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8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

3rd March 2019

This Sunday:  
Eccles. 27:1-4 : Psalm 92 : 1Cor. 15:54-58 : Luke 6:39-45
Next Sunday:   Deut. 26:4-10 : Psalm 91 : Rom. 10:8-13 : Luke 4:1-13

This week in the parish....

Sun 3 9.00am Sacramental programme, children’s session, hall
Mon 4 1.00pm Care & Share Meeting, St John’s
  7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 5 7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group Chapel, St Francis
Wed 6 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.30am Ash Wednesday Mass, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
  7.30pm Ash Wednesday Mass, St Francis
Thurs 7 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.30pm Lenten programme, Hall
Fri 8 10.15am Bible Study Group, St Francis

National Day of Prayer for Children Sunday, 3 March 2019


This coming Wednesday we will celebrate the day we have all been looking forward to – Ash Wednesday.
This is a very special day for everybody. God, letting us know, reminding us, that we are made from the dust of the earth and that one day we will all return to dust. What are you thinking right now as you read this? Are you saying ‘Fr Emile is nuts’? Just stop and think and pray for a moment. In the readings of the past Sundays and Days of the Week, the evangelists have been giving us a very clear picture of what Jesus is doing to remind us all of His presence in our lives and in our world. We have seen how Jesus wants what is best for everyone. All the accounts of healing and setting people free from the power of Satan. In today’s Gospel (Luke 6.39-45) we read that when our hearts are filled with the love and presence of God, we will be able to live life fully, based on the Great Commandment – Love of God and Love of Neighbour. A full time job for each and every one of us. So, this time of Lent is a great opportunity to prepare ourselves for our life with God. I heard a preacher say one time: “Are you ready?” Ready for what? “Are you ready for the time when the Lord comes? Because when the Lord comes, He will not ask you whether you were in Church today or not. He will ask, ‘Did you know me?’”
Let’s make the most of the days ahead leading up to Easter to come to know God, to love God, to serve God.
God Bless you all, Fr Emile Frische MHM

Mass times on Ash Wednesday - 6 March
St John’s - 9.30am
St Francis - 7.30pm
Ministers who will be distributing ashes to the sick are asked to bring a small container to Mass.

Caritas Lent Appeal:
Starts next Sunday, 1st Sunday of Lent. Envelope packs are being handed out today.
Each envelope pack covers the full six week period. Please tear off an envelope each week, enclose your contribution and place it in the usual Sunday collection.
If you prefer to make a one-off donation, ‘single donation’ envelopes are in the foyer.

Pope Francis.
Be Fruitful!
Where there is God
there is Fruitfulness.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Lorraine Gullick and Kevin O’Brien. We pray for the recently deceased including Sofia Wolk, Rosalia Smit and Apolinar Madlansacay.
We pray too for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Stations of the Cross during Lent:
Fridays - 7.30pm - St John’s
Sundays - 4.00pm - St Francis’

Part time caregiver/cleaner/kitchen hand needed...
At Crossley Court Rest Home Orewa Beach.
Experience would be good but someone with a kind heart, gentle nature and willingness to learn would be a great addition to our family as well.
Please phone Elaine on 09 426 4867.

Mass of Anointing on Saturday 30 March, 9.30am at St John’s Church followed by morning tea in the hall.
The Sacrament of Anointing is offered to parishioners who are seriously sick, frail, or about to undergo surgery or approaching death.
Please invite anyone you know who may benefit from this sacrament and offer a lift if possible.

Men of Prayer ...

Of the Hibiscus Coast Churches meet on Monday 4 March, 7pm at Gateway Church Hibiscus Coast, Staffroom, Kingsway School.
All men welcome. Phone Peter, 021 646 682..

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

House Sitting:
A recently retired professional lady would like the opportunity to house sit any time between June to Dec 2019.
For more information and reference please contact Deacon Greg Murphy, 027 603 5132. Many thanks.

Lenten Programme
Ash Wednesday is on 6 March and we are again getting organised to run the Lenten programme in our Parish.
We will be using the material prepared by Caritas, central to which is a shared reflection on the Gospels. This year’s programme is entitled “Living our lives with love”. The sessions will be held on Thursday evenings in St John’s Hall at 7.30pm beginning on 7 March and continuing on the six Thursdays thereafter.
Each session takes from 60-90mins. Material will be provided each week.
For further information ring Catherine Birt, 4240134 (eve).

The Keynotes meet for a fun sing-along ...
On Thursday 7 March at 1.30pm at Hibiscus Coast Village, 101 Red Beach Road, in the downstairs theatre/community centre.
All welcome. Ring Jocelyn, 426 0941.

Collectors needed ...
At the Sunday 10.15am Mass to assist with coordinating the collection.
Please contact Mel Westcott, 421 0236.

Group of friendly parishioners to go on a roster to help with welcoming and distributing the newsletter at the 8.30am Mass at St Francis.
This is a very important role, as it helps create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for our parishioners, young and old.
Call Deirdre Kingdon on 09 428 3301 or 0210310298.

Children’s Liturgy:
Have you considered volunteering to be a leader of children’s liturgy.
We particularly need more leaders at the 10.15am Mass. Material is provided and if necessary you will be paired with another leader until you feel confident.
For more info phone: Tania - 427 4163 (St John’s).

104 The Drive, Epsom, (09) 638-6238.

  1. LENTEN SERIES: Journey of the Cross Fridays during Lent, 7-8.30pm. $10 each session or all 6 sessions for $50. This series will provide an opportunity to reflect on the cross through music, Scripture, reflection, prayer and times of silence. Over the 6 weeks, each presenter will do two sessions each. The presenters are: Max Maxwell, Anne Warren chf & Cathryn Wiles-Pickard rsm. These are all stand-alone events and complimentary events. You are welcome to come to one, two, or them all…

  2. Christian MEDITATION 101: Introduction to Christian Meditation with Cathryn Wiles-Pickard rsm. Sat 9 Mar, 9.30am-3.30pm. $35.

  3. Dreamwork 202 Workshops: A Series of Skill-Development Groups(3hrs each) with Margaret Bowater. Friday mornings 9.30am-12.30pm. (22 March, 31 May, 19 July, 20 Sep, 22 Nov. $40 per session, or $150 for any 4 sessions.

Contact us if you would like a booklet for full information or if you wish to book: or

National Day of Prayer for Children - 3rd March
Lord Jesus, thank you that you take children into your arms and bless them.
May every child know the deep peace and love of being held close to you.
We especially ask you to protect all unborn children, and children who are impoverished, neglected, and abused.
May we your people, open our hearts to bring compassion into their lives.
Help us to support and encourage families and communities in the love and protection of their children.
May children everywhere grow up feeling accepted, safe, and loved.

Easter Rosters:
Ministers needed for Holy Thursday Mass, Good Friday Liturgy, Easter Vigil (8pm) and Easter 10.15am Masses.
We also need sacristans, collectors, readers for Palm Sunday and people willing to have their feet washed on Holy Thursday.
If you are able to volunteer for any of these please add your name to the lists in the foyer.

Good News - Bible study starting soon:
As we journey through life we find our way much easier when we have a map and a set of guidelines. As Christians we are at an advantage because we have access to an excellent map and wonderful guidelines and instructions.
If you would like to understand and use the bible come and join us at the bible study.
A 6-Week programme on the Book of Galatians will start on Friday 8 March 10.15am–12.15pm at St Francis Church.
You will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and discussion. Morning tea will be served.
Fr Emile will lead sessions 1 & 6, Fred Webb session 2, Deacon Murray sessions 3 & 4 and Brian Hines session 5.
Contact Barbara 424 1130 or Elizabeth 428 5665.

Holy Land Pilgrimage
Join the Auckland diocesan pilgrimage, led by our Vicar General, Monsignor Bernard Kiely, and our diocesan Media & Communications person, Dame Lyndsay Freer.   Departing Saturday 14 September, this 15-night pilgrimage offers superior accommodation, daily breakfast and dinner, daily Mass for our group and outstanding local guides.  See the Gospels come alive as we retrace the steps of Jesus from his Nativity to Calvary.
For further details contact the organiser, Harvest Journeys, on 0800 819 156 or visit or call Lyndsay on (021) 272 4895.

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.

Happy Birthday to...
Fr Ron for 7 March.

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 Emile, (09) 426 5599 Ext 2.
If Fr Emile 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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