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28th May 2023

This Sunday:  
Acts 2:1-11 : Psalm 104 : 1Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 : John 20:19-23
Next Sunday:   Exodus 34:4-6,8-9 : Daniel 3:52-57 : 2Corinthians 13:11-13 : John 3:16-18


Sun 28 9.00am Sacramental Programme, St John’s
Mon 29 7.15pm Bible Study Group on Zoom
  7.30pm Meditation group, St Francis
Wed 31 5.30pm Meditation – Zoom meeting
  7.25pm GIFT Programme, Hall

Pentecost at Stella Maris

The birthday of our church is celebrated in style at Stella Maris. A red and yellow mufti day sees the students, staff and the school brightly shining in flame colours.
The main atrium is decked out in celebratory style with balloons, signs and multiple languages on display reminding us of the Disciples Spirit-given gift of speaking different languages. “He is Risen” is shared in over 20 languages from Braille to Te Reo.
A special disco for each team throughout the day adds a special touch to the celebrations with a treat provided by the school giving our students the feeling that this day is special for us as Catholics.
We explore the events that happened over 2000 years ago.
The wonder of the Spirit coming to the Disciples, the amazement that those around them would have felt and the tremendous beginnings of our church with over 3000 people baptised on this day are all explored by our students. We hope the fire of the Holy Spirit inspires our children to share their experiences, share their learning, and demonstrate their love for others and that they remember this very special day, the birthday of our Church. 

Come Holy Spirit,
Fill the hearts of your faithful,
And kindle in them the fire of your love.

Karl Hobman,
Stella Maris Director of Religious Studies.

Today we pray,
‘Lord send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth; send us, as disciples for your mission.’

Fr Manus Lyons went home to God...

On Saturday 20 May.
His requiem Mass was held at Our Lady of Kaiti Church in Paraparaumu on Thursday 25 May.
He was parish priest here on the Hibiscus Coast from 1999 to 2004 and oversaw the project of building the new St John’s church and later the memorial garden.
We thank him for his service to our parish and the Auckland and Wellington Diocese.
May he rest in eternal peace.

Raffle Winner:

The beautiful painting that the youth team were raffling was drawn by Fr Chris Skinner at his concert.
Congratulations to the winner Aleisha Ellery.
Aleisha is also one of the youth who will be attending the world youth day.
Thanks again to Audrey Westcott for the painting.

We pray for:

We pray for all the sick in our community especially Terry Cochrane and Teighlor Johnson.
We pray for the recently deceased including Fr Manus Lyons and Norman Golding, and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

The St John's Children Liturgy Team:

Due to the shortage of volunteers, the team are urgently seeking backup support persons to help our teachers with our faith formation during the Sunday 10.30am Mass. Please get in touch with Theresa in the parish office or come and speak to any of the team members. We would love to have you on board with us. God Bless you from the St John’s Children's Liturgy Team.

Seminar - Liturgy for a New Church:

Seminar at Mary MacKillop Centre Chapel Mission Bay - Liturgy for a New Church:
the Challenge of Real Participation, Saturday 17 June, 10am – 2pm, $30 waged/ $20 unwaged.
Facilitated by Jo Ayers and Fr Neil Darragh.
To register phone Sr Julian, 09 528 1801.


Join in the meditation on Zoom on Wednesdays at 5.30pm.
Meeting ID: 644 479 7955
Password: 302506
Ph. Vincent Maire, 027 276-6032.

Bible study group ...

Meets on a Monday night on Zoom at 7.15pm.
A great way to share the Gospel with others in an easy-going and friendly way.
Contact Louis on 027 274 8600.

A Message for our Earth 

Climate Action webinars in the spirit of Pope Francis’ ‘Laudato Si’ and ‘Letter: A Message for our Earth’ are to be held from 14 June to 5 July.
They have been organised by the Religious Diversity Centre (RDC)
Climate Action Group with the theme, ‘Building a Climate of Hope’ especially from a view of the Pacific region to mitigate the challenges of climate change and to adapt against future disasters. 

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  • - Cardinal John Dew retires as Archbishop of Wellington.
  • - Sensitive negotiations over integrated schools.
  • - Concerns over new criteria for co-opting school board members.
  • - Catholic leaders praise coronation emphasis on service

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The St John’s children’s liturgy team ...

Are participating in the 10.30am Mass today in various ministries.
There will be no junior or senior’s liturgy today.

If you are new to the Hibiscus Coast community...

We would love to welcome you into a family group where you can meet others in the HBC Parish. 
Passionist Family Groups (PFG) are a great way to get to know people, make new friends and build a network in the community. Groups meet regularly for social get-togethers, with something for everyone – all are welcome.
For further information on what PFGs are all about, visit the website at
If you are keen to join, please contact Avi and Marlon (PFG coordinators) at 022 400 4910 and 021 188 999.
Brochures are also available in the church foyer and from the parish office.

Reflecting on St Luke’s Gospel  

A Social Justice Retreat on social justice aspects of the Gospel of Luke will be held 9.30-4pm on Saturday 10 June 2023 at St Francis Retreat Centre 20 Hillsborough led by Bible Scholar Br Kieran Fenn fms who has taught the Scriptures in New Zealand and overseas for more than 40 years. Cost: $30 including lunch.
Applications to Peter Garrick,  
Ph. 022 1300 730 by 31 May. 2023.

What’s happening in the diocese?

Find out what has been happening around the diocese and details about what is coming in the latest edition of the CDA Connect

Have a cuppa ....

Please stay for a cuppa after the 8.30am or 10.30am Mass today.

Our HBC Spotlight ....

This week is on the youth leaders, the WYD youth team and all those involved in organising and helping at the Fr Chris Skinner concert last Saturday. An amazing evening of music, song and entertainment enjoyed by all.
Thank you to all who attended and supported this WYD fundraiser.
A special thanks to Fr Chris for his wonderful performance, to Anna for the beautiful singing and to Peter and Jenny O’Dea for organising the sound system.

Beware of Scams:

If anyone receives an unusual request for money from Fr Raphael, Fr Pio or any other parishioner, please check with the person or the parish office if it is a scam before paying out any funds.


If anyone has any spare 8 ply acrylic yarn or 4 ply wool the knitting group would love to turn it into blankets or baby clothes for local charities. Please place this in a bag and leave it in the church foyer.

Taize Prayer Evening:

Friday 9 June, 7pm,
Mary MacKillop Chapel, 56 Selwyn Ave, Mission Bay.
All welcome.

Caring for the poor
- Love Soup Canathon food collection:

All donations will be passed on to Love Soup to assist many of the 400 families up the Coast who depend on this assistance to feed their families.


Mary in the Scriptures:
Mondays, 19/26 June & 03/10 July, 7-8.30pm, Zoom, with Kieran Fenn fms.
Fee: free. Donation/Koha appreciated. 

Focus on Target - Draw Fresh Momentum
Tuesdays, 27 June & 04/11/18 July, 12.30-1.30pm.
Zoom, with Laetitia Puthenpadath,.
Fee: $20/session or $70/4 sessions.

For more information:

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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