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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

28th October 2018

This Sunday:  
Jer 31:7-9 : Psalm 126 : Heb. 5:1-6 : Mark 10:46-52
Next Sunday:   Deut. 6:2-6 : Psalm 18 : Heb. 7:23-28 : Mark 12:28-34

This week in the parish....

Mon 29 12.30pm Serving Spoons community lunch, hall 
  7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 30 10.15am Parish Ladies Coffee Group, Hall 
  7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group, ph 424 1130 for venue
Wed 31 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 1 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 2 9.30am All Souls’ Mass, St John’s
Sun 4 9.00am Sacramental Programme, St John’s


    “To be messengers of the Gospel through our faith, love, and service.” These words above form our parish Mission Statement, in both English and Te Reo Maori. Our Parish Pastoral Council developed this statement after a good deal of discussion and prayer, considering the work of the previous Pastoral Planning Team. “Through our faith, love and service.” There are many ways in which we might vision how this can be done. One positive way is in the support of our parish children, twenty-eight of whom are being presented today by their catechists at the 10:15 Mass as they begin the journey through the Children’s Sacramental Programme. During the week the parents met and were taken through the first segment of the programme, the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is useful then that we ourselves reflect on this Sacrament, as Reconciliation forms an integral part of our Catholic Church teaching.
    Many in the churches struggle with the theology of this Sacrament, their argument being that, ‘Jesus died for our sins, and by his death all sins are already forgiven, nothing else is necessary”. If that is the total message then we might well ask “Why then do we need reconciliation?” The answer lies in the very word ‘reconciliation.’ Our Catholic teaching is very clear. When we sin, we damage our relationship with God’s honour and love, we damage our relationship with the Christian community, and we damage our own dignity as human beings (CCC1487). That damage needs to be repaired (reconciled) and a very good way to repair it is through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, one of the Sacraments of healing.
We pray that we may be good messengers of this Gospel to our children, doing all we can to encourage them to know, love and use this wonderful Sacrament.
God bless you all. Deacon Murray

Fr John will be on leave ...
From midday 28 October to Saturday 17 November.
We wish him a relaxing break.
Fr Ron and Fr Philip Sullivan will celebrate Mass in his absence.

Serving Spoons - ‘Feed the Need’:
Our next free community lunch will be held in the parish hall on
Monday 29 October at 12.30pm.
If you, or anyone you know could benefit from a hearty meal
and some friendly company please come along.
Thank you to Love Soup, all our volunteer helpers
and those who have donated food or funds.

November is the month ...
When special prayers are offered for all the deceased.
A basket of remembrance will be kept at the altar at both churches.
Please write the names of those whom you wish to remember on a prayer intention slip in the foyer and place it in the basket.

Pope Francis.
On the Feast of All Souls, Pope Francis asks people to pray “for the world’s forgotten dead, those who no one remembers, the victims of war and violence, the many little ones of the world crushed by hunger and poverty and the anonymous who rest in common graves”.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community.
We pray for the recently deceased including Henryk Wolk and David Hooi and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Wim de Veer.

St John’s church will be closed ...
From Mon 5th to Wed 7th November as all the light fittings will be replaced.
There will be no Liturgy of the Word, Mass or Eucharistic adoration on those dates.

Operation Christmas Child:
Christmas gift boxes are due back today Sunday 28 October.
Thank you to those who have filled gift-boxes and helped to brighten a child’s Christmas this year.

Please take note:

    A Liturgy of the Word will replace the 9.30am Mass at St John’s on Saturdays 3rd, 10th & 17th November.
    There will be no reconciliations on those dates.

Annual Seniors’ Christmas Lunch
Friday 23 November, Parish Hall, Noon.
Admission free, entertainment provided, limited to 80 people.
To book please add your name to the list in the foyer.
Donations will be welcomed.

Congratulations to ....
Our newly baptised - Zara Granich, Mia Granich and Cooper Pringle.

All Souls Day Friday 2 November:
All parishioners are invited to attend the 9.30am Mass at St John’s church where we will pray for and remember all our deceased loved ones, especially those parishioners who have gone to their rest in the past year.
A special morning tea will be held in the hall afterwards.
There will be no Mass at St Francis church next Friday.

Men of Prayer of the Hibiscus Coast churches ...
Meet on Monday 5 November, 7pm at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, 3 Stanmore Bay Rd, Whangaparaoa.
Prayer, praise & worship and a shared meal to conclude.
Ph. Peter - 021 646682

The Keynotes meet for a fun sing-along ....
On Thursday 1 October at 1.30pm at Hibiscus Coast Village, 101 Red Beach Road, in the downstairs theatre/community centre.
All welcome. Ring Jocelyn, 426 0941.

The Catholic Institute (TCI) ...
Needs an energetic and well organised leader for its Auckland operation, based in Ponsonby. 
The role involves a mix of communication, promotion, relationship management, administration and quality management. 
Relationships with the Maori and/or Pasifika communities in Auckland would be helpful. 
Call or email Gerald Scanlan, the TCI Director, for further details:
021 375 292 or
Applications close Monday 5 Nov.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Meets on Tuesday 30 October in the parish hall. Join us for a cuppa, chat and a few games of bingo. Great prizes.
Newcomers are most welcome. Entry donation - $3.
Contact Christina, 426 7108.

The following candidates for the Sacramental Progamme will be presented at the 10.15am Mass today.
Please keep them, their families and the catechists in your prayers:

  • Gráinne Aitken
  • Julia Anders
  • Gabrielle Arlantico
  • Liam Craig
  • Sienna Dance
  • Aimee Grey
  • Benjamin Grounsell
  • Sebastian Grounsell
  • Sam Handford
  • Ilan Hobman
  • Dani Hudson
  • Wade Hessell
  • Jessica Holm
  • Brooklyn Hope-Jensen
  • Tegan Jones
  • Oliver Low
  • Cody Mant
  • Ashley Noda
  • Troy Noda
  • James Orjalo
  • Elise Roberts
  • Dylan Smythe
  • Ilaria Spalletta
  • Dylan Tang
  • Brooke Thompson
  • Kalan Willis
  • Hayley Wyatt
  • Ryan Wyatt
The candidates will start their 1st session on Sunday 4 November at 9am at St John’s Church.

Congratulations to...
Bill and Norma McGrath
who celebrate their 60th Wedding anniversary on 1 November.

Health & Safety - St John’s:
When entering the car park please adhere to the ‘Left Only’ road marking, opposite the church entrance.
Driving directly ahead is confrontational to both pedestrians using the crossing, and also other vehicles travelling in the correct direction.
PLEASE discontinue this dangerous practice as we do not wish to observe an accident as a result of unnecessary negligence.

Cell Phones
Please turn off your cell phone when you enter the church.

On Sale after Mass today:
Columban calendars - $12
Daily Mass calendars - $3 and
Latest edition of the NZ Catholic - $4.

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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