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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

15th Sept 2019

This Sunday:  
Exod. 32:7-11,13-14 : Ps. 51 : 1Tim. 1:12-17 : Luke 15:1-32
Next Sunday:   Amos 8:4-7 : Ps. 113 : 1Tim. 2:1-8 : Luke 16:1-13

This week in the parish....

Sun 15 3.00pm Secular Franciscans’ Meeting, Hall
Mon 16 7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s
Tues 17 6.00pm Prayer Group, St Francis’ Chapel
  7.00pm Liturgy Committee Meeting, St John’s Meeting Room
  7.30pm RCIA Meeting, St John’s Chapel
Wed 18 1.00pm Indoor bowls, Hall
  2.00pm Rosary prayers in Korean, St John’s chapel
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, St John’s Hall
Thurs 19 7.00pm PPC Meeting, St John’s
  7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Sat 21 2.00pm Josephite Companions Group, Hall

Please stay for morning tea after 10.15am Mass today.


Our Scripture readings for this Sunday teach us about God’s mercy. The making of the golden calf just a short time after all that God had done for His people, shows they had forgotten about what He had done for them. But we see Moses interceding for them and God has mercy on His people.
We see in our second reading, St Paul acknowledges that he is a sinner, and that the mercy of God was the cure needed for Paul to put everything right again.

In our Gospel we see that when the Prodigal Son left home and squandered everything, and ended up in a very bad place.
Then we read that he came to his senses – that there was a better way to live, and that meant living at home. The verses that tell us of the father seeing his son coming back, really tell us so much about how God sees us when we decide to come back home to God. The father’s words of welcoming him home really are powerful:
“He was lost and is found”. A great lesson for each one of us. Let’s reflect on the quote below this weekend, and thank God for His mercy.

Pope St. John Paul II said:
“We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures;
we are the sum of our father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of His Son.”
May God bless you all. Fr. Emile

From Borneo to New York
The St John’s prayer group invites all parishioners to a social evening in the parish hall on Friday 4 October at 7pm.
Join us for a short time of praise & worship, fellowship, a shared meal and to hear Fr Emile’s interesting stories about his ‘Missionary Journey’.
Please bring a plate to share.
We look forward to seeing you all there!!!
Contact Brian or Barbara Hines, 427 8496.

Praying the Rosary:
Starting from Monday 16 September
the rosary will be prayed at St John’s church from Monday to Thursday at 9am before 9.30am Mass
and as usual at 9am on Fridays at St Francis Church.

Please pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community and those undergoing surgery, including Kiera Donnelly.
We pray for the recently deceased including Imelda Widdowson and Kathy Mason.
We pray too for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Norris O’Dea and Joe Sweetman.

The Abortion Law Reform Bill
All Catholics are encouraged to have their say about the proposed alternative abortion law currently before parliament.

Dove Catholic Fellowship...
Invites all women to a meeting on 18 September, 7.30pm, at St Thomas More Church Hall, 336 Wairau Road, Glenfield.
Christine Korman will speak on “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:1-5).
Ph. Sylvia Hartley, 021 08822990

Baptismal Preparation Course:
We are needing additional people to lead the baptismal preparation course for parents of young children who are to be baptised.
The course takes place once a month on a Thursday evening from 7pm-8pm at St John’s church and helps parents to understand the Sacrament of Baptism from a spiritual and practical point of view. If necessary, you will be teamed up with another leader until you feel confident to lead. If we could get a team of at least four people, each would only be rostered once a quarter.
To put your name forward or to request further information please add your name to the list in the foyer.

Minister Training:
Thank you to those who responded to the call for new Ministers of Communion and Mass Coordinators at St John’s. A reminder that the following training sessions will take place on Saturday 28 September in St John’s Church:

  • Mass Coordinators - 10.15am
  • Ministers of communion - 11am.
Contact Tina Louis, 426 8070.

Seasons of Creation - 1 Sept - 4 Oct: 
Pope Francis encourages us to participate in the ”Season of Creation” through prayer and action. He  encourages the Catholic community to pray for our common home.
It is also an ecumenical season dedicated to prayer for the protection of creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles.
It runs until 4 October, the feast of St Francis. 

Care for Creation and Respect Life Sunday ...
Will be held in our Parish on Sunday 13 October.
We encourage you to think about doing something to show your commitment to caring for the earth.
It may be by walking to Church, or car pooling with a neighbour, or planting some vegetables or a tree. More details in the weeks to come.

Scholarship for study at Good Shepherd College:
Bishop Pat is pleased to call for applications for a scholarship  known as the Ruth Miller Scholarship for Study at Good Shepherd College.
This scholarship will be available for a selected number of people who intend to do one or more Theology papers at Good Shepherd College towards a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor of Theology degree in 2020. For further information about this scholarship and to request an application form, contact Linda McQuade, Vicar for Education,
The closing date for applications is 14 October 2019.

Health and safety:
As we have defibrillators installed at both our Church properties, there is an informative 3-minute video from St Johns which covers use of defibrillators and also how to apply CPR.
This is essential reading for everyone.
Go to, then scroll down to "How to use an A.E.D."

104 The Drive, Epsom, (09) 638-6238.

  1. MEDITATION: Retreat day with CATHRYN WILES-PICKARD rsm. Sat 21 Sept, 9.30am-3.30pm. $35. BYO lunch. This Retreat Day is for those who are experienced in Christian Meditation as part of their daily prayer. This will be a Day of Silence, contemplative prayer, input, and times for meditation.

Contact us if you would like a booklet for full information or if you wish to book: or

Hibiscus Coast Young People’s Choir:
Our parish needs a young people’s choir!! Do you like to sing? Do you play an instrument? Are you able to read? Do you have support from your family? We are keen to hear from you.
Contact Eileen: 021 280 4044 or Belinda: 021 590 283

R.C.I.A.: .
Are you or a friend thinking of becoming a Catholic?
Adults entering the Catholic Church or just thinking about it, follow a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA.
For further information please contact Clive Goodman, 021 2642256 email or Reena Goodman, 021 0888 2441

Parents are the first educators of faith:
A wonderful depository of family-friendly material for the domestic Church are available at
It comes from the Bishops’ Conference National Centre for Religious Studies.
New materials are continually being uploaded. 

Josephite Companions group ...
Meet in St John's hall on Saturday 21 September at 2pm.
Anyone interested is welcome to come along. For more details ring Catherine Birt, 424 0134.

New Parishioners:
if you are new to the parish, or joined in the past year and have not yet registered, please complete a green parish roll form, available in the foyer.

Morning tea
Please stay for morning tea after the 8.30am and 10.15am Masses today.

Stella Maris School Enrolments 2020:
As planning for 2020 is well underway, this is to remind you that if you have a child turning 5 next year and you have not yet completed an enrolment pack, please do so. Either contact the school office to have one posted to you, or you can download a copy off the school website.
If you have any queries email:

Meet the Local Body Election Candidates..
At a meeting on Tuesday 17 September at the Whangaparaoa Community Hub, 707 Whangaparaoa Road, 6.30pm-8pm. 
Hosted by Business Whangaparaoa, in association with Future Whangaparaoa Trust.

Our thanks to all at Stella Maris school ...
For the generous donations of tinned foods and other items for the Care & Share foodbank.
So many families will benefit from your kindness.
God bless you all.

Parish to Parish B&B:
Has been providing Catholic hospitality for 16 years, with Catholic hosts opening their homes to fellow Catholics for a small charge of $35 for one person, or $30 each for 2 or more, this is per night and includes a continental breakfast.
To obtain a directory of the hosts throughout NZ and Australia contact Marie Anderson, email or phone (03) 359 5541 Christchurch.
The book including postage is $15.

Stella Stars Playgroup:
Meets in the school hall on Friday mornings 8.45-11am during school term. All children and parents welcome! Newborn - 4 years.
Relaxing morning spent doing a craft, free play, mat time and morning tea. Gold coin entry.
For more info please contact Kelly on 021 500786 oremail

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 Emile, (09) 426 5599 Ext 2.
If Fr Emile is unavailable please contact Deacon Murray, (09) 424 7465, or Deacon Greg, 027 6035132.

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, 027 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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