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Kia Ora,  Welcome     Sunday Mass Times
To Visitors To MaungaturotoSunday 8.30am
ST MARY'S PARISH           Mangawhai
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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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NEWSLETTER for: 17th June 2018 - 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time


‘Whoever does the will of God is my brother ...

    Both the parables in today’s gospel point to the role that we are called to play in God’s plan. He takes care of the major part and leaves us with a small role. However the role he has assigned to us is fundamental. The farmer has to first of all scatter the seed and only then will God be able to do the rest, i.e; making the seed sprout, grow and bear fruit. Likewise, although the mustard seed itself is small, it has to be first sown into the ground. Once it is sown then its hidden ability to grow into the greatest of shrubs is triggered and it becomes one in which even birds can take shelter. Since ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ we are given the task of taking a decisive step and playing a crucial role.

Fr Aloysious Selvakumar

Pope Francis describes the signs of holiness in today's world:
This is a source of inner strength which enables us to carry on amid life’s ups and downs. Those who show perseverance , with the help of God’s grace, do not desert others in bad times, but accompany them.
G & E #112
Pope Francis

June Meetings Cancelled

During June there will not be a PPC meeting nor any other committee meetings.
July meetings will continue as usual.

An Opportunity to make a difference

Bishop Pat will soon be making further appointments to both the Environment & Sustainability Committee and the Peace & International Justice Committee of the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission.
If you have interest and expertise in these areas please send an expression of interest to phone 360 3037.
See for more information on the committees and on the work of the Commission.

Choral Vigil Mass for the Nativity of St John the Baptist

Come celebrate the Vigil Mass Saturday 23 June at 7.30 pm here at the Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph, 43 Wyndham Street.
With the Vocal Ensemble directed by James Tibbles.
Validated parking will be available at the Wilson car parks on Durham Lane ($2) and Hobson Street ($4).
Please bring your ticket with you to validate in the Auckland contact Rangi Davis Ph. 021 0274 7185

Caritas Emergency Appeal for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Since August, 700,00 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Many refugees have settled in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar. Though the Rohingya are now safe from persecution and being supported by organisations on the ground, they are now faced with the risk of flooding from monsoon rains. Heavy rain and high-winds may destroy shelters, create landslides and pose health risks. Caritas is working with Caritas Bangladesh and others to build retainer walls, stronger shelters and to meet the needs of the Rohingya people.
As Pope Francis said, “embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination, persecution, poverty and environmental degradation to leave their homelands.” The Rohingya are an example of his message. Caritas invites you to stand in solidarity with the Rohingya by supporting our emergency appeal. Right now, each donation is doubled (up to $250,000) by the New Zealand Aid Programme.
To give call 0800 22 10 22 or go online to

Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph Organ Series 2018

Saturdays at 6.00pm.
Our first Concert for the 2018 series is Wellington Organist Nicholas Sutcliffe.
Saturday June 30 at 6 pm.
The concert is FREE with a retiring collection.
Validated parking will be available at the Wilson car parks on Durham Lane ($2) and Hobson Street ($4).
Please bring your ticket with you to validate in the Cathedral.


Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • Jesuit ordained in Christchurch.
  • Daughter of modern saint to visit NZ.
  • Child forgoes birthday gifts to help Wellington cathedral.
  • Migrant communities fear for kids in secular New Zealand.


WEDNESDAY JUNE 20, 10.30am at the home of ESTER REES.
Ph. 4312662 or
42 TI KOUKA WAY, off Baldrock Road, Kaiwaka



At the end of June we will farewell our wonderful Parish Priest, Fr Quirico Cruz. Father has been with us for just over 16 months but he has made a touching impact on our Parish.
We wish him many blessings for his new post in the Philippines. Father has a birthday on 16th June and we will celebrate that with him as well on the 22nd.
WHAT: Pot Luck Dinner
WHEN: Friday 22nd June
WHERE: Wellsford Parish Centre
TIME: 6.00pm
If anybody would like to say a few words, it would be lovely and “help avoid a barrage from myself as usual!” (Michele’s words). We hope to see as many parishioners as possible for Father’s farewell and birthday celebration. BYO Drinks. Glasses provided.

PPC Minutes

The latest Parish Pastoral Council minutes can be viewed online at From the front page click on About Us then PPC

Prayer intentions for the week
Social Networks: That social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.

Special Intention:
For Father Quirico as he celebrates his birthday this week. May God’s grace continue to shine on Father Rico. Happy Birthday!

Prayers for our Sick:

Elmarie Bonfrer, Terry Boreham, Petronella Ter Veer, Matteo Gray, Brett Anderson & family, Maggie Everett, Tony Plunkett, Nell Graham, Therese Graham, Allison Poninghouse, Susan Faulkner, Christina Collins, Patricia Valkenberg, John Brljevich, Stephan & Patricia Vercoe, Christine Tayler, Rita McCurran, Marie McSweeney, Rosalie Walsh, Margaret Pride and Dallas & James Colville, that they will bear their suffering with courage and that they will be touched by God's healing hand.
(Please contact Marie 423 8907 or 0210544772 to have names added to or removed from the above)

Prayers for the Dead:

For those whose death anniversaries occur about now including Agica Lipanovich (18th ). May they have eternal rest.



Cheque Account
A rather scruffy-looking man came into a bank. Reaching the head of the line, he said to the teller, "I wanna open a damn checking account."

"Certainly, sir," answered the teller, "but there's no need to use that kind of language."

"Could you move it along man? I just wanna open a damn cheque account," growled the would-be customer.

"I'll be glad to be of service, sir," said the teller, flushing slightly, "but I would appreciate not being spoken to in that way."

"What the hell? Just let me open a damn cheque account, okay?"

"I'm afraid I'm going to have to speak to the branch manager," said the annoyed teller, slipping off his stool and returning shortly with a woman who asked how she could be of service.

"Hell, I just won the ten-million dollar lottery," snarled the man, "and all I wanna do is open a damn cheque account."

"I see," said the manager sympathetically. "And this MORON is giving you trouble?"

One evening a man drove his secretary home after she had worked late at the office and wasn't feeling well enough to drive herself. Although this was an innocent gesture, he decided not to mention it to his wife, who tended to get jealous easily.

Later that night the man and his wife were driving to a restaurant. Suddenly he looked down and spotted a high-heeled shoe half hidden under the passenger seat.

Not wanting to be conspicuous, he waited until his wife was looking out her window before he stealthily scooped up the shoe and tossed it out of the car. With a sigh of relief, he pulled into the restaurant parking lot.

That's when he noticed his wife squirming around in her seat. "Honey," she asked, "have you seen my other shoe?"

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