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24th October 2021

This Sunday:  
Jeremiah 31:7-9. Hebrews 5:1-6. Mark 10:46-52
Next Sunday:   Deuteronomy 6:2-6. Hebrews 7:23-28. Mark 12:28-34. (World Mission Sunday)

This week in the parish....


There was a woman who had been blind for thirty years when she had a life-changing surgery on her eyes which gave her back her sight. Leaving aside the explosive experience of seeing again, when she got her first meal after the operation she said “I thought it would be easy to eat because I could see what I was doing but no! I’d aim for a piece of potato & miss it,” She had to close her eyes & eat that first meal as she had for thirty years; she had to retreat to a comfort zone, something she knew, to eat her first meal.
This is Linus, a “Peanuts” character, whose claim to fame is his security blanket. We all know what that is; we’ve had them when infants, sucking our thumb, a real piece of blanket or a teddy which we won’t be parted from and only feel secure when we have it. We leave those behind but actually replace them with other security blankets or what we call “comfort zones.”

In the gospel Bartimaeus throws off his cloak to go to Jesus. His cloak is the symbol of his securities. A blind person’s cloak was enormously important; they couldn’t work so had to beg. They sat on their spread out cloak and people threw food or money onto it. The blind person could then gather up what it contained. Bartimaeus cast aside that security to go to Jesus. The gospel challenges us to step outside our secure zones so that we can see & experience Jesus.

The well-known author John Powell SJ writes about this: “All of us have comfort zones, the areas in which we are comfortable. These comfort zones apply to the way we dress, the emotions we can express, the things we will try, our openness to change, the way we get involved with community & so forth.

As long as we stay within these comfort zones, we just keep repeating what we have always done. We don't change. We don't grow. Every day is pretty much like the day before, & every tomorrow is pretty much like today. Our days are all "carbon copies" of one another. We like our comfort zones, even though they shrink the world in which we live. We feel "safe" there. If you promise me that you are going to stay within your comfort zone, I will be able to tell you what you will be like at the end of your life. You'll be just what you are now, only more so.

If you promise me that you are going to stretch, to step outside your comfort zone, I cannot predict your future. The sky’s the limit.”

Jesus is calling us to throw our security cloaks aside and go where we haven’t gone before.


Hibiscus Coast Parish Zoom Mass

Fr Raphael invites you all to join in our zoom Parish Mass on Sundays at 11am:
Meeting ID: 886 5266 2763. Passcode: Mass

Mission Sunday has been moved from 24 October to 31 October 2021

This annual celebration gives us a chance to reflect on the importance of mission work for the life of the Church. It reminds us that we are one with the Church around the world and that we are all committed to carrying on the mission of Christ, however different our situations may be.

All parishioners are invited to contribute to the Mission Sunday collection for the work of Evangelisaton around the world. Your donation may be paid into the Parish Bank A/C No. 02-0100-0120966-017. Please include your name, planned giving number if you have one and ‘Missions’ in the payee details.
Alternatively you may make an online donation on MissioNZ’s website:

Rosary in October

This month is traditionally a time to focus on the beauty and power of the Rosary as a journey of faith, with Mary, through the central events of the life of Christ. Sign up to receive daily October reflections on the mysteries of the Rosary at

We invite you all to gather as a family and join one of the online groups below to pray the rosary:

Meeting id: 919 432 0978 Passcode 6163

Meeting ID: 934 078 3894 Passcode: family

Meeting ID: 847 7560 6844 Passcode: Rosary

Check out and join....

Our new Parish Facebook pages!!!!
Hibiscus Coast Catholic Parish & Hibiscus Coast Parish Youth

Hibiscus Coast Parish Youth

There will be a Life Teen Summer camp on 14th-18th January 2022 at YMCA camp, Hunua. It is for youths 13-17 years old to experience a week of fun activities to bring youths closer to God, and an opportunity to build long lasting friendships.

We are planning to send a group from our parish so please contact by 22nd October
If you're interested or would like more details or go to

World Youth Day 2021 - Sunday 21 November, 7pm - Stand Up!
Stand up and get excited for World Youth Day 2021!
Bishop Patrick Dunn, Bishop Michael Gielen and the ACYM team invite you to join us on Facebook Live to celebrate World Youth Day, as we live out this year’s theme of
“Stand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen.”

Parish Youth Group :
The Youth Group Zoom sessions are back on! Join us fortnightly on Fridays starting from 22 Oct, at 5.30pm.
Look out for details from our Facebook page or email

What is Operation Christmas Child?

Operation Christmas Child is a hands-on way for you to bless children in need by packing a Christmas gift box online with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and fun gifts. Boxes will be distributed to children living in vulnerable situations.

For more information go to and help to brighten a child’s Christmas this year.

Baptised Together

The Catholic and Lutheran churches in Aotearoa New Zealand have approved a statement recognising the unity of each other’s baptisms. The statement is called Baptised Together in Christ. It will be particularly helpful for families wanting to baptise their child where one parent is Lutheran and the other Catholic. The Statement is the result of work by the Roman Catholic-Lutheran Dialogue Commission, established in 2017 by Lutheran Bishop Mark Whitfield and Catholic Cardinal Archbishop John Dew. Paper copies of the statement will be distributed to parishes as Covid-19 restrictions permit. Meanwhile, details of the Statement and a link to a PDF copy of the Statement are online here:

A PDF of the Statement is here:

Thanksgiving Celebration Liturgy 2021

On behalf of The Auckland Diocese, and Bishop Michael, we cordially invite all parish volunteers and Lay leaders, to share in our online liturgy of Thanksgiving.
We wish to thank and honour you all for your desire to build the kingdom in a year that has been disrupted by Covid.
The Liturgy will be held online on Saturday 6 November starting at 5.30pm
See you all there!!

End of Life Choice: the reality facing vulnerable New Zealanders

  1. Pray for all vulnerable New Zealanders. Let us pray for those who, with the coming into effect of the End of Life Choice Act, may become susceptible to real or subtle pressures to request euthanasia – especially those who are elderly, frail, lonely, isolated, or who feel they are a burden.
  2. Pray for those who will be on the frontlines trying to protect vulnerable New Zealanders from abuse under the upcoming euthanasia regime. For all pro-life medical practitioners, nurses, caregivers, lawyers, human rights defenders, and watchdog groups in New Zealand who will be devoting their efforts to protecting vulnerable patients from abuse under the new euthanasia regime. That they will be given protection, wisdom, courage, strength, and the resources they need for their battle.
  3. Pray for our leaders. That those in positions of political leadership come to understand the harms that this euthanasia and assisted suicide regime will bring to New Zealand. May their consciences be pricked and their minds enlightened. May they come to make decisions that truly uphold and protect the value of human life.
  4. Pray for a halt to euthanasia expansion. That New Zealanders will step back from the abyss and oppose the inevitable expansion of euthanasia to other vulnerable groups in years to come including the disabled, chronically ill, mentally ill, and children.

End of Life Prayer Day 7 November
On November 7 the Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide (EAS) law, the End-of-Life Choice Act 2019, comes into effect. Family Life International (FLI) has set aside Friday 5 November as a Day of Reparation, in addition to prayers on Sunday 7th November, and has provided information at

Voice For Life are also co-ordinating a nation-wide End of Life Prayer Day on Sunday 7 November. Resources including readings and prayers of the faithful at
Further information is at


Some headlines from the latest issue are – More discussion called for over hate speech law proposal. Catholic reaction to Auckland terrorist attack. Search for 19th century ‘True Vine’ poster. Youth hyped up for Life Teen summer camp.

The NZ Catholic is available in digital form at:

Diocesan Job Vacancy - Executive Officer

We are seeking a highly capable and experienced Executive Officer. Our Executive Officer will provide executive support in governance, legal, property, finance, treasury, human resources, risk and compliance as well as supporting the GM on strategic projects and initiatives. We’re looking for a people person with great communication, relationship, and administration skills. Sound judgement, accountability, discretion, initiative, and the ability to work autonomously, efficiently and professionally are essential for the success of this position and its reputation. Please visit the Diocesan website to view the full advert, position description. Applications are via SEEK and close on 3 November.

Please Pray For ....

All the sick in our community including Wendy Hope, and for those suffering while awaiting surgery procedures.

All who are suffering from Covid and its affects, and for all those taking care of them. May our leaders and scientists find ways to overcome this pandemic.

All the deceased and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time.

Resources in times of Lockdown

  • The diocese has a number of resources available on its website to support people at this time
    This also has a program of events that are available in the diocese during this time.

  • For those at level 2 will be a useful resource.

  • A reminder that the diocese continues to provide broadcast Sunday Mass.
    It is uploaded at 5.30pm Saturday night (as per a Vigil Mass time) to the Youtube channel Auckland Catholic
    It is also broadcast on Shine TV Sundays at 2.00pm Free-to-air TV Channel 25, Sky TV Channel 201.
  • Daily Reflections from Bishops Pat and Michael Reflections from the Bishops on Facebook Bishop Pat and Bishop Michael

  • Serving Spoons
    We thank you for your donations which are enabling us to supply fresh fruit and vegetables weekly to Love Soup for inclusion in 40 food boxes distributed to families needing assistance in these challenging times. Your generosity is making a big difference to these families and aligns to our mission to provide “Meals that Matter” and fresh food to "Feed the Need", in the safest way we can as a parish. If you would like to support the addition of fruit and vegetables to the food parcels, you can make a donation to Hibiscus Coast Parish bank account # 02 0100 0120966 017 reference Serving Spoons.

    Online Sessions (Daytime):
    Notices from Titipounamu Study & Joy

    Ignatian Imaginative Contemplation – Praying with Imagination with Laetitia Puthenpadath. Thursdays, 04 and 22 November, 2-3,30pm. ZOOM. Koha/Donation.

    Online Sessions (Evening):

    Infancy Narratives & Nativity Scenes with Kieran Fenn fms and Beate Matthies. Mondays, 22 November and 06 December, 7-8.30pm. ZOOM. Koha/Donation.
    For more information and registration:

    Christmas Cards, Daily Mass Calendars and Columban Calendars

    We will not be selling Christmas cards in the church foyers this year.
    Parishioner Anne Pretorius at Shop 4, The Village, 1 Moenui Avenue, Orewa will be selling cards on our behalf. Her supply has arrived and cards will be on sale from $1.00 to $2.50 each, as well as packs of eight for $4.50 or $5.00 dependent on size. While shopping for cards you may even find some ideal Christmas gifts for family and friends.
    Due to printers being closed in Level 4, we are expecting delays in deliveries of Daily Mass Calendars and perhaps the Columban Calendars.
    When supplies arrive and churches are allowed to open these will be on sale in the parish office and after Mass on Sundays.

    Ruakaka 30th Anniversary

    On Sunday 14th November 2021, the Ruakaka Holy Family Catholic Community is celebrating 30 years since moving into the new Church in Peter Snell Road, Ruakaka.
    Mass is at 10.30am followed by a shared luncheon, sausage sizzle and entertainment for young and old. We are specially reaching out to past members and friends who could be interested in coming along and sharing a few memories.
    Please contact either; Ray Timmins; 02102788867 : Or Monica Johnson ; 021382401 :


    Your funeral

    Three friends are sitting around talking one day when they begin to discuss what they would like their friends and families to say about them as they're laying in their caskets at their funerals.

    The first man says, "I would like to hear them say that I was an exceptional doctor, and a great family man."

    The second man responds, "I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband and school teacher who made a huge difference in our children's lives."

    The last guy replies, "I would like to hear them say, 'LOOK! HE'S MOVING!!'"

    Smile: A Poem by Spike Milligan

    Smiling is infectious,
    you catch it like the flu,
    When someone smiled at me today,
    I started smiling too.

    I passed around the corner
    and someone saw my grin.
    When he smiled I realized
    I'd passed it on to him.

    I thought about that smile,
    then I realized its worth.
    A single smile, just like mine
    could travel round the earth.

    So, if you feel a smile begin,
    don't leave it undetected.
    Let's start an epidemic quick,
    and get the world infected!

    During the lockdowns our weekly newsletter was still being produced.
    Please pass the message on to others that if they would like the newsletter sent to them directly, to visit the parish website and

    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
    Janet Dimbleby; 427 5850
    Raewyn Taylor; 424 1414
    Maree Lochead; 428 4648

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