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|Kia Ora, Welcome
||Sunday Mass Times|
|To Visitors To
|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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22nd October 2017 - 29th Sunday Ordinary Time
In today's Gospel, the Pharisees
and the Herodians ask Jesus a tricky
and embarrassing question in order to
trap him: “Is it lawful to pay taxes to
Caesar, or not?” For the nationalistic
Jews saw the payment of taxes as
illegal while those who feared the
Romans saw the refusal to pay taxes as
inciting rebellion. So when Jesus was
asked about the lawfulness of paying
taxes to the Roman emperor, he was
actually put into a trap. Either yes or no
would make him an enemy of the
Romans or of the oppressed
nationalistic Jews. Jesus' sharp response
has the tone of righteous indignation;
he perceived their malicious intent. The
issue was really not payment of taxes
but their hypocrisy. Jesus embarrassed
and outwitted them with his answer:
“Render to Caesar what is Caesar's and
to God what is God's.”
The Gospel teaches us that we need
to be loyal to legitimate authorities, be
they civil or divine. They exist for
human welfare and every citizen has the
responsibility to contribute towards
Fr. George C. Mathew SS
“Our prayer cannot be limited to an hour on Sunday. We must have a close
relationship with the Lord.” Pope Francis
Stations of the Cross
At Wellsford Church on the 1 st Friday of every month at 7pm. Reconciliation to follow.
October - Month of the Holy Rosary
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The rosary has been described as
a small catechism, for the mysteries contain the life of Jesus and Mary who is always,
like the church, associated with the work of Jesus. During this month the Rosary will be
prayed every Sunday before Mass at all centres. Starting approximately 15 – 20
minutes before Mass.
Mangawhai House Mass
Wednesday 25th October at the home of Pamela Downes, 11 Kagan Avenue, Ph. 431
5623, 021 039 0298 email@example.com
Trainee Newsletter Editor
We are looking for someone willing to be trained as a back up to Marie as newsletter
editor. As long as you have access to email and are familiar with word type documents
you can do it. You don't need to live in Wellsford as the finished copy can be emailed for
photocopying. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or Ph. 021 0544 772 for more info.
Retreat Day for Parish Ministers of Music
Ministers of music (directors, instrumentalists, choir members, cantors) work hard at
their ministry throughout the year. This day is offered as an opportunity to step aside,
rest, pray and be nourished by the Word.
St John the Evangelist Church, Orewa,
November 11 th , 10am - 3.30pm. Cost $10, lunch provided.
Please register for the retreat
at the Liturgy Centre (09 360 3061) or email@example.com
Mission Sunday is 22nd October 2017
Donations can be sent to P O Box 43226 Wainuiomata Lower Hutt. Ph 04 472 2210,
firstname.lastname@example.org Online donation: https://missio.nz/donate or ANZ 060411 0021447 00
The Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph Organ Series 2017
Saturdays at 6 - 43 Wyndham St Auckland. Our final concert in the series is our own Cathedral Organist
and Director of Music, James Tibbles on 28 th October at 6pm. James is a renowned
organist and he presents for us a programme that he played in concert in Amsterdam
earlier this month called Bach's Leipzig. The concert is FREE with a retiring collection.
Validated parking available at the Wilson's car parks on Durham Lane ($2) & Hobson St
($4). Please bring your ticket wit you to validate in the Cathedral.
Bishops Jubilee Bursaries
The bursary is to assist financially those wishing to study theology or religious education
at university level and are personally involved in some way in the mission of the Church
in the Auckland Diocese. Many parishioners have been helped in their studies since the
bursary was inaugurated in the year 2000. The current bursary is for Semester 1, 2018
and applications close Thursday 16th November 2017.
Donation Totals for September 2017
Wellsford $1171.70, Mangawhai $746.00, Maungaturoto $715.30.
Headlines from the latest issue of NZ Catholic:
- Catholic Enquiry Centre aims to reach new generation.
- Patience urged in wait for new Mass translation.
- Thoughts after the death of Hugh Hefner.
- Akld cathedral character often there 24/7
- Second arch discovered in Rome
500th Anniversary of the Reformation
The reformation was a time of conflict and challenge. 500 years on there is still healing
and hurt between Christians and it is good for Catholics to acknowledge this anniversary
and revisit some of the history.
The 31st October 2017 marks 500 years since Martin
Luther King initially wrote his 95 Theses which had a significant impact upon the
Catholic Church and the shape of many organisations, ideas and structures that would
come to mark the modern era.
A Reflection Day on the Theme of Forgiveness
“It is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive.” What does it mean to
forgive and be forgiven? We will use Scripture and stories from life to explore
forgiveness and how the capacity to forgive and to be forgiven frees us to live more fully
and in peace with ourselves and others.
Facilitator: Ann Neven rsj. Saturday 4 th
November 10am – 3pm. Mary MacKillop Centre, 56 Selwyn Ave Mission Bay.
$30 waged and $20 unwaged. Bring own lunch. Tea and coffee provided.
by Wednesday 1 st Nov to Auckland.MMKCentre@sosj.org.au or ph. 09 528 1801.
Christian Meditation Retreat
Everything that is, is Holy. A Retreat delving into the life and teaching of Thomas
Merton led by Fr Raymond Schmack. Held at St Francis Retreat House, 50 Hillsborough
Rd, Hillsborough. November 17 – 19.
For more information contact Charmainne Ph. 09
266 7651 or 0274 800 418 or email@example.com
The Catholic Discipleship College is looking for a faithful and energetic person to join
our team in Feb/March 2018. They will be responsible for both administration and
fundraising. Good written and administration skills are essential and we would prefer
someone who wants to be an active member of the CDC community. Please send
enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer intentions for the week
Workers and the Unemployed:
That all workers may receive respect and
protection of their rights, and that the
unemployed may receive the opportunity
to contribute to the common good.
That our new government will lead and
govern with integrity and that their
integrity will guide them, particularly in
decisions that affect vulnerable members
of our society.
Prayers for our Sick:
Merv Cotter, Trevor Sykes, Terry Boreham,
Petronella Ter Veer, Matteo Gray, 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 Clement Joseph
(18/10/06), Debbie Oldfield (23/10/00),
Margaret Bonner (24/10/08), Pauline Toye
(26/10/15), Murray Greig (28/10/15). Rex
Parker (29/10/95), Miza Yelas (29/10/62)
and Frank Vallance (29/10/75),
Here's a quick quiz, you can scroll down for the answers. There are four questions. They are not that difficult.
1. How do you put an elephant into the fridge?
Answer: Open the door, put in the elephant, close the door.
2. How do you put a giraffe into the fridge?
Answer: Open the door, take out the elephant, put in the giraffe, close the door.
3. The animals are having an animal meeting. All the animals attend except for one. Which one does not attend?
Answer: The giraffe. It's still in the fridge.
4. You must cross a mosquito-infested river. How do you manage it?
Answer: You swim across. All of the animals are attending the animal meeting.
There was a businesswoman who had just completed a huge development project for an obscenely rich investor.
When she was leaving the investor's office he offered her diamonds, rubies and a silver-plated luxury car, but she declined.
The investor insisted, so she said that she just started to golf and maybe a set of golf clubs would be nice.
A few weeks later she received a message from him: "So far I have bought you three golf clubs. I hope you aren't disappointed that only two of them have swimming pools."
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