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7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

24th February 2019

This Sunday:  
Sam 26:2.7-9,12-13.22-23 : Psalm 103 : 1Cor 15:45-49 : Luke 6:27-38
Next Sunday:   Eccles. 27:1-4 : Psalm 92 : 1Cor. 15:54-58 : Luke 6:39-45

This week in the parish....

Sun 24 9.00am Sacramental programme, children’s session, hall
Mon 25 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 26 10.15am Parish Ladies Coffee Group, Hall
  11.00am Funeral Service for Rosalia Smit, St John’s
  7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group Chapel, St Francis
  7.30pm RCIA, St John’s
Wed 27 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 28 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.00pm PPC Meeting, St John’s
Fri 1 11.00am World Day of Prayer Service, St John’s
Sun 3 9.00am Sacramental programme, children’s session, hall


We are now looking forward to the “joyful season of Lent” which begins in ten days’ time.
We can pray these days as we journey toward the Eucharistic Table and Community, to be available to all the little and not-so-little ways in which God offers us new experiences of just what the grace-filled life is all about.

Our Gospel for today is a section from a larger chapter in which Jesus has appointed His closest followers, the Twelve. This week, we hear a direct teaching about the way in which they are to live as His companions. Jesus gets quite particular and personal. The listening disciples are told at the end of this long instruction (which we will hear next week) that only sound trees produce good fruit. The deeper meaning we are moved to listen to and hear, is the more interior sense. God is Infinite Love and our personal actions coming from our converted hearts, will in turn reveal the interior nature of God as Love. The early disciples were to present the true image of the One and True God by accepting God as love, accepting God’s compassionate love for them in their hearts and then externalise it in the orchard of life.
In other words, they (and we) are to ‘go out and bear fruit, fruit that will last’.

These instructions are a continuation of Luke’s Beatitudes and are invitations to try to live remembering that same divine compassion when we fail. God lends to us, blesses us, forgives us and always desires us to come to life and give that life as our way of revealing the goodness of God. What better way is there for us to live?
God loves us so much as to send Jesus as Lord and not as ruler.
God bless you all,
Deacon Murray

Serving Spoons:
Our next free community meal will be held this Monday 25 February at 12.30pm in the parish hall. Thank you for all your donations of vegetables, fruit or funds. Our thanks too to our team of wonderful volunteers who remain committed to serving their community.
Please help us to spread the word that anyone in the community who may benefit from a hearty meal and some friendly company is invited to attend.

Morning tea ...
All are welcome to stay for morning tea after 8.30am and 10.15am Mass today.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Lorraine Gullick and Kevin O’Brien.
We pray for the recently deceased including Rosalia Smit whose funeral service will take place at St John’s Church on Tuesday 26 February at 11am.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Alan Walker.

Support our RCIA candidates:
On Sunday 10 March at 2.00pm, Bishop Pat will preside over the Diocesan Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
All adults and children who are preparing for initiation at Easter will be welcomed into the next phase of their pilgrimage to initiation and incorporation. 
The catechumens will become ‘the elect’.  All seekers will have an opportunity to experience the Diocesan Church under the leadership of their Bishop. You are warmly invited to attend this ceremony to support our catechumens and candidate.
Please contact Iutita by 28 February to secure seating at the Cathedral - 021829927.

Group of friendly parishioners to go on a roster to help with welcoming and distributing the newsletter at the 8.30 am Mass at St Francis. This is a very important role, as it helps create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for our parishioners, young and old.
Call Deirdre Kingdon on 09 4283301 or 0210310298.

Easter Rosters:

Ministers needed for Holy Thursday Mass, Good Friday Liturgy, Easter Vigil (8pm) and Easter 10.15am Masses.
We also need sacristans, collectors, readers for Palm Sunday, people willing to have their feet washed at the Holy Thursday Mass and groups or individuals to lead the Stations of the Cross.
If you are able to volunteer for any of these please add your name to the lists in the foyer.

Working Bee at St Francis Church ...
To tidy up the gardens on Saturday 2 March from 8am until approx. 12pm. This will include morning tea.
Please spare some time to assist and bring your garden tools and protective clothing.
Contact Cathy Allen, 21943307 or 09 4262449.

Congratulations to:
Archie Hookaham who will be baptised at the 8.30am Mass today.

Lenten Programme
Ash Wednesday is on 6 March and we are again getting organised to run the Lenten programme in our Parish. We will be using the material prepared by Caritas, central to which is a shared reflection on the Gospels. This year’s programme is entitled “Living our lives with love”. The sessions will be held on Thursday evenings in St John’s Hall at 7.30pm beginning on 7 March and continuing on the six Thursdays thereafter.
Each session takes from 60-90mins. Material will be provided each week.
For further information ring Catherine Birt, 4240134 (eve)

Parish Ladies Coffee Group ...
Starts again in the parish hall on Tuesday 26 February at 10.15am.
All ladies are welcome to join us for a cuppa, bingo and social time.
If you are a newcomer, please join us and meet new friends.
Entry donation - $3. Contact Christina, 426 7108.

John and Julia Brown ...
Would like to thank parishioners for their prayers, support and good wishes during John’s recent medical challenges which had been ongoing since Christmas.
The problems he was experiencing are now under control thanks to a dedicated and efficient public health service and a prayerful community.

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

  1. EVENING TALK – Grateful for God’s Goodness: Love Poured Out with ELIZABETH SNEDDEN rcsj. Fri 1 Mar, 7-9pm. $15

  2. LENTEN SERIES: Journey of the Cross Fridays during Lent, 7-8.30pm. $10 each session or all 6 sessions for $50. This series will provide an opportunity to reflect on the cross through music, Scripture, reflection, prayer and times of silence. Over the 6 weeks, each presenter will do two sessions each. The presenters are: Max Maxwell, Anne Warren chf and Cathryn Wiles-Pickard rsm. These are all stand-alone events and complimentary events. You are welcome to come to one, two, or them all…

  3. Christian MEDITATION 101: Introduction to Christian Meditation with Cathryn Wiles-Pickard rsm. Sat 9 Mar, 9.30am-3.30pm. $35.

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

World Day of Prayer
Our parish is hosting the World Day of Prayer Service to be held on Friday 1 March, 11am in St John’s church.
Light morning tea will follow in the hall. An invitation is extended to all parishioners to come along to represent our parish and to warmly welcome our guests from other churches.
This year the service has been prepared by the interchurch women of Slovenia. We will enjoy learning more about this small country and its faith life.

Children’s Liturgy:
Have you considered volunteering to be a leader of children’s liturgy.
We particularly need more leaders at the 10.15am Mass. Material is provided and if necessary you will be paired with another leader until you feel confident. For more info phone: Tania - 427 4163 (St John’s)

Good News - Bible study starting soon:
As we journey through life we find our way much easier when we have a map and a set of guidelines. As Christians we are at an advantage because we have access to an excellent map and wonderful guidelines and instructions.
THE BIBLE! If you would like to understand and use the bible come and join us at the bible study.
A 6-Week programme on the Book of Galatians will start on Friday 8 March 10.15am–12.15pm at St Francis Church. You will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and discussion. Morning tea will be served.
Contact Barbara 424 1130 or Elizabeth 428 5665.

Serving Spoons - Meals that Matter:
Lenten Prayer for Life: Join us this Lent in prayer, fasting and reparation, especially for the 36 pre-born babies who lose their lives through abortion every day of the year in New Zealand. To find out more call 09 629 4361 or email
Register your prayer commitment to 

Congratulations to ...
Peter and Heather Dekker
who celebrate their 67th wedding anniversary (23 February).

Holy Land Pilgrimage
Join the Auckland diocesan pilgrimage, led by our Vicar General, Monsignor Bernard Kiely, and our diocesan Media & Communications person, Dame Lyndsay Freer.   Departing Saturday 14 September, this 15-night pilgrimage offers superior accommodation, daily breakfast and dinner, daily Mass for our group and outstanding local guides.  See the Gospels come alive as we retrace the steps of Jesus from his Nativity to Calvary.
For further details contact the organiser, Harvest Journeys, on 0800 819 156 or visit or call Lyndsay on (021) 272 4895.

Holy Land Pilgrimage with Fr Sherwin Lapaan:
13-day affordable pilgrimage departing 9 September 2019. Small exclusive group; limited seats.
For full details, please contact Laura on or phone +64-9-921 5106.

Moved home ??
If you have moved home, changed your telephone or email address kindly email your changed details to Theresa in the parish office,

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 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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