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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

22nd July 2018

This Sunday:  
Jer. 23:1-6 : Psalm 23 : Eph. 2:13-18 : Mark 6:30-34
Next Sunday:   2Kings 4:42-44 : Psalm 145 : Eph. 4:1-6 : John 6:1-15

This week in the parish....

Mon 23 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 24 10.00am Parish Ladies Coffee Group, Hall
  7.00pm Prayer Group, see notice
Wed 25 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Introduction dinner to the Gift Programme, Hall
Thurs 26 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 27 9.00am Rosary prayers, St Francis


During the Easter season we were reminded that the Risen One is ‘the good shepherd’. On Good Shepherd Sunday, however, our image was the familiar iconic figure, bringing back the lost sheep on his shoulders. Today we have a down-to-earth image. People weighed down by life’s daily problems are looking to Jesus to renew the vision of hope he has given them in the past. He changes his plans and responds to their need. He has another important lesson for the Twelve – the love for struggling humanity that he shares with his Father. He knows no limit or holding back. He wants his disciples to be one with him in this love if they are to be companions in his mission.

In our reading from the letter to the Ephesians, the teaching of Paul again makes a dramatic shift to the time of fulfilment. What the prophets looked forward to, what Jesus promised as he gave hope to the people and instructed his disciples, has been realised in the Paschal Mystery. God’s final achievement, through the power of the Saviour’s resurrection, has many aspects. This passage celebrates the Paschal Mystery as bringing the peace and reconciliation in which the apparently insurmountable barriers that divide the human family are overcome: ‘by the blood of Christ’ those who were estranged and hostile to one another have been brought together. Paul’s teaching is profound. The Saviour ‘in his own person has destroyed the hostility’. In his Paschal Mystery he has identified with struggling humanity that we may be taken into a sharing in his resurrection triumph. God’s project, so long frustrated, has now been gloriously successful, in the ‘New Man’, the ‘Last Adam’ (1 Cor 15:45). Through the Risen Lord, our disrupted human family has ‘in the one Spirit our way to come to the Father’.
Fr. John Thornhill sm (edited)

The Parish AGM ...
Will be held in the parish hall on Sunday 5 August 2018 after the 10.15am Mass.
This is an opportunity for all to catch up on what has been happening in the parish and to share ideas. All are warmly invited to attend. AGM reports are available in the foyer for you to take home and read before the meeting. If you are attending the AGM please remember to bring these with you.

Caring Sunday:
The second collection today is for the annual Caring Sunday Appeal for the Bishop’s Catholic Caring Foundation.
Funds will help families in need of emergency housing, counselling, nutritious food, youth support, special needs of our elderly, victims of domestic violence, parenting programmes for struggling families and so much more.
To support the work of the Foundation, please place your donation in the second collection or visit website

Pope Francis
Pope Francis reminded that God’s merciful love demands “that we too go forth to every corner of life, to reach out to everyone, even though this may cost us our “good name”, our comforts, our status… even martyrdom. “

Whose hand do you need to reach this week?

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Cornelia Verdonk, Olga Lahood, Pat Peoples and Emma Leslie.
We pray for the recently deceased including Cyril Norris and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Missing from St Francis:
A circular green plastic table with detachable legs used at Christmas for selling cards/calendars and on other occasions.
If you know where it is please phone Theresa in the parish office.

Promise Keepers exists to help men focus ...
On life purpose, destiny, character, integrity and manhood, based on Christian values.
All men are invited to the Auckland event on 31 Aug—1 Sept. The theme is ‘Legacy’ - the decisions you make today affect others around you now.
For further info see notice board or visit

St John's Prayer Group invites all parishioners to attend a 6 week DVD course called THE GIFT. This is a modern version of a charismatic Life in the Spirit Seminar designed to enhance your faith and prayer life. We will commence with a mid-winter dinner in the hall on Wednesday 25 July at 7.00pm, thereafter the following 5 weeks on Wednesday nights at 7.00pm in the parish hall.

For catering purposes it would be helpful if you could let us know if you are coming. No charge.
Contact email: or phone:

  • Brian and Barbara - 4278496 / 0274837180
  • Helen Kehoe - 021 117380
  • Joanne Wilson - 0274 824302
  • Iutita Rusk - 427 9010
  • Margret & Francis - 426 8177

Confirmation photographs:

    There are still a few photos to be collected from the parish office.

Grateful thanks to our parish catering team ....
For purchasing a new fridge/freezer for the St John’s kitchen. Some of you may not know that a group of dedicated parishioners regularly volunteer hours of their time to provide catering for funerals and other functions, as a service and fundraising effort for the parish.

Congratulations to Emilie Mason ...
Who was baptised this weekend.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Join us for coffee, bingo (lovely prizes) and a social time on Tuesday 24 June, after 9.30am Mass in the parish hall.
Newcomers are most welcome. Entry donation - $3.
Contact Christina, 426 7108.

Christian Meditation Retreat:
A path to wholeness and fullness of life, led by Fr. Peter Murphy. 10-12 August, St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough. Cost $270.
For further information phone Charmainne (09) 266 7651 or 0274 800 418 or email:

We welcome our new Ministers of Communion:
Tina Louis, Ray O’Loughlin, Amnat Saijaipadoi, Carol Miers, Wendy Hope, Shirley McGinley, Joseph Cabuquit, Mary O’Connell, Teresa & Carlos de la Fuente and Catherine Cyprian.

The Tuesday Prayer Group...
Will be meeting in each others homes in the winter months.
To find the location please ring either Barbara - 424 1130 or Pam - 424 1920.

Needed to Rent:
Granny flat/unit in the general HBC area for a single male parishioner.
Contact 021 311859.

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • New Zealand theologian reflects on Humanae Vitae 50 years on.
  • Jesuit working in Hamilton diocese.
  • Cardinal Dew shares thoughts on homilies.
  • Ecumenical document accentuates positives.

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Auckland Youth Ministry:
To find out about all the events and activities that are happening in our region visit

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. A series of enquiry sessions will begin on Tuesday 4 September at St John’s Church, Orewa at 7.30pm. You are invited to an Information Evening to be held on Tuesday 7 August at 7.30pm also at St John’s Church. If you have any questions, please contact Iutita Rusk on(09) 427 9010 or 021 829927.

Seeking Catechists for RCIA:
Have you felt that God is calling you to serve Him in a ministry, but have been unsure of which one is appropriate for you? The Parish is looking for more catechists to join the existing RCIA Team. This may be your opportunity. Training will be provided. To find out what is involved, please contact Iutita Rusk on 427 9010 or 021 829927.

Dove Women's Retreat
Weekend 27 to 29 July: Come and join us for a weekend to be "Refreshed - Renewed - Restored". 
The theme for 2018 is "Harvest" with guest speakers Wilma Conroy and Anne Claessens.
Venue:  Willow Park Christian Camp, Eastern Beach, Auckland.
For further information and to register visit or phone Shona Williams (07) 543 0101 or email

Our next free community lunch will be on Monday 30 July, 12.30pm in the parish hall. If you know of anyone who is in need of a hearty meal and some friendly company, please invite them to attend. Thank you to those who have distributed leaflets.
Donations of fresh fruit & veggies will be greatly appreciated for the lunch.
Please place these in the Serving Spoons fridge opposite the kitchen at St John’s or in the bin in the foyer at St Francis’.

Celebrating God’s Love:
Exploring our devotion to the Sacred Heart with Sr Ann Gilroy on Saturday 18 August, 10am-3pm at St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby. Free - BYO lunch.
RSVP by 6 August to
All catechists and anyone else who may be interested are invited to attend.

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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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