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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

8th Sept 2019

This Sunday:  
Wis 9:13-18 : Psalm 90 : Phil. 9-10,12-17 : Luke 14:25-33
Next Sunday:   Exod. 32:7-11,13-14 : Ps. 51 : 1Tim. 1:12-17 : Luke 15:1-32

This week in the parish....

Sun 8 11.30am Eucharistic Adoration for Life, St John’s, until 3pm
Mon 9 7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s
Tues 10 10.00am Korean Prayer Group, St John’s Meeting Room
  6.00pm Prayer Group, St Francis’ Chapel
  7.30pm RCIA Meeting, St John’s
Wed 11 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  1.00pm Indoor bowls, Hall
  2.00pm Rosary prayers in Korean, St John’s chapel
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, St John’s Hall
Thurs 12 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.30pm Social Justice Talk, Hall
Fri 13 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis
  7.00pm Youth Group, Hall

Please stay for morning tea after 10.15am Mass today.


Haere mai ki te wiki o Te Reo Maori - Welcome to Maori Language Week, the Twenty third Sunday of Ordinary Time and Social Justice Sunday.

Maori Language week is among other pointers, a reminder of our obligations under Te Tiriti O Waitangi, signed in partnership with Tangata Whenua on 6th February 1840. “Satis” is the Latin word for “enough”. “Satisfaction” literally means “Making or doing enough”, or not doing, and so feeling inadequate. What is “enough” in our relationship with God and with each other? The answer is that God does not judge the quantity of the performance, but the quality of our persevering in the struggle for acceptance.
Our Gospel reading is the conclusion to a major section of Luke’s presentation of Jesus’ teachings about who belongs at the wedding feast of heaven. Jesus has just told a parable about such a feast to which many who were invited did not come and so the doors were opened to the physically injured, outcasts, and marginalised. When He finished this story someone at the table said that the ones who eat at the heavenly banquet will certainly be blest. What we hear today is Jesus’ reply.
What Jesus invites us to is a wisdom about which we heard in the First Reading. All relationships of love are gifts from God and they are not meant to make gods out of those whom we love. How are we ever going to build our relationship with Jesus by loving God above all other relationships and also carrying crosses? It is the “puzzlement” question and the answer is “wisdom”.
Today in the Catholic Church of Aoteoroa New Zealand we also celebrate Social Justice Sunday. We welcome members of our Social Justice group, who after the Gospel at each Mass, will share a reflection with us.
Kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou. Deacon Murray

A Social Justice Week Event:
Are you interested in the work of Amnesty International both in NZ and overseas? Jessica Stevens of Amnesty International will speak at a meeting in St John's Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday 12 September.
All are welcome. Invite friends and neighbours from other churches as well.

Social Justice Week 2019 8-14 September
Each year in September, the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference give us Social Justice Week to consider Catholic social teaching on an issue of social justice in New Zealand.
This year the theme for the parishes is “Fair, You Say?, using Cardinal Cardijn’s SEE - JUDGE - ACT method. Let us take this time to notice the inequity or injustice in our communities, then discern how to act in fairness.
Please take a leaflet from the foyer and for more information visit website

Please pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community. We pray for the recently deceased including Kathleen Mason, John Doyle, Harry Allan, Raymond Radford and Ken Curtis.
We pray too for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Mark Butland.

Eucharistic Adoration following 10.15am Mass at St John’s today:
Immediately after 10.15am Mass today there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament culminating with the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 pm. This is part of the initiative of the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Movement (PEAM).
This is being dedicated in opposition to the proposed abortion law amendments being debated in parliament. As part of our fight for the right to life of the unborn I urge all those who can spare some time after Mass to offer prayer for Our Lady’s intercession (This Sunday being the feast day of the Nativity of Our Lady).
For further information phone Tony, 021 758901.
Fr Emile

Annual appeal for the Cathedral ...
Special Collection today for the annual appeal for the Cathedral of St Patrick & St Joseph, our spiritual ‘home’ to all Catholics in the Diocese - a treasury of our Catholic heritage and history in Auckland & New Zealand. Maintaining the Cathedral in pristine condition requires close on $100,000 to be found to keep up with the long-term maintenance of the church, over and above the day-to-day maintenance costs. Please give generously to this appeal.
Donations can also be made direct to St Patrick’s Cathedral Heritage Foundation BNZ 02-0100-0233290-05 with contact details emailed to for tax receipt purposes.

Health and safety:
As we have defibrillators installed at both our Church properties, there is an informative 3-minute video from St Johns which covers use of defibrillators and also how to apply CPR.
This is essential reading for everyone.
Go to, then scroll down to "How to use an A.E.D."

Dove Catholic Fellowship...
Invites all women to a meeting on 18 September, 7.30pm, at St Thomas More Church Hall, 336 Wairau Road, Glenfield.
Christine Korman will speak on “Do whatever He tells you” (John 2:1-5).
Ph. Sylvia Hartley, 021 08822990

Holy Cross Seminary ...
Invites all clergy and parishioners to celebrate with the seminary staff and students the Feast of the Holy Cross. Mass will be held at Sacred Heart church, 16 Vermont Street, Ponsonby on Monday, 16 September, 5pm.
Principal celebrant will be Bishop Denis Browne.

The Abortion Law Reform Bill
All Catholics are encouraged to have their say about the proposed alternative abortion law currently before parliament.
The submission process closes on Thursday 19 September
To assist people in being better informed about the proposed law changes and to encourage as many people as possible to make a submission, an information sheet is available in the foyer.

Stella Maris School Enrolments 2020:
As planning for 2020 is well underway, this is to remind you that if you have a child turning 5 next year and you have not yet completed an enrolment pack, please do so. Either contact the school office to have one posted to you, or you can download a copy off the school website.
If you have any queries email:

Thank you
Thank you from the Bovelander family for all your prayers for Marc and the support received.
He is on a slow recovery path but doing well.
God bless you all.

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

  1. CELEBRATING: Celebrating the Month of Mercy Sun 15 Sept, 11.30am-3.30pm. Shared Pot luck lunch. Booking essential. Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy was a woman of wisdom, mercy and compassion. We are gathering to give thanks and to celebrate the Mercy values that continue to be relevant for us today. The programme includes a pot luck lunch, interactive presentation and is followed by afternoon tea.

  2. MEDITATION: Retreat day with CATHRYN WILES-PICKARD rsm. Sat 21 Sept, 9.30am-3.30pm. $35. BYO lunch. This Retreat Day is for those who are experienced in Christian Meditation as part of their daily prayer. This will be a Day of Silence, contemplative prayer, input, and times for meditation.

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

Youth Group
The youth group will meet again on Friday 13 September, 7-9pm in the parish hall. Join us for music, games and heaps of fun!
Youth of all ages are welcome.
Please bring a plate of eats to share.
For more info contact Tania Alofaki, 020 41473785.

Hibiscus Coast Young People’s Choir:
Our parish needs a young people’s choir!! Do you like to sing? Do you play an instrument? Are you able to read? Do you have support from your family?.....
Then come and meet us on Saturday, 14 September at 3.00pm in St John’s Church.
Come and join the fun! Ability to read music not essential. We will discuss frequency of practice, music type, and future activities.
See you there!!!
Contact Eileen: 021 280 4044 or Belinda: 021 590 283

R.C.I.A.: .
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.
For further information please contact Clive Goodman, 021 2642256 email or Reena Goodman, 021 0888 2441

Baptismal Preparation Course:
We are needing additional people to lead the baptismal preparation course for parents of young children who are to be baptised.
The course takes place once a month on a Thursday evening from 7pm-8pm at St John’s church and helps parents to understand the Sacrament of Baptism from a spiritual and practical point of view. If necessary, you will be teamed up with another leader until you feel confident to lead. If we could get a team of at least four people, each would only be rostered once a quarter.
To put your name forward or to request further information please add your name to the list in the foyer.

New Parishioners:
if you are new to the parish, or joined in the past year and have not yet registered, please complete a green parish roll form, available in the foyer.

Morning tea
Please stay for morning tea after the 8.30am and 10.15am Masses today.

Parish to Parish B&B:
Has been providing Catholic hospitality for 16 years, with Catholic hosts opening their homes to fellow Catholics for a small charge of $35 for one person, or $30 each for 2 or more, this is per night and includes a continental breakfast.
To obtain a directory of the hosts throughout NZ and Australia contact Marie Anderson, email or phone (03) 359 5541 Christchurch.
The book including postage is $15.

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 on 021 500786 oremail

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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