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2nd Sunday of Advent - Year B

10th December 2017

This Sunday:  
Is.40:1-5,9-11: Psalm 85 : 2Peter 3:8-14 : Mark 1:1-8
Next Sunday:   Is. 61:1-2,10-11 : Magnificat : 1Thess. 5:16-24 : John 1:6-8,19-28

This week in the parish....

Mon 11 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 12 7.00pm Prayer Group, St Francis
  7.15pm R.C.I.A., St John’s
Wed 13 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, St John’s
Thurs 14 11.00am Stella Maris Prize-Giving, St John’s
  4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.00pm Rite II, St John’s
Fri 15 9.00am Rosary prayers, St Francis

Rite II Reconciliation at St John’s Church on Thursday 14 December, 7.00pm.

Today’s gospel - Reflection...

Today we read from the final chapters of the Book of Isaiah.
This amazing passage helps us to understand the wonder and joy with which the apostolic generation read the texts of the Old Testament, and recognised that they had been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. ‘Console my people, console them, speak to their hearts’; let the ‘joyful messenger’ proclaim God’s presence in their midst; God will lead the exiled people home through the wilderness, in a new Exodus; Israel’s God will be ‘like a shepherd feeding his flock, gathering the lambs in his arms’.

This Old Testament text provides the background for the gospel reading, which is the opening passage of Mark’s gospel – ‘the beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ the Son of God’. It is echoed by Mark, in his quotation from ‘the book of the prophet Isaiah’. John the Baptist appears as the ‘messenger’ foretold.
He ‘prepares a way’ for the Saviour, who – in his Paschal Mystery – will lead God’s people in the final Exodus of God’s great plan. He will prove himself a ‘Good Shepherd’ to a people ‘harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd’ (Mt 9:36).
Mark’s description of the Baptist – wearing ‘a garment of camel skin’ and living on ‘locusts and wild honey’ – presents him as another Elijah: the old prophet whose witness to the unique divinity of the God of Israel made him a legendary model of the prophet’s role. John’s ‘baptism of repentance’ prepared for the coming of the Saviour; and all generations of Christians have been inspired by his humble ‘Advent’ witness to the one who would ‘baptise with the Holy Spirit’ – ‘I am not fit to kneel down and undo the strap of his sandals’.

Fr. John Thornhill

Christmas Hamper Appeal
Thank you to all the parishioners who have made up a Christmas hamper.
The hampers, together with the profile sheet, need to be delivered to St. John’s or St. Francis’ today, Sunday 10 December.
If for any reason you cannot deliver on time, please contact Ken at 427-9106 so that alternative arrangements can be made.

Singers are invited ...

    To join the music group at the Christmas Vigil and midnight Masses.
    Please contact Eileen, 021 2804044.

Pope Francis ....
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!”

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Barbara Hobman, Tom Gregory and Peter Cowlishaw.
We pray for all the deceased including Colleen Parsons and Barry Kelliher.
We pray too for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Rite II Reconciliation
North Shore Deanery

Sun 10 Dec - Beach Haven - 5.30pm
Mon 11 Dec - Takapuna - 7.00pm
Wed 13 Dec - Northcote - 7.00pm
Thur 14 Dec - St John’s, Orewa - 7.00pm
Fri 15 Dec - Glenfield - 7.00pm

Christmas 8.30am Mass, St Francis:
If there are any families who have children who would like to be part of a Christmas play please ring Catherine Birt 09 424 0134.
There will be one practice in the week before Christmas.

Memorial Garden - St John’s:
To assist in keeping the area tidy, we would ask you please to not put flowers, ornaments or religious artefacts on the memorial plots.
Flowers may be left on the plot on the day of interment and will be removed when wilted. A number of artefacts were removed from the plots when maintenance work was recently done in the memorial garden. These may be collected from the parish. office.

Cuppa after Mass
Please stay for a cuppa after 10.15am Mass today.

Christmas Masses:
We are still needing four Extraordinary Ministers of Communion for the 10.15am Mass.
Please add your name to the list in the foyer if you are available.

Gardening Coordinator:
Needed for St Francis church grounds. Our current gardening coordinator Ron Stephenson has had to retire due to other commitments. 
We need an active person who has some gardening knowledge and is able to organise working bees on an as required basis.
If you are able to help with this important role, please contact Theresa in the Parish office.

Get your Catholic Christmas presents from ....
Never Ending Books, Shop 4, The Village, 1 Moenui Ave, Orewa – Christmas Card packs and singles; children's’ and adults’ bibles; gold & silver crosses and crucifixes with presentation boxes; God’s Word 2018.
Ring Anne, 426 6457.

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

The parish office will be unattended ...
From 22 December to 29 January inclusive as Theresa is taking a long awaited holiday to South Africa.
If you need her assistance with any administration issues, please contact her in the next fortnight.

To be collected from the foyer:
5.30pm Ministers’ rosters
10.15am Ministers’ rosters

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.

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Auckland Youth Ministry:
To find out about all the events and activities that are happening in our region visit

Eucharistic Adoration at St John’s:
Will end for the year on Thursday 14 December and resume on Monday 22 January 2018.
During the summer months Adoration will be held in the church.

Rental Required:
Garden flat/unit in the general HBC area for a female retired parishioner.
Contact Trinnah, 021 08798244.

Hibiscus Coast Singers’ ‘Pastyme with Good Company’ concert ....
At Red Beach Methodist Church, 76 Red Beach Road, on Saturday 9 December, 7.30pm and Sunday 10 December, 2.30pm.
Tickets are available from choir members, or phone (09) 424 1923 or at the door. Adults $35, $20 for Seniors/students and children are free.
Featuring Janet Gibbs as accompanist, Norman Firth and introducing oboist Felicity Hanlon.
All welcome to attend.


St John’s: There will be no Monday or Thursday Meditation between 15 December and 7 January.
St Francis: Meditation will end on 20 December and resume on 10 January 2018.

Exists for a Coordinator at the Diocesan Liturgy Centre.
See the noticeboard for more details.

Christmas Mass Times

  • Christmas Eve - St John’s:
    • 5.30pm - Vigil Mass
    • 11.15pm - Carol Service
    • Midnight - Christmas Mass
  • Christmas Day
    • 8.30am - St Francis’
    • 10.15am - St John’s

Extensive pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan ...
Planned for 29 April–19  May 2018.
For full brochure and itinerary, contact Pukekohe Travel 0800 785 386 or  to Mir Pilgrimages, 0274 219 064. 

On Sale after Mass today:
Christmas cards ($5 per pack of 8)
Columban calendars - $12
Daily Mass calendars - $3 and
Latest edition of the NZ Catholic - $4.

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Hibiscus Coast Parish Pastoral Care

The Sacrament of Anointing:
The Catholic Church offers the sacrament of Anointing to its members who are seriously sick or frail, undergoing surgery or approaching death. Please don’t hesitate to request anointing for yourself or a family member at these times. 
Please contact Fr John, (09) 426 5599 Ext 2.
If Fr John is unavailable please contact Deacon Murray, (09) 424 7465, or Deacon Greg, 027 603 5132.

Hospital Visits and Chaplaincy:
If you or any of your family are a patient at North Shore Hospital or other hospital and wish us to know,
please contact Deacon Murray, (09) 424 7465 or 021 994 703. 
If you would like a visit from a hospital chaplain please let the staff know or phone (09) 358 0825 Ext 1019.

Care and Share:
A caring network in the parish catering to the requirements of the sick, lonely and people in need.
Contact Truus Tinsel - 426 9548.

Ministry to the Sick & Infirm:
Those who are sick or infirm, and who wish to receive Holy Communion in their home or place of residence,
please contact our Communion to the Sick coordinator, Deacon Greg Murphy, 02. 6035132 or

Home Visits:
Fr Peter Gray, a retired priest of Auckland diocese, living in the parish, enjoys visiting parishioners in their homes.
If you would like a visit from him, phone (09) 428 5376. Prayer Chain:
Please phone any of the members listed on the noticeboard in the foyer, if you require prayers for a special intention.

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Is anyone sick?
Call upon the church community to pray for you (James5:14).
Please telephone any of the parishioners listed below.
We would love to pray for your intentions in our daily prayers.

Norma McGrath (Coordinator); 424-8460
Maureen Nancarrow; 426 7921
Ursula Taylor; 426 7970
Janet Dimbleby; 427 5850
Kerry Johnson; 424 2854
Raewyn Taylor; 424 1414
Judy Gooding; 424 1008

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