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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

7th October 2018

This Sunday:  
Gen. 2:18-24 : Psalm 128 : Heb.2.9-11 : Mark 10:2-16
Next Sunday:   Wis 7:7-11 : Psalm 90 : Heb 4:12-13 : Mark 10:17-30

This week in the parish....

Sun 7 11.30am New parishioners’ lunch, Hall
  3.00pm Aotearoa Rosary, St John’s
Mon 8 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 9 7.00pm Prayer Group, ph. Barbara, 424 1130 for venue 
  7.30pm RCIA enquiry evening, St John’s chapel
Wed 10 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 11 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 12 9.00am Rosary prayers, St Francis
Sat 13 9.00am Working bee, St Francis
Sun 7 11.30am New parishioners’ lunch, Hall
  3.00pm Aotearoa Rosary, St John’s


    Without the guidance of Christ we would be at a loss to find the truth that should guide us. In today’s reading from Mark, Jesus is asked whether divorce was permissible. In the time of Jesus, although divorce was permitted (see Deut 24: 1-4) the proper grounds for divorce were debated. Jesus bypasses this debate, and speaks of what marriage is in the plan of the Creator – ‘in the beginning’. Citing today’s first reading from Genesis, he makes the startling assertion that true marriage is more than an arrangement entered into by two human persons; it involves God – ‘What God has united, man must not divide’.

    One of Pope John Paul II’s contributions to the Church’s life was his series of addresses on human love and sexuality, given at his weekly audiences (1979-1984). Explaining how it is that Jesus can make such an assertion, he interprets today’s reading from Genesis. This seemingly simple text speaks with great depth and subtlety of what it means to be human. The solitude of Adam, finds no companion in the animal kingdom - because, made in the image of God, Adam has in him a depth that they will never fill. It is only in the sharing of human companionship that this mysterious depth in the human person can be filled. The Creator provides for Adam the perfect companion: ‘This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh’. Paradoxically, this companionship becomes life-giving in self-donation, and destructive in selfish exploitation. The true beauty of human sexuality shines out as this self-donation finds expression in the body language which is part of God’s creation; Jesus quotes the Genesis text, ‘the two become one’. The body language of sexuality is not only the expression of authentic self-donation, but also the source of new human lives – marriage is a sharing in the work of the Creator. Though the account of Jesus welcoming the ‘little children’ is a separate incident, it follows on well from the discussion of marriage, reminding us of the children who are so often forgotten in the discussion of marriage relationships today. Marriage breakdown is a very complex pastoral problem. But the great ideal Jesus puts before us must never be forgotten.
Fr. John Thornhill sm (edited)

New Parishioners’ Lunch:
Due to the lunch taking place in the hall after 10.15am Mass, there will be no morning tea served today.

Aotearoa Rosary:
In response to a call from our Bishop, all parishioners are invited to pray the Rosary for the Church and pastors worldwide, in St John’s Church at 3pm today, 7 October. Let us ask our blessed Mother Mary to intercede for our worldwide Church. Info - Barbara Hines, 027 483 7180 -

Operation Christmas Child:
A unique opportunity to brighten Christmas for many children living in desperate situations. Please pick up a gift box and instruction leaflet from the foyer today, chose an age-group and fill the box with appropriate gifts, love and prayers. Kindly include a $10 donation towards the delivery costs. We have a limited number of boxes but you may also use a shoe box and wrap the box and lid separately with Christmas paper.
Please return the gift boxes to the church foyer by no later than Sunday 28 October.

Pope Francis.
Married life is a process of growth, in which each spouse is God’s means of helping the other to mature. Change, improvement, the flowering of the good qualities present in each person - all these are possible. Each marriage is a kind of salvation history, which from fragile beginnings - thanks to God’s gift and a creative and generous response on our part - grows over time into something precious and enduring. 

Amoris Laetitia 221

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community. We pray for the recently deceased including Ray Kearney and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Health & Safety:
Important for St John’s parishioners!! Regrettably, we are STILL observing cars NOT observing signage when entering our car park. The road marking opposite the church entrance states "LEFT TURN ONLY", yet some are taking no heed of this. Driving directly ahead is confrontational to both pedestrians using the crossing, and also other vehicles travelling in the correct direction. PLEASE discontinue this dangerous practice as we do not wish to observe an accident as a result of unnecessary negligence.

All Souls Mass, 2 November, 9.30am:

    Volunteers needed to help with a number of tasks before, during and after this Mass. A list of these tasks is on a clipboard in the foyer. Please add your name to it if you are willing to help.

Sacramental Programme:
Registration forms for the 2018/19 programme are in the church foyers and at the Stella Maris School office. Children need to be baptised Catholic and aged 8 years by 31 October 2018. The programme runs from October 2018 to June 2019 - dates still to be finalised. The cost of the programme is $60, which includes course material, a personalised candle and professional photograph of your child during the ceremony. If you wish to enrol your child please complete the enrolment form and return with payment and a copy of your child’s baptism certificate to the parish office no later than Friday 19 October 2018.
For further information please contact Claire Buckley, (09) 420 4045 or email:

Trivial Pursuit Evening:
There are still places available for this event and based on previous experience, it will be enjoyed by everyone. There will be lots of prizes on offer including those available in 8 free raffles that will be run. A complete evening’s entertainment for $5 is hard to beat so make a reservation for yourself or for your team. Glassware, chips, crackers, tea and coffee will be provided but otherwise bring your own food and drinks.
The main aim of this function is to enliven the social side of our parish and all surplus funds raised will be go to the church food bank. Please note, reservations beforehand are essential.
For all reservation enquiries, please call Ken at 427-9106.

Funeral service ....
For Ray Kearney on Monday 8 October, 11am at St John’s church. There will be no Liturgy of the Word or Eucharistic adoration this Monday.

Are you or a friend thinking of becoming a Catholic? Adults entering the Catholic Church or just thinking about it, follow a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or RCIA. Please join in the next enquiry session this Tuesday 9 October, 7.30pm in the St John's meeting room. For more information contact Iutita Rusk, (09) 427 9010 or 021 829927.

Responding to the NZ Housing Crisis:
In his 16 September Pastoral letter to all Parishioners Bishop Pat asked whether our Parish, or individuals within it, can provide affordable rental accommodation or emergency housing or furnishings to help a homeless family. If you think you may be in a position to assist in this way, an initial contact can be made with Catholic Social Services, (09) 378 9650 or email:

Volunteers needed for the Sacramental Programme:
Only two volunteers have come forward to assist with the programme. We urgently need more volunteers for the following roles:

  • Programme Coordinator
  • Catechists for the children and a catechists’ leader
  • Catechists for the parents and a catechists’ leader
Please give this some prayerful consideration. We as a parish are responsible for providing guidance and support to our young people on their path to receiving the Sacraments. To find out more or to put your name forward please phone Claire Buckley, (09) 420 4045.

Working bee at St Francis
Saturday 13 October from 9am to noon. H&S briefing at 9.15am. Bring garden tools, and suitable clothing. There will be noise and weed spray hazards. Please spare some time to help out.

The Pilgrim Queen of the Family - Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Come and join a team consisting of 10 families. Our Lady’s image will be visiting each home privately for 3 days each month. You and your family will then gather to pray the Holy Rosary for our Mother Church, the Pope’s intentions, priestly vocations and personal intentions. After 3 days, she will be passed on to the next home in the team. Join the team today by adding your name to the list in the foyer.
For more details contact Amelia Alba, 022 405 2192.

Congratulations to ...
Kevin & Bernadette Straka
on their 40th Wedding
Anniversary - 6 October.

To be collected:
Sunday morning tea rosters for St John’s are in the foyer for collection.

Cell Phones
Please turn off your cell phone when you enter the church.

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Daily Mass calendars - $3 and
Latest edition of the NZ Catholic - $4.

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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