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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st Sept 2019

This Sunday:  
Eccles 3:17-20,28-29 : Psalm 68 : Heb. 12:18-19, 22-24 : Luke 14:1,7-14
Next Sunday:   Wis 9:13-18 : Psalm 90 : Phil. 9-10,12-17 : Luke 14:25-33

This week in the parish....

Sun 1 3.00pm Divine Mercy Prayer Group, Hall
Mon 2 1.00pm Care & Share Meeting, St John’s
  7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s
Tues 3 6.00pm Prayer Group, St Francis’ Chapel
  7.30pm RCIA Meeting, St John’s
Wed 4 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  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 5 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 6 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis
Sat 7 9.30am Mass and celebration of Our Lady’s Birthday followed by morning tea
Sun 8 8.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis
  9.45am Rosary Prayers, St John’s

Please stay for morning tea after 10.15am Mass today.


The Readings we have for this Sunday call us to look deep within ourselves, to see who we really are – Children of God. Yes, we are chosen by God before the foundation of the world – each person is a special part of God’s plan.
Each one has been purchased by the precious Blood of Jesus Christ. Each one of us is on the journey to the Kingdom. Yes, we have our peculiar beginnings and take different roads and make some detours, but God is there every step of the way. These are challenging times. Time to grow in relationship. It’s time to experience the extravagant love of the greatest Lover of all time.
The one who is with us until the end of time. He tells us, “I am with you always until the end of the age.” When I think I have a heavy load to carry, I hear Him saying – “I am with you always.” When I can’t see the purpose of something, I hear Him saying – “I am with you always.”
This is the time to REAL-ize this statement – my God is not far away. He’s right here, right now. You are proof of that. You are the modern-day apostles on mission every day. As I look around the Church at Mass times, I see you, the People of God. I see the glory of God shining through you because you are fully alive, today. We need to remain FULLY ALIVE every day of our lives, because God deserves the glory, right? Thank you all for sharing your love and faith so fully.
God Bless you all. Fr Emile.

Special Collection for Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph
Special Collection next Sunday 8 September for the annual appeal for the Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph, our spiritual ‘home’ to all Catholics in the Diocese - a treasury of our Catholic heritage and history in Auckland & New Zealand. 
The Cathedral strives to serve all peoples and be a ‘House of God, Icon of Christ, Place of Prayer and Oasis of Peace’ in Auckland’s busy city centre. Maintaining the Cathedral in pristine condition requires ongoing care, attention and considerable funding. Each year, close to $100,000 needs to be found to keep up with the long-term maintenance of the church, over and above the day-to-day maintenance costs.
Please give generously to this appeal. Donations can also be made direct to St Patrick’s Cathedral Heritage Foundation BNZ 02-0100-0233290-05 with contact details emailed to for tax receipt purposes.

Come and celebrate with us the Birthday of Our Mother Mary
Next Saturday, 7 September. Holy Mass at 9.30am at St John’s Church, Orewa.
Morning tea fellowship after Mass.
Please bring a plate to share and wear something blue or white!

We will be praying the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary ...
Before the morning Masses on Sunday 8 September to celebrate the birthday of our Lady, Mary Mother of God.
All are welcome to join in this wonderful tribute to our Lady.
Time: 8.00am St Francis, Manly and 9.45am at St Johns Orewa. 

Social Justice Week 2019 8-14 September
This year, Caritas asks us to focus on the topic of fairness. FAIR, YOU SAY?
He tika, ki to titiro?
How many of us parents have heard our children say, “But that’s not fair!” As a parent we reply, “Nothing is fair in this world.” Is that just a throwaway line, or is it true? And if it’s true, is that right? Some members of the Social Justice Committee from our parish will address us at Masses on Sunday 8 September with thoughts on this theme.

Lost Property:
Pair of gold glasses left in the chapel at St John’s.
Please collect from the parish office.

Please pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Terry Hodge and Marc Bovelander.
We pray for the recently deceased including John Doyle, Harry Allan, Kathleen Mason, Raymond Radford and Ken Curtis.
We pray too for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time Including Molly Sarasin and Anita Rojas.

Congratulations to our newly baptised...
Samuel Bessone and Joshua Bessone.

Divine Mercy Prayer Group:
Meets today Sunday 1 September at 3pm in the parish hall. All welcome.
For more information contact Becky or Tony Cavit, 021 758902 or 021 758901 or

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. The YouTube clip is:

A Social Justice Week Event:
Are you interested in the work of Amnesty International both in NZ and overseas? Jessica Stevens of Amnesty International will speak at a meeting in St John's Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 12 September.
All are welcome. Invite friends and neighbours from other churches as well.

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:

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

  1. · Chilean Culture – Mapuche Spirituality and Spanish Colonisation in Chile with ANA MARIA DE VOS SANCHEZ. Fri 6 Sept, 7-9pm. Koha/Donation. This evening is for anyone who wants to know about the Mapuches’ and Chilean culture / religion, music and dance and also, anyone who appreciates history and culture (music, dance, costumes and landscape will be shown).

  2. · IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: Love is all around us in disguise with Fr MARK CHAMBERLAIN. Tues 10 Sept, 7-9pm. $20. A time to allow Ignatian Spirituality to be in our conversation with our present experience, and our appreciation of the living God who enlivens us with love. See our website for more details. Bookings essential.

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

Youth Group
The youth group will meet again on Friday 13 September, 7-9pm in the parish hall. Youth of all ages are welcome.
Please bring a plate of eats to share.
For more info contact Tania Alofaki, 020 41473785.

The Abortion Law Reform Bill
All Catholics are encouraged to have their say about the proposed alternative abortion law currently before parliament.
The submission process closes in four weeks on Thursday 19 September Visit
To assist people in being better informed about the proposed law changes and to encourage as many people as possible to make a submission, an information sheet is available in the foyer.

Requiem Mass for Kathleen Mason ...
On Tuesday 3 September, 11am at St Francis Church.

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

Maori Pastoral Care appeal
Our contributions to the Maori Pastoral Care appeal totalled $1,237.
Thank you for your generosity.

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.

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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