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4th Sunday of Advent

23rd December 2018

This Sunday:  
Micah 5:1-4 : Psalm 80 : Heb. 10:5-10 : Luke 1:39-44
Next Sundays:   30 Dec: Eccles.3:2-6, 12-14 : Psalm 128 : Col. 3:12-21 : Luke 2:41-52
6 Jan: Isaiah 60:1-6 : Psalm 72 : Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6 : Matthew 2:1-12
13 Jan: Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7 : Psalm 29 : Acts 10:34-38 : Luke 3:15-16,21-22
20 Jan : Isaiah 62:1-5 : Psalm 96 : 1 Cor. 12:4-12 : John 2:1-11
27 Jan : Neh. 8:2-6,8-10 : Psalm 19B : 1Cor. 12:12-30 : Luke 1:1-4,4:14-21

This week in the parish....

Christmas Reflection

Every Christmas, the coming of the Christ Child
brings other activities to a stop.
It helps us re-evaluate what is truly precious in life
especially the all-important relationships with our loved ones,
our family and friends and mother earth.

It also signifies Godís continuing presence to us.
The God who loved us so much
that he took on human form to be closer to us than our own breath;
the God who hold us Ďin the palm of his handí.

One way to carry forward this deeper dimension of life
is to be part of our parish community here at Hibiscus Coast Parish.
When we celebrate Mass on Sundays,
we recall Godís great love and care for us.

Please come and worship with us - you will always be welcome!
Wishing you and your family
a Christmas that is full of joy and peace!

Masses ...
Mass will be celebrated at St Johnís on Boxing Day and New Yearís Day at 9.30am.
There will be no Liturgy of the Word on Monday 31 December.
All other times of the Masses and Liturgies of the Word will remain the same over the holiday period.

The parish office will be closed ...
From 27 December to 18 January 2019 inclusive.
Fr John (426 5599 Ext 2) and Deacon Murray (426 5599 Ext 3 or 021 994703) will be available during this period.
Where possible please hold any administration queries until the office reopens.
The next newsletter will be on Sunday 27 January.
If you have any notices to be announced at the weekend Masses, please hand these to the Mass coordinator.
Copies of the Sunday readings for this period are in a folder on the table in the foyer.

Please note:
Due to their computer being hit by a Trojan virus, Deacon Greg and Anne Murphy have decided to change their email addresses to the following:

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

Eucharistic Adoration ...
Will recommence on Friday 25 January at St Francisí and
Monday 28 January at St Johnís. and
Friday 25 January at St Francisí.

Morning tea Mass ...
Morning tea after the 10.15am Mass will resume on Sunday 20 January 2019.

Childrenís Liturgy:
The juniorsí liturgy at St Johnís will continue during the school holiday period. The seniorsí liturgy will resume on Sunday 3 February. There will be no liturgy at St Francis during the school holidays.

Our thanks ....
From Fathers John, Ron & Peter and the parish team for your Christmas gifts, cards and treats.
We wish you all a blessed Christmas and a joyful New Year.

Please join us ....
After 8.30am Mass today for a glass of sparkling grape juice
and a finger of Christmas cake.

Prayer Groups:
Will start again at St Francis church on Tuesday 29 January and at St Johnís on Wednesday 30 January.
If you require prayer during this period please contact one of the people listed on the prayer chain on the noticeboard.

Congratulations to:

    Charlotte Hughes who was baptised last weekend.

Stella Maris School ...
Wishes to say a BIG thank you to all the families of the parish who joined us at school events throughout the year.
We look forward to sharing more with you next year. We wish you all a very happy and holy Christmas.
The school will re-open on 5 February.

The Indoor Bowling group ...
Starts again on Wednesday 16 January.

Wonderful Effort:
Many thanks to all those who supported the Christmas Hamper appeal.
Womenís Refuge in particular was very grateful. Women without much at all felt that Christmas could still happen and they were overwhelmed by the community support. †
Well done everyone.

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

Meditation Groups:
Will resume at St Johnís on Thursday 17 Jan and Monday 21 Jan and at St Francis on Wednesday 23 Jan 2019.

Happy Birthday to:
Adriana Bovelander - 28 Dec

Serving Spoons:
Our next free community lunch will be on Monday
25 February 2019 in the parish hall.

Does anyone have a mobility scooter they would like to sell. Contact Kevin on 426 0692.

Our thanks to Chris and Jo Wilson ....
For hosting a Christmas year end gathering for our Altar Servers.
They all had a fun time and there was great excitement when this friendly hammerhead shark dropped in on the event.
After the photo he/she hopped back into the water and swam quietly away to rejoin his his/her family.

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

Christmas Eve - St Johnís:
5.30pm - Vigil Mass
11.15pm - Carol Service
Midnight - Christmas Mass
Christmas Day
8.30am - St Francisí
Childrenís Mass
10.15am - St Johnís

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 donít 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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