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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

18th November 2018

This Sunday:  
Dan. 12:1-3 : Ps 15/16 : Heb. 10:11-14,18 : Mark 13: 24-32
Next Sunday:   Dan. 7:13-14 : Ps. 93 : Rev. 1:5-8 : John 18:33-37

This week in the parish....

Sun 18 9.00am Sacramental Programme, St John’s
Mon 19 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 20 7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group, ph 424 1130 for venue
  7.00pm RCIA, St John’s
  7.00pm Liturgy Meeting, St John’s meeting room
Wed 21 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 22 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 23 Noon Seniors’ Christmas Lunch, Hall
Sat 24 10.00am Youth BBQ, Orewa Beach
Sun 25 3.00pm First Reconciliations, St John’s


    Just forty-one days to Christmas! A week later our year ends. Next week we celebrate the last Sunday of our Church year, the Solemnity of Christ the King, The Gospel, ends with Jesus’ words, “Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
    What passes for truth in our lives? It seems there are three kingdoms that create tension for us. Pilate experienced the same tensions, but not Jesus. For us there is the call and attraction to the ways of Jesus. Pilate wanted to converse with Jesus, to find out what he was about, but Jesus was not interested in a political interview or press conference. Jesus does not “do” press conferences.
    Secondly, Pilate felt the call to the higher-power of Rome. He felt the attraction of personal prestige and authority beyond Jerusalem. Jesus has nothing more to say to Pilate.
    The third attraction is more personal. Pilate has not yet amounted to anything and his ego is itching to be scratched. Self-establishment is so dominating in the human heart. Jesus’ kingdom allows for our ego’s healthy requests, but human ego will always want more than it receives. Three kingdoms, and they all sound like the “truth”. Jesus’ simple invitation is to listen to him. The world is also calling us to listen to its attractions of more stature and domination. The tension is completed by the demands of our ego to look good to ourselves. There is the craving to be more than we experience ourselves as being right now. 
The wonderful reality about Jesus as King is that he constantly calls, but gently. He invites, rather than forces, a response. His Kingdom is not of this world, because it is not of the world’s ways. Struggling to free ourselves from the world’s tensions and the ego can be at the centre of our spirituality, our holiness and the way we belong to Christ’s Kingdom
God bless you all. Deacon Murray

World Day of the Poor:
This Sunday has been designated by Pope Francis as the 2nd World Day of the Poor.
‘God’s answer to the poor is always a saving act that heals wounds of body and soul, restores justice and helps to live life anew in dignity. God’s answer is also a summons to those who believe in him to do likewise, within the limits of what is humanly possible. The World Day of the Poor wishes to be a small answer that the Church throughout the world gives to the poor of every kind and in every land, lest they think that their cry has gone unheard. It may well be like a drop of water in the desert of poverty, yet it can serve as a sign of sharing with those in need, and enable them to sense the active presence of a brother or a sister.’

Ministers’ rosters ...
for the 5.30pm and 10.15am Masses are in the foyer for collection.

Pope Francis.
Consumerism only bloats the heart,
it can offer occasional and passing pleasures, but NOT JOY.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Reno Bezzina.
We pray for the deceased and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Hibiscus Coast Singers ...
Hibiscus Coast Singers invite you to a concert, ‘Peace Poppies Pohutukawa’ on 17 & 18 November, 2.30pm at Red Beach Methodist Church, 76 Red Beach Road.
Tickets $25 for Adults, $20 for Seniors & students and free for children under 12 - available at the door or phone (09) 426 6043.
See noticeboard for more details or visit

The NZ Community for Christian meditation ...
Invites all to attend the following:

  • Silent Retreat: Light and Shade led by Laurence Freeman OSB. To be held at the University of Waikato, Hamilton from 13-16 January 2019.
    For more information and to register visit
  • Seminar led by Laurence Freemen with New Zealand healthcare professionals titled ‘Contemplative Care: Healthcare and Meditation’ on 17 & 18 January at the Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital.
    For more info and to register visit

Serving Spoons - Meals that Matter:
Please diarise the dates of the next two lunches in 2018:

  • Monday 26 November - 12.30pm
  • Monday 10 December - 12.30pm Christmas Lunch. (No lunch on the last Monday of December).
The team will be taking a break until Monday 25 February 2019.
Please add your name to the list in the foyer if you would like to volunteer your help at the lunches next year on a rostered basis.

Family Advent:

Dove Catholic Fellowship...
Invites all women to a meeting on Wednesday 21 November, 7.30pm-9.30pm, at St Thomas More Church Hall, 336 Wairau Rd, Glenfield.
Rita Peterson will speak on ‘Strengthened by the Spirit”
(Eph. 3:16-17).
Contact Sylvia, (09) 443 7477

Social Justice meeting on Thursday 29 November, 7.30pm
In St John's Hall. Anyone interested in social justice is welcome.
For more information phone Catherine Birt, (09) 424 0134 (evenings).

Christmas Masses:
If you are available to be a Minister of the Word, Minister of Communion, Sacristan, Coordinator or Collector for the Christmas 5.30pm, Midnight, 8.30am or 10.15am Masses please add your name to the list in the foyer.

An evening with Mozart ...
And Auckland Sinfonietta Orchestra, featuring Amalia Hall, on Saturday 8 December, 7pm in Tindall Auditorium, Rosmini College, Takapuna.
Tickets $20 (general admission) & $10 for students, available at or at the door.

Diocesan Job Vacancy -
Marriage and Family Life Leader/Co-ordinator to offer faith based support and resources for young marrieds and families.
To view the full position description for the above role, please visit under administration & vacancies.

If anyone has spare wool (including 8 ply) to donate to the knitting group for the poor,
please leave it in a bag in either church foyer or hand it in at the parish office.

Sunrise Parish Youth BBQ Lunch
Our parish youth of all ages and their families are invited to a BBQ at Orewa Beach (next to the basket-ball court) on Saturday 24 November, 10am-2pm.
This is a build-up to our Youth Group Adventure 2019. Bring your happy face, sun hat, sun block, swim wear, your own meat (sausages provided) and a salad/plate to share.
Contact Tania Alofaki, 020 41473785.

Pro-Life Rosary Crusade
A nation-wide Pro-Life Rosary Crusade (for Life and Faith) will be held on Saturday 8 December at 3pm.
We invite all parishioners to come together in St John’s church to pray the rosary.
Info Barbara Hines, 027 483 7180.

Josephite group meeting ...
On Saturday 1st December, 1.30pm in St John's Hall followed by afternoon tea.
If you are interested in the charism of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and the spirituality of Julian Tenison Woods you are invited to come along.
More info from Catherine Birt, (09) 424 0134 (eve).

Offertory Procession:
We need more families or couples to take up the gifts at the 5.30pm Mass on a rostered basis.
Please contact Theresa in the parish office if you would like to volunteer.

Hammond Organ:
In very good condition.
Free to whoever can use it. Need to pick up.  
Ph. Barbara 0274837180

Happy 49th wedding anniversary ...
Deacon Murray &
Jenny Morgan
- 15 Nov

On Sale after Mass today:
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Daily Mass calendars - $3 and
Latest edition of the NZ Catholic - $4.
Christmas cards - $5 per pack.

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 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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