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|Kia Ora, Welcome
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|ST MARY'S PARISH
|Parish Priest: FR QUIRICO CRUZ ||Ph. 423 8170
|Parish Co-Ordinator: Brian Cave ||Ph. 423 7307
|PPC Chairperson: Michele Oliver ||Ph. 431 2226
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10th December 2017 - 2nd Sunday of Advent
The readings of today's liturgy
provide us with three insights:
Lord desires to bring his people out of
wilderness. In the First Reading of
today the Prophet Isaiah comforts the
people who are exiles in Babylon by
portraying the vision of freedom and
new life. He promises them that it is the
Lord who will prepare a highway for
the people in the midst of the
b) The Lord wants us to
renew our life: St Peter in the Second
Reading exhorts us to wait for the new
heaven and new earth. This stands for
renewal of our spiritual life (heaven)
and the renewal of our life in general
c) The Lord wants us to prepare
a way for him: It can be done by
acknowledging our own sinfulness and
accepting our need of a Saviour. The
Advent-invitation to come out of one's
wilderness and to live a life in union
with the Lord will thus be fulfilled.
Has some aspect of my life become a
wilderness? What am I doing to come
out of it?
Fr Robert D'Souza
“The time of Advent returns us to the horizon of hope, a hope that does not
disappoint because it is founded on the Word of God. A hope that does not
disappoint, simply because the Lord never disappoints! He is faithful!” - Pope Francis
Wellsford Eucharistic Ministers
There will be a brief meeting with Father after 10.30am Mass on Sunday 17th December
for all Wellsford Eucharistic Ministers.
The Advent Wreath candles will be lit after the prayers of intercession at Wellsford
Sunday Mass for the 2 nd Sunday of Advent by the Amarasekara family.
December, Kiaraiti and Tita Kaneama and family will light the candle for the Third
Sunday of Advent.
Reconciliation during December
Maungaturoto – before Saturday 6.00pm Mass.
Mangawhai – before Sunday 8.30am
Wellsford – after 10.30am Sunday Mass.
Or you can arrange a time with Father.
Christmas Mass Timetable
Saturday 23rd December 6.00pm - Mass at Maungaturoto.
Sunday 24th December 8.30am – Mass at Mangawhai
Sunday 24th December 10.30am – Mass at Wellsford
- CHRISTMAS EVE VIGIL
- SUNDAY 24TH DECEMBER WELLSFORD Carols at 8.30PM, Mass at 9PM.
- CHRISTMAS DAY
- MONDAY 25TH DECEMBER MANGAWHAI 8.30AM MASS
- MONDAY 25TH DECEMBER MAUNGATUROTO 11AM MASS
- NEW YEAR
- Saturday 30th December – 6.00pm Mass at Maungaturoto
- Sunday 31st December – 8.30am Mass at Mangawhai
- Sunday 31st December – 10.30am Mass at Wellsford
- NEW YEAR'S DAY – MONDAY 1ST JANUARY 2018
- At Wellsford – 9am to 10am, praying of 20 mysteries of the Rosary.
- 10am – Mass.
Congratulations to ....
Kristina (Tina) O'Connor, who was granted New Zealand residency
recently. Tina is originally from Indonesia and is married to Mike O'Connor. Mike and
Tina live in Cames Road.
Mangawhai Combined Churches Carol Service
Sunday 10 th December, 7.00pm, at Mangawhai Anglican Church.
Put this in your diary.
Catholic participation (readings etc).
All welcome. Supper to follow.
Come and see........
The Auckland Diocesan Peace and International Justice Committee is committed to stand
in solidarity with people of other nations and faiths in the face of injustice. We are
looking for people with a strong interest in global issues to join us: to exchange ideas,
share knowledge and act together for peace and a better future for our children. Come and
see for yourself. Prospective members please send an expression of interest to
See the Justice & Peace Commission website
www.catholicjusticeauckland.org.nz for more information on the committees and the work
of the Commission.
Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:
- Ablaze conference inspires Christchurch.
- Mobile life centre on road in NZ.
- Destiny Church challenge for Catholics.
- Farewell to Dame Sr Pauline Engel.
Choral Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
“Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.” Luke
At the Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph, 7.30pm, Friday 8th December. With
the Vocal Ensemble directed by James Tibbles.
Validated parking will be available at the
Wilson's car parks on Hobson St & Durham Lane.
SATURDAY 10TH MARCH 2018
This is a much needed fundraiser for the
parish and also a great community day out.
Please start thinking about how you can help
make a successful gala and whether you have
anything you no longer need that could be
sold at the gala.
Enquiries to Ken Hancock or members of Parish Pastoral Council.
- Helpers on the day. As many as
possible needed to help put stuff out
Plus people to “man” the stalls.
- Used items, in saleable condition, for the auction. No rubbish please (it costs us if
we have to visit the rubbish tip).
- Clothing in good condition.
- Preserves and plants.
- Toys in good condition.
- Items for quick fire raffles
- Helpers in the 2 weeks leading up to the auction, to help sort items at the church.
If your email address has changed recently or is going to change due to Vodafone and
Clearnet changes, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep our
contacts list current.
Prayer intentions for the week
That the elderly, sustained by families and
Christian communities, may apply their
wisdom and experience to spreading the
faith and forming the new generations.
For those in our community suffering
feelings of depression, rejection, confusion
and worthlessness. May they find hope in
small daily blessings.
Prayers for our Sick:
Elmarie Bonfrer, Merv Cotter, Trevor Sykes,
Terry Boreham, Petronella Ter Veer, Matteo
Gray, Maureen Bakulich, Maggie Everett,
Tony Plunkett, Allison Poninghouse, Susan
Faulkner, Nanette Matheson, Christina
Collins, Mihaka (Mick) Kaio, Patricia
Valkenberg, John Brljevich, Stephan &
Patricia Vercoe, Christine Tayler, Rita
McCurran and Dallas & James Colville.
(Please contact Marie 423 8907 or 0210544772
to have names added to or removed from the
Prayers for the Dead:
For those whose death anniversaries occur
about now including
Pauline Auberton (10/12/11), Neil Cowlrick
(11/12/05), William Hodgson (12/12/81),
William Irvine (14/12/70), George Colville
(16/12/88), Anna Ashby (17/12/66), Ethan
& Morris Cave (17/12/98) and Barry Mann
(17/12/08). May they have eternal rest.
Three contractors were visiting a tourist attraction on the same day. At the end of the tour, the guard asked them what they did for a living.
When they all replied that they were contractors, the guard said, "Hey, we need one of the rear fences redone. Why don't you guys take a look at it and give me a bid?"
So, they all went to the back fence to check it out.
The first contractor took out his tape measure, did some measuring and said, "Well, I figure the job will run about $900. $400 for materials, $400 for my crew, and $100 profit for me."
Next was the second contractor. He also took out his tape measure, did some quick figuring and said, "Looks like I can do this job for $700. $300 for materials, $300 for my crew, and $100 profit for me."
Without so much as moving, the third contractor said, "$2,700."
The guard, incredulous, looked at him and said, "You didn't even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?"
"Easy," he said. "$1,000 for me, $1,000 for you and we hire the guy doing it for $700."
Two guys were talking at work. "I've got a problem," said the first one.
"What is it?"
"My wife has done it to me again. I'm supposed to buy my mother-in-law a present for her birthday, from the two of us. And I am fresh out of ideas. I mean it's HER mother, why can't she buy it?"
"What did you buy her last year?" the other one asked.
"Last year I bought her a VERY EXPENSIVE cemetery plot."
"Hmmmm, hard to top that one," said the other.
The two guys couldn't come up with anything. So the son-in-law didn't buy his mother-in-law anything for her birthday. When the big day arrived the next weekend, she was a bit upset. At the family gathering for her birthday, she announced out loud to everyone, "Thank you all for the wonderful gifts. Too bad my daughter and son-in-law weren't so thoughtful!"
Thinking quickly, the son-in-law responded, "Well, you haven't used the gift I gave you last year!"
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