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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

14th October 2018

This Sunday:  
Wis 7:7-11 : Psalm 90 : Heb 4:12-13 : Mark 10:17-30
Next Sunday:   Is 53:10-11 : Psalm 33 : Heb 4:14-16 : Mark 10:35-45

This week in the parish....

Mon 15 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 16 7.00pm Prayer Group, ph. Barbara, 424 1130 for venue 
  7.00pm Liturgy meeting, St John’s 
  7.30pm RCIA enquiry evening, St John’s chapel
Wed 17 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, Hall
Thurs 18 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.00pm PPC, St John’s  
Fri 19 9.00am Rosary prayers, St Francis


    Pope Francis’ call to holiness in today’s world (Gaudete et Exsultate - 19.3.18) gave notice to the bishops of the world to reform. The commissions of inquiry into the cover-ups of sexual abuse in different countries have given church leaders notice to reform. The ‘People of God’ voting with their feet, have given the bishops notice to reform. Its time for a new Pentecost - a new model of parish; a new model of priesthood; a new model of leadership and governance; a new model of church. I believe this is what the Spirit is saying to the Church today.
    Recently, Pope Francis issued rule changes for Bishops’ Synods (Episcopalis Communio - 15.9.18), introducing signifi- cant reforms to the structure of Bishops’ Synods. The introduction talks about collegiality; broad consultation with all the faithful in every state of life in the Church; and a more general spirit of co-operation between the Church Teaching and the Church Listening.
    The Bishop is both teacher and disciple. He is a teacher when endowed with the special assistance of the Holy Spirit, he proclaims to the faithful the word of truth in the name of Christ, head and shepherd. But he is a disciple when, knowing that the Spirit has been bestowed upon every baptized person, he listens to the voice of Christ speaking through the entire People of God'[20]. The document continues: 'The Synod of Bishops must increasingly become a privileged instrument for listening to the People of God: ‘For the Synod Fathers, we ask the Holy Spirit first of all, for the gift of listening: to listen to God, that with him we may hear the cry of the people to listen to the people until breathing in the desire to which God calls us’- [23].
    The text of the changes is followed by detailed articles for implementation in regard to the final synodal document. Pope Francis has now introduced a new practice where in article 18 he states: ‘once the approval of the members has been received, the final document of the Assembly is offered to the Roman Pontiff, who decides on its publication. If expressly approved by the Roman Pontiff, the final document participates in the ordinary Magisterium of the Successor of Peter’

Mission Sunday next weekend:
Parishioners are reminded that next weekend is Mission Sunday. This collection is the major fundraiser for the work of the Pontifical Mission Societies. The Pontifical Mission is directed especially towards the care of children, the immediate relief of the poor, and the support of Missionary Seminaries and Religious Institutions. 
Please give generously next week. 

Sacramental Programme:
Enrolments close this Friday 19 October!!! Forms are in the church foyers and at the Stella Maris School office. Children need to be baptised Catholic and aged 8 years by 31 October 2018. The programme runs from October 2018 to June 2019 - dates still to be finalised. The cost of the programme is $60, which includes course material, a personalised candle and professional photograph of your child during the ceremony. If you wish to enrol your child please complete the enrolment form and return with payment and a copy of your child’s baptism certificate to the parish office.
For further information please contact Claire Buckley, (09) 420 4045 or email:

Pope Francis.
The important thing is that each believer discern his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community. We pray for the recently deceased including Ray Kearney and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Trevor Murfitt.

To be collected:
Sunday morning tea rosters for St John’s are in the foyer for collection.

Congratulations to ....

    Elizabeth Gregory and Monica Twentyman on becoming New Zealand citizens.

Operation Christmas Child:
A unique opportunity to brighten Christmas for many children living in desperate situations. Please pick up a gift box and instruction leaflet from the foyer today, chose an age-group and fill the box with appropriate gifts, love and prayers. Kindly include a $10 donation towards the delivery costs. We have a limited number of boxes but you may also use a shoe box and wrap the box and lid separately with Christmas paper. Please return the gift boxes to the church foyer by no later than Sunday 28 October.

Ministers’ rosters:
If any Ministers on the 5.30pm and 10.15am Mass rosters will be away in Jan/Feb 2019 please let us know:
Theresa - 426 5599 (5.30pm roster)
Tina - 426 8070 (10. 5am roster)

Thank you to those who have donated wool. If anyone has spare wool (including 8 ply) to donate to the knitting group for the poor, please leave it in a bag in either church foyer or hand it in at the parish office.

Books on Sale:
Sr Helen Bergin OP will be selling books on different Catholic themes in the foyer after the 8.30am and 10.15am Masses.

Thank you ....
To those who offered their help at the working bees at both churches. A good tidy up makes such a difference!

The NZ Community for Christian meditation ...
Invites you all to attend the following:

  • Silent Retreat: Light and Shade led by Laurence Freeman OSB. To be held at the University of Waikato, Hamilton from 13-16 January 2019. For more info and to register visit website:
  • Seminar led by Laurence Freemen with New Zealand healthcare professionals titled ‘Contemplative Care: Healthcare and Meditation’ on 17 & 18 January at the Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital. For more info and to register visit

Eucharistic Adoration:
To have Eucharistic Adoration in our parish is a blessing for everyone. Please consider joining those who come for one hour per week, by coming on a regular basis on a week day to pray. Anyone who would like to make this a weekly commitment please contact Leonie, 0272223591.
We would love to hear from you.
Jesus says "Could you not watch one hour with me" (Matt 26:40-41).

St Leo's Catholic School ....
Are celebrating their 125th Jubilee on Sunday 11 November 2018, beginning with a celebration of Mass at 11am and followed by lunch, entertainment and a mix and mingle. All past pupils, families or staff are invited to the celebration. Bookings can be made online at and more information is available on the Facebook page St Leo's Catholic 125th School Jubilee.

Volunteers needed for the Sacramental Programme:
Only two volunteers have come forward to assist with the programme. We urgently need more volunteers for the following roles:

  • Programme Coordinator
  • Catechists for the children and a catechists’ leader
  • Catechists for the parents and a catechists’ leader
Please give this some prayerful consideration. We as a parish are responsible for providing guidance and support to our young people on their path to receiving the Sacraments. To find out more or to put your name forward please phone Claire Buckley, (09) 420 4045.

Dove Catholic fellowship ...
Invites all women to a meeting on Wednesday 17 October, 7.30pm-9.30pm at St Thomas More Church Hall, 336 Wairau Rd, Glenfield.
Loren O’Sullivan will be speaking on ‘Self-Control’. Contact Sylvia (09) 443 7477.

Job Vacancy - Catholic Discipleship College:
Do you have strong leadership qualities, a desire to live in community, and a passion for your faith?
CDC provides a nine-month experience of Catholic formation for young adults, based in Pukekohe. We are looking to employ a full time, residential Household Leader for 2019. For more information please contact

All Souls Day - Friday 2 November:
All parishioners are invited to attend the 9.30am Mass at St John’s church where we will pray for and remember all our deceased loved ones, especially those parishioners who have gone to their rest in the past year. A special morning tea will be held in the hall afterwards.
Please note there will be no Mass at St Francis church on that Friday.

Cell Phones
Please turn off your cell phone when you enter the church.

On Sale after Mass today:
Columban calendars - $12
Daily Mass calendars - $3 and
Latest edition of the NZ Catholic - $4.

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.

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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