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CHRISTMAS - 25 December 2019

25th December 2019

This Sunday:  
Is. 7:10-14 : Ps 24 : Rom. 1:1-7 : Matthew 1:18-24
Next Sunday:  

This week in the parish....

At last - Christmas!!

The Advent season has been preparing us for this great day. So, what are we thinking about? Wow, look at all the advertising of things we could buy, and all the plans we need to make for the family gatherings. Yes, all things that we have been doing for many years. But, there is a whole lot more that we need to focus on, to give Christmas the real meaning of the day. Christmas is the most beautiful day as we think about, and celebrate, God’s love for us.
As we read in John 3.16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” God’s Gift to us – His Son, Jesus Christ. A Gift we need to unwrap every day of our lives. Jesus is the Gift we share with all whom we meet along life’s journey.

You have shared this Gift with me from the time I arrived here in the Hibiscus Coast Parish, and I thank you all so very much. All the wonderful Office staff, the various Committees, all the volunteers, all involved in the various ministries in the Hibiscus Coast Parish at St. John’s and at St. Francis, all Parishioners – I give my heartfelt thanks to you all and will hold you in my heart and in my prayer at the Masses this Christmas time. Wishing you all a Happy and Blessed Christmas.

God bless you all.
Fr. Emile.

Merry Christmas
The usual schedule of Mass and Liturgy of the Word times will continue throughout the holiday period.

The parish office will be closed ...
From 23 December to Monday 13 January 2020 (inclusive). Fr Emile (426 5599 Ext 2) and Deacon Murray (021 994703) will be available during this period.
Please contact Deacon Greg , 027 6035132 if you wish to receive Holy Communion at home. Where possible hold any administration queries until the office reopens. The next newsletter will be on Sunday 26 January. If you have any notices to be announced at the weekend Masses, please hand these to the Mass coordinator. Copies of the Sunday readings for this period are in a folder on the table in the foyer.

Please pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community. We pray for the recently deceased including Dorice Moyle, Josie Foy, Joseph Tinetti and Verdon Macartney. We pray for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Prayer Groups:
Will start again at St Francis church on Tuesday 28 January and at St John’s on Wednesday 29 January.
If you require prayer during this period please contact one of the people listed on the prayer chain on the noticeboard or phone 424 1130.

Congratulations ...
to our newly baptised - Leia Bacor, Gray Brennan and Kyus Hape.

Stella Maris School
Wishes to say a BIG thank you to all the families of the parish who supported the school and attended events throughout the year. We look forward to sharing more with you next year. We wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

Meditation Groups:
Meditation Groups will meet again as follows:
Monday group - 20 January.
Thursday group - 16 January.
Wednesday group - 22 January.

Mass coordinator
If you are interested in being a at the 10.15am Mass on a rostered basis next year, please contact Tina Louis, 426 8070.

Sacramental Programme:
Commences with a parent-only meeting on Tuesday 11 February 2020 in the parish hall at 7pm.
The candidates will be presented at the 10.15am Mass on Sunday 9 February and their first session for the Sacrament of Reconciliation starts on Sunday 16 February, 9.15am at St John’s church.
Please note that enrolments for the programme have now closed.

Christmas Hampers:
The response to the appeal this year has been truly outstanding with over 100 hampers prepared and delivered. The Care and Share team want to thank everyone that contributed to make this event so successful. It is a tribute to the generosity of people in this Parish.
Please read the letter of thanks on the notice board from Hestia Women’s refuge who was overwhelmed by the number of hampers you so kindly donated.

The Divine Mercy Prayer group ...
Will meet again on Sunday 2 February at 3pm in the parish hall

Indoor Bowling Club:
Will resume in the parish hall on Wednesday 15 January 2020.

Eucharistic Adoration
Will resume at St John’s on Monday 27 January 2020 and at St Francis on Friday 24 January.

The movie ‘Two Popes’:
Never mind the soft reviews and soft ‘trailers’  this movie is a must see for serious Catholics.
Excellent portrayals by Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict and Jonathon Pryce as Pope Francis.
Some parishioners saw it at Bridgeway Northcote. Hopefully it will be in more theatres for awhile.

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Wishing you all ...
A holy and blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with hope and possibility!! .

Children’s Liturgy:
The juniors’ liturgy at St John’s will continue during the school holiday period.
The seniors’ liturgy will resume in February. There will be no liturgy at St Francis during the school holidays.

Serving Spoons - Meals that Matter:
There will be no community lunch on the last Monday of December or January. The next lunch will be on Monday 24 February in the parish hall at 12.30pm.

Morning tea :
Morning tea after the 10.15am Mass will resume on Sunday 19 January 2020.

Thank you:
The family of Verdon Macartney sincerely thanks the clergy and community of theHibiscus Coast Parish for their prayers and support during Verdon's illness and passing. 
God bless you all.

Happy Birthday to:
Adriana Bovelander - 28 Dec

2020 Pilgrimage to Europe for Passion Play:
26 Aug to 16 Sept - Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Oberammergau (Passion Play), Munich, Lucerne. Pilgrimage Optional Extension: 15 - 26 Sept 2020, Barcelona, Padua, Venice, Assisi, Rome. Chaplain: Msgr David Tonks.
Inquiries to Laura at or 09 921 5106

Parents are the first educators of faith:
A wonderful depository of family-friendly material for the domestic Church are available at
It comes from the Bishops’ Conference National Centre for Religious Studies.
New materials are continually being uploaded. 

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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