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19 September 2021

This Sunday:  
Wisdom 2:12,17-20: Ps 53: James 3:16 - 4:3: Mark 9:30-37.
Next Sunday:   Numbers 11:25-29; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48

This week in the parish....

LOCKDOWN - Level 4

    This level 4 lockdown seems endless but the hope and light is that we as the Living Stones of the faith community are still praying, caring and being there for one another.
    ‘May we reach out to those who are suffering and those most in need. May we not be concerned about what we lack, but what good we can do for others….’ Pope Francis.

What's Valuable?

Apple has a watch that comes in aluminium, stainless steel and gold. It will be obsolete in 2-3 years. But the gold version screams "I've made it." Louis revealed last Sunday that there is some living in cars in our community, so really marginalised people. Did I know either of these facts? No.
So do I just say "Yeah, OK, whatever" and move on? Again, please God, No. Because these are examples of status in our society, top and bottom, and in today's Gospel, Jesus has something to say.

He had overheard the disciples lining up status in their notion of the coming kingdom. Jesus promptly pulled the rug right out from under by talking about children, and kingdom values. Then and now, generally children are vulnerable and with little to offer anyone in terms of gaining honour or status.
For Jesus, "children" here refers to all who are marginalised, on the fringes, no status, nothing to offer. So nothing much has changed. Yet Jesus says whoever receives such as these "receives not only me but the One who sent me." To receive is to welcome, accept, draw in, include, interact with and value. Who? Especially the marginalised.

Let's include our youth, marginalised perhaps in that they have very real and valid concerns for the planet's future and they have a voice, but how much are they listened to? And we have some impressive young people in our Parish.
They are looking 20-30 years ahead but am I? I need to listen and receive what they have to say. And back to the bigger picture, I need to receive the marginalised by my response in any way I can (food cans anyone?).
If the only way is via my wallet, OK, let's at least do that. These are kingdom values; they're different.
They challenge me to serve, to share, to receive and to welcome others however I can. Sinatra sang "I Did It My Way", but there is no peace, no future there.
How about Jesus's way becomes my way? Ahh,"Your kingdom come, here on earth....."

Fred Webb

Serving Spoons

As we are unable to serve our lunches under lockdown restrictions, we will instead donate fruits and vegetables to the food parcels organised by Love Soup. These parcels are distributed within the Hibiscus Coast community. Our donations will be in lieu of the funds we would have spent on our lunches.
At this time, this is the most effective solution that aligns to our mission to provide “Meals that Matter” and fresh food to "Feed the Need", in the safest way we can as a parish.

Thank you for your past donations which have enabled us to continue our outreach. If you would like to support the addition of fruit and vegetables to the food parcels, you can make a donation to Hibiscus Coast Parish bank account #02 0100 0120966 017 reference Serving Spoons.

Please Pray For ....

We pray for all the sick in our community including Anny Ekka and Wendy Hope. We pray for the recently deceased including Margaret Pearce and Mary Waddell and for all those whose anniversaries occur around this time.

We pray that God will bring healing to those who are suffering with Covid, provide our health workers with strength, and encourage the community to support one another during this Covid-19 pandemic.

Mary Partington - R.I.P.
We would be grateful if you would pray for the repose of the soul of Mary Partington who died in North Shore Hospital in the early hours of Thursday 16th Sept having previously suffered a massive stroke
Mary was Jude’s closest and dearest friend for 70 years.
Her death has left a great void in our family.

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Our new Parish Facebook pages!!!!
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Hibiscus Coast Parish Youth

There will be a Life Teen Summer camp on 14th-18th January 2022 at YMCA camp, Hunua. It is for youths 13-17 years old to experience a week of fun activities to bring youths closer to God, and an opportunity to build long lasting friendships.

We are planning to send a group from our parish so please contact by 22nd October
If you're interested or would like more details or go to

Season of Creation

The Season of Creation is celebrated worldwide in the month of September ending with the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on 4th October. This year the global Christian family will participate in initiatives of prayer, sustainability and advocacy to care for our common home.
Come join as a diocese in prayer as we pray - The Stations of Creation 7 – 8pm Friday 24 September YouTube and Bishop Pat Facebook.

Holy Hour for our Country -
Live Eucharistic Adoration, Sunday 19 September, 7pm
An hour of Eucharistic Adoration and intercessory prayer for our Nation, led by Bishop Michael - Live from Bishop Michael's Facebook Page.

Registrations are open for Ngaa Tapuwae - Sacred Footsteps:
From 6 – 9 January Auckland Diocese will offer the opportunity for your parish to come, to share and to learn more of our Catholic heritage.
Travel with us as we explore and experience and live sacred places Bishop Pompallier and the early missionaries lived. Don't delay, bring your group together, hire a van and we'll see you there -
Contact Deacon Stephen Fraser

The Gospel of Luke –

The Gospel of the New Church Year with Kieran Fenn fms.
Mondays, 20 September -11 October, 7-8.30pm. ZOOM.
All sessions are connected but also stand alone. $25/session or $90/series.
For more information and registration:


Some headlines from the latest issue are – More discussion called for over hate speech law proposal. Catholic reaction to Auckland terrorist attack. Search for 19th century ‘True Vine’ poster. Youth hyped up for Life Teen summer camp.
The NZ Catholic is available in digital form at:

Happy Birthday ...

Happy Birthday to Deacon Greg
on 17th September

Vacancy –
Part-time Accountant for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland

The accountant role reports to the Financial Controller and in this role you will be responsible for managing the financial functions contained within the role responsibility to ensure all financial reporting requirements and imperatives are delivered accurately and add value to the organisation.
You will provide accurate, timely and relevant statutory and management reporting information to ensure the Diocese fully meets statutory requirements and achieves strategic goals. This is a permanent part-time role for 24 hours per week.

Please go to our website – Diocesan Services and Staff Vacancies.

Part-time Credit Controller & Administration for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland

This part time role of 20 hours per week is to provide credit control and administration support to the Operations Manager for the collection of Attendance Dues for schools in the Auckland Diocese. Hours are flexible to incorporate some evening and Saturday morning work.
Key Tasks include:
Collection of compulsory school Attendance Dues; contact with school parents via outbound phone calls; follow up of unpaid accounts and Debtor ledger management.

To view the full adverts and position descriptions, please visit our website: under Diocesan Services and Staff Vacancies. Applications close on 29 September 2021.

Rejoice | Auckland Catholic Festival 2021 | Saturday 16 October
Rejoice Auckland Catholic Festival is a time for people of all ages to rejoice and celebrate our Catholic faith. Registrations are now open for individuals, families, groups, and volunteers at go here.

Divine Renovation Aotearoa Conference Taupo 19-21 October 2021

Tongariro Catholic with the support of the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton is excited to be hosting a nationwide conference to promote Divine Renovation as a stellar model for parish renewal.
This conference is open to anyone who wants to find out more about how the Divine Renovation model can transform parishes of all sizes and for those who have already adopted the DR model and want to continue to learn and connect with others. We particularly invite parish priests and their parish pastoral councils to come and see what this model has to offer the life of their parish.
Find out more, and register:

Project Lift Up / Whakapiki ake

The Diocese has some world class events coming up online to give people a lift through prayer, speakers, music and faith filled online content.

Programmes are being updated all the time at:

Sunday 19/09, 7pm
Come Let Us Adore: Eucharistic Adoration with Bishop Michael Gielen
In the midst of these challenging times, prayer has never been more important. Join Bishop Michael for a night of intercessory prayer for one another and our nation and we gather together around Our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration.

Tuesday 21/09, 7pm
Behind the Scenes of The Chosen: An Evening with Actor Noah James
From the beginning of our first COVID lockdown, many people have experienced a powerful encounter with Jesus through the TV series, The Chosen. With more than 100 million views worldwide, this series has become an international phenomenon. You’re invited to join us for an incredible evening with actor Noah James, who plays the apostle Andrew, as he gives us a behind-the-scenes look at The Chosen and answers YOUR questions.

Saturday 25/09, 11am
BLESSED // A Women’s Morning with Emily Wilson
Young women (13-35), join in this beautiful event where we will hear from international Catholic speaker and musician Emily Wilson! Emily will be speaking about overcoming self-criticism, cultivating gratitude, and creating space to listen to the voice of God. Make sure you put this event in your calendar, invite your friends to join in sisterhood, and bring your questions for the Q&A!

During these times of Church building closures...

The Liturgy Centre prepares Liturgy of the Word. There is both a Word version so that people can make it their own and an accompanying PowerPoint for those that are gathering across the digital space and wish to ‘share screen’.
These are too big to send via email but are available for download from and the Ritual Prayer part of the website:

During Level 4 lockdown ...

Lockdown can be a stressful time for many of us, with uncertainty about so many areas, our health, families, church members, workplaces and our nation.
Some of the following resources may help you to get through this difficult time with hope and patience.


Habits during Painting

Two nuns are ordered to paint a room in the convent, and the last instruction of Mother Superior is that they must not get even a drop of paint on their habits.

After conferring about this for a while, the two nuns decide to lock the door of the room, strip off their habits, and paint in the nude.

In the middle of the project comes a knock at the door.

"Who is it?" calls one of the nuns.

"Blind man," replies a voice from outside.

The two nuns look at each other and shrug. Deciding that no harm can come from letting a blind man into the room, they open the door.

Completely unfazed, the man asks, "Where do you want these blinds?"

What did he say?

A senior couple pulls up to a rest stop to get something to eat.

Waiter: "How may I help you?"

Elderly Man: "Two hamburgers, please."

Elderly Lady: "What did he say?"

Elderly Man [yelling]: "He asked what we wanted and I told him, 'Two hamburgers'!"

Waiter: "So, where are you heading?"

Elderly Man: "To Chicago to see our grandchildren."

Elderly Lady: "What did he say?"

Elderly Man [yelling]: "He asked where we're going. I told him we're going to see the grandkids!"

Waiter: "It sure is a nice day for a drive."

Elderly Man: "Yes, it's been quite pleasant."

Elderly Lady: "What did he say?"

Elderly Man [yelling]: "He said it's good weather!"

Waiter: "Where are you coming from?"

Elderly Man: "We started our trip from Pittsburgh."

Elderly Lady: "What did he say?"

Elderly Man [yelling]: "He asked where we're from and I said Pittsburgh!"

Waiter: "I dated a girl from Pittsburgh once. She wouldn't shut up and couldn't cook if her life depended on it."

Elderly Lady: "What did he say?"

Elderly Man [yelling]: "He says he knows you!"

Safari Woes

A man went on safari with his wife and mother-in-law.

One morning the Mrs. awoke to find her mother gone. Rushing to her husband, she insisted on them both trying to find her mother. The man started to look for her.

In a clearing not far from the camp, they came upon a chilling sight: the mother-in-law was backed up against a thick, impenetrable bush, and a large lion stood facing her.

The wife said, "What are we going to do?"

"Nothing," answered the man. "The lion got himself into this mess, let him get out of it."

During the lockdowns our weekly newsletter was still being produced.
Please pass the message on to others that if they would like the newsletter sent to them directly, to visit the parish website and

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
Janet Dimbleby; 427 5850
Raewyn Taylor; 424 1414
Maree Lochead; 428 4648

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