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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

21st JULY 2019

This Sunday:  
Gen. 18:1-10 : Ps. 15 : Col. 1:24-28 : Luke 10: 38-42
Next Sunday:   Gen. 18:20-32 : Ps. 138 : Col. 2:12-14 : Luke 11:1-13

This week in the parish....

Sun 21 3.00pm Secular Franciscans’ Meeting, Hall
Mon 22 7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s
Tues 23 10.15am KParish Ladies Coffee Group, Hall
  6.00pm Prayer Group, St Francis’ Chapel
Wed 24 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 25 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 26 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis

Please stay for morning tea after 10.15am Mass today.


Do we have a clear goal in life? Without a clear goal, we will always be distracted and spend our energy on secondary things. “Keep your eye on the prize”, Martin Luther King said to his people. What is our prize? It is the divine life, the eternal life with and in God. Jesus proclaimed to us that goal, that heavenly prize. To Nicodemus he said: “This is how God loved the world: he gave his Son so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life”. (John 3.16)

It is not easy to keep our eyes fixed on the eternal life, especially not in a world that keeps telling us that there are more immediate and urgent things on which to focus. How then do we keep our goal clear; how then do we fix our eyes on the prize? By the discipline of prayer. The discipline that helps us bring God back again to the centre of our life. We will always be distracted, constantly busy with many urgent demands, but when there is a time and place set apart to return to our God who offers us eternal life, we gradually can come to realise that the many things we have to do, to say, or to think, no longer distract us but are, instead all leading us closer to our goal. Most important, however, is that our goal remains clear. Prayer keeps our goal clear; and when our goal has become vague, prayer makes it clear again. We have to believe.
God bless you all, Fr Emile 

Parish AGM
Parish AGM will be held in St John’s Hall on Sunday 4 August 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 reports are on display in the foyer.
Copies of the Finance Report are on the table in the foyer for you to take home and read. The other reports can also be viewed here: -
Liturgy Committee Report AGM 2019.pdf
PRAYER GROUP Report AGM 2019.pdf
HS committee report AGM 2019.pdf
Meditation Report AGM 2019.pdf
Please take some time prior to the AGM to read these reports. If you do not have access to the internet, copies of the reports may be requested from Theresa in the parish office.

Special Collection
Special Collection next weekend for Caring Sunday. Funds will be used by the Bishop’s Catholic Caring Foundation to assist vulnerable children, at risk youth, older people living in isolation, victims of domestic violence, refugees, homeless and all living in extreme hardship.

Pope Francis
Luke 10:42
Which one are you?
The Better part is living in the Presence of the Lord

Please pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Shirley O’Brien and Raewyn Taylor.
We pray for the recently deceased including Jenny Morgan and Rob Vernon.
We pray too for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

The Parish Ladies Coffee Group
Meets in the parish hall for coffee, bingo, a social time and to listen to a guest speaker on Tuesday 30 July, 10.15am. All ladies welcome. Entry donation - $2 to cover prizes.
Contact Christina, 426 7108.

Organ speaker refurbishment:
The mid-range organ speaker cones at St John's church had been causing sound distortion and were replaced recently. The original units from St John's were then refurbished and installed at St Francis church last week. Both church organs now have much improved sound quality.

New Parishioners:
Please complete a parish roll form which you will find on the table in the foyer.

Serving Spoons - Feed the Need:
A reminder that our next free community lunch is on Monday 29 July at 12.30pm in St John’s Hall. Donations of fresh produce or funds will be appreciated. Anyone who may benefit from a hearty meal and some friendly company is warmly invited.
Our thanks to Fr Ron for the $160 donation received from the sale of his plants.

Dove Women's Retreat Weekend - 26-28 July:
Come and join us for a weekend to be "Refreshed – Restored - Inspired"
The theme for 2019 is “Living a Life Attuned to God’s Voice”.
Venue:  Willow Park Christian Camp, Eastern Beach, Auckland.
To register or for further information visit our website or phone Judy Olsen (07) 9751824 or 027 4863024  or email :

Christian Meditation Retreat led by Fr Peter Murphy,
26-28 July at St Francis Retreat House, 50 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough. Theme: Meditation and becoming Human”. For more information see the notice board or phone Vincent Maire (09) 424 2293.

Congratulations to our newly baptised:
Hanna and Jessica Longstaff and Isabel Marrier-D’unienville.

Congratulations to Fr Peter Gray
On his 62nd anniversary of Ordination (21 July).

Bishop Pat celebrates the Silver Jubilee of his Episcopal Ordination
With a Mass at the Cathedral at 11am on Saturday 27 July. All are invited.

Walk by Faith:
The journey of faith is a continuing one! Walk By Faith is a programme of adult faith formation for anyone seeking to continue to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and in their knowledge and understanding of their Catholic faith.
The introduction for 2019: Sunday 21 July, 1-3pm Pompallier Diocesan Centre, 30 New St, Ponsonby, Auckland. Come and See! Email:

Men of Prayer of the Hibiscus Coast Churches ...
Meet on Monday 5 August at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, 3-5 Stanmore Bay Rd, Whangaparaoa. Prayer, praise and worship and shared light potluck meal to conclude.
Contact Peter, 021 646682.

Youth Group
The youth group will meet again on Friday 2 August, 7-9pm. Youth of all ages welcome. For more info contact Tania Alofaki, 020 41473785.

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 or email:

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 R.C.I.A.
An information session will be held at St John’s church on Sunday 18 August at 3.30pm. For further information please contact Clive Goodman, 021 2642256 / or Reena Goodman, 021 0888 2441/

Seeking Catechists for R.C.I.A. Have you felt that God is calling you to serve Him in a Ministry that allows you to share and grow in your Catholic faith? RCIA may be the Ministry for you. We are looking for additional members to join the team.
To find out what is involved, please contact Clive or Reena (see details above).

Ecumenical Day - Gifts of Gratitude and Grace
On Saturday 27 July, 10am-1pm at St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby. 
$30 incl. morning tea. Music and reflections from Sarah Hart (violinist), the Rev Josh Jones (guitar) and the Rev Dr. Kevin Waldie sm and facilitated by Beate Matthies. We invite you to experience beautiful gifts of gratitude and grace. If together we are to be well, we must know ourselves to be bearers of compassion, inclining to one another and to the earth with presence.
To book phone (09) 638 6238.

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, or phone (03) 359 5541 Christchurch. The book including postage is $15.

Holy Land Pilgrimage
Join the Auckland diocesan pilgrimage, led by our Vicar General, Monsignor Bernard Kiely, and our diocesan Media & Communications person, Dame Lyndsay Freer.   Departing Saturday 14 September, this 15-night pilgrimage offers superior accommodation, daily breakfast and dinner, daily Mass for our group and outstanding local guides.  See the Gospels come alive as we retrace the steps of Jesus from his Nativity to Calvary.
For further details contact the organiser, Harvest Journeys, on 0800 819 156 or visit or call Lyndsay on (021) 272 4895.

Holy Land Pilgrimage with Fr Sherwin Lapaan:
13-day affordable pilgrimage departing 9 September 2019. Small exclusive group; limited seats.
For full details, please contact Laura on or phone +64-9-921 5106.

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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