19th Sunday Ordinary Time
During this time of year when we are reflecting upon the Bread of Life discourse of John’s Gospel and looking at the future development of our parish, it is an appropriate time to review our participation in the Sunday Mass:
How well do we celebrate?
Is it a real celebration or simply a religious exercise?
Is it characterized by integrity between our words and our actions in celebrating?
Is our celebration just a matter of ritual tokens?
How can our celebration be improved?
How true is it to our vision of the Eucharist?
Is it an exclusivist affair or the work of the whole community?
How interested are we in its music?
Can we make the eating and drinking we speak about an actual fact?
Can we establish links between this meal and those who cannot or do not come to it?
How can our banquet reflect our care about the global food-situation and the environment?
Do we need more ministers at our gathering charged with various tasks?
The list can go on as it should reflect the particular situation of the parish. “A community that meets each week should be willing for a short period every three years to stop and take a look at what it is doing – such review processes are taken for granted in every other area of life – and the ‘Bread section’ is an ideal occasion once every three years.”
Peter Murphy (borrowed from Thomas O’Loughlin, Liturgical Resources for the Year of Mark)
Parish Feast Day and Patronal Feast for Aotearoa, New Zealand
NEXT Sunday 16 August
The Assumption of our Lady
– all are invited to wear their national costume, School Ministry Mass 10.30am
– please bring lunch to share in the hall afterwards.
Catechumenate Programme – Evenings of Enquiry and Information
– evenings continue this Tuesday 11, then 18 and 25 August, 1 and 8 September. Ryder Room.
If you know anyone who would like to know more about the Catholic Faith please let them know.
Ecumenical Environmental Group– meets this Tuesday – August 11 at Crossroads Methodist, 7.30pm – planning for the Season of Creation. Ph Judith 2681884
Where We Gather, Workshop by Liturgical Design Consultant: Sunday 13 September, 1.30 – 4.30 pm, Christ the King Church, 260 Richardson Road, Owairaka. This workshop is intended for all and its aim is to deepen awareness, understanding and appreciation of the liturgical principles involved in the design of our places of worship. It will have relevance to people from all parishes, not only those from parishes intending renovation or re-building in the future. For more information see the poster on the noticeboard, or phone Teresa Wackrow 09 360 3042, email: email@example.com
Want to support parents and children in the Papakura Community?
Our Parish Playgroup is looking for a new coordinator. We need someone who is willing to spend a couple of hours each week to attend sessions and assist the Playgroup Committee with planning and administration. Lots of support and resources available. Some reimbursement to cover costs.
Please contact Barbara 299 8070, 027 476 1419
Children’s Liturgy – for children 4 – 8yrs, Sundays 10.30am Mass.
Holy Rosary – 8.30am weekdays
The statue of Our Lady is available for families, your name to the list in the foyeror ph Jean 2965486
Stations of the Cross – 5pm Fridays. Michael Sharp ph 298 9295
Legion of Mary – Meetings Tuesdays at 5.30pm in the hall committee room.
Medjugorje prayer meetings: Mondays, 4pm @ 2/1 Clark Rd, Joseph 2982297.
Mothers Prayers. Wednesdays 1-3pm – Ryder Rm, Jean Keown 2984502.
Choir – meets each Wednesday for practice, newcomers welcome. Ph Judith 2681884
Music for Mass: Choir practices Wednesdays at 7pm, to join please contact Judith ph 2681884
Meditation Groups: Tuesdays 9.40am Fr Ryder Rm and Tuesdays 5pm – 8A Ashdown Place, Bev 2989943 and Thursdays 7.30pm, 51A Willis Rd, Richard 9088566
St Vincent de Paul Office and Shop Mary 2984622/shop 2965052
Knitting group each 2nd and 4th Tuesday – 1-3 pm Ryder Rm. Jenny ph 2977292 .
English classes Thursdays, Ryder Room at 10am, all welcome. Jenny ph 2977292
Playgroup – Wednesday mornings 9am – 12noon, hall, welcome.
Exercise Classes – Tuesdays/Thursdays Parish Hall 10-11am
– low impact exercise in your own time to music while seated or standing, come join us.
Working Bee Group – help around your home – gardening, cleaning etc ph Lavinia Tuila 0211875889
ALONE AGAIN? Widowed, Separated or Divorced? The Beginning Experiencea well-established programme with the motto “Weekend Away for a Lifetime of Change”. Designed to help people work through their painful loss. Participants find new hope, increased emotional health and renewed energy.
11-13 Sept, Contacts: Bev (09)298-9943, or David 027-440-2105 visitwww.beginningexperience.org.nz
Mercy Spirituality Centre, 104 The Drive, Epsom, Ph 638 6238 firstname.lastname@example.org
Congregational Panel –find out about the different religious orders in NZ. Fri 21 Aug, 7-9pm, $15
Dreamwork: Dreams of Death, Grief & Healing with Margaret Bowater, Fri 21 August, 6pm-9pm and Sat 22 August , 9.30am-4.30pm, $120
Muffin Meeting – Rooted in the Lives of the Poor: Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker with Mary Betz, Wed 9 September 2015, 10am-12 noon, $15
The Book of Ruth – Weekend Retreat Mary MacKillop Centre 56 Selwyn Avenue Mission Bay – exploring themes of journey, fullness and emptiness, transition, grace and blessing, change of heart, presence of God and commitment. Facilitator: Christina Neunzerling rsj
Friday Aug 28, 7pm – 8.30pm, Saturday 29, 9am-4pm, Sunday 30 Aug 10am – 1pm/ Live in $150/Live Out $ 80 incl.meals. Register:email@example.com 09 528 5204 or 021 0227 8293
Pilgrimage to the unholy land – reflections on a recent visit to Bethlehem.
A talk by Kevin and Barbara McBride and Mike and Liz Beazley
Thursday 20 August 7-8.30 pm. The Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland Central. Cost: Koha.
To register ph 377- 5541 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hugh Owen from the Kolbe Center, Virginia, USA,
Two seminars with biologist and microbiologist, Michael Surrey. Hugh will also be speaking at a Fatima conference with Clare Dargaville.
Wednesday 19 August, St. Patrick’s parish, 133 Seddon St, Pukekohe 7pm Mass, 7pm-9.30pm Seminar. Friday 21 August, Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St. Ponsonby; 7pm – 9.30pm Seminar.
Saturday 22 August, Fatima Conference, 94 Taikata Rd. Te Atatu, 9am – 5pm. (includes Mass)
Beachaven Gifts in the foyer today, religious items available including those in recognition of New Zealand’s patronal and our own parish Feast day – (eftpos available)
Morning Tea for all in the Ryder Room after 8.30 Mass – hosted by the Tongan Community.
Parish Retreat – Saturday 17 October
La Valla, Tuakau. Speaker: Dr Tony Molloy.
Nothing is more practical than finding God;
that is, than
Falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final, way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination,
will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in love, stay in love
and it will decide everything. Fr Arrupe SJ
Parish Family Pilgrimage Motuti
January 23-25 – 2016 – see noticeboard