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7th November 2021

This Sunday:  
1 Kings 17:10-16; Hebrews 9:24 28; Mark 12:38-44.
Next Sunday:   Daniel 12:1-13; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32

This week in the parish....


In keeping with the gospel message, let us acknowledge today the work and ministry of all those Ďquiet achieversí who faithfully serve the needs of our parish and our neighbourhoods, mostly out of sight, and never look for even one word of appreciation. The people, mostly elderly, who get together to pray the rosary every day! Then our youth workers. Those who have helped organise and run the ďZoomĒ worshipping. Those who are on our parish committees.

And we remember prior to lockdown the greeters, who meet and welcome us each Sunday! Those who clean the church! Those who arrange the beautiful flowers around the altar! The volunteers who serve the cuppas! Those who wash and iron the altar cloths and the altar serversí robes! The sacristans who put out everything needed for community prayer! The collectors! Those who make and serve the sandwiches and cakes for special occasions! The ones who count the collections! Those who go out distributing food and clothing to poor, homeless, and struggling persons, and especially to new arrivals and refugees! Those in the Parish Office! The catechists who bring the light and love of Jesus Christ to childrenís liturgies on Sundays! The musicians and singers! And all others whom we have unintentionally overlooked! Our parishes could neither survive nor thrive without them.

In all the hustle and bustle of the Temple that day, who could have noticed that poor humble little widow quietly putting into the collection for the House of God? Who could have noticed her? Jesus did. He noticed, appreciated, admired, and praised her. He also notices, appreciates, admires, and recognizes every good deed done by every good person as done to himself. He knows that what you do, you never do for show or recognition or fame, but only to love, help and serve others as much and as often as you can. So, let us praise and thank God for filling your hearts and theirs, with so much kindness, generosity, and fidelity!

May the Passion of Jesus Christ, and his everlasting love, be always within our minds and hearts!

Hibiscus Coast Parish Zoom Mass

Fr Raphael invites you all to join in our zoom Parish Mass
On Monday to Saturday at 9.30am
and Sunday Mass at 11am.


Meeting ID: 886 5266 2763. Passcode: Mass

Remembering Our Deceased Loved Ones

We invite you during the month of November to light a candle in your home each day, perhaps at a meal-time, and spend a few minutes remembering and praying for your deceased family members or people who have touched your life. You may like to get some photos out and make a little display for reflection.

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 childís Christmas this year.

The Synod is open

One of the emphases of the Synod is the concept of the Listening Church. This has been seen in practice with changes in response time. Originally the date for the Regional (in our case that meant New Zealand) response was April. Having heard from across the world that this was far too limited a time this has been extended until August. What this means for our deadlines with respect to getting things to NZCBC for collation is not yet defined.

The diocese has had a wonderful response to the Synod information sessions. Part of the feedback was that people would appreciate comprehensive information and guidance on the process that they could be easily distributed. This has been compiled and can be found on the website

On the website you are also able to sign up for the fortnightly Synod Newsletter

Thanksgiving Celebration Liturgy 2021

On behalf of The Auckland Diocese, and Bishop Michael, we invite all parish volunteers and 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, again, been disrupted by Covid. On Saturday 6 November 2021, 5.30pm we will connect, pray, and celebrate digitally. You, yours and everybody are therefore invited to our celebration through Zoom:

or Bishop Michael Gielen Facebook or ACYM Facebook or CDA YouTube.

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 yearís theme of

ďStand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen.Ē

Check out and join....

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 by 22nd October
If you're interested or would like more details or go to

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

End of Life Prayer Day, 7 November

On 7 November 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 7 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

We pray for:

All the sick in our community including Pat Wotherspoon and Wendy Hope, and for Kiera Donnelly who is recovering from a spinal surgery.
All the deceased, especially Morval Winchester and those whose anniversaries occur around this time.
For those who are suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic, that God will bring healing and strength to those in need.


The NZ Catholic is available in digital form at:

Mission Sunday Appeal

If you would still like 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 ĎMissionsí in the payee details. Alternatively you may make an online donation at

Resources in times of Lockdown

  • The diocese has a number of resources available on its website to support people at this time
    This also has a program of events that are available in the diocese during this time.

  • For those at level 2 will be a useful resource.

  • A reminder that the diocese continues to provide broadcast Sunday Mass.
    It is uploaded at 5.30pm Saturday night (as per a Vigil Mass time) to the Youtube channel Auckland Catholic
    It is also broadcast on Shine TV Sundays at 2.00pm Free-to-air TV Channel 25, Sky TV Channel 201.
  • Daily Reflections from Bishops Pat and Michael Reflections from the Bishops on Facebook Bishop Pat and Bishop Michael

  • Scholarship for Study at Kupenga Catholic Theological College

    Bishop Patrick Dunn, the Catholic Bishop of Auckland, is pleased to call for applications for the Ruth Miller Scholarship for study at Te Kupenga Catholic Theological College. This scholarship will be available for a selected number of people who intend to do one or more Theology papers at Te Kupenga Catholic Theological College towards a Bachelor of Theology degree in 2022. For further information about this scholarship and to receive an application form, please contact Catherine Ryan, Vicar for Education, Email: The closing date for applications is 31 December 2021.

    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 Never Ending Books, 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 or purchase your copy of Godís Word 2022.
    We are hoping to get our supply of daily Mass calendars and Columban calendars before Advent. These will be on sale in the parish office and after Mass on Sundays when our churches open again.

    Online Sessions (Daytime):
    Notices from Titipounamu Study & Joy

    Ignatian Imaginative Contemplation Ė Praying with Imagination with Laetitia Puthenpadath.
    Thursdays, 22 November, 2-3,30pm. ZOOM. Koha/Donation.

    Online Sessions (Evening):

    Infancy Narratives & Nativity Scenes with Kieran Fenn fms and Beate Matthies.
    Mondays, 22 November and 06 December, 7-8.30pm. ZOOM. Koha/Donation.

    For more information and registration:


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    Different views

    A mathematician, a geneticist and a physicist are sitting in a street cafe, watching people going in and coming out of the house on the other side of the street.

    First they see two people going into the house. Time passes. After a while they notice three people coming out of the house.

    The physicist states: "The measurement wasn't accurate."

    The geneticist's conclusion: "They have been cloned."

    The mathematician replies: "If now exactly one person enters the house, then it will be empty again."

    Knight's Report

    A knight and his men return to their castle after a long hard day of fighting.

    "How are we faring?" asks the king.

    "Sire," replies the knight, "I have been robbing and pillaging on your behalf all day, burning the towns of your enemies in the west."

    "What?!" shrieks the king. "I don't have any enemies to the west!"

    "Oh," says the knight. "Well, you do now."

    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 and

    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

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