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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

18 September 2022

This Sunday:  
Amos 8:4-7 : Psalm 113 : 1Timothy 2:1-8 : Luke 16:1-13
Next Sunday:   Amos 6:1,4-7 : Psalm 146 : 1Timothy 6:11-16 : Luke 16:19-31


This week in the parish....

Sun 18 11.30am Sausage Sizzle, St John’s
  12.00pm Altar Server Training, St John’s
Mon 19 10.15am Bible Study Group, St John’s Chapel
  7.15am Bible study group on Zoom
Wed 21 1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation – Zoom meeting
  7.15pm St John’s prayer meeting, Hall
Fri 23 6.00pm Passionists Home Groups, Hall
Sat 24 6.30pm Movie night ‘Fatima’, Hall


You may know the story. Thousands of starfish were washed up on a beach. A teenager was there, bending down and throwing them back into the water and to life. An older man saw this and scoffed, "Get real, what difference do you think you can make?" The teenager picked up another starfish and quietly said, "Well, I made a difference to that one". So was she/he looking out for self? No, not directly. But looking out for the planet, the future, God's creation?  Absolutely!

Perhaps the main point of today's difficult parable is to be shrewd and prudent about planning for the future, but as children of the light.  Jesus says "the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of the light." To quote Fr. Ron, "Don't be shrewd and clever about what you need for this life and be quite dumb and unconcerned about what you need for the next life."

In this life, climate change will barely affect me. I'm a great-grandad. But what about the mokopuna? Do I care about them and what their generation will have to face? You bet I do. So can I adapt my life-style to suit? Yup, there are starfish there that I need to throw. And what about our parish canathon? Yup again. What about World Youth Day 2023?
I won't be going, so why support it? Here's why. Some of those young people will return inspired, perhaps their future plans re-focused and their hearts changed. As the saying goes, only God can change hearts, and only changed hearts can change the world. So there's more starfish there.

That young person on the beach could have been out working for more money, or just living it up. Instead, they were "wasting time" picking up starfish. I suspect that pleased the Lord greatly. So is there a starfish that needs a hand from me today? What will I do about it? And your starfish will be different from mine. 

Fred Webb

St Patrick’s Cathedral appeal

Special Collection today to fund the long-term conservation of our Mother Church, a precious heritage entrusted to us.

The HBC Youth Group ....

Is proud to announce that we are participating in WYD 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal from 29 Jul - 11 Aug 2023. It's an exciting opportunity to gather with youths from all over the world, share our faith and meet the Pope. We are inviting youths aged 14-18yrs to participate.
If you are interested please email

Priority will be given to members of our HBC Youth Group but all are welcome. Numbers are limited so contact us quickly!!
As you can imagine, we will need to fundraise a lot of money for this trip. Every week we will run different events with the involvement of the whole group.
Please support our fundraisers below on 18 and 24 September. Any donations may be deposited to the following bank account:
HBC YOUTH - 02 0390 0026168 18
Reference: WYD2023 (don’t forget the reference!)

A warm welcome to any new parishioners:

Please introduce yourself to Fr Raphael
and Fr James
and complete a parish enrolment form on the table in the foyer.

Everyone welcome to participate in these fundraisers!!!

We pray for:

We pray for all the sick in our community, particularly for Judy George, Wendy Hope, Biju Joseph and Marie Styre and those with ongoing illnesses.
We pray for the recently deceased including Queen Elizabeth II, Pam Long and Julie Gregory (condolences to her sister Elizabeth and the family).
We pray too for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

On Sale:

An assortment of first Eucharist and Confirmation gifts will be on sale in the foyer after the 8.30am and 10.30am Masses today.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group....

Meets in St John's hall on Tuesday, 27 September at 10.15am for a cuppa and social time. 
All ladies are welcome, especially newcomers.
Ann Bezzina will be demonstrating her beautiful Rosary beads creations.

Christian Meditation Group:

Starting Monday 3 October at 7.30pm at St Francis by the Sea, Manly, the group will meet weekly. Meditation in the Christian tradition is a form of contemplative prayer that embraces the practice of the presence of God. It is often referred to as pure prayer or prayer of the heart. People wanting to know about this form of prayer are most welcome to join us.
Vincent Maire, 027 276 6032.

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Papal Knighthood for Christchurch parishioner Geoff Bailey;
  • Hamilton priests celebrate their anniversaries.
  • Three ordained deacons for the Dunedin diocese

NZ Catholic Newspaper - $4.00
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The Diocesan Memorial Mass for Queen Elizabeth II ...

Will be held at St Patrick’s Cathedral at 7.00pm on Wednesday 21 September.

Dove Catholic Fellowship for Women ....

Meet on Wednesday 21 September, 7.30pm at St Thomas More Catholic Church hall, 336 Wairau Road, Glenfield.
All ladies welcome.
Topic: ‘Holy Spirit,
Speaker: Barbara Hines.

ALPHA for HBC Parish:

The second Alpha series for the year will begin on Tuesday 27 September in St John’s Hall at 7pm.
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, which will run over nine weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation.
Everyone is welcome. Please consider helping out as part of the team and start inviting your family and friends to 'come and see'. Our last Alpha sessions were very well received and this one will be even better. Call or text Clive - 021 264 2256 if you'd like to attend, or if you'd like to be part of the team.

Our HBC Spotlight...

Is on our youth leaders Flavia Widianti, Arya Widianto, Jennifer Ramlose, Kathy Ellery, William Ha, Filipe and Maria Sousa.
The team have done a wonderful job of revitalising the parish youth group and are now coordinating an intensive fundraising effort in the months ahead to fund a group to go to WYD in Lisbon next year. Thank you for the time and enthusiasm you bring to this ministry and for inspiring our parish youth.

Happy 80th Birthday...

To Deacon Greg Murphy, 17 September.

Please pray for....

The following children who will receive the Sacraments of first Eucharist and Confirmation next Sunday 25 September at a special 12.30pm Mass celebrated by Msgr David Tonks.
Bianca Arnott
Emilio Boric
Hugo Boric
Luca Boric
Nico Boric
Portia Boric
Liam Child
Mia Child
Daniel Coetzee
Matthew Dizon
Zachary Dizon
Kian Dolendo
James Friday
Riley Go
Danelle Hollier
Connell Holm
Isabella John
Christer Juntilla
Shania Limrick
Madison Ling
Katie McDowall
Vienna Mainwaring
Nicholas Manalo
Niron Perera
Eden Snaith
Bailey Symmons
Matilda Tang
Filipe Tauva
Antonia Tvrdeich
Ivan Tvrdeich
Alessandra Watson
Milan Vinish
Tara Walter-Rao
Michaela Westcott
Khalum Wood
Rhaedyn Wood

Confirmation Only
Allaryce Go
Aaron Brennan
Hollie Brennan

The Passionist family groups ....

Meet in St John’s Hall on Friday 23 September at 6pm. If you haven’t yet signed up to join a group, come along and consider if this is something you would like to participate in. Passionist Family Groups are made up of 10-12 families or units, perhaps with a cross-section of ages, including some children of the same age, or perhaps a number of people of similar ages and stage in life. Everyone is welcome to join, from grandparents to babies.
Non-church-attending spouses and non-Catholic partners are welcome as are one-parent families and single people, the elderly or the young.
The groups gather socially once a month for a picnic, barbecue, a meal, etc. to enjoy being with one another and this develops into supportive relationships. Information leaflets and ’sign up’ forms are on the table in the foyer.

For Rent

The Old Presbytery, Puhoi:
5 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms, separate lounge, separate kitchen/dining. High ceilings, 2 wood burners and rural views.
Outside is a carport and lawned, unfenced gardens.
Situated in peaceful, beautiful Puhoi, this property will tick many boxes.
A short walk to church and school buses to Carmel, Rosmini etc from the shop.
Rural living but close to motoway on-ramps to the City or Northern Highway.
Cats considered but no dogs please.
Rent includes lawn mowing & firewood.
Rent: $670 per week
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Join in the meditation on Zoom on Wednesdays at 5.30pm. At

Meeting ID: 644 479 7955
Password: 302506
Ph. Vincent Maire, 027 276 6032.

Free Cooking Classes for the elderly
on the North Shore:

Presented by the NZ Nutrition Foundation.

These cooking classes are especially held for elderly women and men living alone, those who lack practical cooking skills or who need a boost of confidence to cook for themselves.  Three-hour long friendly and social classes are held over 4 weeks and include morning tea and lunch.
Dates:  23 & 30 September and
7 & 14 October,10am - 1pm at
Bupa Hugh Green Village, 105 Apollo Drive, Rosedale, Albany.

For more information, call Anna at 021 143 7308 or email

Life Teen Summer Camp:

Registrations for Life Teen Summer Camp 2023 are open! Join us (and 400 young people!) for an incredible 5 days this January.

If you’re a young adult, we invite you to be a summer missionary and be part of the team that makes this incredible event happen.

To find out more and to register, head to

Moved ...

If you have moved home, changed your telephone or email address kindly email your changed details to Theresa in the parish office, HBC Parish

Online bible study group:

This group meets weekly on Mondays at 7.15pm on Zoom.

We study the Gospel readings for the upcoming Sunday Mass.
A great way to meet others and share our Catholic faith.

Tel. 027 2748 600 anytime or email


Do you remember...

Grandma and Grandpa were sitting in their porch rockers, watching the beautiful sunset and reminiscing about "the good old days," when Grandma turned to Grandpa and said, "Honey, do you remember when we first started dating and you used to just casually reach over and take my hand?"

Grandpa looked over at her, smiled and obligingly took her aged hand in his.

With a wry little smile, Grandma pressed a little farther, "Honey, do you remember how after we were engaged, you'd sometimes lean over and suddenly kiss me on the cheek?"

Grandpa leaned slowly toward Grandma and gave her a lingering kiss on her wrinkled cheek.

Growing bolder still, Grandma asked, "Honey, do you remember how, after we got married, you'd kind of nibble on my ear?"

Grandpa slowly got up from his rocker and headed into the house.

Alarmed, Grandma said, "Honey, where are you going?"

Grandpa replied, "To get my teeth!"

Doctor, doctor

A man goes to the doctor and says, "Doc, I broke my arm in two places."

The doctor replies, "Well, whatever you do, don't go back to those places."

What did she say?

Q: What did the spoiled rich girl say when she knocked over the priceless Ming vase?

A: "It's OK Daddy, I'm not hurt."

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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