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2nd Sunday of Easter

23rd April 2017

This Sunday:  
Acts 2:42-47 : Psalm 118 : 1 Peter 1:3-9 : John 20:19-31
Next Sunday:   Acts 2:14,22-33 : Psalm 16 : 1 Peter 1:17-21 : Luke 24:13-35

This week in the parish....

Mon 24 7.30pmMeditation, St John’s
  7.30pm Meditation, Manly Methodist Church
Tues 25 7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group, 8 Palmgreen Crt, Wgp
  9.30am Mass, Anzac Day, St John’s
Wed 26 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Wgp
  7.15pm Discipleship School, Hall
Thurs 27 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 28 9.00am Rosary prayers, St John’s

In today’s Gospel we meet doubting Thomas.
Each of us has something in common with him,
because at times we too are troubled by doubts.
Instead of denying our doubts,
let us bring them to the Lord.


It was a wonderful celebration of Easter at Orewa and, I’m told, at Manly as well!

The Vigil Mass at St John’s was a prayerful and joyful commemoration of Jesus’ resurrection, at which we were joined by those who had journeyed through the RCIA process in the parish. We were honoured to baptise Dafanie, and to receive Brett, Hoi Jeon, Phil, Fiona and George into our church community. I would like to congratulate them all once again, and welcome them into the parish of Hibiscus Coast! Sincere thanks to our RCIA team who have worked so hard over the past months walking with them to the Easter sacraments. Well done, and blessings on you all!

Thanks to Deacon Murray who did so much and who guided me, the “new boy”, through the Hibiscus Coast way of doing things, and to Deacon Greg who assisted during the Vigil Mass. Our Parish Secretary Theresa also worked very hard behind the scenes making sure, as always, that what was necessary was done.

Thanks are also due to those who were involved with the planning and who prepared our two churches for the Easter celebrations - those who arranged flowers, organised the church, decorated the paschal candle and did all the other necessary chores. To our choirs and musicians, our readers, collectors, special ministers, altar servers, sacristans, what an Easter gift you all were! A mea culpa to those I have forgotten to mention.

One of the great gifts flowing to us from the Resurrection of Jesus is the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. There was ample evidence of the Spirit’s power and presence with us on Easter Sunday!

God Bless
Fr John

St Francis’ Church:
During the period the church is closed for alterations, the Friday 9.30am and Sunday 8.30am Masses will be held in St John’s Church, Orewa.
All rosters pertaining to these Masses will continue as usual at St John’s Church.
Copies of rosters, children’s liturgy material and readings are available in the St John’s foyer.

ANZAC DAY - 25 April
Mass at St John’s Church, 9.30am

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Kevin O’Connor, Tony MacDonald, Maureen Tollan and Russell Watt.
We pray for the recently deceased including Jo Pedersen, Fr Henare Tate and Whaea Kataraina Kanaara.
We pray for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

St Francis' Meditation Groups:
The two Christian meditation groups will be moving to new venues while the church is being renovated.
The Monday group will meet at 7.30pm at Manly Methodist church in Whangaparaoa opposite the Manly Fire Station. The Wednesday 5.30pm group will meet in the chapel at St Stephen's Anglican church in Stanmore Bay Road. Contact Vincent Maire, 424 2293 for more information.

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.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
As our usual meeting time falls on Anzac Day, there will be no get-together in April.

If anyone has spare wool (including 8 ply) to donate to the knitting group for the poor, please leave in a bag on the table in the foyer or hand in at the parish office.

On Sale:

Purchase a NZ Catholic newspaper and keep up-to-date with the latest Catholic news - on sale in the foyer for $4.00

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

  1. INDIVIDUALLY GUIDED SIX-DAY LIVE-IN RETREAT with ANNE WARREN chf Sun 23 Apr 7pm to Sat 29 Apr 2017, 4pm. $580

Booking essential, for more details see

Art exhibition and sale of artworks by established and emerging New Zealand artists at Carmel College, 108 Shakespeare Rd Milford on Saturday 29 April & Sunday 30 April from 10am.
Entry by gold coin donation.
Gala Night, Friday 28 April, $50 p/p.
Tickets available online or from school office. Visit website

Eucharistic Adoration:
To have Eucharistic Adoration in our parish is a blessing for everyone. Please consider joining those who come for one hour per week day, on a regular basis to pray. Jesus says “Could you not watch one hour with me”. (Matt 26: 40-41).
Please contact Margret, 426 8177.

Rosmini College’s Young Vinnies ....
Are offering help to those who need home visits, work around the house, gardening and lawns, help with cooking, shopping, or help with phones and computers.
Phone Paddy Hallissey at (09) 489 5417 or email him on phallissey@rosmini,

Thank you ...
For your generous contributions to the following special collections:
Hospice - $402.20
Holy Places - $1 512.60
Easter Offering - $2,855.00

Alone again - widowed, separated or divorced? 
The Beginning Experience is a weekend retreat to help you work through your painful loss. 
Friday evening 19-21 May.
Cost $245 or early-bird price of $195 if paid by 5 May. 
Includes accommodation, meals and materials. Contact Carol (09) 428 4445 (eve) or visit

Happy Birthday to ....
Deacon Murray - 27 April

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • First Maori diocesan priest dies.
  • Fatima miracle approved.
  • Southland churches sold at auction.
  • Book hails Akld Latin Mass champion

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

Planned giving envelopes ...
For the new tax year are in the foyer for collection. Parishioners on the automatic payment method of giving are reminded to collect their ‘special collection’ envelope packs.

Baptism Preparation Programme:
We are keen to form a team of volunteers to lead this programme. It is held once a month usually on a Thursday evening at St John’s church for the parents of children to be baptised. Material and training will be provided. With enough people you may only be rostered once a quarter.
For more info or to put your name forward please contact Fr John, 426 5599 Ext. 2

Marriage Couples:
Revitalise and enrich your intimacy, love and romance in your marriage. Attend the Marriage Encounter weekend, 19-21 May at Allenby Park Hotel, Manukau.
Phone Christine or David, (09) 372 2581.

Our parish will be hosting the ...
Men of Prayer meeting of the combined Hibiscus Coast Churches on Monday 1 May, 7pm in the St John’s church hall. Prayer, praise & worship and a shared meal to conclude.
All the men are invited to attend and represent our parish at this gathering. Contact Graeme, 428 7424.

Tax Receipts ....

    Have been mailed to parishioners.

Stella Maris school ...
Will be travelling by bus on Wednesday 24 May to the Cathedral for a 10am Mass. We are considering organising another bus for parents and parishioners who would like to join us. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in catching this bus please contact the school office 4279 189 or email with your name and contact phone number.
The cost would be approx.$5. At this time of the morning using the bus lane saves time.

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 John, (09) 426 5599 Ext 2.
If Fr John 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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