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14th November 2021

This Sunday:  
1 Kings 17:10-16; Hebrews 9:24 28; Mark 12:38-44.
Next Sunday:   Daniel 12:1-13; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32

This week in the parish....


In many places in our world climate change has caused some terrible catastrophes. Whole towns and villages have been annihilated by raging fires or massive floods. Some people, dazed by the horrible experiences, have thought it was the end of the world and even used the word “apocalypse” to describe what it was like. Indeed it was the end of their world; life would never be the same for them again.

Having this in mind we can realize what a catastrophic event the destruction of the Temple was in 70 AD when the Romans invaded Jerusalem, razed the Temple to the ground, destroyed the city and crucified thousands of Jews. What language could possibly describe such a time!

When Jesus foretold the event he used the only sort of language that would do it justice – the same prophetic, apocalyptic language found in the Book of Daniel and in Isaiah 13:10 & 34:4, darkened skies, a quenched moon and stars falling from the sky. This is not a prediction of the end of the world but it would be the end of their world – the close of their Temple-centred way of life – that generation would not disappear until it had all happened.

Many cults and sections of Christianity pounce on texts such as these to predict the end of the world and such predictions are an insult to Jesus, who himself did not predict “the day or the hour” for that is known “only to the Father”.

Nor are end time predictions meant to fill us with fear because they will signal the victory of God over all evil and injustice.

Jesus’ profound message to us in all these “end of the world” readings is always the same as in the following verse 35 “Stay alert, because you don’t know when the Master is going to come. It might be at evening, at midnight, at dawn or in the morning – you don’t want that coming to be sudden and find you asleep.”

In other words, “live each day as if it is your last and one day you will be right.”


Hibiscus Coast Parish Zoom Mass

Fr Raphael invites you all to join in our zoom Parish Mass
On Monday to Saturday at 9.30am
and Sunday Mass at 11am.

Please use the link below for all Masses:


Meeting ID: 886 5266 2763. Passcode: Mass


“Synodality is the way of being the Church today according to the will of God, in a dynamic of discerning and listening together to the voice of the Holy Spirit.” Pope Francis

By convening this Synod, Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and participation in mission. In 2015 he noted that “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” Following in the wake of the renewal of the Church proposed by the Second Vatican Council, this common journey together is both a gift and a task. By reflecting together on our journey so far, the diverse members of the Church learn from one another’ s experiences and perspectives, guided by the Holy Spirit (PD, 1). Enlightened by God’ s Word and united in prayer, we will discern the processes to seek God’ s will and pursue the pathways to which God calls us – towards deeper communion, fuller participation, and greater openness to fulfilling our mission in the world. This is a unique and exciting time to be Church.

For advice, guidance and resources for this stage of the synod people are encouraged to go to the diocesan website. As more resources are gathered and further information is released it will be uploaded. To find out more about this process including how to get involved head to the website
where you can read all about it and download information.

A request was made as a result of the information sessions held for a fuller explanation of the Synod process in a manner that could be distributed to faith communities. As a result, a Participation booklet has been prepared that both explains the Synod and provides further details about the themes, methods of submitting responses and more. This can be downloaded from the above website.

Remembering Our Deceased Loved Ones

We invite you during the month of November to light a candle in your home each day, perhaps at a meal-time, and spend a few minutes remembering and praying for your deceased family members or people who have touched your life. You may like to get some photos out and make a little display for reflection.

What is Operation Christmas Child?

Operation Christmas Child is a hands-on way for you to bless children in need by packing a Christmas gift box online with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and fun gifts.

Boxes will be distributed to children living in vulnerable situations.

For more information go to
and help to brighten a child’s Christmas this year.

World Youth Day 2021 - Sunday 21 November, 7pm - Stand Up!

Stand up and get excited for World Youth Day 2021!

Bishop Patrick Dunn, Bishop Michael Gielen and the ACYM team invite you to join us on Facebook Live to celebrate World Youth Day, as we live out this year’s theme of

“Stand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen.”

Converge // Youth & Young Adult Leaders Gathering Sunday 28 Nov, 7pm

In the wake of World Youth Day, our youth and young adult leaders are invited to join us for an evening of fun, formation and sharing their feedback. Featuring Fr Rob Galea and plenty of familiar faces, we’re excited to dive into the conversation of how we can journey together!

Hibiscus Coast Parish Youth

There will be a Life Teen Summer camp 14-18 January 2022 at YMCA camp, Hunua. An opportunity for youths 13-17 years old to experience a week of fun activities to bring them closer to God, and an opportunity to build long lasting friendships. We are planning to send a group from our parish, so if you are interested, please email

For more details go to

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Hibiscus Coast Catholic Parish & Hibiscus Coast Parish Youth

The Great Diocesan Christmas Quiz Sunday 5 Dec, 7pm

Back by popular demand! After having such a blast at our first quiz night, we’re back with another opportunity to win up to $500 for your parish school or faith community. Grab your best Christmas outfit and join us for another night of trivia-filled fun!

We pray for:

All the sick in our community including Pat Wotherspoon and Wendy Hope, and for Kiera Donnelly who is recovering from a spinal surgery.
All the deceased, especially Morval Winchester and those whose anniversaries occur around this time.
For those who are suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic, that God will bring healing and strength to those in need.

Caritas New Zealand

Caritas New Zealand is the NZ Catholic Bishops’ agency for justice, peace, and development.
We work for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief. Our mission is love in action. Currently we are seeking a Kaiwhakahaere Matua Chief Executive to oversee the day-to-day management of the organisation, the delivery of its strategy, and the proactive engagement with its communities and partners.
The CEO will build strong relationships to promote the work and profile of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and be proactive at seeking key networking opportunities. For those seeking a fantastic career opportunity committed to service, this role represents a compelling next career step. Candidates can apply online at
To apply by email, please attach your cover letter and CV and send to quoting 7881WC.
Applications close on 22 November 2021 at 9.00am. Emails will be electronically acknowledged and further correspondence may be by email. For more information, please phone Nicholas Buck on 027 474 5366.

Calling all Artists, Crafters and Hobbyists!

If you a busy making beautiful art or knitting or photos during lockdown but aren't sure what to do with all your beautiful product? We are aiming for an art Auction in the summer, to raise funds for families hit hard by lockdown.

No date yet as we need it to be safe, but now is your chance to donate your wonderful creations and potentially give purpose to your work.

So keep on creating, and know that at the other end it will help people in need.

If you need more information or have questions contact Claire on 09 4204045 or

The Ruth Miller Scholarship

Bishop Patrick Dunn, the Catholic Bishop of Auckland, is pleased to call for applications for the Ruth Miller Scholarship for study at Te Kupenga Catholic Theological College. This scholarship will be available for a selected number of people who intend to do one or more Theology papers at Te Kupenga Catholic Theological College towards a Bachelor of Theology degree in 2022.

For further information about this scholarship and to receive an application form, please contact Catherine Ryan, Vicar for Education, Email:

The closing date for applications is 3 DECEMBER 2021

Vacancy – School Nurse

Marcellin College is currently looking for a school nurse, for details please click on the link


The NZ Catholic is available in digital form at:

Christmas Cards, Daily Mass Calendars and Columban Calendars

We will not be selling Christmas cards in the church foyers this year.
Parishioner Anne Pretorius at Never Ending Books, Shop 4, The Village, 1 Moenui Avenue, Orewa will be selling cards on our behalf.

Her supply has arrived and cards will be on sale from $1.00 to $2.50 each, as well as packs of eight for $4.50 or $5.00 dependent on size. While shopping for cards you may even find some ideal Christmas gifts for family and friends or purchase your copy of God’s Word 2022.

We are hoping to get our supply of daily Mass calendars and Columban calendars before Advent. These will be on sale in the parish office and after Mass on Sundays when our churches open again.

Resources in times of Lockdown

  • The diocese has a number of resources available on its website to support people at this time
    This also has a program of events that are available in the diocese during this time.

  • For those at level 2 will be a useful resource.

  • A reminder that the diocese continues to provide broadcast Sunday Mass.
    It is uploaded at 5.30pm Saturday night (as per a Vigil Mass time) to the Youtube channel Auckland Catholic
    It is also broadcast on Shine TV Sundays at 2.00pm Free-to-air TV Channel 25, Sky TV Channel 201.
  • Daily Reflections from Bishops Pat and Michael Reflections from the Bishops on Facebook Bishop Pat and Bishop Michael

  • Online Sessions (Daytime):
    Notices from Titipounamu Study & Joy

    Ignatian Imaginative Contemplation – Praying with Imagination with Laetitia Puthenpadath.
    Thursdays, 22 November, 2-3,30pm. ZOOM. Koha/Donation.

    Online Sessions (Evening):

    Infancy Narratives & Nativity Scenes with Kieran Fenn fms and Beate Matthies.
    Mondays, 22 November and 06 December, 7-8.30pm. ZOOM. Koha/Donation.

    For more information and registration:

    Everything Blessed

    Is a Kiwi youth initiative launched to support Christian artists during this time of covid where they can promote and sell their artworks online. Our Team are all practising Catholics from New Zealand and we hope to have a few more Christian artists joining us soon.


    Let's take a look at a few words and what they really mean!

    * Adult: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.

    * Bathroom: A room used by the entire family, believed by all except Mom to be self-cleaning.

    * Date: Infrequent outings with Dad where Mom can enjoy worrying about the kids in a different setting.

    * Empty Nest: See "Wishful Thinking."

    * Fable: A story told by a teenager arriving home after curfew.

    * Gum: Adhesive for the hair.

    * Junk: Dad's stuff.

    * Kiss: Mom's medicine.

    The man of the house ?

    The husband had just finished a book on how to be "the man of the house."

    He stormed in the door and walked directly up to his wife. Pointing a finger in her face, he said, "From now on, I want you to know that I am the man of this house, and my word is law! I want you to prepare me a gourmet meal tonight, and after I have finished eating, I expect a rich dessert afterward.
    Then, after dinner you're going to draw me my bath so I can relax. And when I'm finished, guess who's going to dress me and comb my hair?"

    His wife replied, "The funeral director."

    During the lockdowns our weekly newsletter was still being produced.
    Please pass the message on to others that if they would like the newsletter sent to them directly, to visit the parish website and

    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
    Janet Dimbleby; 427 5850
    Raewyn Taylor; 424 1414
    Maree Lochead; 428 4648

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