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25th December 2016

This Sunday:  
Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 88; Acts of the Apostles 13:16-17. 22-25; Matthew 1:18-25
Next Sunday:  

This week in the parish....

- Christmas Period Break -

Behold, I bring you news of great joy.
This day a saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
Let us open our minds and hearts to receive the ‘great joy’.

Happy Christmas, Everybody

As we gather to celebrate Jesus’ birth, may I express appreciation, on behalf of many, to those who have served the Lord and served others in the parish during 2016.
Thanks to our staff and committees, priests and deacons, helpers and ministers, participants and contributors, for your time and talents, expertise and experience, in and beyond the parish.
A parish is a community of believers, collaborating, in a willing and mostly voluntary way, in its common life and work.

For this reason I want to commend all who have carried out tasks in a spirit of cheerful service, often in inconvenient times and circumstances. The good you do is very much in the spirit of Jesus, emptying himself in loving service of humankind. In this way the mystery of Christmas becomes real every day of the year.

A very happy Christmas to you, and blessings upon your families for the New Year.

God bless you all.
Fr Pat

Mass and Liturgy of the Word times
The usual schedule of Mass and Liturgy of the Word times will continue over the holiday period.

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

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

The parish office will be unattended until Monday 16 January
Fr Pat (426 5599 Ext 2) and Deacon Murray (426 5599 Ext 3 or 021 994703) will be available during this period. Where possible please hold any administration queries until the office reopens. The next newsletter will be on 29 January 2017. If you have any notices to be announced at the weekend Masses, please hand these to the Mass coordinator.

Pope Francis

God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If He gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.

(Pope Francis)

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Tom Gregory and Msgr Brian Arahill.
We pray for the recently deceased including Irene Terry, Beverley Malcolm and Sheila Wilson and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Meditation Groups:
There will be no meditation at St John’s on 26 & 29 December or 2 January. The two groups at St Francis’ will resume on 9 & 11 January.

Thank you ...
From Fr Pat, Fr Ron and the parish team for your Christmas gifts, cards and treats. We wish you all a Holy and peaceful Christmas and a joyful New Year. God bless you all.

Stella Maris School ...

    Wishes to say a BIG thank you to all the families of the parish who joined us at school events throughout the year. We look forward to sharing more with you next year. We wish you all a very happy and holy Christmas.
    The school will re-open on 31 January at 8.45am. For any queries during the holidays please email

Mainly Music ...
Resumes in the hall on Wednesday 8 February at 9.45am.

Happy 90th Birthdays to: ....
Francis Conroy - 24 Dec
Adriana Bovelander - 28 Dec

Thank you ....
For continuing to donate the aluminium tabs off your beer & cold drink tins and lids of wine bottles for the ‘Kan Tabs for Kidney Kids Project’. This is a wonderful way to help children with kidney disorders.

Please switch me off ....
when you enter the church.

104 The Drive, Epsom, (09) 638-6238.

  1. Hildegard of Bingen Series of 3 events 21 February, 4 March and 8 March 2017 see website for details

  2. Introduction to Dreamwork 101 with MARGARET BOWATER Fri 24 Feb 6-9pm & Sat 25 Feb 9.30am – 4pm. $120.

  3. Lent 2017 Pondering John’s Gospel Series of 4 events with FR STUART SELLAR Tuesday’s 10am-12 noon 14, 21, 28 Mar and 4 Apr 2017. $15 or 4 events for $50.

Booking essential, for more details see

Sacramental Programme:

The programme for children preparing for the sacrament of Holy Communion begins on 19 February, 9.00am at St John’s. A parent-only meeting will be held on Tuesday 14 February at 7.00pm in the parish hall.

The St Francis Prayer Group ...
Resumes on Tuesday 31 January.
Anyone needing prayer during this period may ring Barbara Jones, 424 1130.

Altar Servers:
We are needing more altar servers at both churches. If you are aged 10yrs+ and have been confirmed, please consider volunteering for this ministry. This is a wonderful way for our youth to participate in the Mass. A training session will be held in the new year. Please contact Chris or Jo Wilson, 427 4925.

All are invited to a Mass at Totara Point ....
On 8 January, 11am to celebrate the 178th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated at the Point. This will be followed by a shared picnic lunch.

On sale after Mass today:
Columban Calendars - $12
Christmas Cards - $5 per pack of 10
Daily Mass Calendars - $3
NZ Catholic - $4

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • NZ bishops raise ethnicity as factor in ending-of-life debate.
  • How the wise men of the Gospel became kings.
  • First Maori Mass in Hamilton cathedral.
  • Greymouth mayor talks about his faith.

NZ Catholic Newspaper - $4.00
Get yours at the back of the church

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

The Discipleship School ...
Will recommence mid-January. A 6-week module on Leadership will begin at that time, and parishioners are warmly invited to attend this excellent formation for leadership. Contact Brian & Barbara Hines - 427 8496.

Indoor Bowls ...
Will start in the new year on Wednesday 25 January.

Eucharistic Adoration ....

Will recommence on Monday 30 January at St John’s and Friday 3 February at St Francis. Blessings for Christmas and the New Year from the group.

Readings for Sundays 1 Jan to 29 Jan 2017
(Copies of readings available in the foyer)

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - 1 Jan 2017
Numbers 6:22-27 : Psalm 67 : Galatians 4:4-7 : Luke 2:16-21
Epiphany of the Lord - Sunday 8 January
Isaiah 60:1-6 : Psalm 72; Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6 : Matthew 2:1-12
2nd Sunday ordinary Time - Sunday 15 January
Isaiah 49:3,5-6 : Psalm 40 : 1Corinthians 1:1-3 : John 1:29-34

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 Pat, (09) 426 5599 Ext 2, or
If Fr Pat is unavailable please contact Deacon Murray, (09) 424 7465, or Deacon Greg, 027 603 5132.

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, 02. 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.

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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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