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18 OCTOBER 2020

This Sunday:  
Isaiah 45:1,4-6 : Psalm 96 : 1Thess. 1:1-5 : Matthew 22:15-21
Next Sunday:   Exodus 22.21-27 : Psalm 18 : 1Thess. 2:7-9,13 : Matthew 22:34-40

This week in the parish....

Sun 18 3.00pm Secular Franciscans’ Meeting, Hall
Mon 19 7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s
Tues 20 6.30pm St Francis’ Prayer Group (venue changes). Tel. Barbara - 424 1130
Wed 21 1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 22 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s


In our Gospel today, Jesus says, ‘give to God what belongs to God.’
In a sense, this is what we try to do when we gather as a community to pray together at the Eucharist.
Here we try to make our hearts ready to experience God’s love in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. We need God’s presence in every moment of our lives.
A message that comes through to us all very strongly today on this World Mission Day, is a reminder that we have all been called to be missionaries in our world today.
Every Baptised person has received this call – to live the Christ life every moment of every day – and to share this Good News with each person we meet along the way. Where do we need to exercise our missionary ministry? No, we don’t have to go overseas. We begin in our homes with our families.
Also in our places of work; on our walks around the Estuary, or wherever we have our exercise moments; at school/university; God is with us always, everywhere, all the time.
We have to tune in to hear what He is saying to us. Do you hear Him?
I thank God for all of you wonderful Missionaries here in the Hibiscus Coast Parish. Thank you for your witness of Faith and Love.
God Bless.
Fr. Emile

Today on Mission Sunday ...

We reflect upon the missionary endeavours of the church. We are mindful of those serving in the Missions and we stand in solidarity with those that the Church extends the hand of help to. We pray for a generosity of heart, where we are all called ‘to serve rather than to be served.’
You are all encourage to pray the rosary for Pope Francis and the missionary work of the Church.
There will be a special collection today. Funds will be directed especially towards the care of children, the immediate relief of the poor and the support of Missionary Seminaries and Religious Institutions.
Appeal envelopes are in the foyer for those who are not on the planned giving system.
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Thanksgiving and Welcome Mass 2020:
On behalf of The Auckland Diocese, we cordially invite all parish volunteers, and those recently received into our family of faith, to share in our Mass of Thanksgiving and Welcome.
We wish to thank and honour you all for desire to build the kingdom in a year that has been disrupted by Covid.
The vigil Mass will be held at the Cathedral of St Patrick and St Joseph on Saturday 7 November starting at 5.30pm. Validated parking will be available. 

Feast of All Souls - Monday 2 November:

All parishioners are invited to attend the 9.30am Mass at St John’s church where we will pray for and remember all our deceased loved ones, especially those parishioners who have gone to God in the past year. A special morning tea will be held in the hall afterwards, if we remain at level 1.
Volunteers are needed to help with a number of small tasks before, during and after this Mass. A list of these tasks is on a clipboard in the foyer. Please add your name if you are willing to help.

Care and Share:

The demand on our foodbank has increased and our stocks are low. Donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries will be greatly appreciated.
Please place these in the Care and Share basket in the church foyer.

Please Pray For ....

We pray for all the sick in our community.
We pray for the recently deceased including Dicky Hutchings and for those whose anniversaries occur around this time including Theo Gombert and Hilda Barry.

Interested in studying Theology?
The Theology Programme at the University of Otago offers a wide range of papers and qualifications, all available via distance learning. Some papers are taught via video conferences, others include teaching days in Wellington.
Others involve week-long intensives.
For further information go to  or ph 0800 80 80 98 or (03) 479 8639.  

Thank you ....
Thank you for your generous support for the people up north.
We delivered two car loads of food items to the parish priest who will take care of further distribution. 
Well done Hibiscus Coast Parish!!!

Operation Christmas Child:

It is time to pack a shoe box online!!!!
2020 has been a challenge for all of us and you are invited to pack a gift box in a different way this year so you can continue sharing God's love with children in need around the world this Christmas.
The Operation Christmas Child team has created a convenient and personal way for you to give shoebox gifts without leaving home – with Pack a Shoebox Online! 
Simply go to
and choose a boy or girl, select an age and view a list of gift items that they will strive to include in the boxes, based on availability. Then, make it your own by adding a personalised letter to your shoebox recipient. The items and letter will be packed for you and sent to a child in need.
Thank you for your commitment to packing a gift box in the past.
Our Parish has generously contributed to Operation Christmas Child for many years.
Please continue to do so and bring joy to a child this Christmas.

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Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Christchurch ordination after many delays.
  • Former NZ seminary rector farewelled.
  • Extraordinary form ordinations in Auckland.
  • Pope issues new encyclical on fraternity and social friendship.

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North Shore Dove Fellowship ...

North Shore Dove Fellowship invite all women to a meeting on Wednesday 21 October, 7.30pm at St. Thomas More Church hall, 336 Wairau Road, Glenfield. 
Iutita Rusk will speak on the topic "Ready for Battle" and the scripture is Psalm 27:1

The Diocesan Mission Map

(Pastoral Plan) will be officially launched on the first Sunday of Advent. 
All parishioners, particularly members of the Parish Pastoral Council, are invited to an unpacking session on Saturday 14 November , 9.30am-3.30pm, at St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby.
B.Y.O: Enthusiasm, interest, questions and lunch. 
A chance to find out what is happening and be part of the response.

Open Day at Stella Maris School
on 20 October, 9am-12pm for years 1-6 enrolments 2021. Guided tour, meet staff and students and experience first hand the very special learning environment that Stella Maris has on offer.
Enq. phone (09) 427 9189.

Happy 30th Wedding Anniversary
To John and Dale Lanigan.

The Gift Programme:
Which has been twice postponed due to Covid-19, will now be held in the New Year, sometime in late February.
Meantime, the Prayer Group is open to everyone to join us on Wednesday evenings at 7.15pm for prayer and praise, Scripture reflections & intercessions, followed by supper.

Serving Spoons:
As the last Monday of this month falls on Labour Day there will be no community lunch in October.
Our next free lunch will be on Monday 30 November at 12.30pm in the St John’s Hall (subject to us being in level 1).
We will end off the year with a festive Christmas lunch on Monday 14 December.
Anyone who will benefit from a delicious meal and some friendly company is most welcome.

Morning tea at St John’s ...
Please stay for morning tea after 10.15am Mass today.

Despite what some MPs may deny, the new abortion law has been drafted in such a way that an abortion can be legally obtained up to birth.
MPs who voted for the Act, did not specify any upper limit beyond which abortions could not be performed. Abortion is now officially regarded as just another medical service – a new “normality”.
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Do you think I'll live to be 100?

72-year-old Edgar recently picked a new primary care physician.

After two visits and exhaustive lab tests, the doctor said Edgar was doing "fairly well" for his age.

A little concerned about that comment, Edgar couldn't resist asking the doctor, "Do you think I'll live to be 100?"

The doctor asked, "Well, do you smoke or drink beer?"

"Oh no," Edgar replied, "I've never done either."

Then the doctor asked, "Do you eat rib-eye steaks and bar-b-qued ribs?"

Edgar said, "No, I've heard that all red meat is very unhealthful!"

"Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf?" the doctor asked.

"No, I don't," Edgar replied.

Then the doctor asked, "Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or run around with women?"

"No," Edgar said, "I don't do any of those things."

The good doctor looked at Edgar and said, "Then why the heck do you want to live to be 100?"

The New CEO

A fellow had just been hired as the new CEO of a large high tech corporation.

The CEO who was stepping down met with him privately and presented him with three numbered envelopes. "Open these if you run up against a problem you don't think you can solve," he said.

Well, things went along pretty smoothly, but six months later, sales took a downturn and he was really catching a lot of heat. About at his wit's end, he remembered the envelopes.

He went to his drawer and took out the first envelope. The message read, "Blame your predecessor."

The new CEO called a press conference and tactfully laid the blame at the feet of the previous CEO. Satisfied with his comments, the press - and Wall Street - responded positively, sales began to pick up and the problem was soon behind him.

About a year later, the company was again experiencing a slight dip in sales, combined with serious product problems.

Having learned from his previous experience, the CEO quickly opened the second envelope. The message read, "Reorganize."

This he did, and the company quickly rebounded. After several consecutive profitable quarters, the company once again fell on difficult times.

The CEO went to his office, closed the door and opened the third envelope.

The message said, "Prepare three envelopes."

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