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25th December 2020

This Sunday:  
Eccles. 3:2-6,12-14 : Psalm 128 : Col. 3:12-21; Luke 2:22-40
Next Sunday:   Isaiah 60:1-6 : Psalm 72 : Eph. 3:2-3,5-6 : Matthew 2:1-12

This week in the parish....

Wishing you all a Blessed & Happy Christmas

Christmas time is a beautiful time as we think about Godís love for us. Who would ever imagine that God, who made the entire universe and holds it all together, would love us so much that He would become one of us in His Son, Jesus? Godís love for us is, we could say, crazy. We cannot properly understand Godís love doing this for us because it is out of this world. This Christmas we are very happy to celebrate what is out of this world, Godís love for us, becoming part of this world when Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
The Gift at Christmas for all of us is Jesus.
This is the Gift we need to unwrap each day. The only way to be fully happy and successful is to make room in the inn of our hearts every day for Jesus.

God Bless you all, always.
Fr. Emile

The Missionary Journey Continues

My dear Hibiscus Coast parishioners,
I want to take this opportunity to say a BIG THANK YOU to you all for the 2 years Iíve had here with you. Itís been a blessing and privilege for me to have had this time with you. I have been blessed to experience the energy and enthusiasm you all have, living the Christ life and sharing that with others, especially through the various ministries and prayer groups here in the Parish. I will share these blessings with my people in the East Coast Bays Parish. The two Churches which Father Alejandro de la Sotta and myself will be serving have similar names as we have here! The first names, anyway: St. FRANCIS de Sales and St JOHN the Baptist. I know that you will welcome and enjoy having Fr. Raphael Lobo here with you.
Keeping you all in my heart and in my prayer.
Much love and God Bless.
Fr. Emile

Stella Maris School

Stella Maris School is a real treasure here in the Hibiscus Coast Parish. You just have to be there to experience the peace and love shared, in the way the Staff look after the children, and in the way the children look after each other. Very special and visible.
This is also the time to say a very BIG Thank You to Alan Watts who is retiring as Principal of the school.
His joyful spirit with all at the school will be remembered. This is also the time to welcome the new Principal, Catherine Cyprian. Catherine has been at Stella Maris for many years, and will continue to grow the Marian values there. As many of you will know, Catherine is the Chair of our PPC here at Hibiscus Coast Parish.
So, Alan and Catherine, keeping you in prayer, thanking God for you for all you have done at Stella Maris, and will continue to do. Thank you so much.
God Bless you both.
Fr. Emile

Office closed:
The parish office will be unattended from 24 December to 18 January inclusive.
Fr Emile will be available during this period on 426 5599 Ext 2 or email:
Where possible please hold any administration queries until the office reopens. The next newsletter will be Sunday 31 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.

Mass will be celebrated at St Francis on New Yearís Day
9.30am for the Solemnity of Mary the Holy Mother of God.
The usual schedule of Mass times and the Monday Liturgy of the Word will continue over the holiday period.

Farewell morning tea
All invited to a farewell morning tea for Fr Emile in St Johnís Hall on Sunday
24 January after 10.30am Mass.

Please Pray For ....

We pray for all the sick in our community including Deacon Murray.
We pray for the recently deceased, particularly Patricia May, Diane Evans, Lancette Heron, Christine Barnett, Graeme Tarr and Larry Downes and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time.

Prayer Groups:

The Holy Family group meets again on Tuesday 19 January, the St Johnís group on Wednesday 3 February and the Divine Mercy group on Sunday 7 February.

Sacramental Programme:
Dates for the 2021 programme have not been finalised. Notices will appear in the newsletter when registrations open.

Christmas Day Mass Shine TV Ė
For those who are unable to attend Mass on Christmas day Shine will broadcast Mass starting at 1.50pm. Shine is on Free-to-air Channel 25 and Sky TV Channel 201 and the presider is Bishop Michael Gielen.†

Happy Birthday:
Happy 93rd birthday to Peter Dekker (25 Dec)

Christmas Mass Times

All the children are invited to dress up as angels or shepherds at the 5.30pm and 8.30am Masses.
Christmas Eve - St Johnís:
5.00pm - Carol singing followed by
5.30pm Family Mass
11.15pm - Carol singing followed by midnight Mass

Christmas Day:
St Francis - 8.30am Family Mass
St Johnís - 10.00am carol singing followed by Mass at 10.30am.

All the children will be invited to sit around the altar for the Gospel reading and nativity scene at the 8.30am and 5.30pm Masses.
There will be no nativity play before the 5.30pm Mass as previously advertised.

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • New pastoral plan for Auckland diocese.
  • New vaccines prompt serious questions.
  • Hospital chaplain called a local hero.
  • Marist ordained to priesthood.

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Prayer intentions:
Call upon the church community to pray for you (James 5:14). Please telephone any of the parishioners listed on the notice board.
They would love to pray for your intentions in their daily prayers. If you have some spare time and are willing to pray for others we invite you to join the group.
Please contact Norma, 424 8460.

Funeral Service for Patricia May ....
On Wednesday 30 December, 11am at St Johnís.
Mass as usual at 9.30am.

Meditation Groups:
The Monday group resumes on 1 February, the Wednesday group on 13 January and the Thursday group on 28 January.

Sunday morning tea
St Johnís morning tea will resume on Sunday 24 January.
Rosters are in the foyer for collection.

Eucharistic Adoration ....
Will start again on Tuesday 2 February at St Johnís and Friday 5 February at St Francis.

Stella Maris School ...

Stella Maris School wishes to thank all parishioners who supported the school in any way and 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.

Parish Consecration to St Joseph:
In view of this being the year of St Joseph as directed by Pope Francis, we are hoping to offer a Parish 33 day consecration to St Joseph, starting on 15/2/21 and finishing on his feast day of 19/3/21.
The consecration takes the form of daily reflections, teachings and prayers reflecting on the life of St Joseph. †
It is book led, ďConsecration to St JosephĒ by Fr Don Calloway and can be privately ordered, downloaded on Kindle or I can order a copy for you from Anne at Never Ending Books, Orewa, cost approximately $35.
If you would like me to order you a copy I will have to do so soon due to current delays in postage. Please see me, Helen Kehoe, in church or email me at

Indoor bowls ...

Begins again on Wednesday 3 February.

The ĎMake Summer Unstoppableí campaign has begun!
A reminder to all New Zealanders about doing the right things to keep each other safe over the festive season and summer holiday. Here are four simple things we can all do to keep each other safe:

  1. Scan QR codes with the NZ COVID Tracer app.
  2. Turn on Bluetooth tracing on the NZ COVID Tracer app.
  3. Stay home if youíre sick and do not travel or take part in activities.
  4. Wash your hands regularly.

On sale:

  • 2021 Daily Mass calendars and
  • 2021 Columban calendars

Readings for the Sundays in January

Sunday 3 Jan: Isaiah 60:1-6 : Psalm 72 : Eph. 3:2-3,5-6 : Matthew 2:1-12
10 Jan: Isaiah 42: 1-4,6-7 : Psalm 29 : Acts 10:34-38 : Mark 1:7-11
Sunday 17 Jan: 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19 : Psalm 40 : 1 Cor. 6:13-15, 17-20 : John 1:35-42
Sunday 24 Jan: Jonah 3:1-5,10 : Psalm 25 : 1Cor 7:29-31 : Mark 1:14-20
Sunday 31 Jan: Deut. 18:15-20 : Psalm 95 : 1 Cor. 7:32-35 : Mark 1:21-28


Lazy workers

A site foreman had ten very lazy men working for him, so one day he decided to trick them into doing some work for a change. "I've got a really easy job today for the laziest one among you," he announced. "Will the laziest man please put his hand up." Nine hands went up. "Why didn't you put your hand up?" he asked the tenth man. "Too much trouble," came the reply.

Some quick advice:

* Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

* A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

* Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

* If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.

* Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.

* Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.

* Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.

There were two snakes talking.

The first one asks, "Sidney, are we poisonous snakes?" The second snake responds, "Why do you ask?" The first one says, "I just bit my lip."

During the lockdown period our weekly newsletter is 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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