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5th Sunday of Advent - Year B

4th February 2018

This Sunday:  
Job 7:1-4,6-7 : Psalm 147A : 1 Cor 9:16-19,22-23 : Mark 1:29-39
Next Sunday:   Levit.13:1-2, 44-46 : Psalm 32 : 1 Cor 10: 31-11:1 : Mark 1:40-455

This week in the parish....

Mon 5 7.30pm Meditation, St Johnís
Tues 6 7.00pm Prayer Group, St Francis
  7.00pm Liturgy Committee Meetings, St Johnís
  7.15pm R.C.I.A, St Johnís
Wed 7 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Johnís
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, St Johnís
Thurs 8 4.00pm Meditation, St Johnís
Fri 9 9.00am Rosary prayers, St Francis

In todayís Gospel we hear that Jesusí ministry of healing and teaching was sustained by quiet prayer? Are we prepared to go with Jesus and preach the gospel by our words and deeds? Will we like Paul be ready to bring all peoples to hear the message of the Gospel? As the message of Godís word is proclaimed to us today, may we be prepared to share it with others.


Todayís Gospel concludes the introductory section of Markís gospel, and further clarifies the nature of the mission Jesus means to share with his disciples. The healings and deliverance performed by Jesus are part of his preaching of the Kingdom, signs that God will triumph over all the forces of evil in the world.

There are practically no details in the gospels of the family circumstances of the apostles. The account of the curing of Peterís mother-in-law is therefore remarkable. It is generally accepted that Mark composed his gospel in Rome about the time of Peterís martyrdom. If this is true, Peterís telling of the story of Jesus would have been an important source of his material. In this incident we may well hear echoes of Peterís voice describing a sequence of events. Peter brings Jesus from the synagogue to his home for a meal; they are surprised to find the old lady ill with fever; Jesus heals her instantly by taking her hand and helping her up; fully recovered she gives herself to the service of the Lord.

There is no doubt that Jesus worked miracles. Miracles, as we all know, have an unhealthy fascination for many people. Mark is concerned that his readers are not carried away by the fact that Jesus was a wonder worker. They must understand that the miracles of Jesus were signs inviting faith in the coming of Godís salvation into the world. True faith in the Saviour will come, in the end, to understand that the greatest wonder in the life of Jesus of Nazareth was the salvation he brought to the world as its crucified Saviour.

John Thornhill sm

Serving Spoons:
Last week we launched a parish outreach initiative to reduce the number of hungry people in our community.†In conjunction with Love Soup, our parish will be providing a free community meal at St Johnís Church hall on the last Monday of each month at 12.30pm. The first lunch will be held on Monday†26 February. If you know of any individuals or families who may be struggling to make ends meet, please extend an invitation to them. We invite parishioners to offer support in the following ways:

  • Donating fresh fruit and vegetables.
    These are to be delivered to the †Serving Spoon bins in the passageway to the kitchen/hall at St Johnís and in the foyer at St Francis.†For hygiene and food safety reasons please drop off items only between the hours of 8am-9.30am on a Sunday at St Francis, and at St Johnís between 5pm-6.30pm on a Saturday or 9am-12 noon on a Sunday, when items will be collected by Love Soup.
  • Adding your name to the list in the foyer to volunteer as a helper at the lunches.
  • Making a monetary donation by placing any amount in the†an envelope marked ĎServing Spoonsí and place it in the Mass collection bag or direct payment to the parish account 02 0100 0120966 17 with Serving Spoons as the reference.
  • Finally if anyone has a fridge in working condition that you may like to donate to Serving Spoons please contact Theresa in the parish office.

New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference 1995
Te Tiriti o Waitangi Ė The Treaty of Waitangi . ďIn the Treaty of Waitangi, we find the moral basis for our presence in Aotearoa New Zealand and a vision that sets this country apart.Ē
How accepting are we of cultural diversity?

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including William Long and Mary-Rose Webb. We pray for all the deceased including Roy Markovina.
We pray too for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

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.
    Jesus says ďCould you not watch one hour with meĒ. (Matt 26: 40-41). Contact Christine - 0277331695

Sacramental Programme:
Begins again on Sunday 18 February, 9am at St Johnís Church. A parent-only meeting will be held in the parish hall on Tuesday 13 February, 7-9pm.
It is important that a parent from each of the registered families attend this meeting.
Contact Claire Buckley, (09) 420 0583.

Ash Wednesday - 14 February

    Ashes are usually made by burning palm leaves from the previous year.
    If you till have your palm leaves from 2017 please return these to the basket in the foyer.

Living the bread of justice with Suzanne Aubert:
A day of retreat/reflection/refreshment for all who journey for justice. Saturday 24 February, 9am at the Mary McKillop Centre, 30 Holgate Rd, Mission Bay.
Led by Sr Sue Cosgrove.
See notice board for more details or email Peter Garrick at

St Johnís Prayer Group
The St Johnís Prayer Group meets in the hall on Wednesdays at 7.15pm.
All welcome. Contact Barbara, 427 8496.

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

  1. Pondering St Johnís Gospel:
    • Five weekly presentations during Lent with Fr Stuart Sellar, first session Thurs 22 Feb 7-9pm. $15 ($60 all 5 sessions)
  2. Introduction to Dreamwork 101 with Margaret Bowater Fri 23/Sat 24 Feb. $130
  3. The Healing Power of Singing with Trio A Due at St Maryís Historic Chapel, Sat 24 Feb. $60 ($110 for 2 pers)
  4. Reconnecting Broken Connections: Using one Te Ao Maori approach of Whakawhanaungatanga and Hohourongo with RANGI DAVIS, Tues 27 Feb. 7-9pm $15

Booking essential, for more details see

Congratulations to our newly baptised:
Sienna Franich, Bayleigh Franich, Emily Cotton, Jake Cotton and Riley Cotton.

St Valentineís Day Mass:
A celebration of marriage and family on Saturday 17 February, St Patrickís Cathedral, 5.30 pm. (Wilson parking $4 - validate ticket at Cathedral).
All welcome - couples, singles, and children. For more info phone The Catholic Marriage Preparation Team, (09) 360-3008.

Marcellin Collegesí 60th Jubilee ....
Celebrations on 23-25 March 2018.
Registrations now open at

End of Life Choice Bill:
Parliamentís Justice Committee is asking for peopleís views on the Bill by 20 February.†This Bill seeks to legalise Ďassisted dyingí, which is a euphemism for assisted suicide and euthanasia by administering deadly drugs. Submissions are vitally needed! Information to help you make a submission is at or you can phone Euthanasia-Free NZ, 0800 427642.
Also Family Life Int. will be running a morning workshop on Saturday 10 February, 10am-1pm, at the John Paul II Centre for Life at 569 Richardson Road Mt. Roskill to help you understand the issues, and to assist you to write and deliver your personal submission.
BYO lunch, light refreshments will be served.

Mainly Music resumes ...
In the parish hall at 9.45am on Wednesday 7 February.
Contact Jenna, 021 1511515.

Happy Birthday to: Fr Ron - 7th February
Peter Foster & Michael Foy - (3 Feb)

Happy Anniversary to
Josie & Michael Foy - (7 Feb)
Eleni & Peter Foster - (9 Feb)

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Young Christchurch priest killed in road accident.
  • Jim Anderton a man of principle.
  • MP criticises End of Life Choice Bill.
  • Invercargill priest dodges flames

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

Please stay...
For a cuppa after 10.15am Mass today.

Sacramental Programme:
Can you spare 6 x 1 hour sessions to teach the children on a Sunday morning from 9am Ė10am.
A resignation has left us in desperate need!!
Please contact Claire Buckley, (09) 420 4045.

Care and Share:
Welcomes any donations of tinned foods, toiletries & non-perishable food items for the foodbank.
Please leave these in the Care and Share basket in the foyer.

Urgent - we need your help!

We urgently require overhead projectionists, particularly for the 10.15am Mass at St Johnís.
This is not a difficult task, training is provided and anyone, young or old can do this.
The more people we have, the less frequently you need to be available - no more than once a month! If you would like to help out in this area,
please call Chantal on 022 681 7579 or (09) 554 0623.

St Francis Prayer Group

    The St Francis Prayer Group meets at St Francisí church on Tuesdays at 7pm.
    All welcome, Contact Barbara, 424 1130.

Indoor Bowls:

    Come and enjoy a friendly game of bowls in the parish hall on Wednesdays at 1pm.
    All welcome.

Pope Francis ....
Feed the Need We pray for the hungry.
Then you feed them.
Thatís how prayer works.

Extensive pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan ...
Planned for 29 AprilĖ19 †May 2018.
For full brochure and itinerary, contact Pukekohe Travel 0800 785 386 or †to Mir†Pilgrimages, 0274 219 064.†

On Sale after Mass today:
Columban calendars - $12
Daily Mass calendars - $3 and
Latest edition of the NZ Catholic - $4.

Please turn left when exiting the St Johnís carpark.

Holy Cross Seminary

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, 027 603 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.

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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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