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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

20th August 2017

This Sunday:  
Is 56:1,6-7 : Psalm 67 : Rom 11:13-15,29-32 : Matt 15:21-28
Next Sunday:   Is 22:19-23 : Psalm 149 : Rom 11:33-36 : Matt 16:13-20

This week in the parish....

Sun 20 3.00pm Secular Franciscans’ meeting, Hall
Mon 21 7.30pm Meditation, St John’s
Tues 22 10.00am Parish Ladies Coffee Group, Hall
  7.15pm R.C.I.A., St John’s Hall
Wed 23 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Francis
  7.15pm Alpha Programme, Hall
Thurs 24 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s
Fri 25 9.00am Rosary prayers, St John’s

In today’s Gospel we meet a pagan woman who had the most extraordinary faith in Jesus, a faith that was rewarded with the healing of her sick daughter. During this Mass let us renew our faith in God our Father.

Today’s gospel ...

The response of Jesus to the Canaanite woman, in today’s reading, must have been puzzling - even embarrassing - to Christian converts from both Jewish and Gentile backgrounds. Jesus, in fact, echoes the Jewish custom in his time, of referring to Gentiles as ‘dogs’. Those who heard the brave woman pleading for her daughter against all odds – she was an outsider appealing to a Jewish teacher, a plaintive voice in a very masculine world – must have remembered her story as a remarkable moment in the life of the Saviour. What is more, she is remembered as seeming to get the better of Jesus in their exchange. But this exchange leads, in the end, to a moment that those who witnessed it would never forget, confronting them with the generous and inclusive ways of God: ‘Woman, you have great faith. Let your wish be granted’.

A significant part of the community for whom this gospel was written had belonged to a Jewish community that was extremely exclusive and intolerant. However, the Old Testament scriptures included a remarkable vision of God’s plan as ultimately inclusive of all peoples. Abraham was promised that he would be father of many nations; the prophets looked forward to the peoples of the world – even Israel’s enemies – flocking to Jerusalem to worship the true God. But old ways die hard. They needed to renew their identification with the inclusive ways of God - something we too need to do as we meet the misconceptions and unfriendliness of today’s post-Christian outlook.

Fr John Thornhill sm

The Social Justice Committee invites you to attend the following:

  • Thursday 24 August: Hibiscus Coast and Warkworth branches of Forest and Bird host political candidates meeting, St Andrews Presbyterian Church Hall, Centreway Rd, Orewa, 7.45pm.
    Hear the candidates' views on the local environment. All welcome.
    For more info email:
  • Friday 25 August: General Election candidates meeting hosted by Hibiscus Coast Grey Power, St John's Catholic Church hall, 180 Centreway Road, Orewa, 1.30pm. Rodney candidates present their policies and answer questions from the floor. Afternoon tea to follow. All welcome.

Step Out and Vote:
All Parishioners and their families are encouraged to enrol for the forthcoming election.
The written roll closes on Wednesday 23 August which enables you to receive the Easy Vote card. The electoral commission contact is 0800 367 656 or
Leaflets are available in the foyer from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops which gives particular attention to our nation’s coming general election.

Jesus’ mission did not guarantee the disciples success....  
Nor did it shield them from failure or suffering,” Pope Francis said. (June 27, 2017). The same is true for us today. We should expect suffering and even persecution if we follow in the path of the crucified Christ, but at the same time, we can take comfort in knowing that “God does not abandon his children during the storm.”
Don’t let a setback discourage you – keep on mission!

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Colleen Parsons, Tony McDonald, John Lokes and Marcel Biggelaar.
We pray for the recently deceased including Agnes Murphy, Terence Tan, Kevin O’Connor, Les Robertson and Mele Maveu. We pray for those whose anniversaries occur at this time.

Funeral Mass for Agnes Murphy ...
On Monday 21 August, 11am at St John’s Church. There will be no Liturgy of the Word or Adoration on that day.

A Grief Group has started n the parish...
Led by Iris Barrow. It meets fortnightly on a Tuesday afternoon, 3pm-4.30pm at Iris’ home at the Hibiscus Coast Village, Unit 147/101 Red Beach Road.
Open to all people experiencing any type of grief. An opportunity to share if desired (but not compulsory) and to learn some useful coping skills. For further details contact Iris, 421 1927.

Drive for Musicians/Singers:
Our parish is very short of these. If you are willing to volunteer your talents please contact Eileen Barrington, 427 5228 or 021 280 4044 to discuss. Singers need to sing in tune and have a love for the Word. Instrumentalists need to be competent – piano grade 5 eg.
Eileen is willing to help/sit with someone who is nervous about cues or while you build up a repertoire, etc.
Please consider your gift as Ministry of the Liturgy. Youth who are interested would be specially welcome!


Are you or a friend thinking of becoming a Catholic?
Adults entering the Catholic Church or just thinking about it, follow a process called RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
If you have questions or want to know more, please contact Iutita Rusk, (09)427 9010.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Meet for a cuppa and social time in the parish hall on Tuesday 22 August at 10am. All ladies welcome, especially any new parishioners or visitors to our parish.
Tel. Marie Carswell, 426 3054.

Current of Grace Conference:
Celebrating the diverse fruits and family of Catholic Charismatic Renewal in New Zealand, on Friday 22 Sept to Sunday 24 Sept at Distinction Hotel, and the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Palmerston North.
See notice board for more details. To register go to:

St Patrick's Cathedral Charity Race Day:
We need one more person to fill up a table of 10 at this fun day on Saturday 30 Sept, from 12 noon at Ellerslie Racecourse.
Please contact Theresa in the parish office if you are interested in attending.
Cost per person - $95.00 (includes admission to the course, race book, complimentary drink on arrival and sumptuous buffet lunch).

Escorted Walks:
If you would like to be able to go out for a walk but, for various reasons, are reluctant to go out alone, please be aware that the Aged Concern organisation has a ‘Visiting Services’ office at North Shore Hospital that can arrange for special escort services on the Hibiscus Coast.
Contact (09) 486-8930.

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

Parish AGM ...
To be held in the parish hall on Sunday 10 September after the 10.15am Mass.
All reports are to be emailed or delivered to the parish office by Friday 25 August to allow time for copying and distribution the week prior to the meeting.

The ashes of Kevin O’Connor...
Will be interred in the St John’s memorial garden after the 10.15am Mass today.
Parishioners are invited to attend.

Youth Survey:
Pope Francis wants to hear from young people: "to listen to your voice, your sensitivities, and your faith - even your doubts and criticism."   
All those aged 16-29 are encouraged to complete an online survey. There is also a survey for those in youth-related leadership roles. 
Surveys close on 27 August.  Go to: (youth survey) (leadership survey)

Help Needed!!! 
Over the next 7 weeks the ALPHA program needs the following:

  • Helpers in the kitchen to serve and clean up
  • Volunteers to make a dessert or bake and bring it on a Wednesday night to St Johns Hall, Orewa by 6.30pm. 
All offers of help will be most appreciated. Every little bit helps. Phone Elizabeth on 0275 835662 or email

A Fun Day...

    For Special Needs/Differently Abled Children is a free event to be held in the North Shore Events Centre on Sunday 3 Sept, 11am-3pm.
    There will be lots of fun activities for the children and their families.
    More details at

Planned Giving:
If you are new to the parish and would like to commit to an automatic payment or envelope method of planned giving, please contact Theresa in the parish office.

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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. Prayer Chain:
Please phone any of the members listed on the noticeboard in the foyer, if you require prayers for a special intention.

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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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