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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

25th June 2017

This Sunday:  
Jer 20:10-13 : Psalm 69 : 2 Rom 5:12-15 : Matt 10:26-33
Next Sunday:   2 Kings 4:8-11,14-46 : Psalm 89 : 2 Rom 6:3-4,8-11 : Matt 10:37-42

This week in the parish....

Sun 25 2.30pm Celebration of Thanks for volunteers, Hall
Mon 26 7.30pmMeditation, St John’s
  1.00pm Care & Share Meeting, St John’s Meeting room
Tues 27 10.00am Ladies Coffee Group, Hall
  7.00pm St Francis Prayer Group, 8 Palmgreen Crt, Wgp
Wed 28 9.00am Rosary Prayers, St John’s
  9.45am Mainly Music, Hall
  1.00pm Indoor Bowls, Hall
  5.30pm Meditation, St Stephen’s Anglican Church, Wgp
  7.15pm Prayer Group, Hall
Thurs 29 4.00pm Meditation, St John’s

Jesus asks us to be his witnesses in the world. However, we often lack the courage to witness openly to our faith. But Jesus says to us what he said to his first disciples, “Do not be afraid”. So let us bring our fears to him, and ask his help in overcoming them.

I would like to thank all ...

In this wonderful parish for the prayers and expressions of sympathy, on the occasion of my mother’s recent death. They were delivered with a loving word, or in a card or an email. I need to tell you how very much they were appreciated. They were a great source of strength for me and the family. Thank you!
The knowledge of a community praying for Mum and holding the family up in prayer was a great blessing. I did not have to walk on my own. I did not have to rely on my own strength, but on the grace of God and on the prayers of my brothers and sisters in Christ.
I realised once again, that the power our faith does not lie in the spectacular or the dramatic, but in the ordinary everyday acts of love that so often we take for granted.

As I said at Mum’s funeral: “Mum was a good mother and a good friend to others. Mum certainly loved us all. Her love changed everything for the better! She didn’t just teach us about God, she showed us God as she protected us, forgave us, fed us, clothed us, comforted us, nursed us, and challenged us. These are the simple realities of day to day family living that remind all of us of the care and love and presence of God. God will recognise in her acts of love, the presence of his Son, Jesus. I know that Mum will recognise in God, the Father and the Mother whose love never forsakes us.”

So may it be for each and every one of us!

With thanks and love,
Fr John

The Finance Committee is concerned with:

  • the provision of parish assets/facilities and financial support of parish personnel, and the budgetary management involved;
  • the accounting, administering and safeguarding of all parish income,expenditure and assets.
Expressions of interest are invited from parishioners with suitable expertise and experience for this work.
This includes people with an accounting background, and those with budgetary, planning and management skills.
It is also important that Finance Committee members have at heart the general well-being of the parish as a whole.
Gabrielle Gill is happy to speak with anyone wishing to discuss the work of the Committee - 426 9153 or Fr John invites interested parishioners to contact him personally on 426 5599 Ext. 2 or email

Special collection next weekend ....
For Peter’s Pence. Funds go to support the Pope and his works of Charity.

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.

When one glorifies God with one’s life, ....
The Christian is “sunny.” Jesus said to the disciples, “your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. This, is the Christian’s life.” (Pope Francis )

We pray ...
We pray for all the sick in our community including Ned Erceg, Agnes Murphy, Mary Jury and Fr Con Campbell.
Fr Con’s name was mistakenly included in the prayers for the deceased last week. He is alive but still unwell in hospital.
We pray for the recently deceased including Kevin Lowe, Tom Sellmeyer, Eileen Clark and Phyllis Davey and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time including Crisanto Martin and Christopher Kennelly.

St Andrews’s Home Group lunch on Friday 30 June, 12 noon in St John’s hall.
Please bring a plate with finger food.

Offertory Procession:
We need a few more families or couples to bring up the offertory gifts at the 5.30pm Mass on a rostered basis.
Please contact Theresa in the parish office if you would like to volunteer.

A family urgently requires a second hand tumble-dryer in good working order. Does anyone have one to donate or sell at a reasonable price?
Tel. 02041473785.

Happy Birthday to:
Bob Bovelander - (19 June)

Accommodation required:
Male parishioner seeking a granny-flat to rent. Please contact Doug, 021 311859.

Rental required:
Large Christian family looking for a 4-5 bedroom rental in Orewa, Hatfields or Red Beach areas. Very house-proud mother and nice kids, no smokers/drugs or parties or pets!! Will keep your gardens looking nice. Required now or as soon as possible.
Contact Lisa, 0277331695 or 4265128.

Holy Cross Seminary

We are inviting you to a Dinner (no charge) on Wednesday 12 July, 7.15pm in St John’s Hall, Orewa, to introduce the newly presented  "Alpha Film Series".
Come along and enjoy.
Please R.S.V.P. for catering purposes no later than Friday 7 July to Elizabeth Bell - 027 5835662 or email:

Congratulations to our recently baptised;
Scarlet Saavedra and Bailey Kemble.

Are you interested ....
In the life and charism of St Mary of the Cross Mackillop?
On Saturday 8 July at 2pm a DVD of her life will be screened in St John's hall. Mary was one of us, lived among us and shared her spirituality with us. This is a chance to hear about it and share in it yourself. Afternoon tea will follow.
Young and old and in-between all welcome. For more information ring Catherine Birt (09) 424 0134 (evenings).


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, we invite you to attend an Information Evening on 18 July at St John’s Church, Orewa.
To find out more, ring Theresa Fouche at the parish office, (09) 426 5599 Ext. 1 or Iutita Rusk (after 9 July), (09)427 9010 or 021 829927.

Parish Ladies Coffee Group:
Meet for a cuppa and social time in the parish hall on Tuesday 27 June at 10am.
All ladies welcome, especially any new parishioners or visitors to our parish.
Tel. Marie Carswell, 426 3054.

Headlines from the latest
issue of NZ Catholic:
  • Kiwi priest gets award in USA.
  • National Catholic youth festival in December.
  • Voices raised against Seymour bill.
  • Catholic criticism of Trump climate change move.

NZ Catholic Newspaper - $4.00
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Auckland Youth Ministry:
To find out about all the events and activities that are happening in our region visit

Youth Survey:
To involve young people in preparations for the synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16-29 year olds around the world.
The questionnaire can be found on the synod’s official site: and is open to any young person regardless of faith or religious belief.
Young people from all backgrounds are encouraged to take part in the questionnaire.

The Cross and the Switchblade:
At Centrestage Theatre, Orewa from 1 - 8 July, 7.30pm. Also two matinées on 2 & 8 July at 2pm.
Cost of tickets - $21. We have 50 parishioners going, most to the matinée on 2 July. Please consider joining in.
Contact Francis Conroy, 426 8177.

Is there a landscape architect ...
In the community who would be willing to volunteer some time to advise the parish on concepts to develop the memorial garden at St Francis Church.
Please contact Terry Cochrane, 426 2383.

World Youth Day Auckland Experience July 15th - 16th
Join other young people from the North Shore at 4pm on 15 July for a 2- day event of fun, faith and fellowship, at St Thomas More Parish, Glenfield.
To register email Manu Bennett at

Parishioner James Catlin, has been selected to play for New Zealand in the U20 water polo world champs in Serbia in August.
As the trip is unfunded he is fund-raising by selling boxes of DAD’S Pies @ $36 per box of 12 pies, as well as Arena youths’/mens’ Speedo-style togs @ $25ea (various sizes).
If you would like to support him please either email: or phone/text Chantal on 0226817579 for details.
Thank you for your support.

The St Patrick’s Cathedral Race Day at Ellerslie is back, on 30 September 2017. So save the date, start organising your table, dust off your fascinator and watch this space for more information.
Pa Peter Tipene, the Dean, has suggested that it would be great if the Hibiscus Coast Parish could arrange at least one, preferably two tables. It is a great day out and a lot of fun.
Indicate your interest by writing your name and contact details on the form in the foyer or contact Deacon Murray. More details as they come to hand.

Rosmini College ...

    Enrolments for 2018 for Year 7 pupils for 2018 open on 1 June. Also limited spaces available in Years 8-13.
    Phone Helen on (09) 488 3750 for an enrolment form. Open Day at the College on Thursday 1 June, 1.45pm.

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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