31st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
31st October 2021
Deuteronomy 6:2-6. Hebrews 7:23-28. Mark 12:28-34.
1 Kings 17:10-16; Hebrews 9:24 28; Mark 12:38-44.
This week in the parish....
POPE FRANCIS SPEAKS TO US ON WORLD MISSION DAY
On World Mission Day which we celebrate each year we recall with gratitude all those men and women who by their testimony of life help us to renew our baptismal commitment to be generous and joyful apostles of the Gospel. Let us remember especially all those who resolutely set out, leaving home and family behind, to bring the Gospel to all those places and people athirst for its saving message.
Contemplating their missionary witness, we are inspired to be courageous ourselves and to beg “the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest” (Lk 10:2). We know that the call to mission is not a thing of the past, or a romantic leftover from earlier times.
Today too Jesus needs hearts capable of experiencing vocation as a true love story that urges them to go forth to the peripheries of our world as messengers and agents of compassion. He addresses this call to everyone, and in different ways. We can think of the peripheries all around us, in the heart of our cities or our own families.
Universal openness to love has a dimension that is not geographical but existential. Always, but especially in these times of pandemic, it is important to grow in our daily ability to widen our circle, to reach out to others who, although physically close to us, are not immediately part of our circle of interests. To be on mission is to be willing to think as Christ does, to believe with him that those around us are also my brothers and sisters. May his compassionate love touch our hearts and make us all true missionary disciples.
May Mary, the first missionary disciple, increase in all the baptized the desire to be salt and light in our lands. (cf. Mt 5:13-14).
Mission Sunday Appeal
All parishioners are invited to contribute to the Mission Sunday appeal for the work of Evangelisaton around the world.
Your donation may be paid into the Parish Bank A/C No. 02-0100-0120966-017.
Please include your name, planned giving number if you have one and ‘Missions’ in the payee details.
Alternatively you may make an online donation on MissioNZ’s website:
Hibiscus Coast Parish Zoom Mass
Fr Raphael invites you all to join in our zoom Parish Mass on Sundays at 11am:
Meeting ID: 886 5266 2763. Passcode: Mass
The Synod is open
Have you heard about the Synod for a Synodal Church? Our phase, the local diocesan phase was opened by Bishop Pat on 17 October. It is a call to the People of God, all ages and stages, ethnicities…to participate, to speak courageously and to listen to each other and the stirrings of the Holy Spirit. Find out more https://www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz/synod.
“Synodality starts with hearing from the whole People of God. A Church that teaches must be firstly a Church that listens. Consulting all members of the Church is vital because, as the Second Vatican Council reminded us, the faithful as a whole are anointed by the Holy Spirit... What characterizes a synodal path is the role of the Holy Spirit. We listen, we discuss in groups, but above all we pay attention to what the Spirit has to say to us.
That is why I ask everyone to speak frankly and to listen carefully to others because there, too, the Spirit is speaking. Open to changes and new possibilities, the Synod is for everyone an experience of conversion” Pope Francis.
Join an information session on 2 or 3 November:
Try Alpha Online
A message from Bishop Michael:
These are challenging days … what about those who don’t know our Lord’s love, who don’t know the comfort of faith, who don’t know the surety of eternal life and the deep forgiveness and peace that Jesus’s mercy brings? Alpha is the most gentle way I’ve found to share the good news of Jesus.
I will be offering Alpha online (via Zoom) for 8 interactive sessions at 7.30pm on a Tuesday night starting 2 November. Who can you invite? Be courageous and invite people you know who don’t have faith, or people who have maybe lost their faith, to come and know him in a new and fresh way.
Be assured there’s no pressure, no follow-up and no charge; it’s an open, informal, and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together.
For more information go to:
or contact Teresa on 021 649 012.
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Our new Parish Facebook pages!!!!
Hibiscus Coast Catholic Parish &
Hibiscus Coast Parish Youth
Hibiscus Coast Parish Youth
There will be a Life Teen Summer camp on 14th-18th January 2022 at YMCA camp, Hunua. It is for youths 13-17 years old to experience a week of fun activities to bring youths closer to God, and an opportunity to build long lasting friendships.
We are planning to send a group from our parish so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by 22nd October
If you're interested or would like more details or go to
World Youth Day 2021 - Sunday 21 November, 7pm - Stand Up!
Stand up and get excited for World Youth Day 2021!
Bishop Patrick Dunn, Bishop Michael Gielen and the ACYM team invite you to join us on Facebook Live to celebrate World Youth Day, as we live out this year’s theme of
“Stand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen.”
What is Operation Christmas Child?
Operation Christmas Child is a hands-on way for you to bless children in need by packing a Christmas gift box online with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and fun gifts.
Boxes will be distributed to children living in vulnerable situations.
For more information go to
and help to brighten a child’s Christmas this year.
Thanksgiving Celebration Liturgy 2021
On behalf of The Auckland Diocese, and Bishop Michael, we cordially invite all parish volunteers and Lay leaders, to share in our online liturgy of Thanksgiving.
We wish to thank and honour you all for your desire to build the kingdom in a year that has been disrupted by Covid.
The Liturgy will be held online on Saturday 6 November starting at 5.30pm
See you all there!!
End of Life Choice:
the reality facing vulnerable New Zealanders
- Pray for all vulnerable New Zealanders. Let us pray for those who, with the coming into effect of the End of Life Choice Act, may become susceptible to real or subtle pressures to request euthanasia – especially those who are elderly, frail, lonely, isolated, or who feel they are a burden.
- Pray for those who will be on the frontlines trying to protect vulnerable New Zealanders from abuse under the upcoming euthanasia regime. For all pro-life medical practitioners, nurses, caregivers, lawyers, human rights defenders, and watchdog groups in New Zealand who will be devoting their efforts to protecting vulnerable patients from abuse under the new euthanasia regime. That they will be given protection, wisdom, courage, strength, and the resources they need for their battle.
- Pray for our leaders. That those in positions of political leadership come to understand the harms that this euthanasia and assisted suicide regime will bring to New Zealand. May their consciences be pricked and their minds enlightened. May they come to make decisions that truly uphold and protect the value of human life.
- Pray for a halt to euthanasia expansion. That New Zealanders will step back from the abyss and oppose the inevitable expansion of euthanasia to other vulnerable groups in years to come including the disabled, chronically ill, mentally ill, and children.
End of Life Prayer Day 7 November
On November 7 the Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide (EAS) law, the End-of-Life Choice Act 2019, comes into effect.
Family Life International (FLI) has set aside Friday 5 November as a Day of Reparation, in addition to prayers on Sunday 7th November, and has provided information at
Voice For Life are also co-ordinating a nation-wide End of Life Prayer Day on Sunday 7 November.
Resources including readings and prayers of the faithful at
Further information is at
Calling all Artists, Crafters and Hobbyists!
If you a busy making beautiful art or knitting or photos during lockdown but aren't sure what to do with all your beautiful product? We are aiming for an art Auction in the summer, to raise funds for families hit hard by lockdown.
No date yet as we need it to be safe, but now is your chance to donate your wonderful creations and potentially give purpose to your work.
So keep on creating, and know that at the other end it will help people in need.
If you need more information or have questions contact Claire on 09 4204045 or email@example.com
Please Pray For ....
All the sick in our community including
Pat Wotherspoon and Wendy Hope,
and for Kiera Donnelly who is undergoing spinal surgery on Monday 1 November.
All the deceased, especially those whose anniversaries occur around this time.
Deliverance from the pandemic.
That God will send healing to all the sick, and lead us to a world free of the difficulties and suffering that Covid has caused.
‘Children of Abraham’ -
An Abrahamic religions interfaith initiative promotes inter-faith understanding and co-operation between members of the three monotheistic religions, Islam, Judaism and Christianity.
Annual panel discussion hosted by The Pearl of the Islands Foundation. Theme| A Scripture story that is in common, and yet slightly distinct, in Biblical and Quranic narratives how in our own religious traditions we understand the Scriptures. A talk between Jewish, Catholic and Muslim speakers.
For more details and to register go to
Join us.....A Career with a Mission
Saint Gianna's Home for Mothers and Babies, a programme of Family Life International NZ, is seeking a mature married couple, or single woman, to live in at our beautiful and well-appointed home in Pukekohe - to provide acceptance, love and care for pregnant mothers in need, and for their babies and perhaps toddlers, in a faith based setting.
This is a position for a missionary minded couple, or single woman, who perhaps have a medical background, and who are passionate about the sanctity of life. The position is supported by a day time staff member, a reliever for the parents, and also volunteers.
Our work is grounded on St Pope John Paul II's Gospel of Life, and the great example of St Gianna Beretta Molla. Saint Gianna's Home caters for up to four or five mothers and their babies at any one time.
To learn more and to obtain a Position Description, and Terms of Employment, please email:
Dame Colleen Bayer DSG firstname.lastname@example.org OR Mrs Clare McClean email@example.com (Co ordinator - Gianna's Choice Pregnancy Options and Support).
Diocesan Job Vacancy - Executive Officer
We are seeking a highly capable and experienced Executive Officer. Our Executive Officer will provide executive support in governance, legal, property, finance, treasury, human resources, risk and compliance as well as supporting the GM on strategic projects and initiatives. We’re looking for a people person with great communication, relationship, and administration skills.
Sound judgement, accountability, discretion, initiative, and the ability to work autonomously, efficiently and professionally are essential for the success of this position and its reputation. Please visit the Diocesan website www.aucklandcatholic.org.nz to view the full advert, position description. Applications are via SEEK and close on
Christmas Cards, Daily Mass Calendars and Columban Calendars
We will not be selling Christmas cards in the church foyers this year.
Parishioner Anne Pretorius at Shop 4, The Village, 1 Moenui Avenue, Orewa will be selling cards on our behalf. Her supply has arrived and cards will be on sale from $1.00 to $2.50 each, as well as packs of eight for $4.50 or $5.00 dependent on size. While shopping for cards you may even find some ideal Christmas gifts for family and friends.
Due to printers being closed in Level 4, we are expecting delays in deliveries of Daily Mass Calendars and perhaps the Columban Calendars.
When supplies arrive and churches are allowed to open these will be on sale in the parish office and after Mass on Sundays.
Ruakaka 30th Anniversary
On Sunday 14th November 2021, the Ruakaka Holy Family Catholic Community is celebrating 30 years since moving into the new Church in Peter Snell Road, Ruakaka.
Mass is at 10.30am followed by a shared luncheon, sausage sizzle and entertainment for young and old. We are specially reaching out to past members and friends who could be interested in coming along and sharing a few memories.
Please contact either; Ray Timmins; 02102788867 : firstname.lastname@example.org Or Monica Johnson ; 021382401 : email@example.com
One golfer tells another: "I just got a new set of golf clubs for my husband!"
The other replies: "That's a GREAT trade!"
25th wedding anniversary
On their 25th wedding anniversary, a husband took his wife out to dinner. Their teenage daughters said they'd have dessert waiting for them when they returned.
After the couple got home, they saw that the dining room table was beautifully set with china, crystal and candles, and there was a note that read: "Your dessert is in the refrigerator. We are staying with friends, so go ahead and do something we wouldn't do!"
"I suppose," the husband responded, "we could vacuum."
GET YOUR NEWSLETTER EMAILED
During the lockdowns our weekly newsletter was 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 www.hbcparish.org.nz and
TELEPHONE PRAYER CHAIN
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