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5th Sunday of Easter

29th April 2018

This Sunday:  
Acts 9:26-31 : Psalm 22 : 1John 3:18-24 : John 15:1-8
Next Sunday:   Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48 : Psalm 98 : 1John 4:7-10 : John 15:9-17

This week in the parish....

Mon 30 12.30pm Serving Spoons Community Meal, Hall
  7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 1 7.00pm Liturgy Meeting, St John’s
  7.00pm Prayer Group, St Francis
Wed 2 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 Groups, Hall
Thurs 3 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 4 9.00am Rosary prayers, St Francis


Today's gospel reading, ‘I am the true vine’, brings us another of John's “I AM” meditations. It takes up an important theme developed by the Old Testament prophets and one of the psalms: the old Israel was God’s ‘vine’, lovingly planted and tended; but it brought forth only bitter fruits. In Jesus, however, this divine project has been taken up again by the Father – coming forth from his Paschal Mystery, he is the true vine which will bear fruits which give eternal ‘glory’ to the Father.

Thus our liturgy carries forward our Easter reflection upon what the Saviour's Paschal Mystery means in our lives and in the life of the Church. One of the central themes of the New Testament is the solidarity we have with Christ through what was achieved by God through his death and resurrection. For Paul we live ‘in Christ’, we are ‘limbs of his body’. John often repeats that Christ (and his Father) now ‘dwell’ or ‘make their home’ in us.

We could easily overlook the fact that what comes through clearly in this gospel is the call to fruitfulness – sharing with the Son all that makes him the ‘true’ vine, beloved of the Father who has given him over for the sake of the whole world. The vine's branches are ‘pruned’ by the Father by means of ‘the word’ – a clear call to nourish our Resurrection life through a knowledge and love of the Scriptures.
The fruits we will bear are primarily the witness we must give to others, and the outreach through which we are called to embody the Saviour's presence in our world. Israel was called to be ‘a light to the nations’ but failed; the New Israel, brought into existence through our solidarity with Jesus in his Paschal Mystery, must fulfil that great mission – an apparently impossible task, until we recall that what is at stake is the Father's great design in creation, and we recognise that all that is to be achieved derives from the One who is ‘the true vine’.
Fr. John Thornhill sm (edited).

Eucharistic Adoration
To have Eucharistic Adoration in our parish is a blessing for everyone.
Please consider joining those who come for one hour per week day, on a regular basis to pray at St John’s .
Jesus says “Could you not watch one hour with me”. (Matt 26: 40-41).
Contact Leonie, 027 2223591.

Married Couples:
Revitalise and enrich your intimacy, love and romance in your marriage. Attend the Marriage Encounter weekend, 23-25 May at Mt Richmond Hotel, Mt Wellington.
To book contact David Sloan (09) 372-3581 or email:

Care & Share:
Donations of basic non-perishable food items & toiletries will be welcomed for the foodbank.

Do you see your work ....
As an opportunity to grow in holiness?
We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves. Do you work for a living?
Be holy by labouring with integrity and skill in the service of your brothers and sisters.
Pope Francis

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including John Schischka.
We pray for all the deceased including Maureen Beckham and Anita Malcon. We pray too for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Pat Shandley.

The Keynotes ...
Meet for a fun sing-along on Thursday 3 May at 1.30pm at Hibiscus Coast Village, 101 Red Beach Road, in the downstairs theatre/community centre. All welcome.
Ring Jocelyn, 426 0941.

The Sacramental Programme ....
Recommences with a parent-only meeting on Tuesday 8 May at 7pm in the parish hall. The children-only sessions start on Sunday 13 May at 9am.
If you have any queries please contact Claire Buckley, (09) 429 4045.
Please pray for our parish children who will receive the sacraments of Confirmation and first Eucharist on Sunday 3 June at the 10.15am Mass.

Walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ - A 12 day affordable pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr Carlo Carmelo Cruz in Oct 2018.
For more details phone Fr Carlo, (09) 408 0289 or email:

Special morning tea

    After the 8.30am Mass today to welcome all new parishioners who attend St Francis Church. parishioners

Mass of the Neophytes:
5pm Vigil Mass of the Ascension on Saturday 12 May at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Validated parking available. All are welcome.

Congratulations ....
To Henry Sellers and Janine Cabuquit who were baptised last weekend.

Pentecost Sunday – 19/20 May:
If you would like to read an intercessory prayer in your national language, besides English, at one of the Masses on 19/20 May to celebrate Pentecost and our multicultural parish, please add your name to the list in the foyer. Some of our new parishioners may like to participate.
If you put your name forward last year, you are welcome to do so again.

Abortion Law Review – Have Your Say!
The Minister of Justice has asked the NZ Law Commission to review NZ abortion law with a view to taking it out of the Crimes Act. Effect of this would be that abortion would be unrestricted, even up to birth. There is strong evidence that abortion is connected to increased risk of mental and physical health problems and relationship breakdown.
Input can be sent to the Law Commission up to 5pm on 18 May 2018, online at: or emailing: or posting your comment to: Abortion Law Review, New Zealand Law Commission, PO Box 2590, Wellington 6140.
Family First has produced a very good submission guide on the issues involved.
A copy of this can be downloaded from

Serving Spoons - Meals that Matter

    We all need support sometimes. If you are alone, or finding it hard to make ends meet, please join us at our next free community meal in the parish hall on Monday 30 April at 12.30pm. Come along and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and hearty meal. We welcome people of all faiths or none.
    Thank you for your donations of money, fresh fruit and vegetables for the lunch.

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  • 40 Days for Life brings some special graces.
  • Astronaut took Communion while orbiting earth.

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Auckland Youth Ministry:
To find out about all the events and activities that are happening in our region visit

Please collect:

  • Sunday morning tea rosters
  • Planned giving envelopes.

Altar Server Robes:

We are replacing our servers’ robes at both churches. Thanks to some generous donors we have covered a good portion of the cost.
If anyone would like to make a donation, please place it in an envelope marked ‘server robes’ and put it in the usual Sunday collection or hand it in at the parish office.

Men or Prayer of the combined Hibiscus Coast Churches ...
Meet on Monday 7 May at Gateway Church Hibiscus Coast, in the Kingsway School staffroom at 7pm. Prayer, praise and worship and shared meal to conclude.
Contact Peter - 021 646 682.

90th Jubilee - Marist College, Mt Albert, Auckland
12 - 13th May 2018. Register online at:

Needed to Rent:
Granny flat/unit in the general HBC area for a single male parishioner.
Contact 021 311859.

Alone Again? Widowed, separated or divorced?
The Beginning Experience is a non-profit organisation with the motto “a weekend away for a lifetime of change”.
The retreat from 18-20th May will help you work through your painful loss, find new hope and renewed energy.
For more info visit or contact Carol - 022 0890458 .

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

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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, 027 603 5132.

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, 02. 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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