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4th Sunday of Easter

22nd April 2018

This Sunday:  
Acts 4:8-12 : Psalm 118 : 1John 3:1-2 : John 10:11-18
Next Sunday:   Acts 9:26-31 : Psalm 22 : 1John 3:18-24 : John 15:1-8

This week in the parish....

Mon 23 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 24 10.15am Parish Ladies Coffee Group, Hall
  7.00pm Prayer Group, St Francis
Wed 25 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Groups, Hall
Thurs 26 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 27 9.00am Rosary prayers, St Francis

Tax Receipts were mailed to parishioners on Friday 20 April.

“I am the Good Shepherd”

The gospel reading of today's liturgy, ‘I AM the good shepherd’, takes us deep into the mystery of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ – and, as we shall see, it tells us of how God's initiative in the Paschal Mystery was conceived in the depths of the Trinitarian Life itself.

The Good Shepherd theme has had a great impact on Christian consciousness. One of the earliest and most repeated motifs of Christian art is the youthful shepherd carrying the lost sheep home on his shoulders. The image it suggests is so telling that it has featured prominently in the Church's preaching in every age. As so often happens with the best things in life, we tend to take this theme for granted. Today's text helps us to find a fresh appreciation of its implications. In it Jesus explains these implications by reference to the Paschal Mystery.

He says that he is the ‘good’ shepherd – in contrast to the unfaithful shepherds who have failed God's people, thinking only of their own interests - because, as he three times repeats, he ‘lays down his life’ for them. He lays it down, he explains, ‘in order to take it up again’. In his Resurrection, he will be a source of life for them.  And in this drama of his death and resurrection, he is carrying out and making clear to the human family what his Father wills for them – an enterprise so dear to the Father that he looks upon the Son's obedience with a renewed love.
Fr. John Thornhill sm (edited).

Eucharistic Adoration
At St John’s will be held in Our Lady’s chapel from Monday 23 April.

Pentecost Sunday – 19/20 May:
If you would like to read an intercessory prayer in your national language, besides English, at one of the Masses on 19/20 May to celebrate Pentecost and our multicultural parish, please add your name to the list in the foyer. Some of our new parishioners may like to participate.
If you put your name forward last year, you are welcome to do so again.

Special Collection....
Next weekend for Vocations.

ANZAC DAY - 25 April
Mass at St John’s Church, 9.00am.
The earlier time of the Mass will enable people to attend the ceremony at the RSA.

EARTH DAY 22 April 2018
“Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last twohundred years. Yet we are called to be instruments of God our Father, so that our planet might be what he desired when he created it and correspond with his plan for peace, beauty and fullness.

What can I do? What can our parish do?
Pope Francis’ Laudato Si.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including John Straka and Margaret Pearce. We pray for all the deceased including Anita Malcon (funeral Mass at Sisters of St Joseph Chapel, 30 Holgate Road, Mission Bay on Tuesday 24 April, 2pm), 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 .

The Great Cathedral Quiz Night:
28 April, 7.30pm-10.30pm in Liston Hall at the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph, 43 Wyndham Street, Auckland. Get together a team of 8.
Tables of 8 are $120 and come with complimentary wine and pizza. MC for the night is TVNZ’s Tim Wilson.
Great prizes and great fun to be had whilst raising money for the Cathedral.
Book now at the Cathedral Office (09) 303 4509 or email:

Vacancy -

    Parish Pastoral Worker at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
    See notice board for more details.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Join us for coffee, a friendly chat and a few games of bingo (lovely prizes), on Tuesday 24 April, 10.15am in the parish hall. Newcomers are most welcome. Entry donation - $3.
Contact Christina, 426 5225.

Mass of the Neophytes:
5pm Vigil Mass of the Ascension on Saturday 12 May at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Validated parking available.
All are welcome.

Needed to Rent:
Granny flat/unit in the general HBC area for a single male parishioner.
Contact 021 311859.

Married Couples:
Revitalise and enrich your intimacy, love and romance in your marriage. Attend the Marriage Encounter weekend, 25-25 May at Mt Richmond Hotel, Mt Wellington.
To book contact David Sloan (09) 372-3581 or email

Altar Servers:

If you are 10 years or older and have been confirmed, you may be keen to become an Altar Server. We particularly need more servers at the 5.30pm and 8.30am Masses.
Please contact Chris or Jo Wilson, 427 4925.

Care & Share:
Donations of basic non-perishable food items & toiletries will be welcomed for the foodbank.

Happy Birthday to ...
Deacon Murray, 27 April

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

St Francis Church Water Supply ...
Is currently being modified so that we use treated town supply for drinking and kitchen water, and tank supply for toilets and outside taps.
The town supply water meter has been in place since the church was built so the cost of connection is not significant.
We are also fitting a water level indicator to the tank so that the level can be readily monitored.

If anyone has spare wool (including 8 ply) to donate to the knitting group for the poor,
please leave in a bag on the table in the foyer or hand in at the parish office.

Please collect:

    Sunday morning tea rosters Planned giving envelopes.

Additional Ministers of Communion ...
Are needed for the 10.15am Mass. If you feel called to this ministry
please contact Theresa in the parish office.

Happy 90th Birthday to...
John Coleman, 21 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 make a donation, please place it in an envelope marked ‘server robes’ and put it in the usual Sunday collection or hand it in at the parish office.

Serving Spoons - Meals that Matter

    We all need support sometimes. If you are alone, or finding it hard 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.
    Donations of fresh fruit and vegetables will be welcomed for the lunch.
    Please place these in the Serving Spoons fridge opposite the kitchen at St John’s or in the bin in the foyer at St Francis’.

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.

Holy Cross Seminary

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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