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31 JANUARY 2021

This Sunday:  
Deut. 18:15-20 : Psalm 95 : 1Cor. 7:32-35 : Mark 1:21-28
Next Sunday:   Job. 7:1-4,6-7 : Psalm 147A: 1Cor. 9:16-19,22-23 : Mark 1:29-39

This week in the parish....

Mon 1 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 2 1.00pm Holy Family Fellowship, Hall
  6.30pm St Francis’ Prayer Group (venue changes). Tel. Barbara - 424 1130
Wed 3 1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 4 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s

My dear friends,

Time goes on pretty fast these days, and the Lord is telling us that we need to keep up with Him. To do that, we see that He is telling us that we need a real change of heart – daily turning to Jesus and letting him know that we need Him, always.
By choosing to repent, we can change our lives.
By inviting us to repent, the Lord offers us hope – hope for continuing our journey with Jesus to the Kingdom of the Father. Keeping you all in my heart and in my prayer.
Thank you all so much for all you have done for me. God Bless you all, always.
Fr. Emile

We say our final farewell to Fr Emile at the 5.30pm Mass today.

Thank you Fr Emile for your faithful service to our parish and Stella Maris school during your time here on the Hibiscus Coast.
Thank you for your missionary heart and for guiding us in our spiritual growth, encouraging us to have a personal relationship with Jesus and to always trust in Our Lord. You have reminded us of our baptismal call to be missionary disciples and as you leave us this is something we will contiue to explore and grow.
We haven’t had you with us for very long but in your quiet, calm way you have touched us all with your care, support, faith and love – not just for us but for Jesus. For this we thank you and we ask that God’s blessings be with you as you move to East Coast Bays Parish and continue on your missionary journey of encouraging others to know and love Jesus, and to be missionary discipcles.
Love and blessings from all parishioners.

Today we welcome our new parish priest, Fr Raphael Lobo...

At the 10.30am Mass. Fr Raphael was born in India and Ordained to Priesthood in 1982. He moved to Auckland in 2002. He served as assistant priest at St Joseph’s, Takapuna, then shifted to St Mark’s, Pakuranga as Parish Priest in 2007, then to East Coast Bay’s in 2015 as Parish Priest.
We look forward to making him feel at home in our parish family and getting to know him. We wish him God’s blessings and a long and happy stay in our community.
A morning tea will be held for Fr Raphael on Sunday 21 February in the parish hall after 10.30am Mass. All parishioners are invited to join together to give him a warm and friendly welcome. Fr Raphael will be away from 5-15 February and Fr Rodney Smyth will fill in for him during this period.

Congratulations to our newly baptised
Jett Still, Azriel Myloth and Logan D’Mello, and to Marilyn Strain who was fully initiated into the Catholic Church this month.
We welcome them into our parish family.

The Parish Pastoral Assembly .....
Scheduled for 28 February is postponed to a future date to allow Fr Raphael time to settle in and familiarise himself with the parish.
Notice will be given when a new date is confirmed.

Eucharistic Adoration resumes ....
this Tuesday 2 February at St John’s and Friday 5 February at St Francis’.

Please Pray For ....

We pray for all the sick in our community including Deacon Murray.
We pray for the recently deceased, particularly Peter Wilson, Elizabeth Reidy, Terry Hodge and Patricia May, and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time.


Is an important aspect of our mission as members of the Catholic Church.
We will regularly be exploring what it means for us as parishioners of Hibiscus Coast Parish. What is Safeguarding? “Safeguarding is promoting an environment which respects and acknowledges the dignity of each human being and where people feel valued and safe. An important aspect of safeguarding is responding to concerns of harm or abuse. Pope Francis has made it clear he expects the Catholic Church on every level to implement whatever steps are necessary to ensure the protection of children and vulnerable adults and to respond to their needs with fairness and mercy.”
(Safeguarding Policy: Working together for a safe Church).

Ministers’ Rosters ....
For the 5.30pm and 10.30am Masses are in the foyer for collection.

Parish Consecration to St Joseph:
In view of this being the year of St Joseph as directed by Pope Francis, we plan to offer a Parish 33 day consecration to St Joseph, starting with a supper in the parish hall on Friday 12 February at 6pm. All very welcome.
For catering purposes please email Helen at
The consecration will end on 19 March, the Feast of St Joseph.

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Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • New coadjutor archbishop for Wellington.
  • Praise for social services leadership.
  • NZ bishops urge people to get Covid vaccine.
  • New rector for seminary.

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Liturgy Committee Training:
A formation opportunity for members of Liturgy Committees and others involved in preparing liturgy on Thursday 18 February, 6.30pm nibbles, 7.00-9.00pm meeting, at Poynton Room, Pompallier Catholic Centre, 30 New St, Ponsonby.
Register at

We bid farewell to Gabrielle Gill ...

Who is moving to Devonport this weekend. We thank Gabrielle for her enormous contribution to the life of the parish over the years.
She has been involved in various ministries: Chairperson of the Finance Committee, Minister of Communion, counting, altar flower arranging and assisted the catering team and Serving Spoons—always willing to offer a helping hand.
We wish Gabrielle God’s blessings and happiness in her new home and parish.

North Shore Dove Fellowship for women
Meet at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Glenfield on Wednesday 10 Feb (2nd Wed this month) at 7.30pm.
We will begin the year with Holy Mass celebrated by our Chaplain Fr. Alfredo Garcia followed by a cuppa in the hall.

Easter Rosters:
We are asking for volunteers to have their feet washed at the Holy Thursday Mass, Ministers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel on Palm Sunday, and Ministers of Communion, Ministers of the Word, Sacristans, collectors and Mass Coordinators for the Good Friday Liturgy and the Easter Vigil and 10.30am Masses.
If you are available please add your name to the lists in the foyer.

Columban Calendars:
We still have a supply of these on sale in the parish office.

This being the first printed newsletter of the year...

It is a good time to wish you all a safe and happy 2021.
Welcome back to our parishioners who have been away on holiday and good luck to all our students who will be returning to school and other studies this year.
Our parish groups are all back in action this week and to keep the wheels turning smoothly and our parish vibrant, please consider whether you may have some time this year to volunteer for one of the various ministries listed on the back of the parish roll form in the foyer. Many of you are already very actively involved and we thank you for your commitment.
Please contact Theresa in the parish office if you feel called to share your time and talents.

Urgent call for volunteers for the Sacramental Programme:
Our volunteers who coordinated the programme last year are unable to continue this year and a new team needs to be formed.
We are urgently appealing for volunteers for the following roles:

  • Programme Coordinator
  • Catechists for the children and a catechists’ leader
  • Catechists for the parents and a catechists’ leader
  • People to assist with administration tasks.
Please give this some prayerful consideration and contact Theresa in the parish office if you are willing to assist.

NO morning tea

As a safety precaution there will be no morning tea after the 10.30am Mass today.


Motor mechanics

A woman and her husband arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up their car. They were told that the keys had been accidentally locked in it.

At the service department they found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver side door.

As the woman watched from the passenger side, she instinctively tried the door handle and discovered it was open. "Hey," she announced to the technician, "it's open!"

"I know," answered the young man. "I already got that side..."


"Well, Mrs. O'Connor, so you want a divorce?" the solicitor questioned his client. "Tell me about it. Do you have a grudge?"

"Oh, no," replied Mrs. O'Connor. "Sure now, we have a carport."

The solicitor tried again. "What I'm trying to find out are what grounds you have."

"Oh, we live in a flat - not even a window box, let alone grounds."

"Mrs. O'Connor," the solicitor said in considerable exasperation, "you need a reason that the court can consider. "What is the reason for you seeking this divorce?"

"Ah, well now," said the lady, "Sure it's because the man can't hold an intelligent conversation."

Hair colour:

One day, a girl walked up to her mother, looked at her hair and asked: "Why is some of your hair white mummy?"

The mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."

The girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said: "Mummy, how come all of grandma's hairs are white?"

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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