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3rd Sunday of Easter

15th April 2018

This Sunday:  
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 : Psalm 5 : 1 John 2:1-5 : Luke 24:35-48
Next Sunday:   Acts 4:8-12 : Psalm 118 : 1John 3:1-2 : John 10:11-18

This week in the parish....

Sun 15 3.00pm Secular Franciscan Meeting, Hall
Mon 16 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 17 7.00pm Prayer Group, St Francis
Wed 18 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Combined Prayer Groups’ Meeting, St John’s
Thurs 19 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 20 9.00am Rosary prayers, St Francis


It is with great joy that I announce those parishioners who have agreed to serve our parish as members of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC). They are (in no particular order):

Nominated Members (9)
Tania Alofaki
Catherine Cyprian
Cathy Allen
Mike de là Fuente
Christopher Wilson
Gavin Bell
Kathy Ellery
Flavia Widianti
Claire Buckley

Ex Officio Members
Fr. John
Deacon Greg
Deacon Murray

Fr. John’s Appointee
Monica Grimshaw

Gavin Bell has agreed to be the Secretary. We still need to choose a Chair and a Deputy Chairperson. The members of our PPC will be officially installed on Sunday 29 April during the 10.15am Mass at St John’s Orewa. Please keep them in your prayers. Thank you.

O God,
We thank you for the guidance of your Holy Spirit in the selection of our Parish Pastoral Council. We thank you for those who have agreed to work together with our parish priest and guide us in our mission.
Help us to be a parish that wants to do your will and carry out the mission Jesus entrusted to us. Help us to listen to the wisdom of the Spirit and the needs of the people.
May we be open to the ideas of others and work to bring all together in unity as brothers and sisters in Christ. Bless us with a great love for you and for our parish, and fill us with joy and faith as we live out our call to follow your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Planned giving:
Envelopes for the new financial year are in the foyer for collection. Those on the automatic payment system are reminded to collect their ‘special collection’ envelope pack.

Tax Receipts: These will be mailed to parishioners in the 3rd week of April.

Altar Server Robes:
We are replacing our servers’ robes at both churches. Thanks to some generous donors we have covered a good portion of the cost.
If anyone would like to help support our youth by donating towards the remaining funds needed, please place your contribution in an envelope marked ‘server robes’ and place it in the usual Sunday collection or hand it in at the parish office.

Care and Share
The Care and Share foodbank is a little bare at present. Basic items are needed including tinned foods, rice, pasta, cereals, spreads, tea/coffee and toiletries. Please place your donations in the Care and Share basket in the foyer.

Pope Francis ....
We must turn our communities and hearts “into living signs of his presence, which is joyful and festive because we have experienced that God is with us, because we have learned to make room for him in our midst.”

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including John Straka,Gary Miers and Margaret Pearce.
We pray for all the deceased including Mary-Rose Webb, Nancy Haaker, Patrick Drum and Marian Kitchenman.
We pray too for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Alone Again? Widowed, separated or divorced?
The Beginning Experience is a non-profit organisation with the motto “a weekend away for a lifetime of change”.
The retreat from 18-20 May will help you work through your painful loss, find new hope and renewed energy. For more info visit website or contact Carol, 022 0890458 .

School Attendance Dues:
Financial assistance is available to assist families who may need support with the payment of attendance dues for preference students attending Catholic schools in the Auckland Diocese, both primary and secondary.
Contact the school office for application forms for the Hardship Scheme.

Seasons for Growth Prison Ministry:

    An education and support programme that deals with grief and loss, run in the Auckland Prisons and known to have had good results.
    Additional people are needed to assist with leading the programme. A 2-day training workshop will be held on Thursday 31 May & Friday 1 June at St Joseph’s Centre, 1 Fred Thomas Drive Takapuna, 9.30am to 3.30pm.
    For more info contact Delia (09) 360 3027 or email

New parishioners, St Francis:
We are seeing many new faces amongst us at the 8.30am Mass.
To have an opportunity to welcome our new parishioners we are planning to make our next monthly morning tea a special event.
We invite all new parishioners to join us on Sunday 29 April after 8.30am Mass for morning tea. Please help us to make this event a success by inviting someone you have met, and by staying for a cuppa.
Enq. Dierdre Kingdon, 428 3301

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary to ...
Maurice & Josette Esnouff, 15 April.

St Thomas More Parish ...
Warmly invites you to join us in celebrating our 35 years as a parish in Glenfield, Auckland. 
Mass will be celebrated on 6 May at 10am with Bishop Pat Dunn at St Thomas More Church, 336 Wairau Road, Glenfield, followed by morning tea in the parish hall. That evening, a concert will be held at 7.30 pm at Rosmini College Auditorium, 36 Dominion Street,Takapuna.
(Doors open 7pm).

Needed to Rent:
Granny flat/unit in the general HBC area for a single male parishioner.
Contact Doug, 021 1311859.

Thank you ...
To those who regularly give of their time to serve morning tea after the 10.15am Mass.
Please collect your roster from the foyer.

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Include Church in abuse inquiry say bishops.
  • Birds ousted as new roof tops Dunedin priory.
  • Young adults want Church to take them seriously.
  • Imitate St Padre Pio’s life says Pope.

NZ Catholic Newspaper - $4.00
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Auckland Youth Ministry:
To find out about all the events and activities that are happening in our region visit

Dove Catholic Fellowship ...
Invites all women to a meeting on Wednesday 18 April, 7.30pm at St Thomas More Parish Hall, Glenfield. Pam Wood will speak on the topic ‘Peace’ (Col 2.15).
Contact Sylvia (09) 443 7477.

Pentecost Sunday – 19/20 May:
If you would like to read an intercessory prayer in your national language, besides English, at the 5.30pm, 8.30am or 10.15am Mass, please add your name to the list in the foyer. We invite some of our new parishioners to participate.
If you put your name forward last year, you are welcome to do so again.

Thank you for your donations of $1,242.00 ...

To Holy Places on Good Friday and your Easter Offerings of $2,980.50.

Work with Caritas:
Caritas has three vacancies currently being advertised.
They are the full time Communications, Marketing & Fundraising Advisor, part time Communications & Marketing Assistant and a short term contract role of Social Justice Week Advocate.
If you’re interested in joining the Caritas team and contributing to the Church’s work in social justice.
For further info email or visit

Serving Spoons - Meals that Matter

    Thanks again to the many who have volunteered to assist at the monthly lunches. We also need a few volunteers to help with some administration tasks:
    • To coordinate the quarterly roster and contact volunteers before each lunch.
    • Distribute leaflets/cards to local organisations.
    • Send reminder emails to local groups.
    • Liaise with the local newspapers/radio station re advertising.
    Please add your name to the list in the foyer if you are able to help out.

    We all need support sometimes. If you are feeling lonely and needing some company, or finding it difficult to make ends meet, please join us at our next free community meal in the parish hall on Monday 30 April at 12.30pm. Come along and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and hearty meal. We welcome people of all faiths or none.

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

Please turn left when exiting the St John’s carpark.

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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.

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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