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4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

3rd February 2019

This Sunday:  
Jer. 1:4-5,17-19 : Psalm 71 : 1Cor. 12:31-13:13 : Luke 4:21-30
Next Sunday:   Is. 6:1-8 : Psalm 138 : 1Cor 15:1-11 : Luke 5:1-11

This week in the parish....

Sun 3 11.15am Welcome morning tea for Fr Emile, Hall
Mon 4 7.30pm Meditation, St Johnís
Tues 5 7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group, ph 424 1130 for venue
Wed 6 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Johnís
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 7 4.00pm Meditation, St Johnís


I am so blessed to be here on the Hibiscus Coast to continue my missionary journey with you all. I came back to New Zealand towards the end of 2014, having been overseas from 1970 onwards. So, coming home again.

I was ordained in Whangarei in 1970, and was appointed to Miri Diocese in Sarawak, East Malaysia.
In 1984 I was appointed to St. Josephís College, Mill Hill, London, for Vocation Ministry for 2 years; then as student counsellor for a couple of years; then as Rector of the seminary for 6 years. Had a sabbatical in Rome, doing some study at the Angelicum University. Got my next appointment while I was there Ė to be part of the Mill Hill Community in New York. I served in the Archdiocese of New York as Co-ordinator for Special and Pastoral Ministry. After 18 years there, I was appointed home to NZ. I served in the parish of St. Mark in Pakuranga for 3 years. Then, in January 2018, I was appointed to the Mid North Pastoral Area, based in Okaihau Ė serving 8 church communities.
Now, in December 2018, I got my appointment to come to the Hibiscus Coast.

And so the journey continues. Iím very blessed to be appointed to the Hibiscus Coast and am looking forward to continue building the Community there with you all. We may have a long way to go, but, together we will get there.† ††
Fr Emile Frische MHM

Warm welcome...
Today we extend a warm welcome to our new parish priest, Fr Emile Frische at the 10.15am Mass.
We invite you all to join him in the hall after Mass for a special morning tea and the opportunity to meet him informally.

Fr Emile we wish you a long, happy and fulfilling stay in our parish and hope you will feel loved and supported by our parish family.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community.
We pray for the recently deceased including John Coleman, Eleanor Stevens, 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. An invitation is extended to all parishioners to attend.
Do we have any parishioners from Slovenia as we are looking for a flag and perhaps the national costume.
Contact Barbara Hines, 427 8496.

Gardening Coordinator needed for St Francis Church
We are looking for someone from the St Francis Church community who is willing to coordinate gardening maintenance at St Francis Church.†
The role involves scheduling regular working bees (approximately four per year) and providing guidance to volunteer gardeners on what work is needed.†If we cannot get someone to fulfil the role, the parish will have to consider engaging a contractor to undertake the gardening work and of course, this would involve considerable expense that we can ill afford.†
If you can help, please contact Theresa in the Parish Office.

Would you be interested in joining our St Francis team of Sacristans. We have two teams, one for the 9.30am Friday Mass and another for the 8.30am Sunday Mass.
Training and support happily provided. If you would like to discuss this further please phone Anne Murphy on 027 6629744.

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

Gifts Procession:
We need more families or individuals to take up the gifts at the 5.30pm Mass on a rostered basis. To put your name forward please contact Theresa in the parish office.

The rosary is prayed every Wednesday morning in the chapel
at St Johnís at 9am and on Friday
at St Francis at 9am.

Moved home ??
If you have moved home, changed your telephone or email address kindly email your changed details to Theresa in the parish office,

Men of Prayer of the Hibiscus Coast Churches ....

    Meet on Monday 4 February, 7pm at St Andrewís Presbyterian church, 107 Centreway Road, Orewa.
    Prayer, praise & worship and a shared meal to conclude. Ph. Peter, 021 646 682.
    All men welcome.

Mainly Music:
Would any parishioner have an IPad in good working order that he/she is willing to donate to our childrenís Mainly Music Group.
Alternatively you may like to make a cash donation towards a new one.
Please contact Theresa in the parish office.

Congratulations ...
Congratulations to Sarndra & John Cowley on the birth of their baby daughter,
Amelia Rose on 30 January, weighing 5.1lb.

Stella Maris School opens ...
On Thursday 7 February.

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, 7.00pm.
Enquiries to Katherine Craig, 021 082 69162.

Host Families Needed:
Stella Maris School is once again pleased to be hosting Japanese students from Ritsumeikan Moriyama from 28 Feb to 13 March 2019.
If you think you are able to be a host family, Kareen Marasi will be pleased to hear from you - 021 178 5238.
This is a wonderful opportunity to exchange cultures and learn from each other.

Serving Spoons:
Our next free community lunch will be on Monday 25 February 2019 in the parish hall.
The numbers attending over the past year has grown and we appeal to you all to continue supporting this initiative in the form of funds or fresh vegetables and fruit.

Time may be a great healer,
but itís a lousy beautician.

The more you complain,
the longer God lets you live.

New Parishioners:
Please complete a parish roll form which you will find on the table in the foyer.

Holy Land Pilgrimage with Fr Sherwin Lapaan:
13-day affordable pilgrimage departing 9 September 2019. Small exclusive group; limited seats.
For full details, please contact Laura†on or phone +64-9-921 5106.

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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