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3rd Sunday of Advent

16th December 2018

This Sunday:  
Zeph. 3:14-18 : Ps. Canticle Isaiah : Phil. 4:4-7 : Luke 3:10-18
Next Sunday:   Micah 5:1-4 : Psalm 80 : Heb. 10:5-10 : Luke 1:39-44

This week in the parish....

Mon 17 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 19 7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group, ph 424 1130 for venue
  7.00pm RCIA, St John’s
Wed 12 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  10.30am Stella Maris Thanksgiving Liturgy & prize giving
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 13 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s


    Today, in the Gospel, we encounter for the second time, John the Baptist, the one who prepares the way for the Lord.
    Today is known as “Rejoice,” or “Gaudete” Sunday, from the opening words of the Entrance Antiphon. We pray with confidence, and with joy, that Jesus not only has come, but is always reaching towards us.
The Entrance Antiphon is the theme of this Third Sunday of Advent.
The Lord is near. There is good reason to be joyful. The First Reading from the prophet Zephaniah gives us a joyful and comforting prophesy. As with Jeremiah and Baruch, from whom we have heard the past two Sundays, Zephaniah foretells a reversal of God’s judgements. 
In the Gospel we see people asking John what they are to do in repentance. He tells them exactly where their chief temptation lies.
Extortion, greed, possessiveness, and lack of concern for the poor top the list. John begins to acquaint his hearers with the scythe of the “someone” who is coming.
    Luke gives an “action figure.” With a scythe in his hand, the “One Who is to Come” will blow away the chaff to be burned and the wheat he will gather together. John is preparing the hearts and minds of people for the fuller revelation of who God is and who belongs to God.  
    The “rejoice” of today’s Mass is the “rejoice” of a relationship initiated by a God who continues coming to bring us light and life, and through us, light and life to the world. John, and Jesus after him, offer us specific ways to live and love. Our joy flows from living in harmony with others, which extends the “rejoice” into the community. Jesus comes so that we will be freed from any ambiguity about what life means, what relationships mean, and what each of us is to do on the earth he blesses.
God bless you all. Deacon Murray

Urgent Appeal:
While we have had a very good response to our Christmas Hamper Appeal, we still have 7 hampers that are still outstanding.  If you have taken a profile sheet but can’t supply a hamper, please let us know so we can make sure that particular families don’t miss out.  Contact Ken 09-427-9106.

St Francis, Manly on Christmas Day:
There will be a Nativity Play at the 8.30am Mass at St Francis on Christmas Day. The play will take place before Mass and will start at 8.30am. If anyone would like to take part or help with the play, please ring Catherine Birt 027 294 7855. After Mass we invite you to stay just for a few minutes for a glass of Sparkling Grape Juice and a finger of Christmas cake.

We pray ...
We pray for the recently deceased including Mary Jury.
We pray for all the sick in our community and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Christmas Mass Rosters:
We are still needing 3 Ministers of Communion for the 10.15am Mass.
Please add your name to the list in the foyer if you are available.

Host Families Needed:
Stella Maris School is once again pleased to be hosting Japanese students from Ritsumeikan Moriyama from 28 Feb to 13 March 2019.
If you think you are able to be a host family, Kareen Marasi will be pleased to hear from you - 021 178 5238.
This is a wonderful opportunity to exchange cultures and learn from each other.

Christmas Mass Times
All the children are invited to dress up in their favourite nativity characters.

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

Please note:
There will be no newsletter on the 4th Sunday of Advent.
All notices will be included in the Christmas newsletter.

Urgent! Urgent!

    Projectionists needed – especially for the Saturday 5.30pm Mass. It is easy – already set up ready to run with each week. Training is provided and anyone is capable – young/senior/male/female. With enough people it would only be once a month or less (during Mass).
    If you can help please contact Chantal on 09 554 0623/ 022 681 7579 or

Thanks ...
Thanks to all who came to pray the rosary for life last Saturday.
It was heartening to see approx. 50-60 people attending.
May our Lady hear our prayers for the Bills before Parliament concerning right to life.

Prayer Groups:
The St John’s group will finish the year with a Christmas party in the hall this Wednesday 19 December, 7.15 and
will then take a break until Wednesday 30 January 2019.
The St Francis prayer group will resume on Tuesday 29 January 2019.

Thank you ...
Thank you for continuing to donate aluminum tabs off your beer & cold drink tins and lids of wine bottles for the ‘Kan Tabs for Kidney Kids Project’.
(Beer bottle lids are not accepted).
This is a wonderful way to help children with kidney disorders.

Christmas Day Lunch:
If any individuals or couples are on their own on Christmas Day and would like some friendly company,
you are invited to a free Christmas lunch at 11.30am-2pm at the Orewa Community Centre, 368 Hibiscus Coast Hwy, Orewa.
The lunch is sponsored by churches and organisations on the Hibiscus Coast. No reservations required.

Serving Spoons - Meals that Matter:
We look back with thanksgiving over the past year for the donations of fresh fruit and vegetables and funds received from parishioners, and the hours that our committed volunteers have put in to making Serving Spoons a successful community outreach initiative.
We appreciate the support Love Soup have offered us as well. We started with 25 people attending the first lunch and we were delighted to feed 90 people a delicious Christmas lunch last Monday.
It is so wonderful when a community pulls together to serve others. Thank you to all involved.
The team will be taking a break until our next lunch which will be on Monday 25 February 2019.

Care & Share:
Thank you again to all who prepared Christmas hampers and to those who have given additional items for the foodbank.

Meditation Groups:
Will finish up this week and resume at St John’s on 17 & 21 January and at St Francis on 23 January.

Eucharistic Adoration
Will end at St Francis’ on Friday 21 December and resume on Friday 25 January.
At St John’s it will end this Thursday 20 December and resume on Monday 28 January 2019.

Catholic Christmas presents ...
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, God’s Word 2018.
Ring Anne - 426 6457.

Mainly Music ....
Mainly Music will resume on Wednesday 13 February 2019.

Cuppa after Mass
Please stay for morning tea after 10.15am Mass today.

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

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 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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