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26 July 2020

This Sunday:  
1Kings 3:5,7-12 : Ps. 119P : Rom. 8:28-30 : Matthew13:44-52
Next Sunday:   Isaiah 55.1-3 : Psalm 145 : Romans 8:35,37-39 : Matthew 14:13-21

This week in the parish....

Mon 27 12.30pm Serving Spoons Community lunch, Hall
  7.30pm Meditation Group, St Johnís
Tues 28 9.30am Memorial Mass for George Wiles, St Johns
  10.15am Parish Ladies Coffee Group, Hall
  6.30pm St Francisí Prayer Group (venue changes). Tel. Barbara - 424 1130
Wed 29 1.00pm Requiem Mass for Maurice Sheehan, St Johnís (no indoor bowls in the hall)
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 30 4.00pm Meditation, St Johnís


All parishioners are invited to attend the Parish Pastoral Assembly on Sunday 23 August in the hall at St Johnís after the 10.15am Mass. The Parish Pastoral Assembly is a time for us as a Parish to reflect and begin to set our vision for the next few years.

Our Parish Mission Statement is ďKarere o te Rongo pai - to be messengers of the Gospel through our faith, love and service - whakapono, aroha, awhina.Ē How do each of us do this?

The Covid-19 Lockdown taught us many lessons, one of which is that we are each responsible for our faith lives. Over this time parishioners found ways of carrying on many of the activities we have in our parish - people took action themselves by reaching out to those in need, offering help where possible with shopping, food, a voice on the end of the phone. Prayer and liturgy groups were set up online amongst parishioners. This was us carrying out our baptismal promise. Now is the time for us to reflect upon how we can carry this on.

The Assembly will open with reports from Fr Emile, the Finance Committee and the PPC (reports from other groups will be available on the website and in the church foyers). After this the Assembly will break up into smaller groups to brainstorm ideas on different aspects of Parish life, particularly with the view to how we can each serve our Parish and the wider community. The aspects that will be the focus for discussion for forward planning are Missionary Outreach (Social Justice, Care and Share...), Faith Formation, Youth, Children, Social, Stewardship. This will be a time for ideas and dreaming. The PPC will then take these ideas and develop a vision, goals and action plan that will involve everyone in the Parish.

Remember, at the end of Mass we are told ďThe Mass is ended, go in peace to love and serve the LordĒ now is the time for us to think about how we can do this even better as a Parish community.

We hope that you will be able to join us on Sunday 23 August to help build our vision.

Catherine Cyprian
HBC Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson

Caring Sunday Appeal:

The annual collection for the Catholic Caring Foundation will take place today.
Please give generously to support the work of the Foundation to assist families and communities in need.
You may also make a donation on the website
or directly into the Foundationsí bank account 02-0100-0242648-00.

Memorial Mass for George Wiles ...
On Tuesday 28 July 9.30am, followed by his interment in the St Johnís memorial garden.
Eucharistic adoration as usual after Mass.

Requiem Mass for Maurice Sheehan....
On Wednesday 29 July, 11am at St Johns Church.
There will be no 9.30am Mass or Eucharistic Adoration this Wednesday.

Indoor Bowls:
Due to the above funeral taking place, there will be no bowls in the hall on Wednesday 29 July.

There are still a few welcomersí rosters and Ministersí rosters for the 10.15am Mass to be collected from the St Johnís foyer.

Please Pray For ....

We pray for all the sick in our community. We pray for the recently deceased including Sandy McInnes and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time including Gerry Adams and Tina Davy.

Men of Prayer ...

Men of Prayer of the Hibiscus Coast Churches meet on Monday 3 August, 7pm at Orewa Baptist Church, 2 Loop Rd.
Prayer, praise and worship, fellowship and shared light potluck meal to conclude the evening.
Phone Peter, 021 646 682.

Altar flowers:
We need a few extra volunteers to assist with flower arranging at St Johnís church on a rostered basis.
You donít need to be an expert, just have some creativity with flowers.
To volunteer please phone Elizabeth, 426 6267.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Join us for a cuppa, bingo and a social time in the parish hall on Tuesday 28 July, 10.15am.
Newcomers are most welcome. $3 Donation.

Open Day at Stella Maris School
On 9 Sept, 9am-12pm for years 1-6 Enrolments 2021.
Guided tour, meet staff and students and experience first hand the very special learning environment that Stella Maris has on offer.
Enq. phone (09) 427 9189.

6 day residential silent individually guided retreat, in the dynamic of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, 25 October 10am - 30 October 4pm at St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Road, Auckland
Cost: $770. Apply to:

Headlines from the latest
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  • Small change to Opening Prayer at Mass.
  • Mercy sister was hospice pioneer.
  • Dunedin bishop returns to duties.
  • Answering Jesusí call Ė vocations feature

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Feast of the Assumption Saturday 15 August
(Holy day of obligation)

Vigil Mass at St Francis Church, Friday 14 August at 7.30pm.
Mass at St Johnís Church, Saturday 15 August, 9.30am.
All are invited to attend the blessing of the statue of Our Lady at St Johnís Church at 2.45pm, followed by the Coast to Coast Rosary for Life and Faith at 3pm.
Join in the celebratory afternoon tea afterwards and please bring a plate to share.

A huge thank you ....
To the St Johnís Catering Team for funding the $20,400.00 cost to replace the ceilings and paint the foyer/chapel at St Johnís.
We are very blessed to have such enthusiastic volunteers who willingly give so much time to cater for funerals and events and fundraise for the parish. Well done team!!
We thank the contractors Accent Construction Interiors Ltd for doing a great job and special thanks to Terry Clarkson who donated the electrical work and to Terry Cochrane for overseeing the project.

Please stay for morning tea ...
Please stay for morning tea after 8.30am and 10.15am Mass today.

Auckland Catholic Young Adults Community have moved online!
An awesome community for those who are wanting to deepen their Catholic faith. Follow their Facebook page or visit their website for more info. Hang out every Monday at 6.30pm via zoom.

We urgently need additional volunteers .....

To lead the childrenís liturgy at the 10.15am Mass.
Training and materials provided and if necessary you will be paired with another leader until you feel confident.
For more information please contact Tania Hollier, 022 036 84 80.

A Requiem Mass ....
Will take place for Rachel Dennerly on Saturday 1 August, 11am at Holy Family Parish, 94 Taikata Road, Te Atatu.
Parishioners who knew her may like to attend.

Serving Spoons :
Anyone who may benefit from a delicious meal and some friendly company is most welcome to join us for our free community lunch in St Johnís Hall this Monday 27 July at 12.30pm.

If you are a great cook or willing to help with prepping food, serving, hosting tables or tidying up afterwards please add your name to the list in the foyer.
Any donations from parishioners to cover the costs of our monthly lunches will be appreciated.
Please place this in an envelope marked ďServing SpoonsĒ and add it to the usual Sunday collection.

Liturgy Conference 2020:

An invitation is extended to all parishioners in the Auckland Diocese to attend the Liturgy Conference 1-3 October at Baradene College, Auckland.
Worshipping under Southern Skies - Weaving together Liturgy and Life.
It will be a great opportunity to grow in faith.
Please visit the website


Who's in control?

There were three guys in a restaurant. Two are talking about the amount of control they have over their wives. The third remains silent.

After a while, one of the first two turned to the third and says, "Well... What about you, what sort of control do you have over your wife?"

"Well, on our honeymoon, I made damn sure my wife came to me on her hands and knees," he bragged.

His friends were amazed. "What happened then?" they asked, almost in unison.

"Well, then she said, 'Get out from under that bed and fight like a man!'"

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