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Kia Ora,  Welcome     Sunday Mass Times
To Visitors To MaungaturotoSunday 8.30am
ST MARY'S PARISH           Mangawhai
Sunday 8.30am
Sunday 10.30am
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: 25th Feb 2018 - 2nd Sunday of LENT


    The observation of the English mystic poet William Blake that great things happen when men and mountains meet is true of such pivotal events in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures as Moses reception of the Ten Commandments on Mt Sinai and the transfiguration of Jesus on a high mountain
    In the latter instance, as recorded by all three synoptic writers and now included in the luminous mysteries of the rosary by St John Paul II, Jesus is revealed as the long-awaited Messiah. Accompanied by representatives of the Law and the Prophets (Moses and Elijah), he is transfigured in the presence of Peter, James and John. His human bodiliness becomes the vehicle through which his inner reality as God-Man shines forth. Surely, this was a source of hope to his disciples after Jesus' prediction of his death by crucifixion became a reality. Alluding to this event Peter wrote: We had been eyewitnesses of his majesty…while we were with him on the Holy mountain. (2 Peter 1:16-18).

‘We must restore hope to young people, help the old, and be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace’
Pope Francis


We are looking for helpers to assist with operating the organ (you don't need to be able to play it to do this), operating the laptop during mass, preparing the weekly mass slides, preparing the weekly newsletter. Individually, these are not big jobs but only become that way if they are left to just one person. It's up to every single one of us to share the load and be prepared to take a turn at doing at least one of these.
Enquiries to Marie Rambaud 423 8907


Enrolments for Years 7, 8 and 9 - Building Men of Courage since 1955
Venue: St Paul's College- 183 Richmond Road, Ponsonby.
Sessions: 9.30am & 1.45pm Date: Thursday 8th of March, 2018
Assembly in the College Chapel, followed by a tour.


Everyone welcome. We meet the 1st & 3 rd Wednesday of each month to study & pray the coming Sundays Gospel
Venue: 11 Kagan Ave, Mangawhai Time: 2pm Starts: Wednesday 7th of February, 2018


This is a workshop for parish musicians, cantors and choirs. There are 3 parts to this workshop.
  1. Exploring liturgy.
  2. The parish repertoire.
  3. Priorities for deciding what we sing.
To register, email
Date: Thursday 8 th March,2018 Time: 7pm
Venue: Pompallier Centre- 30 New St. Ponsonby.


To break the cycle of poverty for vulnerable children
2 week trip to NPH Mexico and Guatemala children's homes/schools in May 2018.
13 month volunteers also needed for July 2018 or Jan 2019 intake.
Please call Loren 09 216 0635 or email for more information.


Date: Thursday 1 st March,2018 Time: 12pm
Venue: St Mary's Parish- Wellsford.


Date: Wednesday 28 th February,2018 Time: 10.30am
Venue: Jude and Ron Gillian- 14 Longview, Road
Phone: 431 5386


Will be celebrated at 7pm each Friday during Lent and each First Friday of the month during the rest of the year.
Venue: St Mary's Parish- Wellsford.

PPC Minutes

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

Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:

  • What NZ’s young people want from Church.
  • New Maori leaders needed.
  • Bishop Browne returns home to Auckland.
  • Hearts Aflame fosters deepening of faith



  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. Start Time: 9am Auction: Good variety of Quality items for the auction. We need:
  • Helpers on the day. As many as possible needed to help put stuff out from 6.30am. Plus people to “man” the stalls.
  • Helpers in the 2 weeks leading up to the auction, to help sort items at the church.
Gala Day- Volunteers Work Chart is hanging on the Kitchen Notice Board- please place your name beside an available task for the day.
Enquiries to Ken Hancock 423 7982 or Marie Rambaud 423 8907

104 The Drive, Epsom. 09 638-6238

  1. Pondering St John’s Gospel:
    • Five weekly presentations during Lent with Fr Stuart Sellar, first session Thurs 22 Feb 7-9pm. $15 ($60 all 5 sessions)
  2. Introduction to Dreamwork 101 with Margaret Bowater Fri 23/Sat 24 Feb. $130
  3. CANCELLED - The Healing Power of Singing CANCELLED with Trio A Due at St Mary’s Historic Chapel, Sat 24 Feb. $60 ($110 for 2 pers)
  4. Introduction to Dreamwork 101 - 1 PLACE LEFT with MARGARET BOWATER 23 & 24 Feb (9hrs). $130.
  5. Reconnecting Broken Connections: Using one Te Ao Maori approach of Whakawhanaungatanga and Hohourongo with RANGI DAVIS, Tues 27 Feb. 7-9pm $15

Contact us if you would like a booklet for full information or if you wish to book: or

Prayer intentions for the week
For the victims of the Kiribati ferry tragedy,
we pray that the search and rescue team will find their bodies and bring them home to their families and loved ones. We pray for all those who have lost loved ones.

For Church leaders,
that they will help all people in their search for Jesus

For all those affected by cyclone Gita,
that they will find the faith and sustenance they need to overcome their current predicament

For all families,
that they will grow in unity and will care for their weakest members

Prayers for our Sick:

Helen Reynolds, Marie McSweeney, Rosalie Walsh, Lucy Binning, James & Dallas Colville, Glen Partridge, Lucy Maynard, Patricia & Stephan Vercoe, Elmarie Bonfrer, Merv Cotter, Trevor Sykes, Terry Boreham, Petronella Ter Veer, Matteo Gray, Maggie Everett, Tony Plunkett, Allison Poninghouse, Susan Faulkner, Nanette Matheson, Christina Collins, Patricia Valkenberg, John Brljevich, Stephan & Patricia Vercoe, Christine Tayler, Rita McCurran 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, Myrtle Lambert, Jacinta Louise Schicker, John William Peacock, Minnie Langton and James Alexander Irvine . May they be granted eternal rest.


Message in a bottle
A ragged individual stranded for several months on a small, deserted island one day noticed a bottle lying in the sand with a piece of paper in it.

Rushing to the bottle, he pulled out the cork and with shaking hands pulled out the message.

"Due to lack of maintenance," he read, "we regretfully have found it necessary to cancel your e-mail account."
Golf trainee

A retiree was given a set of golf clubs by his co-workers. Thinking he'd try the game, he asked the local pro for lessons, explaining that he knew nothing whatever of the game.

The pro showed him the stance and swing, then said, "Just hit the ball toward the flag on the first green."

The novice teed up and smacked the ball straight onto the green, where it stopped inches from the hole. "Now what?" the fellow asked the speechless pro.

"Uh... you're supposed to hit the ball into the cup," the pro finally said, after he was able to speak again.

"Oh great! NOW you tell me!" said the beginner.

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