by Shared Lunch with the option of a bush walk or winery music festival.
Parish-to-Parish Bed & Breakfast
Since the first book was printed 15 years ago, many hosts have suffered health
problems or downsized their homes. We urgently require more hosts in places all
over the country. I would encourage anyone with a spare bedroom or two in their
home to join us.
The accommodation does not have to be 5-star – just clean,
comfortable and welcoming, as well as being able to provide a light breakfast. The
aim is to provide Catholic hospitality and make new friends.
The hosts charge a fee
of $35 for one person or $30 per person for 2 or more per night. For further
information, contact Marie Anderson: email email@example.com or ph: 033595541
Pilgrimage to Holy Land, Jordan and Egypt:
1st - 16th March 2019
16 days pilgrimage, including travel dates. $5,700 per person all inclusive: round
trip air tickets; accommodation in 4 and 5 star hotels; Israel, Egypt, Jordan visas,
taxes and entry fees; professional licensed local guides; breakfast, lunch & dinner;
Holy Eucharist celebrations.
Reserve your seat with deposit of $1500 before 1 st
December 2018. Sehion Tours and Travel pilgrimage chaplain, Fr. Joy Thottamkara
Prayer intentions for the week
Pope’s prayer intention for November
In the service of peace, that the language of
love and dialogue may always prevail over
the language of conflict.
Prayers for our Sick:
Terry Boreham, Petronella Ter Veer,
Matteo Gray, Philip Cotching, Susan
Maggie Everett, Nell Graham, Therese
Graham, Allison Poninghouse, Patricia
Stephan Vercoe, Christine Tayler, Rita
McCurran, Marie McSweeney, Rosalie
Walsh, John Walsh, Dallas & James
Colville, Kiri Walton, Yashmeen Joseph,
May Christ’s presence give them peace and
restore them so they can offer you joyful
thanks in the midst of your Church.
(Please contact Marie 423 8907 or 0210544772
to have names added to or removed from the
Prayers for the Dead:
For the recently
deceased: including: Della Griffin
(Maureen Hancock’s aunt in Ireland); and
for those whose anniversaries occur
about now: including: Ivan Tomich (28th ),
Walter Bayer (30th ), Phyllis Dowling
(30th ), Harold Hall (1st Dec), Brad Lear
(1st Dec) and Edward Butler (2nd Dec),
and Anaru Wi Apo, a Catholic victim of
the 1918 influenza pandemic, who died
this month in 1918 and whose memorial
is being unveiled at Otamatea today.
The phone rang in the principal's office...
Caller: "Umm yes hi, my son won't be coming to school today because he's got the flu."
Principal: "OK and who may I ask is speaking?"
Caller: "Umm my dad."
The room was full of pregnant women with their husbands.
The instructor said, "Ladies, remember that exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial. Just pace yourself, make plenty of stops and try to stay on a soft surface like grass or a path. Gentlemen, remember -- you're in this together. It wouldn't hurt you to go walking with her. In fact, that shared experience would be good for you both."
The room suddenly became very quiet as the men absorbed this information.
After a few moments a man, at the back of the room, slowly raised his hand.
"Yes?" said the Instructor.
"Would it be all right if she carries a golf bag while we walk?"
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