4th Sunday of Advent - Year B
24th December 2017
Is &:10-14 : Psalm 24 : Rom. 1:1-7 : Matt. 1:18-24
Eccles 3:2-6, 12-14; Psalm 128, Col 3:12-21; Gospel: 2:22-40
Isaiah 60:1-6 : Psalm 72 : Eph. 3:2-3,5-6 : Matthew 2:1-12
1Sam. 3:3-10, 19 : Psalm 40 : 1Cor. 6:13-15, 17-20 : John 1:35-42
Jonah 3:1-5,10 : Psalm 25 : 1Cor 7:29-31 : Mark 1:14-20
Deut. 18:15-20 : Psalm 95 : 1 Cor. 7:32-35 : Mark 1:21-28
This week in the parish....
Christmas & New Year break.
Mass will be celebrated at St Johnís on New Yearís Day, Monday 1 January at 9.30am. |
All other times of the Masses and Liturgies of the Word will remain the same over the holiday period.
To some of us Christmas is a time to pause, to reflect, to stand in awe. But to an increasing majority of us, itís the silly season, a time of over-eating, drinking, buying, selling, worrying, partying, beaching, and pressured family gatherings.
The silly season has its own preachers with their own version of the good news, and what a persuasive, well-packaged homily they deliver. ďCHRISTMAS IS A TIME FOR GIVING,Ē they say, which really means: And boy, have we got everything your loved ones really need. ďSPOIL THOSE YOU LOVE THIS CHRISTMAS; SHOW THEM HOW MUCH YOU CARE,Ē which really means: Buy, buy, buy. Itís the only way to show how much you love them, so when you think youíve finished ... címon, buy some more!
So the pressure to spend is on, while we lament the pace and the stress, and the pressure of it all. The silly season Christmas becomes a millstone that weighs us down leaving us tired, hassled and empty. Presents replace presence, and the secular shouts down the sacred.
As for our birthday infant, the One whose name is becoming politically incorrect to mention at all, he tends to remain tucked-away some-where in the basement of our collective hearts: crying, smiling; longing to be cuddled and loved and fed.
Yet it is this nameless One, this silenced One, who gives voice to the longings of those of us who cannot compete in a world that says, keep-up, or else: the frail, the lonely, the elderly, the poor, the marginalised, the refugee, the infirm, the sick, the mentally ill, the strange.
And as powerful and as noisy as the silly season preachers are, the Christmas child can still be heard whispering gently and persistently:
ďI-am-with-you: tiny, unassuming; lying at your feet.Ē It is a whisper that alerts us to the beauty and majesty of our humanity and exhorts us to delight in those who cannot keep-up.It is to such as these that Christmas belongs.
May all of us have a happy and a holy Christmas.
Based on a reflection by Fr. Peter Day
Office Unattended .....
The parish office will be unattended from 22 December to 29 January inclusive.
Fr John (426 5599 Ext 2) and Deacon Murray (426 5599 Ext 3 or 424 7465 (home) 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 4 February. 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.
Pope Francis ....
We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community. We pray for the deceased, including Mary OíLeary, Doug Brebner and Judith Egerton.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur at this time, including Tony de Courcy, Terry Gooding and Maxine Tarr.
The Indoor Bowling group ...
Starts again on Wednesday 31 January.
Thank you ....
To each and every one of you for the gifts and talents you have shared with our parish this year - your prayers, financial contributions and the time and effort put in by the many volunteers.
Thank you from the parish team for your Christmas gifts, cards and treats.
We wish you all a blessed Christmas and a joyful New Year.
God Bless you all.
Parish telephones ....
Will be disconnected on Wednesday 24 January due to some adjustments being made to the PABX system.
Will start again at St Francis church on Tuesday 30 January and at St Johnís on Wednesday 31 January.
If you require prayer during this period please contact one of the people listed on the prayer chain on the noticeboard.
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 7 February 2018.
John & Rosalind Doyle who celebrate their
60th Wedding Anniversary on 4 January.
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Get yours at the back of the church
The Monday and Thursday groups will start again on 8 & 11 January at St Johnís and the Wednesday group on 10 January at St Francisí.
Happy Birthday to:
Francis Conroy - 24 Dec
Adriana Bovelander - 28 Dec
The programme for children preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation begins on Sunday 18 February, 9.00am at St Johnís.
A parent-only meeting will be held on Tuesday 13 February, 7.00pm in the parish hall.
Eucharistic Adoration ....
Will recommence on
22 January at St Johnís and
26 January at St Francisí.
Morning tea ....
After the 10.15am Mass will resume on Sunday 4 February 2018.
Will resume in the hall on Wednesday 31 January.
Cell Phones !!
Reminder to switch off your cell phones when entering the church.
Christmas Mass Times
- Christmas Eve - St Johnís:
- 5.30pm - Vigil Mass
- 11.15pm - Carol Service
- Midnight - Christmas Mass
- Christmas Day
- 8.30am - St Francisí
- 10.15am - St Johnís
Extensive pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan ...
Planned for 29 AprilĖ19 †May 2018.
For full brochure and itinerary, contact Pukekohe Travel 0800 785 386 or †to Mir†Pilgrimages, 0274 219 064.†
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 Johnís carpark.
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, 027 603 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 email@example.com
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.
Please phone any of the members listed on the noticeboard in the foyer, if you require prayers for a special intention.
YOUR FRIENDS MAY ENJOY GETTING THE NEWSLETTER
If you know of anyone who would like the NEWSLETTER emailed to them weekly
let me know their email address.
Perhaps you can think of some non-practising Catholics
who may be interested in at least keeping a small contact this way?
to get the weekly newsletter via your email
TELEPHONE PRAYER CHAIN
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