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29th November 2020

This Sunday:  
Isaiah 63:16-17,64:1,3-8 : Psalm 80 : 1Cor. 1:3-9 : Mark 13:33-37
Next Sunday:   Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11 : Psalm 85 : 2Peter 3:8-14 : Mark 1:1-8

This week in the parish....

Mon 30 12.30pm Serving Spoons, Hall
  7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 1 1.00pm Holy Family Prayer Group, St John’s Hall
  6.30pm St Francis’ Prayer Group (venue changes). Tel. Barbara - 424 1130
Wed 2 1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 3 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Sat 5 9.30am Anointing Mass, St John’s
Sun 6 3.00pm Divine Mercy Prayer Group, Hall


Advent is a time of waiting. We remember the time of waiting in the Bible when people were longing for something that would change everything. We read how people longed for an end to slavery, longed to return home, longed to feel close to God.
The prophets used the language about desert blooming, rain falling and a new day dawning after the long night of darkness. Advent has the same purpose. It calls us to be alert, aware and attentive. Today’s second reading from St. Paul alerts us that ‘God is faithful; by Him we were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord’. Awareness leads to a waiting in joyful hope for ‘the master of the house to return unexpectedly’ as the Gospel tells us today. Advent calls us to know that there will always be an unexpected breakthrough of God in our lives. Our Gospel today urges us to stay awake. We need to be on our guard, waiting for the latest news.
We pray for the strength to guide us through the coming weeks, and for the peace and joy of Christ to lift our hearts and carry us onwards.
Pope Francis tells us: ‘In this time of tribulation and mourning, I hope that you will be able to experience Jesus, who comes to meet you, greets you and says: Rejoice’

Keeping you all in my heart and in my prayer.
Fr. Emile

Mass of Anointing:
On Saturday 5 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 like to receive this sacrament and offer a lift where necessary.

Please keep in your prayers ...

Please keep in your prayers at this time the work of the Royal Commission which continues to look into the abuse that happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in care. Please pray for the survivors, that they may have ongoing courage and strength as they share their experiences with the Commission.
This week the Commission will focus on cases involving the Catholic Church. This is an important process and will be a difficult time for survivors and many in our communities. It provides an opportunity to listen to the experiences of survivors, acknowledge failings, support the justice and reconciliation process and look forward to the future with hope.
Any complaints of abuse involving church personnel may be directed to our Parish Safeguarding Coordinator, Nicola Timms - 021 868 636 / or to the church’s National Office for Professional Standards (NOPS) - 0800 114 622 / prof.

Please Pray For ....

We pray for the sick in our community including Vic Clarke. We pray for the recently deceased, particularly Laurence Donahoe, Bob Knight, Howard Olzen, Bernard Vujich and Ivan Rakich, for those whose anniversaries occur around this time and for all those mentioned in our basket of remembrance this month.

Thank you to all at Stella Maris School....

For the generous donations of tinned foods and other items for the parish foodbank.
Many are finding things very difficult at present and your caring and sharing makes a big difference to them.

Serving Spoons:
Our next free community lunch will be on Monday 30 November at 12.30pm in the St John’s Hall. Anyone who will benefit from a delicious meal and some friendly company is most welcome.
We will end the year with a festive Christmas lunch on Monday 14 Dec.

Evening online Session:

Christmas “Self Care Nibbles” with Clare Barnett.
Tuesday, 15 December, 7.15-8.45pm. Fee: $30. ZOOM.
For more information and registration email

Thank you ....
Thank you for continuing to donate aluminum tabs off your beer & cold drink tins and lids of wine bottles for the ‘Kan Tabs for Kidney Kids Project’. (Beer bottle lids are not accepted).
This is a wonderful way to help children with kidney disorders.

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Priests and bishop at pro-life street vigil.
  • Nuncio speaks on youth, laity and Pope’s vision.
  • Memorial for young Christchurch priest killed in accident.
  • Tauranga couple die on same day after 66 years married.

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Seeking more volunteers....
To set up and serve morning tea after the 10.15am Mass on a rostered basis next year. You may like to do this as a couple or pair up with a friend. A great way to meet other parishioners!
To volunteer please contact Theresa in the parish office.

Health and Safety:
We are seeking anybody who may be in a position to assist with the Parish Health & Safety matters.
All systems and reporting procedures are in place and it would be helpful if we could familiarise another person/s in procedural matters.
This role would be ideal for a business couple.
If you might be interested, please contact Theresa in the parish office, or Ray O'Loughlin, 021 1131 883.

Rite II Advent Reconciliation - North Shore Deanery

Sun 6 - Devonport - 6.00pm
Tues 8 - St John’s, Orewa - 7.00pm
Wed 9 - Northcote - 7.00pm
Thur 10 - Takapuna - 7.00pm
Fri 11 - ECB Mairangi - 7.00pm
Thur 17 - Glenfield - 7.00pm
Fri 18 - Beach Haven - 7.00pm

Ministers’ rosters
Please collect your ministers’ roster for the 5.30pm or 10.15am Mass from the foyer.

Ministers of the Word and Mass Coordinators
We will need additional Ministers of the Word and Mass Coordinators next year for the 5.30pm and 10.15am Masses.
Please consider volunteering for these ministries.
Contact Theresa in the parish office.

Holy Family Prayer Group:

New weekly prayer group focusing on fellowship and faith starting Tuesday 3 November at 1pm in St John’s Hall. All very welcome.
Contact Helen Kehoe, 021 211 7380.

New liturgical year
Today the first Sunday of Advent sees the new liturgical year and the launch of the Diocesan Mission Map which promotes how the diversely gifted people of God within the Diocese can be witnesses to Christ, apostolic in their endeavour, at the service of the world - together.
This is accompanied by the launch of a refreshed diocesan website:
Bishop Pat invites you to explore it. You will also find a message from him and Bishop Michael regarding the Mission Map on the site. This has 3 focal points that you are encouraged to become familiar with:

  1. To strengthen each of us for missionary discipleship.
  2. To assist our young people to develop a resilient spirituality.
  3. To care for the poor.

Christmas Celebration:

The Prayer Group invites all parishioners to come along for Christmas carols and festive supper celebration on Wed 9 December at 7.15pm in St Johns Hall. Hope to see many of you.
Contact Barbara & Brian - (09) 427 8496.

Everyone welcome ....
Everyone welcome to the blessing of the statue of Our Lady at St John’s on Saturday 12 December.
Rosary at 9am followed by Mass at 9.30am and then a shared morning tea In the hall.
Please bring a plate.

Ministers needed for the Christmas Masses:

  • 5.30pm vigil Mass: Collectors
  • Midnight Mass: Mass Coordinator, and Minister of the Word
  • 10.30am Mass: Sacristan and a Minister of Communion.
To volunteer please add your name to the list in the foyer.

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.

On sale:

  • Christmas cards,
  • 2021 Daily Mass calendars and
  • 2021 Columban calendars


Why English teachers are important:

The Words are the same. Only the punctuation changes...

* Version 1
Dear Thomas,
I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful.

People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men.

I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we're apart.

I can be forever happy - will you let me be yours?


* Version 2
Dear Thomas,
I want a man who knows what love is.

All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior.

You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn.

For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we're apart, I can be forever happy.

Will you let me be?


You know you're getting older when...

1. Your back goes out more than you do.

2. You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.

3. You have a party and the neighbors don't even realize it.

4. Your arms are almost too short to read anything.

5. You sing along with the elevator music.

6. You enjoy hearing about other people's operations.

7. You answer a question with, "Because I said so!".

8. You know what the word "equity" means.

9. You can't remember the last time you laid on the floor to watch TV.

And finally
10. People call at 9 pm and ask, "Did I wake you?"

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