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6th Sunday of Easter

6th May 2018

This Sunday:  
Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48 : Psalm 98 : 1John 4:7-10 : John 15:9-17
Next Sunday:   Acts 1:1-11 : Eph. 1:17-23 : Psalm 47 : Matthew 28:16-20

This week in the parish....

Mon 7 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 8 7.00pm Sacramental programme parent-only meeting, Hall
  7.00pm Prayer Group, St Francis
Wed 9 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 10 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 11 9.00am Rosary prayers, St Francis
Sun 13 9.00am Sacramental programme children’s session, Hall


Standing out in today's readings is the theme of love. What more important theme is there for our restless human hearts? Yet it is so often trivialised and distorted in today's popular culture. From our earliest years we have learned to know what genuine love is, not from lessons in words, but by being loved ourselves. Today's readings invite us to recognise that the Paschal Mystery that is the centre of our Easter celebration is an expression of God's love for us, and an invitation to enter into the love of Jesus and his Father, and to give it expression in our own lives. True love expresses itself in action rather than in words. The Father's love, John's letter tells us, was expressed in our midst when he ‘sent into the world his only Son, so that we could have life in him’. The words of Jesus in John's gospel remind us how complete is the gift which he brings, as an expression of the love which he shares with the Father: ‘A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friend’.

Genuine love is an unselfish gift. It seeks the good of the beloved rather than its own benefit. God's love is an outreach of utter generosity; it comes before any response on our part. And our response can give nothing to God except the joy in the heart of the selfless giver. As we contemplate the mystery of God's generosity, we are reminded that, in the end, love is the most precious of all gifts. If it is true that true joy is the finding of what our hearts are made for, then a love that is genuine brings a joy which is without compare. The fruit of genuine love is the intimacy of friendship – sharing all that matters in one's life with the beloved.
Fr. John Thornhill sm (edited).

The Sacramental Programme ....
Recommences with a parent-only meeting on Tuesday 8 May at 7pm in the parish hall. The children’s sessions start on Sunday 13 May at 9am.
If you have any queries please contact Claire Buckley, (09) 429 4045.
Please pray for our parish children who will receive the sacraments of Confirmation and first Eucharist on Sunday 3 June at the 10.15am Mass.

Pentecost Sunday – 19/20 May:
If you would like to read an intercessory prayer in your national language, besides English, at one of the Masses on 19/20 May to celebrate Pentecost and our multicultural parish, please add your name to the list in the foyer.
Some of our new parishioners may like to participate.
If you put your name forward last year, you are welcome to do so again.

The ashes of Anita Malcon ....
Will be interred in the St John’s memorial garden on Saturday 12 May at 10.15am.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Caitlin Westcott and John Schischka. We pray for all the deceased including Maureen Beckham and Anita Malcon.
We pray too for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Married Couples:
Revitalise and enrich your intimacy, love and romance in your marriage.
Attend the Marriage Encounter weekend, 25-27 May at Mt Richmond Hotel, Mt Wellington.
To book contact David Sloan (09) 372-3581 or email

Bishop’s Forum:
All are invited to attend the annual forum on Sunday 27 May, 1pm-3pm at St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Str, Ponsonby.
This year the focus will be on ‘Youth, Faith and Discernment of Vocations’, as well as other matters of interest. There will also be an opportunity to raise any issues.

Carmel College
Pre-enrolment evening on Thursday 10 May for prospective Year 7 to Year 9 students starting at Carmel College in 2019, and their families.

  • 4.30 to 5.30pm - tours of school at 10-minute intervals. Please meet in the college hall.
  • 5.30 – 6.00pm – presentation by staff and students
  • 6.00 – 6.30pm – tours of the school at 10-minute intervals.


    Walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ
    A 12 day affordable pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr Carlo Carmelo Cruz in Oct 2018.
    For more details phone Fr Carlo, (09) 408 0289 or email:

Mass of the Neophytes:
5pm Vigil Mass of the Ascension on Saturday 12 May at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Validated parking available. All are welcome.

Abortion Law Review – Have Your Say!
The Minister of Justice has asked the NZ Law Commission to review NZ abortion law with a view to taking it out of the Crimes Act. Effect of this would be that abortion would be unrestricted, even up to birth. There is strong evidence that abortion is connected to increased risk of mental and physical health problems and relationship breakdown. Input can be sent to the Law Commission up to 5pm on 18 May 2018, online at: or emailing: or posting your comment to: Abortion Law Review, New Zealand Law Commission, PO Box 2590, Wellington 6140.

Family First has produced a very good submission guide on the issues involved. Copies are in the foyer or can be downloaded from

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 at St John’s.
Jesus says “Could you not watch one hour with me”. (Matt 26: 40-41).
Contact Leonie, 027 2223591.

If anyone has spare wool (including 8 ply) to donate to the knitting group for the poor,
please leave it in a bag in either church foyer or hand it in at the parish office.

Serving Spoons - Meals that Matter
The number of people attending our parish monthly community meal is increasing.
We all need support sometimes and thanks to your donations of fruit, vegetables, money and time, and the help of Love Soup, 50 people came together last Monday to share a hearty meal, conversation and friendship.
Please keep the donations coming in so we can reach out in love to more people who are alone or experiencing hardship.

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Dunedin bishop says he will trust in God
  • Potential Vatican-China deal would be good.
  • Cricket cheating points to deeper problems.
  • Interfaith dialogue revolutionising religion.
  • Young people share vision, hope for Church.
  • Faith is keystone to marriage.

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

Please collect:

  • Sunday morning tea rosters
  • Planned giving envelopes.

Altar Server Robes:

We have almost raised the funds needed to place the order for new robes!!
You may like to help us reach the target amount by placing a donation in an envelope marked ‘server robes’ and put it in the usual Sunday collection or hand it in at the parish office.

Men or Prayer of the combined Hibiscus Coast Churches ...
Meet on Monday 7 May at Gateway Church Hibiscus Coast, in the Kingsway School staffroom at 7pm. Prayer, praise and worship and shared meal to conclude.
Contact Peter - 021 646 682.

ESOL conversational classes ...
At Orewa Library on Thursdays 3.30pm-4.30pm on Wednesdays during school term.
All immigrants welcome to attend. Any English speaking volunteers who may be interested in helping with these groups, please contact Orewa library.

Stella Stars Playgroup:
Meets in the school hall on Friday mornings 8.45-11am during school term.
All children and parents welcome! Newborn - 4 years.
Relaxing morning spent doing a craft, free play, mat time and morning tea. Gold coin entry.
For more info please contact Kelly 021 500786 or email:

Needed to Rent:
Granny flat/unit in the general HBC area for a single male parishioner.
Contact 021 311859.

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Latest edition of the NZ Catholic - $4.

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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 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.

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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