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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

22nd Sept 2019

This Sunday:  
Amos 8:4-7 : Ps. 113 : 1Tim. 2:1-8 : Luke 16:1-13
Next Sunday:   Amos 6:1,4-7 : Ps. 146 : 1Tim 6:11-16 : Luke 16:19-31

This week in the parish....

Mon 23 7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s
Tues 24 10.15am Parish Ladies Coffee Group, St John’s
  6.30pm Prayer Group, St Francis’ Chapel
  7.30pm RCIA Meeting, St John’s Chapel
Wed 25 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 26 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 27 7.00pm Youth Group, Hall
Sat 28 10.15am New Mass Coordinators Training St John's
  11.00am New Ministers of Communion Training, St John’s
Sun 29 10.15am Family Mass, St John’s

Please stay for morning tea after 10.15am Mass today.


In our first reading God is sending Amos to protect the needy and poor whom the sellers are trampling and destroying. The prophet speaks on their behalf and says that all these cheaters’ deeds will be remembered by God and they will not feel lucky then. The blessings of prosperity and material abundance were given by God to be shared and care of God’s poor was, and is now, a means of praising and serving God. Religion was, and is, more than the routine observance of feasts and external traditions. Being in relationship with God has implications or responsibilities. It would be easier, of course, to separate these elements, but Amos is sent to announce God’s displeasure with how religion is being lived by the rich and powerful. The Gospel today continues a major theme of Luke’s tracing of the life and teachings of Jesus; earthly possessions are dangerous to our letting Jesus into our lives. Today we hear a clever steward who has just been sacked for misusing his master’s possessions. He also talks to himself about what he will do next. Jesus is addressing this story to His disciples, but more directly to the same group of Pharisees whom He addressed directly in the previous chapter, which we heard last week.   
In Luke’s theology, taking care of the poor and needy is the best opportunity for preparing ourselves for serving God and not money. In our own lives there is always the challenge when it comes to stewardship of our money. Do we operate on the “left over” principle for God or do we truly put God at the centre?
For Luke, ‘small matters’ deal with money and the ‘great ones’ are what a person does with money. We cannot serve both God and money, because both compete for our attention and worship. Where do our priorities lie?
God bless us all. Deacon Murray

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.

Parents are invited to enroll their children in the 2020 Sacramental Programme:
Enrolment forms and the schedule of dates are in the church foyers and at the Stella Maris School office. Children aged 8 years by 31 December 2019 are eligible.
There have been some changes to the programme which will run from February to May 2020. The fee will be $50 which includes course materials, a personalised candle and professional photograph of your child during the ceremony.
If you wish to enrol your child please complete the enrolment form and return with payment and a copy of your child’s baptism certificate to the parish office by no later than THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER 2019.
Our thanks to Wendy Hope for agreeing to coordinate the programme next year.
Should you have any queries, please phone her on 0274 788 183.

Please pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Robert Turner. We pray for the recently deceased including Msgr Brian Arahill, Kathy Mason and Mel Widdowson. We pray too for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Trivial Pursuit Evening:
The Care & Share team are organising this event again this year on Saturday 19 October, 7.00pm in St. John's Hall . Tickets will be issued at the door at $5 each and these will also be used for numerous prize draws throughout the evening. There will be 10 tables with 10 persons per table so book a table for your team or come on your own and join an existing team. Glassware, chips, crackers, tea and coffee will be provided but otherwise bring your own food and drinks.
Prizes for the best 3 teams will be awarded at the end of the evening and a silent auction will also be included.
The main aim of this function is to enliven the social side of our parish and all surplus funds raised will be go to the church food bank. Numbers are limited so bookings are essential.
Please call Ken, 427-9106.

St Francis Gardening Group
The St Francis Gardening Group please come along at 8.30am next Saturday 28 September ready to weed and plant (and enjoy morning tea) after the long winter.
We are desperate for your help as there is much to do before the heat sets in. Thank you in advance. More info or to join us phone Cathy Allen 021943307 or email
Thanks to those who have donated money for new plants to date. This is always welcome. 

The Transitus of St Francis, 3 October:
We invite you all to a special ceremony to commemorate the death of St Francis of Assisi on Thursday 3 October at 7pm in St John’s Church,. Feast of St Francis, 4 October:
We welcome the parish community to celebrate Holy Mass, with our Secular Franciscan Fraternity, at 9.30am at St Francis Church, followed by morning tea in the foyer.

Baptismal Preparation Course:
We need more 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 volunteer or to request further information please add your name to the list in the foyer.

Serving Spoons:  
Our next free community lunch will be held on Monday 30 September, 12.30pm in the parish hall.
Donations of fruit and veggies or funds for the lunch will be greatly appreciated.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Join us for a cuppa, bingo and a social time in the meeting room at St John’s on Tuesday 24 September, 10.15am.
Newcomers are most welcome.
Entry donation - $2 to cover bingo prizes.
Ph. Christina, 426 7108.

Living Well with Dementia – Making a Difference:
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) is a programme for people with early to moderate Dementia.
Platinum Community Care, (Red Beach) - will be running a CST Group from the 8 October, twice weekly for seven weeks.
For information please contact Megan or Monica on 09-421-1511/0212643688.

I would like to sincerely thank ...
All those parishioners who have been such a huge support to both me and John following my accident in May.
We have been overwhelmed by the prayers, thoughts, phone calls, cards, visits, flowers and food that we received. We are truly blessed to belong to such a wonderful Parish.
A million thanks to you all. Deirdre Kingdon.

Happy Birthday to Deacon Greg for 17 September.

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

  1. WORKSHOP Rediscovering Fire: Exploring the Spirituality of Teilhard de Chardin with KEVIN GALLAGHER. Fri 27 Sept, 7-9pm & Sat 28 Sept, 9.30am-4pm. $95 incl. lunch. $145 also incl. accommodation Fri night.

  2. INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE OLDER PERSON: Tai Chi with JOCELYN WATKIN. Tues 1 Oct, 10.30am-12.30pm. $15. All welcome, especially those aged 60+.

  3. KOREAN CULTURE: Korean Tea Ceremony (darye) with CECILIA KIM. Thurs 3 Oct, 10.30am-12.30pm. $15. This event is for anyone who is interested in learning more about the Korean Culture.

  4. EVENING EVENT: “Dance and be Glad! (Jeremiah 31:13) Expressing gratitude through dance with MARTA CULLEN. Fri 4 Oct, 7-9pm. $15.

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 27 September, 7-9pm in the parish hall for a ‘Recycling Wearable Arts’ night. Please bring along a roll of toilet paper, large rubbish bags or any other recycling that you’d like to create a garment from.
There will be a fashion show and prizes for the most creative.
Don’t forget to bring a plate of food.
All ages are welcome.
For more info contact Tania Alofaki, 020 41473785.

All families and children are warmly invited to a family Mass
at St John’s church next Sunday

Hibiscus Coast Junior Choir:
There is still room for more people.
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. We will be meeting on Saturdays 3pm - 4.30pm at St John’s.
Please contact Eileen, 021 280 4044 or Belinda, 021 590 283.

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. 

Care for Creation and Respect Life Sunday, 13 October:
The Bishops ask us: “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us?"
Could you show your commitment to helping the planet by walking to Church if this is possible? If not, can you carpool with a neighbour or park a little down the road and walk into Church? As Pope Francis notes in Laudato Si, there is an intrinsic connection between the way we treat the environment and the way we treat those who are most vulnerable at the beginning and end of life. We hope that this Care for Creation and Respect Life Sunday will provide an opportunity to make connections across issues as well as generations, and to have a meaningful dialogue about all the serious threats to life that we face.

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:

Lift required:
Is anyone able to give George Marr a lift to 10.15am Mass from 14 Melia Place, Stanmore Bay.
The person who gives him a lift is currently unwell.
Please contact his daughter Mary, 426 2456.

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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