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2nd Sunday of Advent

8th December 2019

This Sunday:  
Is. 11:1-10 : Ps. 72 : Rom. 15:4-9 : Matthew 3:1-12
Next Sunday:   Is. 35: 1-6,10 : Ps. 146 : James 5:7-10 : Matthew 11:2-11

This week in the parish....

Sun 8 4.00pm Songs to Mary, St John’s
Mon 9 7.30pm Meditation Group, St John’s Chapel
Tues 10 6.30pm Prayer Group, St Francis’ Chapel
Wed 11 1.00pm Indoor bowls, Hall
  2.00pm Rosary prayers in Korean, St John’s chapel
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 12 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
  5.00pm Pilgrim Queen Mass, St John’s
Sat 14 11.00am Youth BBQ, Wenderholm Reserve
  4.00pm Altar Servers’ BBQ at the home of Chris & Jo Wilson


In our Gospel, we hear John the Baptist witnessing to Jesus. Who have been the people who have shown us the path to Jesus, telling us that God loves us? Who have we shared this Good News with? John appears in the story as one who had the courage to be himself in the face of opposition.
John was ‘the voice of one crying out in the wilderness’, confidently expressing his faith in God. This Advent is a great opportunity for all of us to make more space for God to enter more deeply into our lives. The way to prepare for Jesus Christ is to change our lives, to produce good fruit, to ‘be Jesus alive in the world today’. Jesus will bring a time of grace.

God bless.
Fr. Emile

The Christmas Hamper Appeal:
A reminder that hampers are due back to the church foyers today.

Mass of Anointing:
Next Saturday 7 December, 9.30am at St John’s Church followed by morning tea in the hall.
The Sacrament of Anointing is offered to parishioners who are seriously sick, frail, or about to undergo surgery or approaching death. Please invite anyone you know who may benefit from this sacrament and offer a lift where necessary.

Sing to Mary:
Join us today Sunday 8 December at 4pm at St John’s for a time of songs to Mary, old and new. Bring your voices and instruments and lets honour Mary Our Mother.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
Mass on Monday 9 December, 9.30am at St John’s.

We need one more Minister of Communion....
For the Christmas 10.15am Mass. Please ring Theresa in the parish office if you are available.

Please pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Audrey Vitali and Adriana Bovelander. We pray for the recently deceased including Verdon Macartney, Noreen Verrall, Maryrose Green and Mary Anderson and for all those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Hibiscus Coast Singers:
Invite you all to their concert “Starry Night” today Sunday 8 December, 2pm at Red Beach Church, 76 Red Beach Road.
Tickets $25, $20 Seniors and Students, children under 12 free.
See for more into.

Taizé evening of meditative prayer:
On Tuesday 10 December, 7 – 8pm, at the Mary Mackillop Centre, 56 Selwyn Avenue, Mission Bay.
All welcome.
See notice board for more details.

Christmas Mass Times
Christmas Eve - St John’s:
5.30pm - Family Vigil Mass
11.15pm - Carol Singing
Midnight - Christmas Mass

Christmas Day
8.30am - St Francis’ - Family Mass
10.15am - St John’s

All the children are invited to dress up as their favourite nativity character.

All are invited ....
To a Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Thursday 12 December, 5pm in St Johns Church followed by fellowship in the hall.

Rite II Reconciliation - North Shore Deanery
Tues 10 - East Coast Bays - 7.00pm
Wed 11 - Northcote - 7.00pm
Thur 12 - Glenfield - 7.00pm
Thur 19 - Takapuna - 7.00pm
Fri 20 - Beach Haven - 7.00pm
Fr Emile is available for reconciliation after 9.30am Mass on Saturdays.

Serving Spoons - Meals that Matter:
Our free community Christmas lunch will be held in the parish hall on Monday 9 December, 12.30pm. Spread the love this Christmas and invite anyone who may benefit from a delicious meal and a festive,

Eucharistic Adoration
Will finish at St John’s on Thursday 19 December and resume on Monday 27 January 2020.
At St Francis’ it will finish on Friday 20 December and resume on Friday 24 January.

Our thanks to ....
All at Stella Maris school for the Christmas hampers and boxes of food and other items donated to the Care and Share foodbank.

Meditation Groups:
Meetings will end this year and resume in 2020 as follows:
Monday group - 16 December and 6 January.
Wednesday group - 18 December and 8 January
Thursday group - 19 December and 9 January.

Indoor Bowls ...
Will end on Wednesday 11 December and start again on 15 January.

On sale after Mass today:
Daily Mass calendars - $3
Columban calendars - $12
Christmas cards - $5 per pack.
NZ Catholic - $4

Please stay for morning tea after the 10.15am Mass.

All youth are invited to a shared BBQ on Saturday 14 December, 11am-2pm at Wenderholm Reserve, Waiwera (field by the ramp). All children under the age of 16 are to be supervised by an adult. Sausages and bread will be provided.
For further details contact Tania Alofaki, 020 41473785.

A reminder to all altar servers ...
That you and your families are Invited to a year end BBQ on Saturday 14 December, 4.00pm, at the home of Chris and Joanne Wilson.
Look forward to seeing you all there.

St Francis:
If you are interested in participating in the nativity play at the 8.30am Christmas Mass please contact Catherine Birt, 027 294 7855 (eve).

Our thanks ....
To the Parish bowling group for the $500 donated to parish funds. God bless you all.

Altar Flower rosters ...
For St John’s are to be collected from the foyer.

The Joy of Discovery:
Following the footsteps of the Lord with Fr Sherwin Lapaan. The joy of discovering the richness of the Holy Land and growing in faith through this pilgrimage. 15-19 June 2020 via Seoul, Korea. Email Lara Yap at for more info.

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.
Thank you to all who have donated wool over time.

2020 Pilgrimage to Europe:
Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg – Oberammergau (Passion Play), Munich and Lucerne from 26 Aug to 16 Sept 2020. Pilgrimage optional extension— Barcelona, Padua, Venice, Assisi and Rome from 15 Sept to 26 Sept 2020.
Chaplain: Monsignor David Tonks
Inquiries to Laura, (09) 921 5106 or email:

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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