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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

16th November 2014

Sunday's Readings
This Sunday:  
Prov. 31:10-13,19-20,30-31 : Psalm 128 : 1 Thess. 5:1-6 : Matthew 25:14-30
Next Sunday:   Ezek.34:11-12,15-17 : Psalm 23 : 1 Cor.15:20-26,28 : Matthew 25:31-46

This week in the parish....

Mon 17 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 18 12 noon Seniors’ Christmas Lunch, Hall
  7.00pm Prayer Meeting, St Francis
Wed 19 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Legion of Mary, St John’s
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.30pm Prayer Group, St John’s
Thurs 20 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
  7.30pm God’s Earth Programme, Hall
Fri 21 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St Francis

God has given each of us unique gifts, talents and skills, which if used well, will enrich our own lives and the lives of others. How do we share our talents and serve God and those in our community? Are we light that shines in the darkness for others.

How the Scriptures Shape our Understanding  

Recently we began using new lectionaries. You may have noticed the readings are now more inclusive. For example instead of “brothers” we hear “brothers and sisters”.
There are other benefits too. Consider today’s reading from the Book of Proverbs, Chapter 31, about the “capable wife”.
For 40 years the version of this passage read at Mass has described this good woman as a benefit to her husband, skilled with handcraft, generous to the poor, “a woman who fears the Lord”. But today we learn of other qualities: a business woman who develops property; a woman of strength and wisdom.
All these are in Proverbs 31, but why were they left out of the passage 40 years ago? Did gender stereotypes mean such qualities in women were disregarded back then?
Other problems with the lectionary remain. The stories of many great women in the scriptures are not told in the Mass readings we regularly hear. There is also the problem of the scarcity of women saints. In the 1970 Church calendar there are 144 male saints and 28 female saints. The numbers of women saints have increased since 1970, but then again, so have the men!
The more we know about women in scripture and in Church tradition, the better we will understand God’s plan for us, shaped by Scripture and Tradition. As with many things, we can tend to presume that the way we understand things is the way they are, with no need to look deeper.
Pope Francis recently spoke of how people may approve when he cares for the poor, but may call him a communist when he questions the underlying social and economic reasons for that poverty.
Our mission to bring forth the kingdom of God is enhanced when we use our talents to look beneath the surface, to search for the truth, to identify deeper needs, to gain greater understanding. Where the mystery of God is at work there is always more than meets the eye.

God bless you all.
Fr Pat

Requiem Mass for Phyllis Murphy....
On Monday 17 November, 11am at St John’s Church.
There will be no Liturgy of the Word on Monday.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation before Christmas:
During Advent the sacrament of Reconciliation will be available as follows:

- Rite II, Sunday 30 November, 3pm (1st Sunday of Advent). This is for parish children celebrating 1st Reconciliation, and their families. Other parishioners are also most welcome to participate.
- Rite I, Wednesdays of Advent: 3, 10, 17 December, from 7 - 8pm. Exposition and Reconciliation will be available in St John’s Church, Orewa
- Rite II Reconciliation in other parishes, (details to be confirmed)
- Rite I, Saturday mornings, after 9.30am Mass, St John’s Church.

Please note: the only Rite II in Hibiscus Coast parish this Advent will be on Sunday 30 November.

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick including Mary Anderson, Jenny Morgan, Walter Nicholls, Ned Erceg and Arthur O’Leary.
We pray for the recently deceased including Sangmoon Park and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Arthur Bolland and Agatha Watson.

God’s Earth - For all Peoples and for all Generations:
The second session of this programme will be held in the hall this Thursday 20 November at 7.30pm.
The remaining sessions will be held on Thursdays 27 Nov and 4 Dec. If you are unable to attend all the sessions please feel free to attend those you can.
Bishop Pat says, “I commend to you this environmental programme, God’s Earth, so that together we may listen to the Earth and discern how we can better live out a true respect for the integrity of God’s creation.”

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

We are also looking for helpers to assist with putting out chairs prior to the 5.30pm Christmas Vigil Mass, and packing them away after the 10.15am Mass as well as helpers to put up the cribs at both churches on 24 December and to pack them away after the Christmas season.
Please ring Theresa in the parish office if you are able to assist with any of these tasks.

Large parish family ....
Are moving to a much smaller home on 1 December. They are in need of a set of wooden bunks.
If anyone can help please contact Theresa at the office.

The Pastoral Planning Team welcomes your comments and suggestions on the Bishop’s Pastoral Plan.
There is a suggestion box in the foyer or please contact one of the members below:
Vic Barrington: - (09) 427 5228 -
Claire Buckley: - 027 565 6612 -
Catherine Cyprian: - (09) 426 2486 -
Colin Henry: - (09) 427 5162 -
Steve Hickey: - 021 804 432 -
Monica Manning: - (09) 426 5225 -
Helen Reinen: - (09) 424 7245 -
Lucas Wood: - 021 139 639 -

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Volunteer urgently needed ....
To arrange the provisions for the weekly sausage sizzle at St John’s.
Many parishioners enjoy the sausage sizzle after the 10.15am Mass and we hope a volunteer will come forward so we can continue it.
Please ring Theresa in the parish office if you are willing to assist.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Our year-end gathering will be a light lunch out on 25 November.
Past members are also invited.
For catering purposes and further details ring Yvonne de Beer, 426 0201.

A Mass of Anointing ....

    Will be held in St John’s Church at 9.30am on Saturday 6 December, followed by morning tea in the hall. We appeal to all parishioners, the Care and Share team and the Legion of Mary to invite those who are suffering ill health or frailty to attend and offer them a lift where required.

Joshua Catholic Men’s Fellowship ...
Invite all the men and their families, and members of Dove and their families to attend their Thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Fr Benedict Francis, on Wed 26 November, 7.30pm at St Joseph's Centre, 1 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna. Contact Basil, 09 443 5755.

Advent Retreat 2014:
‘Advent Through the Eyes of Thomas Merton’ on Sunday 7 Dec, 5pm to Friday 12 Dec 2pm at St Francis Retreat Centre, Mt Roskill. Cost: $550pp
Booking is essential. Please contact us at 09-625 6651 or email:

Thank you...
For all the prayers, cards and support I received during my recent illness.
I am making a slow recovery.
Emiliana Weber

Auckland Youth Ministry:
To find out about all the events and activities that are happening in our region visit

A big thank you ...
To the few parishioners who attended the working bee at St Francis Church last Saturday. 
While there is still a fair bit of weeding to do, a lot was achieved on the day.

Dutch Christmas Service: ....
To be held at St Benedict’s Church, 1 St Benedict’s Str, Auckland on Sunday 7 December, 2pm.
Theme: ‘Vrede op aarde’.
This annual inter-denominational service is followed by a social hour.
Contact Alice, 09 837 3444.

Congratulations to .....
Our newly baptised, Raven Marshall.

A Ceremony of Carols:

    A Christmas celebration of age-old carols and some new discoveries.
    Saturday 13 December, 7.30pm, St Patrick’s Cathedral, 43 Wyndham Street, Auckland City.
    Free admission, donations welcome.
    Parking available ($2) at the Wilson car park, Hobson Street.
    For more information visit

Dove Catholic Fellowship ....
Warmly invites all women to join in the end-of-year thanksgiving Mass, to be celebrated by Fr Martin Bugler, on Wednesday 19 October, 7.30pm-9.30pm at St Joseph’s Centre, 1 Fred Thomas Dr, Takapuna.
Contact Nanci, 09 419 0348.

Happy Anniversary ...
To Murray & Jenny Morgan (45th - 15 Nov)

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Mercy Spirituality Centre:
104 The Drive, Epsom, (09) 638-6238.

1. Christian Meditation Retreat Day with CATHRYN WILES-PICKARD, Sat. 15 Nov. 9.30am, $35.
2. Retreat Day -- In-Seeing with ANDREW PRITCHARD, Friday 21 Nov (for artists, writers and crafters)
3. Advent Evening – God is Always Coming. HELEN BERGIN, Wed. 3 Dec. 7pm. $15.
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Is anyone sick?
Call upon the church community to pray for you (James 5:14).
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
Jackie Straka 421 0502
Noeline McDonald 426 7521
Margret Conroy 426 8177
Maureen Nancarrow 426 7921
Lana Hilliar 426 0555
Ursula Taylor 426 7970
Janet Dimbleby 427 5850

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  • Sick
  • Need transport to doctors, hospital etc.
  • Lonely or grieving
  • Require emergency food supplements.
Help us to help you!
Please phone:
Contact the parish office at 426 5599
Any donations of non-perishable food items for the Care and Share foodbank will be welcomed.

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