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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

27th January 2019

This Sunday:  
Neh. 8:2-6,8-10 : Psalm 19B : 1Cor. 12:12-30 : Luke 1:1-4,4:14-21
Next Sunday:   Jer. 1:4-5,17-19 : Psalm 71 : 1Cor. 12:31-13:13 : Luke 4:21-30

This week in the parish....

Sun 27 11.15am Farewell morning tea for Fr John, Hall
Mon 28 7.30pm Meditation, St Johnís
Tues 29 11.00am Meeting for World Day of Prayer, Hall
  7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group, ph 424 1130 for venue
  7.00pm RCIA, St Johnís
Wed 30 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Johnís
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 31 4.00pm Meditation, St Johnís

Please note that a Liturgy of the Word and Holy Communion will replace the 9.30am Mass on Saturday 2 February.


With todayís Gospel passage Luke introduces his two-volume work ĖGospel and Acts of the Apostles. Lukeís work continues the narrative of Godís liberation of humanity from the mess it had brought on itself, alienated from its creator and alienated within itself. It is a narrative of the creative, divine action of the Spirit beginning with Israel, continued through Jesus, and now through the Church.

Writing during the fifth decade of the Churchís life, Luke wants us to understand that the same Spirit that was upon Jesus also came upon the Church at Pentecost.

Todayís gospel passage begins this liturgical yearís cycle of readings taken principally from Lukeís gospel. Reading Lukeís Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, comparing how Jesus acted through the power of the Spirit during his earthly life, and how he is acting now through the Spirit in our own lives and in the life of the Church might be a helpful thing to do, even as a Lenten exercise.

Gerard Manley Hopkins provides a word of encouragement with his observation: ďTo hear of him and dwell on the thought of him will do us good.Ē

Today our parish family says ďfarewellĒ to Fr John as he moves to be parish priest of Devonport and, later in the year, to teach our seminarians at Good Shepherd College. We pray that God will keep him close, and, in the power of the Holy Spirit, will guide, protect and steady him in both the joys and the tensions of life.

Next Sunday as a parish family we welcome Fr. Emile Frische, our new parish priest. Morning tea and social time with Fr Emile after the 10.15 Mass. We pray that God will richly bless Fr Emile as he begins ministry in our large and diverse community of faith, with our two churches of St. Francis and St John.
God bless you all. Deacon Murray

God bless you Fr John for your service to our parish.
We have appreciated your spiritual guidance and leadership and the gifts and talents you have shared with us. We wish you happiness and success in your new roles and all the very best for the future. We will keep you in our prayers.
Please join Fr John after the 10.15am Mass for a farewell morning tea.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community. We pray for the recently deceased including John Coleman, Lesley OíConnor, Joyce Lewis and Phyllis Pablecheque and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

2019 World Day of Prayer
Our parish will be hosting the 2019 World Day of Prayer to be held in St Johnís Church on Friday 1 March at 11am. Light morning tea will follow in the hall. 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. We donít have much time to work on this, so we would like to invite any willing representatives from our parish, along with those from all the local churches, to a meeting on Tuesday 29 January at 11am in St Johnís hall to get the ball rolling. Many hands make light work and we look forward to working with our Christian brothers and sisters across the Churches to present this great programme as a Christian witness of unity and cooperation.
Contact Barbara Hines, 427 8496.

Parish priest of Devonport parish
Fr John will be welcomed as new parish priest of Devonport parish on Sunday 3 February at their 9.00am Mass.
It is planned that a group of our parishioners will form a support group for Fr John, to hand him over to his new parish. It is also planned that we be at their church by 8.45am so that we can go in and all sit as a group.
If there is anyone who needs transport please ring Deacon Greg, 027 603 5132.

Congratulations ....
Congratulations to Indi Davies, Lola Davies and Ethan Diomampo who were baptised this month.

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

Our parish welcome to our new parish priest, Fr Emile Frische will take place on Sunday 3 February at the 10.15am Mass. All parishioners are warmly invited to attend.
Following the Mass there will be a morning tea and social time in the hall to give people a chance to meet Fr Emile informally.

Prayer Groups:
Will start again at St Francis church on Tuesday 29 January and at St Johnís on Wednesday 30 January.

Serving Spoons:
Our next free community lunch will be on Monday
25 February 2019 in the parish hall.

St Valentineís Day Mass:
Saturday 16 February, 5.30pm at St Patrickís Cathedral - a celebration of marriage & family.†
All welcome: engaged, married, singles, families, children, everyone!† (N.B. Wilson parking $4.00; validate ticket at Cathedral).
For further info contact the Diocesan Marriage & Family team, (09) 360 3025 or email Gerry at


    Farewell to Alan and Lisa Morton-Jones and family members who are moving away from the Hibiscus Coast. Our parish has been very blessed to have you as longstanding parishioners. We thank you for all the time and effort you have put into so many ministries over the years. It has been wonderful watching the family grow and develop in faith and community service. We wish you happiness & blessings in your new home and parish and look forward to you visiting us from time to time.
    Tim and Chris we are pleased you will be remaining in the area and parish.

Childrenís Liturgy:
The seniorsí liturgy will resume at St Johnís on Sunday 3 February.

Eucharistic Adoration ...
Commences at St Johnís on Tuesday 29 January.

If anyone has spare wool (including 8 ply) to donate to the knitting group for the poor,
please leave in a bag on the table in the foyer or hand in at the parish office.

Anyone interested...
Anyone interested in a new Uniden landline cordless phone and answer machine? - still in its box.
A donation to Serving Spoons will be appreciated. Can be viewed in the parish office.

Happy Birthday to:
Peter Foster (3 Feb) and
happy 39th anniversary to Peter and Eleni Foster (9 Feb).

Sacramental Programme:
The programme for children preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation begins on Sunday 17 February, 9.00am at St Johnís.
A parent-only meeting will be held in the parish hall on Tuesday 12 February at 7.00pm.
Enquiries to Katherine Craig, 021 8269162.

Mainly Music
Mainly Music will resume this Wednesday 30 January.

The Keynotes ....
The Keynotes will resume their monthly sing-along on Thursday 7 March at 1.30pm at Hibiscus Coast Village, 101 Red Beach Road, in the downstairs theatre/community centre.
All welcome. Ring Jocelyn, 426 0941.

Thank you :
Thank you for continuing to donate aluminum tabs off your beer & cold drink tins and lids of wine bottles for the ĎKan Tabs for Kidney Kids Projectí.
(Beer bottle lids are not accepted).
This is a wonderful way to help children with kidney disorders.

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 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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